God the Holy Spirit - Who is He?
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His name is Comfort

Shortly before Jesus was crucified, He promised that He wouldn't leave us by ourselves after He went up to Heaven.

Instead of leaving us alone and helpless, Jesus sent us God the Holy Spirit...

  • to walk with us
  • to dwell in us
  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever... for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (John 14.16-17b, KJV)
Jesus spoke of Holy Spirit by a specific name.

Jesus called Him
Parakleetos.
  (Jesus said...) Ho de Parakleetos, to Pneuma to Hagion, ho pempsei ho Pateer en too onomati mou, ekeinos humas didaxei panta kai hupomneesei humas panta ha eipon humin egoo. (John 14.26, Greek Text)

Holy Spirit's name, Parakleetos, means...

  • Comforter (KJV)
  • Helper (NKJV)
  • Counselor (NIV)

God the Holy Spirit -- His name is Comfort!

  (Jesus said...) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14.26, KJV)

He is a Person

But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. (1 Cor 12.11)   Holy Spirit has will - the ability to make decisions and choices.
Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is... (Rom 8.27a)   He has intellect -- "mind."
Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go near and overtake this chariot.'' (Acts 8.29)   He speaks.
    He has sensibilities and emotions...
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God... (Eph 4.30a)  
  • He can be grieved
Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has... insulted the Spirit of grace? (Heb 10.29a, 10.29c)  
  • He can be insulted
Now I beg you, brethren... through the love of the Spirit (Rom 15.30a, 15.30c)  
  • He loves

Click Here for a more detailed study of the person of the Holy Spirit.

He is God

Holy Spirit is addressed as God   But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit... You have not lied to men but to God.'' (Acts 5.3a, 5.4b)
He is eternal.   how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Heb 9.14)
He is omniscient.   (Jesus said...) But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things... (John 14.26a)

For
the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God... Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (1 Cor 2.10b, 2.11b)
He is omnipotent.   By His Spirit He adorned the heavens... (Job 26.13a)

And the angel answered and said to her, "The
Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you..." (Lk 1.35a)
He is omnipresent.   Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. (Ps 139.7-8)
He is holy.   and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness... (Rom 1.4a)
He is life.   For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Rom 8.2)

Who is He?

To summarize...

  • Holy Spirit is a person who has intellect, will, emotions, and volition to make moral decisions and choices.
  • Holy Spirit is God who is eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present.
  • Holy Spirit is Parakleetos -- Your Comforter. Your Helper. Your Counselor. Your Friend!

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