Holy spirit

May ‘Witness’ asks, ‘Who is the Holy Spirit?’

“I believe in the Holy Spirit. ”

Although millions of Lutherans confess these words every week during divine service, many have perhaps at times felt a mixture of curiosity and confusion when wondering:

  • Who exactly is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity?
  • How does he work?

To help answer questions like these – which come to the fore each year as the holidays of Pentecost (June 9) and the Trinity (June 16) approach – the May issue of The Lutheran witness offers readers an in-depth look at what the scriptures and Lutheran theology say about the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

Readers will dig into texts from the Book of Acts (with Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Oschwald) and the Gospel of John (with Rev. Dr. Charles Gieschen); discover (with Rev. Dr. Curtis P. Giese) what is so distinctive about a Lutheran theology of the Spirit; and marvel (with Reverend Tom Eggebrecht) to see the hand of the Spirit at work in the Church today.

Other notable highlights include a Bible study by Rev. Dr. Matt Richard and an original text from the Pentecostal hymn by Rev. Mark Preus.

“Great blessings come to us,” Giese remarks, “when we fully embrace a Lutheran understanding of who the Spirit is, how it works, and where it can be found”.

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Posted on May 21, 2019

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