character, or something of the sort. Since most of the controversy surrounds the Third person of the Godhead, we will spend much of our focus on this aspect of the subject with just a cursory glance at Christ, the Second person of the Godhead. And do keep in mind that we cannot now explore the entire subject. But we do hope that it will give you a glimpse at least of this vital truth.
One Name—Three Personalities
We begin with perhaps the most common of evidences,
Christ's own command to baptize in the "name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost." (Matthew 28:19). Notice that not only does He mention three persons, but "name" singular. Of course, this connotes that all three are one in
name which also gives identity to the Holy Spirit. A name identifies a being or person or separate personality, but its singular name reveals that they are one nature, purpose and power. "
When we are baptized in the name (singular, not 'names') of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, we are baptized in our Maker, the blood, and the Truth, and these three are One. Thus we are baptized in the 'name,' not names, because these three are one—The Trinity—
Creation, Redemption, Truth." 10.
In Ephesians 4:4 - 6, we are told that "there is one body, and one Spirit even as ye are called in one hope of your calling." Just as how there is "one hope" there is "one Spirit." Is not the one body and one hope entities? So the Spirit is an entity. It goes on to say that there is also "one Lord" and "one Father." Is the "one Father" and the "one Lord" separate entities? Of course, the answer is yes. Then the "one Spirit" is equally real, separate and distinct, yet intertwined with all—thus they are all one. Note carefully friends, that they are all mentioned as separate entities one body, one hope, one faith, one Father, one Lord, one Spirit.
Even in the Old Testament, "the Lord" is often referred to in the plural form of Elohim; such as in (Numbers 6:24 – 26).
The Holy Spirit Has All the Attributes of Personality
In (Romans 8:26, 27), the Apostle Paul makes it clear that the Holy Spirit "helps . . . makes intercession for us. . . .searcheth . . ." and groans or pleads on our behalf. "Likewise," says Paul, "the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."
Now back to Ephesians, Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit can be grieved. "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of Redemption." (Ephesians 4:30). Do we grieve a force or just merely the power of God. Clearly, He has a personality.
In (Hebrews 3:7) it tells us that he can speak: ". . .the Holy Ghost saith . . ." (Acts 13:2), is even more explicit: "As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, "Separate me Barnabas and Saul. . ."
The Lord through Isaiah reveals that the Holy Spirit can be vexed or annoyed. "But, they rebelled, and vexed his Holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy . . ." (Isaiah 63:10).
The Holy Spirit teaches according to (Nehemiah 9:20). It says: "Thou gayest also thy good spirit to instruct them. . ."
He "strives" with mankind (Genesis 6:3). He makes decisions: "For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us..." Acts 15:28).