06 June 2011

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

At this new Pentecost, we see how the Holy Spirit transformed the fainthearted, despairing, and cowardly hearts of the apostles and disciples into courageous heroes, awe-inspiring giants and invincible men, who boldly defy the whole world and the devil himself. -- Blessed Martin Luther, HP II:160.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think it is noteworthy for us, in whom the Holy Spirit also dwells, that He did not work this miracle as soon as the Apostles received Him, but fifty days later, on the Feast of the Giving of the Law. (Micah 4:1, “… the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains …”. How much higher than Mt. Sinai!) “But you will receive power,” our Lord said, “when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses …” From this we can conclude that we should not expect to have that same power – it was a special gift to the early Church, a birthday present, so to speak. Nevertheless, each of us receives gifts from the Holy Spirit, according to His will, not ours: 1 Cor. 12:11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he

Inasmuch as Pentecost is upon us, I could not resist commenting on one of my favorite topics.

Peace and Joy!
George A. Marquart