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Oct 17 2012

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Holy Spirit has a name

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series Holy Spirit, the Person

 

Spirit is the basis of the names of Holy Spirit.

Spirit of God

Holy Spirit’s origin is God; He is God and is therefore called Spirit of God.

1 Corinthians 3:16 (ESV) – Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

 

Spirit of Living God

God is a living reality in our lives; we have a personal relationship with God.

2 Corinthians 3:3 (ESV) – And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

 

In Greek and Hebrew Spirit means breath and wind.

Breath

Jesus breathed on disciples and they received Holy Spirit.

John 20:22 (ESV) – And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

 

When God created man He breathed breath of life into him.

Genesis 2:7 (ESV) – then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

 

Wind

John 3:6–8 (ESV) – That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Wind symbolic of Holy Spirit

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8 ESV)

  • You cannot tell the wind what to do. Holy Spirit is sovereign and we do not prescribe to the Holy Spirit what to do.
  • When we learn the laws of nature that rule the movement of the wind, we have a choice whether we want to work in harmony with the wind. We can utilize the movement of the wind with windmills. We can learn the laws and principles of Holy Spirit which bring us into harmony with Holy Spirit by obeying and submitting to Holy Spirit. Then Holy Spirit can work through us to accomplish will of God.
  • Although the wind is invisible and we cannot see the wind, we are conscious of its might and that the wind exists. We hear the sound of the wind, we see the mighty effect of the wind, but we cannot see the wind.
  • The wind is inscrutable, we do not understand it and the wind is one of the greatest mysteries in nature. Holy Spirit is also sudden and sometimes unexpected to us.
  • The wind is indispensable, it is the movement in the air and without wind there is not life. Jesus told Nicodemus that unless you are born of water and Spirit you cannot enter the kingdom of God.

 

Question(s)

What is the connection between Jesus and Holy Spirit?

 

 

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Retha Groenewald

Retha Groenewald, is a Christian, passionate about the Bible and author of fantasy novel The Four Faces. She loves storytelling, reading, researching, and writing. She has degrees in nutrition, business, law, and theology. She is a member of Elim in Durbanville. She lives in Western Cape, in beautiful South Africa.

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