A simple error in our speech — calling the Holy Spirit “it” instead of “he” — can actually reflect a lack of precision in our understanding of God’s nature. Erik Raymond reminds us to be precise about addressing God as who He is, and also to be diligent about being excellent in all aspects of ministry, especially our theological correctness.
The Holy Spirit is not an it, he is God, the third person of the Trinity. As a sampling, the Holy Spirit speaks (Acts 8:29); makes decisions (Acts (15:28); is grieved (Eph. 4:30); can be lied to (Acts 5:3-4); gives spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:11); helps us (Rom. 8:26-27); and even can prevent our plans (Acts 16:6-7). This is not the work of an it.
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