It’s amazing to me that in a very secular world, we seem to use words that relate to the spiritual very frequently. Being with a group in spirit is a common expression for those who have to be away. Getting into the spirit is common for those moments when one is catching on to things.

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.

John 4:24

This is not to say that idea of a feeling is adequate to explain the Holy Spirit; God is more than a feeling about the world, he is the Spirit. We may, and indeed should, experience Him in our lives but he is personal, unchanging and almighty. Worshiping God in the Spirit is necessary, meaning it can’t be an entirely intellectual, logical exchange and must involve our emotions. But it is also one in which the Other Party involved is not merely a series of feelings we associate with each other. God is a being who has introduced us to Himself and, if we are in the Church, already joined us with his Spirit.

Ethan Kirl