The Bible makes it clear that there is one Spirit. The Spirit is referred to in many different ways with various names and titles which can lead to some strange doctrines but there is most definitely only one Spirit. 1Cor 12:13, Eph 2:18, and Eph 4:4.
So let’s take a look at the various names and titles of the Holy Spirit as found in the KJV:
1. Spirit of God
Quite often when God is speaking he uses the phrase My Spirit (Joel 2:28) and when men are speaking they say the Spirit of God (Gen 41:38).
You can read more about this title in the following article: Spirit of God (Holy Spirit Names Series)
2. Spirit of the Lord (Yahweh)
In the Old Testament, we read about the Spirit of the LORD. When LORD is in all capitals it is from the Hebrew word YHWH which we translate as Yahweh or Jehovah. (Isa 40:13)
For further study read: Manna From Heaven And The Holy Ghost From Heaven (What Is It?)
3. Spirit of the Lord (Jesus)
Of course, in the New Testament, we call Jesus Lord. Is Jesus the Yahweh of the Old Testament? No man can say Jesus is LORD (God) but by the Holy Spirit. (1Co 12:3) He did say before Abraham was I Am. (John 8:58)
For further study read: Spirit of the Lord (Holy Spirit Names Series)
4. Holy Spirit
Yes. One of the names for the Holy Spirit is Holy Spirit. (Luk 11:13) Mind-blowing I know. The word spirit is no different from the word spirit when it is used when referring to the spirit of man, the spirit of animals, evil spirits, and so forth.
However, the word Holy before the word Spirit makes this Spirit way different. This is no ordinary spirit he is the Most Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God!
For further study read: Holy Spirit (Holy Spirit Names Series)
5. Holy Spirit of Promise
In Eph 1:13 it says, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. The disciples were commanded by Jesus not to leave Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father. (Acts 1:4). Ande of course on the day of Pentecost they received that promise. (Acts 2:4, Acts 2:33)
For further study read: Holy Spirit of Promise (Holy Spirit Names Series)
6. Holy Ghost
Another name for the Holy Spirit which seems to confuse some people is the Holy Ghost. (Act 1:8 ) Both Spirit and Ghost are a translation of the exact same Greek word pneuma.
If someone said to you they saw a ghost and someone else said they saw a spirit they would be talking about exactly the same thing. A ghost and a spirit are exactly the same things.
There is not a Holy Ghost that does one thing and Holy Spirit that does another thing. There is ONE Spirit and he is simply referred to as either Ghost or Spirit.
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7. The Spirit
Most often the Holy Spirit is simply referred to as the Spirit. (Rom 8:16) There is only one Spirit as I have constantly repeated so when everyone knows that fact when you say the Spirit it is obvious who you are talking about.
For further study read: The Spirit (Holy Spirit Names Series)
8. Spirit of Truth
Do you want to know Jesus? When you receive the Holy Spirit – he testifies of Jesus. Testifying means to be a witness, to bear witness, to affirm, to give testimony, give a good report. (John 15:26)
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 to come. (John 16:13)
For further study read: Spirit Of Truth (Holy Spirit Names Series)
9. 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: (Rom 1:4). Once again we see a link with the Holy Spirit testifying, bearing witness, and therefore declaring Jesus is the Son of God.
When you think about it, this is really obvious… right? He is called the HOLY Spirit after all. So of course, he is the Spirit of Holiness.
10. Spirit of Christ
The Spirit of Christ is another name for the Holy Spirit and in fact, we are told that without the Spirit of Christ we don’t belong to him. (Rom 8:9)
What is very interesting is that in 1 Pet 1:11 when talking about the Old Testament prophets he said…
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.
So the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ are interchangeable.
11. Spirit of His Son
God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (Gal 4:6) Of course, this is simply another way of saying the same thing as the Spirit of Christ.
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Rom 5:5)
You can see once again we are talking about the One Spirit in different ways. The Spirit of his Son in your hearts and the love of God in our hearts by the Holy Ghost.
12. Spirit of Adoption
… but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (Rom 8:15). Here we see yet again how the Spirit of adoption and the Spirit of his Son (mentioned above) are one and the same.
Both terms are referring to us being adopted into God’s family so we can now call him Abba, Father.
For further study on this topic read: Spirit of Adoption (Holy Spirit Names Series)
13. Eternal Spirit
Heb 9:14 – 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?
The Spirit is called Eternal. Eternal means forever, since the world began, everlasting.
