I spent years in Baptist churches with no real introduction to the Holy Spirit. I don't remember ever hearing a sermon on the subject. We knew to trust in Jesus and worship his Father, but I had no idea how to relate to the Spirit. Or even if I should.
I suspect that many of us have a similar story.
So, let’s begin with some introductions:
Rather, the Spirit is a Person who works personally. He possesses the three distinctive characteristics of personality:
He performs acts only a person can perform. He:
He is treated in Scripture as only a person can be treated. He is:
But is he God?
The Holy Spirit is God for five reasons.
1. The Holy Spirit possesses the four distinctly divine attributes:
2. The Holy Spirit performs each of the three distinctively divine works:
3. Old Testament statements about God are applied to the Holy Spirit in the New Testament (see Exodus 16:7 and Hebrews 3:7–9).
4. The name of the Holy Spirit is often coupled with that of God (1 Corinthians 12:4–6; Matthew 28:19–20; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
5. The Holy Spirit is called God.
Peter asked Ananias, "How is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit?" (Acts 5:3). Then the apostle warns, "You have not lied to men but to God" (v. 5).
If you’re still unsure, survey the names given to the Spirit in Psalm 104:30, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Isaiah 11:2 and 61:1–3, 2 Corinthians 3:6, Romans 8:9, Philippians 1:19, Acts 16:6, 7, and Galatians 4:6.
The Holy Spirit is God.
Consequently, he matters a great deal.