The Personality Of The Holy Spirit
By Minister Dimeji Ibidunni
New Wine Church, London
Foundation Scriptures: Matthew 28:19, Acts 28:25-26
Sunday 20th November 2016
The Holy Spirit is first and foremost a person. In order to fellowship and work alongside Him effectively, we must know Him very well.
We can get to know a person’s character through their name. However, we are already conversant with some of the impersonal metaphors like fire, wind, water, oil, dove that have been used in the bible to describe the Holy Spirit. He, the Holy Spirit was with you from the moment you asked Jesus to come into my heart and became born again. After this, you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. You were "filled" with the Spirit and spoke in tongues. Many Christians have this wonderful experience and soon afterwards stop communicating regularly with the Holy Spirit. However, we must realise that God has never done anything without the Holy Spirit – the scriptures describe Him as the messenger & witness of Jesus. So, beyond salvation, beyond being baptized in water, beyond the in-filling of the Spirit, the third person of the Trinity is waiting for us to meet Him personally.
The Holy Spirit is relational and does nothing in our lives outside of our relationship with Him. It’s like having a friend; the more time you spend with the person, the better you will get to know them. We all have to learn how to cultivate a vibrant and intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit in order to enjoy the things that He has for us. When we get to know Him and become sensitive to Him, we will dis¬cover things about His personality that will change us, each of us as individuals. We will get to know the things that gives Him joy, things that grieves Him, the things He likes and does not like.
There are a few charac¬teristics that give each of us a personality. This includes our emotions, will, intellect and feelings. And since the Holy Spirit is a person like each of us, He can feel, perceive and re¬spond. He gets hurt. He has the ability to love and the ability to hate. He speaks, and He has His own will. But exactly who is He? The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God the Father and the Spirit of God the Son. He is the power of the Godhead—the power of the Trinity.
Let’s take a look at a couple of scriptures. Here is Matthew 28:19, which reads: ‘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 – Jesus sets the Holy Spirit in the same position as the Father and the Son, with the same power, authority and glory’. Apostle Peter gave a witness that the Holy Spirit is God by saying that Ananias lied to God. He used the words: Holy Spirit and God interchangeably in Acts 5:3-4: ‘But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”’
Some of the Old Testament verses quoted by the Lord are referred to in the New Testament as being written by the Holy Spirit. For example, Isaiah 6:9 says, “He (the Lord) said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.” When Paul quoted this verse in the New Testament, he credited it to the Holy Spirit: “Well spake the Holy Spirit by Esais the prophet unto our fathers, saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive,” (Acts 28:25-26 KJV).
From these scriptural passages we can begin to understand that the Holy Spirit is indeed one of the Holy Trinity. The word of the Lord God of the Old Testament is the same as the word of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament.
Here is Jeremiah 31:33; ‘But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people’. Hebrews 10:15-16 refers to this scripture: ‘But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”
We can also see that the Holy Spirit is God in that He carries out the work that none but God could do. Here are a few examples: The Holy Spirit created the Heavens and the Earth by the will of God. Genesis 1:2 reads: ‘The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters’. Job 26:13 also reads: ‘By His Spirit He adorned the heavens; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent’.The Holy Spirit raised the dead. Romans 1:4 reads: ‘And declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead’. Also see Romans 6:11 (NKJV). The Holy Spirit enables people to become born again. John 3:5-7 reads: ‘Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The Holy Spirit reproves the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. John 16:8 reads: ‘And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment’. The Holy Spirit cast out devils: ‘But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you’ (Matthew 12:28).
The Holy Spirit has all the same attributes of God. Only God is eternal, omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent! Hebrews 9:14 tells us that the Holy Spirit is eternal: “How much more shall the blood Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” 1 Corinthians 2:10 reads: “But God hath revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.” He is omniscient; he knows all things even the deep things. Luke 1:35 reads: “And the angel answered and said unto her (Mary), The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee.” Clearly the Holy Spirit is the power of the Highest, and nothing is impossible with God. This means that the Holy Spirit is omnipotent. Psalm 139:7-8 reads: “Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed in hell, behold you are there” (KJV). The Scriptures also reveal to us that the Holy Spirit is a person! John 15:26 reads: ‘Even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me’ (KJV). Also see John 16:7-8; 13.
The Scriptures are filled with acts that can only be accomplished by a person. The Holy Spirit speaks: Revelations 2:7 reads: ‘He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches’. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness: Romans 8:26 reads: ‘Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses’. The Holy Spirit prays for us: Romans 8:26 reads: ‘The Spirit itself makes intercession for us’. The Holy Spirit teaches us: John 14:26 reads: ‘But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you’. The Holy Spirit testifies: John 15:26 reads: ‘But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me’. The Holy Spirit guides us: John 16:13 reads: ‘However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come’. The Holy Spirit commands people in their service of Jesus Christ: Acts 16:6-7 reads: ‘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. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.’ The Holy Spirit calls people to the work of God and appoint them to office: Acts 13:2 reads: ‘As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them”. The Holy Spirit comforts believers: Acts 9:31 reads: ‘Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.’
In order to enjoy constant communion with the Holy Spirit, we must spend time communicating with Him in prayer. We do not need any mediators for this. God’s servants in the office of pastors and ministers can give us guidelines and tips on how to relate with God, but we must devote the time to practice what we are taught.
Lastly, as the Holy Spirit is a person, He can be grieved. Ephesians 4:30 reads: ‘And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption’. Also see Isaiah 63:10 and Luke 12:10.
The Holy Spirit is a person. I encourage you to spend time relating with Him in order to begin experiencing all the benefits of the Spirit.
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