In the subject area, we deal with the fact that the Holy Spirit is a person, and that he is completely God, very God. This topic is interwound with the fact that the Holy Spirit is also fully a person. The importance of this is that only if his person is held in belief by a person can that person truly give the honor, glory, and worship to the Holy Spirit that He desires as God. The typical tactic of unbelievers is to cast the Holy Spirit into being a part of God, and not fully God. Just like the hand of a man. Nobody would accept worshipping God’s hand, it is a part of how He works, and being a part, an instrument, or other “accessory”, we would never worship such a thing. We worship God instead, and thus they deny the Spirit the worship He is due, and they typically reduce Jesus into being a normal human that had God “come on” or “come into him” at his baptism.
The second way that unbelievers destroy the deity of the Spirit is to observe the parallel between man’s components, noting that man has a spirit and body and soul, and likewise, God is the Father (soul-person of God), and Jesus became flesh (body), and God has a Spirit. Thereby, we don’t worship the Spirit.
While those who deny the Holy Spirit his deity and his personality do it subtly, they are actually arguing against giving full recognition and full worship to the Holy Spirit that is just as much God as Jesus or God the Father.
Proofs that the Spirit is Deity or God.
- Acts 5:3-4 – Spirit is specifically called God.
- 2Cor 3:17 – Spirit is called “Lord“
- The Holy Spirit is identified with Jehovah Lord – Acts 28:25 with Isaiah 9:6; Acts 7:51 with Psa 78:17-21
- 1 Cor 6:11 – The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of our God.
- Jn 14:16 He is called the Other Comforter (alelos, “other” means “other of the same class”)
- 1 Cor 3:16; Eph 2:22 – The Spirit is spoken of as if he were God.
The Spirit has the Attributes of God
There are different attributes of God, and here we focus on communicable attributes and non-communicable attributes. Only God is eternal in past, present and future. God grants us eternal life, but that does not extend our existence into the eternal past, only the eternal future. So eternity is a non-communicable attribute. We are told that God is merciful, and we should be also. Being merciful is a communicable attribute.
- Omniscience – 1 Cor 2:11-12
- Eternity Heb 9:14
- Love Rom 15:30
- Omnipresence Psa 139:7
- Truth 1Jn 5:6; Jn 14:16
- Holiness Luke 11:13
- Life Rom 8:2; Job 33:4
- Wisdom Isa 40:13
The Holy Spirit does Divine Works
- Creation – Gen 1:2; Job 26:13
- Inspiration – 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 121
- The conception of Jesus by the Virgin Mary – Luke 1:35
- The Conviction of Sin – John 3:6
- Consolation/Comforting – Jn 14:15 (this makes him equal with Jesus Christ himself)
- Spiritual Regeneration Jn 3:6
- Sanctification – 2Thess 2:13
The Holy Spirit maintains divine relationships with the other persons of the Godhead
- With Jehovah-Lord Acts 28:25 with Isa. 6:1-3; Heb 10:15-17 with Jer 31:31-34
- With “God” Mat 12:31-32
- With the Father and the Son – Mat 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph 3:16; 1 Pet 1:2; Eph 2:22; 1 Cor 12:4; Eph 3:4; 4:4
- The Holy Spirit “proceeds” both from the Father and from the Son Jn 15:25; Gal 4:6; Rom 8:9; Jn 16:7
- MacLaughlin-Doctrine of the Filling of the Holy Spirit – Chapter 1 (posts May 30, 2020)