Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | June 17, 2006

The Holy Spirit is God

We have spent the last several entries establishing the biblical basis for the deity of Christ.  This is an essential element in formulating the doctrine of the Trinity.  Another element necessary in establishing the formula is establishing that Holy Spirit is God and a separate from God the Father and Christ.  This will be our task for today. 

In John 14-16, Scripture testifies that the Holy Spirit is a separate Person from the Father and the Son.  We find in the following passages support for the deity of the Holy Spirit:

Acts 5:3-4:  But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God." 

2 Corinthians 3:17-18:  Now the Lord[a] is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,[b] are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 

In the following passage, the author of Hebrews attributes to the Holy Spirit words originally ascribed to God:

Hebrews 3:7-11:  Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years.  Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, 'They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.' As I swore in my wrath, 'They shall not enter my rest.' 

In the following passage, the Holy Spirit is identified as God and is attributed with the attribute of omniscience: 

Ezekiel 11:5:  And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and he said to me, "Say, Thus says the LORD: So you think, O house of Israel. For I know the things that come into your mind.”  

In addition, to the apparent dilemma that we’ve been describing for the last several entries we are confronted with another contribution to this dilemma.  The Scriptures have been testifying to us that there is only one God, however they’ve also been testifying that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are God yet not the same persons.  In our next entry we will begin to discuss the resolution to this dilemma.


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