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Lessons:

Exodus 19:1-9

Psalm 113

 Romans 8:12-27

St. John 14:8-21

GRADUAL:   Acts 2:17b, Rom.10:10

I will pour out my Spirit  on all flesh,*and your sons and your daughters shall  prophesy. With the heart one believes and is  justified,* and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

VERSE: Alleluia. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.

Intro:  Pentecost is the third, but by no means the last, of the Three Great Holy Days of the Christian Church year.  Each day, and its season, corresponds to the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity.

  • Christmas, originally Christ Mass, is the celebration of God the Father.  God the Father in the fullness of time sends His Son to be born of the Virgin Mary and He is the Word made flesh.
  • Easter, or Pascha, is the celebration of God the Son, Who after His earthly ministry and then sufferings, crucifixion, rises again on the Third Day.
  • Pentecost, 50 Days after Easter, the Holy Spirit is publically pored out upon the 120 (Acts 1: 15) gathered together and they begin to speak of wonderful deeds of the Lord He accomplished in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

As the Holy Trinity is one so are the 3 great feast days of His Church.

Reflection:  The word “spirit” in Biblical Hebrew is “ruah”.  Spirit in Biblical Greek is “pneuma”.   Our English word, which is from the Latin, “spirare” translates well both Hebrew and Greek: all three words can also be translated as “breath” or “wind”.  So our Lord uses these different definitions in a word play  in John 3.  Scripture reports in Acts 2 that the descent of the Holy Spirit was like a “mighty rushing wind.”Now our English word “spirit” and it’s Latin original “spirare” is also the second syllable of these following words and taken together form a whole Bible study of the work of the Holy Spirit.

  • expire
  • respire
  • inspire
  • conspire
  • transpire
  • perspire
  • aspire
Expire:  literally without breath .The “s” has dropped out in our pronunciation.  We were dead in our trespasses, spiritually dead, expired.  In sin we are spiritually in the tomb with Lazarus until the Lord calls out by His Word: Come out!   When we sin again we are without breath till repentance and forgiveness.
 
Respire:  literally, to breathe again. The Holy Spirit performs resuscitation in the work and word of Jesus Christ so we  can breathe again.
 
Inspire:   breathe in.  All Scripture is inspired by God, God-breathed.  He breathes in the Word and makes it alive as Jesus Christ is alive.  Scripture is also for the Holy Spirit to rebuke sin and reconcile us once again to the Lord.  Every Word of the Bible, either Law or Gospel, is inspired.
 
Conspire:  literally breathe together.  The Holy Spirit builds us up in Christ to the glory of God the Father, a holy conspiracy, that is, His Church so that the Word is preached, taughted, administered, served, confessed and believed upon in the world. Yes, the Church is the Lord’s conspiracy so that breathing together we tell the deeds of Him who called us out of darkness into His most marvelous light. (cf. 1 Peter 2: 9). 

From Dr. Martin Luther’s The Large Catechism, 3rd Article of The Apostles’ Creed:

 If you are asked: What do you mean by the words: I believe in the Holy Ghost? you can answer: I believe that the Holy Ghost makes me holy, as His name implies.  But whereby does He accomplish this, or what are His method and means to this end? Answer: By the Christian Church, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  For, in the first place, He has a peculiar congregation in the world, which is the mother that begets and bears every Christian through the Word of God, which He reveals and preaches, [and through which] He illumines and enkindles hearts, that they understand, accept it, cling to it, and persevere in it.

 
Transpire:  literally breathed across, as in the whole history of Israel culminating in the 3 great feast days of the church and in the Church today till the day when forgiveness will no longer be needed in the Resurrection: Come, Lord Jesus, come. The Spirit and the Bride say come!
 
Perspire:  literally breathe through, that is sweat! The Holy Spirit works and man sweats, when we know the depth of our wrong and nothing we can do to extricate our selves from it.  We sweat and panic and the Holy Spirit blows upon us the Word of Christ to soothe,cool, heal…forgive and so make us holy. 
 
