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Thinking about the Spirit

Some quotes for your serious thought:
  •  "Fortunately, the Christian experience of the Holy Spirit does not depend on an accurate pneumatology. But, other conditions equal, the more accurate our thought, the more vital will be our experience of God ...". (p.121).  
"Social life is the necessary condition for the growth of the individual self, and at the same time it is the revelation of inherent and intrinsic capacities of that self. ...It is, then, from the social implications of 'spirit' that the whole development of morality proceeds." (p.68, emphasis mine).
"A selfish man, i.e. a man whose spiritual nature is yet undeveloped in its social relations, cannot 'know' the Gospel of an unselfish God, in the deep Biblical sense of knowledge, though its proclamation may awaken him to the discovery of his own stunted growth. 'He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen cannot love God whom he hath not seen'". (I Jn.4:20) (p.69, emphasis mine).
"However earnestly we may desire, however diligently we ought to see, the unity of the Church in both faith and order, we must not forget that the unity so emphasized in the New Testament is that of a common purpose, rather than of a common organization." (p.133, emphasis mine).
"But spirit, even in the overwhelming presence of the divine Spirit, is always active, and never wholly passive, though relatively it may be so described, and there can be no revelation of the divine into which the human does not, however infinitesimally, enter." (p.90).
Prophetic Consciousness
"In a deep and real sense, Christ is the one answer to our many questions, and we gain that answer by the experience of Him, not by a number of statements about Him. He becomes to us the centre of life, because our life finds its only satisfaction in Him, and then, as we interpret life from this new experience, He becomes the centre of thought. As the iron filings arrange themselves by pattern and order in the magnetic field, so our many scattered thoughts and purposes fall into their places, in proportion as He becomes central." (p.102, emphasis mine).
Please Note! • 
"Unless [the Church] is continually led by the Spirit into a deeper realization of God, and therefore a larger truth about Him, her repetition of ancient creeds will fail of its purpose, her devotion to the Bible will become pathetic antiquarianism. As for new developments of Christian truth, their truth will always be tested by the reaction of Christian life to them, which means the acceptance or rejection of them by the Holy Spirit, as vehicles of His activity. Prior to this final and infallible test, there is the intellectual sifting of new truth by its congruity with the old, not so much in form as in principle. Where there is continuous life (the Church's history), there will be some continuity of principle that will carry us back to the historic bases of the Church." (p.135/6, emphasis mine).
(Excerpts from 'The Christian Experience of The Holy Spirit' by H. Wheeler Robinson, 1951).
"But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image 
from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit."
2 Corinthians 3:16-18

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