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glorifying god NAMES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

A title is a descriptive phrase which explains a person’s position and/or function. For example, if a person has the title of “President” of a country, it explains his position in government and his function as leader of the nation. The titles given to the Holy Spirit in the Bible reveal much about His position and function. The Holy Spirit is called:

THE SPIRIT OF GOD:
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (I Corinthians 3:16)

THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST:
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. (Romans 8:9)

THE ETERNAL SPIRIT:
This means the Holy Spirit is everlasting, with no beginning and no end: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14)

THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH:
The Holy Spirit is the source of truth which inspired God’s Word, the Bible. He reveals this truth to mankind: 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 show you things to come. (John 16:13)

THE SPIRIT OF GRACE:
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace. (Hebrews 10:29)

THE SPIRIT OF LIFE:
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)

THE SPIRIT OF GLORY:
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye: for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you. (I Peter 4:14)

THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION:
The Holy Spirit gives wisdom to believers and reveals knowledge of Jesus Christ: 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. (Ephesians 1:17)

THE COMFORTER:
The Holy Spirit comforts believers in times of trouble, sorrow, and loneliness: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name… (John 14:26)

THE SPIRIT OF PROMISE:
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of promise because He is the Spirit that was sent to fulfill the promise of God: And being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which saith, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (Acts 1:4-5)

THE SPIRIT OF HOLINESS:
And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:4)

THE SPIRIT OF FAITH:
We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believe and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak. (II Corinthians 4:13)

THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION:
It is through the Holy Spirit that we are “adopted” into the family of God as the children of God: For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (Romans 8:15)

God’s “Holy Spirit” underscores the ethical perfection of the presence of Almighty God here with us now. (John 3:5-8 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”)

(John 14:16-17 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. In the New Testament, holiness also characterizes Christ’s church. The apostle Paul taught that Christ loved the church and died for it “that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word” (Ephesians 5:26, RSV). Peter addressed the church as a holy people in language borrowed from the Old Testament. Separated from the unbelieving nations and consecrated to the Lord, the church is “a holy nation” (1 Peter 2:9).

The New Testament most often discusses holiness in relation to individual Christians. Believers in Christ are frequently designated as “saints,” literally meaning “holy ones,” since through faith God justifies sinners, pronouncing them “holy” in His sight. A justified sinner is by no means morally perfect, but God does declare believers to be guiltless.

We need to realize that Holiness cannot be won through some meaningless ritual. Holiness is a state of mind, a divine state of mind. When we know that we have accepted the wonderful presence of the Holy Spirit, the Mind of Christ, into our hearts when we were saved, we have taken the first steps toward holiness. Holiness is not the clothes you were or the way you were your hair. Too many well meaning Christians have lost the true meaning of Holiness by trying to appear set apart from the rest of the world by their dress when their hearts were still wallowing in the muck and mire of this world.

Countless numbers of people associate the word “holiness” with a radical group who served themselves instead of God. The same
group of people who believe that, because of their rules and regulations (albeit from the Bible (Old Testament)), they know the only way to a state of holiness. I am worried about these people and I pray for them. They pick a few of the 600 laws of the Old Testament and ignore the rest. They use these few laws, not to uplift their fellow Christians, but to condemn them. This is not holiness.

I regret that these cultish Christians even use the name holiness. Each time they use the law to judge others, they nail Jesus back to the cross. Paul told us in his Epistle to the Romans that we could either live by the law, all 600 of them, or we could know and believe that Jesus came to fulfill the law and that we could be justified by our faith in Him. If we choose the law and break even one of them, we have broken them all. There is nothing you can do that will make you Holy. You are only Holy because of Jesus.

Holiness is a state of mind, the Mind of Christ. When you change your mind from the mundane fleshy mind to the glorious mind of Christ, He will make the other changes in your life to put you on the path of holiness.

The Bible uses several emblems to represent the Holy Spirit. An emblem represents something. It is a symbol which has a special meaning. The following are emblems used in the Bible to represent the Holy Spirit:

THE DOVE:
The Holy Spirit was revealed in the form of a dove at the time of the baptism of Jesus. This emblem of the Holy Spirit indicates approval, purity, and peace: And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him. (John 1:32)
Approval: And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him. (John 1:32)
Peace: And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. (Psalms 55:6)
Purity: My dove, my undefiled, is but one… (Song of Solomon 6:9)

OIL:
Oil is used in the Bible as a symbol or emblem of the Holy Spirit. Oil indicates light, healing, and anointing for service. All of these are given to a believer through the Holy Spirit: 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 broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised (Luke 4:18). How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him (Acts 10:38). Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (Hebrews 1:9)

WATER:
Water signifies the new life and cleansing from sin that the Holy Spirit brings to the believer. Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit being like water: In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow
rivers of living water. But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive; for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified (John 7:37-39). For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring (Isaiah 44:3).

A SEAL:
A seal is a special mark indicating ownership. It also indicates a finished transaction. The Holy Spirit has sealed believers as belonging to God. It indicates their salvation is a finished work: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also, after that ye believed, were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13). And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30). Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts (II Corinthians 1:22).

WIND:
The wind is also an emblem of the Holy Spirit. It represents the power of the Holy Spirit: The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth; so is every one that is born of the Spirit (John 3:8). And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting (Acts 2:1-2). You cannot see the wind in the natural world, but you can certainly see visible effects of the wind. In the natural world the wind has special functions. These functions are natural parallels of the functions of the “wind” of the Holy Spirit:
Wind Produces Life: It scatters seeds as it blows and this brings new growth. The Holy Spirit produces life through the seeds of the Word of God as they are scattered in the hearts and minds of men. This life is not only eternal life of salvation, but mature spiritual life through spiritual fruit which result from the seed of the Word.
Wind Separates The Wheat From The Chaff: It purifies as it blows away the debris. The Holy Spirit serves as a purifying power in the life of the believer.
Wind Fans Dying Coals And Sets Them Ablaze: The wind of the Holy Spirit “fans” God’s people in revival and makes them a flaming fire of ministry to the world.

FIRE:
Fire is another emblem of the Holy Spirit. Fire signifies:
The Presence Of The Lord: And the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of the bush: and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. (Exodus 3:2)
Approval Of The Lord: And there came a fire out from before the Lord, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat; and when the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces. (Leviticus 9:24)
Protection And Guidance: And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them in the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night. (Exodus 13:21)
Purifying: Isaiah 6:1-8 tells of the Prophet Isaiah being purified by the fire of the Holy Spirit. Read this passage in your Bible.

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