Monday, 30 January 2012

What or Who Is The Holy Spirit?

Growing up in Christ, the true personality of the Holy Spirit (also called The Holy Ghost) had always been confusion. So the question, “Who is the Holy Spirit?” used to be a big blow to me. In this post, I want to cover who the Holy Spirit really is, and whether the Holy Spirit is a person or a thing. Let’s go…

Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit, also referred to as the Holy Ghost, is the third entity in the Godhead (the Trinity). The Holy Spirit has many attributes or names. Most of these names are as a result of the functions or roles that the Spirit plays in our lives.

Below is a list of some names of the Holy Spirit and their references in the Bible.

Some names and attributes of the Holy Spirit
Comforter (John 14:16, 26; 15:26, 16:7)
Spirit of Truth (John 14:17, 16:13, 1 John 4:6)
Holy Ghost (John 14:26)
Promise of the Father (Luke 24:49, Acts 2:33)
Breath of the Almighty (Job 33:4).
Eternal Spirit (Hebrews 9:14).
Free Spirit (Psalms 51:12).
God (Acts 5:3, 4).
Good Spirit (Nehemiah 9:20; Psalms 143:10).
Holy Spirit (Psalms 51:11; Luke 11:13; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).
Power of the Highest (Luke 1:35).
Spirit of adoption (Romans 8:15).
Spirit of burning (Isaiah 4:4).
Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9; 1 Peter 1:11).
Spirit of counsel (Isaiah 11:2).
Spirit of glory (1 Peter 4:14).
Spirit of God (Genesis 1:2; 1 Corinthians 2:11; Job 33:4).
Spirit of grace (Zechariah 12:10; Hebrews 10:29).
Spirit of holiness (Romans 1:4).
Spirit of judgment (Isaiah 4:4; 28:6).
Spirit of knowledge (Isaiah 11:2).
Spirit of life (Romans 8:2; Revelation 11:11).
Spirit of might (Isaiah 11:2).
Spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10).
Spirit of revelation (Ephesians 1:17).
Spirit of the Father (Matthew 10:20).
Spirit of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).
Spirit of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2; Acts 5:9).
Spirit of the Lord God (Isaiah 61:1).
Spirit of the Son (Galatians 4:6).
Spirit of understanding (Isaiah 11:2).
Spirit of wisdom (Isaiah 11:2; Ephesians 1:17).
Spirit (Matthew 4:1; John 3:6; 1 Timothy 4:1).
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Now that we know who the Holy Spirit is, and the various names, functions and roles that he performs, we can move on to tackle the next question: Is the Holy Spirit a person or a thing? Our next post will give us the answer. So stay informed, click here.

Meanwhile, let me ask you this: Who is the Holy Spirit to you?
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