The Holy Spirit is mentioned in both the Old & the New Testament. In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit
was given to people temporarily to empower them to do God's will. King Saul had the Holy Spirit for a
time, but then God removed it. The prophets spoke by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, as did the
writers of the Old Testament. Our relationship to God the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
changed forever when Jesus came and conquered sin and death. When we are born again, the Spirit
comes to live in us, and He will never leave us. The Bible does not say as much about the deity of the
Holy Spirit as it does about the deity of Jesus; however, there are two places where His deity is shown
so clearly that it firmly establishes it. Firstly, when Jesus spoke to His disciples, He said that the Holy
Spirit was a comforter of the same type as He, Jesus. He used the Greek word allos, which means
another of the same sort. Since the scriptures prove without doubt that Jesus is God, those same
scriptures hold for the Holy Spirit, since they are of the same type or essence. Secondly, Jesus told us
in Mathew 28:19 that we are to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Names were of greater significance to people of first century
Israel, than they are today. For Jesus to use these three names as the authorities under which we were
to make disciples clearly establishes their equality.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is Like Jesus:
Another (allos) helper
Sent By God
John 14:16
John 14:16
Jesus used personal pronouns to describe the Holy Spirit:
Described Him as a Counselor
Used He, Him to describe
John 16:8
John 14:16
The Holy Spirit interacts personally with believers:
Lives in us
2 Timothy 1:14
(a)
The Holy Spirit takes independent Actions:
Sanctifies Believers
Romans 15:16
His Name is equal to the name of the Father and the Son:
In the name of the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit worthy of a Temple
Mathew 28:19
1 Corinthians 6:19
(a) The Bible says that Jesus, the Father & the Holy Spirit all live within us.
This also attests to their equality, since it implies each as omnipresent.
A believer's perspective