Jesus already has victory in every area of our lives, and is saying this very thing to you and me today. We need only realize the truth, with Jesus, and claim that victory for ourselves.
This is the deepest purpose of Bible study and prayer – to come to know and experience God’s love for us, Father, Son and Spirit, and to share God’s love with each other. The transformation of the Holy Spirit begins and ends here, in God’s love.
It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict hearts and reveal truth to minds. Our work is to love.
God’s mighty deliverance of the world through the cross held echoes of the ancient contest God entered into with the powerful gods of Egypt.
How in the world might Rumpelstiltskin be -at all- like the Paraclete?
To build good character is a human activity, but to become Christlike, to be sanctified, is a supernatural activity.
Peace I send forth to you, my peace I commit to you—not as the world delivers do I deliver. Do not let your hearts be troubled, stirred up, and agitated, neither let you all be afraid.
So we asked our class to rewrite doctrine. We gave them a short list of scriptures to work with, encouraged them to go wherever else in the scriptures they felt prompted (or inspired) to pursue, and to come up with a doctrinal statement. Here is what our class came up with:
God, the triune God, fully existed as we know God now, from always, from before the beginning, each Person completely equal in every attribute, though distinct in personality and work.
Jesus had delivered possibly the most offensive sermon ever given in his time, a message so viscerally horrifying, so unspeakably grotesque, that many must have been left actually speechless.