THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HOLY GHOST

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The Holy Spirit is pictured in Scripture as God, as a real person separate and distinct from both the Father and the Son. He is an individual member of the Godhead or Deity, and He has a separate body, soul, and spirit from both the Father and the son.
THE DEITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

1. HE IS SPOKEN OF AS GOD: "Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost . . . . thou hast not lied unto men but unto God" (Acts 5:3-4); "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are" (1 Cor. 3:16, 17; 6:19,20); "Now there are diversities of gifts, but the SAME SPIRIT . . . . it is the SAME LORD. . . . it is the SAME GOD which worketh all in all" (1 Cor. 12:1-11).

2. DIVINE NAMES AND TITLES ARE ASCRIBLED TO HIM. The following names and titles used of the Holy Spirit prove His Deity and oneness with the Father and the Son.

(1) He is called Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit about 97 times.
(2) The Spirit of God (1 Cor. 3:16; Gen. 1:2; 1 Sam. 19:20-23; Matt. 3:16).
(3) The Spirit of the Lord )Judges 3:10; Isa. 11:2; 6:1; Luke 4:16-21).
(4) The Spirit of the Living God (2 Cor. 3:3 ).
(5) The Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9; 1 Pet. 1:11).
(6) The Spirit of His Son (Gal. 4:6).
(7) The Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:19; Acts 16:7).
(8) The Spirit of Burning (Isa. 4:4).
(9) The Spirit of Holiness (Rom. 1:4).
(10) The Holy Spirit of Promise (Eph. 1:13; Acts 2:33).
(11) The Spirit of Truth (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13; 1 John 4:6).
(12) The Spirit of Life (Rom. 8:2; Rev. 11:11).
(13) The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding (Isa. 11:1, 2).
(14) The Spirit of Counsel and Might (Isa. 11:1, 2).
(15) The Spirit of Knowledge and of Fear of the Lord (Isa. 11:1, 2).
(16) The Spirit of Grace and of Supplications (Zech. 12:10; Heb. 10:29).
(17) The Spirit of Glory and of God (1 Pet. 4:14).
(18) The Eternal Spirit (Heb. 9:14).
(19) The Comforter (John 14:26; 15:26).
(20) The Spirit of Your Father (Matt. 10:20).
(21) The Spirit of Prophecy (Rev. 19:10).
 
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DIVINE ATTRIBUTES ARE ASCRIBED TO THE HOLY SPIRIT.
He has the attributes of : Eternity and Self-existence (Heb. 9:14); Omnipresence (Ps. 139:7-10); Omnipotence (Luke 1:35; Acts 10:38); Omniscience (1 Cor. 2:10, 11; John 14:26; 16:12, 13); creation (Job 33:4; Ps. 104:30); Holiness (Rom. 1:4); Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and Self-control (Gal. 5:22, 23) Fellowship (Phil. 2:1); Glory (1 Pet. 4:14; 2 Cor. 3:8-18); Life (Rom. 8:1-13);Wisdom and Knowledge (Isa. 11:2; 1 Cor. 12:8); Immutability (Heb. 9:14); Invisibility (John 3:8; Col. 1:16); Infinity (Rom. 1:4; John 14:26; Eph. 4:30); Grace (Heb. 10:29); Truth (John 14:17, 26; 15:26; 16:13); Justice (Isa. 11:2-5; 4:4); Will (1 Cor. 12:11; Rom. 8:27); Mind (Rom. 8:27; 1 Cor. 2:10, 11; 12:11); Intelligence (1 Cor. 2:10, 11; 12:11; Rom. 8:27); Fear, Might, and Judgment (Isa. 4:4; 11:2; 1 Cor. 12:8-11; John 16:7-15); Power(1 Cor. 12:8-11; 2 Tim. 1:7); Decision (1 Cor. 12:9-11; Acts 13:2); Unity (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 John 5:7, 8); Authority (Matt. 12:28; Acts 10:38; 20:28); Hearing and Speech (John 15:26; 16:13-15; Acts 2:4; 10:44-48; 19:1-7; 1 Cor. 12:1-14:40; Isa. 28:11) Unselfishness (John 16:13-15; Self-action (Gen. 1:2; John 14:16, 17, 26).
 
