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Question of the Week: Is the Holy Spirit a person?

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Q: Is the Holy Spirit a person?

A: Although the Bible does not use the term "Trinity," it does state that there is only one true God, and it also reveals that the Father is God, the Son (Jesus Christ) is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. These are not contradictory teachings.
Regarding the person of the Holy Spirit, Jesus stated, "I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you" (John 14:16–17).
Jesus said He would give His disciples "another Helper" after He ascended to heaven, implying that the Helper (the Spirit) would be like Him. So just as Jesus was and is a personal being, the Holy Spirit is a personal being (not an impersonal force).
Jesus also called Him "the Spirit of truth," both here and in John 16:13. "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come." Only a person can know and proclaim truth.

Continue reading to see from Scripture that the person of the Holy Spirit is God.

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