Understanding the Bible 36: Who Is the Holy Spirit?

How do we know the Bible is true?  That is to say, why should we trust the biblical vision of reality is anything other than wishful thinking?  Or is faith inherently “blind”?

Such questions are often met – both inside and outside the church – with philosophical arguments about the nature of being, first principles, Prime Movers and so on (with no all-convincing conclusion).  However, for Paul, the question was far more simply answered.  How do we know the gospel is true?  The Holy Spirit is now visibly at work in the church and indeed all creation – a truth Paul regarded as self-evident to those who knew what to look for.

In this episode we look at the Person of the Holy Spirit as revealed in the Spirit’s empowerment of the church to carry on the ministry of Jesus.  For – as Paul describes – it is through the Spirit that Jesus continues his work of salvation, directing and energizing his body.


This is a sermon that was originally presented at Canvas (a Presbyterian church in Irvine, CA), June 1, 2014. To learn more about Canvas, click here!


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