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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 '14 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 '14 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 '14 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 '14 at 6:43
The question asks whether the New Testament mentions worshiping the Holy Spirit as it mentions worshiping the Father and the Son. This doesn't answer that question, but only engages in some general theological reflection on the subject. – Lee Woofenden Jan 7 at 20:01

I can't recall ANY passage in the Bible where the Holy Spirit is worshiped, but since the Holy Spirit is equally God as Jesus and the Father are, therefore, He also can be worshiped.

Just because the Bible doesn't (as far as I know) give an example of worship of the Holy Spirit doesn't mean It doesn't permit it.

“We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord ....With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified....”

  • Nicaea.
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Welcome to Christianity.SE. Your answer goes somewhat beyond the question, which doesn't actually ask whether it's okay to worship the Holy Spirit. It only asks whether the New Testament mentions Christians worshiping the Holy Spirit. See: What makes a good supported answer? – Lee Woofenden Jan 5 at 23:18

The N.T. has a record of the Holy Spirit being worshiped.It does not express it in explicit terms, though.

2 Corinthians 13:14 says that the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are equally the object of the benediction prayer. Prayer is part of worship. The Holy Spirit is prayed to. Hence, the Holy Spirit is worshiped.

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all."

2 Corinthians 13:14 (ESV)

Baptism is undoubtly a kind of worship because it is an obedience to the command of Christ.In baptism, the Trinity is clearly invoked (Mt. 28:19).This shows that in baptism, the Trinity is being worshiped. The Holy Spirit is a member of the Trinity. Hence, in baptism the Holy Spirit is worshiped together with the Father and the Son.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

Matthew 28:19 (ESV)

The N.T. might have not used 'proskuneo' or 'latria' in reference to the Holy Spirit but when they coupled the Holy Spirit with the Father and the Son, the triune tandem shows that they are co-equally being worshiped.

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Can you biblically support your assertion that prayer is a part of worship? – H3br3wHamm3r81 Jan 6 at 5:58
@H3br3wHamm3r81, Worship is something we offer to God (Rom. 12:1). Prayer is an offering to God (Ps. 141:2)and hence, prayer is a kind of worship. Prayer is certainly part of the primitive Christian worship (Acts 2:42). 1 Corinthians 10:31 says that we should "do everything to the glory of God." Prayer is something we do to glorify God (Col. 3:17)..Hence, prayer is a part of worship. – Radz Matthew Co Brown Jan 6 at 6:55

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