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Christ’s work con­ti­nu­es as the work of the Holy Spi­rit

Siionin Lähetyslehti
Vieraskieliset / In-english
15.11.2017 9.43

Juttua muokattu:

1.1. 11:20

On the first Pen­te­cost the Holy Spi­rit came down from he­a­ven and res­ted upon the apost­les in a vi­sib­le form. Pen­te­cost is one of the three great holy days on the church ca­len­dar. These holy days di­vi­de the church ye­ar in­to the Christ­mas, Eas­ter, and Pen­te­cost pe­ri­ods. Du­ring the last de­ca­des, ho­we­ver, Pen­te­cost has lost its sig­ni­fi­can­ce and the me­a­ning of this holy day has be­co­me unc­le­ar to many pe­op­le.

The Holy Spi­rit joins be­lie­vers to­get­her

Alt­hough we can­not see the Holy Spi­rit, the third per­son of the dei­ty is as real and func­ti­o­nal yet to­day as it was in the time of the apost­les. Ac­cor­ding to Lut­he­ran Chris­ti­an doct­ri­ne, Christ’s work in this world con­ti­nu­es as the work of the Holy Spi­rit in His cong­re­ga­ti­on. The Holy Spi­rit forms the cong­re­ga­ti­on of be­lie­vers when it joins them to Christ and to one anot­her. The cong­re­ga­ti­on is the body of Christ, which the Spi­rit ma­kes ali­ve.

Ac­cor­ding to the te­ac­hing of Je­sus, the Holy Spi­rit is the Spi­rit of Truth, which co­mes from the Fat­her and tes­ti­fies of Christ. The Holy Spi­rit de­fends the fol­lo­wers of Christ, te­ac­hes them to know the truth, and re­ve­als to them what is to come. The pe­op­le of this world do not have this Spi­rit. Ac­cor­ding to Je­sus, the Holy Spi­rit re­ve­als that the world is in er­ror. It al­so in­di­ca­tes what sin is, what righ­te­ous­ness is, and what jud­ge­ment is. The Holy Spi­rit does not speak in a dif­fe­rent way than the Fat­her and the Son; it re­cei­ves its mes­sa­ge from them.

God’s for­gi­ve­ness

The Holy Spi­rit gui­des the work of God’s cong­re­ga­ti­on on earth. Ho­we­ver, this does not mean that the mem­bers of the cong­re­ga­ti­on, even to­get­her, could not make in­cor­rect de­ci­si­ons. That is why it is im­por­tant to al­wa­ys lis­ten to what the Spi­rit says to the cong­re­ga­ti­ons, as Je­sus Him­self taught. The Bib­le con­tains many examp­les of how in un­cer­tain si­tu­a­ti­ons the apost­les ca­re­ful­ly exa­mi­ned which so­lu­ti­on would be in ac­cor­dan­ce with the mind of the Holy Spi­rit.

The most im­por­tant task of the Holy Spi­rit on earth is con­nec­ted to the for­gi­ve­ness of sins. When Je­sus gave the Holy Spi­rit to His dis­cip­les, he al­so gave them the task and aut­ho­ri­ty to for­gi­ve sins. Je­sus did not give this task to His dis­cip­les on­ly; he gave it to all who be­lie­ve in Him and fol­low Him. When a be­lie­ving per­son proc­laims the for­gi­ve­ness of sins, it is fun­da­men­tal­ly not man’s for­gi­ve­ness, but rat­her God’s for­gi­ve­ness. God works through man, through His Holy Spi­rit.

The Holy Spi­rit al­so works to­day in God’s cong­re­ga­ti­on. It ef­fects in pe­op­le a de­si­re to bring God’s word on­ward and it al­so gi­ves them the po­wer and strength to do so.

Text: Pek­ka Ait­ta­kum­pu

Sour­ce: Päi­vä­mies 19/2016

Trans­la­ti­on: K.K.

Jul­kais­tu eng­lan­nin­kie­li­ses­sä nu­me­ros­sa 15.11.2017


Kris­tus on niin kuin ih­mis­ruu­mis, joka on yk­si ko­ko­nai­suus mut­ta jos­sa on mon­ta jä­sen­tä; vaik­ka jä­se­niä on mon­ta, ne kaik­ki yh­des­sä muo­dos­ta­vat yh­den ruu­miin. 1 Kor. 12:12

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