On a recent interview Jack Levison described his budding interest in the Holy Spirit as being partially inspired by a visiting, newly graduated Bible student. When Jack (who was 15 at the time) asked the visiting teacher about spiritual gifts, the young man quoted him 1 Cor 13:10: “but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.” Jack was told this verse meant spiritual gifts were no longer needed–the Spirit was no longer needed–because we now had the Bible.
Jack was inspired by this negative experience–the idea that Christians believed and taught that we simply didn’t need the Spirit anymore because we could now read about the Spirit and the good news of Christ in the Bible. Needless to say, instead of abandoning the idea of the Holy Spirit, Jack was drawn into the mystery of the Spirit. And thank goodness he was.
Can any of you relate to Jack’s experience? I know I certainly can. (I know my friend Becky can.) But really, I relate more to being drawn into the mystery. And that’s what the Holy Spirit seems to be to us right now–this ever-present, priceless mystery. Mysteries are wonderful things because their whole purpose is to draw us in and make us think…and discover. Who doesn’t love a cozy mystery?
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