What is the Spirit's testimony?

Jesus says, “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, this Paraclete will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify” (John 15:26-27)

What is the testimony of the Spirit? The Spirit will witness to the unconditional love of God that became available to us through Jesus. This divine love, as it becomes manifest within the structures of the world, is a light in the darkness. It is a light that the darkness cannot accept. The divine love of God reveals to us that fruitfulness is more important than success, that the love of God is more important than the praise of people, that community is more important than individualism, and compassion more important than competition. In short, the light of the Spirit reveals to us that love conquers all fear. But the world rules by fear. Without fear the world doesn’t know how to control or govern.

The Spirit’s testimony threatens the world. It is not surprising that anyone who testifies with the Spirit is a danger to the world.
- Henri Nouwen. Our Second Birth: Christian reflections on death and new life. (Crossroad 1998). Pp.167-168

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