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What are the names and titles of the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is known by many names and titles, most of which denote some function or aspect of His ministry. Below are some of the names and descriptions the Bible uses for the Holy Spirit:
Author of Scripture: (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16)
Comforter / Counselor / Advocate: (Isaiah 11:2; John 14:16; 15:26; 16:7)
Convicter of Sin: (John 16:7-11)
Deposit / Seal / Earnest: (2 Corinthians 1:22; 5:5; Ephesians 1:13-14)
Guide: (John 16:13)
Indweller of Believers: (Romans 8:9-11; Ephesians 2:21-22; 1 Corinthians 6:19)
Intercessor: (Romans 8:26)
Revealer / Spirit of Truth: (John 14:17; 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:12-16)
Spirit of God / the Lord / Christ: (Matthew 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; 1 Peter 1:11)
Spirit of Life: (Romans 8:2)
Teacher: (John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 2:13)
Witness: (Romans 8:16; Hebrews 2:4; 10:15)
Hebrew Names for the Holy Spirit?
Understanding the OT terms “Holy Spirit” and “the Spirit of God (or the LORD)” and the theology associated with them depends on grasping the significance of the fact that, in about 40% of its occurrences, the Hebrew word “spirit” (ruakh) basically means “wind or breath,” not “spirit.”…(which is) most of the important ways the term “spirit” (Hebrew j~Wr, ruakh ) is used in the Hebrew Bible.
The term “Holy Spirit” actually occurs only three times in the Hebrew Bible.
The expression itself is literally “ your (God’s) Spirit of holiness” (;v=d+q* j^Wr, ruakh qodeshkha)
according to the Rabbis, although the “spirit of God” is of divine origin, this does not mean that there is a “Holy Spirit” as a divine person. On the contrary, the Holy Spirit is a mode of the one and only God’s self-expression in word and action.
with Genesis 7:22b, where all mankind and land animals “in whose nostrils was the breath [neshamah] of the spirit [ruakh] of life, died” (nasb) in the flood (except those on the ark of course).
in a context where we once again see the close connection between “spirit” (ruakh) and “breath” (neshamah), Elihu says, “If God were to set his heart on it, and gather in his spirit and his breath, all flesh would perish together and human beings would return to dust” (Job 34:14–15)
1 Corinthians 2:10b-12
no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
Just as people have a “spirit,” so does God.
the Spirit of God/the Lord” and its pronominal equivalents (e.g., “my Spirit”) occur many times in the Hebrew Bible, while “Holy Spirit” occurs only three times. In the New Testament the situation is very different, almost reversed. “The Spirit of God/the Lord” occurs only about 25 times, but “(Holy) Spirit” over 150 times.
1 Corinthians 2:11
the “Spirit” of God knows the deep things of God (v. 10b), that is, his thoughts (v. 11b).
Moreover, the way we come to understand “the things that are freely given to us by God” by his grace through faith in Jesus Christ (v. 12b; cf. vv. 1–9) is by receiving the Spirit of God in our human “spirit” (v. 12–13; cf. v. 10a). Having the Spirit, we are “spiritual” and “have the mind [nou'” (nous)] of Christ” (v. 16b).
The Spirit [of God; see the context] himself bears witness to our [human] spirit that we are God’s children.”
in both the Old and the New Testaments God has set his Spirit “in” and “among” his people for guidance and empowerment
As a human person’s spirit can be grieved, so can the Spirit of God
The spirit of a human person is distinguishable from his or her body.
(for some people anyway!) 😀
in this sense the spirit of a person is the person, then the Spirit of God is God.
Hebrew word suggests that if a person has “breath” they are alive physically and if they have the Spirit of God they are alive spiritually.
As the vision goes, God tells Ezekiel to prophesy that God “will make breath (ruakh) enter” them so that they “will come to life” (v. 5).
what is born of the Spirit is spirit” (v. 6)
We cannot always predict what he is going to do, and he is not under our control even if he has told us what he is going to do. He is God. We are not. All this is true also of the Spirit of God.
we can draw upon his power. Using the analogy of a ship driven by the wind, we can “put up the sails” in our lives and thereby take advantage of the blowing of the Spirit in and through our lives. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit as long as we have our sails up.
Putting up the sails begins, above all, with being “born” of the Spirit into the kingdom of God (John 3). It continues through continuing attentiveness to God in our lives on various levels and in all sorts of ways.
The more we are attentive to God in all the various dimensions of our lives, the more we invite the Holy Spirit to empower us by “putting up our sails,” (the more we ‘put up our sails’) to that degree, we live our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(i must say that The Holy Spirit can feel like there is wind moving, where there is none!
Goosebumps are another indicator.
Not to be confused with goosebumps under other circumstances.
Be mindful of other spirits imitating the Holy Spirit.
Those who purposely lead the righteous wrong? (meaning spirits not of Elohim (for there is only one Holy Spirit!) have an acute punishment from Elohim, Himself!
The Lord sees the heart, what is hidden in it.
To be aware of Elohim’s thoughts? His heart in other words? So very different than the desires of hue-mans…is favor indeed!
A tremendous blessing/gift!
The Holy Spirit is symbolized as the Dove, representing Peace and Air. (aka the Holy Ghost, there is only one!) 😀
The Holy Spirit is symbolized as Water (Rain come down, rain on us, being baptized in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is deep and vast, The River, the Water in the Well, etc)
The Holy Spirit is also symbolized with Fire! That can be portrayed with lightning as well! Electricity.
May the Holy Spirit guide you in Yeshua’s holy name, amen! 😀