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date: 18 October 2019

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This chapter focuses on the recurring theme of God’s Spirit as the witness to God’s reality, in keeping with a lesson from various New Testament writers. It clarifies the nature of the Spirit’s witness by attending to the kind of good news and power highlighted by the New Testament in connection with some remarks from Paul and John on God’s Spirit. The chapter looks to the filial language of Paul, in the wake of Jesus. This language indicates that the Spirit of God seeks to witness not only to God’s reality and faithfulness, but also to one’s having become (or, at least, one’s becoming) a cooperative child of God. The chapter explains how this position gives God’s Spirit a central role in epistemically confirming God’s reality and work.

Keywords: witness, Spirit, evidence, confirmation, transformation, agapē

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