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Who Is the Holy Spirit?

BY Jimmy Akin

| Posted 5/26/12 at 3:46 PM

 

This Sunday is Pentecost, and to celebrate, I have made a special video in which I demonstrate a simple way that you can show that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person.

The divinity of the Holy Spirit was infallibly defined at the First Council of Constantinople in A.D. 381, but not everyone accepts the fact that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person--one of the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity.

For example, Jehovah's Witnesses claim that the Holy Spirit is merely God's "energy" or "active force."

In this video, I show a simple and surprising way that you can use the Bible to show both that the Holy Spirit is a Person and that he is a divine Person, alongside the Father and the Son.

It starts with a basic argument from the Great Commission, in which Jesus tells the disciples to baptize the nations "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit"--and it reveals the unstated implications of this passage.

Then it looks at various passages from the New Testament that reveal the fact that the Holy Spirit has the attributes of a person--not those of merely a force or energy--such as the ability to make choices and to intercede for us.

It then turns to passages which reveal the Holy Spirit actually <em>speaking</em> and using personal pronouns like "I" and "me."

Finally, it concludes with a passage that reveals what what one does to the Holy Spirit, one does to God, indicating that the Holy Spirit is God himself.

Here is the video, and have a great Pentecost Sunday!