Glenn Nielsen

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

Jacob Preus

Scripture References in this Resource

John 7:39; 2 Timothy 1:7; Exodus 31:3; Haggai 2:5; John 1:14; John 1:32; John 11:4; John 12:23-28; John 12:32; 34; John 12:41; John 13:31; John 14:26; John 16:14; John 17:1; John 2:11; John 3:14; John 8:28; Proverbs 1:23


The paper is thus quite helpful, for now my personal question is answered. No, I am not missing out on anything of the Spirit. My relationship with Christ assures me of that. It also answers the more academic inquiry, which produces the thesis of this study: the work of the Holy Spirit is exclusively and continually Christological. Or, as Frederick Bruner says, commenting on the title of his book, The Holy Spirit: Shy Member of the Trinity,

What I mean here by shyness is not the shyness of timidity(cf. 2 Tim. 1:7), but the shyness of deference, the shyness of a concentrated centering of attention on another; it is not the shyness (such as we often experience)of self-centeredness, but the shyness of another-centeredness. . . . The Spirit is most present where Jesus is most central. The Spirit does not mind being neglected if Jesus is not.

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