The Personality of the

The night my wife was converted to she exclaimed, “Now I know who is.” Prior to that time she had thought of 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 .

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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