This is how the word eternal is used throughout the Bible:
- without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be
- without beginning
- without end, never to cease, everlasting
14. Spirit of Grace
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications. (Zech 12:10). This happened on the day of Pentecost.
So… do not return to animal sacrifices – which is what the below scripture is referring to.
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? (Heb 10:29)
For further study read: The Holy Spirit And The Grace Of God Are Inseparable
15. 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. (Rom 8:2)
The Spirit gives life. The word quickened in the Bible is another way of saying made alive.
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: (1Pe 3:18)
You can find more on this topic at: Spirit Of Life (Holy Spirit Names Series)
16. 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 (1Pe 4:14)
God is called the Father of glory (Eph 1:17). So of course, his Spirit is of glory as well.
17. Free Spirit
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (Psa 51:12)
This is a hard time for David. He did horrible things and needless to say he had sinned against the Lord in a big way. He is feeling depressed and wretched. Bound by guilt and no doubt disgusted with himself.
His prayer to God was a request to restore the joy of his salvation. To be uplifted with God’s free spirit. The spirit that would free him from his predicament.
18. Good Spirit
Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst. (Neh 9:20)
God’s good spirit took care of Israel for 40 years in the wilderness. Through God’s good spirit he fed them, gave them water, and sustained them, they lacked nothing, their clothes didn’t get old, etc. (Neh 9:21)
19. Spirit of Wisdom
How wise was Jesus? How amazing did he answer all the questions from the Scribes and Pharisees? We are told that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us. (Rom 8:11). The same Spirit that rested upon the Lord. Including wisdom and understanding.
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; (Isa 11:2)
For more on this subject read: Spirit of Wisdom (Holy Spirit Names Series)
20. Spirit of Understanding
As mentioned above in conjunction with wisdom having the spirit of understanding is very important. We read understanding and wisdom go together. It is no good knowing without understanding and you can’t understand without knowing.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. (Prov 4:7)
21. Spirit of Counsel
Mentioned in the same scripture referring to wisdom and understanding above. I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. (Psa 16:7)
Listen to the counsel of God and don’t reject it.
But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. (Luk 7:30)
22. Spirit of Might
Mentioned hand in hand with Counsel above. Jesus had the Spirit of might. Yet he was meek and lowly in spirit. What a shame that we tend to think of someone with might as a warrior. Jesus showed more might than anyone. He could have sent 12 legions of Angels yet he did not. (Mat 26:53)
Jesus demonstrated his might, his power, by responding way above man’s ways. And he went to the cross – he indeed had the spirit of might.
23. Spirit of Knowledge
Also mentioned in the same scripture above (Isa 11:2). The Spirit of God teaches us all things, guides us into the truth, reveals things to us, and witnesses to our spirit so that we know we sons and daughters of the living God.
24. Spirit of Revelation
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: (Eph 1:17)
What is the Revelation? Of the knowledge of Jesus.
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. (John 14:26)
25. Spirit of Judgement
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: (John 16:8)
- to convict, refute, or confute (generally with a suggestion of shame for the person convicted)
- by conviction to bring to the light, to expose
- to find fault with, correct
- to reprehend severely, chide, admonish, reprove
- to call to account, show one his fault, demand an explanation
- to chasten, to punish
This is what judgment is. Judgment involves correcting and setting right. To show your faults so they can be fixed.
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26. Spirit of Burning
When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. (Is 4:4)
Wow, this reminds me so much of the day of Pentecost. Jesus washed away the fifth with his own blood, the spirit of judgment and burning.
Baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire. Judged yet saved by fire. The spirit of burning, the Holy Spirit that burns up the chaff (the bad things in our life).
For further study read: Stir Up The Gift Of The Holy Spirit (Turn The Embers Into Flames)
27. The Spirit of Prophecy
…for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Rev 19:10)
Prophecy is also a gift of the Holy Spirit.
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: (1 Cor 12:10)
Every prophecy written in the Bible came via the moving of the Holy Ghost
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Pet 1:21)
28. The Comforter
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. (John 14:16)
The paraklētos (translated as a comforter) is a helper, succourer, aider, or assistant.
More about the Comforter can be found here: Jesus Said He Will Give Us Another Comforter (Spirit Of Truth)
29. The Helper
The Holy Spirit is also known as the helper from the same scripture above and is another meaning for comforter.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:16)
Advocate is also another meaning for comforter. An Advocate is one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for the defense, a legal assistant, or an intercessor.
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: (1Jo 2:1)