Who is the Holy Spirit?
With due respect to everyone reading this text and in humble
service with thanks to the throne of God the Father, I would
want to take the liberty of using a personal experience to
start this very subject that is relevant to all human soul.
That is, on who is the Holy Spirit? Here is my story.
One Friday evening on November 2000, I was driving with a
friend from Lagos to Ibadan, about 70 kilometers journey.
While still within the city of Lagos, but closer to the
outskirt, I had a flat tire in an awkward manner. As a
roadside tire repairer (They are called vulcanizer in
Nigeria) was fixing it, a very calm but reassuring voice
said inside of me; cancel this journey, and go back home.
For some minutes, I debated with this inner counsel, but
eventually accepted the superior persuasion. I then
expressed the same message of the inner counsel to the
friend I was travelling with, who was shocked to his bone
marrow. He insisted and we argued for some minutes, but he
later agreed with my position, though with silent anger
written all over his face. This was because our trip to
Ibadan was actually to have fun with some newfound ladies.
Hmmm! Therefore, cancelling such glaring social opportunity
was insane to the ordinary mind and totally out of place to
all pleasurable professional standards.
Now, here is the juice of my obedience to that inner
counsel. That same night, while at home in Lagos with my
wife, I had an awful dream of a life threatening proportion
but was fortunate to have overcome it. The next day, I
assumed it was just mere thoughts streaming as pictures in
my sleep and never seriously considered its spiritual and
physical implications. This been my mindset, on Monday
morning, I drove with the same friend to Ibadan, this time
on business interest. We got to Ibadan safely and went to my
rented duplex building.
As I walked into my private room to get some business
papers, to my utmost surprise, I found a huge live duck
roving inside the room.
I mean, a live duck right at the middle of the room.
This was shocking because my room was upstairs, and on the
corner with doors leading to it always shut.
On my firm enquiries from my junior colleagues that work for
me and share the building with, the person that left the
house last on Friday of the weekend in question said there
was no sign of any duck inside the room. According to his
blunt assertion, he actually took his shower in the bathtub
in my private room. This means, a big duck could not have
been there without his notice.
Now, this is the heart of the story. What transformed as a
live duck was actually a spiritual attack in physical mode,
which mixed its mark. I was out of that dangerous situation;
that is the room that night or the weekend, because of my
obedience to that good inner counsel from the Holy Spirit.
As Christians, the Holy Spirit is the full essence or core
of God, who lives in us as the divine presence to show us
love, protection, counsel and guide us in all things.
The key message here is that there are spiritual activities
with direct influence on the activities of the physical
world. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit as the living God who
plays more than one role in our lives depending on our
conscious reliance to the goodness of God. That inner
counsel who spoke to me was not just the sensibility or
sensation of my consciousness, but was a spiritual
revelation from the Holy God in Spirit into my heart
concerning the devilish plot. Thank you Lord.
In essence, the Holy Spirit, who knows all things, spoke to
me to cancel my trip to Ibadan that Friday, without giving
me details. All He needed was my obedience to His leading,
which would enable me to witness the result of His counsel
that He is the Truth, who we should always rely on. This is
what believers in Christ, call faith or been led by the
Spirit. That is, God sends His instructions or words to us,
all we need is to believe, follow, and His word would prove
the result to us. This is walking in the realm of the Spirit
of God. This is what the Holy Bible means when it says, “the
word of God is living and powerful.” In addition, when Jesus
said, “the words that I speak to you, they are spirit and
The real point from my story is that with the help of the
Holy Spirit, who spoke to me to cancel my trip was correct
by manifesting His love to me with my obedience to His
This then leads us to the question of this article. That is,
who is the Holy Spirit?
First, lets us start with this approach. God is Spirit and
the Spirit, who is God, is Holy. Therefore, God is perfectly
the fullness of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is
completely the measure of God. The Holy Spirit is not
different from or subordinate to God, because the Holy
Spirit is the same supreme essence or consciousness as God.
