Jesus teaches so much about the Holy Spirit because apart from the Spirit of God we cannot live the Christian life God calls us to in His Word. Learn more about the importance of the Holy Spirit in Christianity. The Holy Spirit, He taught them would come alongside them. 1. As mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, outpourings of the Holy Spirit can include healing, prophecy, exorcism, and speaking in tongues. Wherefore, both in Holy Scripture and inthe writings of the fathers, men are styled regenerated, new creatures,partakers of the Divine Nature, children of God, god-like, and similar epithets.Now these great blessings are justly attributed as especially belonging to theHoly Ghost. Peter responded, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." [4]. So they started asking, "What is happening?" Anything less than this dishonours Him and exhibits an heart of unbelief which comes under His condemnation. [9] The entrance into the third stage is a "birthing," with all the labor pains that normally accompany such an experience. Old Testament Promises. Moved by the Spirit, he recognized the promised Messiah. This time Peter was a purified person, humbled, free of any inflated self-illusions. What will your answer be. They heard a noise from the sky like a strong wind blowing. Jesus looks at Peter, and Peter looks into Jesus' eyes. Father Antoninus Wall, O.P. Saint Paul tells us that the face to face encounter will not happen to anyone while he still exists in this world. This is what King David had been talking about in the Psalms when he wrote the song to God that says: "You will not leave My soul in Hades [that is, the world of the dead]; You will not let Your Holy One's body rot.". 1 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. It is all too easy to attribute to the Holy Spirit inner movements that should be attributed solely to the human spirit. Who are the persons in our midst who have reached this third stage of the journey? He has served as associate pastor in Seattle and as Professor of Theology at Immaculate Heart and Dominican College. Love is in its most intense, deepest, and least selfish form at funeral Masses. With spiritual maturation, our spiritual development can survive without the external support system that brought it into being in the first place. It was the beginning of Christ's church. Then Peter stood up with the other eleven apostles. We must, therefore, pass from this world into the next to attain that loving union with God. [10] We can see this Word with our eyes, hear him with our ears, and touch him with our hands. Christ’s cause on the earth is advanced through the Spirit, through individuals who are indwelt by the Spirit. "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you." The stage has been set for their return to their true home. That same Holy Spirit has come upon you; He inspires you and teaches you. Rather, they were tears that flowed from a totally new vision that Peter had of himself, the real Peter, the true Peter, the Peter he was when Christ was no longer alive in him. Surely there were times when you wavered, when you experienced doubts about Jesus' mission, when you experienced fear coming from your association with him? Simeon located reality primarily in the world within. 2 And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. When a woman is in travail she has sorrow...but when she is delivered of the child, she no longer remembers the anguish." In the family, they find it is easy to believe in Christ and his message. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. For him it is his inner world that has primacy. A belief in the real presence of the Holy Spirit as described in this account of the Day of Pentecost is integral to the Christian faith. Impossible! He is "the Spirit of adoption of sons, whereby we cry: Abba,Father." Like the prodigal son eating the food of the animals in his charge, they remember "even the servants in their father's house live better than they do." Basil de Sp. The deity of the Holy Spirit may raise problems in our minds, but the first thing we must always do, if we want nothing but truth is to believe what God says in His Word, even if we do not understand it. In his judgment of himself, such behavior was simply impossible for him. They now mean, "You know I love you because you, yourself, put this love back in me after I had killed it by my denial of you." Peter preached to them some more. So, "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." He told the crowd that they were not drunk, but that what the prophet Joel had said would happen was happening. Jesus' statement that he must withdraw from his followers raises many questions. Divine providence adapts to this human condition. The Pentecost event brings us to the third stage of the journey to God in this world. The Holy Spirit would bring that power (Acts 1:8) 4. a 2 And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, * and it filled the entire house in which they were. Peter could not wait for the boat to land. Imagine what would happen if one were to take Peter aside at that moment and ask him how he could be so certain of his loyalty? The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts. The Holy Spirit came to the earth to begin a new ministry on the Day of Pentecost (Acts Acts 1:4-8; Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:17; Acts 11:15). All three work together to move persons forward on the journey to union with God. Their external presence excludes their intense presence in our