The Holy Spirit is the least understood and most misunderstood person in the Godhead. If we are to have fellowship and work together with Him, we must know Him well.
The Holy Spirit is God
1. God is three in one – triune. The Godhead consists of Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Ghost).
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matt. 28:19)
Here, Jesus clearly sets the Holy Spirit in the same position as the Father and the Son. He said that the Spirit had the same authority, power and glory as the Father and the Son.
2. The apostle Peter filled with the Holy Spirit rebuked Ananias, “Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?……..Thou has not lied unto men, but unto God” (Acts 5:3-4, emphasis mine). Here, Peter gave witness that the Holy Spirit is God by saying that Ananias had lied to God and the Holy Spirit, using the words interchangeably.
3. The word of the Lord God of the Old Testament is the same as the word of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. See Isaiah 6:9 and Acts 28:25-26 also Jeremiah 31:33 and Hebrews 10:15-16.
4. The Holy Spirit carries out the work that none but God can do.
- Created the heavens and the earth by the will of God (Gen. 1:2; Job 26:13)
- He raised the dead (Rom. 1:4, 6:11)
- Caused people to be born again (John 3:5-7)
- Reproved the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment (John 16:8)
- Cast out devils (Matt. 12:28)
5. The Holy Spirit has all the attributes of God. Only God is eternal, omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent – and the Holy Spirit is all of these.
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14).
The Holy Spirit is called the “eternal Spirit” and only God is eternal.
“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:10).
The Holy Spirit knows all things, even the deep things of God.
“And the angel answered and saith unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee” (Luke 1:35).
Clearly, the Holy Ghost is the power of the Highest, and nothing is impossible with God.
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit: or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there” (Psa. 139:7-8).
Psalms 139 expresses well the omnipresence of the Holy Spirit as spoken by David to the Lord.
Join me next week as I continue to demystify this most misunderstood person of the Godhead.