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The Personhood of the Holy Spirit

When people talk about the Godhead, or the Trinity, they might note how it represents God in three Persons. 1 John 5:7 reveals that “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.” Remember that John uses the descriptor “Word” repeatedly in reference to Jesus in John 1. This is evident throughout his letters.

Jesus also says in Matthew 28:18-20 also says “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Notice the word “name” (singular), not “names” (plural). They three are one. Confusing? It shouldn’t be. God can manifest Himself in different places at the same time and in multiple forms. After all, He is God!

There are three key passages to understanding this truth. 1) The Baptism of Jesus: Matthew 3:16-17 says, “And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: And a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’” All 3 present. 2) The Temptation of Jesus: Matthew 4:1 says, “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” 3) The Work of the Church. II Corinthians 13:14 says, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.” I Peter 1:2 says, “To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.” Notice the equality shared by the Holy Spirit with the Father and the Son.

The Bible confirms that the Personhood of the Holy Spirit is omnipresent. He is all present or present everywhere at once (Psalm 139:7, John 14:16). The Personhood of the Holy Spirit is omniscient (John 14:261 Corinthians 2:10-11), which means that He is all-knowing. The Personhood of the Holy Spirit is omnipotent (Genesis 1:2, Job 26:13, 33:4, Psalm 104:30). He is all powerful with unlimited power. The Personhood of the Holy Spirit is also eternal. Hebrews 9:13-14 says, “For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

These thoughts, and corresponding Scriptures, reveal that the Holy Spirit has “personality.” In upcoming articles we will discuss more about this “personality” and specific examples about His heart. Have a great week.

You are loved.

Dr. Ray Reynolds

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