Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit and Biblical Interpretation

Scott Hafemann in his commentary on 2 Corinthians 3:14–15:

Thus, Paul’s recognition of the root problem behind Israel’s rejection of the gospel demonstrates that the Spirit must create within us a willingness to accept God’s Word so that, being receptive to its message, we will be more apt to comprehend its meaning. Paul’s argument from the Scriptures as common ground with his opponents assumes that the role of the Holy Spirit in biblical interpretation is not to provide God’s people with hidden information or insights into the Scriptures, but to change their moral disposition (cf. 3:14).

Humility and the Holy Spirit

As I was doing some Advent reading this morning, I came across the following in a piece contributed by John Piper:

The Spirit is shy; he is self-effacing. When we look toward him, he steps back and pushes forward Jesus Christ.

Therefore, in seeking to be filled and empowered by the Spirit we must pursue him indirectly—we must look to the wonder of Christ. If we look away from Jesus and seek the Spirit and his power directly, we will end up in the mire of our own subjective emotions. The Spirit does not reveal himself. The Spirit reveals Christ. The fullness of the Spirit is the fullness that he gives as we gaze on Christ. The power of the Spirit is the power we feel in the presence of Christ. The joy of the Spirit is the joy we feel from the promises of Christ. Many of us know what it is to crouch on the floor and cry out to the Holy Spirit for joy and power, and experience nothing; but the next day devote ourselves to earnest meditation on the glory of Jesus Christ and be filled with the Spirit.

What an incredible picture of Christ-exalting humility we have in the Trinity!

For further reading on this topic I highly recommend Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance by Bruce Ware. It's an approachable and highly practical work on the doctrine of the Trinity.

Strange Fire Link List

John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference stirred up quite a bit of debate and controversy over the weekend. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, a quick Twitter search should do the trick. I’m sure the #strangefire hashtag is still going relatively strong. Now, the downside to the internet is that much of this debate and controversy is public. On the other hand, the upside to the internet is that much of this debate and controversy is public.

So, for my own reading and study purposes, I’ve put together a collection of links to all things Strange Fire. If you’re interested in following the discussion or doing some personal study and exploring the topic on your own, then check out the list. You’ll find material from both the cessationist and continuationist standpoints. This is a running list and I will continue to add to it until I get bored or all the bloggers move on.

Finally, before you dive in, hear Thabiti Anyabwile’s wise counsel:

So, whether you’ve watched the live feeds or not, whether you’ve read multiple volumes on the debate or not, I hope you care about these things. I hope you’re following with careful concern to know the truth rather than to vindicate your party. I hope you’re listening with rapt attention because you’re eager to hear God’s voice more clearly and to walk with your Savior more closely. Even the thoughts of folks who get some things wrong can help us to do that if we’re discerning and humble beneath God’s word.

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