Is the Holy Spirit a Person or a Thing?

It is true that the Holy Spirit is closely associated with God’s power.  But this does not mean that ‘the Holy Spirit equals God’s power’.

A number of lines of Biblical evidence show that the Spirit is a person.

First, by definition a person is a being with intelligence, emotion, and will.   Continue reading “Is the Holy Spirit a Person or a Thing?”

Jesus Christ, the ultimate Prophet-Priest-King

Moses, the great prophet anticipated a greater prophet (Deuteronomy 18 v15).  Jesus did do what prophets do:  Deliver God’s message to God’s people.  Not only did He deliver the message, He is the message;  He is the Word of God (John 1 v1).

Jesus is also our High Priest, like Aaron and his sons initially were.  Jesus did what priests do:  represent God’s people in God’s presence by bringing their sacrifices and offerings.  Not only did He bring the sacrifice, He is the sacrifice (Hebrews 7 v27).

As a descendant of David, Jesus was qualified to be King on David’s throne.  Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would be a King (Isaiah 9 v7).  Jesus acknowledged to Pilate that He was indeed King of the Jews, as the crowds at His triumphant entry to Jerusalem recognised.  When Jesus returns, He will reign on Earth (Revelation 17 v14;  19 v16) in fulfillment of David’s covenant, which promised David an eternal throne (2 Samuel 7 v16).

Condensed from Understanding Theology by Daryl Aaron.

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Moulding culture

Culture is ‘the way we do things round here’.

Although you may not be able to change the way your company or your gym or your Parents’ Association does things by next Monday, you may well be able to begin with a few people and a few small actions. What things bother you – and what are the values that underpin them? What could be done differently that would make it a better place for people to flourish? What would make it more like God’s will being done on earth as in heaven?

Ministering grace and love

There are many ways to do this, not only in practical care and kindness for those who need it, but through the way we respond in difficult and indeed ordinary situations.

How do we engage with the check-out person, or the lonely shopper in the charity shop, or the new parent at the school gate, or do an appraisal with the other person’s long-term interests at heart, not just the company’s?