The Sending of the Holy Spirit into the Church
The sending of the Holy Spirit is equally real as the sending of the Son and equally as necessary for our redemption.
Acts of the Apostles 2:1-13
The new miracle of tongues reverses the Tower of Babel: because of the gift of the Holy Spirit, men can now communicate with God and with one another. The spirit of Christ opens us not only to God, but to our fellow man. THIS IS THE NEW CREATIONS, THE NEW COMMUNITY. How do we help make this NEW COMMUNITY? How do we hinder it?
The Spirit of Christ is a POWER
The Spirit of Christ is a Spirit which leads us to WITNESSING:
1 John 5:6 ff.
He is a present witness in the Church through us who are open to Him. The witness we then bear is to Christ always, not to anything or anyone else.
The Spirit of Christ SETS THINGS IN MOTION, STIRS THINGS UP, BLOWS WITHER HE WILLS.
The Spirit of Christ is a Spirit of prayer ? through His own Spirit, Christ prays in us, and helps our weakness in prayer: "The Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit Himself expresses our plea in a way that cannot be put into words, and God, who knows in our hearts, knows perfectly well what He means and that the pleas expressed by God's holy people are according to the mind of God.
Romans 8: 26-27
Gal. chapter 5