WHAT IS A HOLY SPIRIT?
There is much confusion about The Holy Spirit. For example, there
are three different Greek phrases that are all translated into English as
"the Holy Spirit":
1. pneumatos hagion (spirit holy) Mt 1:18
2. to hagion pneuma (the holy spirit) Luke 12:10
3. to pneumati to hagio (the spirit the holy) Mk 12:36
There is a significant difference between these terms, especially number
one above, spirit holy, which is without the definite article. This is
sometimes a generic term for super-natural power. (See LUK 1:35
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost (spirit holy)
shall come upon thee, and THE POWER of the Highest shall
In the book of Acts we see an event in which "the Spirit" is an angel.
Compare these verses all speaking of the same being which spoke to
Acts 8:26 "But an angel of the Lord said to Phillip..."
Acts 8:29 "And the Spirit said to Phillip...:
Acts 8:38 "And the Spirit of the Lord caught up Phillip"
Study that passage and you will see that in each case it was the same
being that was speaking to Phillip!
In Acts chapter 10, there is a similar account of an angel appearing
both to Cornelius and to Peter that was called "the Spirit"...
Acts 10:3 "...he [Cornelius] saw...an angel of God...saying to
him,..send men to Joppa,"
Acts 10:19 "...the Spirit said to him [Peter] ...I have sent them."
Acts 10:22 "Cornelius...was directed by a holy angel to send for
IS THE HOLY SPIRIT GOD?
The concept that the Holy Spirit is God is based on a single verse in
Acts (5:3) where it says that Ananias lied to the Holy Spirit - and later
it says that he lied to God. To conclude that the Holy Spirit is God on
the basis of those verses is merely an interpretation which adds to what
is actually written. Since the Spirit is the means of communciation
between God and man, if you lie to the Spirit you are in effect lying to
God. Are there any verses which actually say that the Holy Spirit is
God? Not one!
Harold and Donna Kupp
The Seven Deadly Deceptions Of Counterfeit Christianity