Category Archives: Holy Spirit

The Spirit, Who Is Life

flowers_15388ac“. . . in Romans 8:9,10 those who ‘belong to the Spirit’ (v. 9d, i.e., are ‘in Christ’) are at the same time those ‘in the Spirit’ (v. 9a), those in whom ‘the Spir­it of God dwells’ (the Spirit in you, v. 9b), and those in whom Christ dwells (‘Christ in you,’ v. 10a), all because of, to empha­size it again, who the Spirit is (the Spirit of Christ–v. 9c), and who Christ is (the life-giving Spirit–I Cor. 15:45).” (Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Perspectives on Pentecost, p. 21).

“. . . what Paul [means] by the Spirit, is not the mind or under­standing. . . but a celestial gift; for he shows that those are spiritual, not such as obey rea­son through their own will, but such as God rules by his Spirit. (John Calvin, Commentary on Romans at 8:9).

How is Jesus glorified by the Spirit?

water_15078acThis evening’s Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church focuses on John 16:5-16. In verse 14 Jesus writes, “He [the Holy Spirit] will bring glory to me by taking from wht is mine and making it known to you.” My concluding thought on the passage:

How is Jesus glorified in this? He is glorified by the Spirit drawing to Christ those for whom he died. He is glorified by the Spirit working in them to shape their lives to be like his. He is glorified as, in the last day, he is joined to his bride, the church, beautifully dressed for her husband and Lord. What the Spirit is doing in you this week through the Word and sacraments is bringing glory to Jesus!