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Should we worship the Holy Spirit?

In a word, yes. We should worship the Holy Spirit because He is God. The Holy Spirit is God and has the same attributes of God. The Holy Spirit is a person, and He is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-10; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11)—just like the Father and Jesus. And He is worthy to be praised (Psalm 145:3).

The Holy Spirit is a Person

The Holy Spirit is not just a spiritual entity nor is He a "force" like in Star Wars. Whenever the Bible refers to the Holy Spirit, He is described in terms of a person—using He and Him (John 15:26) and not "it". An emotionless, non-personal entity or force would not be referred to in this way. The Holy Spirit has personhood.

The Holy Spirit is also shown to be a person because He has agency over His emotions and actions. He can choose to love, feel grief, speak, teach, make decisions, and guide others (Romans 15:30; Acts 5:3-4; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Timothy 4:1; John 14:26; Acts 13:2, 16:7). The Holy Spirit is a person, but He's not just any person. He is God Himself.

Isn't there only one God?

Yes, you're right—there IS only one God. Our God is what biblical scholars call a triune God, which means that God is three distinct persons. It's hard to wrap our finite minds around, but the Bible clearly teaches that these three personal entities are ALL God, yet they are ONE being. Biblical scholars often refer to our triune God is as the Trinity. The Trinity consists of God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. To be clear, the word “trinity” isn't found in the Bible, but the concept is clearly present upon studying God's attributes in the Bible.

The Holy Spirit is said to be the third person of the Trinity, though they are all equal. He is 100% God—just like the Father and Jesus Christ. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament give solid proof that the Holy Spirit is God (Isaiah 6:8; Acts 28:25). The Holy Spirit is shown to be the same as Yahweh (the name given to God in the Old Testament) when comparing the texts of Exodus 16:7 and Hebrews 3:7-8.

Is it unfair to God to worship the Holy Spirit?

Remember, we should worship the Holy Spirit because He is God, and He is worthy of our worship. As followers of Christ, we need to worship, love, and praise God (Psalm 18:3), which includes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

You can't "take away" from God the Father or Jesus by worshipping the Holy Spirit, because they are one and the same. By worshipping God, you are worshipping the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all at the same time. We do not worship three gods; we only worship the One True God. This means that when you worship God, you are giving praise and glory to all three persons in the Trinity.

How do I worship the Holy Spirit?

You can worship the Holy Spirit the same way you worship the Father and Jesus. These are some ways you can worship Him:

  • Being obedient to Him by obeying Jesus’ commands (1 John 3:24).
  • Spiritually worshipping Him by surrendering your life to Him (Romans 12:1).
  • Singing and praising Him (Ephesians 5:19).

The Holy Spirit loves you and if you have accepted Christ as your Savior, He lives inside you. He will never leave you. He will always guide you when you are open to God's will. He is our source of strength when our faith feels weak (Ephesians 3:16). He is the One who can help us choose a godly life when faced with temptations and produce godly character, which is the "Fruit of the Spirit" (Galatians 5:22-23), when faced with trials.

The Holy Spirit is worthy of our worship. He is God. So the next time you worship, it's OK to focus on the Holy Spirit...or God the Father...or Jesus Christ. They are all the same God who loves you and values you unconditionally.

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TL;DR

Yes, we should worship the Holy Spirit because He is God. He is a person with all the same attributes of God (Psalm 139:7-10; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11). The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force. He is the a member the Trinity, which is our triune god of God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. We can worship Him by being obedient to God's will and His Word, surrendering our lives to Him, and singing praise to His Name (1 John 3:24; Romans 12:1; Ephesians 5:19).

Writer: Vivian Bricker

Vivian loves learning, studying the Word of God, and helping others in their walk with Christ. She is dedicated to helping people learn more about Jesus and is ready to help in any way she can. Her favorite things to do are spending time with her family and friends, cooking, drawing, and spending time outside. When she is not writing, you can find her soaking up the sunshine or going on an adventure.

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