Who is the Holy Spirit?

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2The Holy Spirit is one of the three persons of God. If that sounds confusing, don’t worry. It’s mind-blowing for everyone! But, after all, if God was easy to figure out, he wouldn’t be much of a God, would he?!

God is three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Together, they are our one God.

Because the Holy Spirit is described as “Spirit” who will “be with you forever” (John chapter 14, verse 16), many people think he might be a force, a bit like electricity. But the Bible is clear he is a person: he talks, he teaches, he guides, he leads (John chapter 16, verses 13 to 15). And, as God, he doesn’t just want to ‘power us up’; he wants to have a relationship with us. The Bible also says we are to listen to him and obey him; and also warns that, just like with any other person, we can deeply upset him when we push him away (Ephesians chapter 4, verse 30).

We also know the Holy Spirit is a person because of the way Jesus talked about him. When he knew he was going to leave his friends and go back to heaven, he said: “It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the [Holy Spirit] will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit, who is just like him, to be with each one of us. It means we can walk closely with God through everything. When he was on earth, Jesus could only be in one place at one time. Now, through the Holy Spirit, God lives in and with all of us to keep us going, help us know what to do and remind us of who he is when things get rough.

— Angela, an Our Daily Bread reader

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