Is the Holy Spirit God in Acts 5:3-4?

Acts 5:3-4But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?1 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.” 

In what sense is lying to the Holy Ghost = lying to God? And–the most direct and obvious question–do these verses make the Holy Spirit God?

The answer lies in a simple comparison with Bible texts that offer a similar parallel:

  • Mt 25:40 “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” But brethren Jesus!
  • Acts 9:4 “Why persecutes thou me?” Paul was really persecuting Christians, which means persecuting Christ, but . . .Christ Christians.
  • 1 Cor 8:12 “When ye sin so against the brethren . . . ye sin against Christ.” Brethren Christ.

If the Holy Spirit is God’s representative, of course lying against the Holy Spirit means lying against God – but it doesn’t make the two the same being, nor does it make the Holy Spirit God.

One thought on “Is the Holy Spirit God in Acts 5:3-4?”

  1. Yes, and often this passage is quoted and verse 9 is conveniently ignored:
    ‘The Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”

    It is the Spirit of the Lord.

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