Eternal Love

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016

Recognizing the Spirit's Presence

Key Bible Verse: Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:2, NIV)

Dig Deeper: John 16:7-15

The Holy Spirit, the breath of love, is not an impersonal force or by-product of the Godhead. Sometimes the symbols that humanity has used to talk about God’s Spirit (fire, dove, wind, breath, and holy oil are a few) can confuse us. But the Spirit is not merely a particular form that the one God takes when he wishes to relate to his creation in a particular way, nor is the Spirit somehow a second class member of the Godhead. The Spirit is a full and vibrant person because the Spirit is the eternal God, the Spirit both of the Father and of the Son, and as wholly God as either of the other two members of the Trinity.

The implication of the one God who exists as a unified three is this: from before time itself existed, relationships did. In the love of the Father, Son, and Spirit, joy has existed from eternity past. Admiration existed, pleasure existed, kindness and gentleness and wisdom existed. Camaraderie existed. This is a brilliant truth – all three persons of God clearly can be termed the maker of the world. But the Spirit, but his immanence, the closeness that the oldest story tells us he kept with the face of the deep (Gen. 1;2), means that his connection to creation is something particularly precious.

– Paul Pastor in The Face of the Deep

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