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God the Holy Spirit

People misunderstand the identity of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is commonly thought of special force. Some people think of it as a healing or protective power to which God gives a Christian.

But what does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit?

God the Holy Spirit

Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit is not a special power or a force, but a person – the third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is God. His Spirit appears synonymously with God in many places in the Bible, both in the New and Old Testaments. In Acts 5:3-4, Peter asks Ananias why he has lied to the Holy Spirit, and lying to the Holy Spirit is the same as lying to God. He shares the characteristics of God, such as omniscience and omnipresence, as seen in Psalm 139:7-8, which says: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.”

In 1 Corinthians 2:10-11, God's attribute of omniscience is also present in the Holy Spirit: These are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”

Spirit is a divine person, and He is intimately involved in our salvation, along with the Father

is shown in Romans 8:11 which says, ​“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”

The Holy Spirit has thoughts and knowledge (1 Corinthians 2:10), and He can feel sorrow (Ephesians 4:30). The Holy Spirit is God. He is the third person of the Trinity. Only as that divine person can the Spirit be to believers a comforter and a counselor, according to the promise of Jesus (John 15:26).

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