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In His Own Words: He Is God

The Holy Spirit Is a Divine Person: He Is God

Throughout the Bible it is clear that the Holy Spirit is God Himself. This is seen in the attributes which are given to the Holy Spirit in Scripture, for example. Without exception these attributes are those of God Himself.

He is eternal: This means that there never was a time when He was not. “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14).

He is all-powerful: “And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God’” (Luke 1:35).

He is everywhere present (that is, omnipresent) at the same time: “Where can I go from Thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from Thy presence?” (Psalm 139:7).

He is all-knowing (that is, omniscient): “For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10, 11).

The Holy Spirit is called God: “But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back some of the price of land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to God’” (Acts 5:3, 4, italics mine).

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18 RSV).

He is the Creator: The first biblical reference to the Holy Spirit is Genesis 1:2 (Moffatt) where we are told “the spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” Yet Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” And in Colossians 1 where Paul is writing to the Church at Colossae about the Lord Jesus Christ, among other tremendous truths he tells us, “For in Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” [cohere] (Colossians 1:16, 17).

Thus, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit were together creating the world. To understand and accept these facts is of the greatest importance to every Christian, both theologically and practically.

One day I made a few of these assertions about the Holy Spirit to some seminary students. One asked, “But He is usually mentioned last. Doesn’t that imply inferiority?” Yet in Romans 15:30 He is not mentioned last: “Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me.”  And in Ephesians 4:4 Paul says, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling.”

But more than this, the usual placement of the three persons of the Trinity in the New Testament has to do with their order and function. Thus we say that we pray to the Father through the Son and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, I have already shown that functionally the Father came first, then the Son became incarnate, died and rose again. Now the Spirit does His work in this age of the Spirit. The order has nothing to do with equality, but only with function and chronology.

from The Holy Spirit by Billy Graham

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20 Comments

  1. Christine says:

    That really help me a lot about the holy spirt. Thank you billygraham your a blessing.

  2. Mary Jane Welborn says:

    Enjoyed my Evangelism classes with teachings from The Graham’s (Billy, Franklin & Will) at Liberty University online.
    God bless your ministry always!
    Mary Welborn

  3. Matthew Zigler says:

    Thank-You Father God! We thank-you for this man of God Mr. Billy Graham and his service to You for all souls.

  4. Judith says:

    May God continue to bless this
    Ministry and all who read and share The Word of God.

  5. Carolyn Cason says:

    You make the gospel so easy to understand.

  6. Hewitt & Dottie Smith says:

    We enjoyed the message very much
    Thank You
    Hewitt & Dottie Smith

  7. Joseph Pjecha says:

    Excellent presentation of truth.

  8. Evelyn Disko says:

    Thank you Rev. Billy Graham for reminding us how important and how really close the Holy Spirit is. You are a true disciple of God!

  9. Janice Leonard says:

    Thank-you, Billy Graham, for answering God’s call. I have a high respect for you.

    Your wife and Franklin have certainly given God the glory. I imagine Will shall follow in his grandfather’s shoes.

    Praise to our Awesome Lord!

  10. T. R. says:

    This article is a blessing to me. I will read it over and over again. Thank you. God bless.

  11. Jack Jones says:

    I enjoy all emails as well other information about the Lord and living a Godly life. Thank you so much BGEA. Praise God!

  12. Ralph Serrapica says:

    Such a sound teaching and refreshing in light of all the erroneous boasts of what the HS is and does! Thank you BGEA for remaining grounded and steadfast in sound biblical truth in a world of conflicting beliefs. Your like a lighthouse a beacon in a ever so darkening world, and a safe harbor for those vessels that have been shipwrecked against the false truths being worshipped in our times! ?

  13. Samuel Adesoji Komolafe says:

    Holy Spirit,l open my heart to you today come in and take possession of my heart,in Jesus’ name.

  14. ilaisita manuella says:

    Thank you , such a nice explanation of “HOLY SPIRIT”

  15. Sharon says:

    I have never heard this description of the Holy spirit. It truly helps me understand the relationship of the Holy Spirit to God and the Son. I thank you.

  16. Sharyn Ferguson says:

    Understanding the Trinity has always been so confusing to me, especially the relationship between God and Jesus incarnate. Are they one and the same?
    When Jesus returns to heaven, doesn’t he sit on the right hand of God the father?

  17. Bill Taylor says:

    Dr, Graham,
    I believe that the Holy Spirit is perhaps the most, or at least one of the most confusing aspects of Christian beliefs. Not that I don’t believe in the Holy Spirit. It’s just difficult for me to separate the Holy Spirit from God in any manner. I have no question that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Father and embracing the fact that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered death upon the cross for my sins, rose from the grave, ascended into Heaven and sits on the right hand of God.
    Thank you for helping me to better understand this confusion in my mind, and it has reinforced my belief in the Trinity as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
    May God bless and keep you!
    Bill

  18. Janelle L. Ezzell says:

    This was great a reminder lesson in itself. Thank you and
    God Bless You for your love and service of the Lord’s work.
    I have followed you for many years and support Franklin and
    his programs, especially Samaritan’s Purse.

    Janelle

  19. Yvonne Little says:

    I sometimes use messages such as this one for devotions in our prayer meetings.

  20. Lisa Piatt says:

    God bless you in old age. I love you!.

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