Essay on Analysis Of James D G Dunn Notes
“The epochal significance of Pentecost raises the whole course of salvation-history to a new plane ….In one sense, therefore, Pentecost can never be repeated - for the new age is here and cannot be ushered in again. But in another sense Pentecost, or rather the experience of Pentecost, can and must be repeated in the experience of all who would become Christians.”
Dunn is effectively saying that in order to witness for Jesus Christ today, just as the disciples needed the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, so we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit for our effective witness for Jesus. Just as Jesus Christ went about his ministry by the power of the Holy Spirit, it was by the same Spirit that was given at Pentecost to the disciples in order to start them out onto mission work. The Holy Spirit becomes the driving and guiding force.
Paul, on his missionary travels, suffered many hardships, but these did not hinder the Holy Spirit - “He lived there for two whole years at his own expense and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ will all boldness and without hindrance.” (Acts 28:30-31). Jesus promises His disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit, as a parting gift before his final ascension to His Father, (Acts 1: 8). The Holy Spirit could be looked on as a replacement for Jesus Christ in the world and is mentioned forty-two times in the book of Acts. Jesus had to finish His…