holy spirit

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Encourager

Some people think about the Holy Spirit,

what others think about a haunting ghost – 

a soul without a body for a host

that makes you jump as soon as you can hear it;

what’s bad is when we want to follow near it,

we think of all the things we hate the most – 

and Satan uses our mistakes to boast

in that he’s used our hate to make us fear it.

 

This isn’t who the Spirit is to me.

He’s not some ghost that’s creeping from the grave

and hangs my worry o’er me like a knife;

He’s the remnant of the Trinity

that wants to quicken me and make me brave,

encourage me t’embrace eternal life.


These are just some of my thoughts of the Holy Spirit expressed in an Italian Sonnet.

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Temple, Holy Spirit, Francesco Orlandini,

The Intersection of Heaven and Earth

Those in whom the Spirit comes to dwell are to be people who live at the intersection between heaven and earth.

This is one of the wildest and most refreshing revelations that have hit me while reading Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense by N.T. Wright.

Wright carefully crafts the build-up throughout the book.

At first, he states that our God is the kind of God that frequently intervenes with his creation (as opposed the deist god who merely wound the creation clock and watches it unwind without stepping in).

Wright then reminds us that in the Old Testament, the Temple was regarded as the place where heaven and earth meet (an intersection, if you will) and a place where God “lived” on earth.

With this truth now reestablished, Wright revives that callously familiar passage from the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians:

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own…(I Corinthians 6:19)

After filling it into the transitive property, where if A = B and B = C, then A = C, it finally works out like this:

  • Christians = the Temple of the Holy Spirit
  • The Temple of the Holy Spirit = the place where heaven meets earth
  • Therefore, Christians = the place where heaven meets earth.

At least, that’s how it’s supposed to be.

P.S. This also ties in to why we’ve been instructed to pray that God makes his will “on earth as it is in heaven.” Christians become, in essence, the fulfillment of this prayer.