What I Honestly Found Regarding the Holy Spirit

Posted Sep 23, 2011 by desmond in The Spirit of God Hits: 3,818

In my first letter to Brother Adrian Ebens, I made a mention of a look into the Holy Spirit issue; I believe God first instructed me to open the bible in the Old Testament and I found that instead of the Holy Spirit as God the Spirit, I found it to be the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of God. I was driven by our Teacher to seek also the New Testament, and now, I am beginning in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and some parts of Acts and this is what I honestly found. If I might be wrong in some findings please do help me for I am new to this. I learned here that the most direct testimony regarding the Holy Spirit is the comparison of the direct words from Jesus Himself in Matthew 10:19-20, Mark 13:11, Luke 12:11-12; wherein it is plainly and directly said that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of our Father, and I remembered Jesus when He said I ascend to my Father, and your Father, to my God, and your God. Please read on my brothers and sisters this partial testimony, for I am not yet finished with my study (I am just happy with this new truth in me) as I believe God wants me to finish until the book of Revelation.

APPROACH AND SCOPE OF STUDY

In a balanced or an unbiased analysis of the issue of the Holy Spirit in our church, it would be recommendable that we begin like little Seventh Day Adventist children who have just been handled our first bible and has just finished studying the state of the dead and then we moved again another topic which is related to spirit / soul which is the topic of the Holy Spirit. Treating ourselves that we have never encountered the subject before and thus are innocent and yet eager to know the truth. We ask in the crowd, what is the Holy Spirit? Some say it is the third Person in the blessed Trinity, others say it is a force, others say it is the Spirit of the Father and the Son. Unsatisfied with these answers, we begin to study the subject by ourselves and begin by kneeling down and asking the guidance of our Teacher in heaven and then we open our new bibles for our new study believing that God never forsakes a true but thirsting soul for says the scriptures “come and see” and the promise of the One who sat on the throne “I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely”. Yeah Father I am thirsty for truth and so I plead for Your guidance, that Your Name may be magnified in Your servant. We first limit our study on the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John wherein we directly see the story of our Lord Jesus, and we can, with the most accurate possibility, find out what He says regarding the Holy Spirit as was written by people who have the closest relationship to Him like Matthew the tax collector and John the beloved disciple which later became the apostles of the Christian church.

MATTHEW

MARK

LUKE

JOHN

3:16-17 - And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

1:9-11 - And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, [saying], Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

3:21-22 - Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

1:32-34 - And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

4:1 - Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

1:12 - And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.

4:1 - And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

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4:14 - And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

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We first see in our childlike innocence of the subject that the word Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, Spirit being alone are not conclusive words to relate such title as another Person in the Godhead for with these words alone, it is “not readily” qualified as a God. Yet in the same manner, at this point it also “cannot be proven” to be not a God. “Everything is general statement” and so with the guidance of God we now go into a more specific study of the subject to find what actually is referred when we speak of the Holy Ghost.

THE BAPTISM OF JESUS

We see the scene when John the Baptist has already begun his ministry in the wilderness of Judea. He began his ministry with the words “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.”(Matt. 3:2). He baptized people and preached the baptism of repentance (Mark 1:4) and was acknowledged by the people as a prophet (Matt. 21:26).

Then in his baptisms, the priests and Levites came and asked who he was (John 1:19); he denied that he was the Christ (John 1:20). He also denied that he was the literal Elijah (John 1:21) yet we also find that Gabriel the angel announced he has the spirit and power of Elijah (Luke 1:17) and we also find that even our Lord confirmed this (Matt. 11:12-14, Matt. 17:11-13). As students of the word, we find in the plain meaning of the scriptures here that Elias has not literally come in the person of John the Baptist nor his spirit; as if there was a floating ghost possessing John the Baptist. But the scriptures are saying first in Matt 11:12-14 that the law and the prophets actually point forward to the coming Redeemer, which is the Lord, and before He is come preparations are needed; it is in same way as preparing the way of the Lord and making His paths straight (Matt. 3:3, Mark 1:3,Luke 3:4-5,John 1:23) for these paths have been made crooked by the sins of His people and apostasy of the people called by His name by which the Jews represent it before but now to every believer. The subject here is not the whole world but only the people of God; and it says that the people of God made the paths of righteousness they have been instructed before crooked and they need to be straightened up by means of true repentance. This is the spirit and power of Elias symbolic of the spirit of a prophet turning the apostatizing nation, not only the king but including the people, back to God (1Kings 18:18-39, with emphasis on v.37). Jesus has verified that the prophet having that role has already come in the person of John the Baptist (Matt. 17:112-13) when he turned the heart of Jerusalem and whole of Judea (Matt. 3:5-6) to repentance towards God signified by their baptism and confession of sins (Mark 1:5). John also denied that he was the Prophet (John 1:21, Deut. 18:18-19).

