The Holy Spirit and the Trinity by HC120930235319


									The Revd Dr Graham Tomlin
 “I had wasted much time on follies and
 spent nearly all my youth in vain
 labours, and devotion to the teachings
 of a wisdom that God had made
 foolish. Suddenly I awoke as out of a
 deep sleep. I beheld the wonderful
 light of the gospel truth, and I
 recognised the nothingness of the
 wisdom of the princes of this world. I
 shed a flood of tears over my wretched
 life, and I prayed for a guide who
 might form in me the principles of
 “We can add nothing to
 the Creed of Nicaea,
 not even the slightest
 thing, except the
 glorification of the
 Holy Spirit, and this
 only because our
 fathers mentioned this
 topic incidentally.”
 The Holy Spirit belongs with the
 Father and the Son
 “We are of necessity guided in the
 investigation of the divine nature by its
 operations. Suppose we observe the
 operations of the Father, of the Son and of
 the Spirit to be different from one another,
 we shall then conjecture, from the diversity
 of operations, that the operating natures are
 also different... Identity of operation... proves
 invariability of nature.”
 The Holy Spirit belongs with the
 Father and the Son

 The Holy Spirit unites us with Christ

 The Holy Spirit perfects created things

 The Holy Spirit transforms us into the
 image of Christ
 “The Holy Spirit is equal
 to the other Trinitarian
 persons because he is
 holy as they are; because
 he is intimate with them,
 and because he makes
 possible our intimacy
 with God.“
 Inviting the Spirit to do His work

 Seeing the Holy Spirit in relation to the Father and the Son

 Seeing the Holy Spirit’s primary work as transformation
  into the image of Christ

 Seeing the Holy Spirit in the Cross

 Seeing the Holy Spirit in the World
 Which aspects of Basil’s theology of the Spirit did
 you find most surprising? Or helpful?

 What are the characteristic strengths and
 weaknesses of ‘charismatic’ churches? Are there
 other ways in which a Trinitarian Pneumatology
 helps develop those strengths or address those

 What are the true signs of the work of the Holy
 Spirit in the church or the world?

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