thread: 2007-02-13 : Exorcism

On 2007-02-15, MikeRM wrote:

Ben, you may have misunderstood only slightly.

My understanding is that the Holy Spirit is considered to be at work through the Church (= the company of all faithful), inasmuch as the Church is faithfully carrying out the work of God in the world. I think Paul says in one of his letters to churches that "you" (collectively) are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

It's a little bit like the Jewish concept of the Shekinah (NinJ will probably correct me here), but instead of being in all creation it's just in the Church.

Having said which, there's an undercurrent in obscure parts of contemporary theology that in fact the Holy Spirit is God at work in all creation and every situation generally - that wherever you go, there he/she is already. The Church doesn't need to carry him/her into the situation, he/she is already there just waiting to be revealed.

I personally like that.


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