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The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead. He is called God (Acts 5:3-4) just as the Father (2 Peter 1:17) and Son (John 1:1) are called God. He is an eternal being (Hebrews 9:14).

The Holy Spirit is not an “it” or some “indefinable feeling.” He possesses all the characteristics of personage. He hears (John 16:13), speaks (1 Timothy 4:1), teaches (John 14:26), communes (2 Corinthians 13:14), leads (Romans 8:14), comforts (Acts 9:3 1), testifies (John 15:26), and bears witness (Romans 8:16). He can be lied to (Acts 5:3), grieved (Ephesians 4:30), blasphemed (Matthew 12:31), resisted (Acts 7:51), quenched (1 Thessalonians 5:19), and despised (Hebrews 10:29). He has a will (1 Corinthians 12:11) and knowledge (1 Corinthians 2:11).

The Holy Spirit is alive and active in the world today. He works through the Word. It is his means of operation. For instance, would any deny that the Holy Spirit was working in the conversion of the Jews in Acts 2? Surely not. Yet we see that he worked through the Word: “Began to speak” (v. 4), “heard them speak” (v. 6), “hearken to my words” (v. 14), “hear these words” (v. 22). “when they heard this” (v. 37), “Peter said” (v. 38), “with many other words” (v. 40), “gladly received his word” (v. 41). The Jews were converted by the Spirit through the Word.