We read in John 15:26, "When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me."
The "sending" the "going out" which Jesus refers to here is not like a king sending a servant. It is an extending of Himself – the Holy Spirit, the third part of our Triune God – which proceeds from God as another manifestation of Himself. God is extending His own power to fulfill His own designs in this world.
It is like a rainbow in a storm. The storm is not the rainbow. Neither is the rainbow the storm, but they are a part of each other . . . separately identifiable, yet the same. The rainbow cannot be seen until the Sun highlights the rainbow. Just so, God cannot be fully realized until God the Son gives His light to roll back the dark.
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Contributed by Steven Chapman on Feb 8, 2001
Dr. Ellin Greene, of the University of Chicago, has said, "We get so quickly sidetracked from the simple story nature of our faith. We begin to think that theology saves us, that truth is somehow embodied in our theology of the Atonement, or our mastery of eschatological charts. But when Jesus ...read more
Contributed by Bruce Howell on May 30, 2001
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Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Jun 21, 2001
[Christian Contradictions, Citation: Joseph Roy, Leadership, Vol. 5, no. 4.] A true Christian is a sign of contradiction--a living symbol of the Cross. He or she is a person who believes the unbelievable, bears the unbearable, forgives the unforgivable, loves the unlovable, is perfectly happy ...read more
Contributed by Evie Megginson on Aug 3, 2001
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