The Birth Of The Church Essay

1630 Words Nov 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Pentecost, the birth of the Church, is a defining event in Christianity. Without the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, our Church may not exist. The power of the Holy Spirit propelled the Church outward from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. Pentecost is not the first time the Holy Spirit appeared. The Holy Spirit is present in the Old Testament, in the ministry of Jesus and then culminates for all time at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is present in the Old Testament. It is interesting to note that the term “Holy Spirit” is not used in the Old Testament. Terms that are used to describe the Spirit are: Spirit of the Lord, my Spirit, the Spirit, the Spirit of God, the spirit of…(Judgment, fire, justice, etc.) and your Spirit. The Spirit assumes several roles in the Old Testament.
The first role of the Spirit is as the source of life. God’s salvific self-giving begins with creation and the Holy Spirit is present (Dominum et Vivificantem, p. 8). In Genesis 1:2 it states, “And the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters.” The presence of the Spirit of God is there at the beginning of creation. Furthermore, the Spirit is present in the creation of man, who is created in the image and likeness of God. In Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness.” God is the creator, but he is using the plural term “let us,” which leads to the…

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