Is the holy spirit a person, a ghost or an invisible force? Explain ?
- SunnieLv 41 year agoFavorite Answer
The Holy spirit is God's power in action, his active force. (Micah 3:8; Luke 1:35) God send out his spirit by projecting his energy to any place to accomplish his will.-Psalm 104:30; 139:7. In the Bible, the word "spirit" is translated from the Hebrew word ru'ach and the Greek word pneu'ma. Most often, those words refer to God's active force, or holy spirit. (Genesis 1:2) However, the Bible also uses those words in other senses:(a) Breath.-Habakkuk 2:19; Revelation 13:15. (b) Wind.-Genesis 8:1; John 3:8. (c) The vital, or animating , force in living creatures.- Job 34:14, 15. (d) A person's disposition or attitude.- Numbers 14:24. (e) Spirit persons, including God and the angels.- 1 Kings 22:21; John 4:24. These meanings all share the sense of something invisible to humans that produces visible effects. Similarly, the spirit of God, "like the wind, is invisible, immaterial and powerful."- An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, by W. E. Vine. The Bible also refers to God's holy spirit as his "hands" or "fingers." (Psalm 8:3; 19:1; Luke 11:20; compare Matthew 12:28.) Just as a craftsman uses his hands and fingers to do this work, God has used his spirit to produce such results as the following: (a) The universe.- Psalm 33:6; Isaiah 66:1, 2. (b) The Bible.- 2 Peter 1: 20, 21. (c) The miracles performed by his ancient servants and their zealous preaching.-Luke 4:18; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. (d) The fine qualities displayed by people who obey him.-Galatians 5:22, 23. The Holy spirit is not a person. By referring to God's spirit as his "hands", "fingers," or "breath," the Bible shows that the holy spirit is not a person. (Exodus 15:8, 10) A craftsman's hands cannot function independent of his mind and body; like, God's holy spirit operates only as he directs it. (Luke 11:13) The Bible also compares God's spirit to water and associates it with such things as faith and knowledge. These comparisons all point to the impersonal nature of the holy spirit.-Isaiah 44:3; Acts 6:5; 2 Corinthians 6:6. The Bible gives the names of Jehovah God and of his Son, Jesus Christ; yet nowhere does it name the holy spirit. (Isaiah 42:8; Luke 1:31) When the Christian martyr Stephen was given a miraculous heavenly vision, he saw only two persons, not three. The Bible says: "He, being full of holy spirit, gazed into heaven and caught sight of God's glory and of Jesus standing at God's right hand." (Acts 7:55) The holy spirit was God's power in action, enabling Stephen to see the vision. MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT-: MISCONCEPTION: The "Holy Ghost," or holy spirit, is a person and is PART OF THE TRINITY, as stated at 1 John 5:7, 8 in the King James version of the Bible. FACT: The King James version of the Bible includes at 1 John 5:7, 8 the words "in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth." However, researchers have found that those words were not written by the apostle John and so do not belong in the Bible. Professor Bruce M. Metzger wrote: "That these words are spurious and have no right to stand in the New Testament is certain."-A textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament. MISCONCEPTION: The Bible personifies the holy spirit, and this proves that it is a person. FACT: The Scriptures do at times personify the holy spirit, but this does not prove that the holy spirit is a person. The Bible also personifies wisdom, death, and sin. (Proverbs 1:20; Romans 5:17, 21) For example, wisdom is said to have "works" and "children," and sin is depicted as seducing, killing, and working out covetousness.-Matthew 11:19; Luke 7:35; Romans 7:8, 11. Similarly, when the apostle John quoted Jesus, he personified the holy spirit as a "helper" (paraclete) that would give evidence, guide, speak, hear, declare, glorify, and receive. He used masculine personal pronouns such as "he" or "him" when referring to that "helper." (John 16:7-15) However, he did so because the Greek word for "helper" (pa-ra'kle-tos) is a masculine noun and requires a masculine pronoun according to the rules of Greek grammar. When John referred to the holy spirit using the neuter noun pneu'ma, he used the genderless noun "it."-John 14:16, 17. MISCONCEPTION: Baptism in the name of the holy spirit proves that it is a person. FACT: The Bible sometimes uses "name" to stand for power or authority. (Deuteronomy 18:5, 19-22; Esther 8:10) This is similar to its use in the English expression "in the name of the law," which does not mean that the law is a person. A person who is baptized "in the name of" the holy spirit recognizes the power and role of the holy spirit in accomplishing God's will.-Matthew 28:19 MISCONCEPTION: Jesus' apostles and other early disciples believed that the holy spirit was a person. FACT: The Bible does not say that, nor does history. The Encyclopedia Britannica states: "The definition that the Holy Spirit was a distinct divine Person...came at the Council of Constantinople in ad 381." This was over 250 years after the last of the apostles had died.Source(s): jw.org
- 1 year ago
The invisible energizing force that God puts into action to accomplish his will. It is holy because it comes from Jehovah God, who is clean and righteous to the highest degree, and because it is God's means to accomplish what is holy.
Luke 1:35 In answer the angel said to her: "Holy spirit will come upon you, and power of the Most High will overshadow you. And for that reason the one who is born will called holy, God's Son.Source(s): Jw.org
- PaulLv 71 year ago
He is God. One of the three divine Persons who are God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- BJLv 71 year ago
A comparison of Bible texts that refer to the holy spirit shows that it is spoken of as filling people; they can be baptized with it; and they can be anointed with it. None of these expressions would be appropriate if the holy spirit were a person.
Jesus also referred to the holy spirit as a helper and he said that this helper would teach, bear witness, speak, and hear. It is not unusual in the Scriptures for something to be personified.
For example, wisdom is said to have children. Luke 7:35 Sin and death are spoken of as being kings. While some texts say that the spirit spoke, other passages make clear that this was done through angels or humans.
At 1 John 5:6-8, not only the spirit but also the water and the blood are said to bear witness. So, none of the expressions found in these texts in themselves prove that the holy spirit is a person.
The correct identification of the holy spirit must fit all the scriptures that refer to that spirit.
With this viewpoint, it is logical to conclude that the holy spirit is the active force of God. It is not a person but is a powerful force that God causes to emanate from himself to accomplish his holy will.
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- violaLv 41 year ago
The general opinion in Christendom is that the holy spirit is a person, the Bible does not show that the holy spirit to be a person? I
Then what is it? It is God’s active force, invisible and powerful, sent forth to accomplish his purpose.
- MalcolmLv 71 year ago
Obviously a "Person", Who can be "grieved, resisted, lied to, insulted, make intercession".
- yesmarLv 71 year ago
The Holy Spirit is God, distinct from but not apart from, the Father and Jesus.
- Chi girlLv 71 year ago
"Ghost" is a mistranslation of the Greek word "pneuma." There's another word for "ghost."
And, as seen in the instructions we were given, ---- baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit -- the Holy Spirit is a person and can be "grieved" as it says in another part of the Bible.
It's ridiculous to say we're told to baptize in the name of "the active force of God" or other such nonsense.Source(s): Greek Orthodox Christian
- Anonymous1 year ago
It is a Spirit? The big clue is in the name Holy Spirit!
- ?Lv 41 year ago
The holy spirit is whatever you want to imagine that it is.
No one can agree on the nature of the holy spirit or what its message is, not even the people who claim to be guided by it. So either it IS the author of confusion after all or the holy spirit is a figment of their imaginations.