Yet we find when we read that John the Baptist confessed saying, “There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost (Matt. 3:11, Mark 1:6-8, Luke 3:15-16).” Here we can see first that the plain meaning of the scriptures would suggest that the Holy Ghost is in “authorized possession” of that “Someone” greater than John the Baptist and He sheds this which has been called the Holy Ghost as a means of His baptizing. On the other hand we can also say that the means of baptism of John was water while the means of baptism of the One greater than John is by the Holy Ghost, added emphasis “and” with fire. Here, the plain meaning of the scripture is still inconclusive confirming that the word Holy Ghost alone would not denote God, and it would also not conclude that it is no God aside from the fact that any conclusion that we should have would also need to solve the other inconclusive verses that we have tackled as well. As careful students wanting everything to be plainly revealed unto us, we now move on to more compelling verses of the scripture regarding the matter with the faith that God will not leave His children in doubt on this very important matter.

Next scene, we now see our Lord Jesus coming to John the Baptist to be baptized (Matt. 3:13, Mark 1:9). We see that John at first forbade Jesus saying, “I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?”yet Jesus answered, “Suffer it to be so] now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness”. And so John baptized Him (Matt. 3:14-15). What happened after Jesus was baptized was related in four equivalent verses by the four inspired writers. They are stated as follows:

· Matthew - And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (Matt. 3:16-17).

· Mark - And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, [saying], Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (Mark 1:10-11).

· Luke - Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased (Luke 3:21-22).

John - And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God (John 1:32).

It was actually John and Jesus who saw the Holy Spirit descend like a dove and remaining on Jesus and it is actually John who make his testimony that Jesus was the Son of God and that He is the One who will baptize with the Holy Ghost (John 1:32-34). Yet a much more important plain truth is conveyed here in these parallel verses regarding the Holy Spirit. In Matthew, the word “Spirit of God” was used; in Mark “Spirit”;in Luke “Holy Ghost”; in John “Spirit” and “Holy Ghost”. We first find that the word Spirit of God is the equivalent of the phrase Holy Ghost and so biblically they are dealing with only one subject. Very well said. As students relying on the plain utterance of the bible and not spiritualizing its meaning, we know clearly that the phrase “Spirit of God” is different from the phrase “God the Spirit”; the Spirit of God denoting God Himself and what is in Him and God the Spirit denoting another Spirit which is regarded as a God. As we have learned in the state of the dead lesson, we know that when we say the spirit of John it deals with John and what is in him; his mind, his power, his character, his entire personality, his wholeness in short, yet it is limited to John himself. But when we say John the spirit, we know that it is not John but another John in the form of a spirit absent from the body of John by which those who believe in the consciousness of the dead term it as the ghost of John. As students eager to know the plain statement of the scripture in an unbiased analysis, we see as we believe God let us see it that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God which is the wholeness of His Person, the wholeness of Himself; His power and majesty, His character, His mind, His heart, His ways, His emotions, His wisdom, and an endless description of the awesome God but is limited to Himself; for He possess it and it is the wholeness of what is in Him.

The next is that a voice from heaven is heard saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”. We now see, that there is the Son being just baptized, there is the Spirit of God remaining on Him, and there is the voice of the Father (for He calls Jesus “Son”) coming from heaven. There are three separate characters plainly revealed here. We say, could this be the proof of trinity? The answer is doubtful, for indeed we see three characters here, the Father who is God, Jesus who is the Son of God, and the Spirit of God a God? This has not been what is said here. For indeed the Spirit of God is plainly a separate character in the scene but it in same scene it is not “referred to as a separate God” but instead, to be clear enough, it is referred to as the “Spirit of God descending in the form of a dove”. Instead of pouring another God, the Father poured out His Spirit (what is in Him) unto His Son, empowering Jesus to formally begin His ministry here in our world. This (the pouring of God’s Spirit unto the Son) is in fulfillment to the prophecy of Isaiah which said, “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; “I have put my spirit upon him”: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles (Isa. 42:1). As we read Isaiah, it makes it more clear that God (the Father) put His Spirit unto the Son, being in the form of a servant (Phil. 2:5-7) and with this, John was given the privilege to see it descending in the form of a dove on Jesus which was granted by God to the prophet to make him sure of two things; the first is that the person he is baptizing is none other than the Son of God and second is that the person he is baptizing shall baptize believers with the Holy Spirit; for which every believer should be baptized into in order for them to be of one spirit with the Father and the Son (John 17:21-23) or that it is the Spirit of God enveloping the whole system with God the Father as its source and the true believers as the recipients through the Son.