The Holy Spirit has a mind, body, and soul. God has mind, body, and soul. Jesus has a mind, body, and soul.
That takes the Trinity separation to a whole new perspective. It seems that would make them so different that they wouldn't be the same.

Jesus I can see as he is also man. His divinity took on humanity. That would have given him a human mind, body, and soul different from his Father's. Yet it was his Father's Spirit working through him.

Perhaps the more we try to understand about this Father and Son relationship the more we complicate it. Maybe it's just a real simple relationship that man has complicated.
 
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DIVINE WORKS ARE ASCRIBED TO THE HOLY GHOST.

He creates (Ps. 104:30); heals (Rom. 9:11); gives life (Rom. 8:2); casts out devils (Matt. 12:28); convicts of sin (John 16:7-11); redeems (John 3:3-5; Titus 3:5-7); resurrects (Rom. 8:9-11); inspires Scriptures (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:21); distributes gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-11); forms the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13); endues with power (Judges 11:29; 13:25; 14:6); changes lives (1 Sam. 10:6-9; John 3:3-5; 1 Cor. 6:11); directs gospel work (Isa. 48:16; 61:1, 2; Acts 11:12; 16:7); frees from sin (Rom. 8:2); bears witness (John 15:26; Rom. 8:14-16); searches the deep things of God (1 Cor. 2:10-12); brings things to remembrance and teaches and guides into all truth (John 14:16, 17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-15); reveals secrets (1 Cor. 2:10); dwells in believers (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16, 17); gives victory over sin (Rom. 8:1-13); guides in daily problems (Rom. 8:14-16); adopts into God's family (Rom. 8:14-16); helps in prayer (Rom. 8:26); washes from sin, sanctifies, justifies (1 Cor. 6:11); imparts and causes supernatural powers to be manifested through believers (1 Cor. 12:1-14:40); imparts love, joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness, meekness, faith, and self-control through believers (Gal. 5:22, 23); seals men to divine ownership (Eph. 1:13; 4:30); gives access to God (Eph. 2:18); imparts revelations (Eph. 3:1-11); fills believers (Luke 1:15;Acts 4:31; Eph. 5:18); causes obedience to truth (1 Pet. 1:22); speaks to Christ and glorifies Him (John 16:13-15); confirms the gospel (Heb. 2:3-4); and carries on the work of God in the world (John 14:16, 17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-15; Acts 20:28 etc.).
 
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THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FATHER AND THE SON AS AN EQUAL MEMBER OF DEITY (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:1-6; 1 Cor. 12:1-11; 1 John 5:7, 8).
 
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DIVINE OFFICES ARE ASCRIBED TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. He is the Author of the new birth and the Direct Executive of God in all phases of creation and redemption (Gen. 1:2; John 3:3-5; 1 Cor. 6:11; Titus 3:5-7 ); the Inspirer of the Holy Scriptures (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:21); the General Overseer of the Churches (Acts 20:28) ; the Bestower of Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor. 12); the Comforter and Helper and Guide of all Saints (John 14:16, 17, 26; 15:26; 16:13-15; Rom. 8:26); the Convicter of Sin (John 16:7-15); the Power of God in the Earth (Acts 10:38; Matt. 12:28; Acts 1:8); the Great Teacher of Men (Isa. 11:1, 2; 61:1, 2; John 14:16, 17, 26; 15:25, 26; 16:7-15; 1 Cor. 2:10-12) the Preserver of All Things (Ps. 104:29, 30); the Chief Witness for God on Earth (John 15:26; 16:7-15; Acts 5:32; Rom. 8:14-16); the Healer of Saints (Rom. 8:11); and the Character Builder (2 Cor. 3:18; 2 Pet. 1:5-10).
 
