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Personality of Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal power but a real person with his own personality.

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The Holy Spirit is involved in personal relationships

He is in relationship with the Father and the Son

Matthew 28:19 ESV
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
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He is in relationship with Christians

Acts 15:28 ESV
For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements:

The Spirit can be treated in personal ways

Acts 5:3 ESV
But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?
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Personal characteristics of the Holy Spirit

The Spirit is wise

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The Spirit can experience emotion and pain

Ephesians 4:30 ESV
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
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Grammatical indications of the Holy Spirit’s personhood

John 14:16 ESV
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,
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Examples of the Holy Spirit’s actions

He teaches:

He testifies; He intercedes; He warns

He speaks:

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He knows; He calls out; He hears

The Holy Spirit’s own personality is seen by the gifts he gives and the attitudes he promotes

Galatians 5:22–23 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
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