Continuing our Names & Titles of the Holy Spirit series in this article I am going to look at all the scriptures where the Holy Spirit is simply referred to as The Spirit.
Epistle of Christ
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. (2Co 3:3)
We are manifestly declared – to be plainly recognized and made known.
Like a letter written by the King with the King’s seal. It is clearly evident, it is plainly recognized, and everyone knows it is a letter from the King.
In a similar manner, we are letters from Christ our King. It is clearly evident and obvious for all to recognize.
Because of supernatural ink. We are written upon with the Spirit of the living God.
Spirit Speaks in You
Lost for words? Don’t know how to answer? That’s a good thing. You have nothing worthwhile to say anyway. But the Spirit on the other hand knows what the person needs to hear. So stop sweating over it and let the Spirit give you the words. (Mat 10:19-20)
The Spirit Drives
You probably never realized that the Spirit drives – did you? He drove Jesus into the wilderness. (Mar 1:12) Okay, he wasn’t exactly giving Jesus a lift in a car. The word drive means to compel to go and to be quite insistent about it, to the point where you just have to go in the direction he wants you to go.
The Spirit Leads
If you are led by the Spirit of God then you are a child of God. (Rom 8:14). It might be a strange thing to compare it to but I think of a dog owner walking a dog using a lead.
The lead keeps the dog on the right path. It might jump around, try to scoot off in various directions, chase something, get distracted, etc… however, the dog owner is able to lead the dog to where he wants him to go.
God is our owner, after all, he purchased us for a price. (1Co 6:20) We are not much better than the dog are we? We jump all over the place and are so easily distracted. We go off chasing this, that, and the other.
We don’t have a visible lead like the dog, and sadly we can allow our flesh to overrule the leading of the Spirit. Allow God to use the Spirit to lead you. Be obedient and go where your master wants you to go.
Power Of The Spirit
In the Old Testament, we saw the power of the Spirit to give individuals supernatural strength when he came upon them. All of the great victories were only possible when God gave the leader, savior, deliverer, or judge his Spirit to perform the task.
The Spirit gave them abilities they didn’t have before. Wisdom, understanding, prophecy, strength, courage, words to speak, and so on.
After Jesus was tempted in the wilderness he returned in the power of the Spirit (Luk 4:14) and we see all of the miracles he performed, we see his wisdom, we see his understanding, we see how he answered questions from those who were opposed to him, we saw how he lead his disciples, and we saw how despite sweating as were droplets of blood he went to the cross.
We are told we receive power when we are filled with the Spirit (Acts 1:8, Luk 24:49). The Spirit equips us to be able ministers of the gospel, the Spirit gives us abilities we never had before, we speak in tongues, we prophesy just like those in the Old Testament when the Spirit came upon them.
It is not normal. It is not natural. It is supernatural!
Yet… so often we go back to looking for natural answers to our problems. So often we rely upon our own strength. So often we try to conquer by our own reasonings and by our own “valiant” efforts. When those things were never adequate in the first place.
While the following scripture is in a different context well may we say – Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? (Gal 3:3)
Where are the miracles? Where are the healings? Where are the solutions? Where do you get equipped to deal with what comes against you? Where do you get the ability to lead… either yourself, your family, or your assembly? It is from the Spirit. It is from the supernatural.
It is time to return to the battle… in the power of the Spirit!
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me (Luk 4:18). Jesus read this verse from the book of Isaiah and when he finished the quotation he said in (Luk 4:18) This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
You Can Not Enter Kingdom Without The Spirit
Unless you are born of water and Spirit you CAN NOT enter into the kingdom of God (Jhn 3:5). This is very serious stuff. Surely… you want to enter into the kingdom of God!
Born of Spirit
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (Jhn 3:6)
Hear The Sound
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. (Jhn 3:8)
You hear the sound and so this sound accompanies EVERYONE that is born of the Spirit. The only sound consistently associated with the Spirit is speaking in tongues.
In fact, the word sound is from the Greek word phone – and it means the sound of uttered words, voice, language, or tongue. It has been translated in the KJV as a voice 131 times, as sound 8 times, noised abroad 1 time (interestingly when talking about tongues), and noise 1 time.
Nonetheless, you cannot enter the kingdom of God unless you are born of water and spirit. Do you have the sound that everyone born of the Spirit has?
It is the spirit that quickeneth (Jhn 6:63).
- We are told that the SAME Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us.
- And therefore he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Rom 8:11)
Jesus Words Are Spirit
…the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (Jhn 6:63). That is why the natural man can not receive the things of the Spirit of God. For they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1Co 2:14).
