Holy Spirit, you are welcome here
Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3-13
Additional reading: Ephesians 4:1-16
Blanks: Lord, same, services, healing, chooses, one
Traditionally, today many churches are celebrating Trinity Sunday.
On this week we celebrate that God is 1 in three persons.
(3) Last Sunday we saw this sign that explains the relationship between Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
It says the Father is God.
The Son is God.
The Holy Spirit is God.
But the Father is not the Son.
The Son is not the Holy Spirit.
They are different in ministry and services.
But Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one.
They are one God.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit work together and are one God.
So when pastors bless people, they say like this: (2 Corinthians 13:14)
“May the grace of Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
And when the Church baptizes people, we baptize in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19-20)
But 2000 years ago, this concept of Trinity was new to Jewish people and Greek speaking people.
So people were asking a lot of questions about this.
Jesus was resurrected and ascended into heaven.
But then later years people talked about the Trinity.
Is Jesus fully God?
Then eventually, the Christians answered this question through this statement:
“Jesus is God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made (not created), of one Being with the Father, through whom all things were made.”
They said Jesus is God from God.
Jesus was not created like an angel or like us.
Jesus is God who created everything.
Jesus is true God.
Then, people started to ask these questions:
What about the Holy Spirit?
Is the Holy Spirit is fully God?
Can we worship the Holy Spirit?
The concept of Trinity was very new to them.
So those Greek speaking people were asking this question:
Was the Holy Spirit created?
In other words, was there any time when the Holy Spirit was not God?
So, the early church discussed about the Holy Spirit.
And they made this statement:
“We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.”
They recognize that the Holy Spirit is a different person.
Then they defined the main role of the Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is the giver of life.
The Holy Spirit is the Creator of life, and not a creature.
The Holy Spirit is like energy for true life.
That is what Jesus explained to Nicodemus.
At that time Jesus explained that the Holy Spirit is the giver of life.
The Holy Spirit empowers people to have life.
The Holy Spirit empowers a church to have life.
The Holy Spirit empowers people to have a spiritual life: John 3:1-21.
The Holy Spirit can change lives.
The Holy Spirit gives true life.
The Holy Spirit can guide people to truly live and follow the living God.
May we be full of life that the Holy Spirit gives.
It also says:
You can worship and glorify the Holy Spirit.
Because the Holy Spirit is God.
Because the Holy Spirit is God just like Jesus and God the Father, it is ok to worship Holy Spirit.
It is ok to pray to Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name.
The Holy Spirit is God also in the Bible.
The Holy Spirit and God are interchangeable.
The Bible says that we are the temple of God: (1 Corinthians 3:16)
The Bible says that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit: (1 Corinthians 6:19)
It means the same.
So we want to live in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We want to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
We are not trying to do what we want here.
No, we want to do what the Holy Spirit wants.
Then there is true life.
Jesus gives this Holy Spirit to us.
The Holy Spirit is with us and in us. (John 14:16-17)
When we have this Holy Spirit, we can do what Jesus was doing.
The Holy Spirit knows Jesus better than any person in this world. (John 15:26)
The Holy Spirit can inform us about Jesus.
Then we can truly know who Jesus really is.
May the Holy Spirit help us to understand Jesus.
Jesus also introduces the Holy Spirit like this:
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth.
What does that means?
The Holy Spirit guides us to the truth just like Jesus.
The Holy Spirit speaks true words.
The Holy Spirit fills the church with true words.
The Holy Spirit fills the true knowledge of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit provides true reasons for us to believe in Jesus.
The Holy Spirit provides true evidences for us to believe in Jesus.
The Church discovered that when the Holy Spirit works in our midst, the Holy Spirit may give these fruits in us: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
To help us become the body of Jesus, the Holy Spirit gives these fruits in our spirits.
Jesus has these when he does his ministry.
So we need these when we do his ministry.
The Holy Spirit may give these power so that we may do his ministry: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning spirits, administration.
The Holy Spirit gives us different power so that different people may work together to do the ministry of Jesus.
We have different jobs to carry out the ministry of Jesus.
Each person has a different job or gift from the Holy Spirit.
But we cannot say one gift is better than the other.
The Holy Spirit knows that everyone is a sinner who needs the Savior.
We are brothers and sisters under the one Father and one Lord Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit gives this power so that we may serve each other for Jesus and for his gospel.
The Holy Spirit gives this power, so that we may listen to each other and submit to each other.
But when we look at history, some people have used this power in a wrong way.
They might have not known how to use the power in God's way.
They might misuse these beautiful gifts.
They might have bragged about themselves and feel superior.
Then some church may be afraid to welcome the Holy Spirit.
