"Call on the keys of comfort and your spirit will be filled to overflowing with the comfort of the Holy Spirit that will bring you through difficult times."
Dream Queen--The Holy Ghost
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:27)
First Published October 1982
It's funny how God puts women last. It's very oriental and very Jewish, even though "the female" is the mother. Well, that's the way it is in the Jewish and Oriental cultures. Was "the female" there first before Jesus, or maybe all three at the same time?
John says of Jesus: "He was in the beginning with God and was God. All things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made." (John 1:2,3) He as good as says the same thing in Proverbs--that He was there in the beginning before the world was. He says, "I was there!" "The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was." (Proverbs 8:22-23)
It says that Jesus was the "beginning of the creation of God". (Revelation 3:14) If He was the first creation, "She --the female " must have already been there, like a mother would be, like God, who always was and always will be. Like a mother and father seem to their children, to our children it seems like we've always been here.
If Jesus is the bridegroom and we are His bride, where does "She" fit in? She has to be the mother, if God is the father. A mother is a beautiful conception of the Holy Spirit. If "She" seems to be like the human relationship, it would only be natural to liken her to the mother. She certainly fulfills the ministry of a mother in every way, gentle, wooing, loving, caring, praying, feeding and empowering.
If you begin to accept that "mother" concept and apply it to her relationship with the trinity and with us, it fits beautifully. I think it helps you get a much better idea of the beauty and the wonderful ministry of the Holy Spirit. I think it's a beautiful idea, whether you want to accept it or not. I like it, it appeals to me, and it helps me to grasp the true meaning of the Holy Spirit by picturing Her as a mother, the mother of the trinity, the mother of Jesus spiritually, the mother or the wife of God, the three of them as the Holy Family of God.
So much has been said and taught about God the Father and God the Son, but really very little has been said or taught or even understood about God, the Holy Spirit, the mother of the trinity and her beautiful relationship with the others as the spiritual wife of God and the spiritual mother of Jesus, the way she is certainly pictured in the book of Proverbs, (Proverbs 8) as well as throughout the whole Bible, by the Spirit and Mary etc.
I think we have as much right to call "Her" female, to liken her to a female mother, as those translators who insisted on using male pronouns in many places where it also meant "her" or "she". They apparently couldn't stomach the idea of the Holy Spirit being female, they wanted the trinity to be all male. What male chauvinism, Heaven run by a bunch of men, nothing but men and no likeness of a woman in Heaven! If you want to insist on the idea that there are three men running Heaven, I wouldn't really know who the other guy is supposed to be like, if not a woman! One's a father and one's a son, who's the other guy, uncle, brother, cousin?
I wonder why the artists never got an idea like that, to picture the Holy Spirit as the mother? It then immediately came to me, "Well they did, they painted lots of pictures of her, but they got her confused with Mary because of Catholic doctrine!"
Maybe through the exaltation of Mary they were really getting into a truth that they didn't quite understand: the fatherhood of God and the motherhood of the Holy Spirit, one with the sonship of Jesus.
She's God's wife in a sense, the mother of the Holy Trinity, and Jesus is their son. Like we are the wife of Jesus, the bride of Christ, She is the mother of the family of God. Many people have seen visions of her, and all that time they must have been seeing the Holy Spirit like I did, but because of Catholic doctrine they thought it was Mary.
If you would take all that the Catholics have seen, and heard, and envisioned of Mary, and conceived of her, her glorification as Queen of Heaven, including all the inspired art masterpieces of her etc., I think you would have a pretty good picture of the Holy Spirit as the spiritual mother of Jesus and therefore the wife of God and therefore the mother of the Holy Family, the Holy Trinity. It then all makes sense.
In a way, like Jesus is a picture of God, Mary was in a way a picture of the Holy Spirit. That's literally what it means by the Word of God, it means the logo of God, the expression of God, the message of God. We studied that in Greek when I was in Bible college, what a deep meaning there was to the Greek word "logo" which is translated in John 1 as the "word". It was sort of like, the logo was a little bit of God himself, an expression of Him, a manifestation of Him in Jesus his Son.
You might say that Jesus is like the tip of the iceberg, the part you can see: but by far the greatest part of the iceberg- God, is out of sight, hidden underwater, and only a tiny part is visible to the human eye, like Jesus. Jesus is a representation or expression of God, or the Word of God, the part of him that we can see and understand. Even though you can't see the rest of the iceberg, you have a faint idea of what it is like by the part that shows above water in this world, in this realm, the realm of man. So we know that God must be love by the loving part of him that we can see in Jesus, the warmth and the humanness of Christ.
Mary, his mother is almost like a physical expression or picture or representation of what the Holy Spirit is like, the mother of the Trinity. What a beautiful picture of the Holy Spirit we find in a mother, like in the mother of Jesus! No wonder the Catholics got the two confused, Mary, the mother of Jesus, with the Holy Spirit, the true mother of the Trinity.
Just as we think of God as father and Jesus his son, I think of the Holy Spirit as the mother of the Trinity. How fitting, how understandable, comprehensible and honourable, giving her her rightful place and due deference and reverence as the very wife of God himself, the mother of the Trinity, the true spiritual mother of Jesus, of which Mary is a rather beautiful, physical, natural and earthly likeness.
She's right there in Proverbs 3:13-18; 4:5-9; 7:4; 8:1-36; and 9:1-12 as plain as day, in fact, all the way through the Bible, if you accept the fact that "She's" the spirit of God. Everywhere it mentions his Holy Spirit, there she is.
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