Apostle’s Creed: The Holy Spirit, Part 3

IMG_4991I believe in the Holy Spirit

We have explored the doctrine of the Holy Spirit through the lens of Acts and focused at his personality, now let us consider his divinity.

In the fascinating narrative of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-4) it clearly states that the Holy Spirit is God.

But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property,and with his wife’s knowledgehe kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 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 man but to God.”

Even beyond such clear states of divinity, the Bible gives the same attributes to the Spirit as it does to God.

The Spirit is omniscient. In 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 Paul states,”these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughtsexcept the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.”

He is omnipotent. According to Job 33:4, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

He is omnipresent. In Psalm 139:7-10, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or whereshall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” Jesus states in John 14:17, “even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”

He is eternal. In Hebrews 9;14, “how much more willthe blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”

He is creator. In Genesis 1:2 we find the Spirit at work. “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Likewise, Psalm 104:30 states, “When yousend forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.”

This is only but a taste of what the Bible states. Clearly the Spirit as is divine as the Father and the Son.

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