The Holy Spirit #1 – His Personality:
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever–the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17).
Today I want to introduce you to one of the most wonderful people in the world – the Holy Spirit. Does that sound unusual to you? Many people have a hard time thinking of the Holy Spirit as a person, but I assure you He is just as much a person as God the Father and God the Son. It’s easy to think of God the Father as a person – He is God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth. It’s also easy to grasp the concept of Jesus the Son as a person because He is Emmanuel, God with us, who became a human being, walked on the Earth for 33 and a half years, was born in a manger, healed the sick, forgave the sinners, and died on the Cross to pay the price for our sins. But as Charles Spurgeon aptly noted, “when I come to deal with the Holy Spirit, his operations are so mysterious, his doings are so secret, his acts are so removed from everything that (pertains to the five senses), and of the body, that I cannot so easily get the idea of his being a person, but a person he is. God the Holy Spirit is not an influence, but he is as much an actual person as either God the Son or God the Father.” (The Personality of the Holy Ghost).
So today I want to introduce you to the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, with the goal of better acquainting you with part of the Godhead. Consider the words of Jesus as recorded in John 14:16 above. Here we see a picture of the three persons of the Divine Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Comforter…the Spirit of truth.” There are three persons mentioned here, and all of them are doing something. God the Son (Jesus) said, “I will pray.” God the Father said, “I will give.” God the Holy Spirit said, “I will comfort.” In the words of the old hymn writer, ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.”
Do you pray to the Holy Spirit? Do you praise the Holy Spirit? Do you worship Him as much as you do the Father and the Son? Why do so many people have a hard time thinking of the Holy Spirit as being part of the Trinity? Perhaps it is because He is described as a “Spirit” and as natural people, we have a hard time understanding things spiritual and supernatural. We relate to the Father because we have all had earthly fathers, and we can relate to the Son, but the Holy Spirit is an enigma to us. Perhaps it is because the Old King James Version of the Bible translated His Name “The Holy Ghost” and people think that He is like a ghost, but He is not. He is the Holy Spirit, a divine, supernatural being, not some mysterious and transparent ghost.
The Holy Spirit is not merely a force or a power as some people believe, but He is very much a person, as these Scriptures will help you to see. Consider these attributes of personality that are used in the Bible to describe the person of the Holy Spirit: LEADS (Matt. 4:1), SPEAKS (Mark 31:11), TEACHES (Luke 12:12), GIVES LIFE (John 6:33), GUIDES (John 16:13), can be LIED TO (Acts 5:3), WITNESSES (Acts 5:32), can be RESISTED (Acts 7:51), COMFORTS (Acts 9:31), POURS OUT GOD’S LOVE IN OUR HEARTS (Romans 5:5).
I pray today that by the grace of God I have helped you to see that the Holy Spirit is a person, and not merely a force or influence. He is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As God, the Holy Spirit is worthy of our worship and praise, and you can talk to Him in prayer, as well. Tomorrow we will look at some of the works and ministries of the Holy Spirit, and how He helps us in our journey of faith. Until then, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:14).
Pastor Chris Jordan