THE MAIN DIVINE SOURCE OF EVANGELIZATION
1. Prior to His Resurrection, Jesus said: "All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." [Mt. 28:18-20]
2. Obeying the Lord to be sanctified by answering the call, the Apostles "went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere. The Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it." [Mk. 16:20] (C.C.C. # 2) Glorifying the Heavenly Father, Jesus had now completed the work He had been sent to do on earth. [Jn. 17:4]
3. Shortly before that, Jesus had promised to send the Spirit of truth, He Who would guide the disciples into all the truth. The Holy Spirit will not speak of His own but will speak whatever He hears. He will declare to the disciples the things that are to come. He will glorify the Lord, because He will take what is His and declare it to them. [Jn. 16:13-4] (C.C.C. # 687)
4. From these passages, it is learned that the mission of Jesus was a joint mission (C.C.C. # 689) with the Holy Spirit. Jesus was the founder of the Church and He will spiritually remain with His followers. [Mt. 28:20] Yet, it is the Holy Spirit, the One Who was sent, Who has taken over the visible work of the universal Church [Jn. 16:13].
5. The world does not receive the Spirit of truth because it does not see Him nor know Him. The Christians will know Him because He abides with them and He will be in them. [Jn. 14:17]
6. So Who is the Source of evangelization? Jesus was the original Root of evangelization, the Founder of the Church, having prepared the way for the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is the present Source of evangelization, continuing the work of Jesus while Jesus dwells in the hearts of the believers.
7. As the soul is the most precious part of the human being [Mt. 10:28], the Holy Spirit is the Precious Body of Christ that is the Church. Through the Holy Spirit, the Church is the Temple of the Living God. (C.C.C. # 797)
8. No one can bear fruit by performing the work of evangelization unless he abides in Jesus Who is the vine. The workers are the branches. Those who abide in Jesus will bear much fruit because apart from Him they cannot do anything. [Jn. 15:4-5]
9. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that each Christian is attached to the vine so he can bear spiritual fruit. It is also by the power of the Holy Spirit that those who do not bear much fruit are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned. [Jn. 15:6]
10. At this point, we should stop to hear the words of Paul to the Ephesus disciples: "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?" They replied, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." [Acts 19:2]
11. The Ephesus disciples had been reborn, having received the righteous new heart and the new spirit. [Ezek. 11:19-20, 36:26] But, they had not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire [Mt. 3:12] that sanctifies the Christian so he may continue to remain righteous [1 Cor. 6:11; Col. 2:10] in the eyes of God by the sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus. [1 Pet. 1:2]
12. While some believers know that they are Christians, they have never fully understood the presence and the work of the Holy Spirit. They are like the Ephesians. This is like having a cake with no icing on top! The Christian life can never be complete, nor can the Christian reach an elevated state of sainthood unless he walks with the Holy Spirit, enjoys the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit and shares them with mankind as an act of love.
13. What follows are the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Every Christian should pray to God through Jesus Christ for the power of the Holy Spirit to manifest itself through them. Then, from their hearts will flow rivers of living water. [Jn. 7:38-9]
14. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. [Gal. 5:22] This is the fruit that the Christians should seek with all sincerity, praying everyday to receive them in their fullness. By these fruits, the Christians will be known. [Mt. 7:16]
15. By the grace of the Heavenly Father, to further help in the work of evangelization, the Holy Spirit distributes gifts. The Christian only has to ask God for them. If man who is evil, knows how to give good gifts to his children, how much more will the Heavenly Father give good things to those who ask Him? [Mt. 7:11]
16. These generous and perfect gifts of God's calling are irrevocable. [Rom. 11:29] They are from above, from the Father of lights, He Who never changes. [Jas. 1:17] The only way a Christian can lose these perfect gifts is by neglecting his gift of the Holy Spirit Who is the Source behind all of God's gifts. [1 Tim. 4:14]
17. According to the grace given to each Christian, he receives gifts that differ from one another. These gifts are: prophecy, in proportion to faith, ministering, teaching, exhorting, giving in generosity, leadership in diligence, and compassion in cheerfulness. [Rom 12:6-8]
18. Other gifts that the Holy Spirit "gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ." [Ephes. 4:11-2]
19. From the same Spirit of God, there are varieties of gifts. [1 Cor. 12:4] Each Christian receives the manifestation of the Holy Spirit for the good of all. [1 Cor. 12:6] These gifts are the Word of wisdom, the Word of knowledge, the gift of faith, the gift of healing, the working of miracles, the gift of prophecy, the discerning of spirits, the gift of tongues and the interpretation of tongues. The Holy Spirit gives to each individually according to what He, the Spirit, chooses. [1 Cor. 12:8-11]
20. Like good caretakers of the many graces of God, Christians should serve one another with whatever gift they have received. [1 Pet. 4:10]
21. Although rare, the Church is aware of many other Divine gifts that have been given to some of its members by the grace of God. Naming just a few of these, they are: Divine apparitions and messages from Our Lord and/or the Blessed Virgin Mary; a state of ecstasy during prayers; the stigmatas of Christ; bilocation and levitation. The fact that some saints of the Catholic Church have been blessed with the stigmatas of Christ is an authentic sign of its apostolic succession to Saint Peter.