When the revelation of God to humankind began, there was
this awesome dread of God that made those He connected with
not to dare use His name or presence commonly. Therefore,
the actions of God by those old prophets, apostles, seers,
and spirit-filled individuals were reckoned to have come
from His Spirit. Here again, this supposition is correct,
because no one can separate God from His Spirit. The reason
for this is that God is the only true living Spirit. He is
alive in the affairs of the world, although invisible to the
human eyes, because He dwells in a higher realm that is
God speaks, His words become life by the transforming power
of Himself, who is Spirit into the reality of existence. In
the realm of the spiritual, this is termed the move of God
or the transportation of the Holy Spirit. This means the
words and actions of God are perfect and living expressions
of His absolute divinity, who is Spirit and this Spirit is
most Sacred and reigns over all realms. That means, without
the Holiness of the Spirit, who is God, there is no
difference from the only true God, who is Spirit with other
In very simple expression, the Holiness of God is what makes
Him true and living. The Holiness is what makes God the only
power that is endless, because His Holiness is the
distinctive character of His perfection. The Holiness of God
is much broader than been pure or purity. This is because,
the Holiness we are talking about here that relates to God
is the presence of certainty of good. This is the presence
of perfect standard of virtues with life encased in
preeminence. In further explanation, His Holiness is the
breathing compound of substance with the privilege of
eternity been in total harmony into excellence. His Holiness
is the separation between true and false dimensions in all
realms. That is, the separation between righteousness and
evil or wickedness. That is, the difference between the
power of light or love and the power of darkness and hate.
The main difference between life and death in the spiritual
realm is simply the Holiness of God that provides the true
and perfect life.
The list is endless if we are to continue on the
differences. However, the clear message is that the Holiness
of God is not a character based on subjective choice or of
speculative persuasion but is on His flawless essence, the
complete or perfect core of His Being. His Holiness is not
restricted to lines drawn by men, or by any devilish plot,
but is the supreme authority that is real, loving and above
all things, both in the spiritual and physical realms. This
supreme personality or conscious form is the Holy Spirit,
who is God.
Now, in some theological references, God and His Spirit are
two different, but inseparable personalities. The above
understanding is from human spirituality in trying to use
the human mind to rationalize the heavenly realm of God.
This is quite far from the true spiritual revelation of the
divine God. This is because, from the spiritual realm of the
divine God, who is the everlasting throne or presence of
Righteousness, there is one sovereign and indivisible
personality and not two personalities. This sovereign God or
Spirit (Holy) has the perfect ability and power to manifest
in more than one place at the same time with more than one
activity at different times and places. Even with the spread
of His faultlessness of infinite presence, His substance
never diminishes neither is there split in His supreme
personality. The throne of God has not the majestic seats of
two or more, but one Holy seat. This is what makes Him who
He is, the only sovereign and indivisible God Almighty. We
call Him God, but He sees Himself as the Holy in Spirit.
The spiritual mistake we hear from some great theologians
about the different personalities of God the Father and the
Holy Spirit for example is that they misjudge the core of
His Being, who is Righteous, Holy, Glory, Peace, Truth, Love
and Eternal with the different evidence of His works to
humanity. The message here is that the core of God the
Father, the Holy in Spirit, and Christ Jesus are One and
never different, but only in one instance. That instance was
at the point when the sins of the world were laid on the
person of Christ Jesus and death was proclaimed on sins of
the world in flesh by Christ Jesus, and this was fulfilled
to restore the core of God to man. However, that instance
was necessary, because the love of God to humankind could
not be subject to the deceit of the adversary, which result
was the resurrection of Christ Jesus bodily from the dead.
Therefore, to categorize three personalities of God is
spiritual inadequacy, because the core of God is not
different from one form to another, but is the same constant
revelation of truth, power, and life. However, what these
great theologians may have qualified as personalities,
actually they are referring to the evidence of His works,
appearances, and qualifications to humankind.
