Holy Spirit - "He" or "it?"

From: Kyle Dillon (spiffy@learningstar.com)
Date: Wed Aug 19 1998 - 12:40:07 EDT

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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>In Greek, John 16:13a says: &quot;hOTAN DE ELQHi
EKEINOS, TO PNEUMA THS ALHQEIAS...,&quot; which is translates &quot;When He (or
that One), the Spirit of truth, comes...&quot;</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>Some say that because John used the masculine
EKEINOS (that One) instead of the neuter EKEINO (which would have grammatically
agreed with the neuter PNEUMA), he must have been making a theological statement
concerning the personality of the Holy Spirit.</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>Others say that the EKEINOS in this verse is not
referring to the appositive PNEUMA, but its supposed antecedent PARAKLHTOS
(Counselor, a masculine word) from verse 7. Hence, no theological statement is
made; John would just be conforming to the rules of Greek grammar.</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>So my question is: does EKEINOS refer to the
PNEUMA of verse 13 (which would be theologically significant) or the PARAKLHTOS
of verse 7 (which would be grammatically correct)? Also see John 15:26: is the


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