The Holy Spirit - functionality or personality?

036 the holy spiritThe Holy Spirit is often described in terms of functionality, such as: God's power or presence or action or voice. Is this a suitable way to describe the mind?

Jesus is also described as the power of God (Phil 4,13), the presence of God (Gal 2,20), the action of God (Joh 5,19) and the voice of God (Joh 3,34). Yet we speak of Jesus in terms of personality.

Scripture ascribes attributes of personality to the Holy Spirit, and subsequently raises the profile of the mind beyond mere functionality. The Holy Spirit has a will (1Kor 12,11: "All this works the same one mind and assigns to each his own as he pleases"). The Holy Ghost explores, knows, teaches, and differentiates (1Kor 2,10-13).

The Holy Spirit has emotions. The Spirit of Grace can be abused (Hebr 10,29) and afflicted (Eph 4,30). The Holy Spirit comforts us and is called, just like Jesus, a helper (Joh 14,16). In other passages of Scripture, the Holy Ghost speaks, commands, testifies, lied, enters, strives, etc. All these concepts are in harmony with personality.

Biblically speaking, the mind is not what but a who. The mind is "somebody", not "something". In most Christian circles, the Holy Spirit is called "he," which is not to be understood as referring to a gender. Rather, "he" is used to signify the personality of the mind.

The divinity of the spirit

The Bible attributes divine attributes to the Holy Spirit. He is not described as having angelic or human nature. Job 33,4 notes, "The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me the life." The Holy Spirit creates. The mind is eternal (Hebr 9,14). He is omnipresent (Ps 139,7).

Investigate the Scriptures and you will see that the mind is omnipotent, omniscient and gives life. All of these are attributes of the divine nature. Consequently, the Bible designates the Holy Spirit as divine.