I had meant to include this in my reflection yesterday, but I forgot it. Anyway, this past semester, for a paper I was able to write on Romans, I noticed the eschatological place the Spirit plays in Paul’s thought, especially in using the out-pouring of the Spirit as a sign of the Age. So, when reading Bird’s response to Dunn, this statement really stood out to me:
“Something that Dunn missed out and what might be the vital ingredient here is the role of the Holy Spirit and the power of the new creation for enabling believers to fulfill the law in their deeds and way of life. (211)”
Agreed. Completely. The Spirit is a symbol that the Age has come, and Paul, seeing this, would have agreed, I think.
The Spirit is missed in must of the arguments on Justification so far, in my opinion, but it was this statement which has really drawn me in.