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Oct 16 2012

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Holy Spirit, the Person

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series Holy Spirit, the Person

There is a wonderful book written by David Yonggi Cho about the Holy Spirit. The book is titled Holy Spirit my Senior Partner.

This book introduces Holy Spirit as a Person and the Senior Partner in our relationships. Holy Spirit is our Partner, and to be a partner He has to be a Person. A partnership is an intimate, personal, very close relationship. He is also the Senior Partner in the partnership, which tells us that He is not my equal, but Holy Spirit is God. Partner means someone who has joined you in a venture, for example a business partnership or the relationship in a marriage.  Both these partnerships are based on personal relationships of trust, because both are responsible and liable for the decisions made by the other partner.

 

Characteristics as a Person

Mind, intellect

Romans 8:27 tells us that Holy Spirit has an intellect, a mind.

Romans 8:27 (ESV) – And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (ESV)

 

Emotions, love

Holy Spirit has emotions. We read about love in Romans 15:30

Romans 15:30 (ESV) – I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,

 

Will

Holy Spirit gives to each His gifts according to His will.

I Corinthians 12:11 (ESV) – All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

Holy Spirit prevented Paul from going into Asia.

Acts 16:6–7 (NLT) – Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia,* but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there.

 

Grieved

Holy Spirit can be grieved.

Ephesians 4:30 (NIV) – And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

 

Resist

Holy Spirit can be resisted.

Acts 7:51 (NIV) – “You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!

 

Intercessor

Holy Spirit intercedes for us deeper than words. He does not only lead us into prayer, but prays as a Person Himself.

Romans 8:25–27 (ESV) – But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

 

Attend meetings

We read in Acts how Holy Spirit attended a meeting with the other church leaders in Jerusalem. Decisions were made regarding Gentiles together with Holy Spirit.

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:

 

Question(s)

What is Holy Spirit called? What does His name mean?

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About the author

Retha Groenewald

Retha Groenewald, is a Christian, passionate about the Bible and author of fantasy novel The Four Faces. She loves storytelling, reading, researching, and writing. She has degrees in nutrition, business, law, and theology. She is a member of Elim in Durbanville. She lives in Western Cape, in beautiful South Africa.

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