Here are some specific ways we know the Holy Spirit is a Person:
- He has an intellect - 1Corinthians 2:10-11; Romans 8:26-27; John 14:26; Nehemiah 9:20; John 15:26; John 16:12-15
- He has a will - 1Corinthians 12:11; Acts 20:28; Revelation 2:7
- He has emotions - Romans 15:30; Ephesians 4:30-32
- He can speak - Galations 4:6; Acts 13:2; 1Timothy 4:1; 2Samuel 23:2
- He can be insulted - Hebrews 10:29;
- He can be lied to - Leviticus 19:11; Acts 5:3-10
- He can be blasphemed - Matthew 12:31-32; Matthew 12:22-24; Mark 3:29; 1Timothy 1:13;
- He can be resisted - Acts 7:51; Zechariah 7:11-13; Genesis 6:3; Proverbs 29:1
- He can be quenched - 1Thessolonians 5:19
The Wonderful Person of the Holy Spirit
Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15
The Holy Spirit just like the Father and the Son are:
Omnipotent – All powerful. Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.
Omnipresent – At all places at once. Psalms 139:7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? or where shall I flee from your presence?
Omniscient – All knowing. 1 Corinthians 2:10 But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.
Eternal - Hebrews 9:14 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?
Equal - Acts 5:3-4 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? While it remained, was it not your own? and after it was sold, was it not in your own power? why have you conceived this thing in your heart? you have not lied unto men, but unto God.
The Holy Spirit was part of all things, from the very beginning of scripture to the very end of scripture
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God (elohiym (pronounced el-o-heem') created the heaven and the earth.
Elohiym is the plural form of God. Therefore, as scripture was inspired and man began to write the Word, it was evident to the writers that God was made of more than 1 Person but at the same time there was one Godhead.
The Holy Spirit is identified as a Person by John, using in the Greek the masculine ekeinos in Jn.16:13. The Holy Spirit is presented as a personal being with a self-identity different from both the Father, and the Son. As the Father and Jesus make this distinction when speaking of Him. He the Holy Spirit says "Separate Barnabas and Saul to me;" He also is identified as "I" in Acts 13:2.
The qualifications for a person are that they must have :
1. A mind - able to think and act upon their thinking
2. Their own will - self identity
3. And emotions - able to react cognitively