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.
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).
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....”
We are never clearly or directly taught to direct our worship or prayers to the Person of the Holy Spirit. Though He is fully God and an equal member of the Trinity. There is no jealousy in the Godhead. But it is frankly a disservice to manipulate trinitarian texts of Scripture to try to make a point for addressing our worship or prayers directly to the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." (John 16:13)
The Holy Spirit is the "illuminator" of the Godhead. He helps us "see" and thus worship the Father and the Son. He does not point to Himself or draw attention to Himself. Though clearly worthy of worship as part of the Trinity, there is no imperative in the Bible to pray to or worship the Holy Spirit. We do see "praying in the Spirit," and "singing with the (my) Spirit..." The believers at Cornelius' house who were filled with the Spirit, worshipped ecstatically and were, "exalting God."
Paul tells us to not be drunk with wine but to be filled with the Spirit...which should motivate and empower us to, speak to one another "in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs," and to God, "singing and making a melody in your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father." (Eph 5:18-20) We need no further clarification on this.
The Holy Spirit clearly has come to direct our worship and prayer to and through Jesus Christ, to God the Father. This is the very clear teaching of the Scriptures.
In Exodus 35, it says:
Bezalel created the ark of the covenant and other items that were part of the tabernacle, the centerpiece of Israel's worship. According to Jewish tradition (and consistent with the Bible's genealogies), Bezalel was thirteen years old at the time, and Moses marveled that Bezalel was able to create the items exactly as he saw them in his visions, down to details that Moses was not able to express in words. Now Jesus said that we must worship God in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24). This shows the Holy Spirit's central place in the establishment first of Jewish worship practices and then of Christian ones.
What is worship? It is to stand in the glory proceeding from God and reflect it back to him. To glorify something is to laud and praise its excellence. When the Father praises his Son (Mark 1:11, And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.") then he is offering worship to the Son. When the Son praises the Holy Spirit, he is offering worship to the Spirit, and that is what he does when he describes the Holy Spirit's truth-giving ministry (John 16: But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.)
In Luke 4:
If the Holy Spirit is "in" Jesus, and Jesus follows the guidance of the Spirit, it would be idolatry for him to do so unless the Spirit were worthy of worship, since obedience is a part of worship.
In 1 Corinthians 6:19 it says:
When you build a temple, it is supposed to be a house where God can dwell. If the Holy Spirit is the one dwelling in the temple where worship is performed, then the Holy Spirit is the one being worshiped.
The Holy Spirit is implicitly worshiped in the New Testament Scriptures.
Prayer is a form of worship
Worship is an offering or sacrifice to God.
Good works are offering or sacrifices to God.
Prayer is an offering to God.
Thus, both good works and prayers are forms of worship.
The Holy Spirit is prayed to
This passage show us that the Trinity is the object of the benediction prayer.
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.
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 , logically, they are equally being worshiped.
Therefore, the Holy Spirit is worshiped.