Origen’s pneumatology greatly informs his theology of God, humanity’s participation with the Trinity, and his doctrine of the Scriptures. All in all, Origen found the Spirit to be at work throughout the Scriptures, and he sought participation with the Trinity through the Spirit—both for himself and for his hearers.
Let’s say you’re in this boat too: being convinced by Scripture and convicted by the Holy Spirit to step out, deeply burdened to see lost people in your neighborhood, bars, coffee shops, gyms, grocery stores, and schools meet Jesus. This means you have to think like a missionary—a mindset that requires both studying the culture you find yourself in, as well as engaging with it.
This week’s post breaks down Origen’s doctrine of the Holy Spirit into three categories. Next week’s post demonstrates how Origen’s pneumatology impacts a number of his key speculative doctrinal positions.
“Our Father in heaven.” Not every Christian can (or does!) pray those words to God with ease. I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately from other Christians in the Church regarding how to go about relating to God as “Father” when one has an understanding of a father that is so skewed, so damaged, so beyond repair.
Approaching these texts from an oral perspective honors the oral nature of the society from which the gospels emerged. They were written at a time when fewer and fewer eyewitnesses were alive to validate the oral traditions of the gospel accounts. The gospels represent the solidification of these traditions into a written form, preserving the accounts for future generations.