heads, hearts, emotions, memories, and imagination. They had to experience who and what they truly were without Christ alive in them. You do not have to join a denomination; in fact, since God never commanded you to, you should not. 1 When a the Day of Pentecost had fully come, b they were all 1 with one accord in one place. If Christ had sent Peter out before he had reached this third stage of his journey to God, Peter would have gone out with the enthusiasm typical of his personality. The Holy Spirit is the name of the third person in the Trinity, sometimes called the Holy Ghost.Jesus promised the Apostles that he would send the Holy Spirit after his crucifixion and resurrection: "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Were they tears that flowed from his love of Jesus? We are naturally drawn by our senses to the world outside. THE TRINITY. When God asks us to surrender to him the life of one we love, he is not quashing in us our love for that person. The Coming of the Holy Spirit Acts 2. After some time, they also had begun to recognize dimly that Jesus was more than merely human. Learn more about the importance of the Holy Spirit in Christianity. It was only after this purification had taken place, and they had been emptied of self, that the mature Christ was born in them with the coming of the Holy Spirit. Then Peter told them, "Repent [that is, change your mind about sinning], and each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. They still had not reached the face-to-face encounter with God. [5] It was thus that Peter entered the third stage of his journey to God. When we have the Holy Spirit in our lives, we can walk into a new feeling of freedom no matter what the situation past, present or future. The lambs and sheep of Christ would have gone hungry. John, the beloved disciple, recognized that it was the Christ. Separation from Christ, experiencing life without him, often prepares one for his rebirth within. After all, this is a love he created in us in the first place. b 3 Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, * which parted and came to rest on each one of them. From the Gospel accounts, though, it is clear that they still had a long road of spiritual growth ahead. In many paintings of the Annunciation, the Holy Spirit is shown in the form of a dove, coming down towards Mary on beams of light, as the Archangel Gabriel announces Jesus Christ's coming to Mary. —Psalm 104:30; 139:7. what comes and leaves its appropriate, inevitable effects that build on the particular coming. Ten days later, when the apostles were all gather together in one room, the Holy Spirit came on them like Jesus had said. And God adds everyone who He saves to His church. Holy Spirit, in Christian belief, the third person of the Trinity. From the time of his evangelical conversion in 1738, Wesley became a tireless exponent of the evangelical message of salvation by faith alone, which emphasizes the person and work of the Holy Spirit at each stage in the process of salvation. In each period of time, God will begin new work, and in each period, there will be a new beginning among man. The story of the coming of the Holy Spirit in an almost visible form – a form that was perceived by the senses – is one of the most dramatic stories in the New Testament. The Holy Spirit. Then, there is the spiritual man. On the other hand, Saint Thomas points out, the wise men were gentiles and, typically of gentiles, were sincerely searching for ultimate answers in the stars. Christ comes to bring us more abundant life, God in his love for us shares His divine life with us as fully as possible, Sanctifying grace enables us to respond to God, There is much discussion today about the proper understanding of the coming of the Holy Spirit. In fact, the Greek word of “advocate” means “one who comes alongside another.” Jesus made it clear to them, and to us, that the Holy Spirit would not only walk alongside but dwell within us. But he failed to recognize that the source of these sterling qualities in him came from Christ alive in him. But it is a faith like Peter's, which is ten percent within and ninety percent sustained by their experience of Christ's external presence in others outside them. The answer lies in the dynamics of love. Indeed, their faith seems to be strong. Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, ” You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” Jesus being led by the Spirit. They find it easy to live in harmony with the moral demands of Christ's message. The Church is the organic completion of the united body to the Head – Jesus Christ. Saint Thomas points out that humans tend to live in the senses. For the first time he could see clearly Christ within, the mirror of the divine. How could you have doubted me?". Jesus said "you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. Matthew 11:1-5 - John the Baptist asks why the kingdom isn't coming in (cp Matthew 17:10-13, note the Lord's answer about John's role, if the people had believed). a 2 And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, * and it filled the entire house in which they were. 2, S13: "Jesus is to be understood as about to change His Disciples from being carnal or animal-minded into spiritual men. . He will begin to deal with the sins in our life and help us overcome them. THE COMING OF THE SPIRIT. The story of the coming of the Holy Spirit in an almost visible form – a form that was perceived by the senses – is one of the most dramatic stories in the New Testament. The answer is clear. 