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The Holy Spirit is God!

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD

John 4:24 “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

God is One Person, a three-part being of Father, Son, and Spirit. The Father is the mind, will, and emotions of God. The Son is the physical representation of the Father. The third part of The Trinity is the Holy Spirit. God created everything using the three-part model. Consider again the atom. The nucleus, consisting of protons and neutrons, symbolize the Father and Son together on the throne in Heaven. The electron field surrounding the nucleus resembles the Holy Spirit. Both, electrons and Spirit, are invisible but their presence is evident.

We looked at the attributes of God and how they applied to the Son, Jesus Christ. Let’s consider God’s attributes and see how they apply to the Holy Spirit, showing that He is God.

1. Creator

Gen 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

Like God--the Son, God--the Holy Spirit, also existed with God--the Father, from the beginning of time. The Holy Spirit was involved in creation and He continues to create life.

Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

John 3:5-6 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

Being born again of the Spirit is an unmistakable creation of God, as mysterious as the wind, as surprising as God Himself. We do not know where it begins, it is hidden away in the depths of our spirit. Being born again from above is perennial, perpetual, and eternal, creating a freshness all the time in thinking, and in talking, and in living. Staleness is an indication we have grieved the Holy Spirit. Freshness comes from the Holy Spirit; whereas, obedience keeps us in the light as God is in the light.

2.Eternal

Heb 9:13-15 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance-- now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

3. Omnipresent

Ps 139:7-13 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.   If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.

While God is everywhere and has created everything, He is distinct from His creation. We should not worship the things God has created thinking that God is in them, but we can worship God anywhere, as long as we worship in spirit and in truth, and know that God, the Holy Spirit, is present wherever we are.

4. Omniscient

1 Cor 2:9-14 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"--but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

God, the Father, makes His thoughts known to us by the Holy Spirit. When we read His Word or hear It preached, the meaning is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. Those without the Holy Spirit do not understand the Word or the preaching they hear.

2 Pet 1:20-21 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Even today, God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit. His still small voice comforts, leads, corrects, discerns, and gives us words and prayers.

5. Omnipotent

Rom 15:18-19 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done--by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Jesus does not give us a PLAN, He gives us His POWER. This tells us something. What we need is not to KNOW everything, we need to be EMPOWERED to do everything. What we need is not a PLAN of what to do, but to have the POWER to do His works. It will not be us doing it, but the Holy Spirit working through us.

The Holy Spirit has power to convict us of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He has the power to give us faith in Jesus Christ, to lead us into repentance and obedience, to make us give up our life, to desire baptism and a new birth in the Spirit.

6. Sovereign

1 Cor 12:11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

The Holy Spirit equips the Church of Jesus Christ with gifts as He sovereignly determines it needs.

Acts 8:29, 38-39 The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it." And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

The Holy Spirit determines where we minister and to whom we minister. Our duty is to be obedient to His voice. He will lead us to places and people presently unknown to us.

7. Love

Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

God is love. The Holy Spirit is the personality, or the character of God. It is absurd to look for the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our hearts naturally. Our natural hearts are full of the fruit of the flesh. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is only in us when it has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

2 Tim 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

When we receive the Holy Spirit, He unites us with God so that His love is manifested in us. When we are united to God by the indwelling Holy Spirit, it is not the end of God’s work in us. The end is that we become one with the Father as Jesus is.

8. Consuming Fire

Isa 4:4 The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire.

Matt 3:11-12 "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

The purpose of the fire of the Holy Spirit is to cleanse us of sin. The process may be painful, like a burn, but after the pain ceases, purity will be the result.

From these 8 divine attributes, we see the Holy Spirit is God. If we want His presence in this church, if we want a more intimate relationship with God, we had better make sure that each of us are paying attention to the Holy Spirit. That means we become sensitive to the Spirit of God. It means we start pursuing the Holy Spirit, asking Him to take residence in our spirit and to fill us with His fruit. Make sure the Holy Spirit is in control of your speech, prayers, thoughts, actions, and beliefs. Through the Spirit, we will have a closer walk with Christ.

Walking in the Spirit is about our trusting Him to lead us in everything we do. He is the source of power Who gives us everything we need to walk with Christ in a godly way.

When we do that, we will blossom with the fruit of the Holy Spirit and we will see this church blossom like a rare and beautiful flower. It will be the power of the Holy Spirit that takes this church to new heights in the Lord; it will not be by anything we do without the Spirit.

In the simplest terms, if this church belongs to Jesus, it must be made up of those who are filled with the Holy Spirit in direct proportion to their faith in God. Without the Holy Spirit, the church could not exist. It is He who inspired the writers of Scripture, and He who dwells in every Christian, giving us life in Christ. All our efforts are dust and ashes apart from Him. If our church is not filled with God, the Holy Spirit, we don’t have a church - we have a business or a social club.

To pursue God or Jesus Christ is the same as pursuing the Holy Spirit, Who is God with us—today’s Emmanuel. Whatever it takes to pursue the Holy Spirit is what we should be willing to do - nothing more and certainly nothing less. Is the Holy Spirit showing you what you need to do today to have a closer walk with God?

As we tread through this harsh and sinful world, we must do it physically, but we can only get through it victoriously if we walk in the Spirit. And to walk in the Spirit, we must make one very calculated and bold decision. We must decide that Jesus is the Son of Living God, who died to pay the penalty of our sin. We must confess that we are sinners and die to our sinful life through baptism to receive a new life, born of the Holy Spirit, who is God.

Those of us who have made this decision must choose to start trusting in the Holy Spirit, as many of us have never done before. The days are dwindling and nobody knows the hour. It has come down to the time when decisions for the future must be made – and must be kept—so we can remain faithful in these last days.

Rom 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

2 Cor 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.