WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?
There are many false views of the Holy Spirit. Islam teaches the Holy Spirit is not a person, but merely a creation of Allah. Jehovah’s Witness believe the Spirit is an active force of power. The Mormons explain the Holy Spirit as the presence of Elohim (God). And Spiritism holds that the Spirit was merely a manifestation of a holy person.
But, according to the Bible, the Holy Spirit is much more than what these opposing views claim He is.
The Holy Spirit is God
The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity and coequal with the Father and the Son. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is God (Heb. 9:14). Paul writes, “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God ” (1 Cor. 6:11; cf. Matt. 28:19-20; 2 Cor. 13:14).
The Holy Spirit is a Person
The Holy Spirit possesses a personality (Rom. 15:30) that exhibits intelligence (1 Cor. 2:10-11), feelings (Eph. 4:30), and a will (Ac. 16:6-11). The Holy Spirit grieves (Eph. 4:30), can be lied to (Ac. 5:3), resisted (Ac. 7:51), insulted (Heb. 10:29), and can be quenched (1 Thess. 5:19).
It is important to realize that the Holy Spirit is not only a person but He is God. And as God, you are to depend on the power, direction, and filling of the Holy Spirit every moment of everyday. The Holy Spirit was there at creation (Gen. 1:2) and now resides in each believer (1 Cor. 3:16) as they wait for the return of Christ (1 Cor. 1:7).