Is the Holy Ghost an Angel?

8-16-22 Is the Holy Ghost an Angel

The Muslim Challenge (by TK):

The Holy Ghost is an ANGEL. Trinity is made up of God, a man and an angel.

My Response (to TK):

As I have suggested before, you would be greatly helped by reading the Bible more carefully.

The Holy Spirit is a divine Person. The Holy Spirit is called God (Acts 5:3, 4.)

Acts 5:3-4
3  But 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?
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. [bold emphasis added]
King James Version

The Holy Spirit is not an Angel. Angels are created beings. God is not a created being.

Several divine attributes are incommunicable: they belong to God exclusively, and cannot be communicated, delegated, or given to a created being. Yet in the Bible these attributes are attributed to the Holy Spirit, such as:

omniscience, 1 Corinthians 2:10-11,

1 Corinthians 2:10-11
10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
King James Version

omnipresence, Psalm 139:7,

Psalms 139:7
7  Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
King James Version

sovereignty, 1 Corinthians 12:11,

1 Corinthians 12:11
11  But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
King James Version

immutability, Matthew 12:32,

Matthew 12:32
32  And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
King James Version

I have placed the following explanatory note at Matthew 12:32 in my Bible study resources The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury:

speaketh against. FS73, +Zec 1:5, That the Holy Spirit can be the subject of blasphemy (by attributing his miraculous works to Satan) proves him to be as much a person as the Son; and it proves him to be divine, because it shows that he may be sinned against, and so sinned against that the blasphemer shall not be forgiven. A person he must be, or he could not be blasphemed: a divine person he must be to constitute this blasphemy a sin against him in the proper sense, and of so malignant a kind as to place it beyond the reach of mercy (Watson, Theological Institutes, vol. i. p. 629, cited in McClintock and Strong, vol. iv. p. 309, article “Holy Ghost”). “These passages (Mat 12:31-32, Mar 3:28-29, Luk 12:10) at least imply beyond cavil the personality of the Holy Spirit, for sin and blasphemy can only be committed against persons” (T. Rees, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, vol. 1, p. 486, article “Blasphemy”). %+Gen 1:2, +*Luk 3:22 note. Joh 14:26; Joh 16:13-14, Act 8:29; Act 8:39; Act 13:2; Act 15:28; Act 16:7; Act 20:28; Act 28:25, Rom 8:27, 1Co 2:10-11; 1Co 12:8; 1Co 12:11, Eph 4:30.

 

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