Holy Spirit - Personification - God's Mind - Mind of Christ

Holy Spirit is a personification of God's Mind. A holy spirit is having the holy mind of God. God is pure or Holy Spirit. That is, He is not flesh and bones and blood. He has no "parts" which are not Spirit. Therefore, He is undiluted or Holy Spirit or Mind. When His Spirit manifests itself, both Hebrew and Greek use the "wind" to represent the invisible expression of God as He works in the physical dimensions.

Jesus spoke in parables and told the apostles that truth had been hidden from the foundation of the World.  That is because the most ancient clergy killed all of the prophets beginning with Abel.  Christ spoke through the prophets and God made Jesus of Nazareth to be both Lord and Christ to make those prophecies more perfect. In 2 Peter 1 this perfection is not subject to private interpretation or further expounding: that would blaspheme because not even Jesus as the Son spoke on His own.

The Civil-Military-Priestly complex had been turned over to worship the starry host while Christ spokeonly through the prophets to the spiritual people.
Proverbs 1:17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
Proverbs 1:18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
Proverbs 1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain;
        which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
Proverbs 1:20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
Proverbs 1:21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates:
        in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
Proverbs 1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity?
        and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

-infantĭa , ae, f. id.,
I. inability to speak.
. Lit.: “linguae,Lucr. 5, 1031.—
B. In partic., want of eloquence: “infantia ejus, qui rem norit, sed eam explicare dicendo non queat,Cic. de Or. 3, 35, 142: “incredibilis accusatorum,id. Att. 4, 16, 8: infantiae in dicendo, Quint. 5, 13, 38. —

-stultus , a, um, adj. root star-; v. stolidus,
I. [select] foolish, simple, silly, fatuous, etc. (cf.: insulsus, ineptus, insipiens, brutus).
levitas,Phaedr. 5, 7, 3: gloria, id. 3, 17, 12: “dies,” i. e. foolishly spent, Tib. 1, 4, 34; cf. “vita,Sen. Ep. 15, 10: “ignes,Ov. M. 9, 746: “consilium stultissimum,Liv. 45, 23, 11: “opes,M
Scornful: Pestĭlentĭa II. Trop., a plague, pest, pestilence (poet. and in postclass. prose): “oratio plena veneni et pestilentiae,Cat. 44, 11: “cathedra pestilentiae,the seat of the scornful, Vulg. Psa. 1, 1.— In plur.: “animorum labes et pestilentiae,Gell. 1, 2, 4.
noxĭus , a, um, adj. (A. Lit.: noxia, ut Serv. Sulpicius Rufus ait, damnum significat, apud poëtas autem et oratores ponitur pro culpā, at noxa peccatum, aut pro peccato poenam,

Proverbs 1:23 Turn you at my reproof: (Convert)
        behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, 
        I will make known my words unto you.
Proverbs 1:24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
Proverbs 1:25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
Proverbs 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
        I will mock when your fear cometh;
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;

but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.

You will NEVER have A holy spirit or A good conscience so that Jesus will make known His Words to you if you mock Him about what Christ promised over and over in the prophets and Jesus commanded.

Pr 1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold,

..........I will pour out my spirit unto you,
..........I will make known my words unto you.

-Proverbs 1.23] convertimini ad correptionem meam en proferam vobis spiritum meum et ostendam verba mea

-Con-verto (-vorto ), ti, sum, 3, v. a. and n

-Correptĭo (conr- ), ōnis, f. id. (not ante-Aug., and rare).
I. A laying hold of, seizing: “manus,Gell. 20, 10, 8: “(morbi),Scrib. Comp. 171.—
B. Trop., reproof, reproach, Tert. Pudic. 14.—
II. A shortening, decreasing: “dierum (opp. crescentia),Vitr. 9, 9: “syllabae (opp. productio),Quint. 7, 9, 13; cf. “vocum,id. 9, 3, 69.

