A thirty second interaction led to ten months of intensive study, twenty-six hours of live teaching, seventeen years of walking it out, two of which were spent writing it down. 57,133 words later, Wind, Water, and Fire: Understanding the Holy Spirit through Biblical Symbolism is now a published work.
Available in print and Kindle on Amazon.com, this in-depth and practical study examines eight of the most prominent symbols the Holy Spirit uses for Himself in Scripture. Richly illustrated and containing over seven hundred Scripture references, it shows the Spirit’s handiwork in the creation and the many ways He interacts with us. The following is from the introduction.
“The premise is simple. It comes straight from Romans 1:20. The created things teach us about the Creator. But not haphazardly. Exactly how the lessons of the creation are to be applied to the Godhead is codified for us in Scripture through symbolism. Thus, the Father is the Potter, The Son is the Lamb and the Lion, and the Holy Spirit is—well, that’s what this book is all about.
In painting a picture of Himself, the Holy Spirit wasn’t content to be cast in singular hues. He has far too many dimensions to His personality for monochromatic expressions to do Him justice. His infiniteness required symbolic language that on the surface appears contradictory but in actuality works to provide us a glimpse of the breadth, length, depth, and height of His Being. Thus, He is wind and cloud, water and fire, oil and lamp, dove and eagle, to name a few. It is through this language of symbol that we are enabled to begin to grapple with the Third Person of the Trinity.
How do you hug a spirit? Better to ask how the Spirit hugs you. It is my earnest hope and desire that you feel His embrace as you read this work.”