Is The Holy Spirit A Person?
God may express himself any way that He wants to by means of The Holy Spirit. When you feel God’s love, and you know you have during prayer, that is God’s Spirit upon you.
Holy Spirit is the life force of God and is unlimited in power and ability and its use must be according to God’s will. You cannot create an analogy for God’s Spirit or compare it to anything else. God can materialize anything that He can imagine. This is known as “creation”.
Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Luke 4:18,19 “the Lord’s spirit is upon me, because he anointed me to declare good news to the poor. He sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and a recovery of sight to the blind, to send the crushed ones away free, 19 to preach the Lord’s acceptable year.”
Note the word upon is used.
When the scriptures say they were “filled with Holy Spirit” it is the Merriam-Webster definition of filled: “supplied with a full compliment”.
That’s “Holy Spirit”.
Holy Spirit can be enabled by God to act as an agent or “helper”. It can perform many actions. It reports to Him. This is “The Holy Spirit”. When the Bible says that The Holy Spirit can be grieved it is saying God’s Spirit can be grieved when the agent reports to Him something averse to His standards has been done.
Read point 5 below. When you lie to The Holy Spirit, you are actually lying to God, it reports this action back to Him and He is aware of it instantly.
1. The Spirit teaches and reminds. John 14:26, “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 that I have said to you.
1 Corinthians 2:13, “We impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
2. The Spirit speaks.
Acts 8:29, “the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over and join this chariot.’
Acts 13:2, “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’”
3. The Spirit makes decisions. Acts 15:28, “it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements.”
3. The Spirit can be grieved. Ephesians 4:30, “do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
4. The Spirit can be outraged. Hebrews 10:29, “How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has . . . outraged the Spirit of grace?”
5. The Spirit can be lied to.
Acts 5:3, 4, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit? . . . You have not lied to men but to God‘”
6. The Spirit can forbid or prevent human speech and plans. Acts 16:6-7, “they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.”
7. The Spirit searches everything and comprehends God’s thoughts. 1 Corinthians 2:10-11, “the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. . . . no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”
8. The Spirit apportions spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:11, “the same Spirit . . . apportions [spiritual gifts] to each one individually as he wills.”
9. The Spirit helps us, intercedes for us, and has a mind. Romans 8:26-27, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
10. The Spirit bears witness to believers about their adoption Romans 8:16, “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”
11. The Spirit bears witness to Christ. “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.
12. The Spirit glorifies Christ, takes what is Christ, and declares it to believers. John 16:14, “He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
When the words “He” or “Him” are used.
The Bible often uses a figure of speech called personification—that is, speaking of something inanimate as if it were alive. Such it is with The Holy Spirit acting as an agent or “helper”.
God’s holy spirit is sent. It is not umbilical (not connected to people) It is located behind the brain, between the brain and the mind but not touching the body. It actuates the mind.
The body is designed in such a way that Holy Spirit is not active during private or intimate moments. Humans have a second set of nerves, one reason being to experience romantic love in complete privacy uninhibited. (God is not watching)