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.
What would God say today
Any man or woman who is a thinking person today, who often thinks of God and of His creation, must surely see the dreadful state we all live in. Can I claim from the egotistical claims made by many in today’s world, especially in the area of spirituality, that besides being confused and uninformed, we put words in God’s mouth and arrogantly tell the world of our perceived holiness. What would God say to remind us of who He is and what we are. Let me see if I can get it right in today’s words.
“I am the Lord, your God. I brought out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You hold your in the highest honor your lusts, appetites and passions, a higher honor than you give to I, who created you, quickened your soul and gave you life. Just who do you think you are? How much longer must My Love be patient with your ignorance? Soon I will crush your ignorance. I have sent you warnings and signs and kept My promises and still you persevere in your deliberate ignorance of My importance in your lives. Are your ears so closed, your eyes so tightly shut you neither see nor hear the wind, which you shall soon reap.
I created you, you are the thoughts of My Loving Heart as I made you, forming you to love and serve Me in My Way. Man and woman, I made you, formed in love you were to love and serve Me and only Me; do many of you? To men I gave the destiny of fatherhood either to be Husbands of the Church or husbands and fathers of man. I decided from your beginning what you are to be, one or the other, and then the choice was yours. To woman I gave that love which cares, a maternal love that cannot exist in man. It is a maternal love that espouses her to Me or to a man and a family. Women you share in creation, My creative act, a procreation into which man cannot enter.
Above all this I willed you to be saved, I gave My Son to this end; a need for you all after Adam’s dreadful rejection of My Love. I sent My Word My teaching amongst you as a living example of My Commands for you all to live. Do any of you accept My Word in its perfection as the way of your life? I gave you my Apostolic Priesthood as signposts along this way. I the Providential God gave them the power to help you in your struggle against evil in all its forms, the evil inclinations in you, the evil inclinations of the world and help against the serpent who hisses so sweetly in your ears. Those hisses so readily accepted by Eve, “Eat the fruits of knowledge and you will be like God”.
Do you or they live or follow these signs leading to perfection? How often I hear a mere man cannot be so. Mankind, My creation cannot be perfect. Am I therefore a liar? When did I do you any falsehood? When did I break My promises? My Son a mortal man was perfection, not only because He was God, He was subject to temptation, and prayer protected and guided Him to the perfection I wanted from Him. Did I not send Angels to protect Him and to comfort Him? Would I do less for you, who are also My Creation?
And you My Son’s priests, picked by Him and are to be Him in this world, what do you do. Many of you were never destined to be priests, and many who were, are not. Many wanted the power, the sinecure and the security that the priesthood afforded your life in this world. To some, I was not present at your anointing. Woe! O woe! O triple woe! will be upon you. Mend your ways quickly for the souls, your behavior has scandalized, will witness against you. Time is of the essence and time must end and quickly.
To those who put their words in my mouth, you are wolves spawned of sheep who give their versions of My Son’s Life, justifying their material egos, change now. My Vengeance is just and righteous and those souls lost to my Son by your malignant efforts, those souls for which He already answered, for which He paid the ransom, will be your witnesses at your final judgment. He died to atone for the sins of times before and now He will judge the sins since. His judgment has no flaws and will be made according to His Life. Remember this and hold it dear He fulfilled all he came into the world to do nothing was missed and His, My word explained all, learn and live for that was and is My Will.