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Contemporary Comments 2017
Texts: Acts 5:1–4; 1 Corinthians 2:10, 11; Isaiah 63:10–14; Titus 3:4–6; Romans 8:11; 1 Peter 1:2
It’s a strange mystery. A gold treasure hoard was discovered last week in Great Britain inside an old upright family piano. The British Museum is determined to find out why and how the pile of coins was stashed inside the piano sometime in the last 110 years. The new owners of the piano stumbled on the treasure, which experts describe as “substantial.”
The museum is purposefully not giving away all the details so that would-be claimants could accurately fill in the gaps to prove their link to the cache. The current owners of the piano recognized the historical significance of the find and reported their discovery to a local museum. The British Museum revealed that the piano was made and sold in 1906, but have lost track of different owners through the years.
The hope is to find the original owners and return the goods to the family. It’s possible that criminals hid the gold in the piano, but more likely that an absent-minded person died “without telling relatives their secret.” The inquest will determine if the hoard can be classified as a national treasure. If it is less than 300 years old, then it must prove to be made “substantially of gold and deliberately concealed by its former owner.”1
Some people find the nature of the Holy Spirit to be an equally baffling mystery. In this week’s Sabbath school lesson, titled, “The Divinity of the Holy Spirit,” we consider the deity of the Spirit. Does the Bible expressly describe the Holy Spirit as Divine and on the same level as God? The answer is not simply stated in the Scriptures. It is more subtle and requires some digging and searching.
But the diligent student will find ample evidence to clearly link the Holy Spirit with God. The Spirit is not some secondary, mystical, ghost-like vapor of energy that is without personhood. Rather, Christ spoke of the Holy Spirit as a distinct person. “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you” (John 16:14, NKJV).
The activities of the Spirit give us clues to discover the nature of the third person of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit was present at creation and is involved in re-creation. David wrote, “You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth” (Psalm 104:30). Paul explained, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11).
The Holy Spirit need not be a strange mystery to the one who is willing to search the Scriptures and discover the true origins of God’s Spirit. And as you look for clues, don’t forget who will help you. Jesus said, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13).
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