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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
“Lord and Giver of Life”

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2 Corinthians 3:12–18

From the Confessions: The Nicene Creed

“And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life...”

Pulling It Together

We have considered the Holy Ghost, or Spirit, in the Apostles' Creed. A few more words about God's Spirit are added to the Nicene Creed. He is called Lord. Too often, the Holy Spirit is thought of in a disembodied manner. No wonder, when we think of ghost and spirit the way we do. We think of him little better, if at all, when we reckon him to be merely a heavenly force. The Holy Spirit is as personal as Jesus and as relational as the Father. God's Spirit is somebody. He is the third person of the Trinity. He is rightly called Lord, since he is just as much our master and benefactor as the Father and the Son.

The Nicene Creed also calls the Holy Spirit the Giver of Life. Scripture speaks of all three persons of the Trinity creating life. The Spirit gave life to Jesus in the womb of Mary. It is Christ's Spirit within us that produces newness of life. He is indeed the Lord and Giver of Life. But all this is meant to say, between the lines, that the Spirit is person, one of three persons we confess as God.

Prayer: Bless you, Lord Christ, for sending the Spirit Lord to indwell us and give us new life. Amen.

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