The Holy Spirit - functionality or personality?

036 the holy spirit The 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 (Philippians 4,13), the presence of God (Galatians 2,20), God's action (John 5,19) and the voice of God (John 3,34). But we speak of Jesus in terms of personality.

Scripture also attributes attributes of personality to the Holy Spirit and subsequently elevates the Spirit's profile beyond mere functionality. The Holy Spirit has a will (1 Corinthians 12,11: "But all this works the same spirit and gives everyone what they want"). The Holy Spirit explores, knows, teaches and differentiates (1 Corinthians 2,10: 13).

The Holy Spirit has emotions. The spirit of grace can be reviled (Hebrews 10,29) and grieved (Ephesians 4,30). The Holy Spirit comforted us and, like Jesus, was called a helper (John 14,16). In other passages of Scripture, the Holy Spirit speaks, commands, testifies, is lied to, enters, strives, etc. ... All of these terms are consistent with personality.

Biblically speaking, the mind is not a what but a who. The mind is "someone", not "something". In most Christian circles, the Holy Spirit is referred to as "he", which is not to be understood as an indication of gender. Rather, it is used to indicate the personality of the mind.

The divinity of the spirit

The Bible attributes divine qualities to the Holy Spirit. He is not described as having an angelic or human nature. Job 33,4 notes: "The Spirit of God made me, and the breath of Almighty gave me life." The Holy Spirit creates. The mind is eternal (Hebrews 9,14). It is omnipresent (Psalm 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.