Who Is This Holy Spirit Part 5

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
John 16:7-14

We closed our last post with these verses from John 16. In them we see Jesus continuously referring to the Holy Spirit with masculine pronouns.

This is something that most Christians seem to miss. This is an important revelation though.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:14

Paul closed his second letter to the Corinthian church with an exhortation to commune with the Holy Spirit. When you commune with someone you are in fellowship with them. This word implies a relationship.

Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
Mark 7:13

Religious tradition has reduced the Holy Spirit to nothing more than an impersonal force or power that mysteriously floats through our services. This has robbed the Church of the relationship He desires to have with each one of us.

I spend time going through Jesus’ statements to show that even Jesus acknowledged the Holy Spirit was a person. He had a relationship with Him just as we can today.

A person’s perception of the Holy Spirit can be identified through how they speak of Him.

“Oh that Holy Spirit showed up in church and it touched everyone.”

Can we have a relationship with an “it”? Absolutely not!

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.
Romans 8:16

This verse has caused much confusion because the King James version uses “itself” when referring to the Holy Spirit. This is a translation issue.

The Spirit himself doth testify with our spirit, that we are children of God.
Romans 8:16 (YLT)

Notice that the Young’s Literal Translation uses the word “Himself”. This is the correct translation.

Let’s take a look at the things Jesus told us the Holy Spirit does:

  • He will abide with us forever (John 14:16)
  • He dwells with us and is in us (John 14:17)
  • He teaches us all things and then brings them to our remembrance (John 14:26)
  • He was sent by Jesus (John 16:7)
  • He reproves the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8)
  • He shares the things that He has heard from God (John 16:13)
  • He shows us things to come (John 16:13)

Does this sound like things an impersonal force would do?

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Romans 8:26

This is another verse that has confused people. Once again the King James translators used “itself” instead of “himself”. This same Greek word is translated more than 47 times as “himself” in the New Testament.

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1 Peter 2:24

The words “his own self” were translated from the same word translated “itself” in Romans 8:16 and 8:26.

For example think about a chair. When you talk to one will it respond to you? Can you fellowship with your favorite chair? The answer to these questions is no, you cannot have a relationship with a chair.

The Holy Spirit is not a chair. He is a person and He wants to develop a relationship with you!

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