-Prō-fĕro , tŭli, lātum, ferre (
I. inf. pass. parag. proferrier, Lucr. 1, 207; “proferis for profers,Firm. Mat. 22, 3), v. a.
A. To carry or bring out, to bring forth (class.; cf.: prodo, produco, adduco
1. To bring forth, produce, cause to grow, of plants  “caelum laurum patitur, atque etiam nitidissimam profert,Plin. Ep. 5, 6, 4: “semen,Plin. 17, 13, 20, § 95 (al. perfert). —


-Spīrĭtus I. fin.; dat. SPIRITO, Inscr. Orell. 3030; gen., dat., and abl. plur. only eccl. and late Lat., e. g. spirituum, Vulg. Marc. 6, 7: “spiritibus,Aug. Serm. 216, 11 fin.; Vulg. Luc. 8, 2), m. spiro, a breathing or gentle blowing of air, a breath, breeze (syn.: aura, flatus).
The breath of a god, inspiration: “haec fieri non possent, nisi ea uno divino et continuato spiritu continerentur,by a divine inspiration, Cic. N. D. 2, 7, 19; 3, 11, 28; cf.: “poëtam quasi divino quodam spiritu inflari,id. Arch. 8, 18.—

        A. (Class.) A haughty spirit, haughtiness, pride, arrogance; also, spirit, high spirit, energy, courage (esp. freq. in the plur.; syn. animi). “longissima est complexio verborum, quae volvi uno spiritu potest,id. de Or. 3, 47, 182: “quos idem Deus de suis spiritibus figuravit,
Figūro , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. figura,
I. to form, fashion, shape (rare but class.).
2. In rhet. lang., to adorn with figures: “tam translatis verbis quam propriis figuratur oratio,Quint. 9, 1, 9:
B. Trop., of speech, figurative (not in Cic., but very freq. in Quint.): oratio eskhēmatismenē,

Quint. Inst. 9 1.9 It is best therefore in dealing with these topics to adopt the generally accepted terms and to understand the actual thing, by whatever name it is called. But we must note the fact that trope figure are often combined in the expression of the same thought, since figures are introduced just as much by the metaphorical as by the literal use of words.

2. Spiritus, personified, a spirit (late Lat.); so, “esp., Spiritus Sanctus or simply Spiritus,the Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, Cod. Just. 1, 1, 1; Aus. Ephem. 2, 18: “jurare per Deum et per Christum et per Spiritum Sanctum,Veg. 2, 5: “nocens ille Spiritus,an evil spirit, Lact. 4, 27, 12: “Spiritus nigri,evil spirits, Sedul. Carm. 3, 41.


-ostendo , di, sum, and tum (A. In gen., to show, disclose, exhibit, manifest: ille dies cum gloriā maximā sese nobis ostendat,
1. To show, express, indicate by speech or signs; to give to understand, to declare, say, tell, make known, etc. (syn.: indico, declaro, significo).—
2. Transf.: “vocem,to make heard, Phaedr. 1, 13, 9.—

Is. 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying,
        This is the way
, walk ye in it,
        when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

See the Personified Spirit Part Two

The "Father" of the Catholic Trinity idea denied that God is three separate persons. Rather, a Holy Spirit is a personification of God's Mind speaking His internal Word. Tertullian was the inventor of the word trinity or trias. However, consistent with the early church writers, he understood that to call the third "person" a person meant personae or mask or mode of being. These personae were the personification of God's Word and Wisdom which were internal to the One God.

The word CHRISTOS isn't much help: it simply speaks of the anointing with oil of a king. This is simplified to mean that authority has been given to him. We should understand Christ is that which is SPIRITUAL or RATIONAL in the same way that our spirit is that which knows us:

Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus Christ, Phil 2:5
who, though
he was God, did not demand and cling to his rights as God, Phil 2:6
........... but laid aside his mighty power and glory,
........... taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men. Phil 2:7

And he humbled himself even further, going so far as actually to die a criminal's death on a cross. Phil 2:8

Yet it was because of this that God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name which is above every other name, Phil 2:9
........... that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow
........... in heaven and on earth and under the earth, Phil 2:10
........... and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father. Phil 2:11

That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding,
........... to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; Col.2:2

The Father

Mystery of God is really in

And of Christ or Son

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the

spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: Ep.1:17

THE Revelation of Jesus Christ,
........... which God gave unto him,
........... to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass;
........... and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Re.1:1

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you
........... the spirit
........... ........... of wisdom
........... ........... and revelation
........... ........... in the knowledge of him: Ep.1:17

