“For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7 NKJV).
The Holy Spirit is not a mere breath, wind, force or power of God; He is God Himself. While we might not yet fully comprehend the mystery of the Godhead or Trinity, yet the Scripture furnishes us with ample proofs to show that there are three distinct personalities in the Godhead who are one and equal in every aspect.
The Holy Spirit is the third Person in the Godhead and He is equal to God the Father and God the Son in every aspect of divinity. The Holy Spirit is not inferior to God the Father and God the Son in any way.
Therefore, it is derogatory and blasphemous to consider and treat the Holy Spirit as one who is subservient or subordinate to God Almighty. You insult and grieve the Holy Spirit when you fail to recognize, reverence, or relate with Him as God Almighty.
The Scripture clearly reveals that Holy Spirit possesses and manifests all the divine attributes of God. Let us consider some of these attributes.
First, the Holy Spirit is Eternal:
As God, the Holy Spirit is from everlasting to everlasting. His existence has no beginning and no ending. He lives forever.
The Lord Jesus attests to the eternality of the Holy Spirit.
16 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–
17 “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. (NKJV).
The Hebrew writer refers to the Holy Spirit as “the eternal Spirit.”
13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (NKJV).
The Holy Spirit was with God at the beginning before anything was created. When the earth was still without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep, the Scripture states that “the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Gen. 1:2 NKJV).
Second, the Holy Spirit is the Creator:
Not only was the Holy Spirit present with God at the beginning, He was also a co-creator of everything with God the Father and God the Son. This is why God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” (Gen. 1:26 NKJV).
Job testifies, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 33:4 NKJV).
The Psalmist also testifies that God created all things through His Spirit, saying, “You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth.” (Psa. 104:30 NKJV).
Being the creator, the Holy Spirit is God in every sense of divinity!
Third, the Holy Spirit is Omnipresent:
The Holy Spirit is present everywhere at the same time. He is free from the laws of limitation of space.
The Psalmist testifies to this truth.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
9 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. (NKJV).
Only God can be present everywhere at the same time. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is God.
Fourth, the Holy Spirit is Omnipotent:
The Holy Spirit is the All-Powerful One. He wields unlimited authority and power. The power of the Holy Spirit was seen at the beginning in the creation of the heavens and the earth and all that dwell in them.
The power of the Holy Spirit was also revealed in the mighty miracles and wonders performed by Jesus Christ (Acts 10:38).
When the Pharisees claimed that the Lord Jesus was casting out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of demons, the Lord refuted their claim, saying, “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Matt. 12:28 NKJV).
Apostle Paul also testified that all the mighty signs and wonders accomplished in his ministry were done “by the power of the Spirit of God…” (Rom. 15:19 NKJV).
Fifth, the Holy Spirit is Omniscient:
The Holy Spirit is all-knowing; He knows all things. As God, the Holy Spirit has perfect knowledge of everything and His understanding is infinite.
Paul aptly attests to this truth in his epistle to the Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 2:
9 But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (NKJV).
Because the Holy Spirit searches the deep things of God and knows the thoughts of God, He can therefore reveal, teach and communicate them to those who humbly ask Him in faith.
Sixth, the Holy Spirit is inherently holy:
The Holy Spirit is righteous in all His ways and doings. He will never do any unrighteousness, for there is no unrighteousness in Him.
In more than 90 places, the Bible calls the Spirit of God “the Holy Spirit.” (Lk. 11:13). He is also called “the Spirit of holiness.” (Rom. 1:4).
Holiness is essentially the nature of the Holy Spirit. He also sanctifies or makes holy.
Paul amply attests to this truth in his epistles.
15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God,
16 that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
17 Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God. (NKJV)
2 Thessalonians 2:
13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,
14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NKJV).
Because the Holy Spirit is absolutely holy and can make holy, He is therefore God, for only God is absolutely holy, perfect and righteous in all His ways and doings and it is only God who can sanctify or make holy (Zeph. 3:5, Rom. 9:14).
Lastly, the Holy Spirit gives Life:
God is the sole author or source of life. Nobody can quicken or give life except God Almighty.
The Lord Jesus bears witness to the divinity of the Holy Spirit, saying, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63 NKJV).
It is the Holy Spirit who quickens and regenerates the repentant heart of anyone who receives and confesses Jesus Christ as his Saviour and Lord. The Holy Spirit is God, for only God can quicken, regenerate or save a sinner from sin and eternal damnation.
You are born again through the operation of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts you of your sins, reveals Christ to you as the Saviour, and communicates the life and nature of God to your heart (John 3:5-6).
Paul writes, “God chose you from the beginning to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.” (2 Thess. 2:13 RSV).
It is also through the quickening power of the Holy Spirit that believers will be resurrected at the second coming of Christ.
Paul writes, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” (Rom. 8:11 NKJV).
Moreover, in some places, the Bible uses “the Holy Spirit” and “God” interchangeably. In Acts 5:3, Peter queried Ananias, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit…”
But, in Acts 5:4, Peter said to Ananias, “You have not lied to men but to God.” This indicates that “the Holy Spirit” and “God” are interchangeable and thus that the Holy Spirit is God.
Another word interchange can be seen in 1 Cor. 3:16-17 and 6:19-20 where the Bible refers to the believers as “the temple of God” and “the temple of the Holy Spirit” interchangeably.
The divinity of the Holy Spirit and His equality with God the Father and God the Son are also revealed in the Great Commission charge that the Lord Jesus Christ gave to His disciples before His ascension.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (NKJV).
The divinity and equality of the Holy Spirit with God the Father and God the Son are also revealed in the apostolic benediction.
2 Corinthians 13:
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. (NKJV).
Beloved, your understanding of the divinity of the Holy Spirit is crucial to your relationship, cooperation, and submission to the Holy Spirit. If you wrongly perceive the Holy Spirit as a mere breath, wind, fire, oil, water, power, or servant of God, you will not worship, honour, and obey Him as God and thus you will hinder His ministry in your life.
The Scripture clearly teaches that the Holy Spirit is God in every sense of it; He is not inferior or subservient to God the Father and God the Son, Jesus Christ. Therefore, stop insulting, degrading, and grieving the Holy Spirit by not worshipping, honouring, and obeying Him as you worship, honour and obey God.
The Scripture states, “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7 NKJV).
Prayer: My Dear Holy Spirit, forgive me for not worshipping, honouring and obeying You as God Almighty in the past. From today, help me to begin to worship, honour, and obey You as God Almighty that You are, in Jesus’ name. Amen.