From Father Andrew Bahhi: Pentecost & Receiving the Holy Spirit
We celebrate the Pentecost as the day of the coming of the Holy Spirit over the disciples. Jesus reminded them to stay in Jerusalem first until the Holy Spirit comes. He fulfilled his promise. That’s why we believe he is with us now, or we are talking with him through your prayers or the sermon.
Pentecost is Greek for “Fifty” — After 50 days of Jesus being raised from the dead we received the Holy Spirit. In that day, the church was consecrated when the disciples received the Holy Spirit and the disciples went everywhere to preach and to call people to accept Jesus for their salvation. This is the day the church began to grow.
Today we have the church. You are the church. Everyone is a member of the church. If you believe in his promise, that he is with us now and he is giving us the Holy Spirit that he gave the disciples, then every one of you will become a disciple. And then this church will be a member of the whole body of the church all over the world.
The Holy Spirit is like the power which gives electricity. We don’t see it, but we see what it does. We don’t see the Holy Spirit, but when we see his fruit in our life, then we know He is in our alive. Don’t misunderstand that the Holy Spirit is only a mystical power. The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, the third person in the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit can also be great. This is what St. Paul says in Ephesians 4:30 “do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” It is to lead us in this life to the Cross, and have full faith in Jesus and accept him and then we are able to please God the Father.
When we don’t live according to the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22) – we don’t love, have peace, consolation, or when we don’t love each other or when we lie, or when we don’t express our faith openly – we make the Holy Spirit sad. The Holy Spirit will be witnessing everything that we do in our life. Not just in our actions, but in our thoughts. The Holy Spirit is the searcher of our hearts so we can be true Christians and true children of God.
In Romans 8:27, the Holy Spirit intercedes between us and the Father. Because of the Holy Spirit he is leading us to have these feelings.
The Bible says the Holy Spirit is the spirit of: Wisdom, peace, love, comforting, truth, holiness, life, Christ, adoption, the son, and many more.
If I have the Holy Spirit, then I have to have the fruits.
Whoever has the Holy Spirit in him, that means his life is like a fire. The fire will warm his life with a lot of virtues, burn the sin, light a fire in his life and be a light among others.
Learn more from Father Andrew’s sermon video here.
June 17, 2018