22. Let us not forget the Christian's first gifts that are received by the grace of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. These include the gifts of hope, trust and charity. Then there are the gifts that perfect the Christian in holiness in the fullness of Christ. These are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. These gifts make the Christian receptive to obeying Divine inspirations. (C.C.C. # 1831, 1845)
23. Equipped with the Armour of God, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of readiness to proclaim the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit that is the Word of God [Ephes. 6:14-7] the Christian has all the necessary tools to battle against evil.
24. In prudence and unity, when answering the missionary call of the Church (C.C.C. # 767), the Christian should submit himself in obedience under the leadership of the Church when evangelizing. The Christian will then faithfully enjoy the gifts of charity, humility and self-denial that were bestowed upon the founders of the Church. (C.C.C. # 768)
25. Then, through the grace of God in the Name of Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Christian will be sent forward to evangelize. He will have been properly trained by the Church leadership that is in harmony with the mission of the Holy Spirit.
26. It should not be forgotten that since the Christian has freely received his gifts, he must use them for the good of all without payment. [Mt. 10:8]
BUILDING THE KINGDOM OF GOD
27. At the arrival of the fullness of time, the Heavenly Father sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, the Heavenly Father invited all those who believed in His Son to become His adopted children and inheritors to His Kingdom. This work continues to manifest itself today through the power of the Holy Spirit. (C.C.C. # 1)
28. Resulting from the glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus, death was conquered. Having completed His work on earth, He was taken into Heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. [Mk. 16:19] (C.C.C. # 659) The arrival of Jesus into Heaven as the King of kings and the Firstfruit of many to follow resulted in a spiritual warfare.
29. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in Heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, he who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown with him. [Rev. 12:7-12]
30. A loud voice was heard in Heaven, proclaiming: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of His Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, he who accuses them day and night before our God. But they have conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death. Rejoice then, you Heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!" [Rev. 12:10-12]
31. Prior to Jesus establishing His Kingdom in Heaven, Satan had the freedom to accuse God's people of their weaknesses in Heaven. In one such case, "Satan answered the Lord, "Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not put a fence around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out Your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse You to Your face." [Job. 1:9-11]
32. Now in Heaven, to Jesus has been given dominion and glory and Kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting one that shall not pass away, and His Kingship is one that shall never be destroyed. [Dan. 7:14] (C.C.C. # 664)
33. Satan can no longer accuse men! The Christian who hears the Word of truth, the gospel of his salvation and believed in Jesus, is marked by the seal of the Holy Spirit. [Ephes. 1:13]
34. By the power of the Holy Spirit, in the rebirth of Baptism, the Christian is given a new heart and a new spirit. This is achieved through faith in Jesus Christ, salvation being assured to those who persist. Christ now becomes his Mediator before God, He Who gave Himself as ransom for all. [1 Tim. 2:5]
35. Christians should realize that Jesus said: "My Kingdom is not of this world." [Jn. 18:36] Jesus was revealing that His Kingdom was starting in Heaven, being a spiritual Kingdom. When teaching the Lord's Prayer, He revealed to Christians that they should pray for His Kingdom to come on earth as it is in Heaven. [Mt. 6:10]
36. When will the fullness of the Kingdom come? Jesus said: "And this good news of the Kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come." [Mt. 24:14] When the Word of God, the Bible, will have been preached throughout the world, the end will be near. Based on this passage, the good news being proclaimed throughout the world, it can be said that the end is quickly approaching. The end of this world as we know it can end anytime.
