PART 1 - The Being and Nature of the Holy Spirit 01 Introduction 02 Definition of "Spirit" 03 Definition of "Holy" 04 The Deity of the Holy Spirit 05 Other Names of the Holy Spirit 06 The Trinity This expression is a trinitarian formula that ascribes deity to all three persons in the Godhead. The Holy Spirit is ascribed with the attributes of God, is equated with God and does work that only God does. Whatever the Spirit says or does, God is saying or doing; the Spirit is fully representative of God. A temple is a habitation for a deity, not a monument to an impersonal power. Psalm 139:7 shows that the Spirit is omnipresent, and 1 Corinthians 2:10 teaches that the Spirit is omniscient. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Or where can I flee from Your presence? Scripture is not finicky about the grammatical gender of the Spirit, and we need not be either. The writers of Scripture also reference the Holy Spirit interchangeably with God and place Him on par with the other two persons of the Trinity. I. TRINITARIAN STATEMENTS Several NT texts refer to the Father, the Son, and the Spirit in ways that support their unity and equality and thus the deity of the Holy Spirit. Unless indicated otherwise, all scripture quotations on this website are from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. It may come as a surprise to many Muslims, for instance, that Virgin Mary is not a member of the trinity in which Christians believe. Have reminders sent directly to your email, Pause your devotional at any time to read at your own pace. The Holy Spirit is placed on an equal level with God in different Scriptures, which can only indicate His Deity because God has no equal. 3. Let’s examine the biblical teachings. Christians believe that “the Lord [our God] is one” being who exists in three persons: the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4). The Holy Spirit is called God. God’s Spirit, which David uses as a synonym for the presence of God, is in heaven and in. 6:19). He is very God, one with, and equal with the Father and the Son. The very next verse suggests the Holy Spirit (identified in Gen. 1:2 as the Spirit of God) hovered above a formless and empty earth and participated in the creation. The New Testament assigns divine attributes to the Holy Spirit. Even though there is the use of the feminine Hebrew noun, “ millah ”, translated “His word”, for grammatical purposes (“ rauch ”), this does not affect the meaning in any way. The Spirit also has the infinite attributes of God: unlimited in time, space, power and knowledge. To accept these positions is to deny the … The Spirit is not a representative or a power that lives in us — God himself lives in us. Just as the full deity of the Godhead is expressed in bodily form in Jesus (Col. 2:9), so the full deity of the Trinity rests in the Holy Spirit, who resides in the temples of believers’ bodies (1 Cor. Summary: Scripture speaks repeatedly of the Holy Spirit, known also as the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Jesus Christ. The Father and Jesus send the Holy Spirit to dwell in the human spirits of the redeemed. Scripture also ascribes divine attributes to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is Placed on An Equal Level with God. The triadic formulas used in these and other scriptures do not prove equality (for example, Ephesians 4:5 puts unequal elements in parallel construction), but they support it. Omnipotence: The works that God does, such as creation, are also ascribed to the Holy Spirit (Job 33:4; Psalm 104:30). And for this reason, you can and must be 'led by the Spirit', willingly submitting to and following Him as He leads! The Holy Spirit, therefore, can be seen as the breath, or wind, of God that blows upon creation and is felt by humanity. The Holy Spirit is ascribed with the attributes of God, is equated with God and does work that only God does. One of the most characteristic and distinctive doctrines of the Christian faith is that of the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit. Paul writes of the Spirit's omniscience in 1 Corinthians 2:10-11, "The Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. And because the Holy Spirit is God, He also has each of those attributes. Peter begins with a three-part formula: “chosen according to the fore­knowl­edge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood” (1 Peter 1:2). The Old Testament ascribed divine attributes and authority to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is presented as God. The Deity of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere at the same time. He is very God, one with, and equal with the Father and the Son. 2 Samuel 23:2 The Deity of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19. From Nicaea and Constantinople on, the creeds sought to do justice to the essential biblical data along these lines. Jehovah’s Wit­nesses teach that “the holy spirit is the active force of God. There are no scriptural examples of worshipping the Holy Spirit. He is also omniscient, “for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (1 Cor 2:10). The Holy Spirit is a divine person. Question: Give some specific references from Holy Scripture to the deity of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit sanctifies us (1 Peter 1:2) and leads us in that new life (Romans 8:14). In all these things, the works of the Spirit are the works of God. Some, however, have taught that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal force used by God. 6:19). All cults deny the deity and person of the Holy Spirit. Intercession implies not only receiving communication, but also communicating further on. Speaking: Numerous verses say that the Holy Spirit spoke (Acts 8:29; 10:19; 11:12; 21:11; 1 Timothy 4:1; Hebrews 3:7; etc.). The Deity Of The Holy Spirit. 