Now like little children asking simple questions to their parents, we propose to ask this question to you as our mentors; Are we wrong when we say that the Spirit of God is different from God the Spirit? Is the Spirit of God a separate God from God? Can we show by plain scripture verses that the Spirit of God is indeed God the Spirit that is a separate God from the Father and the Son? If there is one verse in the bible expressing plainly the two criteria, it would be best in order to remain contextual. We ask this because almost all the Old Testament texts dealing with the Holy Spirit talk about it as the “Spirit of God; ex. Gen 1:2, “(ruach Elohim)”. Could the Spirit of God be God’s Spirit or God the Spirit? For sincerely, in our first perception of the plain biblical statement, we do not see the Spirit of God to be separate from God but more to be in Him; possessing it, controlling it, sharing or giving it to whomsoever He will, and taking it away to whomsoever He wants, in righteousness. And God has the right to give His Spirit to anyone or to take it away from anyone because “it is His own”. We would like to hear a sincere response coming from a plain biblical correction to this should this be wrong.

Could there be more clearer verses than these? The Spirit of God talking of the Spirit of the Father being the source is indirectly said being the endower and by the use of Isaiah. Yet could there be more direct words in the scriptures we consider? With this we see that things still need to be clearer regarding this issue and so we are moving to other verses in the scriptures for further testimonies.

Just after His baptism, Jesus began His earthly mission by encountering the devil and defeating him in all of his arguments. The Spirit of God, which is also the Holy Ghost, which hovered and abode in Him and filed Him gave Him the first instruction and that is to go into the wilderness (Matt. 4:1,Mark 1:12,Luke 4:1). Matthew termed it,”He was led by the Spirit…”, Mark used “The Spirit driveth Him…”, Luke preferred “led by the Spirit…”. These have all one great lesson to tell us; that Jesus, even though He is capable of deciding, submitted to the will of the Spirit for He obeyed. Yet wait a minute, should the Spirit be separate from the Father, it would be said that in this scene, the Father would not be consulted and played no role here. That is if we separate the Father from the Spirit. Yet this verse is fully dependent on Matt. 3:16-17 wherein the Spirit talks about the Spirit of God, the Father being the source. How beautiful it is then to see that it is the Father Himself that leads the Son to the wilderness and not any other. When the Father poured out His Spirit to Jesus in His baptism, the Father made it sure of two things; the first is that it is still within the bounds of the His (Father’s) mercy to manifest Himself to His true children among men (John 14:23), with Jesus as the ultimate example and the second is that in that event, He became the Adviser, the Counselor, the Comforter, the Provider of Jesus for this particular event (Jesus’ earthly ministry) (Isaiah 11:1-3) aside from the fact that He is the only One who could fully understand what is happening in the ministry of Jesus here on earth. How beautiful it is to see that the Father is not just sitting on His throne watching the Son from a faraway place but on the other hand He has been with Jesus in all His experiences counseling Him, advising Him, comforting Him and providing all of His needs. This should have driven you and me to kneel down and thank the Father for it is His mercies that these things is not on Jesus only but through Jesus the privilege is extended on us. Amen. We now ask, did Jesus overcome Satan only by Himself? Jesus answered this question direct to the point, He told the Jews as well as the careful bible student, “…I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things, John 8:28, …I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak, John 12:50, …the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works, John 14:10.” Could anything be clearer than these words from our Lord’s lips? Jesus speaks not His own words but the Father’s words, even to Satan. That is the reason why He overcame the devil. Yet this submission should not be the reason why Satan will blind us into the opposite error; that is that Jesus was just the speaker and the Father the responder. No! The situation points us to humility, cooperation and submission. Jesus has the right to reject His Father just as Satan has the right to disobey God; but Jesus chose to obey His Father and considered His words and submitted to His authority and accepted His consolation. Amen. For by these things salvation was made sure through Christ. Yet should it be proved also by “plain scripture reading” that the Spirit of God is the same as God the Spirit, then these plain remarks will be reconsidered on some parts.

