The Holy Spirit is God, not a Force

We should not confuse the Holy Spirit with the way He might make us feel sometimes, or with the power that He has.

The Holy Spirit is God. We can deduce this from Acts 5:3-4, where it reads as follow:

 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? 4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.

You cannot lie to a "force". Jehovah's Witnesses, for example, teach that the Holy Spirit is "God's active power in the Universe". But the Bible here equates lying to the Holy Spirit with lying to God. Again, you cannot lie to a force. You cannot lie to electricity, or to a fire. These things are mere forces. But the Holy Spirit – although He HAS power, is not Himself power. He is a person and if you and I are wise we will treat Him not as POWER but as a PERSON. The Holy Spirit does give us many marvellous experiences, but He Himself is not merely an experience. The Holy Spirit has a mind, will and emotions. We need to respect Him, love Him, listen to Him, work with Him. He is the One through Him God is now with us.

Some churches say "Don't worry about the Holy Spirit. Just concentrate on Jesus." How can this be the right approach if the Holy Spirit if GOD and if He dwells within us.

If I have an important guest in my home and I totally ignore Him, never respond when He speaks and never speak with Him, I am rude and foolish. As Christians, we are often blind and inconsiderate when it comes to the Holy Spirit. He is God, we are His temple, and we ought to give ourselves to Him because Christ has purchased us with His blood for that purpose.

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