Who is the Holy Spirit

Is He a person or a thing?

who is the holy spirit

Many people believe that “The Holy Spirit” refers to an individual who lives without sin; known as a “Saint”. However, this myth is not true. When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead on the third day, He left His spirit on earth; God’s spirit. Therefore, The Holy Spirit is a person; it is part of the trinity; Father, Son and Spirit. Most people who follow Christ do not take the importance of His presence into consideration. Yes, Jesus died on the cross and gave everything He had for our faults. However, he lives through The Holy Spirit who guides us and one must acknowledge this. Do not ignore this fact. The scripture does say; “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8) By Jerusalem, it means (your own location).  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8) By Jerusalem, it means (your own location).  

Born through His spirit

Many people have their “Religion” though they believe in Christ; i.e. Baptists, Catholics, Methodists etc. However, that is made by mankind. The importance and its foundation within it all are “Salvation” the scripture says; “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying; you must be born again. The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So, it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:6-8). The only way to be born again is by accepting Christ as the one and only savior but by doing this; one must acknowledge The Holy Spirit; his presence is wherever he is called due to multiple purposes. One of them being the most important of all; to find spiritual freedom. The scripture says; “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Many people baptize their infants when being born; without a clue what’s behind it all. However, baptism has to do with salvation and should be done right after receiving Christ as their one and only savior. An infant cannot do such thing hence, a child does not speak nor understand. The scripture says; “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20).

The Character of The Holy Spirit

As one you already know, the Holy Spirit is a person; therefore, He has his own Character. His character is known as “God’s seven spirits”, So the scripture says; “And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. “ (Isiah 11:2). “But you said the Spirit of God is Christ’s Spirit and Christ is God; so how does he have seven spirits?” Indeed, if the Holy Spirit is God’s spirit, then the spirit of God are also known as the Holy Spirit’s Spirit; hence, he’s a person.

18 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks a lot for the eye-opening article. Glory to GOD!

    Many Christians don’t have a clarity in this and thanks for addressing it. s you mentioned, Holy Spirit is not a thing and HE is the third person in the trinity. There are Christians who believe that Father, Son and Holy Spirit are just the same person who is in triple action. That’s also not true. Father is not Son and the Son is not Holy Spirit. They are different persons.

    Holy Spirit is the one who guide us now and it’s His duty to protect and submit us before the LORD.

    And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. – Ephesians 4:30

  2. Eric says:

    The Holy Spirit guides my steps. I believe and know he is a person. He’s the father and son combined. I really enjoyed reading what you have written here. Anytime I feel like I’m drifting away from the path of God, the Holy Spirit always guides me back. I’m glad to have a personal relationship with all three entities. 

  3. Bob Lynch says:

    Wow Linda!  You sure know an awful lot about the holy spirit.  I’m amazed that someone knows so much.  Thanks for enlightening the world and me with your knowledge.  I do wonder, though, what those of other faiths think about what you’ve written.  I do wonder if people have different perspectives about spirituality and which is true and correct.  Keep up the good work.  Take care.

  4. Josh says:

    It’s always nice to take a break from all the big money websites and to read something spiritual.  I too believe that the Holy Spirit is a person.  I believe everything the New Testament teaches about the Holy Spirit and I have felt his guidance in my life time.  The Holy Spirit has not only guided me, he has comforted me in difficult and trying times.  It only makes sense to me that John 14:26 refers to the Holy Spirit as the Comforter.  That’s been true in my life and many others’ too.  

  5. Jordan Smith says:

    Awesome write-up!

    The Holy Spirit to me is a real person who came to reside within Jesus Christ’s true followers as soon as Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. In John 14:16 Jesus told His apostles…”I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” Hence, I do not see The Holy Spirit as vague, ethereal shadow, nor an impersonal force.”


  6. RoDarrick says:

    The holy spirit is our companion. A partner, a friend, a guardian, a colleague. I believe that the holy spirit is everything we want to make Him because he is always there for us. Hence, immediately we believe and get saved through baptism, then the holy spirit has become part of us. The holy spirit as you have claimed has his own traits and behaviors. When we backslide in our doings with God, we risk the holy spirit departing from us but when we exercise the words of God and live in the respect and love of God, then, the Holy spirit is always around us. The word is the Spirit of God and the Holy spirit is part of the Trinity

  7. Bryan says:

    The Holy Spirit being a part of the Trinity is one of the most difficult things to comprehend here on Earth.  Yet the Bible is clear, as you point out, that the Spirit is a person of Jesus and of God (which are also one).  From my own moment of salvation, I can tell you that once the Holy Spirit is with you, you will find out more about yourself than ever before.  He will guide your every move once you accept Jesus.  Thank you for sharing such wonderful insight.

