Wednesday, January 21, 2009

God With Us

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Matthew 1:23
This scripture is referring to the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He took on human form, and thus became God with us. However, I've been pondering lately that the title "God with us" is probably more appropriately given to the Holy Spirit.*

The promise each week as we take the Sacrament in remembrance of the Lord's body and blood is that we will always have the Spirit to be with us. When I think about it, I feel like I know the Father and the Son, but I know less about the Spirit. This seems odd to me, since the Spirit is the member of the Godhead I've been promised the constant companionship of. He is the one I've been commanded to receive as hands were placed on my head after I exited the waters of baptism. I know I've felt the presence and promptings of the Spirit on many occasions, but I don't feel like I really know Him.

I'm going to recommit to getting closer to the Holy Spirit. In doing so, I'm sure this will also draw me closer to the Father and the Son, as they are all united. (Although, I suppose that since I feel close to the Father and Son, I'm probably closer to the Spirit than I realize.)

Anyway, this is my morning rambling that probably doesn't make much sense. I'm back in school now, and it's keeping me so busy that I don't have much time for anything else. Have a great day!

*I'm well aware that in contemporary LDS speech, the term "Holy Ghost" is more commonly used instead of "Holy Spirit". I prefer "Holy Spirit" because I like how it sounds better. Chalk it up to hanging around with Jesuits.

1 comment:

Kim Siever said...

Personally, I usually say "The Spirit".

Interesting point on knowing about Jesus and God more than we know about the Spirit. Good incentive to learn more.