37. Is the world ready for the day when the fullness of the Kingdom of God shall be fulfilled? Are you?
38. In preparation for the fullness of the Kingdom of God, the Holy Spirit is building up the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ is the Mystical Church. It involves all those who lived righteously and faithfully in God from the beginning of time, those who are doing so today, and those who are to come until the end of time. It includes the living of today, those who lived by the Holy Spirit in the past and those who are yet to be born and who will answer their calling. This Kingdom, the Mystical Church, includes all the living on earth and in Heaven. It includes Mary, our Blessed Mother and all the saints.
39. The number of Christians is endless! The mind cannot possibly perceive the number of people who will share in the glory of the eternal Kingdom of God.
40. What is the Church doing through the power of the Holy Spirit to build up the Kingdom of God? In Christian love, as a gigantic tree with branches reaching over every nation, the Church is preaching the Gospel of Jesus worldwide. It is doing missionary work. It is growing by opening new local Churches. It is assisting the Holy Spirit in the sanctification of the Christians through the Sacraments. It is managing schools and hospitals. It is caring for the orphans, the homeless, the sick and the elderly. It is feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and visiting the prisoners. It is operating charities. It is managing homes for the emotionally disturbed and for the handicaps. Its work is endless! And all this wonderful work is coordinated and inspired by the Holy Spirit in the hearts of men and women who have adopted a Christlike life.
41. To meet all these needs, the Church is training religious vocations, the priests, brothers and sisters who have been called by the moving of the Holy Spirit to serve Jesus. It is training lay persons who are also answering their special calls. It is testing those who have received gifts of the Holy Spirit to ensure that their gifts are of the Spirit of God.
42. Building the universal Church in this last age is not an easy task. Without the power of the Holy Spirit, it could not be done. Satan knows that his days are numbered. He is doing all he can to destroy the Church. Satan is angry and he is making war on the Christians, those who keep the commandments of God and hold the testimony of Jesus. [Rev. 12:17]
43. This spiritual battle is very obvious to Christians when they look around and see all what offends God's honour, presence and Godliness. There is a dramatic increase in the number of common-law relationships, abortions, children abandoning their aging parents, divisions within families, increased crime rates and even the removal of the Lord's Prayer from the schools.
44. The media is just as guilty, promoting violence, hatred, foul language and nudity. This immorality against God is heard on the radio, seen on television, in theatres, from rented movies, purchased magazines and computer programs. What is the world coming to? Many of the sins that were unacceptable years ago, today they have become acceptable standard of society!
45. Then the Lord of hosts will draw near to the sinners for judgment; He will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the strangers and do not hear Him. For the Lord does not change. [Mal. 3:5-6] He remains Holy in all things.
46. Can Christians maintain a sincerity of heart while continuing to remain silent to the sins around them when their voice can be heard? Are they not obligated to speak out or would they rather face God's judgment for having remained silent? The voice of one Christian through the power of the Holy Spirit can perform miracles!
47. Each member of the Church, the Body of Christ, is called, needed and obligated to help build the Kingdom of God in love. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, each member of the Body of Christ is obligated in thanksgiving to become a living member of the Church.
48. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it. [1 Cor. 12:26] The Christians all suffer in their hearts because of the sin they see around them. If, in true Christian love, they can honour new members by bringing them back to the Lord, then all the members within the Body of Christ will rejoice together. That is building the Kingdom of God in love for God is love. [1 Jn. 4:8]
49. There is more joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. [Lk. 15:7]
PREPARING FOR THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST
50. Jesus was lifted, and a cloud took Him out of sight. When He was ascending and the disciples were gazing up toward Heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward Heaven? This Jesus, Who has been taken up from you into Heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into Heaven." [Acts 1:9-11]
51. As to the day and the hour of His Second Coming, no one knows, neither the angels of Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. [Mt. 24:36] "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed." [2 Peter 3:10] "Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming." [Mt. 24:42]
52. When the moment arrives, each person will be judged according to his faith and his work. His faith will lead to salvation while his work will result in his eternal crown of glory. [1 Pet. 5:4]
53. The destiny of one will be different from the destiny of the other as is seen in the Parable of Lazarus [Lk. 16:22] and the spoken Words of Christ to the good thief [Lk. 23:43] who died beside Him on the cross. (C.C.C. # 1021) Those who have rejected the Lord Jesus will immediately receive eternal damnation. (C.C.C. # 1022)
54. Those who will enter into the blessedness of Heaven will share in the fullness of life with the Trinity of God. They will be united in an eternal communion with the Blessed Virgin Mary, all the angels and the saints. They will be blessed with the highest possible eternal state of absolute joy. (C.C.C. # 1024)
55. Finally, all the Christians will be able to enjoy "the beatific vision", possessing the capacity to see God as He truly is. (C.C.C. # 1028)
56. The Holy Spirit is responsible for preparing the Church and its members for the Second Coming of Jesus (C.C.C. # 702), the blessed hope [Tit. 2:12] and the glorious moment of bodily resurrection [1 Cor. 15:44] that awaits every living Christian.