1 When a the Day of Pentecost had fully come, b they were all 1 with one accord in one place. Only when the beloved is no longer present to us outside can he or she come to fullness of presence within us. God, therefore, led them by the external guidance of a star to Christ. This occurs when the inner support assisting us to experience the Christ within is withdrawn, forcing us to find his presence within in deeper and more subtle ways. In an extraordinary scene, they found the resurrected Jesus preparing a meal for them so that he might do what he enjoyed doing most, breaking bread in fellowship with those whom he loved. Take for example the prophecy of Jeremiah, in chapter 31. Forty days after Jesus rose, he went back to be with God the Father. The Holy Spirit is God. [15]. … Acts 2:1-15 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) The Coming of the Holy Spirit. The day of Pentecost empowered the church to be able to achieve its intended purpose. Many Christians view the Holy Spirit’s existence and works as just an occurrence that was left to the past and may not be present in contemporary world. We tend to be fascinated by the outer world. He is bringing those we love alive in us in ways that they were never alive before, in ways that they never would come alive within us as long as we have their external presence. [13]. A There is one God manifested in three … Peter is seeing a bound, beaten, helpless, impotent, ineffective Jesus. How Muhammad could be “in” the disciples stretches all credibility. Jesus teaches so much about the Holy Spirit because apart from the Spirit of God we cannot live the Christian life God calls us to in His Word. The Holy Spirit and his involvement in the ministry of Jesus. One of his best summary statements on the Holy Spirit is found in a published letter to a Roman Catholic: Pentecost ... the Holy Spirit, and the Faith make the Church -----. [7], A second and third time Christ places the same question to Peter, receiving a similar response from him. Holy. Spiritual authors also speak of the dark night of the soul. As a priest I am sometimes asked, when do I see the most intense love in others? Years later they find the happiness they bartered for has not been provided by their new world. [15] Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae, Third Part, Q36. For him it is the only reality. Now He had gone up into heaven to sit at the right side of God. We are not angels, but embodied spirits. . They can see Christ, hear him, and touch him in their family and community. Rather, they are complementary to the external mirrors. They had to be purified further before they would arrive at the stage in which they experienced the mature presence of Christ within them. It was on the Jewish feast day of Pentecost. ----- is the special feast recalling the coming of the holy Spirit upon Mary and the disciples fifty days after Easter. Luke 15:11-20. Reprinted by permission of Father Antoninus Wall and Solas Press. The change in emphasis from the outer world to the inner world is always painfu. NAS: Spirit will come upon you, and the power KJV: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, INT: Spirit [the] Holy will come upon you. It is everyone who is truly a Christian. The Coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1 and 2) After Jesus rose from the dead, He told the apostles to wait in Jerusalem until they received power when the Holy Spirit came on them. People who slavishly follow letters and doctrines are those who have been eliminated by the work of the Holy Spirit. In the Bible, the word “spirit” is translated from the Hebrew word ruʹach and the Greek word pneuʹma.Most often, those words refer to God’s active force, or holy spirit. Entering the Dominican Order, he pursued his sacred studies at St. Albert's College in Oakland and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Later that evening in the courtyard, where the torturing of Jesus continued, Peter is singled out by a maidservant as one of Jesus' followers. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them the power to speak. He flatly denies having anything to do with him. July 28, 2019. That pain, if patiently endured in union with the suffering of Christ, further intensifies the growth of the Christ within us. (Note the prefix epi, showing the action as the "epi-center" of what happens.). Spiritual authors speak of the dark night of the senses when we lose sensible and emotional contact with the Christ outside. And it’s the Holy Spirit that enables that relationship and empowers us for mission. This is the first of several teachings on the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room Discourse. and the Holy Spirit will be believer’s councilor. That the real Peter was the part of him that was loyal, believing, courageous, self-sacrificing and true. Type of Feast: Solemnity. Summary: The Holy Spirit did not come because the believers prayed but because the day of Pentecost had come, the day appointed for the “birthday of the church.” He baptized the believers into one body,so that they had a living connection with their sovereign Head 1 2 Chapter 10 in The Journey to God (Antioch, CA: Solas Press, 1999): 87-102. The inner life of a human being, however, is complicated. Like the prodigal son, they begin to live out the seductive promises of the secular world and to eat its forbidden fruit. Kingdom was not coming in because the King and His message were mostly being rejected. Unlike the shepherds and the Magi, Simeon was a man of the spirit. They start life growing up in a loving Catholic family. Without the external, living presence of the deceased in the coffin, the mourners experience for the first time how radically impoverished their life has become. Father Antoninus Wall, O.P., a native of San Francisco, is the son of Irish-born parents, and the brother of the late Fr. