First week in a six-week series called Language of the Spirit. It is why we read from the Gospel of John today. Jesus uses the metaphor of the vine to explain this indwelling, this movement of mutuality. And Jesus goes on to say that the root of this indwelling and movement of mutuality is love. The true measure of dwelling in the vine, Jesus reminds the disciples and us, is dwelling in the love of the Trinity and keeping his command - love each other as I have loved you. It’s a love that is more than just kindness or pleasantries. It is a life-giving relationship. To bear fruit, it takes the vine grower, the vine, and the branches. It also takes the love and nurture that comes from the soil, the rain, the sun. The Father’s love for the Son is the basis for the Son’s love for the disciples, which in turn is the basis of their love for each other. Jesus says, Make my love for you your very identity. This is the Holy Trinity.
In this series, we explore the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity or Triune God? How does the Holy Spirit walk with us, be present with us, and guide us? We will discuss various characteristics of the Holy Spirit through Old Testament, New Testament, and Epistle scripture readings. Hopefully this series will assist you in naming and noticing the work of the Spirit in your life and in the lives of everyone you meet and also in the lives of those who you don’t even know. What exactly is the Holy Spirit up to in this time and place?