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If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Cor 5:17

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In many circles there is a tension between word and Spirit.  What I mean is that in some churches there is an emphasis on the Word of God, and though the Holy Spirit is acknowledged as being in existence, He is almost the unmentioned person of the Trinity.  In other churches there is such an emphasis on the Holy Spirit that it seems that He is the chief person of the God head.  Those churches that emphasis the work of the Spirit will often be so looking for the Spirit to work through power that there is little need to be seeking God through the Bible.

So, how does the Bible reconcile this difference, so evident among Christians?

Here is an illustration that emphasises how each has a part of the story, but we need both in order to really seek God as God intends.  What is more, there are dangers in both camps of going beyond the Lord into unhealthy spirituality, when the emphasis is maintained without balance.

The biggest surprise to many is the that Jesus picks holes in each theology and in his death points the way to a new direction.