We, All to Often, Settle for a Happy Meal

Instead of relying on the Spirit’s work of delivering Christ and his gifts to his church through the means of grace – worshiping “in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:23) – we demand more immediate experiences that we can choreograph and control.  In so doing, we are never terrified, never caught off guard, never put on trial.  We sit down to eat and drink and rise up to play, settling for a Happy Meal that we can order right now, rather than a feast that God has prepared for us on his terms.  But in this way we avoid the real presence of the actual God who not only judges but saves us through his sinless Mediator.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 223

The Work of the Holy Spirit in and through Christ

This ought to be carefully noticed, especially since the Church has never sufficiently confessed the influence of the Holy Spirit exerted upon the work of Christ.  The general impression is that the work of the Holy Spirit begins when the work of the Mediator on earth is finished, as tho [sic] until that time the Holy Spirit celebrated His divine day of rest.  Yet the Scripture teaches us again and again that Christ performed His mediatorial work controlled and impelled by the Holy Spirit.

– Kupyer, Abraham

as quoted by Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 16