Aspire:  to breathe towards, to want to do better.  We can not aspire and be saved on our own, we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ.  But once baptized and forgiven, we aspire to be made holy in our lives through faith, the fruit of which is love, joy, peace, etc. by walking in the Spirit, feeding on His Word and Sacrament day by day, for as branches are to the vine, we can do nothing without Him.
 
All of these words describe the work of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is not an independent operator but works in perfect sync with the Father and the Son, who is forever to be worshiped and glorified in His Church, one God, one Lord,  both now and forever. Amen!
 
Almighty and ever-living God, You fulfilled Your promise by sending the gift of the Holy Spirit to unite disciples of all nations in the cross and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. By the preaching of the Gospel spread this gift to the ends of the earth; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.    

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All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he (the Holy Spirit) will take what is mine and declare it to you. St. John 16: 15

When was the last time you met Cappadocians, Elamites…Medes? Okay, you could have met Libyans and Egyptians, but they would not be the same as back at the time of Pentecost.  And Egyptian Christians have been around since the time of Pentecost.  My point is this:  Christians, baptized followers of Jesus have been around since Pentecost. Christians are in practically every nation under heaven…not Cappadocians and even Egyptians and Libyans.   It seems that Jesus was right when He said that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church in spite of many to raise hell in the Church. 

Christians in so many nations hear true pastors, ministers and priests telling in their own tongues the mighty works of God.  They heard that forgiveness was won in Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection. Jesus commanded His apostles to baptize all nations under heaven.  The Apostles, the first being blue-collar fishermen, told the good news of Jesus Christ that God has acted in utter love and mercy to forgive the humanly unforgivable. 

Peter, some 53 days before had denied Jesus three times.  Earlier,  when Peter confessed Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God, Jesus said that upon this confession I will build my Church.  The Lord then said this is  the way the foundation was to be laid:  He was to be crucified and die and on the third day rise. Peter said, no way and Jesus called Peter Satan.   Peter wanted to walk to Jesus on the water but when Peter saw the fierce waves he began to sink. Jesus grabbed Peter from the storm and chided, Ye of little faith.  Peter was sunk and now like Jonah out of the depths, there he was preaching the first Christian sermon. Peter and the disciples 50 days ago were hiding for fear of the religious authorities. What had changed? How could a Galilean fishermen, with so much baggage and no college education, be preaching Christ and face arrest, imprisonment, and even death?  Answer:  the news was so good, the Lord acted in the mighty deeds of the atonement for us and for our salvation.  All our strivings to walk on water, water down the truth in order to save ourselves do not compare to unconquerable love of God in Christ Jesus.  What had changed? More who had changed Peter?  Answer: the Holy Spirit, Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit. Peter was sunk but the Lord is not.

So, who is the Holy Spirit? Answer:  The Lord.  Yet, we bandy about the word “spirit” a lot with out much understanding the word.  What is spirit? Then what are the characteristics of the Holy Spirit?

When the gathered crowd heard the disciples speaking in other tongues the mighty deeds of God, they said:  they are drunk.  Except Peter pointed out  it is only 9 in the morning!  The first understanding of “spirit” is indicated by  another name for alcohol:  spirits.  Yes, we get rather spirited when drinking.  Just a word about drinking:  it is clear in the Bible it is okay to drink, as in the Lord gave “…wine to gladden the heart of man” (Psalm 104:15), but it is not okay to get drunk.

The second understanding of “spirit” has to do with groups.  We speak of the spirit of a nation, a college, a school.  Note that “spirit” means 2 or more people.  In order to get a school up for a game, the school may have pep rally.  Even drinking implies 2 or more, say, in  a pub and as Billy Joel sang, “they’re drinking a drink called loneliness but it’s better than drinking alone”. Even then it is to get some “pep”, good feeling, going.

These are characteristics of “spirit”:

  • it is about raising spirits.
  • so, it is about “raising”, uplift, well, ascending.
  • it is about our feelings.
  • it is accomplished by us for us.
  • so, it is about us.

