It is the Spring time of my faith, I believe, when things seem a bit new, the Sun is rising – the days are longer and they really Days.
We have a great service this morning, with the children singing in their very first choir. Of course, we also had to stay for two services, which, believe it or not – I was skeptical – were radically different. Well, different anyway. The sermon wasn’t delivered the same, nor the songs, etc… I have to wonder if I could find a reason to stay for a few more double Sundays…
I have a catch up week when I get back to work, so expect very little from me, although I hope to complete a few reviews and work on a few reflections. Also, I would like to take some time to read more of the Reformed works… but, don’t tell anyone. I have a reputation to maintain.
And, of course, maybe some more dealing with my recent week at Seminary(which, if you think about it, was about 4 weeks of lectures compiled into 1 week). But, alas, we’ll see.
This verse has been sticking out to me lately, and was featured in today’s Scripture lesson –
But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative– that is, the Holy Spirit– he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. (John 14:26 NLT)
How do you treat this verse? What does Christ mean that the Spirit of God will teach us things – actually, Christ says everything. The Spirit of God will remind us of the things which Christ said and then continue to teach things. Does Science play into this? Archeology? If all Truth is God’s Truth, does Christ Who was standing on the precipice of a new age (because that is why it is so readily seen as the beginning of a new era) mean to tell us that Truth will be revealed by the Spirit, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly? What does ‘teach us all things’ mean?
And then I think of 1st John 2 –
But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you his Spirit, and all of you know the truth. (1Jo 2:20 NLT)
But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true– it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. (1Jo 2:27 NLT)
And we know that Paul sees the Church growing in knowledge of who Christ is – into the fullness of the Son of God
This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. (Eph 4:13 NLT)
Is this Spirit still working in the Church today? Moving? Teaching? Guiding? Or, do we know everything already and have become completely mature in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, finding ourselves complete as a standard of Jesus Christ? Is the Church perfect yet?
Anyway, I’ll most likely repost this later, seeing that I have few things to deal with here… Until then – enjoy, having fun, praise God, help someone else out, show them the love of Christ, and pray for each other.