Who is the Holy Spirit?

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The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit has all the attributes of personality and is not merely an impersonal force. In John chapters 14, 15, and 16, for example, Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit as “He”. Jesus also referred to the Holy Spirit as the Comforter or the Counselor (John 14:16 and 15:26). This title conveys the ideas of advising, exhorting, comforting, strengthening, interceding, and encouraging.

It's hard to have the same fruit as the early church when we value a book they didn't have above the Holy Spirit they did have. Click To Tweet

In order to have relationship with the Holy Spirit we must understand the following three truths:

  1. The Holy Spirit is God. He is called God (Exodus 17:7; Psalm 95:7 comp. Hebrews 3:7,11). Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as God (Matthew 12:28; Luke 11:20). Apostle Peter called the Holy Spirit God (Acts 5:3-4).

Divine attributes are ascribed to Him:
He is present everywhere – Omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-12)
He knows everything – Omniscience (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)
He is all powerful – Omnipotent (Psalm 104:30)
He is eternal (Hebrews 9:14)
Creation is ascribed to Him (Genesis 1:2; Job 26:13; Psalm 104:30)
He is worker of miracles (Matthew 12:28; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 11)
Worship is required and ascribed to Him (Isaiah 6:3; Acts 28:25; Romans 9:1; Revelation 1:4; Matthew 28:19)

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What does that mean? Many Christians treat Him as third in rank of importance. Every person of the Trinity is equally important. The Holy Spirit was here in the beginning (Genesis 1:2). When human race continued in evil ways the Lord cut our years because “His Spirit shall not strive with man forever” (Genesis 6:3). The Lord turned against Israel because they grieved His Spirit (Israel 63:10). Jesus relied on the Holy Spirit in His life on earth from birth to resurrection. When Pharisees credited Jesus’ miracles to the devil, He revealed something shocking, that blaspheme against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven yet blaspheme against Him or the Father will be (Mark 3:28-30). That’s the value of the Holy Spirit. He is God. God is worthy to be worshipped, adored and exalted.

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2. The Holy Spirit is a Person. What makes someone a person? Is it life? Trees have life but they are not people. Person is a being with personality. A person is a being with a soul. The soul is the mind, emotions and the will.

We know God has a soul. “In whom My soul is well pleased.” Matthew 12:18, God the Father was speaking about the Son during the baptism. Jesus has a soul. “My soul is distressed.” Matthew 26:38, Jesus spoke before His crucifixion. The Holy Spirit has a soul. We know He has a mind (Romans 8:27), a will (Acts 16:6) and emotions (Galatians 5:23; Ephesians 4:20). 

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We should not refer to Him as “it”. He is not a force, or a feeling, He is a real person. We can have a relationship with Him as with any other person.

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3. The Holy Spirit is Here. John Bevere mentioned in one of his books that, “If Jesus could physically minister 14 hours a day, He would see 840 people for 60 seconds. It will take 1,190 days (3.26 years) to see 1 million people and 2,147,239 years to see 7 billion people.”

Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. John 16:7

Read that again, it is to YOUR ADVANTAGE that I go away. The reason is you will not have the access to the Holy Spirit if Jesus does not depart. This is powerful!

I got baptized in the Holy Spirit with speaking of tongues at the age of 16. But I did not have much change in my life. I still struggled with the same things. I did not have power in my life. I was bit confused because Scripture promised power when the Holy Spirit comes, not just tongues. I felt like I only got tongues. It was only decade later that after much reading and praying, reality that the Holy Spirit is a person and He is here now on earth became a revelation. I knew it as information but when it comes a revelation then it changes your life. I believe in tongues and speak a lot in tongues but I love the Person of the Holy Spirit more.

I believed in God who lives in heaven, now I believe in God who lives in me.

What did you get taught on the Holy Spirit when you grew up?

Thanks for reading 


This blog was written by Vladimir Savchuk.

Pastor Vlad is the lead pastor of Hungry Generation Church, an author of “Break Free” and “Single, Ready to Mingle” and a founder of free online school “Vlad’s School.” To download free e-books, sermon series, small group study guides go to vladimirsavchuk.com

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  1. Thank you Vlad for sharing about the Holy Spirit. It is short and sweet and very critical for all of us born again Christians. I not only pray in tongues but I enjoy the Holy Spirit Himself. There are many books out there also but I encourage the one written by Robert Morris. “The God I Never Knew: How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit Can Change Your Life”

    1. Hi, I just finally got it., I need the help of the Holy Spirit to be at the next level with God the Father and the Son. God the Father loved and sent his son Jesus. Jesus in obedience came s d paid the price and is now sits at the right hand of the father interceding for us before he comes again to judge. The Holy Spirit is who we are to work with to teach us all things before Jesus comes back.

  2. Growing up, I thought of the Holy Spirit as a mist, a dove as a symbol. In church, the emphasis wasn’t on teaching about the Holy Spirit. The Spirit wasn’t part of my daily life. How things have changed now! It’s awesome to know that the Holy Spirit is a Person, someone who wants to walk with me on this earth, to talk to. He is here to be my friend! How amazing is it that I have someone who is always here to guide me, I can share life with him, fellowship with him! Thanking and praising God for this gift!

  3. Hi iam Brazilian and I am so thankful in getting your posts.
    I use them before my devotional …I read it and then I meditate about the topic…then I ask the Holy spirit to guide me in matching or ” knitting” what I read with what I will read as my devotional. And God has spoken a lot to me in this way.
    Thanks very much for allowing us to receive these ” treasures”.

    1. Thank you Ana. I am so honored to hear that. I work on this to provide like a study guide for generations to come about different truths and practical application of these truths for people. Be blessed.

  4. Thank you Pastor Vlad, for sharing this life changing points about Holy Spirit. I really had hard time to understand and know Holy Spirit. Since I started to watch your videos ,I became so thirsty and getting closer with him. Knowing Holy Spirit as a person, is helping me a lot to build up my relationship!

  5. It is all too easy to approach the Word of God primarily in an intellectual capacity. Our minds are important, that is true, but the Word of God is first and foremost a book of encounter and relationship. This is why Holy Spirit is so important. He looks to encounter and encourage our hearts daily. This is what helps move us past knowing about Father God to a place where we genuinely want to connect with His heart. Hence the need to value Holy Spirit and His desire to connect with us. I love the Word, but I also love the Spirit who guides me through it!

  6. This is beautiful though scary. Human life was cut short because man was striving with the H.S. God turned against Israel when they grieved the H.S. The sin against the H.S cannot be forgiven. i have always been seeing the gifts and fruits of the Spirit as somethings I need but never before seen the owner of the fruits/gifts. How awesome He is. This study has made a huge difference and perspective. I am overwhelmed with His Presence, the Mighty God – The H.S is here with me. What more can I ask for. Thanks you for such teaching as I read every passage and am richly blessed. Shalom

  7. The holly Spirit is the strength of our daily living. The blessed Holly Spirit dwell within us, and protect us omnipresent. The Holly Spirit is all I have, and through the Holly Spirit I can receive massages from the mediator (Jesus Christ of Nazareth) who died on the Cross for me and you. I love the Holly Spirit, I enjoy having fellowship with him and spend time together. I enjoy his presence.
    I fear the Holly Spirit but at the same time I love him very much.

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