Category Archives: Holy Spirit

Mondays with Marty

In this week’s installment from Off the Record with Martin Luther, Luther highlights the courage of the believer and its source:

6896. Just as the Holy Spirit is stout-hearted, and scorns death and all danger, so too are true Christians, in whom the Holy Spirit resides, brave and resolute. For a Christian is defiant and proclaims: “If God does not want me alive, then I will die; if he does not want me rich, then I will be poor.” But the Devil’s Spirit deceives and makes one depressed. That is why God speaks defiantly to the snakes and Pharisees, the hypocrites, as he said in Deuteronomy 28:63: He will rise up and bring ruin and destruction. (p. 388)

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Mondays with Marty

In this week’s installment from Off the Record with Martin Luther, Luther speaks about the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us:

6896. Just as the Holy Spirit is stout-hearted, and scorns death and all danger, so are true Christians in whom the Holy Spirit resides brave and resolute. For a Christian is defiant, and proclaims: “If God does not want me alive, then I will die; if he does not want me rich, then I will be poor.” But the Devil’s spirit deceives and makes one depressed. That is why God speaks defiantly to the snakes and Pharisees, the hypocrites, as he said in Deuteronomy 28:63: He will rise up and bring ruin and destruction. (p. 388)

DISCLAIMER: The views reflected in this quote do not necessarily reflect those of the author of this blog. This quote is shared in the interest of edification, education, and/or humor.

The Work of the Spirit in Redemptive History

Have you ever found yourself thinking “I need a fresh start in life”? Or have you ever felt completely alone, like there was no one who truly knew you from the inside out? Have you ever felt like you lacked the power necessary to do what you know God wants you to do? Or have you ever wished that God would just speak to you a word of comfort, encouragement, or even correction?

Let’s be honest. All of us have been there at some point. Maybe some of you in this room this morning are there right now. Would you believe me if I told you that the answer to those questions is found in a story that starts in Genesis and ends in Revelation?

That’s what I tried to show this past Sunday morning when I had the privilege of preaching  at Christ’s Covenant Church. My task was to trace out the work of the Spirit as we follow the story of the Bible that runs from creation in Genesis 1 to the new creation in Revelation 21–22. Here is the audio:

Following the Spirit through the Story of the Bible

P.S. In light of the sermon topic, I thought it might be helpful to point to books that are helpful when thinking about the work of the Spirit throughout redemptive history:

Jim Hamilton, God’s Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments

John Harvey, Anointed with the Spirit and Power: The Holy Spirit’s Empowering Presence