This is life

And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”
Acts 5:32 NRSV

It makes a difference. Coming to believe in Jesus brings about a transformation; it’s not head knowledge but a new heart. The promise is that hearts of stone become hearts of flesh. And from this encounter a life is built, a life of hope.

The divine is named in this reading as the person of God, Holy Spirit. Other readings imply an agency of God; an action producing a certain outcome, power to obey.

The consequence is that what is received by the believer is the reassurance of Jesus resurrection, their lives built on receiving the witness of the spirit to the truth.

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
John 20:29 NRSV

This was addressed by Jesus to Thomas who refused to believe in the resurrection because he had not seen his body for himself.

Jesus adds a post resurrection blessing for his followers, the power to believe, a foundation for faith.

This entry was posted in meeting and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.