The Holy Spirit

Posted by donna on November 2, 2016

Capture.PNGA key tenet of the Christian life is a clear understanding of our identity in Christ. In Christ, we are positionally and experientially in right relationship with God.  We are, through Christ, justified in God’s sight, and in a very personal and practical way, we have an intimate relationship with the Father’s heart and love for us.

 

Yet honestly, so many believers live with a cognitive knowledge of God and their identity in Christ, but have very little experiential knowledge of God’s presence. The Church today is seeking a reality of God that goes far deeper than just knowledge of the facts. It is our heart’s longing.   It may be said that everyone’s heart yearns for God, while not necessarily seeking Him. Christian spirituality is quite simply living in the reality of a personal, intimate and experiential walk with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Though our relationship is with God the Father, through God the Son, our daily experience of salvation and grace is through God the Holy Spirit.  Yet, the Holy Spirit is often neglected in our churches, as Francis Chan suggests in his book, The Forgotten God.

Over the next several blogs I wish to suggest some timeless truths that will focus our attention on the person and the work of the Spirit of God in our lives.

A.W. Tozer once said in the chapter entitled “The Forgotten One” (Divine Conquest, Christian Publications, Inc., Revel), “Our blunder (or should we frankly say, our sin?) has been to neglect the doctrine of the Spirit to the point where we virtually deny Him His place in the Godhead. This denial has not been by open doctrinal statements, for we have clung closely enough to the Biblical position wherever our creedal pronouncements are concerned. Our formal creed is sound; the breakdown is in our working creed.” (pg. 65).

Written by one of the last truly pietistic Pastors of the mid 20th century, Tozer’s prophetic exclamation to the Church is possibly even more relevant today. Tozer suggests that any doctrine has practical value, only if it is “prominent in our thoughts and makes a difference in our lives.”

Though spirituality and worship has had a good resurgence, it would be correct to say that preaching and teaching on the person and work of the Holy Spirit has continued to be a neglected subject for many of our own evangelical churches. Having stated the problem, in my next several blogs I will attempt to give some answers.

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Willem Fietje

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