That’s right. I said ‘who,’ not ‘what.’ The Holy Spirit is a Divine personage of the Godhead. When Jesus first refers to Him to His apostles, (yes, a ‘Him’), He says this:
“…the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor – Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.” Jn. 14:26 AMP (Emphasis mine.)
We see too then that the Holy Spirit reveals Christ. See also the apostle Paul’s benediction to the Corinthians:
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Cor. 13:14 AMP
Christ also enumerates the Holy Spirit as one of the tripartite components of the Godhead when He declares the ‘Great Commission’ to His followers:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” Mt. 28:19 AMP
The Holy Spirit is not just a ‘force,’ but He is an actual ‘intellectual’ entity:
…for the Spirit searches all things [diligently], even [sounding and measuring] the [profound] depths of God [the divine counsels and things far beyond human understanding]. For what person knows the thoughts and motives of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So also no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Cor. 2:10, 11. AMP
Furthermore, the Holy Spirit exhibits an individual will, as well as powers, when He (when we ask Him) intercedes for us by strengthening our prayers in a way that far more enhances our petitions:
…the Spirit also helps in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words…He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Rm. 8:26, 27. NASB
This Divine person also resides within the children of God:
Do you not know and understand the you [the church] are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells [permanently] in you [collectively and individually]? 1 Cor. 3:16 AMP
And He also possesses a love-filled personality that is intimately affected by the host whom which He loves, by what they do or do not do:
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [but seek to please Him], by whom you were sealed and marked [branded as God’s own] for the day of redemption [the final deliverance from the consequences of sin]. Eph. 4:30 AMP
If we are pleasing the Holy Spirit, we are doing so by the same way that we please the Father and the Son – through obedience:
For all who are allowing themselves to be led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. Rm. 8:14 AMP
Should we wonder about the divinity of the Holy Spirit, we can return to 1 Cor. 2:10, 11; whereby we see that He knows the thoughts of God, therefore the Holy Spirit knows all things.
Likewise, the Holy Spirit has eternal life, just like the Father and the Son:
…how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal [Holy] Spirit willingly offered Himself unblemished… Heb. 9:14 AMP
Also like the Father, the Spirit is everywhere at once:
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there…If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me… Ps. 139:7 – 10. NASB
The Godhead has been described in a manner the portrays God as the designer, the Son is who speaks the design into existence, and the Spirit gives the creation life:
“It is the Spirit who gives life…” Jn. 6:63 NASB
In addition, the Holy Spirit speaks for Jesus (see Jn. 14:26 above) and for God:
…for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. 2 Pt. 1:21 NASB
Finally, like Christ, the Holy Spirit is divinely equated with God:
“Ananias,” Peter asked, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit…? You have not lied to people but to God.” Acts 5:3, 4. CSB
Yet, He is ultimately subordinate to both the Father and the Son, sent to us from both.
The Holy Spirit also grants us spiritual gifts, working in harmony with Jehovah God and Jesus Christ:
Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God produces each gift in each person. A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good…One and the same Spirit is active in all of these, distributing to each person as he wills. 1 Cor. 12:44 – 7 & 11. CSB
In addition, the Holy Spirit facilitates our entrance into the kingdom of God:
“Truly I tell you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” Jn. 3:5 CSB
…if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him [and is not a child of God.] Rm. 8:9 AMP
That facilitation is a gift from the Father and the Son:
Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured out this [blessing] which you both see and hear. Acts 2:33 AMP
Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts… Gal 4:6 NASB
The Holy Spirit also becomes a protective covering when worldly forces come against us:
If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 1 Pt. 4:14 NASB
Our Holy Spirit is far more than a ‘Ghost.’ He lives in us and God and His Son move through the Spirit and grant us a redeemed life that does not end. Everything that God provides for us is wondrous and grand. Amen.
So, what does the Holy Spirit do? Next time.
Goodnight and God bless.