Largely, some would qualify these manifestations in terms of
spiritual personalities to bring close to human
understanding the established relationship of God to man and
His abiding love on His highest standard. If the foregoing
statement is the argument for this qualification, then the
understanding of this position as reasonable spiritual
undertaking is clear. However, the issue of God and His
ever-true spiritual reality must always tend to the
understanding from the realm of God and not pacify the will
or intellect of man. The deep message or revelation of God
is to lift always the soul of the human person to the great
privilege of fulfilment and living promise. In this wise,
instead of the qualification of three personalities in the
Godhead, the most valid arrangement is actually one
harmonious and supreme God with the three manifestations of
His core being (Characters), witnessed and observed by
humankind in holiness and love.
God the Father is
the same manifestation of the Holy Spirit, and in Christ
Jesus. There are no differences in personalities, because
the core will always be the same, but the distinctions
become observable with their expressions to humankind.
Please, let us get this spiritual issue clear. That is, the
oneness of God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Christ Jesus
is not contrary to the doctrine of Trinity, but it only
reinforces it. The doctrine of Trinity emphasizes that there
are three divine personalities of God in One. That is, God
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three spiritual
personalities in unity as one supreme God. That is, they
function and represent different personalities in the
Godhead as One.
Again, when we take religion and mental theology out of this
revere spiritual equation, we make the revelation of God to
humanity simple or clearer to understand, which would make
the fullness of His spiritual power relevant into our lives.
Here is the higher illumination to the above spiritual
equation of the Oneness of God. Remember that Jesus said we
should baptize new converts in the name of the Father and of
the Son and of the Holy Ghost. What Jesus was simply
emphasizing was the oneness, togetherness, intimacy,
devotedness, and inseparability of the Spirit on the throne
of God. That means, the presence of God as the Father, the
Son and the Holy Ghost in all given situation is the same
distinctive manifestation of everlasting authority,
supremacy or reign. This is the reason; spiritual attendees
call the supreme and divine authority as God the Father or
the God Almighty. Therefore, when we call God the Father, we
are simply directing our focus and honor to the only
authority or reign that is above all circumstance. This is
the recognition by those who believe in the supernatural to
the final authority of the Divine, who is the head. That is,
the throne of God is the final power or authority over all
things in the spiritual and physical (Heaven and earth),
signifying the headship of God, and referred to as God the
Now, this same distinctive authority of God Himself was in
full, by the transforming relevance to humanity and
completely personified in Christ Jesus, who is the
representative of God in Spirit and humanity in flesh. The
reason been that Jesus was the perfect mandate from the
supreme authority of Himself, with the absolute instruction
to save and reconnect humanity back to God. This became the
everlasting and glorious episode of reconciliation and
justice in one divine presence of perfection or
righteousness. This connection was no longer on letters of
the law, but now by the glorious residence of His Holy
Spirit in our heart. This became the true testimony of
perfect Love, who is God, now witnessed and experienced in
flesh by all, who would submit to this heavenly vision in
Christ Jesus. What this means is that when we call on the
name of Jesus in every circumstance, we are simply inviting
the same supreme authority that is of God the Father (Head),
but this time around, we are using another spiritual
application of His supreme authority, which is His
righteousness (Justice). This magnificent action of Jesus
the Righteous gave humanity the opportunity to touch, speak,
and see the divine Glory in human flesh. Therefore,
salvation was a godly pot of diminishing (humility) and
exalting (honor) propensities by Christ Jesus, who is the
same as God the Father, with the fullest measure of the Holy
Spirit in Him.
