Saturday, 6 January 2018
The Missing Logic
We say we believe in God. We also believe in Jesus His only Son. And … hesitantly perhaps … we also believe in the Holy Spirit.
I say hesitantly because most people believe even though they might not know what to believe. And that’s not always their fault.
Sure, they’ve heard what happened at Pentecost, and how the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles. They’ve heard of the Annunciation and the Virgin Birth, and the Holy Spirit appearing at Christ’s baptism.
But apart from these and other stories about the Holy Spirit, people are left with a void, a mystery, something or someone to believe in without question. To them, the Holy Spirit is confined to the pages of the Bible, to be believed in and not dwelt upon for too long.
The important questions are rarely asked:
Is the Holy Spirit relevant to them today? Is the Holy Spirit here now?
Of course He is. And what is more, He is here to guide us throughout our lives, through difficult times and good ones, showing us the way, and teaching us what to say and do.
Yet many people, Christians in every other respect, are unaware of this fact.
Perhaps because they don’t understand, they have not been told, they have not been taught. Perhaps too because of their confusion in accepting and comprehending the Holy Spirit in-dwelling within ourselves.
Why is the church sometimes so reticent in proclaiming this – the greatest news and central message of our Christianity?
God, Christ, is/are with us right now. Through the Holy Spirit.