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Divinely persistent, God really loves us

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Divinely persistent, God really loves us.

The Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead is working to infiltrate the whole creation with God's love. Paul's testimony to the work of the Spirit in Romans 8 is for me the key chapter in the New Testament. Dependence on--and receptivity to--the daily presence of the Spirit makes possible faith, hope and love in a human life. In addition, Romans 8 implies a cosmic work of the Spirit: the Spirit yearns for the redemption of the whole created world, not only us human inhabitants.

Donald W. Shriver

Donald W. Shriver Jr.'s latest book is On Second Thought: Essays Out of My Life (Seabury).

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