4th Saturday of Lent
I believe in the Holy Spirit, one holy Christian church, the community of saints, forgiveness of sins, resurrection of the flesh, and eternal life. Amen.
To this article, as I have said, I cannot give a better title than “Being Made Holy.” In it are expressed and portrayed the Holy Spirit and his office, which is what makes us holy. Therefore, we must concentrate on the term “Holy Spirit,” because it is so precise we can find no substitute for it . . . God’s Spirit alone is called a Holy Spirit, that is, the one who has made us holy and still makes us holy. As the Father is called the creator and the Son is called the Redeemer, so on account of his work the Holy Spirit must be called Sanctifier, or one who makes us Holy. How does such sanctifying take place? Answer: . . . the Holy Spirit effects our being made holy through the following: the community of saints or Christian Church, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. That is, he first leads us into his holy community, placing us in the church’s lap, where he preaches to us and brings us to Christ.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. John 16:13-15
SILENCE FOR MEDITATION
The Holy Spirit, for me is the greatest struggle of faith. God and Jesus are easy to comprehend. We, as humans were created in God’s image so relating to God is simple. We see God’s face in everything we see every day. God came to us in human form as Jesus. We see his works through the words of the bible and his miracles during his 33 years.
The Holy Spirit on the other hand is a quandary. Luther uses the word Sanctifier, the one who makes us holy. What does that mean? Our human interpretation of Spirit sometimes means soul and that our soul goes to heaven once we die and pass to eternal life. But that’s our spirit, not the Holy Spirit.
Several years ago I read The Shack by Paul Young. Despite its unnerving beginning, the book changed my view of the Holy Trinity, but especially that of the Holy Spirit, who physically manifests as an Asian woman named Sarayu. The name Sarayu generally means Wind or Holy River, and is of Indian origin. Sarayu is a Feminine name and is mainly found in the Hindu religion. I fell in love with Sarayu through Young’s words. Her calming nature. Her ability to empower Mackenzie into works of cleaning out his own spirit and finding forgiveness in his heart for the tremendous loss he is dealing with.
So Luther, in his description of how sanctifying takes place, is fitting, “the Holy Spirit effects our being made holy through the following the community of saints or Christian Church, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” We are carried through our lives by God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit reminds us daily of our jobs as Christians: doing the work of God as Jesus taught us during his time on earth. The Holy Spirit shows us God’s work throughout all of creation: the trees, sun, oceans, streams, children, parents, families, ourselves. All of these things we care for in God’s name and are reminded to do so daily by the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the community of those who have travelled before us and in honor of those who will come after us.
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to remind us of our path. Keep us holy and walking the path before us to our everlasting life. Amen.
Put aside items for GSLC’s Rummage Sale. Put a coin in your bank for each item selected.