The Spirit of God is Known by Fellowship

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In the New Testament the Holy Spirit is in an essential manner the Spirit of the “community” of Jesus, the “Church”. For the Holy Spirit is a spirit of fellowship, bringing individuals out of their isolation, making “one body” of them. To be sure, there is for the most part little evidence of this in our churches, a sign of how little the Holy Spirit is alive within them. As the fire is to be known by it brightness and warmth, so the Spirit of God is to be known by the fellowship it produces. And as fire kindles fire (what looks like fire but does not spread is probably only pyrotechnical display), so like kindled by the Holy Spirit must spread and ignite all with its burning. It was in this way that the Church of Jesus Christ spread….It is the Spirit’s way of working. The Holy Spirit is God at work now, redeeming, coming to us in the word concerning His Son, the “triune God.”

Emil Brunner

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