Christ is defined to us in several terms but never as dissociated from God the Father.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

morph-ē  A.form, shape, twice in Hom. (not in Hes.), soi d' epi men morphē epeōn thou hast comeliness of words, Od.11.367  alla theos morphēn epesi stephei God adds a crown of shapeliness to his words, Od.8.170: freq. later, “morphas duo onomazein LXX To.1.13,
outward form, opp. “eidos, hekaterō eideos pollai m.Philol.5; “allattonta to hautou eidos eis pollas morphasPl.R.380d; “m. theōnX.Mem.4.3.13, cf. Ep.Phil.2.6
3. kind, sort, E. Ion 382, 1068 (lyr.),
3.  A model after which any thing is made, a pattern, stamp,

TOBIT 1:13 - Then the Most High gave me favor and good appearance in the sight of Shalmaneser, and I was his buyer of provisions.

forma , 3. A model after which any thing is made, a pattern, stamp, last (of a shoemaker), etc.: “utendum plane sermone, ut numo, cui publica forma est,Quint. 1, 6, 3:
2. An outline, plan, design (of an architect, etc.): “cum formam videro, quale aedificium futurum sit, scire possum,
4. A mould which gives form to something:
b. The grammatical form of a word:utrum in secunda forma verbum

verbum ,
D. In eccl. Lat. as a translation of logos  Vulg. Joan. 1, 1; id. 1 Joan. 5, 7; id. Apoc. 19, 13. a. Orally, by word of mouth (opp. scripturā):

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory,
        and the express image of his person,
        and upholding all things by the word of his power,
        when he had by himself purged our sins,
        sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Hebrews 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels,
             as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Hebrews 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time,
        Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?
        And again, I will be to him a Father,
        and he shall be to me a Son?
Hebrews 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world,
        he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

Prīmōgĕnĭtus   As subst.: prīmōgĕnĭta , ōrum, n., the right of the first-born, birthright, Vulg. Gen. 25, 33;

Second Adam
Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Romans 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Romans 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Romans 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
Romans 5:15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

Hebrews 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Genesis 1.27  et creavit Deus hominem ad imaginem suam ad imaginem Dei creavit illum masculum et feminam creavit eos

Imāgo , ĭnis, f. cf. imitor,
I.an imitation, copy of a thing, an image, likeness (i. e. a picture, statue, mask, an apparition
A. In gen., a representation, likeness (usu. of a person), statue, bust, picture:
varia pereuntium forma et omni imagine mortium,Tac. H. 3, 28:

forma , 3. A model after which any thing is made, a pattern, stamp, last (of a shoemaker), etc.: “utendum plane sermone, ut numo, cui publica forma est,Quint. 1, 6, 3:
2. An outline, plan, design (of an architect, etc.): “cum formam videro, quale aedificium futurum sit, scire possum,
4. A mould which gives form to something:
b. The grammatical form of a word: “utrum in secunda forma verbum

Genesis 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation,
        and took upon him the form of a servant,
        and was made in the likeness of men:
Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man,
        he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death,
         even the death of the cross.
Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
        and given him a name which is above every name: 

God who came into the physical realm was HIS Christ or His annointed:

The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. Ac.4:26

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. Re.11:15

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Re.12:10

Christ may be difined in several ways but Christ MEANS the POWER and WISDOM of God. That is His WORD. God "thinks" and propels His "word" with His "breath" or spirit.

But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks,


the power OF God, and
wisdom OF God. 2 Cor 1:24

That no flesh should glory in his presence. 1 Cor 1:29

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God

is made unto us wisdom,
redemption: 1 Cor 1:30
That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him
glory in the Lord. 1 Cor 1:31

And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of

thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God:
for the testimony of Jesus
is the spirit of prophecy. Rev 19:10

The American Restoration Movement also held that God is a trinity in the same way that mankind, created in His Image, is a trinity of those qualities which make up one whole being:

"For God is rational, and Reason was first in Him; and so all things were from Himself.

This Reason is His own Thought (or Consciousness) which the Greeks call logos, by which term we also designate Word or Discourse and therefore it is now usual with our people, owing to the mere simple interpretation of the term,

to say that the Word was in the beginning with God;
although it would be more suitable to regard
Reason as the more ancient;

because God had not Word from the beginning,
but He had
Reason even before the beginning;

because also Word itself consists of Reason, which it thus proves to have been the prior existence as being its own substance....

He became also the Son of God, and was begotten when He proceeded forth from Him (Tertullian from chs. 5,7).

