At the same time, we are to pursue a perspective that is built around heavenly realities and relationships. The Institutional Church (ecclesia) has killed only two kinds of people: Those who do not believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ, and those who do. Jealousy is an intensely painful and powerful emotion that the conduct of the believer elicits from the Spirit of God. He can be delighted. The totality of our personhood including our psychological make-up has been molded to be a reflection of the divine. That, by the way, is the number one question I have been asked about the Holy Spirit since writing Names of the Holy Spirit. In fulfilling these roles he should know intimately the biblical role of emotions. Every pastor does counsel in preaching—often very directly—and therefore, also should counsel and disciple individually. “Karl Barth has called the expansion in [Genesis 1] v. 27b a ‘definitive explanation’ of the text of v. 27a. 8:22 “the whole creation groans” because it has been made pointless and ineffectual due to the rebellion of man. As we proceed, we will examine the source of our emotional life—God himself. Experiencing the Spirit There can be physical manifestations of the Spirit's moving in the body and/or emotions. They don’t want to look foolish or make a mistake. No such space exists. Verse 12. The pain of school bullying? With great emotion, he who is among us suffers because of us. It is to our advantage that the Christ outside of us left the disciples, so that the Holy Spirit would come to reside inside of us. “To walk” (peripatevw, peripateo„) is a most general term for the principles that should hold sway over our lives. Management of our emotions is a by-product of a number of such factors. I think that there is a reason why the bible does not explicitly state that the Holy Spirit can be angered in the same way as it describes the anger of God in the OT or Jesus at the corruption of religious belief and practice. But you know him, because he resides with you and will be in you. Baptism by the Holy Spirit is not manifested by speaking in other tongues (languages). As the three previous practices are learned, the heart finds peace, joy, and love more and more present. the interconnectedness that characterizes the life and work of the three persons of the Trinity. Dreams from the Holy Spirit, however, are often different. As they are followed they will produce wonderfully positive emotions and inner abilities in the life, as indicated by the accompanying vocabulary connected with the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control …” (Gal 5:22–23). These primary emotions are encapsulated in the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). In a number of ways the process of living a godly life is designed to make the believing heart aware of the Trinity. The barrier between God and my flesh is temporarily removed, and I commune deeply with Him. The entire ethic starts with a picture of the believer’s identity with Christ. Such moods help believers determine God’s attitude toward certain thoughts, situations and behaviors. It is not a person but is a powerful force that God causes to emanate from himself to accomplish his will. Moreover, even though the Holy Spirit is a divine, mysterious presence, he occupies a strategic place within us. 8 . God does have the ability not only to think and to will, but also to feel. He reveals the glory of God. Alcoholism? Jer 15:1—“Then said Yahweh to me, ‘If Moses and Samuel were standing before me, my soul would not be with this people.’”. Paul uses the term lupevw ( lupeo„ ) , defined by BDAG as “grieve, pain” and which in our popular parlance may be translated “deep pain” to describe the Spirit’s experience in response to our sinful behavior. The Spirit is described in various parts of scripture as fire, power, faith, peace, joy, fullness, or holiness (the seal of God’s promise in and on us). Finally we must learn how to cooperate with this person for our emotional well being. If it weren’t so, Paul would never have penned 1 Corinthians 14:27-33. But, when we start on page one of the Bible, before creation ever even began, we see a depiction of the spirit of God hovering over the dark, disordered waters of … But God is more than emotions: God is the infinitely deep love and relationships shared among the Three in One. Spirituality is a life normally dominated by primary emotions—primary in the sense that these are what Christian existence is founded upon. In Jas 4 the author contrasted the life lived for the flesh and the life that was to be lived for God. Within our frame is an unimaginably complex set of abilities. Verses 8-11. 1 . When we receive ‘the Spirit’, ‘the flesh’ is not totally gone. — Will Durant. 2 . According to researchers about one out of twenty pastors still counsels and another one out of twenty trains disciples. As he gave his advice, he taught how to deal with strong and powerful emotions. 