Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More on growing the Spirit

Thomas Howard says that is in the nature of union to produce fruit. Our procreative ability and process is an illustration of this aspect of our God.


Brian Killian said...

In a way, bearing fruit is the fundamental mystery of existence. Everything wants to exist, to be, to be more, to grow, to blossom. Creation has a bias toward life, towards fullness.

In Genesis God commands all the living things he creates to multiply and declares that it is very good. The natural image of this 'fruitfulness' of things is Spring. Do you know anyone who hates Spring? How unnatural would it be to hate the spring-time?

I have been thinking about this recently in relation to the grain of wheat that Jesus uses to image his own fruitfulness.

Ike said...

The reason the Spirit has a white-hot passion to empower us to the ends of the earth with a witness about Christ is that God's overarching purpose from beginning to end has been to glorify himself in the whole world. This great purpose runs through the whole Bible.

The purpose of God and the passion of the Spirit are not yet completed. We might question why, but Jesus' answer will always be, "It is not for you to know the times and seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority."