Who is the Holy Spirit
You might say "it's obvious from the Bible, He is God." and you would be
However, as we shall shortly come to understand, He is a loving Spiritual
If so, why hasn't He a name?
God, is God. And to us He is Abba. Jesus Christ is His Son and our Lord.
But the Holy Spirit is the Holy Spirit. He is always known as the
God is Holy
Christ Jesus is Holy
The Holy Spirit is Holy.
Is it possibly because the Trinity wish to draw our attention to their
There are two books in my library published by the Moody Press, both enriching
and spiritual to be enjoyed in that quiet time.
The one named "Names of God" with a dozen or more names.
The other, "Names of Christ" with over three hundred entries.
However the Holy Spirit remains "the" Holy Spirit.
There is an old saying "Familiarity breeds contempt"
Considering that the Holy Spirit dwells inside the bodies of reborn believers,
if He were to be called, say, Joseph, wouldn't it quickly be shortened
to "Joe" - - - - ugh!
Perhaps the strongest reason why He hasn't a personal name is that He is
so close to us, in each of us really, that we must continually realise
that He is God and we are His willing servants, that our pride and sin
nature needs to be subdued so that the indwelling Living God can work through
us in order that His Kingdom can become apparent to others who have the
will to see and hear.
The Holy Spirit is not a name as much as it is a description of one of
the facets of His character and power. He is God and has the potential
to do His work in the world if we let Him.
It is a title, just as our Saviour is known as "the Lord Jesus Christ."
He is also known, for example, as the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Jesus
Christ, the Holy Spirit of promise, the eternal Spirit, the Comforter,
- - - -.
So, doesn't this mean that we are to allow Him to direct our lives and
as a start practice being holy?
Yea! how much practising have I done?
Practice makes perfect.
From experience, let me ask you how much practising have you done?
We either wish to or we don't, not so? (not now anyway, perhaps tomorrow.)
And while on the subject, if we do it like the sportsmen, because they
have to, we're doing it for the wrong reasons.
We continually practice holiness before our God in our closet each day
because we want to, we want to experience the presence of our gentle loving
God each day before the pressures of the world claim us.
We practice holiness in the world about us so that others can see we are
different, can see God through us and want what we have.
But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar,
according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the
holy gods: and before him I told the dream, saying, O Belteshazzar,
master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods
is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me the visions of
my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof.
What God wants us to comprehend is that they are Holy.
If you and I want to be with them on that day we shall have been
found to be holy too:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according
to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible,
and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who
are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed
in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season,
if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the
trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth,
though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and
glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love;
in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with
joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even
the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have
enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should
come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of
Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the
sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was
revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things,
which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto
you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels
desire to look into. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober,
and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the
revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves
according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called
you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is
written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without
respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time
of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were
not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your
vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
(1 Peter 1:3-18)
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and
envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk
of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the
Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone,
disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also,
as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to
offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
(1 Peter 2:1-5)
The Holy Spirit has eternally had an unswerveable purpose; that of Empowering
humans to defeat the aims of Satan and furthering the ultimate Power of
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch
shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon
him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and
might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make
him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge
after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity
for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of
his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
Here is the Perfect example:
And Jesus, when he was baptised, went up straightway out of the water:
and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God
descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven,
saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Then was Jesus
led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And
when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command
that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It
is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy
city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him,
If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall
give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they
shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt
not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into
an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world,
and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give
thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him,
Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt
worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the
devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
(Matthew 3:16 - 4:11)
The Holy Spirit uses His power through a believer for a believer.
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that
whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs,
that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the
faith of the gospel; And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which
is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and
that of God. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only
to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Having the same conflict
which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
Be aware, that we who are of those which are willing faith-full servants
of God will be used by Him when He is ready to do so. For His glory, and
ours in His sight.
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Please meditate on and digest the contents of the following passage of
Scripture as its applied truths may be your residence permit into the Kingdom
of Heaven. At the last supper before the sacrifice of Himself for mankind,
Jesus said these words for the spiritual benefit of His future apostles.
And for all those who will.
He was obviously very earnest.
Please note the promises and the ifs:
Believe me that I am in the Father, and the
Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily,
I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do
also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto
my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that
the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my
name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will
pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide
with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot
receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him;
for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless:
I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more;
but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall
know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that
hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he
that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will
manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord,
how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me,
he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto
him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my
sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which
sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present
with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things
to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with
you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard
how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved
me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father
is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that,
when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much
with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave
me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
Our God cares for us:
For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If
ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me
to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery;
(as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand
my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made
known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles
and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and
of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God
given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less
than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach
among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men
see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning
of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places
might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the
eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we
have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
The Holy Spirit gives us access to the Father through the Covenant that
our Lord Jesus Christ made on our behalf:
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by
the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath
broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished
in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained
in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making
peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross,
having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which
were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For
through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now
therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with
the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation
of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner
stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto
an holy temple in the Lord:
Here are some of the attributes of our Loving Holy Spirit that reveal God's
purpose and lovingkindness to all mankind. It may be necessary to read
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law
of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of
sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through
the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and
for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law
might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits
of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the
adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by
hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth
he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we
with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our
infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the
Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be
uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind
of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according
to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for
good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy
of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness,
with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep
the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body,
and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One
Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is
above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is
given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
(1 Corinthians 6:17)
For by one Spirit are we all baptised into one body, whether we be
Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all
made to drink into one Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 12:13)
And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him:
and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were
upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed
from off his hands.
And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy
with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
(1 Samuel 10:6)
Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his
brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.
So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. But the Spirit of the LORD departed
from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
(1 Samuel 16:13-14)
The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
(2 Samuel 23:2)
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD
bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth,
the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with
his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead
those that are with young. Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of
his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust
of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the
hills in a balance? Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being
his counsellor hath taught him? With whom took he counsel, and who
instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him
knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding? Behold, the nations
are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of
the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from
the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit
of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed
me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the
brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of
the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year
of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD,
that he might be glorified.
And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus
saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things
that come into your mind, every one of them.
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the
LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full
O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD
straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him
that walketh uprightly? Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy:
ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as
men averse from war.
Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt
the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy
husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught
away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass
the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
(2 Corinthians 3:17-18)
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father,
even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall
testify of me:
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he
will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever
he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth
not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
(1 John 4:6)
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers
shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh
such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him
must worship him in spirit and in truth.
This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not
by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth
witness, because the Spirit is truth.
(1 John 5:6)
And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have
filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments to
consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office.
And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had
laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him,
and did as the LORD commanded Moses.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto
you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you,
he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies
by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and
there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he
taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth,
where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the
synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered
unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book,
he found the place where it was written, The Spirit
of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the
gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set
at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the
Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the
minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue
were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This
day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some
sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me
of God, That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles,
ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might
be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. I have therefore whereof
I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.
For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not
wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, Through
mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from
Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel
For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and
the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day
of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and
evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one
to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's
sake hath forgiven you.
Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you? I desired
Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you?
walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps?
(2 Corinthians 12:17-18)
The Holy Spirit is also called the Holy Ghost. Why is there a difference?
The lack of God's power today rests squarely on the shoulders of born again
believers (Phil 4:13).
Think about it.
Blessed are You, Lord God, from everlasting to everlasting.
And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day
shall there be one LORD, and his name one.