They may not allow Holy Spirit to work among them.
Or they may allow the Holy Spirit to work only in a certain degree and not more.
This can be a spiritual problem for the kingdom of God, as you can see.
So we don't want to be like that.
We want to understand the Holy Spirit fully.
We want to know how to use the name of the Holy Spirit in the right way.
We want to know how to use those power that we receive from the Holy Spirit.
So we may need to have some guiding rules so that we may use our gifts and everyone may be benefited.
Then we may enjoy that we have different gifts and different job.
We may compliment each other.
We may work together for Jesus and for the gospel.
May we serve and honor the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit does ministry in various ways.
And the Holy Spirit does not want a pastor to do a one-man show in a church.
The Holy Spirit may use a pastor to do a ministry.
But that does not mean that God will only use a pastor to do his ministry.
We know that.
We believe the priesthood of all believers: lay ministry.
The Holy Spirit uses every believer so that they may work together.
The Holy Spirit works through various people.
The Holy Spirit uses those who receive Jesus the Christ as their Savior and their Messiah and their God.
The Holy Spirit uses those who confess their sins and is forgiven in the name of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit uses those who receive the Holy Spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to live in them.
When we receive the Holy Spirit, we are candidates for doing ministry according to the will of the Holy Spirit.
So we need to give people chances to use their power that they receive from the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit works in our midst in various ways.
The Holy Spirit helps the church in various ways.
The Holy Spirit builds up the church in various ways.
In various ways, the Holy Spirit brings people together for God. (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
In various ways, the Holy Spirit helps the poor and makes the world a better place to live in.
So as the Holy Spirit gives life to churches, we may need to notice:
What does the Holy Spirit is doing in our midst?
Who has received any power from the Holy Spirit?
Which power should be used in the Church of Jesus the Christ?
We need to watch out for that.
We need to watch out for what the Holy Spirit trying to do in our midst.
Any pastors should watch out for that.
Because the pastor is called to equip and build up the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12)
So I hope to know when you sense the gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit.
I hope to know how the Holy Spirit is working in you.
Now let's remember that the Holy Spirit is very gentle.
The Holy Spirit does not want to force anything unless we give the Holy Spirit our permission.
When Jesus was doing his ministry and casting out demons and so on, some religious people said that Jesus was using a bad spirit to do these kinds of ministry.
At that time Jesus said something like this:
“If you guys said something against me, it will be forgiven.
Because I have come to forgive your sins.
But if you guys said something against the Holy Spirit through whom I'm working, doing ministry and casting out demons, it will not be forgiven.”
Some people might have sinned against the Holy Spirit because they could not discern well.
It is possible that some people may say something against the ministry of the Holy Spirit because they don't understand.
We should be very careful.
We do not have any right to say that something is not from the Holy Spirit just because we don't understand.
We should be careful.
We should not blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.
If we don't understand what the Holy Spirit is doing, we may need to learn and try to understand what the Holy Spirit is doing.
We need to learn what the Holy Spirit want to do here.
We need to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit.
We ask the Holy Spirit to give us the power of discernment.
We seek to understand.
Because if we understand, we can allow the Holy Spirit to work freely.
If we understand and discern well, we may welcome the Holy Spirit working here.
If we understand, we would not be fooled, because we know Satan can disguise as an angel.
We know many false prophets will arise and many false teachers will arise.
And they will do miracles and prophecy.
But how can we discern?
We watch carefully about their fruits.
Because we know the good tree produces good fruit.
Likewise, we also examine our fruits so that we may walk in the right way.
Jesus produced good fruits.
So we may compare his fruits with our fruits.
In order to do that, we read the gospels.
Then as we understand the words of Jesus Christ, we may produce good fruits that please God.
In these days, we learn how the Holy Spirit guides us and teaches us today.
We notice what the Holy Spirit is trying to do among us.
We listen what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church.
May we understand today.
May the Holy Spirit speaks through us as well.
We are grateful that the Holy Spirit chooses us to use.
We are grateful that we can do something for Jesus and for his gospel.
May the Holy Spirit continually empowers us to serve God and the world in power of the Holy Spirit.
May the Holy Spirit empowers us to listen to each other and serve each other.
Using the power of the Holy Spirit, may we serve each other humbly for Jesus and for his gospel.
May we experience the Holy Spirit and understand the Holy Spirit and work together very well with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus, thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit.
Thank you for living in us through the Holy Spirit.
Thank you for bringing us together through the Holy Spirit.
Thank you for helping us to live in the power of the Holy Spirit.
May the Holy Spirit continually build up the church, empower people, help the poor and make the world a better place to live in.
In Jesus name, we pray.