The Names of the Holy Spirit (Part 2)

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 very fact that He is the Holy Spirit proves that He is the Spirit of Holiness. Without holiness the believer automatically hinders the work of the Holy Spirit in his life. Such holiness is gained as we draw nearer to God and are transformed by His Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s work involves sanctification. The Spirit of Holiness is working to bring “the beauty of holiness” into our lives (Psalm 29:2).

The Spirit of Life
In Romans 8:2 it is written, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” The Spirit of Life is just as available today as He was in the first century church. Our relationship with God should not be boring, lifeless and regimented. The Holy Spirit brings life-giving dynamic power into the life of the believer. His presence should be part of every area of our lives because He is the Spirit of Life.

Spirit of Adoption
“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). Through the blood of Jesus Christ we are adopted into the family of God. The Holy Spirit draws the sinner to Christ so that he can be reconciled to God.

The Spirit of Promise
On the Day of Pentecost the followers of Christ were gathered together to wait for the fulfilment of Christ’s promise, the promise of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4; 2:33), as was prophesied in Joel 2:28. The Scriptures tell us that all flesh (mankind) could receive of this promise. Paul makes it clear that true believers have the Spirit of Promise … “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, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13).

The Comforter
This is probably the most well known and used names of the Holy Spirit. In John 14:16 we find the precious promise of Jesus Christ to His disciples … “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” 

The Greek word for Comforter is ‘Parakletos.’ ‘Para’ means ‘alongside’ and ‘kaletos’ means ‘to call.’ Therefore, the Holy Spirit was to be sent by Jesus to be with His followers. The word was also used in a legal sense also. A paraclete was someone who was the defence council or advocate at a trial. We know that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us … “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: 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” (Roman 8:26).

The Holy Spirit, as the Comforter, is with us to instruct, guide, and assist throughout our lives. He will teach us what the Scriptures say and teach … “These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father” (John 16:25). The Holy Spirit will only ever reveal and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He only works through those who magnify and obey the Lord. He encourages, comforts, empowers, and helps us to live for Christ.

Scripture is full of terms, names and titles that identify the Holy Spirit as a Person. They reveal His nature and ministry. Our brief study of the names of the Holy Spirit is only a sampler for a much wider and deeper investigation. As we read the Bible let us watch for the expressions that reveal something about the Spirit of God.