The Holy Spirit is probably the least understood person of the Trinity. Invisible, perhaps but real. Among the myths and mistaken concepts that are shared, He has been described as a force, a ghost and a second-class or replacement god. He is confused with the manifestations themselves, and has even been presented as an incidental figure that appears momentarily.
It is vital for the church to know the Spirit, learn to relate to Him, and understand how He manifest Himself. So we ask this question is “is the Spirit a Person?”. The answers is that the Bible presents a person as a substance that can do personal and relational things (such as speaking, thinking, feeling acting). Something that does these personal things in relationship, like God, angels and human beings – is a person.
So how does the Holy Spirit fare up under this criteria?
1. The Spirit Teaches and reminds
John 14:26, “the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said ti you.”
1Cor 2:13, “we impart this words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting Spiritual truths to those who are Spiritual.”
2. The Spirit Speaks
Acts 8:29, “the Spirit said to Philip, go over and join this chariot”
Acts 13:2, “while they were worshiping the lord and fasting the Holy Spirit said, ‘set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them'”
3. The Spirit makes decisions
Acts 15:28, “it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements”
4. The Spirit can be outraged
Hebrews 10:29, “How much worse punishment, do you think will be deserved by the one who has. . . . outraged the Spirit of God?”
5. The Spirit can be lied to
Acts 5:3,4, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit? . . . . You have not lied to man but to God”
6. The Spirit Searches everything and Comprehends God’s Thoughts
1Cor 2:10-11, “the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God . . . no one comprehends the thought of God except the Spirit of God”
7. The Spirit apportions Spiritual gifts
1Cor 12:11, “the same Spirit . . . apportion (spiritual gifts) to each one individually as He wills.”
8. The Spirit bears witness to the believers about their adoption
Rom 8:16, “the Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God”
9. The Spirit bear witness to Christ
“But when the helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me”
10. The Spirit glorifies Christ, takes what is Christ and declares it to believers
John 16:14, “He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you”
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