These are the characteristics of the Holy Spirit:

  • He does not ascend but descends as in Pentecost. We want to raise ourselves, but some things we can not raise ourselves from, like sin, death and the power of the devil. The dead can’t raise themselves. The Lord has and will. The Lord raises us from the death of sin in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, making us right with God by faith in Jesus through His perfect sacrifice who bore our sin as He is the Savior of the world (cf. John 4:42).
  • He is not a feeling, an emotion, but works through the Word of God, through the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. Further,in the group, to raise the spirits, we are expected, required, even demanded to “go with the flow”.  This is mob mentality.  With the Holy Spirit, we do not go with the flow of our own passions, but are directed by the flow of the Holy Spirit to go with God, His ‘flow’, the flow of His Word of Law and Promise to show the wide and easy path (“flow”) that leads to destruction and the hard and narrow path, going with God that leads to life.
  • He teaches us the Word into heart, soul and mind, but our feelings by themselves teach us little or nothing. Feelings are not the cause but the result. The Holy Spirit works only through the Word and in a similar way a college works through words, and the most important building on a campus is the library!  The Holy Spirit works through the main textbook of His library: the Bible and through the Word, preached, taught and administered in the Sacraments. Now the Lord created us with emotions and so as in all His creation they are good, but the Old Adam in sin can easily make them bad.  So in the imbibing drinks, we reason two beers gladden the heart, then a six pack will really make us feel glad! But it does not work that way.  When we try to raise our spirits, more is never enough and we become spirit junkies, and this is confused as the Holy Spirit, but those spirits are not the Holy Spirit.
  • He made us and remade us in Christ Jesus.  We can not generate the Holy Spirit but too many confusing worship as  pep rally, thinks we are generating the ‘spirit’, as in the Holy Spirit but they are looking the wrong way: to the self.
  • He, with the Father and the Son, centers us on the Lord not ourselves. We are not the hub of the wheel, the Lord is so we can ride straight. Us centered on our feelings alone, our spirits is then easy prey for the unclean spirits, the demons and demonic idolatry. The result is chaos, the Tower of Babel but on Pentecost Babel is reversed as they the “mighty deeds of God” in their own language.
  • We “earn” our good spirits, but the Holy Spirit is never earned, but always given, ever learned.
  • We want to feel good but the Holy Spirit through the Word received in faith is to make us good. The Law shows the way to be good is love, and since we do not love as we ought, we are so loved in Jesus, He gives us our redemption as His good for our good.
  • Our good spirits cannot admit suffering, but the Holy Spirit makes us good through trial and error in His grace and peace, in the forgiveness won once and for all upon the Cross.

Man’s spirit is located in us, in a school, a nation, a bar but the Holy Spirit everywhere bringing us to Christ in all nations.  I have been on Facebook messaging with a Lutheran Pastor, David Ongwaye.  Pr. Ongwaye is a pastor of four congregations in western Kenya.  He recently wrote to me before Pentecost:  “God grant you and yours a very significant blessing. may it dawn to you a new revelation as you minister to them the Word that cometh from the Mouth of God!” The Word is all over the world, for the world to change the world, from the Mouth of God, the new revelation of His forgiveness in this dark world.  We speak the same language of Pentecost in the USA and Kenya!  The Holy Spirit speaks the language of the Gospel. He is with us. 

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 139) 

Vios con Dios:  go with God for He goes with you.

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I came across this meme in preparation for Pentecost. This saying has it wrong.  Pentecost is not about “reclaiming your passion”. My passion needs forgiving.   Pentecost is all about the Holy Spirit reclaiming the Lord Jesus’ Passion to forgive our wayward  passions and in His grace and peace direct our passion in the paths of the Lord for His Name’s sake. 

Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

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What does a dog do on its day off?  A cat?  Their job is lying around.  Sometimes we may even desire a dog’s life especially in the helter skelter of the everyday, restless, moving from one thing to another.   There’s been more than one time when we have prayed the confessions of sins with the phrase, “those things I have done and left undone”,  that it crossed my mind, ohh, what did I forget to do this past week.  Of course, superficially, that has nothing to do with the fact that I have not loved God with my whole heart, no matter how many times I’ve given my heart to the Lord, nor  loved my neighbor as myself. The old Adam looks for love in all the wrong places and Mick Jagger of the ancient Rolling Stones got it right, I can’t get no satisfaction, and I’ve tried and I’ve tried.

