Essay on Basil And The Holy Spirit

903 Words Feb 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Basil in On the Holy Spirit argues that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are essentially equal in nature. While heretics try to subvert the role of Holy Spirit in the trinity, Basil rightly argues that there is no distinction in authority between the three persons. He argues that from the beginning of time, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were one in the same, and even if someone were to “travel ever so far backward you cannot get beyond the was, and however you may strain and strive to see what is beyond the Son, you will find it impossible to get further than the beginning.” Basil argues that in the beginning, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit were still the triune God, and to subservient the Holy Spirit or call the Son “unoriginate” in blasphemy. The Arians and other heretics want to degrade “the Son in relation to the Father, as though He were in a lower place,” and in doing this they absurdly degrade the Son, who is equal in power and majesty to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Basil argues that the Holy Spirit brings believers into an intimate relationship with the Father. He postulates that just as a beam of light penetrates the transparent body of water, the Holy Spirit “makes [believers] spiritual by fellowship with Himself” as the light of God shines through them and witnesses to others. He adds to this by saying that “just as when a sunbeam falls on bright and transparent bodies, they themselves become brilliant too” as the creature becomes more like the creator…

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