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and c it filled the whole house where they were sitting. The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that is the way Christians understand God. he thinks of them (the things he hears) in the manner of those who are wont to hear proverbs: as not understanding them.". (Micah 3:8; Luke 1: 35) God sends out his spirit by projecting his energy to any place to accomplish his will. The resurrection of Jesus, or anastasis, is the Christian belief that God raised Jesus on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as first of the dead, starting his exalted life as Christ and Lord. He could point out that he had, many times, put his life on the line in his unconditional identification with Jesus. Le Roy Edwin Froom (October 16, 1890 – February 20, 1974) was a Seventh-day Adventist minister and historian whose many writings have been recognized by his peers. He found within himself the Peter whose fear and self-love had killed the most precious part of himself as effectively as the soldiers killed the Christ outside of him. sympathizer. It is God's way of bringing our love for that person to the relative level of perfection we imperfect lovers are capable of. They find little of Christ in their surroundings. He explained that the people were not drunk, but empowered by the Holy Spirit. He spoke of One coming who would "baptize you with the Holy Spirit" - Mt 3:11; Mk 1:7-8; Lk 3:16; Jn 1:33 2. At a certain stage of development in the spiritual journey, the growth of Christ within reaches a state of maturity. One of these joy-filled appearances took place along the shore of the sea of Galilee. This withdrawal confirms a universal law of spiritual growth. they are interested in what they can do for the Church rather than what the Church can do for them; they are never lonely because they are never alone; they manifest a deep faith in the Church as a profound, living mystery; they participate in everyone's joy and sorrow; they are quick to acknowledge their many human weaknesses and may even laugh at them; they are forgiving and do not hold grudges; they spend substantive time in prayer; as Christ is the center of their life within, the Eucharist is the center of their outer world; they have little fear of the future and see in death the welcome embrace of God's love; they are always encouraging others to become more involved in the life of the Church; they seem to have little "ego" and show no need or desire for praise, power, honor, and other forms of recognition; they see all persons as children of God made in His image and likeness; they are free of biases of any kind, racism, pride of caste, elitism; they are acutely sensitive to the failings of members of Christ's Mystical Body, they suffer on account of these failings, but they do not criticize the Church; they are eager to proclaim the good news of Christ and strive to give witness to it whenever possible; they do not conceal their faith, but publicly rejoice in it; they show special devotion to Mary and accept her invitation to share in her son's sufferings as a privilege. Scripture References:Matthew 28:16-20Mark 16:15-20Luke 24:50-53Acts 1:1-14Acts 1:7-9Acts 2:1-4Acts 3:1-10 Christ in the external world has brought us much consolation and life. Their lives remind us daily that Christ is still alive and with us in this world. We don’t have to search the Scriptures very far to see that just as Jesus was foreshadowed and prophesied in the Old Testament, so was the Holy Spirit’s coming. Jesus came and died to save you. The Apostles were out on the sea fishing when they saw a solitary figure standing on the shore. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. This new Peter, unlike the old, knew that what he was experiencing within was not himself but Christ. And every day more and more people became Christians. The Spirit is, first and foremost, God’s personal presence. He had been loyal, brave, and trustworthy. The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts. Only these are the people who seek the true way, only they are the ones who know the work of the Holy Spirit. For three days Peter, stripped of illusion, communed with this new revelation of himself. Luke 11:22 V-APA-NMS GRK: ἰσχυρότερος αὐτοῦ ἐπελθὼν νικήσῃ αὐτόν NAS: someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers KJV: than he shall come upon him, and overcome He brings them back to that journey to the Father and the Father's house. [14] St. Thomas refers in many places to the idea that carnal men must become spiritual men to approach God, e.g., in Catena Aurea, Vol. A dove may also be seen at the ear of Saint Gregory the Great – as recorded by his secretary – or other church father authors, dictating their works to them. Part of the divine plan is that our first contact with reality takes place through the senses. Then they saw something that looked like flames of fire that separated and stood over each of them. Like Mother Teresa they mirror Christ in their words and actions. As long as we possess loved ones outside us, our love for them tends to remain imperfect. It was only after a profound, extremely painful purification that they finally reached the third