4:4-7), Who's Afraid of the Holy Spirit? And what goodness we had in us, is cut away by the swords we hold in our own hands. Enslavement to gossip? One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control. The process of generating these emotions is completely dependent upon the Holy Spirit’s work. Please understand I had been in pain for several weeks and had experienced high levels of stress. What is true of our bodies is true of our emotions: God did it! Sometimes when the Holy Spirit is stirred within me, I feel ecstatic–like I could float right up through the ceiling. The Holy Spirit is pained when Christians negatively communicate with each other and when they refuse to forgive each other. Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), What the Church Could Use More of: Scholarship. Then I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it does not see him or know him. We have to recognize or differentiate what is going on within our emotional life and in the management of our appetites (Gal 5:16-24). Walther Eichrodt, Theology of the Old Testament (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1961-67) 2.122-130; J. Barton Payne, Theology of the Older Testament (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1962) 226-227; Hans Walter Wolff, Anthropology of the Old Testament (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1974) 159-162. Psychology addresses the emotional nature of humanity. Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? In Gal 5 Paul has contrasted the dispensation of the Spirit with the law, or more exactly, a corrupted version of the law embraced by the Judaizers. Oh, we don’t have to imagine it, the history of Inquisitions, Crusades, witch hunts and the psychological abuse of non-conformists to the cultural norms of the ecclesiastical sub-culture in contemporary churches provides all the insight we need on that subject! With a simple black-and-white image of a dove as the main emphasis (noun) in the oval, learners need only to think of eight different words to describe the Holy […] Yet Christians generally understand that God is incorporeal, or is not a body. That would make the Holy Spirit the “father” of Jesus, if the Holy Spirit were a person. 22 and 23. The word is the noun-form of the verb found in vv. I see the anger of the Spirit as God saying, “I find this situation despicable,” not “Go over there and punch them!” I’m sorry I didn’t address that in more detail. As we cooperate with the Spirit and sound spiritual principles, we shall experience an increasingly rich emotional life. Verses 5-7. In some senses the Holy Spirit is the emotionally rich member of the Trinity5 insofar as he is the primary agent of personal interaction with us as human beings. Galatians 5 is a longer example of the same reality that the Holy Spirit is involved in a ministry to our emotional life. And the first one should be going on all the time. I have placed my spirit upon him.” In this verse the soul senses delight.1, Notice the collocations or the terms that are found around the word “soul.” They are emotionally rich terms like delight, hate, burden, etc. As I laid hands on her to pray, the Holy Spirit said, “Pray for her to receive healing from sexual abuse.” I stopped the words just before they exited my mouth. Acts 2:3-4 (NIV) states, "They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. He functions at the confluence of our imagination, perspective, ego, and emotions. You also remember them come morning. It occurs in the description of Christ’s suffering in the Garden (Matt 26:37), “[he] became anguished [lupei'sqai, lupeisthai] and distressed.” In a sense, we can say that Jesus the Messiah had his passion in the Garden and on the cross, but the Holy Spirit has his continual passion within us. Many believers hesitate to receive the Holy Spirit because they’re not sure what to expect. I’ve heard some preachers say, “Whenever God comes, He brings everything that He is with Him.” It may sound cliche, but it’s true, especially of the Holy Spirit. What is of great importance is to notice the sequence of transitional words and phrases that show that the sections of the passage are interconnected and interdependent: Each new section’s application is dependent upon the practice of the preceding portion’s principles, with the result that the commands of the third and fourth sections are based upon the practice of all the preceding parts. The Holy Spirit reveals God’s thoughts, teaches, and guides believers into all truth, including knowledge of what is to come. D. By reckoning we relate to God personally instead of to our appetites (Rom 6:11-12). Since he is a sensate being, God has what can be described as a soul. