In my last post, I said that the Holy Spirit is a person. One question I have received regarding this is what I mean by this statement.
Well, let me clarify. When we say that the Father, Son and Spirit are one God who eternally exists as three persons, we do not mean that God the Father or God the Spirit became human beings as God the Son did. It simply means that each member of the Trinity, which includes the Spirit, thinks, acts, feels, speaks, and relates because they are persons, not impersonal forces. This is why the Spirit is a “he” and not an “it”.
So, as I stated earlier, because the Spirit is a person, you either have him or you do not. You cannot divide him up into parts and only have a piece of him. So whatever, “be filled with the Spirit” means, it does not mean that you need to have more of the actual presence of the Spirit. If you are a believer, you already have all of him all of the time.
When you say, “This is why the Spirit is a ‘he’ and not an ‘it'”… don’t you mean “she.” My understanding was that the word for the Spirit was feminine.
Hi Davo. Good to see that someone is still reading, even after all of these months of inactivity.
Interesting question. The Greek word for spirit is “pneuma” and is actually neuter, not feminine. However, when Scripture uses a personal pronoun to speak of the Holy Spirit it uses “he” or “him”. Check out John 16:7-15 for an example of this.
Was this the part 2 you were describing in part 1?
Ranita: No. This was an answer to a question that came up from the first post. Unfortunately, I have not been able to put the time into this blog that I would like, which is why there has been no Part 3.