The Lord and Giver of Life

Yesterday was Pentecost, celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit and, in effect, the birthday of the Church. Our pastor preached an outstanding sermon on what a Spirit-filled life actually is. We will be in the Pentecost season for quite a while, so it’s good to think about the Holy Spirit and His work in the Church. We often complain about church issues, but when it comes right down to it, the Holy Spirit is living and active whenever God’s Word is proclaimed, even when our congregations seem mundane and ordinary. We often look for the Holy Spirit in spectacular manifestations, missing Him where He says He will be, doing what He says He will: convicting the world of sin and righteousness, bringing us to faith in Christ, and giving us life:

So, in the words of the Nicene Creed:

I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spake by the Prophets. And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Geremy

    Our first year seminarian preached on Saturday, and he actually used the Pentecost Eve lessons, which was not planned, but ended up being very cool. He talked to us about the New Immanuel–Immanuel, of course means, God With Us, and how the Holy Spirit is now always with us in Word and Sacrament. I had never thought of Him that way.

  • Geremy

    Our first year seminarian preached on Saturday, and he actually used the Pentecost Eve lessons, which was not planned, but ended up being very cool. He talked to us about the New Immanuel–Immanuel, of course means, God With Us, and how the Holy Spirit is now always with us in Word and Sacrament. I had never thought of Him that way.


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