“A truly spiritual person is not only good but also beautiful in that they reflect the divine beauty.”


A Spirit of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness

The world is constantly being renewed or regenerated. By ancient tradition the Holy Spirit is associated with the creative act.

“… and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,” and there was light.” (Genesis 1:2-3)

“When thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created; and thou renewest the face of the ground.” (Psalms 104:30)

When we are baptized, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us. The Spirit allows us to hear the Word of God yet remain hidden itself.

“I have laid up thy Word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalms 119:11)

In the new covenant this idea is taken up and expanded upon.

“When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you in all the truth; for he will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” ( John 16:13)

The Holy Spirit is thus revealed as the Spirit of Truth, moving us to contemplate the Beauty and Goodness of God. The beauty of creation and the perfect beauty of the divinity are reconciled in the third person of the Most Holy Trinity.

A Spirit of Light

Genesis not only associates the Holy Spirit with the creative act but also with the divine light. This association continues in the Psalter and the Book of Isaiah.

“For with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light do we see light,” (Psalms 36:9)

“I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6)

“Then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.” (Isaiah 58:10)

In Christian thought, this light is recognized as transformative and abiding in every man.

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light.” (Matthew 6:22)

“The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world,”( John 1:9)

“And night shall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:5)

This divine light, which enlightens every man, is the spark of the Holy Spirit that was imparted to man at his creation.

“…then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath (spirit)  of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)

“And when He ha said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit,'” (John 20:22)

Man was created in the image and likeness of God. Man is of God’s race and more intimately associated with Him than any other creature.

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image,'” (Genesis 1:26)

“Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, a representation by the art and imagination of man,” (Acts of the Apostles 17:29)

Man is essentially a creature of light and as such is attracted to the divine light. Man naturally seeks beauty, as it is a reflection of Him who is beauty perfected.

“One thing I have asked of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.” (Psalms 27:4)

“But test everything; hold fast to what is good (kalon),” (1Thessalonians 5:21)

The greater the degree to which a person pursues the spiritual, the more the divine light of the Holy Spirit shines from within and the more beautiful that person becomes. A truly spiritual person is not only good but also beautiful in that they reflect the divine beauty.

© Lawrence Klimecki

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