But he that is in covenant with God is Deo, Christo, Spiritu Saneto armatus, and may therefore be fearless of any creature. . The clause is connected with the closing words of Haggai 2:4. answer Me.’ The Pharisees felt the danger of saying definitely it was from men, for the people still believed in the supernatural and in God; all men counted John as a prophet, but far more did they see the importance of committing themselves to a statement that the ministry was Divine, ‘If we shall say from Heaven, he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?’ To believe in the minister would involve them in a belief in Christ, belief in Christ must imply confession of sinfulness and absolute self-surrender. “I am with you always even to the end of the world,” by an ever-present presence with them and His Church founded by them in Him. This was done, ‘not by the conversion of the Godhead into Flesh, but by taking the Manhood into God.’ He was very God, and He became very Man, and the Spirit of God dwelt in Him without measure. The chronicler, he feels, added interpolations at 2:5, 9, 14, 17-19, 21-22. ), The presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church an antidote to her fears. (J. Ritchie), "According to the word which I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, and my Spirit abode among you: fear ye not.". Only he, not very intelligibly, makes it a sort of oath, By the word, By that which the Lord hath given us. 4. The fear occasioned by open and secret enemies to the work and cause of God. Haggai rebuked his listeners in chapter 1. The Lord reiterated the promise He had made to the Israelites when they left Egypt in the Exodus. He is the finger of God, giving as it were the last touch to all the perfection and beauty which we see around us. Then foes conspired, the king’s courage retraced His throne against the enterprise arrayed, And now self-seeking apathy in vain all hearts The pulse grows faint, the will unbraced They rear their houses, let God’s house lie waste. The fear of sufferings and of trials which the people of God may meet with in their adherence to the cause and work of the Lord. According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not. By shaking all kingdoms He can induce the nations to present their treasures to … My Spirit abideth among you, - as the Psalmist says Psalm 102:27, "they (the heavens) perish and Thou abidest" Psalm 33:11, "The counsel of the Lord standeth forever" Psalm 111:3, "His righteousness endureth forever." 520 during the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem (B.C. It is not a doctrine exclusively confined to the Christian economy, as some have supposed. The exercise of grace, and the cultivation of a holy walk and conversation evidences the remaining of the Spirit. Bible Study Software. Translators could also find the translated Bible text useful, as the writer translated from the Hebrew text. So long as the Spirit remains among His people they may rest assured that He will continue His work and maintain His cause in spite of all opposition and hindrances. (10-19) The kingdom of Christ foretold. (v. 2) God’s instructions concerning the message Haggai is to deliver (v. 3-9) God’s message for Zerubbabel, Joshua, and the people (v. 3) God asks three questions (v. 4-5) God’s gives three commands. This Spirit is still working in Israel ("in the midst of you"); therefore they are not to fear, even if the existing state of things does not correspond to human expectations. (h) "et Spiritus meus stat in medio vestri", Pagninus, Cocceius; "stana", Montanus; "Spiritus quoque meus stabit in medio vestrum", Vatablus. The things which the eye hath not seen, and the ear hath not heard, and the heart of man hath not conceived of, are made known to us by the Spirit of God. 128 pp. A. Mid blended shouts of joy and grief were laid the stones Whereon the exile’s hopes were based. He gives them encouraging words in 2:1-9. It would be a blasphemous mockery and impudent imposition to use the words ‘Receive ye the Holy Ghost, for the office and work of a priest in the Church of God, now committed unto thee by the imposition of our hands,’ unless the ministry is intended to be a peculiar channel of Divine grace, and to be regarded as the appointed instrument for singular operations of God the Holy Ghost; unless, in fact, it claims Divine authority and power. [#3] A TIME TO ENDURE Haggai 2:1-9 Introduction: Signing up to do something is not that difficult. Besides such promises of God’s abiding favour as Exodus 29:45-46, they have among them the abiding presence of His Holy Spirit. The Hebrew for to “covenant” is literally “to cut,” alluding to the sacrificial