The Source of Life: The Holy Spirit and the Theology of Life

By Jürgen Moltmann; Margaret Kohl | Go to book overview

VI
Charismatic Powers of Life

Every life that is born wants to grow. When someone is born we talk about his or her birthday. Life begins. The senses awaken. The child opens its eyes and sees the light. It begins to breathe, and feels the air. It cries, and hears the sounds. It lies beside its mother and feels the warmth of her skin. The life that we say has been ‘born anew’ from God’s eternal Spirit wants to grow, too, and to arrive at its new form or Gestalt. It is not just our hearts that are born again. So are senses. We see the world ‘with different eyes’. The enlightened powers of our understanding wake to knowledge of God. The liberated will seeks for conformity with God’s will. The beating heart experiences God’s love, and through that love is warmed into love for life. Through trust in God we discover a new trust in ourselves we had never dreamed of. The experience of God’s Spirit is like breathing the air: ‘God breathes unceasingly in the soul and the soul breathes unceasingly unto God,’ wrote John Wesley. In the Spirit God himself is present and surrounds us from every side. We live and breathe in God’s atmosphere. So the Holy Spirit becomes the new life’s vibrating and vitalizing field of energy: we are in God and God is in us. Our stirrings towards life are experienced by God and we experience God’s living energies (Psalm 139). In the ‘broad place’ of God’s presence the new life can unfurl (Ps. 31.8). In this way God’s Spirit is experienced as the power of the new life in us, and as the space of the new life round about us.

Life is always specific, never general. Life is everywhere different, never the same. It is male or female, young or old, Jewish or Gentile, white or black. disabled or not disabled,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword ix
  • I - Wrestling with God 1
  • II - The Holy Spirit and the Theology of Life 10
  • III - Born Again to a Living Hope 26
  • IV - A Meditation on Hope 38
  • V - The Sanctification of Life 43
  • VI - Charismatic Powers of Life 55
  • VII - Life's New Spirituality 70
  • VIII - In the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit 89
  • IX - There is Enough for Everyone 103
  • X - … and Thou Renewest the Face of the Earth' 111
  • XI - What Are We Doing When We Pray? 125
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 146
  • Index of Names 147
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