But I’ve jumped the gun.  The serpent’s offer of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil had to do with food.  Food and drink.  Food and drink are the sure signs that we are utterly dependent creatures.  We can not live without food and water.  We are not self-watered nor self-fed.  All creatures look to You for their food in due season and You open Your hands and satisfy the desires of all the living. (see Ps. 145: 15-16)  Food and drink are the natural sacrament for which we thank the Lord.  The serpent offered the forbidden food with the false promise, you’ll be like God, then you will really be satisfied. This is the food of which we are to fast but we don’t.  The ancient foe knew what he was doing:  he wanted Adam and Eve to thirst and hunger, not for the Lord, trusting Him alone, trusting You Lord Jesus,  but for that which does not satisfy, looking to themselves and anyone but the Lord.

Is. 55:  

  “Come, everyone who thirsts,                                                                                  come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
   and delight yourselves in rich food.

And  as the Lord  poured out His blood upon the Cross, He now poured out the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, to refresh and renew people who in themselves are never satisfied.  Streams of living water, the baptized, all cleaned up, by His Blood shed, forgiven and free, dining at His Table.  

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Lessons:

Exodus 19:1-9

Psalm 113

 Romans 8:12-27

St. John 14:8-21

GRADUAL:   Acts 2:17b, Rom.10:10

I will pour out my Spirit  on all flesh,*and your sons and your daughters shall  prophesy. With the heart one believes and is  justified,* and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

VERSE: Alleluia. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.

Intro:  Pentecost is the third, but by no means the last, of the Three Great Holy Days of the Christian Church year.  Each day, and its season, corresponds to the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity.

  • Christmas, originally Christ Mass, is the celebration of God the Father.  God the Father in the fullness of time sends His Son to be born of the Virgin Mary and He is the Word made flesh.
  • Easter, or Pascha, is the celebration of God the Son, Who after His earthly ministry and then sufferings, crucifixion, rises again on the Third Day.
  • Then Pentecost, 50 Days after Pascha, on , the Holy Spirit is publically pored out upon the 120 (Acts 1: 15) gathered together and they begin to speak of wonderful deeds of the Lord He accomplished in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

As the Holy Trinity is one so are the 3 great feast days of His Church.

Reflection:  The word “spirit” in Biblical Hebrew is “ruah”.  Spirit in Biblical Greek is “pneuma”.   Our English word, which is from the Latin, “spirare” translates well both Hebrew and Greek: all three words can also be translated as “breath” or “wind”.  So our Lord uses these different definitions in a word play  in John 3.  Scripture reports in Acts 2 that the descent of the Holy Spirit was like a “mighty rushing wind.”

Now our English word “spirit” and it’s Latin original “spirare” is also the second syllable of these following words and taken together form a whole Bible study of the work of the Holy Spirit.

  • expire
  • respire
  • inspire
  • conspire
  • transpire
  • perspire
  • aspire
Expire:  literally without breath .The “s” has dropped out in our pronunciation.  We were dead in our trespasses, spiritually dead, expired.  In sin we are spiritually in the tomb with Lazarus until the Lord calls out by His Word: Come out!   When we sin again we are without breath till repentance and forgiveness.
 
Respire:  literally, to breathe again. The Holy Spirit performs resuscitation in the work and word of Jesus Christ so we  can breathe again.
 
Inspire:   breathe in.  All Scripture is inspired by God, God-breathed.  He breathes in the Word and makes it alive as Jesus Christ is alive.  Scripture is also for the Holy Spirit to rebuke sin and reconcile us once again to the Lord.  Every Word of the Bible, either Law or Gospel, is inspired.
 
Conspire:  literally breathe together.  The Holy Spirit builds us up in Christ to the glory of God the Father, a holy conspiracy, that is, His Church so that the Word is preached, taughted, administered, served, confessed and believed upon in the world.

