Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Day of Pentecost

Bamberg Apocalypse miniature (11th Century)

The following quotation may seem very simple but it is deceivingly so. Phillips is communicating a powerhouse here - something utterly radical:

Every time we say, "I believe in the Holy Spirit," we mean that we believe that there is a living God able and willing to enter human personality and change it.

- J. B. Phillips

The question before us is this: Do we really want our personality to be entered by the living God and then changed?


  1. This is too too good. Thank you.

  2. I'm really glad you think so, Jan. I thought so too.

  3. In a sermon, I once heard it said that once one believes the human personality can be changed by the Holy Spirit then it must be considered what one will do if the Holy Spirit does not change them to suit the rest of the church/believers?
    Carolyn L.

  4. That's a very intriguing question, Carolyn. Did the person preaching have any suggestions in that regard?

    The pressure in the Church to measure up to the expectations of others is considerable, isn't it?


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