Today we’ll continue our study of “Great Doctrines of the Bible” by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) by looking at chapter 2 (vol. II), “The Deity of the Holy Spirit.”

In the previous chapter, MLJ argued for the personality of the Holy Spirit. Next, he will demonstrate the biblical teaching of the Spirit’s deity. This, MLJ teaches, is a unique Christian teaching:

This is still a vital part of the doctrine of the Trinity, of course, and, indeed, we cannot emphasize too often that in many ways that doctrine is the first and the great doctrine of the Christian faith. It is only Christians who believe this doctrine; all other religions fail to do so, as do all errors and heresies. The Trinity is the key which unlocks all truth (15).

One must see this doctrine of the three persons of the Trinity from Scripture and affirm the deity of each member of the Godhead. The deity of the Spirit is taught in Scripture in many places. For example, in Acts 5, Peter tells Ananias and Sapphire that they have lied to the Holy Spirit. Then he says, “You have not lied to men, but to God” (5:3-4).