Few things have been more divisive and controversial in the church over the past decades than issues concerning the presence and ministry of God the Spirit. This is both ironic and sad given that the unity we have in Christ is made possible and kept eternally by means of the work of the Spirit.
In this text we find the very first example of how the Spirit’s ministry in and through the church is to come. He never enters the spotlight. Rather, he comes, sent by Jesus Christ, to shine the light on the Savior by enabling Christ-followers to understand and proclaim the Gospel.