Recently, I was asked by a group of people who wanted to know exactly who the Holy Spirit was, would I write a blog? Thinking to myself, you know that is something I get asked about a lot, and agreed I would do the research and write a blog. But simply stating that the Holy Spirit was part of the Trinity and substance of God wouldn’t be enough.
So, I earnestly set out to read all the verses in the Bible about the Holy Spirit and all the reference material. The more I researched, the more complicated the answers became. In fact, when I read what scholars thought, I couldn’t seem to find concrete agreement from person to person. The search became murkier as I tried to distill the Holy Spirit into a simple explanation.
Some of the readings claimed if you had the Holy Spirit, you could talk in tongues. Some other writings called the Holy Spirit the great counselor. Others claimed the Spirit created miracles. But there was no one simple answer.
Then it dawned me that it wasn’t important what scholars wrote, but how people experienced the Holy Spirit. That in their own personal relationship with the Holy Spirit was the true definition.