The Pneumatic Christ in the Psalms

He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3: 6 (NIV)

 In Psalms 119, David writes about his experience with God’s law. Except for the length of the Psalm, it may not appear to be exciting; however, it reveals the deep relationship that God seeks to have with His people through His Word.

“Pneumatic” is a word of Greek origin that means “spirit/ spiritual” or “breath”. Although the Psalms are in the Old Testament, the Spirit of Jesus is depicted in the Psalms, and specifically in Psalm119. Scripture depicts Adam as a living being, but depicts Jesus as the last Adam, Who is a life-giving Spirit (1Corinthians 15: 45). Jesus is the last Adam because God only made two kinds of creation- the first creation that naturally procreates through Adam’s lineage, and the second (new) creation, which we partake of when we put our faith in Jesus. The Bible describes believers as ministers of the New Covenant, which is of the Spirit that gives life. This further emphasises that Jesus is the life-giving Spirit (John 6: 63). It is clear that we are a different breed of humans, because we have the God-kind of life inside of us.

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