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Opening THE Book with Rev John K-S August 2021

REV JOHN K-S 05-2021Rev John Kinchin-Smith
Assistant Minister, St Andrew’s Church, Gorleston

Jesus of Nazareth was crucified at the time of the Jewish Festival of Passover. Seven weeks later, during the Jewish Festival of Pentecost, Peter announced to a great crowd who had gathered, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call”. You will find a full account of this event in the Book of Acts chapter 2
Who or what is this Holy Spirit? Shortly before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus had promised his friends and disciples that he would be leaving them but that they would not be left as orphans. “I will send you another, just like me” Jesus promised. This was the Holy Spirit or “Spirit of truth” in Jesus’ words. And he promised that this Holy Spirit will enable people to have a true understanding of their sinfulness and need of forgiveness. The Holy Spirit will bring to mind Jesus’ words. And the Holy Spirit will guide into all truth and tell of what is yet to come. (John’s Gospel chapters 14-16)
St Paul, from his own experience of the Holy Spirit, added that the Holy Spirit will bring forth in people’s lives the qualities of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. He called these “the Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians chapter 5:22). He also taught that the Holy Spirit will give spiritual gifts to the followers of Jesus such as the ability to heal, prophesy and perform miracles. (1 Corinthians chapter 12)
Above all, St Paul wrote that it is by and through the Holy Spirit that a person comes into a personal relationship with God as “Father” and Jesus as “Lord”. He wrote, “By the Holy Spirit we cry, “Abba, Father”. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans chapter 8:15-17). “Come, Holy Spirit”


also published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


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