Holy Spirit mediates the real presence of God. In Holy Spirit we encounter Jesus and our Father. In Holy Spirit we are enlightened as to the real Christ and His true Gospel. We can disregard Spirit’s witness, but not without cost. If we insist on our own gospel, a gospel that is not Christ’s gospel but some derivation that leaves us in separation from God when Christ has undone our separation by drawing us into the communion of God. If we insist on separation as a religion, there will be consequences.
ACCOMMODATED TO A MEASURE OF DEATH
The more sectarian and cult-like our beliefs, the more we immunise ourselves against Christ’s light and life.
As our hearts harden in positions that are religious but not Godly, Holy Spirit withdraws until we become open to God’s truth and humble enough to receive His life without measure. Holy Spirit does not abandon us, because God does not abandon anyone. But the Spirit will withdraw and leave us in the measure of death that we have chosen - until our decay or confusion causes us to repent and seek the light that we have denied.
“The impartation of the Holy Spirit to us as specifically the Holy Spirit confronts us with God himself in his unlimited Godness and Majesty, God in his utter Sublimity and Lordship. This was brought sharply home to people by Jesus himself when he told them that while evil-speaking against himself might be forgiven, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven.” (1)
Unless we can come to terms with the elephant in the room – the fact that our gospel is not His Gospel - the Kingdom of God cannot be realised in our community. Holy Spirit and the gifts are not a solution to a faith that retains us in the separation of Adam while suffocating our union with Christ our life.
By relying on fictions and engaging in all kinds of denial we can lose what we have. It’s amazing how many times apathy, stagnation and fragmentation can befall us and still we do not realise that rather than life as the core of our beliefs we have made an alliance with death – the kind Paul called ‘this body of death.’
‘Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them’ Matt 13,12 NIV.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “May God in His mercy lead us through these times; but above all, may He lead us to Himself.”
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 150). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.