\\\ Trigger Warning \\\ The New Testament (NT) documents can’t be treated as entirely normative for the present-day church … “Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch” from The Bible and Its Story by Charles Horne and Julius Brewer, public domain
An appreciation for differing views of time within Scripture can clarify the controversy over human free will versus divine predestination.
How is it that in modern religious communities, appeals to the Holy Spirit for religious authority are more likely to start arguments than to settle them, more likely to separate believers than unite them, and more likely to confuse the issues at hand than clarify them?
The modern-day fragmentation of Christianity is stark against the Christian unity portrayed in the Book of Acts. Borrowing an image from politics, the ancient church was a “big tent.”
“Nicodemus came to Jesus by night…” by G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection,Library of Congress
The continuing presence of the Holy Spirit is not a controversial issue for most Christians. The implication of the Spirit’s presence IS.
The final image for understanding the Holy Spirit is that of “Prophetic Fulfillment.”