THE NURTURER

1 Peter 2:1,2 – Amp. – So put aside every trace of malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander and hateful speech; like newborn babies [you should] long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may be nurtured and grow in respect to salvation [its ultimate fulfillment], if in fact you have [already] tasted the goodness and gracious kindness of the Lord.

The Holy Spirit is the most misunderstood member of the Godhead. Many think of Him as a force or energy and refer to Him as an it. Years ago I was introduced to the ministry of A. B. Simpson and began to see another whole picture of the Trinity, especially the Holy Spirit. Everyone recognizes the Fatherhood of God and Jesus is often referred to as our elder brother. Simpson began to bring out the nurturing characteristics of the Holy Spirit and actually began to imply that she could be viewed as the mother image within the Trinity. It really makes sense. If man and woman are created in the image of God where did the feminine characteristics come from? Here is how Simpson describes this beautiful aspect of the Holy Spirit.

“All the representations which the Scriptures give us of the Holy Ghost are in harmony with this thought of divine motherhood. The regeneration of the soul is described as a new birth, and the Holy Ghost is the mother that gives us this birth. The guidance and nurture of the Spirit after our conversion are described in language borrowed from the nursery and the home. In the deeper needs of the soul, the comfort of the Holy Ghost is described to us under the very image of a mother’s caresses and a mother’s love. “As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you, and ye shall be comforted, saith the Lord.”

When I first read this years ago it was just a little too radical for me. As I have grown older and more dependent on the Holy Spirit I have to agree with Simpson. The Holy Spirit is a nurturer and a comforter. He has nurtured me through my Christian life and many times I have really needed His comfort. No one loves the same way as a mother, this characteristic is absolutely from the Lord. So to me the family of the Trinity is complete; the Father, the Son, and the Nurturer.

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