Acts 5-7 (The Daily Walk Bible).
We talk about the Holy Spirit being God and a part of the trinity, but do we understand how compelling the evidence is? Here Peter clearly says, “You lied to the Holy Spirit,” and then later says “You weren’t lying to us but to God.” R. A. Torrey details the Scriptural argument for the Holy Spirit being God:
- As called God. Ac 5:3, 4.
- As joined with the Father and the Son in the baptismal formula. Mt 28:19.
- As eternal. Heb 9:14.
- As omnipresent. Ps 139:7–13.
- As omniscient. 1 Co 2:10.
- As omnipotent. Lu 1:35; Ro 15:19.
- As the Spirit of glory and of God. 1 Pe 4:14.
- As Creator. Ge 1:26, 27; Job 33:4.
- As equal to, and one with the Father. Mt 28:19; 2 Co 13:14.
- As Sovereign Disposer of all things. Da 4:35; 1 Co 12:6, 11.
- As Author of the new birth. Joh 3:5, 6; 1 Jo 5:4.
- As raising Christ from the dead. Ac 2:24; 1 Pe 3:18; Heb 13:20; Ro 1:4.
- As inspiring Scripture. 2 Ti 3:16; 2 Pe 1:21.
- As the source of wisdom. 1 Co 12:8; Isa 11:2; Joh 16:13; 14:26.
- As the source of miraculous power. Mt 12:28; Lu 11:20; Ac 19:11; Ro 15:19.
- As appointing and sending ministers. Ac 13:2, 4; 9:38; 20:28.
- As directing where the gospel should be preached. Ac 16:6, 7, 10.
- As dwelling in saints. Joh 14:17; 1 Co 14:25; 3:16; 6:19.
- As Comforter of the Church. Ac 9:31; 2 Co 1:3.
- As sanctifying the Church. Eze 37:28; Ro 15:16.
- As the Witness. Heb 10:15; 1 Jo 5:9.
- As convincing of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. Joh 16:8–11.
There is a message here for all Christians who come into conflict with either authority or culture: “We must obey God rather than human authority” (5:29).
While I do believe that ministers need to be involved when it comes to the ministry of the church, they must make sure that they are spending an adequate amount of time studying and communicating the Word of God. “We apostles should spend our time preaching and teaching the word of God, not administering a food program” (6:2).
When Jesus was on the cross he said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Here, Stephen says basically the same thing: “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin” (7:60). Do we display that type of mercy and forgiveness in our lives?