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December 8, 2007 / Daniel

The Holy Spirit as a person

I believe that the Holy Spirit is a person and not just an impersonal force (John 16:8; Acts 15:28). Scripture indicates the distinct personality of the Spirit by attributing many personal activities to Him.

He abides with and indwells the believer (John 14:17; 1 Cor. 3:16; Rom. 8:11). He teaches and guides (John 14:26; 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:13; 1 John 2:27). He convicts of sin (John 16:8). He searches (Rom. 8:27; 1 Cor. 2:10). He knows (1 Cor. 2:11). He can be lied to (Acts 5:1-9). He can be grieved (Eph. 4:30). He can be blasphemed and resisted (Mark 3:29; Acts 7:51; 1 Thess. 5:19-21). He works (1 Cor. 12:11). He assures our hearts (Rom. 8:15-16; Gal. 4:6; 1 John 3:19-24). He provides (Phil. 1:19). He has desires (1 Cor. 12:11; Gal. 5:17). He leads (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18). He gives life (2 Cor. 3:6). He intercedes for us, helping us with our weaknesses (Rom. 8:26).

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