St. Mary's Anglican Catholic Church

Diocese of the Midwest

Though the Old Testament speaks of the wo [Pentecost 3] rk of the Holy Ghost in numerous places, it is only with the advent of the Son of God, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, as described in the New Testament, that the Spirit of God is made manifest as the Third Person of the Trinity. He seen as is God’s personal agent, executing of the Father’s eternal purpose to bring glory to His Son.
This is manifest throughout the Life of Christ. Christ was conceived by the Holy Ghost. (St Matthew 1:20) The Spirit was seen descending on Jesus at His Baptism in the Jordan River, which showed that the Son was the One John the Baptist foretold, who would baptize with the Holy Ghost; for He was Himself full of the Holy Spirit. (St Luke 3:16, 21-22; 4:1, 14, 18-21) Christ through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God for the remission of sins. (Hebrews 8:14); and it was through the Holy Ghost that God raised Jesus from the dead. (Romans 8:11).
After the Ascension, the Holy Ghost is now Christ’s agent among His disciples as “The Comforter,” our helper, supporter, advocate, and encourager. Jesus Christ is the focus of all the Spirit’s activity. As Jesus said at the Last Supper, He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (St John 16:14) After the Resurrection, Jesus gave His Great Commission to His Church: All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (St Matthew 28:18-20) It is through the Holy Ghost that the Risen & Ascended Lord continues to dwell with us on earth; and that His heavenly power is shown to the Church and to the world through the preaching of the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. After His Resurrection, Jesus also breathed on His disciples and said, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained. (St John 20:22-23; see St Matthew 16:19; 18:18) The Coming of the Holy Ghost was made manifest with signs & wonders on the following Pentecost. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)

The Holy Spirit continues as both witness and teacher. The Holy Ghost is the internal witness of the truth of the Gospel, along with witness of the Father and the Son. (1 St John 2:27; 5:7) At the same time, we know the Holy Ghost is present precisely because He points not to Himself, nor to anyone else, but to Jesus Christ as God & Lord. (1 St John 4:2-3; 1 Corinthians 12:3) And it is also through the Spirit that we know not only that Jesus is the Son of God, but also that we too have become the sons of God through Him. (Romans 8:14-17; see St John 1:12-13; 3:5-8)