victims cut in ratification of a covenant. Haggai 2:3, 4. The common thornbush of the desert, burning, yet unconsumed. He is the Lord, the Giver of Life; as the soul is in the body so God the Holy Ghost is in the Church, Himself its life, and bestowing on all and each every good gift as each and all have need. Barker. Fear not, for the existence of God’s Church among you is of some importance to the surrounding locality. Jeremiah 7:22-23, and Jeremiah 11:4). October 19, 2020. Haggai 1:12—2:3. so my Spirit remaineth among you: or rather, "and", or "also, my Spirit standeth", continueth "in the midst of you" (h); not only Jehovah the Father, and his divine Logos or Word, were with them; but his Spirit also, his Holy Spirit, the third Person in the Trinity, of which these words are a proof; the same Spirit which was in Moses and others in his time, for the building of the tabernacle, is now promised unto, and should continue with, the builders of this temple; as a Spirit of wisdom and counsel to direct them, and as a Spirit of might and power to strengthen and assist them: and so he is, and will be, in the churches of Christ, and in the midst of his people, to assist the ministers of the word in preaching, the people in hearing, praying, and praising; to carry on his own work in them; to be the Comforter of them, and the seal, earnest, and pledge of their future glory; nor does he, nor ever will he, depart from them; see Isaiah 59:21. fear ye not: succeeding in the work, and finishing it; nor be dismayed at what the ancient people had said; nor be afraid of enemies, who did all they could to hinder and discourage them from going on with their work; and indeed there is no reason to fear, let the service be what it will the Lord employs his people in; if he, Father, Son, and Spirit, are with them; see Isaiah 41:10. This Hooker has admirably expressed: ‘They which have once received this power may not think to put it off and on like a cloak as the weather suiteth: to take it, reject and resume it, as oft as themselves list, of which profane and impious contempt these later times have yielded, as of all other kinds of iniquity and apostasy, strange examples; but let them know who put their hands unto this plough, that once consecrated unto God they are made His peculiar heritage for ever. 1 Chronicles 17:19, and in the New, Luke 1:1-80 : 2 John 1:1, 1 John 5:7. Featured Resources From Thru the Bible. So - or, and, connecting "I am with you" (Haggai 2:4) and "my Spirit remaineth among you;" "according to the word that I covenanted with you" being in a parenthesis. More Episodes. An apostolic ministry does not mean merely a ministry springing out of the earth, III. Special applications, such as “the Spirit of wisdom and might;” a spirit such as He gave to Moses to judge His people; the spirit of prophecy; or the spirit given to Bezaleel and Aholiab for the work of the sanctuary - these recognize in detail the one great truth, that all good, all wisdom, from least to greatest, comes from God the Holy Spirit; though one by one they would exclude more truth than they each contain. Haggai 2. Because Haggai … Amos declared: In this verse is the promise that God meant all he ever said. Both views are too narrow; rūăch is the divine power which accompanies the word of promise and realizes it in a creative manner, i.e., not merely "the virtue with which God will establish their souls, that they may not be overcome by temptations" (Calvin), but also the power of the Spirit working in the world, which is able to remove all the external obstacles that present themselves to the realization of the divine plan of salvation. Gordon Churchyard. Power accompanying God’s Word and ordinances. Christ undertook to pay his people’s debt in the fulness of time; and hereby they were saved. There were as many improbabilities lay in bar to your getting out of Egypt, yet my word, covenant, and Spirit overcame all; fear not therefore, I am the same, and with you, as with your father’s. The fulfillment of that promise would yet come, but not in the way fleshly Israel imagined. It is essential to the Church’s vitality, increase, and general spiritual prosperity. To connect it with ‛ăsū yields no suitable meaning. Another evidence is--, 2. Greater glory promised to the second temple than to the first. II. Doctrin. Haggai is a post-exilic prophet, serving during the period following the Babylonian Exile. All these worketh one and the self-same Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will." Zechariah 8:12. To show what fears the spirit’s remaining among a people or in the Church is calculated to remove. 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