101 Bible Secrets
Bible Secret Number 7 

Is the Spirit a Personality?

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We are told in the Bible that Christ Jesus has the express image of the Father (and conversely, the Father looks expressly like Christ Jesus). Is the Holy Spirit also a divine personality like the Father and Christ who also looks precisely as they do? Almost all Christendom accepts as a test of orthodoxy that the Holy Sprit is an equal personality with the Father and Christ and that the three personalities comprise "one God" called the Trinity. Is the Godhead composed of three identical personalities who are independently or collectively called "one God"? The principal question is this: Is the Spirit a personality of the Godhead?
Whereas the Bible teaches that the Spirit of God is everywhere in the universe (Psalm 139:7) and that it is also within the millions of Christians on earth today (Galatians 5:25), then how can it be a personality like the Father and Christ while being in millions of people at the same time? The Spirit can also be poured out on people (Acts 10:45), yet how can a personality who appears like a human being (as does the Father and Christ) be "poured" out on people like water? Note too that all the introductory salutations of Paul and the other apostles in their epistles greet people in the name of the Father and the Son, but the Holy Spirit is always left out? This would be a slight to the Holy Spirit if the Spirit were indeed an equal personality with the Father and Christ. Indeed, Paul limited the mediatorialship between the Father and mankind to one personality (Christ) without mentioning the Holy Spirit (I Timothy 2:5). The Spirit is really the power of the Father and Christ to carry out their purposes in the universe (II Timothy 1:7). It is not a person of the Godhead.

The apostle John, however, called the Holy Spirit a "he" or a "him" in several places in his Gospel (John 14:16-17, passim). Yes, but John was simply personifying the Spirit as a figure of speech. Biblical writers commonly personified inanimate objects. Ears are attributed to the heavens, the earth, death, destruction; hands to the oceans; eyes to the sea and mountains, etc. But no one seriously believes these figures depict actual personalities. They are simply figures of speech and the Bible has hundreds of them.

Still, if the preachers and priests wish to make the Holy Spirit a real personality (which was concocted in the fourth century by introducing non-biblical principles about the nature of the cosmos as understood by out-dated and erroneous Platonic philosophical concepts), then we have a precise definition from the New Testament itself on the actual bodily shape and form of the Spirit. "And the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him [Christ]" (Luke 3:22).

Now the truth is, this description of the Holy Spirit as having the bodily shape of a dove is simply a figure of speech (like the "he" and the "him" in John's Gospel which refer to the Spirit), but if the preachers and priests who call themselves "orthodox" apply their non-biblical principles to show the Spirit is actually a literal personality, then they have invented a divine person who looks like a small male bird weighing about three pounds which has the form of a dove. By making the Spirit a literal personality (to maintain their absurd and inexplicable church doctrine of the Trinity, which is not biblical), they have established a "Bird God" as a member of the Godhead. This is a blasphemous concept invented to uphold Plato's teachings. Such beliefs are no better than those of the ancient Egyptians who also had a "Bird God" as a member of their pantheon. Really, the inexplicable doctrine of the Trinity is anti-biblical and is pure absurdity. [For more information on this important subject of the Holy Spirit see Appendix Three.]

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