Did you know that there are Theologians that do not believe the Holy Spirit is a person? There are, but they believe that He is only a force or a power. However, it is clear in Scripture the Holy Spirit is a Person. Here’s why this is important for us to know: If you don’t see Him as a Person, then you will never develop a personal relationship with Him. If we don’t see Him as a Person, then we will never talk to or listen to Him.
Have you ever thought that if the Holy Spirit had an actual name, it would be easier to develop a relationship with Him? Well, did you know that the Holy Spirit is really not His name? That is His “description.” It’s His function in the Trinity. For instance: “God, the Father”; God’s function in the Trinity is to be the Father. God the Son and God the Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s name is God! His function is to be the Spirit that indwells us and empowers us and leads us and guides us into all truth!
So what distinguishes the Holy Spirit to be a Person? A simple definition is that a person has a personality. The theological definition of a person is that a person has a soul! And a soul is made up of three parts, mind, will, and emotions. We think with our minds; we desire with our will, and we feel with our emotions.
So is it possible that the Holy Spirit is trying to get us to think like God thinks; to desire what God desires; to feel what God feels? According to Scripture, He is living inside of each believer. So literally if we want to know what God thinks about something, ask the Holy Spirit who is living right inside of you. The Holy Spirit can tell you because He is God!
The Holy Spirit has a mind.
John 16:13 – “However, when He the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; How else could He guide us into all truth unless He knows all truth? He knows it because He has all knowledge. He is omniscience. “Omni means all, science means knowledge and God has all knowledge. The Holy Spirit knows everything there is to know. Have you ever thought about that? The all-knowing Spirit of God is living on the inside of each believer and has committed Himself to teach every one of us.
The Holy Spirit has a will.
Acts 16:6 – Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. The word “forbidden” means to “exercise your will.” So in this passage, He exercised His will over them. If you would like to know God’s will for your life, get to know God. The general will of God is in the Bible, but the specific will of God for your life hears His voice. The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth!
If we want to know “how to pray,” it’s in the Bible. If we want to know “what” to pray, you have to know the Holy Spirit.
Did you know that the Bible says that “none of us” know what to pray? We all know Romans 8:28, which says, “And we know all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” But have you read the two verses before that one?
Romans 8:26 – Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Verse 27) Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
The way we are to know the will and the mind of God is to know the Person who has the will and mind of God living on the inside of us. This is amazing because there was a time in history that only one person at a time could hear the voice of God. There was an entire generation that only one person heard what God wanted them to know. As a matter of fact, there was a time between the Old Testament and the New, four hundred years, that God was silent! But after the Day of Pentecost, God poured out His Spirit on all flesh!
The Holy Spirit has emotions.
Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (Verse 23) gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law.
All of these characteristics are things a person does or qualities that they have. These are fruits, the results of having the Holy Spirit because He is a Person!
Ephesians 4:30 – And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Grief is an emotion and the Bible says that the Holy Spirit can be grieved. The Holy Spirit has feelings.
So what grieves the Holy Spirit? (Always keep in mind, if you do not understand a passage of Scripture, read the verses before and after the passage that you are confused about.)
Ephesians 4:25 – Therefore, put away lying, each one speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. (Verse 26) “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath (Verse 27) nor give place to the devil. (Verse 28) Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
(Verse 29) Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (Verse 30) And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Verse 31) Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. (Verse 32) And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.
So what grieves the Holy Spirit? Sin! When a believer walks in sin, it grieves the Holy Spirit! When we walk in sin, it’s going to hurt us, and the Holy Spirit loves us and doesn’t want that for our life!
Think about what grief is: Grief is a sadness we feel when we lose intimacy with a person and that happens when the person is no longer with us through death or separation. This is the same way the Holy Spirit feels when believers sin. We don’t lose our salvation when we sin, but we can lose our intimacy with the Holy Spirit. Yes, they will still have an eternal relationship, but as long as the person walks in sin, there will be no intimacy. So the Holy Spirit grieves because He has lost intimacy with that person.
But here is the good news: We can turn around at any point and start going in the right direction back toward God and begin the process of being set free. Then we will have an intimate lasting, relationship with the Holy Spirit because He is God!