3.5.5.3 The activity of the Holy Spirit in the Apostle ministry

The Apostles exercise their ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit. The activity of the Holy Spirit confers special authority upon their actions. This is demonstrated in the proper administration and dispensation of the sacraments, in the proper proclamation of the gospel on the basis of Holy Scripture, in keeping alive the promise of Christ's return, and thereby in the preparation of the bride of Christ for His return. Through the Apostles of today, the Holy Spirit works in the same fullness as at the time of the first Apostles.

SUMMARY

The Holy Spirit was present in the early Christian congregations. The church is described as the "house of God", the "dwelling place of God", or the "temple of the living God". This illustrates the presence of the Holy Spirit in the church. (3.5.5)

The Holy Spirit is a necessary prerequisite for church: church and the Holy Spirit belong together. (3.5.5.1)

The imparting of the gift of the Holy Spirit through Apostles occurs in the sacrament of Holy Sealing, the baptism of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also the power at work in the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. (3.5.5.2)

The Apostles exercise their ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit. (3.5.5.3)

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