One of the things revealed by a thorough study of the Holy Spirit in Scripture is that the Spirit is not merely a force, influence, or power. The Holy Spirit is God.
We should not refer to the Spirit as “it,” as sometimes occurs in the King James Version. There is nothing in the original languages requiring “it” as a translation for the Holy Spirit.
Excerpt from The Holy Spirit
The following excerpt from my new book shows but one of the biblical accounts revealing the deity of the Spirit.
At several places in Scripture, the Holy Spirit is spoken of in such a way as to identify the Spirit with God.
One of the things revealed by a thorough study of the Holy Spirit in Scripture is that the Spirit is not merely a force, influence, or power.
For instance, the dramatic event of the death of Ananias as a consequence of his lie about the price of the land he sold reveals that Peter viewed the Holy Spirit as God. “But 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? While it remained was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God’” (Acts 5:3–4).
When Sapphira, Ananias’s wife, came in, she had the same claim as her husband. In her case, Peter asked, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord?” (Acts 5:9). She suffered the same fate as Ananias.When Ananias lied to the Holy Spirit, he lied to God, which is synonymous with testing the Spirit of the Lord. Click To Tweet
When Ananias lied to the Holy Spirit, he lied to God, which is synonymous with testing the Spirit of the Lord. This indicates not only that the Holy Spirit is God but also that the Spirit is not a mere force or power. The Spirit is a conscious, thinking being with whom one communicate.
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