Believers Should Receive
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.) (Jhn 7:38-39)
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. (Jhn 14:16-17)
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Act 2:4)
- To enunciate plainly, i.e. declare:—say, speak forth, utterance.
- To speak out, speak forth, pronounce
- Not a word of everyday speech but one “belonging to dignified and elevated discourse”
Speaking in tongues is the declaration of the Spirit. The pronouncement of his arrival.
As so often mentioned throughout the scriptures God’s enemies are confounded by the wisdom of those who his Spirit comes upon and Stephen was the same… And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. (Act 6:10)
- Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. (Act 8:29)
- The Spirit also spoke to Peter and told him to go to Cornelius (Act 10:19).
- As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. (Acts 13:2)
And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip (Act 8:39)
And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man’s house: (Act 11:12)
And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. (Act 11:28)
- …and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia (Acts 16:6).
- …but the Spirit suffered them not (Acts 16:7).
The Ministration of Spirit is Glorious
The ten commandments in the old testament were glorious. So much so, that when Moses came down from the mountain afterward the children of Israel couldn’t even look upon him because of the glory of his appearance. This is pretty amazing stuff and glorious.
But this glory was done away for something even more glorious. The new testament is not of the letter and old stone tablets that administered death but of the Spirit that gives life.
This new ministration of righteousness exceeds in glory. So much so that as amazingly glorious as the old testament was compared to the new testament it has no glory at all. That’s how much more glorious the new testament is. (2Co 3:6-11)
Received By Faith
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? (Gal 3:2) Obviously the answer is by faith. …that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Gal 3:14)
He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? (Gal 3:5)
Through The Spirit
- For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. (Gal 5:5) How do we do it? Through the Spirit.
- …if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (Rom 8:13)
- In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Eph 2:22)
- Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently. (1 Pet 1:22)
Sow To The Spirit
If we sow to the Spirit we shall of the Spirit reap eternal life (Gal 6:8). No brainer wouldn’t you say? Life everlasting is a big prize.
Habitation of God
- We are built together for an habitation (an abode, a dwelling place) of God through the Spirit (Eph 2:22).
- 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. (John 14:23)
- And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. (John 14:16)
- Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Cor 13:16)
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph 4:3)
True Jew & Real Circumcision
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. (Rom 2:29)
Walk After The Spirit
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Rom 8:1)
Mind The Things Of The Spirit
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Rom 8:5-6)
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Rom 8:10)
Raised Jesus From The Dead
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. (Rom 8:11)
Mortify Deeds Of The Body
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (Rom 8:13)
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. ( Rom 8:15)
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Rom 8:16)
Helps Our Infirmities
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities (want of strength, weakness): 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. (Rom 8:26)
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. (Rom 8:27)
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. (1Co 2:4)
Reveals The Things Of God
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. (1Co 2:10)
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. (1Co 2:12)
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. (1Co 12:7)
For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. (1Co 14:2)
Pray in the Spirit
What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. (1Co 14:15)
Bless with the Spirit
Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? (1Co 14:16)
Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. (2Co 1:22)
An earnest is an old fashion way of saying deposit or down payment. The word earnest is still actually used today when purchasing real estate.
It is money that in purchases is given as a pledge or downpayment that the full amount will subsequently be paid.
So God has given us his Spirit in our hearts as a pledge. Jesus will return again to collect on what he has put a downpayment upon.
Contrary to the Flesh
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. ( Gal 5:17-18)
Fruit of the Spirit
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Gal 5:22-23)
You know sometimes we get lost in the word fruit. We think of apples, oranges, and so on. The word fruit simply means the result. The outcome. We quite often read in the scriptures such things as the fruit of thy body, the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy ground (Deut 28:11)
It’s talking about the results. The increase. It is the things that spring from it. Ye have your fruit unto holiness. (Rom 6:22).
The things (fruit) mentioned above flow out of your life when you are walking in, walking after, and sowing to the Spirit.
Live in the Spirit
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Gal 5:25)
Sword of the Spirit
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (Eph 6:17)
What is the weapon of the Spirit? Answer = The word of God!
Be Filled With
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18)
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies. (Phl 2:1)
Quench not the Spirit. (1Th 5:19)
Quench means to extinguish, stifle, or suppress. As in putting a fire out.
Salvation & Sanctification
God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. (2Th 2:13)
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (1Ti 3:16)
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2Ti 1:7)
Purified Your Souls
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: (1Pe 1:22)
God Abides In Us
And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. (1Jo 3:24)