Veni Sancti Spiritus - Come Holy Spirit Alexa Rivera I Period 1/25/2017

What Is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is God's power in action, it's his active force.

How Did the Holy Spirit Come About?

At the Ascension of our Lord 40 days after his Resurrection, Christ promises the Holy Spirit will come upon the Apostles to be his witnessges to the ends of the earth. Ten days later, the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) empowers the Apostles to spread the Word.

influence and guidance in our lives

  • The Holy Spirit came to glorify Christ and to lead believers into all truth.
  • The Holy Spirit came to enable you to know Christ through a new birth and to give you the power to live and share the abundant life which Jesus promised to all of his followers.
  • In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul explains, "When the Holy Spirit controls our lives He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control..."
contemporary example

How the holy spirit continues the work of jesus

  • The Holy Spirit works in the world, convincing persons of sin and bringing them to repentance and faith, guiding them to fullness of life in Christ.
  • The Holy Spirit is the Counselor who is always present with God's people and reminds us of all that Jesus said and did. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth who guides the believer, and serves as the guarantee of the eternal inheritance promised in Christ.
  • The Holy Spirit intercedes for the believers in agreement with God's will. He helps the children of God in their need, cleanses and sets them apart for holy living, and empowers them for service.
  • The Holy Spirit is also present in the corporate life of the church, inspiring unity, worship and service. His presence is realized as the church is open and responsive to the Spirit's leadership.
  • The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to all believers according to His sovereign will and purposes. Scripture identifies a variety of gifts, given for the building up of the church and for ministry in the world. The Holy Spirit guides the church in setting apart persons for leadership. The church is responsible to discern and encourage the use of the gifts of the Spirit in its life and ministry.

biblical origins of the Holy Spirit

The Spirit is mentioned often throughout the Bible. In Genesis a "wind from God swept over the face of the waters," as if taking part in the Creation (1:2). Later in the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible), we often read of "the Spirit of the Lord."

In Matthew's account of Jesus' baptism, Jesus "saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him" (3:16) and he "was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted" (4:1). After his Resurrection Christ told his disciples, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you" (Acts 1:8). A few weeks later, on the Day of Pentecost, this came to pass: "And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind....All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:2, 4). As the Book of Acts and Paul's letters attest, from that time on, the early Christians were vividly aware of God's Spirit leading the new church.

personal reflection

The Holy Spirit plays an important role in my life. Not only because I am catholic and a strong believer but because I know and I believe that the Holy Spirit helps me have a closer relationship with God. The Holy Spirit guides me into the light of truth and good. In my life I look upon the Holy Spirit and pray to him to enlighten me, to make me more sensitive to the things of God. The Holy Spirit guides me personally but it also guides all of us, as a community; the People of God. The Holy Spirit guides us in discerning God’s will from our own will. With having the Holy Spirit within me I believe that it's important in our daily lives and it will be just as important in the future and for the rest of my life. I will look upon the Holy Spirit in times of hardship whether it's a personal issue or even a political issue in society.

“Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Romans 5:5

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