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).


About melvingaines

I am a communications professional, author and speaker with years of experience as a business owner and corporate supervisor. My philosophy is “excellence in leadership-by-example with integrity and without compromise.” I am a member of the National Association of Black Accountants and served as President of the National Association of Credit Management, Greater Akron (OH). I have also held memberships with the American Collectors Association International, Inc. and the Commercial Law League of America. I am Church Administrator and Sunday school instructor at Akron Alliance Fellowship Church in Akron, Ohio. I have taught adult Sunday school for over 25 years and facilitated numerous bible studies and church cell group sessions. Every now and then, I fill in for the pastor with a sermon. I am a longtime advocate of Christian-based elementary and high school education. I am a graduate of The University of Akron with a degree in Business and Organizational Communication, and recently earned a Master’s degree in Christian Studies at Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota. I am also a member of the Chaplains Association of Ohio, and involved in Clinical Pastoral studies for possible full or part-time chaplaincy. I am a native of Cleveland, Ohio and I am married to my lovely childhood sweetheart, Lynn. View all posts by melvingaines

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