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ This empowerment can be sovereign as in his flooding ministry (Luke 1:15, 41, 67; Acts 2:4; 4:8, 31; 9:17; 18:9; overwhelmingly filled) or we can cooperate as in his filling ministry (Acts 14:26; Eph 5:18; filled with character). For if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you”(John 16:7). When Jesus came, he was God with us. From his initial post, it sounds like we agree on our beliefs about the Holy Spirit. Some people might find that description unsettling, but it’s really the most comforting and freeing sensation imaginable. Spirituality is a life normally dominated by primary emotions. The work of the Spirit is obviously in the arena of the emotions. This evidence of the emotional impact of the Spirit of God is also found in Eph 5:18 where Paul tells the believers in Ephesus to not get drunk with wine resulting in dissipation and instead to allow the deficits to be filled up by spiritual qualities. In doing this we can transition from unbridled appetite to self-control. We are a reflection of that deep and wondrous reality. Life demands an understanding of emotions. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Until we become wholly transformed, probably not until we have entered into the fullness of Eternity, we will always hear two voices. As the Proverb says, with all that we guard, we must guard the heart, for from it are the goings-forth of life (Prov 4:23). But even more than that, the Holy Spirit surrounds me with His gentleness and compassion. Our identity in Christ gives us permission to be richly personal concerning our internal struggle: seeking the things above deeply affects the way we perceive things and therefore changes the way we feel; setting our perspective properly also has a deeply emotional result. It is easy to presume that soul and spirit imply substances, a spirit substance and a soul substance. Because the power of the Holy Spirit is literally the power of God, the ability to act and influence is infinite, unlimited, and eternal. I can’t emphasize enough the freeing power of the Holy Spirit. To appreciate this role, three factors must be examined and understood. a. This is indicated by his personal reactions. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. Use this worksheet to help children think about the Third Person of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit. He’s done so much in my life! If you’re reading this and wish to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, just pray and ask God. Far more so than any other member of the Trinity, the ministry of the Spirit of God is uniquely connected to the emotional life of the believer.6 Concerning this Jesus also said. Setting aside the biblical realities and the evangelical scene, simple existence demands an understanding of the place of emotions. Believers struggling to get free of addiction and evil desires usually find success only when they receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The language of the Bible expresses it this way. Yes, we have a soul like God but that is only a part of it. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of God Himself, after all. So it is true that each builds on the previous, but that does not mean that the believer cannot retrogress in this process. ~Sandra Kring. Biblically humans are not compartmentalized. Deep pain. Some churches teach that the Holy Spirit takes control of believer’s bodies, but this is heresy. Since those realities are so, they carry weighty implications for how Christians should teach and preach and counsel and lead. God is also described as having a soul. Gone. The term is used often for the longing of one person for another who is absent (Rom 1:11; Phil 1:8; 2 Tim 1:4). The preceding carries with it the following implications. As we do so we remain confident and conformed to the life of the Son. It is fascinating that not only does the Spirit of God address our inner life with its never-ending stream of emotions, but the Holy Spirit’s experience within us is deeply emotional. The work of the Spirit of God in the fruit that he produces is in stark contrast to the works of the flesh (Gal 5:19-21): “…hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish rivalries, dissensions, factions, envying, … and similar things. This gives us information as to where we are starting from, either with spirituality or carnality. Seemingly the healthy tree is the identity, perspective, and relationships of the righteous person. This can only be done though as the previous relationships are sustained and used. The Holy Spirit can be “grieved” or “quenched”; but nowhere in Scripture is the Holy Spirit said to have been angered. Inside of us is a world of emotions, appetites, and imagination. That’s a pretty weighty thought to digest. We can actually put them to death as they course through our members. Indeed the implications for the spiritual life and the practice of Christian counseling are endless. He is not a desiccated philosopher, but a passionate lover and ruler. He grieves, He knows, He is eternal, He encourages, He gives understanding, He gives peace, He … If confusion, addictive feelings, and discontent are present, the person’s state may certainly be carnal or non-spiritual. 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