Giver of Life: The Holy Spirit in Orthodox Tradition by John Oliver

By John Oliver

Presents the Orthodox point of view on who the Holy Spirit is, the place the secret of God comes alive.


Delving deep and subtly into Orthodox culture and theology, Giver of Life articulates the id of the Holy Spirit because the 3rd individual of the Trinity in addition to the function of the Holy Spirit within the salvation of the realm. Written with a poetic sensibility, Fr. Oliver starts off with Pentecost, an occasion uniquely celebrated in Orthodoxy as a time while greenery of all types is introduced into church buildings. “The splash of eco-friendly foliage calls to brain not only lifestyles, yet a unique type of lifestyles. it's the existence that transcends organic lifestyles and flows from the very Godhead Itself; it is existence that’s a nation of being—immortal, eternal, changeless. Ferns and flora fade and die, yet souls filled with this ‘life from above’ flourish forever.”

Reflecting at the courting of the Holy Spirit to the Church, to the area, and to the human individual, Giver of Life appears to be like to the awesome biblical and liturgical culture of Orthodox  Christianity. it is a ebook weighty in content material yet obtainable in tone, now not an instructional research of the brain, yet a lived event of the heart.

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No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in an electronic retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other—except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. com Printed in the United States of America To my wife, Lara, and our children— through whom the Giver gives me Life Contents PREFACE INTRODUCTION 1 O Heavenly King 2 The Comforter 3 The Spirit of Truth 4 Who Art Everywhere Present and Fillest All Things 5 Treasury of Good Things 6 Giver of Life 7 Come and Abide in Us 8 Cleanse Us from Every Impurity, and Save Our Souls 9 O Gracious Lord NOTES Preface A MAN IS LOST IN THE WOODS.

As we learned in chapter 2, Christians of antiquity convened councils as a way to sift through competing truth claims, and the first two councils drafted the “Nicene-Constantinopolitan” Creed, which the Orthodox have embraced ever since. From the Latin term credo—“I believe”—the creed is our statement of what we believe to be true. Reading through the creed together, we can consider what it reveals about the Holy Spirit, who is the “Spirit of truth,” as Christ calls Him in the Gospel of John (14:17; 15:26; 16:13), and about the Godhead in which He dwells: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Onlybegotten, Begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father; by Whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man; And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; And ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end.

Come, inconceivable person. Come, endless bliss. Come, non-setting sun. Come, infallible expectation of all those who must be saved. Come, O Powerful One, who always creates and recreates and transforms by Your will alone. Come, O invisible and totally intangible and impalpable. Come, You who always remain motionless and at each moment move completely and come to us, asleep in hades, O You above the heavens. Come, O beloved Name and repeated everywhere, but of whom it is absolutely forbidden for us to express the existence or to know the Nature.

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