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[See also Ruach HaKodesh and Tongues]
Ruach HaKodesh [not the Ruach HaKodesh, which would be the the Holy Spirit] is a divine Person, possessing all of the attributes of Deity, and is infinite, eternal, unchangeable, indivisible, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, personal, and perfect in wisdom, power, holiness, righteousness, justice, goodness, truth, mercy, and love (Yesha'yahu [Isaiah 43:10-11; Yesha`yahu [Isaiah] 48:16-17, B'resheet [Genesis] 1:1-2, Sh'mot [Exodus] 3:6, Mishle [Proverbs] 30:4, Ephesians 4:4-6). He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is fully God, and is therefore coequal to and coeternal with Abba and HaBen.
With both Abba and HaBen, He was an active Agent in the creation, and He is the supernatural Agent in regeneration and sanctification, immersing all believers into the Body of Mashiach (the Miqra, or Holy Community), equally and permanently indwelling every believer, and sealing them unto the day of redemption. He is the Divine Teacher, Who inspired and superintended the writing of all Scripture, Who illuminates the interpretation of Scripture, and Who guides believers into all truth, assisting Believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures. It is the privilege and duty of all true Believers in Mashiach to be filled with and controlled by Ruach HaKodesh.
Most of the pseudo-Christian cults as well as many who call themselves Christian or Messianic deny the deity, the individuality, and even the personality of Ruach HaKodesh, teaching that He has no mind, no volition, and is certainly not God, but rather only an impersonal force, like the wind, or (at best) like the Force of the George Lucas Star Wars stories. Still others teach that He is but one of the avatars or a projection of HaShem.
Ruach HaKodesh has the attributes of personality: intelligence, will, and emotions.
First, He has intelligence:
For the Spirit probes all things, even the profoundest depths of God. For who knows the inner workings of a person except the persons own spirit inside him? So too no one knows the inner workings of God except Gods Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:11-12, CJB)
Then Kefa said, Why has the Adversary so filled you heart that you lie to Ruach HaKodesh and keep back some of the money you received for the land? You have lied not to human beings but to God! (Acts 5:3-4, CJB)
It is only possible to lie to a person, not to an impersonal force or a projection. How can one lie to the wind or a radio transmission?? And Kefa (Peter), under the inspiration of Ruach HaKodesh, says that when Hananyah lied to Ruach HaKodesh he was lying to God; thus it is clear that Ruach HaKodesh is God.
Ruach HaKodesh has will/volition: Note that Scripture uses the personal pronoun: He, not it!
One and the same Spirit is at work in all these things, distribution to each person as He chooses. (1Corinthians 12:11, CJB)
Ruach HaKodesh has feelings/emotions: Again note the use of the personal pronoun Whom, not Which!
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30, NAS)
Ruach HaKodesh is God the Creator: In the Tanakh, the words breath and Spirit are two different translations of exactly the same word: ruach. Of the 348 times ruach appears in the Tanakh, it is translated 321 times as spirit and only 27 times as breath.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was unformed and void, darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit [Ruach] of God hovered over the surface of the water. (B'resheet [Genesis] 1:1-2, CJB).5
By the word of ADONAI the heavens were made, and their whole host by a breath [ruach] of His mouth. (Tehillim [Psalms] 33:6, CJB)
If you send out your breath [ruach], they are created, and you renew the face of the earth. (Tehillim [Psalms] 104:30, CJB)
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