About a year ago, we posted Come, Creator Spirit: Part 1. Click HERE to head over to that post if you need a refresher and/or did not get a chance to read it yet.
In chapter two Cantamalassa speaks of the Holy Spirit’s role in creation and in our lives. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity and part of the Creatorship. He is part of the Godhead, not some begotten, made up, created creature and deserves our worship! I think that we often don’t know what to do with the Holy Spirit due to His mysterious nature. I appreciate our Wesleyan heritage and the value it bestows on the Trinitarian view of worship; worshipping God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Which leads me to my next point.
We need to invoke the Holy Spirit upon us. What does this mean? The Holy Spirit as Creator wants us to experience the Spirit as Creator (32). Invoking the Holy Spirit means to abandon ourselves to the Sovereign action of God. Invoking the Holy Spirit means giving God “carte blanche”, total freedom to do as God wills (33). Conviction and self-reflection must be kicking in right now, I know it did for me!
One of the Holy Spirit’s roles is to renew. God moves, stimulates, enlivens and renews His creation. To create is to continually to make new (34), its nighttime chaos without the Spirit of God in our lives. We need to let Him transform that nighttime chaos into the light of faith and hope and love (39). Referencing Isaiah 6, Dr. John Oswalt (Old Testament Professor) once said, “Whether the king is internal or external, real sanctification cannot happen in our lives until the king dies!” We need to step out of this king role and let God be the sole monarch of our lives. This has been my prayer and should be the prayer of every living Christian, that we give the Holy Spirit “carte blanche” and let Him do His full work in our lives.
Finally, when we invoke the Holy Spirit, we receive grace. When Christ gives grace, He gives the Holy Spirit. When we experience the Holy Spirit we experience grace. The Holy Spirit and grace are tethered together. If you want more grace in your life, invite the Holy Spirit in.
Grace is not merely a kind of juridical title to a salvation, a sort of certificate of safe conduct, a passport; grace is a power that is real in the same sense as the Holy Spirit is a power that is real. Grace is an experiential reality...Grace is something that we experience and it is normal that we should experience it (50).
DAN RAUL FARCAS | WORSHIP ARTS PASTOR