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When God’s Spirit is among but not yet within?

‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’ (Haggai 2v5)

In the last post taken from the Book of Haggai, we discovered how the term ‘spirit’ was better rendered in that instance as  human enthusiasm. Not so in this verse. The big giveaway is the capital letter which denotes this is the ‘Spirit’ of God. And what an encouragement Haggai brings as he tells the people that while they may have broken their covenant with the Divine, He has not forgotten or done so with them. Not only is God’s covenant ongoing but His Spirit still remains among them. Why? Because a time will come when God’s Holy Spirit will not ‘just’ remain among the people but He will transformationally live within them to guide, encourage and strengthen! Now that is Good News!

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