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THE DIVINE CHARACTER AND PERSONAL TRAITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT PROVE HIM TO BE DIVINE.
THE PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
It is of greatest importance that we believe in the divinity of the Holy Spirit, and also His personality. It is only when we learn these truths that we can give Him the honor, worship, adoration, and personal respect that we give to God. We must learn that the Holy Spirit is not a mere power that we need to get hold of and use, but we must learn that He is a person who is infinitely wise, holy, just, and gracious, and who seeks to get hold of us and use us. We must become acquainted with Him as a person and not merely as an influence or power derived from a person.
The following points prove that He is a real person :
Personal names are giving to Him as proved in point I. 2, above.
Personal pronouns are used of Him ( John 14:16-26; 15:26; 16:7-15 ).
Personal attributes are ascribed to Him, proved in point I. 3, above.
Personal works are ascribed to Him as proved in point I. 4, above.
personal references are made concerning Him, as proved in point I. 5, above.
Personal treatment is ascribed to Him. He can be resisted (Acts 7:51 ); tempted ( Acts 5:9 ); grieved ( Eph. 4:30 ); lied to ( Acts 5:3, 4 ); blasphemed ( Matt. 12:31, 32 ); insulted ( Matt. 12:31, 32; Heb. 6:4-6; 10:26-29 ); quenched ( 1 Thess. 5:19 ); vexed ( Ps. 78:40; Isa. 63:10 ); quieted ( Zech. 6:8 ); fellowshipped ( Phil. 2:1 ); and otherwise mistreated or obeyed like any other person.

In the Holy Spirit's relationship to men He is spoken of as searching hearts, regenerating, sanctifying, helping, convicting, teaching, quickening, guiding, witnessing, interceding, revealing, working, hearing, speaking, helping, communing, appointing, commanding, counselling, comforting, inspiring, assuring, calling, hearing, and in many ways acting as a real person as seen in point I. above.

As defined a person is anyone who can think, feel, and act; anyone capable of self-consciousness and self-determination; any individual having legal rights and duties; a rational being with bodily presence, soul passions, and spirit faculties. If this is not true of the Holy Spirit, as we have seen in all the facts mentioned above, there is nothing in Scripture that is clear. How could the Holy Spirit do all the things spoken of Him without being a person ? How could a mere impersonal force be spoken of as God, and have many divine personal names, titles, offices, acts, attributes, and receive personal treatment and be spoken of by personal pronouns ? Thus we must conclude that the Holy Spirit is a real person if we want to harmonize all Scripture.
 
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THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT THE FATHER OR THE SON
1. He has been seen with the natural eyes as a separate person from the Father and the Son (Matt. 3:16, 17; Luke 3:21, 22; John 1:31-34; Rev. 4:5; 5:6).
 
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2. In Rev. 1:4-6; 3:1; 4:5; 5:6; the Spirit is symbolized by seven lamps of fire, seven eyes and seven horns " BEFORE THE THRONE " upon which God the Father is sitting, and " UPON THE LAMB " which is a symbol of Jesus Christ . The Spirit then could not be the person of God the Father sitting on the throne, or the Lamb who comes to the Father on the throne and takes a seven-sealed book out of His right hand. Thus we have three persons and each one is distinguished from each other: The Father on the throne; the Son symbolized by the Lamb " BEFORE " the throne; and the Spirit symbolized by seven lamps also " BEFORE " the throne. The fact that Christ and the Spirit are separate symbols seen at the same time and at the same place both " BEFORE " God the Father on the throne proves that they are two separate and distinct persons from each other as well as separate and distinct from the Father. A symbol is something that stands for or represents something else. Inasmuch as the Father is seen on the throne; Christ and the Spirit are symbolized by two separate beings before the throne; therefore, there must have been three separate and distinct persons involved in the scenes that were seen by the eyes of John when he got to Heaven ( Rev. 4:1 ).
 
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