Apologetics: The Holy Spirit

The Deity of The Holy Spirit

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men of sin, regenerate i.e., the rebirth of: the believing sinner, to indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.

– Beatty Community Church
Statement of Faith

How do we know the Holy Spirit is God?

The Holy Spirit is equated with God in Acts 5:3-4, 28:25, 1 Corinthians 6:19, 3:16-17, and 2 Corinthians 3:17-18. He shares in the divine nature ( Psalms 139:7-8, 1 Corinthians 2:10). The Holy Spirit of God is also Jesus’ Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9) which shows the unity of the Three-In-One. The Holy Spirit is not a force, but a Person (1 Corinthians 12:11, Acts 28:25, Ephesians 4:30).

What relation does the Holy Spirit have towards man?

The Holy Spirit convicts men of sin (John 16:7-8), regenerates (John 3:5, Titus 3:5) and indwells us (Ezekiel 36:26-27, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19) teaches (John 14:26), commissions (Acts 13:4), commands (Acts 8:29), loves (Romans 15:30), comforts (helps) (John 14:26, 15:26), guides (John 16:13), and intercedes (Romans 8:26-27). The Holy Spirit gives each of us gifts for building up the church so that we can glorify God (Galatians 5:22-23, John 15:8).

The Holy Spirit is a Person

The Spirit of God is mentioned in scripture not as an impersonal force but as a Person.

In this passage, Isaiah makes a distinction between the Lord God and His Spirit (Isaiah 48:16).

The Holy Spirit speaks (Acts 13:2, 21:11, 28:25).

The Holy Spirit can be grieved (Isaiah 63:10, Ephesians 4:30).

The Holy Spirit can be lied to because He is God (Acts 5:3-4).

The conception of Jesus was by the Holy Spirit. Only another person can make a woman pregnant (Matthew 1:18,20)

Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as a person (John 14:16-17, 15:26).

General References On The Holy Spirit

Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. This shows that the Holy Spirit is God (1 Corinthians 6:19, 3:16-17).

The Holy Spirit reveals the truth about Jesus. The Holy Spirit is God ( 1 Corinthians 12:3).

Paul says that the Lord is the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).

Paul also says that the Holy Spirit is of Jesus (Romans 8:9, Galatians 4:6, Philippians 1:19)

The Holy Spirit is omnipresent (Psalms 139:7-8).

The Holy Spirit is omniscient (1 Corinthians 2:10, John 2:10, 1 John 2:20,27)

The Holy Spirit is eternal (Hebrews 9:14).

The Holy Spirit is omnipotent (Job 26:13, Luke 1:35-37)

The Holy Spirit is sovereign (1 Corinthians 12:11).

The Holy Spirit’s Relationship to Us

All believers have the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9).

The Holy Spirit lives in the hearts of believers (Galatians 4:6).

We know that we live in Jesus and He in us by the testimony of the Holy Spirit (1 John 4:13, 3:24, Romans 8:16).

The Holy Spirit instructs us (Nehemiah 9:20, Luke 12:12, John 14:26, 1 Corinthians 2:13, 1 John 2:20-27)

The Holy Spirit guides us. We should follow His leading (Acts 13:4, Romans 8:14, 1 Corinthians 2:14)

The Holy Spirit enables us to live godly lives (Ezekiel 36:26-27, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 3:16, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, Titus 3:5, 1 Peter 1:2, 1 John 3:24).

The Holy Spirit convicts of sin (John 16:7-8).

The Holy Spirit comforts believers (John 14:17, 26, 15:26).

The Holy Spirit gives gifts to build up the body (church) (1 Corinthians 12:7-11).

The Holy Spirit gives us freedom (Romans 8;2, 2 Corinthians 3:17).

The Holy Spirit is a deposit that guarantees what God has promised will come, because God giving His Spirit to us is a sign of the Lord’s return ( Joel 2:28, 2 Corinthians 1:22, 5:5, Ephesians 1:13, 1 John 3:24).

The Holy Spirit empowered people before Pentecost (Matthew 10:19-20, John 20:22).


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