Let the scripture speak
It is always best to let the scripture speak for itself.
Even when trying to understand, comprehend the person of the Holy Spirit like last week and tonight the Deity of the Holy Spirit.
We have looked at His works which prove He is a person and has a personality.
We have looked at His characteristics like a mind, intellect, and affection
We have even looked at how He has emotions and can be grieved as well as other emotions
The Holy Spirit is a person, not an impersonal force or power.
Tonight we are going to look at scripture evidence illustrating the Holy spirits deity.
We will try to reconcile the concept of His deity using the biblical teaching that there is only One God
Just as our salvation takes faith, faith in accepting what we cannot fully understand or it would not require faith, the same holds true here in trying to understand and grasp the Holy Spirit.
So bring your faith, bring some logic and let’s let the Word of God speak for itself regarding the deity of the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit a divine being
di·vine; dəˈvīn/ adjective
of, from, or like God or a god.
"heroes with divine powers"synonyms:godly, angelic, seraphic, saintly, beatific; heavenly, celestial, supernal, holy
"a divine being"
The Holy Spirit a divine being, is he just divine or is He God? His attributes reveal His divine nature.
His works reveal His divine nature.
Both show and support the belief, the fact that the Holy Spirit is deity (God).
His attributes (or at least some)
He is “omniscient” (1Cor2:10-11)
He knows all things
He is “omnipresent” (Psm139:7-10)
He is everywhere
He is “eternal spirit” (Heb9:14)
His works (some of them; scriptually speaking)
The Spirit was directly involved in creation
Notice what the scripture says regarding the working of miracles and the Spirit.
Demons cast out by the Spirit of God; at the words of God; all for the glory and kingdom of God! How cool is that!
Wait there is more and it gets better than that.
By the power of the Spirit the Lord offered himself up!
That Spirit that was there for Jesus to offer Himself up; was directly involved in leading you to Jesus by faith so you could be born again and regenerated!
Regeneration (Jn3:3-5; Tit3:4-6)
born again of water and Spirit so you can enter the kingdom of God.
Regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit; the Spirit that was promised through prophesy, promised by the Savior and delivered by the hand of God through Jesus Christ our Savior
This evidence helps to support the theory, the thinking that the Holy Spirit is deity.
Still then we can be left with some questions and I will need to develop them out a little bit before getting to the Holy Spirit and what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit and God.
With the Holy Spirit being personal, with the Holy Spirit being deity, does it mean:
Does the Bible teaches polytheistic concept of God?
So, is there three Gods or one?
So what about a the relationship between the Father and Jesus?
Let me briefly look at a few concepts of God on these issues.
Concepts of God
Concept of God (gods), as we take a quick detour here to look at some various concepts, and debunk them too.
Tritheism -the doctrine of or belief in the three persons of the Trinity as three distinct gods.
The Father is one god
The Son is a god
The Holy Spirit is a god
This is the view that they are three distinct Gods; so in turn really this is polytheism (belief in there is more than one god) This is the belief, or variation of the belief, that the LDS people have that there are not just three gods, but many gods.
Arainism - originating with the Alexandrian priest Arius ( c. 250– c. 336).
Arianism maintained that the Son of God was created by the Father and was therefore neither coeternal with the Father, nor consubstantial.
This is the belief that denies the deity of Jesus and the Holy Spirit
This is the belief of the Jehovah Witnesses that Jesus is a created being, so not deity and that the Holy Spirit is just an impersonal force sent by God to accomplish His purpose so again, not deity.
Sabellianism - In Christianity, Sabellianism in the Eastern church or Patripassianism in the Western church is the belief that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three different modes or aspects of God, as opposed to a Trinitarian view of three distinct persons within the Godhead.
The term Sabellianism comes from Sabellius, who was a theologian and priest from the 3rd century
God is one person, manifested in three different ways, means, modes.
Exampled by Presenting himself as creator (Father); then another time as Redeemer (Son); and again at Revealed (Holy Spirit)
Not presented simultaneously, but successively
Theological belief that lines with those who emphasis baptism in the name of “Jesus” only.
(currently seen in the UPC church)
Trinitarianism - relating to a person who believes in the doctrine of the trinity
Holds the view that God is one God who exists eternally in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)
Unity and diversity are seen in one God, one common nature, in the same godhood or what we call Godhead.
The diversity is clearly seen throughout the scripture
Just a little more info on trinitarianism (aka: trinity)
God is one God
Jesus is fully God and is distinct from God the Father and God the Spirit
Holy Spirit is fully God, is distinct from father and Son and is personal.
He has personalty, and has a different mission from Father and the Son
This is the most common view in Christendom today.
So now you have a few views, concepts, which is right (check out Deu6:4)
What the Bible reveals about God
Let the Bible speak about God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit when it comes to the deity of the Holy Spirit our topic tonight
Father, Son, Holy Spirit are distinguishable (Mt3:16-17; Jn14:16; Jn14:26; Jn15:26 and Mt28:19)
All three involved in baptism of Jesus
In Jesus teaching to the Apostles
Clearly you see all three are distinguishable
Father, Son, Holy Spirit all possess deity (1Cor1:3; Php2:5-6; Col2:9)
Clearly the Father is Deity, is God
So is the Son
add to this
We have already mentioned, looked at the deity of the Holy Spirit.
So thus far we have eliminated Tritheism (Arianism), Sabellianism and now Arianism
That leaves what the bible supports; Trinitarian view (triune God) (Gen1:1; Gen1:26; Isa42:8; Mt3:1-3; Isa48:12-16)
You may know this name:
Elohim- Hebrew name for God (Gen1:1), often in the plural form (Gen1:26)
The plurality of “personality” in one God is implied in the plural pronouns found in (v.26)
Even in plurality it can only be applied to singular, true God (Isa42:8)
The name is used in prophesy speaking of Jesus too (Mt3:1-3)
Even when Yahweh speaks, he says Yahweh sent Him (Isa48:12-16)
You can see the plurality of personalities in the singular, true God.
This leads us back to where we started
One God, three distinct personalities to accomplish different missions.
(Lead to invitation)
(insert invitation slide)
To the believer of the bible, let the bible reveal the character and nature, and personality of God, accept it by faith; don’t be swayed to worldly or humanistic, or even rationalistic thinking, views when it comes to God.
Accept by faith and walk by faith.