The perfect and full measure of the Spirit of God on the
throne of Glory or the Supreme authority of God the Father
is the same with and in Christ Jesus. Hence, it is proper to
state there is no reduction or substitution in the Spirit or
power of the Godhead with that in the fullness of Christ
Therefore, human understanding could not call the divine
Glory in the Christ Jesus as God, because He now wore flesh
to bear the burden of sins of the world, which is subject to
the Spirit. However, in the spiritual and divine revelation
of God, He was of the same fullness with God not only in
character, but also in performance. Hence, anytime some
people refer to Jesus Christ as God, there is celebration on
the throne of God, because that represents the expression of
true love to God by that divine name. This is because in the
realm of the spiritual, that name is the compound presence
of Righteousness, Holiness and Love, who is God the only
true Spirit that is Holy.
Finally, the timeless purity, the infinite magnificence of
the same God the Father became the willing distributor and
solution of all things to humanity by the manifestation of
the Holy Spirit. What this means is that the same God the
Father in His infinite authority expressed His joy with
humanity by living in us with humility, love and purpose.
This spiritual relationship is now the experience of all
good things and truth from the realm of God in humanity.
Therefore, when we refer to the Holy Spirit, we are simply
attaching relevance to the fulfilling connection of God with
man established on His perfect love in Christ Jesus. Life is
no longer a drill because of the faceless caricature of sin,
but by the residence of the Holy Spirit in an individual,
life is now the pleasurable substance sustained in freedom
and truth, which the Holy Spirit or God the Spirit transmits
to us and through us to others. This means, we are using the
purity and transforming spiritual application of the same
God the Father, who is Holy as the Spirit (Holy Spirit).
Therefore, putting these together; we have power and reign
(Head) as God the Father, love and righteousness (Body) as
Christ Jesus, and freedom and truth (Network) as the Holy
Spirit. These divine characteristics are the same in
holiness, love, power, and truth that are of the same one
and only sovereign God.
Therefore, the meaning or
title of God the Father is that He is the living head
and power in the supreme capital in the spiritual and the
Holy Spirit is the life, the essence in that same supreme
capital, who is God. God the Father is the name of the
supreme authority and the Holy Spirit is the expression of
that supreme authority from the heavenly realm. God the
Father is the name as the King of the throne of Glory and
the Holy Spirit is the limitless function of the Throne. God
the Father is the title as the final judge of all things and
the Holy Spirit is the balancing power within the judgment
provisions of God. Therefore, God the Father is the Holy
Spirit, because there is only one God, who is true and holy,
who is Spirit.
Now before we delve more into the core of the Holy Spirit,
it would be appropriate to get one issue clear. That is,
what is spirit?
Spirit is the unseen consciousness of life. In other words,
Spirit is the perpetual reservoir of living. This is because
all life forms flows from this source. Spirit is the core
essence or substance in living. The Spirit in our case is
the true One that possesses the absolute creative,
informative, and farsighted abilities. This Spirit possesses
the power to create and influence the course of events in
all realms. That is in the physical and spiritual. The
center of universal and unending authority is in the Spirit,
which the domain of God.
Life is the consciousness in existence expressed in either
human or material forms. The existence of human and material
forms is the validation of life. Therefore, understanding
consciousness from a higher dimension is more than the
literary meaning attached to it such as realization or
awareness. Of note is that consciousness is not physical in
character only in performance by giving living presence to
forms. In clear definition, consciousness is the compound
presence of perpetuity. This presence is the active,
undiluted, and enhancing component that provides life to
structures whether in human form or material. Consciousness
is the lubricant from where life proceeds and this active
presence is in the realm of the paranormal as the Spirit.
That means consciousness is the spiritual part of human or
material forms that brings the connection of life into
existence. For example, without the consciousness, which is
the spirit in human being, the human structure is dead.
Therefore, the aggregate of this pure consciousness is the
personality known as the Holy Spirit. This aggregate
consciousness is infinite in nature, in power, and possesses
the final authority to the mastery of creation. This
aggregate center is immeasurable in dimension, impenetrable
by the forces of pollution and never subject to the orders
of limitations. The infinite flow of life or consciousness
from this source is what believers call the throne of God.