We then see that after the victory, Jesus returned in the power of God’s Spirit into Galilee (Luke 4:14).

MATTHEW

MARK

LUKE

JOHN

10:19-20 - But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

13:11 - But when they shall lead [you], and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

12:11-12 - And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and [unto] magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.

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To an unbiased mind, in comparing these parallel verses, we can have a much clearer word regarding the nature of the Holy Spirit. In Matthew it is called “The Spirit of our Father”, in Mark it is called “Holy Ghost”, in Luke it is called “Holy Ghost”. No doubt has been left to us here for even a child can say right away that the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of our Father. This is very specific and the verses do not need any other verses to explain them. The Holy Spirit being the Spirit of the Father rejects the notion that it is another “God the Spirit” being the third person in the so called trinity. Instead the Spirit of the Father talks about what is in the Father that He reveals it to His servants in such cases to answer earthly powers in which they are called to witness unto. The Spirit of the Father “cannot” be translated into Father the Spirit as the Spirit of God “cannot” be translated into God the Spirit; they are different things; the first indicating that the Spirit belongs to God and the second indicating the there is another God the Spirit. Here, the idea of “God the Spirit” is disproved plainly by the statement of Jesus Christ and being written by inspired writers.

This verse also is in accordance with the words that Jesus has spoken in John 12:49-50, “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.” It is relevant here to note that it is the Father Himself that speaks to Jesus, and Jesus, considering the Father who is His guide, spoke His (the Father’s) words to the people. The same case will be to believers when they have to answer magistrates and powers; that the Father Himself will teach them what they will answer to inquiries of their faith, or they will also speak the words of the Father to these earthly powers. How beautifully portrayed! The Father is not indirectly involved but is involved directly in the most important scenes of our trials as believers. This would drive any true Christian to kneel down and pray a prayer of thanks that the Father Himself and not any other is teaching His people. This so, I came to believe that this is the truth about the blessed 144,000 having the Father’s name in their foreheads(Rev. 14:1, Rev. 22:4) or that they utter the words of the Father when questioned on their faith as Christ did when He was questioned by men. This does not exclude Christ from the scene but on the opposite, it involves Him directly also for He is the only way to the Father (John 14:6). Aside from this, it must be noted that it was Christ who is speaking here to the people. We can see here that no worship is exclusively for Christ excluding the Father but to them both (Rev. 5:13-14, Heb.1:6).

Regarding the Holy Spirit, from the “direct” words of the Holy Scripture, we can, without fear of offending God, say that the Holy Spirit is not another or separate God in a so called trinity.

MATTHEW

MARK

LUKE

JOHN

12:17-18 - That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall show judgment to the Gentiles. (Isa. 42:1-4)

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12:27-28 - And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast [them] out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

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11:19-20 - And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast [them] out? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

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12:31-32 - Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the [world] to come.

3:28-30 - Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

12:10 - And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

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The word “My Spirit” in Isaiah denotes the Spirit of the Father. The word “beloved” and “servant” here talks about the Son being in the form of a servant (Phil. 2:5-7) and yet the beloved of the Father (Matt. 3:17, Matt. 17:5). This would then point us to the baptism of Jesus when the “Spirit of God” was seen by John the Baptist descending upon Jesus during His baptism (Matthew 3:16-17). Here we see that the term “Spirit of God” and “My Spirit” are in agreement with each other denoting the Spirit of the Father being endowed to Jesus; which was also given the authority to shed forth the same Spirit to believers as testified by John the Baptist when he says “He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost…(Matt. 3:11)”

As for the statement of Matt 12:27-28, the same statement found in Luke 11:20 uses the equivalent term “finger of God” as the equivalent of “Spirit of God”. Direct meaning excludes the notion that the term finger of God denotes “God the Spirit” or cannot be another God. But it says that the finger of God is equivalent to the Spirit of God; which would mean the Spirit of the Father working in Jesus (the Son) in driving out devils; or what is in the Father is given to the Son to empower Him to cast out demons.