6:19). II), “The Deity of the Holy Spirit.” In the previous chapter, MLJ argued for the personality of the Holy Spirit. A comparison of Isaiah 6:8-9 and Acts 28:25 will reveal that the Jehovah of Isaiah is the Holy Spirit of Acts. Indwelling: The Holy Spirit is the way God lives in his children (Ephesians 2:22; 1 John 3:24; 4:13). Genesis 1:2 “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” Second, it is clear from that which all the prophets spoke through the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:12; 2 Peter 1:21). Where can I flee from your presence? This means that He is equally important with the Father and the Son. [1] The Greek word means “he or it determines.” Although the Greek word does not specify the subject of the verb, the most likely subject in the context is the Spirit. (Acts 5:3-4) The Holy Spirit is fully God, just as the Father and the Son are fully God. 3. In other places, neuter pronouns are used for the Spirit, in accordance with grammatical convention. This means that He is equally important with the Father and the Son. The Deity of the Holy Spirit. The Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit Religious groups who deny the Trinity not only characteristically deny the Person and work of Jesus Christ but also the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that The Holy Spirit is God in His nature: A. The following is excerpted from R.A. Torrey’s article The Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit, available as one of the many free text commentaries at the Blue Letter Bible. Likewise, we sing the Gloria: Scripture indicates that the Holy Spirit is of the same essence as the Father and the Son. Prayer or worship directed specifically to the Holy Spirit is not the scriptural norm, but we nonetheless worship the Spirit. ‘I have called them’ (Acts 13:2). The Holy Spirit is everywhere in the world and always available to intercede, comfort, heal, teach, guide and to strengthen us. In the New Testament this pattern continues, perhaps no more forcefully than in Acts 5:3-4, where 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? The Holy Spirit is commonly believed in but often misunderstood. SERIES 2 OF 14 : By My Spirit! Answer: That the Holy Spirit is true, eternal God is clear, first of all, from creation. One of the most characteristic and distinctive doctrines of the Christian faith is that of the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit. The Deity of The Holy Spirit . When viewed together, passages from the Old and New Testaments depict the Holy Spirit as a divine person equal to the Father and the Son. In the liturgy of the church we frequently hear the words, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen." This interpretation might be grammatically possible, but it would still imply that the Holy Spirit is personal, for one does not “lie” to an impersonal power. To find a different subject, one would have to backtrack through five verses and six mentions of the Spirit. The overall picture leaves no doubt about the Spirit’s deity. Peter did not blame them for keeping part of the money. The identification is not of Person but of Essence. In the liturgy of the church we frequently hear the words, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen." All agree that the term Jehovah is a title of deity. 1 Corinthians 2:12, Page 1784 Yesterday, I spent time talking with my friends about the death of the old man, and the new creation we are in Christ. What is … Each of the four distinctly Divine Attributes is ascribed to the Holy Spirit. Attributes of God. The Deity of the Holy Spirit. Scripture indicates that the Holy Spirit is of the same essence as the Father and the Son. As a Christian, the Holy Spirit may prove to be a challenging topic to be fully cognizant of; yet we must challenge ourselves to think critically and rely on wisdom from the Lord to gain understanding. Abdullah Smith has written a rebuttal to my article on the omniscience of the Holy Spirit. In the liturgy of the church we frequently hear the words, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen." Likewise, we sing the Gloria: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. The Essential Truths of the Christian Faith devotional is excerpted from Essential Truths of the Christian Faith Copyright © 1992 by R. C. Sproul. Intelligence: The Spirit “knows” (1 Cor­inthians 2:11). The deity of the Holy Spirit is also manifested in the fact that He is omnipresent, as the questions, “Whether shall I go from thy Spirit?” or “Whether shall I flee from thy presence?”, clearly imply (Ps 139:7). The best known and most commonly used text is Matt. New life: The Holy Spirit regenerates us, giving us new life (John 3:5). 4. Geoffrey Bromiley gives a concise conclusion: “to have dealings with the Spirit, no less than with the Father and the Son, is to have dealings with God” (“The New Holy Spirit,” in The New Life, edited by Millard Erickson, page 23). The Holy Spirit “lives” in us (Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 3:16) — and because the Spirit lives in us, we are able to say that God lives in us. We use personal pronouns for the Spirit to acknowledge that he is personal, not to imply that he is male. The Spirit of God “knows the thoughts of God” (verse 11). Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God." Where we differ a little is in the doctrine of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). See The Nature of God The Holy Spirit is eternal. There is one God, and there are three persons within the essence of the one God. Read Acts 5:1-5. Paul closes a letter with a three-part prayer: “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14). Just as the full deity of the Godhead is expressed in bodily form in Jesus (Col. 2:9), so the full deity of the Trinity rests in the Holy Spirit, who resides in the temples of believers’ bodies (1 Cor. Although Scripture does not directly say that “the Holy Spirit is God,” or that God is triune, these conclusions are based on scriptural evidence. Perhaps the reason the deity of the Holy Spirit has not been very controversial is because the Spirit never took on human form. Bromiley gives a summary: Three points that emerge from this survey of the New Testament data are: (1) The Holy Spirit is everywhere regarded as God; (2) He is God in distinction from the Father and the Son; (3) His deity does not infringe upon the divine unity. Creating: The Holy Spirit does work that only God can do, such as creating (Genesis 1:2; Job 33:4; Psalm 104:30) and expelling demons (Matthew 12:28). . The Holy Spirit is deity because He performs the functions of God and because He is called God in Scripture. 2 Cor. Next, he will demonstrate the biblical teaching of the Spirit’s deity. Of the Spirit, Charles Ryrie says, “…He also possesses attributes which only God has which shows, therefore, that He is Deity.” (Basic Theology, emphasis mine.) You have not lied to men but to God." The Holy Spirit is All Powerful. Acts 5:3-4 "You have lied unto the Holy Spirit ... you have lied to God" 2. The psalmist attests to the omnipresence of the Spirit in Psalm 139:7-8: "Where can I go from Your Spirit? personality and deity of the Holy Spirit. Wherever we go we cannot escape His presence. Furthermore, Scripture ascribes attributes to the Holy Spirit that are reserved for deity, such as “eternal” (Heb 9:14). In the same way, Hebrews 3:7-11 tells us that the Holy Spirit says the Israelites “tested and tried me”; the Holy Spirit says that “I was angry…. The Account of Ananias and Sapphire. We read Galatians 2:20, page 1821, and considered our crucifixion with Christ, so that my old man died, and now Christ lives in me. Furthermore, Scripture ascribes attributes to the Holy Spirit that are reserved for deity, such as “eternal” (Heb 9:14). 2. The baptismal formula has a stronger implication of unity — “in the name [singular] of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). Interaction: The Spirit may be lied to (Acts 5:3), which indicates that the Spirit may be spoken to. All cults deny the deity and person of the Holy Spirit. The Deity of the Holy Spirit Messianic Evangelical Proto-Trinitarians are pretty well in complete agreement with classical Trinitarians from the Protestant, Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches when it comes to the biblical doctrine of the Father and the Son. But this grammatical leapfrogging is not necessary. Miracles of Jesus Christ were done “by the Spirit” (Matthew 12:28). Another word interchange can be seen in 1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19. The former is the Personal Name of God, which means, “eternal and uncreated”. “The Spirit gives [eternal] life” (John 6:63). The fourth century learned to speak of three hypostases or persons within the deity, not in the tritheistic sense of three centers of consciousness, but also not in the weaker sense of three economic manifestations. In the liturgy of the church we frequently hear the words, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen." The deity of the Spirit is taught in Scripture in many places. The Holy Spirit has the basic attributes of God. The final and decisive proof of the Deity of the Holy Spirit is found in the fact that He is called God in the New Testament. As an opposite of worship, however, we note that the Spirit can be blasphemed (Matthew 12:31). The Spirit may be tested (Acts 5:9), insulted (Hebrews 10:29) or blasphemed (Matthew 12:31), which implies personal status. The Deity Of The Holy Spirit. In John 16:14, masculine pronouns are used even after the neuter pneuma is mentioned. 1. The Spirit is “eternal” (Hebrews 9:14). The liturgy of the church ascribes deity to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is interchangeable with God: 1. This is part of the scriptural evidence that led early Christians to formulate the doctrine of the Trinity. Learn this and more in this lesson in the Holy Spirit Seminar. As we noted above, the Holy Spirit is distinguished from, yet closely related to, the Father and the Son—and that on an equal basis. If Christians are unable to articulate their desires and they want the Spirit to intercede for them (Romans 8:26-27), they are praying, directly or indirectly, to the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere at the same time. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Likewise, we sing the Gloria: Omnipresence: David, praising God’s greatness, asked, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Discipleship, Spiritual Growth, and Christian Living. Michael Green explains: “The Holy Spirit does not draw attention to himself. The Bible clearly represents the Holy Spirit as possessing divine attributes and exercising divine authority. This expression is a trinitarian formula that ascribes deity to all three persons in the Godhead. We can say that God lives in us only because the Holy Spirit is in some way God. The point that Peter was trying to make is that Ananias has lied not merely to God’s representatives, but to God himself, and the Holy Spirit is God to whom Ananias lied. Just as the full deity of the Godhead is expressed in bodily form in Jesus (Col. 2:9), so the full deity of the Trinity rests in the Holy Spirit, who resides in the temples of believers’ bodies (1 Cor. He is also the Creator (Job 33:4; Genesis 1:2). The Deity of the Holy Spirit. This makes sense only if the Holy Spirit is indeed God! Sign up here! 1. Amen" (2 Corinthians 13:14). Of the Spirit, Charles Ryrie says, “…He also possesses attributes which only God has which shows, therefore, that He is Deity.” (Basic Theology, emphasis mine.) 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