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The Person Of The Holy Spirit

Updated: May 28

Welcome to Day 1 for a short powerful devotion from our Who Is The Holy Spirit And What Does He Do online Bible study. In this Bible study, we will explore the personhood of the Holy Spirit through key New Testament scriptures. Understanding the Holy Spirit as a distinct person within the Trinity helps us appreciate His role in our lives. We will examine 1 Corinthians 2:10-11, Romans 8:27, Romans 14:17, and Ephesians 4:30.

The person of the Holy Spirit

the person of the holy spirit

Is the Holy Spirit a person?

If I were to ask you how you would define the Holy Spirit, what would you tell me?

The Holy Spirit often mystifies many people. To some, He appears as an impersonal force, a vague spiritual energy weaving through the world. Others might outright deny His existence or feel uncertain about His true nature.

The Holy Spirit is a person in the Godhead. Although the Holy Spirit is invisible to us, He is a real person!

The Holy Spirit isn't just some vague force; He is a distinct, divine person within the Trinity, complete with His own intellect, will, and emotions. These personal qualities are essential to personal existence, and allow the Holy Spirit to form deep, meaningful relationships with believers. He thinks, He plans, and yes, He even feels emotions!

We look at 4 ways the Bible reveals the personhood of the Holy Spirit in today's study. It will highlight that the Holy Spirit is not just a force or an abstract presence, but a personal being with intellect, will, emotions, and a distinct role in the lives of believers. By understanding and relating to the Holy Spirit as a person, believers can deepen their relationship with God and live more fully in His purpose.

1. The Holy Spirit is a person - He is intelligent and has intellect

The following scripture is taken from the ESV translation. Click on the verse and you will be brought to Biblegateway where you can enjoy reading the verse in various Bible translations.

"these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God."

1 Corinthians 2:10-11 ESV.

1 Corinthians 2:10-11 illustrates the personhood and intelligence of the Holy Spirit.

  1. It tells us that the Holy Spirit possesses deep knowledge and understanding, able to search and reveal the mysteries of God—traits that show intellectual capacity akin to that of a person.

  2. The scripture also draws a parallel between the spirit of a man, who knows a man's innermost thoughts, and the Holy Spirit, who intimately knows God's thoughts. This comparison underscores the Holy Spirit's unique and intimate relationship with God, emphasizing His personal and relational nature within the Godhead.

  3. The Holy Spirit's exclusive access to God’s insights highlights His role as a personal being, deeply engaged in relationships and communication, far from being an impersonal force. He is depicted as an active, personal figure who not only interacts with us but also reveals God's will to us.

2. The Holy Spirit is a person - He has a mind

"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." Romans 8:27 ESV

Romans 8:27, written by the Apostle Paul, tells us that the Holy Spirit has a "mind." This means that the Holy Spirit isn't just a vague force; He has the ability to think, understand, and make decisions just like we do. Paul points out that the Holy Spirit uses these cognitive faculties to intercede for us, aligning His actions with God’s will.

This shows us that the Holy Spirit is actively involved, thinking and planning in ways that help guide us according to God's desires. It’s encouraging to know that such a personal and intellectual being is constantly at work on our behalf, understanding and acting with our best interests in mind.

is the Holy Spirit a person?

3. The Holy Spirit is a person - He Brings Righteousness, Peace, and Joy into Our Lives

"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." Romans 14:17 ESV

Romans 14:17 beautifully highlights how the Holy Spirit personally contributes to our spiritual lives. Rather than being an abstract force, the Holy Spirit is the one who brings righteousness, peace, and joy into our lives.

These qualities that the Holy Spirit actively imparts to us, show His deep involvement in our daily experiences and decisions. He's not just around us; He's working within us, guiding us to live out the values of God's kingdom. This personal engagement and transformative influence demonstrate that the Holy Spirit is truly a person—one who relates to us, communicates with us, and helps us grow in Christ.

4. The Holy Spirit is a person - He has feelings that can be hurt

"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."

Ephesians 4:30 ESV

Ephesians 4:30 is a powerful testament to the personhood of the Holy Spirit. It shows Him as an emotionally responsive and relationally engaged member of the Trinity.

The verse tells us not to "grieve" the Holy Spirit, which reveals that the Holy Spirit has feelings, much like we do. Feeling sadness or distress shows us that the Holy Spirit isn't just a force; He is a responsive, caring being who reacts personally to what we do and say. Ephesians 4:30 also shows us that the Holy Spirit has a deep, personal relationship with us. Our actions can affect Him because He is intimately involved in our lives, guiding and nurturing our spiritual growth.

The Holy Spirit also plays a crucial role in our journey to salvation, as He "seals" us for the day of redemption, providing ongoing protection and a guarantee of our eternal security.

Throughout our 25-day Bible study on Who the Holy Spirit Is and What Does He Do?, we will discover more evidence in the Bible of the personhood of the Holy Spirit.


As we conclude our study on the person of the Holy Spirit, we've explored scriptures that illuminate His deep involvement and personal presence in our lives. From revealing holy mysteries in 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 to interceding for us with deep understanding in Romans 8:27, and from cultivating righteousness, peace, and joy within us as seen in Romans 14:17, to feeling and responding to our actions as described in Ephesians 4:30, the Holy Spirit is vividly active and intimately engaged in every aspect of our spiritual journey.

Be encouraged, you are never alone. The Holy Spirit is not an abstract force, but a personal guide, mentor, and supporter. His presence ensures we have continuous access to His wisdom, strength for our trials, and joy that transcends our circumstances. Embrace His presence in your daily life, and let His power transform you from the inside out. The Holy Spirit is indeed a remarkable gift from God—cherish and rely on Him as you walk your faith journey.

Let's pray together:

 Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the precious gift of Your Holy Spirit, revealed in Your Word. We praise You for His wisdom in searching the depths of Your plans, as shown in 1 Corinthians 2:10-11. Teach us to trust and rely on His understanding.

Lord, we are grateful for the Holy Spirit's intercession, as He understands our hearts and aligns us with Your will, as described in Romans 8:27. Help us follow His guidance faithfully.

Thank You for the gifts of righteousness, peace, and joy that the Holy Spirit brings into our lives, as highlighted in Romans 14:17. May these virtues grow and reflect Your glory in our actions.

Help us, as urged in Ephesians 4:30, not to grieve the Holy Spirit. Inspire us to live pure lives, worthy of Your calling, respecting His presence within us.

May we always be aware of the Holy Spirit's powerful presence, drawing closer to Him as He leads us in truth and grace.


Who Is The Holy Spirit And What Does He Do? Online Bible study And Printable Journal


Dive even deep into this study with our printable journal. This journal is designed to guide you through personal reflections and insights, enhancing your experience as you engage with the Scriptures and listen to the Holy Spirit. Grab your journal HERE.

Here are some questions to consider as you study the person of the Holy Spirit:

  1. What is the most important truth I learned about the Holy Spirit?

  2. Did the Holy Spirit convict me of anything that I need to change in my life?

Come back tomorrow as we study The Holy Spirit And Creation.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. May the Holy Spirit continue to lead you into a deeper relationship with God and empower you to live out your faith boldly and effectively.

Resources used in today's study on, The Person Of The Holy Spirit

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  • Printable Devotions For Women's Groups HERE

  • Names of God resources HERE 

  • Topical Bible plans HERE 

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