Holy Spirit; Part 1
Any right thinking man or woman, after reading so many conflicting opinions and balderdash written to justify the egos of those who truly believe with great faith in their personal holiness, must be in total amazement at the various definitions by those claimants who know of the actions and behavior of the Holy Spirit from their personal intimate experiences. One would think that either the ‘God is in us’ movement is a joke perpetrated by His enemy or a blasphemous demand by many on how the Holy Spirit is to behave. So many members of this movement act with a barely cognizant mental urge, ‘of my lips to God ears, rather than from God’s lips to my ears’. This unfortunate custom is more uninformed than ignorant. This blasphemy could be from the secular medical view 1: a psychological disorder whose symptoms include volatile emotions, which entertain no denials of error, 2: attention-seeking behavior. 3: or it is exaggerated or uncontrollable emotional excitement made by those who make this claim. Made somewhat invalidly to insist they are holy because of certain gifts of the Holy Spirit. Take the words of St Basil the Great into your heart and mind always mindful, “We can lose the Holy Spirit and it is extremely hard to get him back”.
Before we move on to a scriptural view of the Holy Spirit let me point out the dangers that I see in today’s so-called Christianity. People have distorted Christianity to such an extent that they are led to act in direct contradiction to the fundamental teachings that Christ left with us. These basic rules of a Holy Life are found in the Church, our wonderful Christian inheritance. The Church is the outward sign of our adoption into God’s community. We can know of this spiritual lifestyle by reading and observing her history. Unfortunately, we can observe in Her teaching’s today, various heretic and schismatic nonsenses, which have crept into the Church, like the smoke referred to by Paul VIth. This is due to a lack of diligence even fortitude on the part of our pastors. Then because religious convictions are held so deeply that even the most fraternal denial or correction can lead to absolute consuming bitterness, which unfortunately is closely related to a burning hatred. The least answer we can hope for when we speak of these horrors is the deliberate use of scriptures as a denial by such phrases as, “You cannot judge me”, or, “You are not very humble” and “Did you test the Spirits? May I say they are uniformed answers and in general comes from those who do not fully comprehend the Gospels even using proof-texting as a their defense.
Ask yourself and answer carefully and wisely, “Is there anywhere in Scriptures where God gives of Himself to unrepentant sinners?” Forget Luther’s nonsense that Christ died, and all sins are forgiven. Therefore, we can sin greatly as grace abounds even greater. Christ died in atonement of those sins of previous times and He is the judge of the sins that follow. If Christ said, and He is the Word of God, which is a claim no one else can make, “Repent, repent for Heaven is at hand” What are we, by His command to repent, if we are not sinners? Surely, the most didactic committed reformer or the absolutely, hysteric heretic must admit to that statement? We can ask for, and certainly even when we repeat our errors, for forgiveness for our deliberate separation of our soul from God. Again and yet again, we can repent but we must do it at all times according to His Will and method of forgiveness. What is it that forgives our sins? It is the merciful Love of God. Since it is from God we know it is a grace that purifies, that sanctifies, It is His Holy Spirit of Supernatural Love and of course Sanctifying Grace. This leads to another fact, that poses another question that calls for an honest answer, “Will God share His Temple, His most beautiful mansion, with His enemies?” Can you answer honestly? Only when it is beautiful.
Can we from scriptures see how the revelation of God’s Holy Spirit was made known and has grown in its spiritual dimension as the Church has grown wiser and deeper in the Knowledge of God? Of course we can and leaving Paul aside for the moment let us see what the Essence did so often or what the prophets told us. I mean the Essence that Fathers the Spirit of Holiness, God Himself in Scriptures, for only the Trinity can define Their Spirit of Love, of Warfare, of Justice. What I have described above is revelation. My favorite description of revelation is that small stream that flowed out of the temple becoming a raging torrent and then a river. Christianity and Judaism are related in life as closely as was Judaism and Christianity in the Body of Christ. The salient point to remember which will seem to be out of place is that at the beginning of the second century the combination "the Catholic Church" (he katholike ekklesia) is found for the first time in the letter of St. Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans, written about the year 110. The words run: "Wheresoever the bishop shall appear, there let the people be, even as where Jesus may be, there is the universal [katholikos] Church. At time please understand that the Holy Spirit can be a hard task master, an avenging spirit in the eyes of human beings. Those who attack His people He will attack. His faithful people He will defend according to His Will as the Israelites of old saw and understood. Therefore, for the rest of this blog I shall use Catholic as the standard description for the Apostolic Church.