The Holy Spirit Is Deity


‘But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.’… Then Peter said to her, ‘How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.’ Acts 5:3-4 / Acts 4:9

Notice that Peter used the terms ‘Holy Spirit’ and ‘God’ interchangeably. He perceived the Spirit to be God. The Holy Spirit is described as possessing characteristics which are unique to God.

He is ‘omniscient’ that is He knows all things, 1 Corinthians 2:10-11.

The Spirit is also ‘omnipresent’, that is He is everywhere, Psalm 139:7-10.

The Spirit of the Lord is also ‘eternal’. Hebrews 9:14.

We also find the deity of the Spirit demonstrated in His workings. He was involved in the creation of the world, Genesis 1:2 / Job 33:4.

It was through the Spirit that miracles occurred, Matthew 12:28 / Romans 15:18-19.

The Spirit had a hand in the redemption of man, Hebrews 9:14. Notice that the Son, the Spirit, and the Father are all mentioned in this one verse working together to bring about the redemption of man. Yet, each is listed independently.

Finally, the Spirit is involved in the regeneration of man, John 3:5 / Titus 3:4-7. Once again notice in this last passage that the Father, the Spirit, and the Son are all mentioned working together for the salvation of men.

The Holy Spirit is a divine person and this is evidenced by the following factors.

1. The Spirit acts in a personal way.

a. He can speak, Matthew 10:20 / 1 Timothy 4:1.

b. Teach, John 14:26.

c. Bear witness, John 15:26.

d. Guide, hear and declare, John 16:13.

e. Send, Acts 10:20.

f. Forbid, Acts 16:6.

g. Search and know, 1 Corinthians 2:11.

h. Will, 1 Corinthians 12:11.

i. Help, Romans 8:2, and

j. Love, Romans 15:30.

2. There are many passages which describe the Holy Spirit as being the recipient of actions which are applicable only to a personal entity.

a. The Spirit can be grieved, Ephesians 4:30.

b. Lied to, Acts 5:3.

c. Spoken against, Matthew 12:32.

d. Resisted, Acts 7:50, and

e. Insulted, Hebrews 10:29.

3. The Holy Spirit is frequently mentioned in contexts in which other persons are discussed.

a. Of the Spirit, Jesus said, ‘He shall glorify me’. John 16:14

b. If the ‘me’ (Christ) represents a person, why doesn’t the ‘he’ (the Spirit) likewise denote a person?

c. Certain inspired leaders in the early church wrote, ‘It seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us . . .’ Acts 15:28

d. The Spirit is as personal as the ‘us.’