From Dr. Martin Luther’s The Large Catechism, 3rd Article of The Apostles’ Creed:

 If you are asked: What do you mean by the words: I believe in the Holy Ghost? you can answer: I believe that the Holy Ghost makes me holy, as His name implies.  But whereby does He accomplish this, or what are His method and means to this end? Answer: By the Christian Church, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  For, in the first place, He has a peculiar congregation in the world, which is the mother that begets and bears every Christian through the Word of God, which He reveals and preaches, [and through which] He illumines and enkindles hearts, that they understand, accept it, cling to it, and persevere in it.

 
Transpire:  literally breathed across, as in the whole history of Israel culminating in the 3 great feast days of the church and in the Church today till the day when forgiveness will no longer be needed in the Resurrection: Come, Lord Jesus, come. The Spirit and the Bride say come!
 
Perspire:  literally breathe through, that is sweat! The Holy Spirit works and man sweats, when we know the depth of our wrong and nothing we can do to extricate our selves from it.  We sweat and panic and the Holy Spirit blows upon us the Word of Christ to soothe,cool, heal…forgive and so make us holy. 
 
Aspire:  to breathe towards, to want to do better.  We can not aspire and be saved on our own, we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ.  But once baptized and forgiven, we aspire to be made holy in our lives through faith, the fruit of which is love, joy, peace, etc. by walking in the Spirit, feeding on His Word and Sacrament day by day, for as branches are to the vine, we can do nothing without Him.
 
All of these words describe the work of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is not an independent operator but works in perfect sync with the Father and the Son, who is forever to be worshiped and glorified in His Church, one God, one Lord,  both now and forever. Amen!
 
Almighty and ever-living God, You fulfilled Your promise by sending the gift of the Holy Spirit to unite disciples of all nations in the cross and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. By the preaching of the Gospel spread this gift to the ends of the earth; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.                                   

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The Gospel Reading in the Daily Lectionary for the Friday After Pentecost (ELCA): St. Matthew 10:24-33

“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master; it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Be-el’zebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.

“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.’!’

A Reflection by Fulton J. Sheen (1895 –1979)

Deny not your Master even under opposition. “But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father Who is in heaven.” So long as we are hated, we are worth troubling about. The church that would give only a moral tone to secular movements can die of its own inanition. If the pagan forces of the world left us untouched, if they did not calumniate us, seek to destroy us, set up rival claim.

The Church can still make the evil forces of the world angry. It can still inspire persecution. Therefore Christ is with us. The exhilaration of being counted a foe of evil is the joy of honor. Our heart is warmed by the tribute of enmity from those areas of life, where to be counted friends, or not to be counted at all, would be to stand condemned as salt without savour, and as feeble candles whose light had gone out.ants to the soul, it would mean that we would have lost our influence, that our touch was gone, our stars did no longer shine. Do men shake fists over the tomb of Napoleon? Do armies storm and rage against the grave of Mohammed? Do forces assault the tomb of Lenin? These men are dead. But they do storm the citadel of Christ; they do rage against His Spouse; they do kill the members of His Body; they do try to stifle the young hearts that would breathe His name in school. Therefore Christ must be alive today in His Body which is the Church.   From Characters of the Passion by Bp. Sheen

Closing Prayer:

O God, Who hast taught the hearts of believers by the illumination of the Holy Ghost, and gathered together a Christian Church by Him, grant us also that Thy good Spirit cleanse our hearts, lead us into all truth, sanctify us, give us zealous minds, and comfort us in every time of need, that Thy Church may realize the promise of Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, to conquer over all the gates of hell. Amen.

J. K. Wilhelm Loehe, Lutheran Pastor and Missionary, (1808-1872)

About Bp. Sheen:  Here is a trivia type question and answer:  Who was the first televangelist?  Answer:  Roman Catholic Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.  Maybe there were others ‘way back then’ but Bp. Sheen was quite popular during the fifties on TV.   He said and wrote some pretty good things…even though he was not a Lutheran.  The quotation above is from  the excellent 4 volume series For All the Saints:  A Prayer Book for and by the Church which is basically a Lutheran breviary or daily prayer book, as is Treasury of Daily Prayer from The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

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Lessons:

Exodus 19:1-9

Psalm 113

 Romans 8:12-27

St. John 14:8-21

GRADUAL:   Acts 2:17b, Rom.10:10

I will pour out my Spirit I on all flesh,*and your sons and your daughters shall I prophesy. With the heart one believes and is I justified,* and with the mouth one confesses I and is saved.