"Again--Some will say, What does the expression Holy Spirit mean? Well, in scripture it stands first for God the Holy Spirit, and secondly for the holy mind or spirit of a believer--for illustration, take Peter's words to Ananias, "Why has Satan tempted you to lie to the Holy Spirit; you have not lied to men, but to God," (the Holy Spirit.) And the Saviour says, How much more will your heavenly Father give a holy spirit (as it should be translated) to those that ask him. Again--Praying in a holy spirit. Again--Paul says he approved himself God's servant "by knowledge, by long sufferings, by kindness, by a holy spirit'" by a mind innocent of the love of gain, or commerce, or sensuality. Walter Scott Early Restoration Movement leader.

To say "God's Spirit" is to say God. As Paul's body fought with his innermost being, God has within Himself three natures:

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? Psalm 139:7
If I ascend up into heaven,
thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. Psalm 139:8
I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Psalm 139:9
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and
thy right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:10

God, Who is not flesh and bones and blood, does not procreate but creates. When His invisible power is manifested in manipulating His physical world that power is His Mind expressing Itself. This Spirit in Hebrew does not speak of a separate person:

Ruwach (h7307) roo'-akh, roo'-akh; from 7306 (anticipate, perceive, quick understanding); wind; by resemblance breath, i. e. a sensible (or even violent exhalation; figurative life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extens. a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit .. of a rational being including its expression and functions

Therefore, when the Psalmist could not escape God's Spirit he could not escape God's mental presence as it expressed itself to him. When he could not escape God's physical manifestation for or against hime, he understood that it was God's right hand. Paul recognized that the invisible or "unknown" God was the One he preached. He did not need to be manipulated by singing, dancing and playing musical instruments to be aroused. He was "in the midst" of two or three recognizing His invisible, Spirit presence:

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Acts 17:24

Neither is worshipped with mens hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; Acts 17:25

And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; Ac 17:26

That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: Acts 17:27

When Stephen spoke to the Father he said, "Lord Jesus." When the Spirit presence spoke to Paul and continued to lead him, the presence identified Himself as "Jesus whom thou persecutest."

Therefore, the Spirit is personified with the use of personal pronouns but not because He is a Person separated from full Deity. Rather, as my spirit groans within me and argues with me (Roman 7, Romans 8), God's invisible Spirit is personified because it belongs to Him. Furthermore, this is a common way of "humanizing" even inanimate objects:

Paul Tillich wrote:

"The Spirit is sometimes personified in the Bible, as in John 16:7-8, and this has led many to believe that it is a person. They do so because they do not take into account an idiom of the original Greek language. In Greek, inanimate objects which in English would be couched in the neuter gender, are given a masculine or feminine gender, if those objects are identified with any particular individual. ' For example, a chair is described as "it" in English, because it is neuter, being neither masculine nor feminine. But in Greek that chair can be identified with its owner. If it belongs to me, the chair is described as he; if it belongs to my wife, as she. Click Here.

Consistent with this, in Romans eight (the key proof-text for three gods) Paul did not speak of "The Holy Spirit" but the "Spirit of God" or the "Spirit of Christ."

The spirit of a man knows the thoughts of the man but the spirit is not a second "person" of the man. In the same way, the Spirit or Mind of Christ knows the thoughts of full Deity embodied in Jesus Christ. A holy spirit is our having the Holy Spirit or Mind of God. Therefore, a Holy Spirit is a personification of God's Mind. This Holy Spirit will not ever delude us into doing something Christ in Person would not do.

The "Spirit Father" gave Himself to become the "Indwelled Son." He will give Himself Again in pure or Holy Spirit form:

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; John 14:16

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. John 14:17

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. John 14:18

In making promises to the apostles, Jesus said that the Comforter will come because I have many other things to teach you. This was through Jesus Christ again working within His Spirit, invisible nature.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter (Christ in John 14:18) will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. John 16:7

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:8

I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. John 16:12

The Bible consistently shows that our minds can control our spirit. Our mind is our power to think and manipulate things. Our spirit is the mental disposition of our mind:

And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore (you) take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. Malachi 2:15

In Greek, because the spirit of the man belonged to the man it would be called a "he." Yet, the man's spirit was not a separate person.

Jesus guarded against contradicting Himself by making His Spirit another Person rather than another Comforter. This "Spirit of truth" will not be a ghost or a person who has the power to speak a single word from His own Spirit. The Spirit will not glorify a "Holy Spirit Person." The Spirit of Truth is the Spirit which is Truth.

