The Holy Spirit is a Person

The Holy Spirit is a Person – just as divine as the Father and the Son. I don’t mean that He is a human. I mean that He is a personal Being.

As simple of a thought as this may be (that the Holy Spirit is a Person), I still believe that it’s important to demonstrate it through scripture. The scriptures I am sharing with you in this post demonstrate that the Holy Spirit is both personal and divine.

In the case of the original language, the Greek refers to the Holy Spirit with a masculine pronoun in the following portions of scripture:

“But I will send you the Advocate–the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.” – John 15:26, NLT

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. - John 16:13-14, NLT

The Bible refers to the Holy Spirit as a “Who”, not a “what”.

And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross—not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony. So we have these three witnesses— the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree. – 1 John 5:6-8, NLT

The Holy Spirit is not just a Person, but He is just as divine as the Father and the Son. The Bible makes clear distinctions between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Yet it mentions them as equals.

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. – Matthew 3:16, NLT

However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. – Romans 8:9-11, NLT

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:19, NLT

The Son is distinct and divine. The Father is distinct and divine. The Spirit is distinct and divine.

Why then is the Holy Spirit referred to as “the” Holy Spirit?

Consider this verse:

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:19, NLT

The Father…

The Son…

The Holy Spirit…

The word “the” doesn’t take away from one’s personal nature. We refer to persons all the time using the article “the”. For example: the president, the police officer, the teacher, etc.

Furthermore, the Holy Spirit has a will.

“But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” – 1 Corinthians 12:11, KJV

The Holy Spirit can speak.

The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” – Acts 8:29, NLT

The Holy Spirit is referred to as God – “The Lord”.

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. – 2 Corinthians 3:17, KJV

The Holy Spirit is one with Christ.

But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. – 1 Corinthians 2:10-11, NLT

The Holy Spirit is omnipresent.

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! – Psalm 139:7, NLT

Finally, we are to walk in fellowship with the Person of the Holy Spirit.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. – 2 Corinthians 13:14, NLT

The Holy Spirit can commune with us, because He is a Person.