This throne is the presence of perfection that exists solely
on magnanimity and supreme discretion. This presence of
perfection is the totality of all goodness and purity. This
higher realm exists by the divine and incontestable statute
of the creator call God. The Holy Spirit is the very nature
of the divine Creator, because the purified release of all
goodness to humanity is the prerogative of the Holy Spirit,
who is the fullness of the throne of Glory.
Now, the Spirit is a personality because He has all the
features of living form. The Holy Spirit is not just the
force of God, because His presence and actions are more than
what men can ascribe to Him. His presence is the purified
characteristics of the Divine. His being is the all-powerful
and infinite life span that can relate to all things with
the purest temperament and unfailing compassion.
An active force is something that is different from
its source, though carries out the assignments of the
source. The Holy Spirit is not something different coming
out of God but is very presence or nature of God Himself.
Now, the level of human reception would determine the scale
of appreciation assign to this divine context. Therefore, to
categorize the Holy Spirit as just the force of God and not
God Himself amounts to spiritual unfamiliarity or would be
aptly summed, as the low estimation of godly truth.
The following are some of the living features of the Holy
Spirit, though not limited to these:
The Holy Spirit sees clearly than all, because His eyes are
always open to the minutest details over all things
The Holy Spirit talks to us through our heart; because He
shares truth to us in very precise manner (He is Truth).
The Holy Spirit guides our steps in righteousness, because
He is perfect in all goodness and wisdom (Knowledge).
The Holy Spirit work and walks by expressing His holiness
through us, because His power over all situations is
transforming and unstoppable (Omnipotent).
The Holy Spirit has pure conscience of love, which He shares
into our hearts, because His presence is perfect love that
makes us free (Blessings).
The Holy Spirit gives us abiding laws, which is total
obedience to the majesty of God, because our foundation and
future are on God (Faith).
The Holy Spirit gives birth, when we are born again by
accepting Jesus as the Christ, because life is spirit and
the Spirit of Christ is our inheritance (Freedom).
The Holy Spirit eats food, when we give God glory with our
praise and worship, because true fellowship with gratitude
to God is our privilege (Worship).
The Holy Spirit can read and write, because He is the
revealer of the Holy Scripture and all deep knowledge of God
are from Him (Light)
The Holy Spirit knows the future to its exact point, because
He is the beginning and end (Omniscient).
The Holy Spirit is the supplier of all things that we need
for ministry, because the official birth of the Church (Day
of Pentecost) was by Him (Christianity).
The Holy Spirit is the everlasting guarantee of life,
because our true inheritance is He in us (Christ/Glory).
The above listed characteristics of the Holy Spirit show
that He is a Living being, although He is more than human
form. When we say He is a being the first thought that comes
to mind is to compare Him with normal human being with two
legs, two eyes, nostrils, ten fingers, and so forth. The
Holy Spirit is living but not with two hands, legs and so
forth. This is because He can move as humans move but in His
case, He can move to millions of places at the same time
unhindered. He is beyond force of gravity, because gravity
is part of existence from Him. He listens to millions of
people accurately at the same time, and walk through
millions of people at the same time with different messages
and so much more. The essence of life that flows from the
Holy Spirit is what makes Him a living being though perfect.
In summary, the Holy Spirit is God, but we always equate Him
as the Spirit of God. By this understanding, He is the
carrier of the presence of God to all situations, though
some theologians and believers do not consider Him as God.
This perspective somewhat belittle Him as lower to or not
equal with God. To assume this view is to embrace spiritual
negligence arising not out of ignorance but on bankruptcy to
the Truth. The fact is that God who is Holy in Spirit is the
perfect unity of righteousness and holiness on the supreme
Throne as one indivisible, all-powerful Divine with absolute
characteristics of endless life and love. This is because,
God is Spirit, and He is His Spirit, who is the fullness of
the same One and only true God Almighty.
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