the neglected Person of the Trinity

The Holy Spirit, called the third Person of the Trinity: the Triune God- doesn’t call attention to itself/himself. The Spirit glorifies the Son who in turn glorifies the Father, all sharing in the same glory which is inherent in God alone. The Spirit has been characterized as the shy Person of the Trinity and likened to the Love which passes between the Father and the Son. And all Three in their Eternal Oneness are said to be in a Perichoretic dance, each not only in Communion, but in Union with the other.

The First/Old Testament which sets the stage for everything has been said to be the age of the Father. The Final/New Testament begins with the age of the Son, when Christ came and was present with us as God-in-the-flesh. And through his death and resurrection, and after his ascension, the age of the Holy Spirit in the Spirit’s descent in power upon the church remains to the present day until Christ returns.

Actually it is important to think in Trinitarian terms, since God in God’s Oneness, can’t be separated. God is revealed as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Through Jesus we know the Father, in fact Jesus said that to see him is to see the Father. Through the Spirit, we know Jesus.  And the Father gives the Spirit through the Son. And so the Triune God wonderfully works as Diversity in Unity.

Tomorrow is Pentecost Sunday, and as my friend Allan R. Bevere points out in a most interesting post, this ought to be for the church a day on par with Christmas and Easter. We remember and celebrate the coming of the Blessed Holy Spirit in whom dwells the Father and the Son. New life and resurrection power comes through the Blessed Holy Spirit.

We do well to bow down and cry out in worship of the Trinity, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God of Hosts.” And to remember that our life existence in creation and new creation, as well as our Help is in the Blessed Holy Spirit: God.

See another interesting post by Stephen Bilynskyj which I think helps us get a nice glimpse into the work of the Spirit in the church.


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