The Gospel of the Holy Spirit.

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daily text logoMay 25, 2015

The Age of the Spirit

Mark 1:1

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 

CONSIDER THIS

Pentecost-dailytext-templateWelcome to the Season after Pentecost on the Daily Text. It is my custom to spend the summer each year studying, meditating and reflecting on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. This summer I’m going to do something I’ve not done before. I am going to read the Gospel of Mark with this interpretive question:

What can we learn about the person, work, ways and will of the Holy Spirit through a close examination of the life of Jesus. What can we learn about the Spirit infused life that we are called to live by studying Jesus, whom we are called to be like? In other words, Jesus teaches us the ways of the Spirit filled life if we will pay attention. It’s one thing to ask “What would Jesus do?” It’s quite another to inquire about how the Holy Spirit perfects holy love in a human person.

A fun yet inferior analogy comes from the Star Wars movies. Luke Skywalker learned the ways of “The Force” by studying at the feet of his Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobe. The Holy Spirit, far from some mythical force, is the third person of the Trinity. Jesus doesn’t just teach us about the Holy Spirit when he is speaking explicitly about the Spirit. No, he teaches us about the ways of the Spirit every day of his life. We will see the Spirit on display from the ordinary to the supernatural. Conversely, the Holy Spirit will teach us about Jesus through the Spirit’s presence in our lives, right here and now.

Maybe this is something of what makes the Gospel the Gospel. The Gospel is historical yet it transcends history. Like a window that cannot be closed, the Gospel opens up an eternal vista into the mysterious verities of the Trinity. In fact, it’s better than that. The Holy Spirit brings us into the inner workings of the Gospel by bringing us inside the interpersonal relationships between Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 

Think about it. The Holy Spirit revealed the Gospel to Mark, who wrote it down. And by the grace of God, the Holy Spirit will reveal this Gospel to us in ever deepening ways.

If you will remember, last summer in our journey through Acts, we faithfully prayed, “COME HOLY SPIRIT!”

This summer, our Prayer for these days of Pentecost: “Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.”

Are you ready?

J.D. Walt writes daily for Seedbed’s Daily Text. He serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief. Follow him @jdwalt on Twitter or email him at jd.walt@seedbed.com. Get the Daily Text delivered to your inbox fresh every morning. Subscribe HERE.

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