57. He moves about mysteriously calling the souls to serve the Lord Jesus. He calls the living Christians to provide sufficient vocations to fulfill all the work of the Church.
58. The Holy Spirit leads the Church throughout the world to ensure that the Gospel of Christ is being taught where needed, reaching every soul.
59. He guides the Church in the fulfillment of Jesus' commission to make disciples of all nations, baptizing the people in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. He longs to teach the new Christians to obey everything that Jesus commanded the people to do. [Mt. 28:19-20]
60. The Holy Spirit works in the heart of the believers, urging them to maintain a state of grace, frequently receiving the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
61. In the love of Christ, the Holy Spirit ensures that every Christian has the opportunity to grow in a daily personal relationship with the Lord. To achieve this goal, He teaches the Christian how to pray. If the Christian does not know how to pray as he should, the Holy Spirit intercedes for him with sighs too deep for words. [Rom. 8:26]
62. Distributing the graces of the Heavenly Father, He draws the Christian towards a burning desire to be close to the Lord. He then secures the personal sanctification of the Christian so he may become Christlike. He teaches the living Christian how every moment of the day can become an enjoyable spiritual life of prayer.
63. To further bless the Christian, He gives him the necessary fruit and gifts to become holy as God is Holy.
64. When a Christian approaches his last moments in this world, the Holy Spirit ensures that he will die in a state of grace, receiving the Sacraments of the Most Holy Eucharist, Penance and the Anointing of the Sick.
65. He leads the Christian to the Bible where all spiritual answers are found. He helps him understand what is being read, teaching the truths and the way of Jesus. He helps the Christian to understand and see the invisible things of God, His eternal power and His Divine nature. Therefore, Christians are without excuse for not growing in the knowledge of God. [Rom. 1:20]
66. The Holy Spirit inspires some Christians to form Bible Study Groups to assist those who seek a greater understanding of the Word of God.
67. He guides the Christian towards a life of fellowship with other Christians. Together, the Christians praise the Lord, sing hymns, pray for their special worldly and spiritual needs, intercede for others, meet the daily needs of each other, etc...
68. The Holy Spirit reminds the Christian to discipline himself, keeping alert at all time. Like a roaring lion, the devil prowls around, looking for someone to destroy. He must be firmly resisted in faith, knowing that other Christians are going through the same kinds of suffering. [1 Pet. 5:8-9]
69. The Holy Spirit is there to help the Christian during these moments. By calling on the Most Holy Name of Jesus during these difficult moments, the Lord will respond in abounding Divine love by sending His Holy Spirit to provide the necessary spiritual strength to overcome.
70. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of hope. He reminds the Christian of the promise of Jesus, that He will be coming back. [Jn. 14:28] In the meantime, the Holy Spirit comforts the Christian. He is the Spirit of peace. [Gal. 5:22]
71. While waiting for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, Christians should walk in the Spirit. [Gal.5:16] They should be delighted to be called a Christian, having received this honour from the Holy Name of Christ.
72. They should walk as if every day is their last day. "The one who endures until the end will be saved." [Mt 10:22]
This ends the course "The Holy Spirit in Evangelization". It is hoped that you have gained much spiritual insight in this course.
Our ministry prays that the Holy Spirit will guide you to continue your spiritual studies. You may consider studying the beautiful course "The Virtue of Hope", hope being a gift of God. Whatever choice the Holy Spirit leads you to, we look towards having you as a faithful student in this course or another course. May God richly bless you for your personal efforts to learn more about your Christian life as a living sacrifice.
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