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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?

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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.

But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him.

God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.

But when they lead and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand about what you shall speak, nor meditate, but whatever shall be given you in that hour, speak that, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you shall speak, for what you shall speak shall be given to you in that same hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

  • The Holy Spirit is distinct from the Father (Matt. 28:19).

Therefore, go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

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.

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When you say the Father is spirit, is the John 4 reference in regard to the Holy Spirit or the Father? Isn't it saying the Holy Spirit is God? –  Rick Jan 21 at 20:36

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).

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+1 to this, though for explicitly worshipping the holy spirit, I cannot think of a biblical reference. On the other hand, as mojo has said, it's all the same thing. The trinity still boggles my mind in a lot of ways, but His thoughts and ways are so higher than ours, I'm not sure as humans we can really make sense of it, even when sometimes we think we do. –  Dan H Jan 21 at 23:09
    
Possibly true, but it begs the question of whether the Bible ever explicitly says that we should worship the Holy Spirit, or whether the early church did so. I mean in the sense that someone would actually name him as an object of worship. For example does anyone in the Bible ever say "Praise you, Holy Spirit" like they would say "Praise God"? –  Jay Jan 22 at 5:14
    
Is it possible to worship Jesus and not simultaneously worship the Father? I wouldn't think so. The same is true of the Holy Spirit. You cannot worship only one of the persons. You worship God. –  mojo Jan 22 at 6:43

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.

  • We could think of the Father as having many roles in the telling of the story by alternately wearing the hats of the screenwriter, the producer, and the director.

  • The Son we could conceive as the central character and actor who serves as the protagonist of the story. This story, however, is one in which life imitates art. The Son's role is not just contained in the words of the script (the Scripture?) but was enacted in the "real life" of the actor.

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?

  • He is the master orchestrator, except in this instance, He orchestrates not just the music but every aspect of the production, causing each aspect to shine and to function like the gears in a well-oiled machine, with each participant doing what he or she does best in service of the greater good.

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:

"'For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you [Christians in Antioch] no greater burden than these essentials . . .."

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).

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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.

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The question was about the New Testament, not the Book of Mormon. –  Scott Severance Jan 23 at 17:42

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