stage. Father Wall is the author of The Journey to God. We have in Peter, then, a clear illustration of how one passes from the first and second stage of the journey to God, to the third stage in which one experiences the mirror of Christ within. The Holy Spirit empowered and gives us bravery to declare God’s admirations and miracles before work forces merely as those work forces who had first experience the filling of the Holy Spirit during the Pentecost. It is not an organization that you join. [13] For the parable of the prodigal son, cf. Then Peter said that David was still dead, but that Jesus was alive. They find a world much in opposition to what He stands for. But you should meet with a local group of Christians to study the apostle's teaching, share together, eat the Lord's Supper together, and pray together. As He talked with His disciples, He started rising up into the air and finally went into the clouds. [6] These words seem similar to those spoken by Peter at the Last Supper when he professed his love for Christ. God's approach to us initially is through the senses. 1904 epér x omai (from 1909 /epí, "on, fitting" and 2064/er x omai, "come") – properly, come upon, i.e. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Simplified « prev: next » Saying "Jesus is Lord" (683) Only through the Holy Spirit can a person be in touch with Christ (1 Cor 12:3). Seizing the moment, the Apostle Peter stood and addressed the crowd gathered that day. The coming of the Holy Spirit takes place normally only after a period of substantial growth of Christ within, a growth that can take place only after an equally substantive purgation of the many obstacles that hinder such growth. This third denial takes place at the first light of dawn, as the cock crows in the distance. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. He told the Jews there that God had sent Jesus to them, but that they had nailed Him to a cross. Pentecost is a happy festival. There his contact with God took place daily. Notice that the Holy Spirit has always been omnipresent and ministering upon the earth, but John clearly says at that time that He “had not yet been given” (John John 14:16). Every person heard the apostles praising God in their own language. Daniel L. Segraves, Teacher [1] Just before His ascension, Jesus gathered His apostles and commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts 1:4-5). Peter, having been emptied of his illusions about himself, is now filled with Christ and is prepared to bring Christ to others. It becomes part of the condition of that growth. He had identified the real Peter with that same Christ in him. It marked a turning point in the early church. The profound emptying of the flawed ego in us prepares for the birth of the mature Christ within. If they had come from such love, he would have returned to the courtyard and acknowledged to all that he was indeed the companion of Jesus. The Christians listened to what the apostles taught, shared what they had, ate the Lord's Supper together, and prayed together. The Holy Spirit joins together every regenerated member of the Church to the Head to create a complete body. As mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, outpourings of the Holy Spirit can include healing, prophecy, exorcism, and speaking in tongues. Saint Thomas sees divine providence dealing gently with both kinds. Kingdom was not coming in because the King and His message were mostly being rejected. b 3 Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, * which parted and came to rest on each one of them. Peter's second response is followed by the command, "Tend my sheep," and the third by the command, "Feed my sheep." Persons who are truly spiritual depend less on external signs. “When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession” (Ephesians 1:13-14). No longer is this the Jesus who walked on water and controlled the winds and rains. When the others arrived with nets bursting with fish, they found that Jesus had a fire lit on which there was a skillet with fish in it. What we see, hear, feel, taste, and smell in the world outside us are the most evident and definite. So Peter uttered those confident words, "Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away." We are not the ones necessarily that conquer sin; God the Holy Spirit is the power that dwells in us to help us do this. As we visualize this scene it is important that we pick upon the similes that are used by Luke to describe this occurrence. 91. The power came as did the Holy Spirit … They live in a warm, loving Catholic community, with priests and religious and apostolic lay persons who radiate Christ's presence to them. The Spirit is the active person that came to reside within the followers of Jesus Christ after Jesus had been crucified on the cross, and rose from the dead. On the contrary, he is bringing that love to an entirely new level of intensity and unselfishness. Baptism of Jesus. The Coming of the Spirit. The change involved a purgation of all false illusions about themselves, a death to self in order to come alive to Christ. In Christian theology, the death and resurrection of Jesus are the most important events, a foundation of the Christian faith, and commemorated by Easter. Matthew 11:1-5 - John the Baptist asks why the kingdom isn't coming in (cp Matthew 17:10-13, note the Lord's answer about John's role, if the people had believed). Fr. INTRODUCTION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. 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