Titles of Holy Spirit 1
Illuminator – Light
In Scripture, we often encounter theme lights. In the first act of creation, God separates light from darkness (cf. Gn 1: 3). And at the end of the history of salvation, it will be to have the new creation of God as his light (cf. Rev 21: 5). The alternation of days and nights is a symbol of our situation, that it is about those who have not yet reached the fullness of redemption but expect light that does not pass away, and thus God himself will be (cf. 1 John 1: 5). In this context, we understand why Christ appeared like the light of the world (cf. John 9: 5), which shines in the darkness and which he tries to absorb the darkness (cf. John 1: 4). Even Christians do they are to show as sons of light (cf. Lk 16: 8; John 12,36). Because of this, they receive light from above, enlightenment by the Holy Spirit. The term “light” is a metaphor, an example, so it provides the possibility of different interpretations. The Jews connected light with life, the Greeks first with the knowledge of the truth because only under the lights can a person move and see what meets. In this second aspect, we can also see the relationship between Christ and the Holy Spirit. Jesus, he himself, declared the truth (cf. John 14: 6) and therefore the light. So the fathers explain Psalm 36:10: “though you are our light, we see the light “in the sense that in the light of the Spirit, we see the light of the world, which is Christ. It is not just a pun, but a confirmation of what St. Paul says with the sentence: “… only under the influence of the Spirit Someone may say, “Jesus is Lord” (1 Corinthians 12: 3). Even if someone studies the whole of Scripture, and if he valued church traditions, he would not have become a Christian without the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is confirmed by those who have been converted to Christianity in adulthood. They experienced that the faith was given at some point as an undeserved gift. And Christians themselves know that the best understanding of Christ’s teaching comes as enlightenment from above. That is why the church prays on various occasions “Come the Light of the Mind!” One preacher of our time enjoyed explaining this truth, this example: certain underground caves are visited by tourists who admire the beauty of stalactites and stalagmites. It was a hundred years ago dangerous and dark caves. The introduction of electric light made them these breathtaking places. Something a similar thing happens in human life, albeit full grief when the eyes of the heart illuminate the light of the Spirit. How many thoughts draw your head, especially when you are alone and not overwhelmed by activity! Where do they come from? According to Orig en, the idea can have four causes: from our mind, it is a memory or a reflection; it can be
inspired by an evil spirit; it can be the inspiration of angels, and finally, it can come from the Holy Spirit. Is and possible to recognize this different origin? The basic rule is simple: good spirits impose good deeds, evil bad spirits. However, it is not easy to realize right away at the beginning, where the idea takes us. That’s why it was
“distinguishing spirits” is especially important in the lives of saints.
They set different rules so that one would be well versed in this area.
Among these rules we will underline one thing:
The authors have learned to distinguish between ideas that come “from the outside” and those that come “from the inside.” the “from the outside” are very abundant and have an external cause: some seen object, heard the narration, excerpt books read, or the influence of someone we are with they talked, which “inspired” us an idea or image. These thoughts are different from those that come from inside. The fathers also find out and the grandeur of these thoughts convince them that it is the Holy Spirit himself, who lives in the heart and makes his voice heard “in the castle the interior of “our” I “appears to be a kind of enlightenment full rooms. Syrian authors often talk about it and describe this experience metaphor. They say: the heart resembles a fountain. If it is pure, the sky is reflected in it, but also in the her mirrors divine thoughts. Who is used to hearing them, no further instruction is needed? About those who born of the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ word applies to Nicodemus: The wind blows wherever he wants; you hear the sound (cf. John 3: 8). It is easy to compare the Holy Spirit to breathe, blow, to the wind.
The moments in which the Spirit speaks to man can be significant, so he silences the perception of the bodily senses and the mind so that they are “ecstatic.” rarely, but it’s not against nature. Against nature is the exact opposite, when the lower part, bodily feelings suffocate the voice of the Spirit. Therefore, they are recited at the beginning prayer watches as a warning of the word of Psalm 95: 8: “If you hear his voice today, do not harden your hearts!”
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