Sunday School Today: The Masculine Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a Person with attributes in how He operates in our lives. Scripture reinforces the nature of these attributes with masculine nouns and pronouns.

In John 16:13-14, the Greek masculine pronoun ekeinos is used in reference to the Holy Spirit. This is significant in that the Greek word for “spirit” (pneuma) is neuter.

The application of the masculine noun Parakletos also refers to the Holy Spirit. Parakletos is the Greek word for “Comforter” in John 14:26, 15:26, and 16:7. “The name ‘parakletos’ cannot be translated by ‘comfort,’ or be taken as the name of any abstract influence. The Comforter, Instructor, Patron, Guide, Advocate, whom this term brings before us, must be a Person” (Strong, Systematic Theology).

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