Would you believe me if I said that a person's spirit is another literal being?
After all, a person's spirit can be troubled, Daniel 2:3 “...my spirit was troubled...”
And a person's spirit can be grieved, Daniel 7:15 “I Daniel was grieved in my spirit...”
And a person's spirit can speak and pray, 1 Corinthians 14:14 “...my spirit prayeth...”
And a person's spirit can rejoice, Luke 1:47 “my spirit has rejoiced...”
And a person's spirit can be received by the Lord, Acts 7:59 “...Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
A person's spirit can also serve, Romans 1:9 “...I serve with my spirit...”
And a person's spirit can also rest, 2 Corinthians 2:13 “I had no rest in my spirit...”
So we find that a person's spirit has a mind, will and emotions just like God. Therefore, a person's spirit must be another literal being, right?
You are probably thinking I have lost the plot, and yet this is exactly the SAME LOGIC that is used to imply that the Holy Spirit is another literal being!
And Paul said it is no different with God's Spirit in that respect. But note Paul states man's spirit is within him while God can send His Spirit anywhere.
“For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit WITHIN HIM? In the SAME WAY NO ONE knows the thoughts of God EXCEPT the Spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:11
Since your Spirit is your mind, will and emotions, the Greek and Hebrew word for “Spirit” also means “mind” as you would expect. Strong's concordance says, breath, figuratively life, spirit, (including its expression and functions), mind.
Note below that Paul in Romans 11:34 is quoting Isaiah 40:13. So we know that Paul understood the Spirit of the Lord to also mean the mind of the Lord. And of course the mind of someone is not a different person to them any more than their spirit is and this also includes God as Paul reveals below.
“Who has directed the SPIRIT of the LORD, or being his counsellor has taught him?” Isaiah 40:13 KJV
“For who has known the MIND of the LORD? Or who has been his counsellor?” Romans 11:34 KJV
How can the mind of the Lord be another being? Clearly it cannot!
The spirit of every living being has a personality because our spirit is in fact our personality. So the Holy Spirit has a personality because God has a personality. In giving us His Spirit God gives us Himself. It is not another being and it is not some impersonal force. It is the presence and power of God Himself. It is God's own Spirit having God's own personality.
“In giving us HIS SPIRIT, God gives us HIMSELF,” — (E.G. White, 7T 273.1, 1902)
“The DIVINE SPIRIT that the world's Redeemer promised to send, is the PRESENCE and POWER of GOD.” — (E.G. White, ST, Nov 23, 1891)
If I could give you my spirit, whose personality would you have? Mine! Thus God's Spirit has God's personality. God and His Son have a Spirit and that is how “They” represent “Themselves” where they are not personally present. This is the nature of the Holy Spirit that we cannot understand.
So the Holy Spirit is not some force or another being, but the presence of God Himself.