The Personality of

The night my wife was converted to she exclaimed, “Now I know who the is.” Prior to that time she had thought of the as an “it” rather than a personal “who.”

When we speak of the , we mean that the Third Member of the is a person and not a force. This is clear from Scripture, where only personal pronouns are used when referring to the Spirit. In 16:13, said, “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

Because the Holy Spirit is a real and person and not an impersonal force, it is possible for us to enjoy a personal relationship with Him. gives a benediction to the that highlights this, “The of the , and the love of , and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. ” (2 13:14). To have communion with someone is to enter a personal relationship with him. In addition, we are called not to sin against, resist, or grieve the Holy Spirit. Impersonal forces cannot be “grieved.” can only be experienced by a personal being.

Because the Holy Spirit is a person, it is appropriate to to Him. His role in is to assist us in expressing ourselves adequately to . As Jesus intercedes for us as our High , so the Holy Spirit intercedes for us in prayer.

Finally, the speaks of the Holy Spirit performing tasks that only persons can perform. The Spirit comforts, guides, and teaches the elect (see John 16). These activities are done in a manner that involves intelligence, will, feeling, and power. He searches, selects, reveals, comforts, convicts, and admonishes. Only a person could do these things. The response of the , then, is not mere affirmation that such a being exists, but rather, to obey, love, and adore the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity.

Summary

  1. The Holy Spirit is a person, not an impersonal force.
  2. Scripture uses personal pronouns when referring to the Holy Spirit.
  3. The work of the Holy Spirit both requires and personality.
  4. The Christian enjoys a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit.
  5. The Holy Spirit is to be worshiped and obeyed.

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