Friday, 24 September 2010

Trinity 2: The Holy Spirit

It is no secret that in our evangelical constituency we tend to be more comfortable talking about Jesus than we are the Holy Spirit. Some even baulk or squirm when conversations to do with the Spirit go beyond the inspiration of Scripture... but should they?

There is no doubt that a lot of very important ground needs to be defended concerning the person and work of Christ (e.g. his substitutionary atonement) but Article 10 of the 104 Irish Articles encourages us to maintain a well rounded Trinitarian theology:

Article 10. The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory, with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.

The Holy Spirit is no less majestic, no less glorious that the Father or the Son. He is the one who opens blind eyes to see the glory of Christ, who unites us to Christ by faith to make us partakers of his risen life. He equips and enables our Christian service and binds us together in love for one another as the Church.

Surely these are not things to squirm at but cause us to rejoice and motivate us to more fervent prayer that the Spirit would work in our lives for the glory of Jesus and the good of others.

A lot more can and should be said here but, suffice it to say, it is worth considering when you last asked the Holy Spirit for help? Help to see Jesus more clearly, help to minister to a friend in need, asking him to heal, to convict or to bring new life...

And if that wasn't provocative enough check out this short video interview with John Piper.