Is the Holy Spirit a Person?

   In Acts 5:3 Peter accuses Ananias of lying to the Holy Spirit. Isn’t this proof that the Holy Spirit is a person?


    The Holy Spirit and Yahweh are at times used inter-changeably in the Scriptures through a literary device called personification. Such is the case here. The next verse, 4, reads, “…why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto Elohim.” Peter clarifies by saying that Ananias has lied to Yahweh. Ananias’ fleshly desire took control of his heart, which should have remained under the influence of Yahweh through His Holy Spirit. A lie to the Spirit is the same as a lie to Yahweh.

If the Holy Spirit is a person, then why do we find:

  • the Holy Spirit unnamed in Scripture
  • no one praying to the Holy Spirit
  • no word “Trinity” in Scripture
  • the Spirit permeating everything
  • the Spirit flowing like water
  • the Spirit descending like a dove
  • the Spirit being poured out
  • part of the Spirit given at baptism
  • the Spirit given in measure
  • the Spirit hovering in Genesis 1
  • the Spirit imparted by Yahshua’s breath
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