WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT? – PART 1
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSON
by Roger Clark, Elder
The Holy Spirit is a person. He is not simply a power or force. He is not simply an extension of the Father or Christ. He is God. The Holy Spirit is part of the trinity or God-head.
The Holy Spirit is an indispensable part of the Christian life and church. Every aspect of the Christian life should be directed by Him. He is indispensable because it is He who enables us to bear the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). It is the Holy Spirit that gives us the ability to serve God and man. It is the Holy Spirit that draws us to Christ. It is He who gives us the new birth. He in a sense is the mother of eternal life in Christ.
It is the Holy Spirit that makes us different than all other religions of the world. It is only Christianity that offers a person like the Holy Spirit. All other religions require the person to follow their principles and beliefs through self-sacrifice and discipline. It is in their own strength they seek to follow their god. While as believers, we have the Holy Spirit who guides us, and enables us to follow Christ.
It is important for us as believers to understand that the Holy Spirit is a person. He is not human because he doesn’t have a body, but He is a person because he has all the traits of a person.
We know He is a person because he has a will.
I Corinthians 12:11 – “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”
We see here that He distributes the gifts of the Spirit as he determines. One of the symbols of the Holy Spirit is wind, but He is not simply a wind that blows about. A wind cannot decide where it is going or what it is going to do. However, the Holy Spirit is able to do these things.
We know He is a person because He has a mind and is able to intercede on our behalf.
Romans 8:27 – “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”
Another symbol of the Holy Spirit is fire, but He is more than fire. Fire is not able to think. Fire is not able to intercede on someone’s behalf.
We know He is a person because He has feelings.
Ephesians 4:30 – “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
The Holy Spirit could be compared to electricity. Electricity is an energy that can accomplish many things. Yet, the Holy Spirit is not simply an energy or force field. He is a person because He can feel. If we cut an electric wire it does not feel a thing, but when we disobey the Holy Spirit, we grieve Him.
We know He is a person because He acts only as a person can act. He does the same things a person does.
I Corinthians 2:10 – “… these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. “
It is only a person who can search and reveal things.
John 16:13 – “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”
It is only a person who can guide, speak and hear. (See John 15:26; Revelation 2:7; John 16;13)
John 14:26 – “But the Advocate, (advocate means helper or supporter) the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
It is only a person who can intercede, teach and remind a person of something. (See 2 Peter 1:21; Romans 8:26)