The Presence Of God : Christ, Holy Spirit, And Redemption

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BETHLEHEM SEMINARY

THE PRESENCE OF GOD

SUBMITTED TO PROF. RICK SHENK
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF
THEO 6520: CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE 2:
CHRIST, HOLY SPIRIT, AND REDEMPTION

BY
RYAN THOM
DECEMBER 10, 2013

THE PRESENCE OF GOD

God’s presence can mean a lot of different things to many different individuals. It may mean the warmth that he gets when singing a Christmas song with family, or the tears of joy she gets when she is in prayer with her closest friends. God’s presence may be described as coming through times of worship in song, or during a poignant point of a powerful presentation. But what really is God’s presence?

Introduction
When we read the pages of the Old Testament canon we find the presence of God spoken throughout. The most frequent Hebrew word for “presence” is panim (פָּנִים), which translates “face or presence,” carrying the idea of an intimate manifestation of the presence of God (Numbers 6:25-26). In the New Testament canon we find the word prosopon (πρόσωπον), which generally has the same meaning, translating as “face” or “mask.” The reality of the presence of God can be interpreted in many different ways, and it is a reality that is significant for the child of God.
The central issue I am going to address in this paper is the presupposition that someone can lead another person into the presence of God. I’d like to make the case that there is only one who can do this, namely, Jesus Christ, who has “…entered, not into holy places made
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