It is essential to know that the Holy Spirit is God. As we will see from the study, He is called by the titles of God in Scripture. He also possesses the attributes of God. He displays the actions of God. The biblical titles of the Holy Spirit reveal He is God. The Holy Spirit has names that reveal His oneness with the Father and the Son. He is called the Spirit of God (Romans 8:9 and 1 Corinthians 3:16), the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9), the Spirit of His Son (Galatians 4:6), and the Spirit of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:19)
The Holy Spirit manifests His Person to be distinct from the Father and the Son. Now, as you review those titles we just discussed, it could give you the impression that the Holy Spirit is only a display of the Father and the Son, but not distinct. That is not true.
Scripture teaches that the Holy Spirit is a distinct Person from the Father and the Son. At Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3:16–17) where we see the Holy Spirit coming up on Jesus in the form of a dove and also the voice of the Father from heaven, by anointing Jesus (Acts 10:38), and by raising Jesus from the tomb (Romans 8:11).
The Holy Spirit has the attributes of deity.
When we talk about attributes, we are talking about the characteristics or qualities of a person that is inherent in there being. When we discuss the characteristics of God, we are talking about God’s attributes and qualities that belong to him alone. There are many attributes of deity that are described as characteristic of the Holy Spirit. Some of these attributes are as follows:
1. Spirit of life (Romans 8:2) – this passage says that God the Holy Spirit is the giver of life.
2. Spirit of truth (John 16:13) – this passage says that God the Holy Spirit guides us in truth. He helps us to see the truth.
3. Spirit of holiness (Ephesians 4:30)
4. Eternal Spirit (Hebrews 9:14)
5. Omnipresence (Psalm 139:7) – this means that the Holy Spirit is everywhere present.
6. Omniscience (1 Corinthians 12:11) – this means that the Holy Spirit knows all things.
7. Omnipotence (Job 33:4; Zechariah 4:6) – this means that the Holy Spirit is all-powerful.
POINTS TO PONDER: The Holy Spirit is God.
The Holy Spirit is distinct from God the Father and God the Son. He displays the attributes of deity. Scripture 2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 1 Peter 1:2 NIV who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade. Navigate to the threaded discussion and respond to the following discussion questions:
1.) Do you struggle to maintain a proper understanding of God as described in the devotional this week? The trinity of God shows their unity in diversity. How could the unity and diversity of God help us in how we live in our families, community, and world?
2.) How can knowing that we have the power of the Holy Spirit living in us as believers help us as we go through the struggles of life?
3.) How can learning more about the Holy Spirit help you in your life and also in your practice?