By Bradford E. Hinze, D. Lyle Dabney
Veni, Sancte Spiritus, Come, Holy Spirit, is an invocation that has echoed down throughout the centuries as Christians have recalled, celebrated, and expected the arrival of the Spirit-not in simple terms that of the nice ceremonial dinner of Pentecost, but in addition within the numerous locations and occasions during which God has breathed the Spirit anew into the background of God's humans and the background of God's global. This number of essays seeks to attract consciousness to that groovy number of advents of the Spirit, and through so doing to supply an orientation for students and scholars alike to the learn of Pneumatology, the disciplined mirrored image at the Christian doctrine of the Holy Spirit. those essays have been initially ready for a symposium on Pneumatology that was once held at Marquette collage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 17-19, 1998. the crowd of foreign and ecumenical students that convened for this event-historians, biblical exegetes, philosophers and systematicians-were invited either as a result of their attractiveness of their respective fields in addition to their widely known contributions to the research of this doctrine. Their collective mandate used to be to enquire the manifestations of the Spirit as those are being handled within the a number of theological disciplines. From the start, as a result, the goal was once to supply a suite of papers that will function an efficient advent to the present kingdom of study into Pneumatology.
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The incarnate Word is Wisdom pouring out her spirit. John exploits the moment of Jesus’ death to suggest that the Spirit is given already there, at least 50 George T. Montague proleptically. For, instead of saying that Jesus simply expired (as do Mark and Matthew) or that he handed over his spirit to God (Luke), John says Jesus “handed over the Spirit” (Jn 19:30). In keeping with John’s coalescing Jesus’ death and resurrection in one saving mystery, he sees Jesus giving the Spirit at the very moment of his death.
But all four accounts speak of the promise that the coming one would baptize with the Holy Spirit. That claim would certainly surprise a Jew whose expectations had been shaped by the Old Testament, for, as we have seen, while the Spirit might rest on the Messiah, only Lady Wisdom was said to pour out her spirit, and no prophet had been known or foretold to immerse the world in the Holy Spirit. In the Q tradition common to Matthew and Luke the Baptist adds “and fire,” evidently meaning the fire of purification and judgment (Mt 3:11-12; Lk 3:16-17).
For these scholars the effort to affirm the importance of the Spirit in the Christian doctrine of God has not been used as a reason to erase the distinctions in the divine reality in the interest of promoting the divine unity in the Spirit. 13 Second, as much as these essays reflect a profound respect for Christian doctrine of the Spirit in a trinitarian framework and as such set certain limits and perimeters, there is, nevertheless, an implied consensus that a commitment to honor the Spirit requires that one be open to the diversity of manifestations of the Spirit.