The Holy Spirit Then and Now 03-20-2014

Did the activity of the Holy Spirit end with the Acts of the Apostles and the writings of Paul, Peter, James, and John? Or is there continuing revelation through the Holy Spirit?

I believe the Holy Spirit continues to work with us through history, generation after generation. Each generation of Christians adds a letter to the New Testament. Harriet Tubman added a letter entitled “My Work on the Underground Railroad.” Saint Patrick added “Bringing Christianity to Ireland.” Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote “My Work in the Civil Rights Movement.” Millard Fuller added “The Birth of Habitat for Humanity.” Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and friends wrote a letter entitled “Dismantling Apartheid in South African.”

In George Fox’s journal, George’s spouse, Margaret, attributed the following words to him: “You will say, ‘Christ says this, and the apostles say this;’ but what can you say?” Fox’s emphasis on the primacy of firsthand knowledge and personal experience stunned the hearers. In a day when clergy were all mouthing the convictions of others Fox had the audacity to say, “I know what they all said, but what is your conviction?” If Paul and a handful of others were the only ones to write New Testament letters, Christianity would be a thing of the past. It is the generations of living witnesses that keep Christianity vital. It is up to each generation to incarnate the Word in ways appropriate for our times.