  8. Cathy Allen says:

    You are so right about the Spirit being a person. As a member of the Church of Christ, I believe that we receive the Holy Spirit upon being baptized, which we must understand when we are doing it, (no infants). He then dwells within us, as we are His temple. That’s why I’m not afraid of evil spirits being able to possess my body. None of them are near strong enough to remove the Spirit from His temple. I could do that because He won’t dwell where He isn’t wanted. I cherish Him, though! Oh my, the things He puts up with and demonstrates so much patience! I’m so glad you aren’t afraid to post your faith online. The Holy Spirit isn’t appreciated by so many. 🙁    God bless you.

  9. John says:

    So many people do not know the importance of the holy spirit and why they should always commune with him. One thing I didn’t know is that the holy spirit is a person. I do know though that in the Bible, the unforgivable and the only unforgivable sin is a blasphemy against the holy spirit. May God give us more understanding. Thank you!

  10. Chuck says:

    Thank you so much Linda. This is a great article, explaining such an important subject. I like your header image and the way the article is written with important quotes. I never thought of it this way before, but you are totally right. People need to find your website because it will give them the answers. Keep on writing, and I’ll keep on reading!

  11. fintan duggan says:

    Jesus Christ did what no man has ever done since, he was such a good man and did good things for his people;  however, some saw fit to crucify him and he fired on the cross and rise again on the 3rd day. He dies but lives in the Holy Spirit as a reminder for all believers that there is something for us to cling to in our hour of need. I get what you are saying about parents of children being baptized not knowing what the Holy Spirit is about, in fact I have seen it with my own nephews bringing their children to be baptized even though they never darken the door of the church from one end of the year to the next.

  12. LK says:

    To be honest, this is one of the most talked topics in the World and it’s really hard to comprehend these topics. Many people don’t care about such things and I feel what is the driving force in this World. Why do people take on these things in a negative way? Yet these talks actually help us find a purpose and a direction in life. This topic is insightful and at the same time when I see topics like these, it brings ecstasy to me. 

  13. Dane says:

    Thanks for this very useful post. So many time my kids would often ask me “Dad who is the Holy spirit ” and its always fun giving them answers. There are so many people out there who do not understand the concept of the holy spirit and have always given a different meaning to the Holy Spirit. They don’t understand when Jesus left, he said would continue to be with us is the Holy Spirit. They tend to say Christ is the Holy spirit. Thanks for establishing a clear difference here

  14. Jones says:

    I must say, this article is divine, spiritual, educating and interesting. Holy spirit is something most of us Christians don’t seem to understand clearly, I’ve been in many conversations about it and I don’t seem to be satisfied with the fact they state, stumbling on ;this article is really a blessing to me, I understand who the Holy Spirit is now. Truly, acknowledging the Holy Spirit is the only way to be born again, accepting Christ as the true son of God. Thanks for clarifying the characters of the Holy spirit, I now understand it. I always love to read your article because its always an opportunity for me to know more about God. Thanks

  15. Chloe says:

    Thanks for this educational most. I must admit I sometimes don’t understand the idea of the Holy spirit, but I know its one of the trinity and that which Christ promised to send back to us humans after He had ascended to heaven. However reading through this post have given me more and better knowledge about it. I feel blessed to have come across this really wonderful post. I look forward to learning more about the trinity as well.

  16. Jay says:

    I do mention the Holy Spirit when I pray but I have to say that I did not have a deep understanding on who the Holy Spirit is. To be honest I still don’t have a clear understanding but I can say that I am getting there. When you say the Holy Spirit is a person can you please clarify that statement?

    • Hi Jay,
      Go over the Holy Spirit’s ; characteristics, meaning personality listed above. It is important one comprehends the meaning of a word before using it in prayer. Everyone has a spirit; when one dies, their spirit lives (just not here). Christ died and left His spirit (His did stay here) and we are supposed to own it through salvation. Both the Holy Spirit and and you are known as “a person”.

  17. Willy says:

    Thanks for putting up this nice review about holy spirit together. I have always wanted to know more about him and how he manifest. The holy spirit is a part of God on heart that directs man on what to do and how to do them on heart. The holy spirit can protect and minister through man. This is all I know about it and I’m glad because a little more has been added to my knowledge. Thanks for thus great post.

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