The Holy Spirit And You

October 4, 2011

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you are aware that I occasionally post information about how we are to understand the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives today. I tend to be a cessationist all the while realizing that God is God and He can do whatever He desires. Obviously, at times He surprises us.

Here are two posts relating to the issue. First, Erik Raymond offers a short distillation of his view. He offers compelling reasons for his nearly cessationist view. Second, Mike Horton weighs in again on the issue. As is usually the case, Horton sorts through the issues and reminds us of how the Holy Spirit usually works in our lives. Here’s a quote:

The choice between Spirit and Word is a false one that has typically been forced by Protestant enthusiasm. We do speak past each other, but because we have different paradigms—not just because of different views of whether the sign-gifts have ceased. For example, the Heidelberg Catechism asks, “Where does this true faith come from?” Answer: “The Holy Spirit creates it in our hearts by the preaching of the holy gospel and confirms it by the holy sacraments.” Who creates it? The Holy Spirit. How? Through preaching the gospel and by ratifying it through the baptism and the Supper.

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