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The Holy Spirit - Part 1

Who is the Holy Spirit

According to scripture, the Holy Spirit is God. Below l will indicate that the Holy Spirit is not an it or force but a person, part of the Trinity.

1. Hebrews 10:15-16 says, “And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying, this is the covenant which l will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws upon their hearts, and write them on their mind.” The above text is quoted from Jeremiah 31: 31- 34.In Jeremiah 31:31 the bible says, behold the days are coming says the Lord. The word Lord here in Jeremiah is Yah-weh. In Jeremiah the bible says that Yah-weh says he will make a new covenant and in Hebrews it mentions that the Holy Spirit will conclude a new covenant. In other words, this is clear evidence that the Holy Spirit is God using both New and Old Testament.

2. Many people get confused with the word Trinity,(Trinity is not a biblical term, it is just used for simplicity to explain the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit). Are they the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three persons in one? Or are They separate persons? Or is there only one person? If one should enter Heaven now, one will find three separate persons. Acts 7:55-56 “But he,full of the Holy Spirit and controlled by Him, gazed into heaven and saw the glory (the splendor and majesty) of God, and Jesus standing at God's right hand; And he said, Look!”. The bible says Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor 6:19 says our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. So, the Holy Spirit lived in Stephen and Stephen saw God the father and Jesus on His right-hand side. Revelations 1:4 also says the seven spirits are before God’s throne. So, scripture clearly indicates that they are three persons, but their nature and being is God, hence we say God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Just to add - the fact that the Holy Spirit lives in us and is before the throne confirms what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit in John 16:7 that Jesus must go away so that the Helper (who is the Holy Spirit) can come. The Holy Spirit can be everywhere, which proves His Omnipresence.

3. In Acts 5 a story is told about Ananias and Sapphira (Please read this chapter to understand this story). Verse 3 and 4 say “But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to God.” Here Peter clearly refers to the Holy Spirit and God as one. He first says, why did you lie to the Holy Spirit in verse 3 and why did you lie to God in verse 4.

4. John 14:16 The Holy Spirit is referred as He and not an it, a force or the universe. The Holy Spirit is a person who can be grieved according to Ephesians 4:30.

5. To conclude the Holy Spirit is God, part of the Godhead or Trinity, a person who can be grieved.

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