VERSE: Alleluia. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.

Intro:  Pentecost is the third, but by no means the last, of the Three Great Holy Days of the Christian Church year.  Each day, and its season, corresponds to the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity.

  • Christmas, originally Christ Mass, is the celebration of God the Father.  God the Father in the fullness of time sends His Son to be born of the Virgin Mary and He is the Word made flesh.
  • Easter, or Pascha, is the celebration of God the Son, Who after His earthly ministry and then sufferings, crucifixion, rises again on the Third Day.
  • Then Pentecost, 50 Days after Pascha, on , the Holy Spirit is publically pored out upon the 120 (Acts 1: 15) gathered together and they begin to speak of wonderful deeds of the Lord He accomplished in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

As the Holy Trinity is one so are the 3 great feast days of His Church.

Reflection:  The word “spirit” in Biblical Hebrew is “ruah”.  Spirit in Biblical Greek is “pneuma”.   Our English word, which is from the Latin, “spirare” translates well both Hebrew and Greek: all three words can also be translated as “breath” or “wind”.  So our Lord uses these different definitions in a word play  in John 3.  Scripture reports in Acts 2 that the descent of the Holy Spirit was like a “mighty rushing wind.”

Now our English word “spirit” and it’s Latin original “spirare” is also the second syllable of these following words and taken together form a whole Bible study of the work of the Holy Spirit.

  • expire
  • respire
  • inspire
  • conspire
  • transpire
  • perspire
  • aspire
Expire:  literally without breath .The “s” has dropped out in our pronunciation.  We were dead in our trespasses, spiritually dead, expired.  In sin we are spiritually in the tomb with Lazarus until the Lord calls out by His Word: Come out!   When we sin again we are without breath till repentance and forgiveness.
Respire:  literally, to breathe again. The Holy Spirit performs resuscitation in the work and word of Jesus Christ so we  can breathe again.
Inspire:   breathe in.  All Scripture is inspired by God, God-breathed.  He breathes in the Word and makes it alive as Jesus Christ is alive.  Scripture is also for the Holy Spirit to rebuke sin and reconcile us once again to the Lord.  Every Word of the Bible, either Law or Gospel, is inspired.
Conspire:  literally breathe together.  The Holy Spirit builds us up in Christ to the glory of God the Father, a holy conspiracy, His Church so that the Word is preached, taughted, administered, served, confessed and believed upon in the world.
Transpire:  literally breathed across, as in the whole history of Israel culminating in the 3 great feast days of the church and in the Church today till the day when forgiveness will no longer be needed: Come, Lord Jesus, come. The Spirit and the Bride say come!
Perspire:  literally breathe through, that is sweat! The Holy Spirit works and man sweats, when we know the depth of our wrong and nothing we can do to extricate our selves from it.  We sweat and panic and the Holy Spirit blows upon us the Word of Christ to soothe,cool, heal…forgive.
Aspire:  to breathe towards, to want to do better.  We can not aspire and be saved on our own, we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ.  But once baptized and forgiven, we aspire to be made holy in our lives through faith, the fruit of which is love, joy, peace, etc. by walking in the Spirit, feeding on His Word and Sacrament day by day, for as branches are to the vine, we can do nothing without Him.
All of these words describe the work of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is not an independent operator but works in perfect sync with the Father and the Son, who is forever to be worshiped and glorified in His Church, one God, one Lord,  both now and forever. Amen!
Almighty and ever-living God, You fulfilled Your promise by sending the gift of the Holy Spirit to unite disciples of all nations in the cross and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. By the preaching of the Gospel spread this gift to the ends of the earth; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.                                   (Collect of the Day)

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