This would also denote that the Spirit of God is pertaining to power. It is true in this case for Jesus is displaying power in the situation, but that is not the whole meaning of the Spirit of God for it encompasses all the majesty of God; the wholeness of His person. And it was given in its fullness to the Son; (John 3:34-35, Col. 2:9) (compare Rev. 1:4 and Rev. 5:6 when it says that the seven Spirits (fullness) were sent to earth and is in the Lamb making the Lamb possessing the same fullness of the Spirit); in order to make it possible for us to see the Father through the Son who is the brightness of the Father’s glory and the express image of His person (Heb. 1:3). The word “power” or “force” is just one of the aspects of the Spirit of God but not its fullness.

In Matthew 12:31-32, specifically, Jesus said this unforgivable sin in connection with His Spirit or the Spirit He has in driving out devils (Matt. 12:28, Mark 3:30) and not, as I often hear, in connection with degrading the Holy Spirit from the status of another God; to make it clearer, because the scribes and Pharisees say He had an unclean spirit connected with Beelzebub the prince of the devils and by Beelzebub He cast out devils (Mark 3:22,30). The Spirit here is applied as “Holy Ghost” yet Mark 3:30, it implies that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus or the Spirit that Jesus has when He cast out the devil. It was the Spirit of God which was given to Jesus during His baptism. So, to acquaint the Spirit of God with the spirit of Satan will make even the Father above, who is the source of everything, Satan (Beelzebub) himself. This is the reason why Jesus compared the phrases, “…if Satan cast out Satan…”,”…if I by Beelzebub cast out devils…”, “…if I by the Spirit of God cast out devils…”. In Jesus’ terms, to consider the works of God through His Spirit as the works of Satan, and the one having been imbued with the Spirit, performing such work, as having an unclean spirit associated with the prince of the devils would be to totally reject the offers of God. As long as the person is in this state, he is in the state of blasphemy, and even in any world to come, should this person be allowed to live in case, there would be no hope for him for he will continue to reject God altogether as long as he lives. So the sin against the Holy Spirit is not only becoming an unbeliever but becoming anti God.

ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA

But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back [part] of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God Then Peter said unto her (Sapphira), How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband [are] at the door, and shall carry thee out. Acts 5:1-9

The Holy Spirit was assumed to be God because it is often identified with the Father and the Son. Let me illustrate. In Acts 5:3-4, it said, But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost…thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. So here a rash decision to regard the Holy Ghost as God has been made. But is it? It must be noted that the Spirit of God talks of God Himself and what is in Him. This has been shown in the comparative analysis of Matt. 3:16, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22, John 1:32-34; Matt. 10:19-20, Mark 13:11, Luke 12:11-12. So to sin against the Holy Spirit is to deviate from the plain teachings of the Spirit of God and thus deviating from God, either in deception or in rebellion. In the case of Ananias, he violated God Himself by not following His law, thou shalt not covet and how he violated it, he was ensnared to follow biddings Satan instead of the Spirit of God. So to say that to sin against the Holy Spirit is to sin against God is right in the very sense that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. May we ask, scripturally, did the Holy Spirit, should it be God apart from the Father and the Son also give a law “thou shalt not covet? Convicting Ananias and his wife Sapphira?” But plain scriptures can be shown regarding the Father and the Son. Considering verse 9 of the same testimony of the scripture, it uses the word “Spirit of the Lord” being the equivalent of the “Holy Spirit” in verse 3. Should the Spirit of the Lord here refer to the Spirit of Jesus it is still not in conflict with the Spirit of the Father for the Spirit which dwells in Jesus our Lord is the Spirit of The Father. Thus the Spirit of truth, which is also the Comforter, is the Spirit of the Father being its original owner, and yet it has been endowed in its fullness to Christ the Son of God who was also given the authority to shed forth or baptize all true believers with the same Spirit that through this holy means, the mind of the Father, which is also the mind of the Son; the power of the Father, which is also the power of the Son; the character of the Father, which is also the character of the Son; and all things encompassing their personality; will be made known or revealed to all true believers to guide them, to comfort them, to give them hope and strength in their day to day battle with the evil one. All these things is concluded in what Isaiah said regarding the Spirit of the Lord; the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD (Isaiah 11:2). This primarily talks of Jesus, yet this also talks afterward to any true believer that has been baptized by Jesus Christ of the Holy Spirit. That the Spirit of God may be encompassing all believers making them having one mind with the Father and the Son, and thus it is fulfilled when Jesus said to the Father “that they may be one in us (John 17:21).

THE GREAT COMMISSION

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen. Matt. 28:19-20