The New Testament often mentions Christians worshipping God the Father, as well as His only-begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:23). However, does the New Testament mention Christians worshipping the Holy Spirit?
The New Testament does not explicitly mention worshipping the Holy Spirit as it does God the Father and His only-begotten Son. However, it does mention worshipping the Holy Spirit in an implicit manner.
If people worship the Father, and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father, then they must also be worshipping the Holy Spirit when they worship the Father.
Worshipping the Holy Spirit is Worshipping God
If you assume the idea of the trinity, then "worshiping the Holy Spirit" is no different than worshiping either the Father or the Son. In fact, worshiping the Son is no different than worshiping the Father, because in every way, you are worshiping the one and only God.
Worship is a disposition of the heart, an act of submission and adoration. To worship the Holy Spirit would be to thank, praise, submit to, etc. the Holy Spirit, and since the persons of the Godhead act in perfect harmony, you would be simultaneously thanking, praising, submitting to, etc. both the Father and the Son for the exact same thing(s).
Let's face it: the Holy Spirit is an an enigma. I use this word deliberately because His personhood is not so much a mystery as it is difficult to pin down and understand. In short, in some ways He is ineffable, but in other ways He is understandable; otherwise, Jesus would not have given His followers a detailed description of the role His Spirit would play in the unfolding of the redemption story.
Allow me to resort to analogy. Analogy, by the way, or the argument from similitude, as Richard Weaver puts it, dovetails nicely with the strictly definitional approach taken by theologians to the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
I think of the Holy Spirit as a master orchestrator. To ground this analogy in a common human reality, think of a human orchestrator who takes, let's say, a tune and tries to develop and adapt that tune to a scene in a motion picture. She conceives this arrangement as an orchestral one, complete with strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion. What starts out as a simple tune evolves into a mini-symphony which could last for all of 65 seconds!
If she has done her job well, the orchestration complements the action on the screen and perhaps even embellishes a scene by adding pathos and memorability such that the scene, taken as a whole, becomes greater than the sum of its parts. The best movie music, some have suggested, does not draw attention to itself but rather to what the screenwriter, the actors, and the film director are striving to achieve in a given scene.
If you'll pardon a personal anecdote, there are times when I'll insert the movie "Gladiator" into my DVD player simply to listen to the majestic theme music which appears and reappears throughout the film. If you've ever watched the film, you might recall the feelings engendered by that theme. It serves the picture well, in my opinion.
In similar fashion, I believe the Holy Spirit is a behind-the-camera artist who serves the director, the screenwriter, the actors, and the multitude of contributors, technical and otherwise (don't forget the "grips") whose efforts are focused on enacting a story. If told well, the disparate parts of the creation of the story all come together in, again, a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts.
Reverently, I suggest we could assign roles to the key players in the grand story of redemption which is being played out in time and space by the triune God whom we worship.
In eternity and within the counsels of the Godhead, the story is, spiritually, a fait accompli awaiting its literal fulfillment in time and space.
What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the drama?
Where the analogy "breaks down," as all analogies do at some point, is that the Holy Spirit, unlike the producers, the directors, the actors, the writers, the composers, the editors, and the crew members, all of whom might be singled out for recognition and rewarded for their respective contributions to the telling of the story (e.g., Academy Awards, six-million-dollar salaries, a portion of the profits, and opportunities for more storytelling) is content to remain behind the camera, doing His part of bringing it all together so that others can garner the praise and adulation.
In conclusion, a verse came to mind before I put together this analogy, and that is Acts 15:28:
As the Master Orchestrator, the Holy Spirit in partnership with the apostles and elders and indeed the whole church in Jerusalem, was leading, guiding, empowering, and nudging them to do what would best serve the mission of the Father and the Son to make disciples of every people group on the face of the earth, to the glory of the Father, and of the Son, and yes, of the Holy Spirit.
As someone has already pointed out, believers may not worship the Spirit directly, but since He is coequal with both Father and Son, when we worship the Father, we are worshiping both the Son and the Spirit of His Son, the Holy Spirit, who will be with us forever (John 14:16).
This is a question I've asked. It really caused me to wonder A LOT. But when I thought about it deeper, I started to form my own opinion. I COULD BE WRONG...but I believe that God, is distinctly One and distinctly three. Just as we are distinctly one and distinctly three.
After all, we are created in His image and likeness. And God did say in Gen 1:26 "Let US make man..", I have to think He was speaking into Himself (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) when He said this. Gen 1:27-28 goes on to say He created them both, and blessed them and told them to have dominion...etc. Now when man was "created" in these verses I'm thinking this was the true beginning of existence as spiritual beings, who were given an assignment to go to Earth and have dominion etc. Later, in Gen 2:7 man was "formed" from the ground, received the Breath of Life and became a living SOUL. So in the true image and likeness of God, we are spirit first, then sent to Earth to take on a formed body, and we become a living soul.
Now my understanding is that our Soul is our will, thoughts, mind, and emotions. Could the Spirit of God be what we would call a Soul? We know the Holy Spirit thinks and knows God's will 1 Corinthians 2:10-11, He has emotions Ephesians 4:30... I'm starting to think He is the soul of God, The Father is spirit and Christ is the God in human form... So Worship to One is worship to all, because they are all One. Please share your thoughts.
Many people are severely confused on the concept of the Trinity but thanks be to God that there is light shown in this time of darkness.
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it." (Amos 8:11-12)
Here are the words of God:
"The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us." (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22)
"And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me; and I bear record of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me, and the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me; and I bear record that the Father commandeth all men, everywhere, to repent and believe in me." (3 Nephi 11:32)
"And for this cause ye shall have fulness of joy; and ye shall sit down in the kingdom of my Father; yea, your joy shall be full, even as the Father hath given me fulness of joy; and ye shall be even as I am, and I am even as the Father; and the Father and I are one; And the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me; and the Father giveth the Holy Ghost unto the children of men, because of me." (3 Nephi 28:10-11)
"And their meetings were conducted by the church after the manner of the workings of the Spirit, and by the power of the Holy Ghost; for as the power of the Holy Ghost led them whether to preach, or to exhort, or to pray, or to supplicate, or to sing, even so it was done." (Moroni 6:9)
Therefore, we worship the Father and the Son under the direction of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus prayed, he worshiped His Father, who is the Father of our Spirits and who was Jesus Christ's literal (biological) Father. When we pray, we speak to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ as guided by the Holy Spirit.
The scripture says if we blaspheme the Holy Spirit we shall not be forgiven in this world or the world to come. Blaspheme means to speak irreverently of. Now worship means to revere, so if we are not revering the Holy Spirit we are blaspheming him. Now I think though we worship him, we are also worshiping God, however that does not mean the Holy Spirit is greater than the Father. Therefore the Holy Spirit would say the same as Jesus: "The Father is greater than I." So the same way we worship Jesus or revere him we know that the Father is greater than he is, because God is the head of Jesus. The Holy Spirit however is in Christ and man and woman, so he is practically the head of all, but not of the Father because the Father bore him. So yeah we worship him but not as much as we worship the Father, same with Jesus.