In human terms my "spirit" glorifies me. My mental disposition and power of creativity which comes from my mind gives glory to me the "person." The miraculous power of Christ through His Spirit working through the Apostle-Prophets doing what Jesus Christ said would be done validated Jesus Christ as God Incarnate. He was and is what He claimed to be. The word glorify means to honor or worship. Therefore, the Spirit of Christ shows the worth of Jesus Christ. That is, the Spirit worships the visible Son of God.

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13
........... He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:14

Jesus said that His Words were "spirit and life" (Jn 6:63). When He spoke He "breathed" holy Spirit upon the apostles through teaching them the Word. When the Spirit of this truth came He would not be another person. He doesn't even have any words to speak. Therefore, the only words you are ever going to get from the Holy Spirit will come from the Mind of Lord Jesus Christ. The encounter of Paul shows that His name is "Jesus" because the Spirit would "come in My name."

By analogy, if people honor human mind or intellect and tell others about it while ignoring the "person" and diminishing his worth, they insult the person. To grieve the Spirit of God is to ignore the Words of God. To grieve our spirit you ignore our words. This is not "a mystery" better felt than told.

"For this reason, the Holy Spirit has frequently been personified in Scripture, identifying it with God, and so it is personified as he. "However, if the Holy Spirit were actually a person it should be rendered as he in every place where the word is referred to; but it is not. It is sometimes rendered in the neuter. In Romans 8:16, Paul writes: "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit." The neuter, itself is used, and this is in accord with the Greek text, as any Greek scholar will acknowledge.

"To personify inanimate objects is normal in Scripture. Wisdom is represented as a woman (Proverbs 9:1), mammon is described as a friend (Luke 16:9), sin is personified as a slave-owner (Romans 6:16), the Holy Spirit as a comforter (John 14:26), expressing the spirit of Truth. So Micah declared: "I am full of power by the spirit of the Lord" (Micah 3:8). The prophets were moved by the spirit to record the Scriptures (Nehemiah 9:20; 2 Peter 1:21), and God used the same means to speak to Israel through His Son (Hebrews 1: 1). For the rest of the quote Click Here.

"Personification.-- This is a figure of speech by which inanimate beings are spoken of as animated, or endowed with life and volition; animals are endowed with feelings akin to those of men.

"This is well suited to an imaginary condition of mind, and therefore frequently employed in Hebrew Scriptures. Indeed, it is now a staple in the market of communication, and we use it so commonly ourselves that whe have almost ceasted to speak of it as a figure of speech." (Prof. D. R. Dungan, Hermeneutics, p. 324, Gospel Light Publishing)

Some examples of personification are:

And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. Isaiah 59:16

In the beginning was God's power of thought. The power was with God and the power was God. It would never do to call Mother earth a "he." Yet when we speak of her we do not prove that mother earth is a person:

And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: Numbers 16:31

And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. Numbers 16:32

As far as we know, the sea does not have eyes and the power to get so fearful that it runs away. Yet,

The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back. Psalm 114:3

The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs. Psalm 114:4

What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back? Psalm 114:5

Many of the musical passages in the Old Testament speak of the "earth" singing or the trees singing. The land truly rejoices and obeys God's laws when men are destroyed and scattered away:

The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. Isaiah 14:7

Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us. Isaiah 14:8

The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high. Habakkuk 3:10

The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. Habakkuk 3:11

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:34

Making the Godhead into three separated persons or members of the "God family" and one only because they are made of the same God stuff leaves Father and Son somewhere else while the Holy Spirit as the "person" competent and fitted for the church age rules our lives.

This diminishes Father-Son-Spirit by denying that Lord Jesus Christ in His fleshly form or image is full Deity's expression of itself to mankind. And Christ, in Whom dwelled full Deity, is denied the role He prophesied when He said that "I will come to you" as the "another" Comforter.

An apostrophe turns from the real and speaks of an imaginary thing. For instance:

O thou sword of the Lord, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still. Jeremiah 47:6

How can it be quiet, seeing the Lord hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? there hath he appointed it. Jeremiah 47:7

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not Luke 13:34

We honor all views of the Godhead by denying that they are three, separate Beings able to stand "side by side and face to face to hold conferences." We should seek a holy spirit by conforming our lives to the revealed Word or Spirit of Christ.

To see that Holy Spirit is a personification of God's Mind see First Corinthians, chapter two.

Kenneth Sublett

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