"It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you" (John 16:7)
Among the important writings which appeared [in the fourth century] is the Athanasian Creed. It was written as an attempt to state in as few words as possible what the Bible teaches about the nature of God; and this it has done with a comprehensiveness and precision hardly matched anywhere in the literature of the world. Here are a few quotations bearing on the deity of the Holy Spirit:
"There is one Person of the Father, another of the Son: and another of the Holy Spirit."
"But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is all one: the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal."
"And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other: none is greater, or less than another."
"But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together: and co-equal. So that in all things, as is afore said: the Unity in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity is to be worshiped."
The Holy Spirit came to carry the evidence of Christianity from the books of apologetics into the human heart.
The Godhead Of The Spirit
"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter ... even the Spirit of truth" (John 14:16-17)
In her sacred hymnody the Church has freely acknowledged the Godhead of the Spirit and in her inspired song she has worshiped Him with joyous abandon. Some of our hymns to the Spirit have become so familiar that we tend to miss their true meaning.
In the poetical words of Fredrick Faber I have found a hymn to the Holy Spirit which I would rank among the finest ever written:
Fountain of Love! Thyself true God!
Who through eternal days
From Father and from Son hast flowed
In uncreated ways!
I dread Thee, Unbegotten Love!
True God! sole Fount of Grace!
And now before Thy blessed throne
My sinful self abase.
O Light! O Love! O very God
I dare no longer gaze
Upon Thy wondrous attributes
And their mysterious ways.
The Holy Spirit is a Being dwelling in another mode of existence. He nevertheless exists as surely as you exist.
~A. W. Tozer~