One day as I was studying the scriptures and I discovered the importance of names. I had always wondered how certain attributes entered into the world we live in today. It was done through names and it all started with Adam (man of earth) and Eve (to live). One day I asked the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself in a manner I would understand and here we are today.
In this study, you will learn about more than the names of the Holy Spirit. You will learn about His personality, and what He does for you today. This teaching is, more than a doctrinal study of the Person of the Holy Spirit. I want you to learn about Him, to know Him and to experience Him in your life.
People usually do not think of the term “Holy Spirit” as a name. Instead, they think of the phrase as a description. Maybe this is because they do not think of the Holy Spirit as a person, rather people think of Him as an influence and give Him a title just as they give a title to boats, cars or hurricanes.
Because people pray to “Our Father in heaven,” or they pray, “Dear Jesus,” they know about the Father and the Son as persons. But most people never pray to the Holy Spirit, perhaps because they do not think of Him as a person. Some do think the command, “Pray the Lord of the harvest” found in Matthew 9:38 is directed to the Holy Spirit; also, “the Lord is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:17). And Scripture shows examples of prayer to the Lord as the Spirit present among His people– instances in which the Holy Spirit responds to the prayers being offered (see Luke 2:25-29; Acts 10:9,13-15,19; 11:5,7,8,12; 13:2; 15:28).
To explain how the doctrine of the Trinity works, I have used the following statement: “The members of the Trinity are equal in nature, separately in person, but submissive in duty.” In this teaching, I have emphasized three things.
First, this teaching equally emphasizes the deity of the Holy Spirit with God the Father and God the Son as they all have the same nature, attributes and character.
Second, this teaching separates the personality of the Holy Spirit from the personality of the Father and the personality of the Son. The Godhead consists of three separate persons.
Third, this teaching emphasizes the duties of the Holy Spirit, who was sent by the Father and the Son to carry out the work of God in the world.
This teaching is aimed beyond the study of Bible facts. I want you to feel the Holy Spirit living through you. It should help you live successfully for God. Each section concludes by offering principles to be applied to your life.
One name or title is missing in this study: the term “ghost,” as in the Holy Ghost. The original King James Version (1611) translated the word p-neu-ma “Ghost” as in, “Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost” (Acts 1:5), and, “after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you” (Acts 1:8). This has resulted in confusion in some minds.
Some think the word “ghost” refers to a phantom, as in “the ghosts of Halloween.” But the word pneuma should be translated “Spirit.” The word “ghost” had a different meaning in 1611 than it does today and this difference blurs the personality of the Third Person of the Trinity for some. The solution to this confusion is simple. Every time the term “Holy Ghost” is found in the original King James Version, it should be translated “Holy Spirit.” If you prefer to use the name Holy Ghost, do so, as long as you understand the meaning of the name you are using. For the Holy Spirit is the furthest thing from a phantom. He is very real.
His primary name, Holy Spirit, has a twofold implication:
First, when we take the Holy Spirit into our lives, He makes us holy, as His name implies. Listen to 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
Second, when we live by the principles of the Holy Spirit, He will make us spiritual, because we have become like Him. You become holy and spiritual as you study the Holy Spirit.
Here is an example,
Get two glasses of water and one empty glass. Now pour the two glasses filled with water into the empty glass, notice that the two become one glass of water.
Exodus 40:9, it says:
9 And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the vessels thereof: and it shall be holy.
The anointing oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit, you are the tabernacle according to the above verse, notice what just happened when the vessels were anointed, they became Holy. There are many people who are trying to become holy through performing certain acts which have been taught through religion. You don’t have to try to be holy, you are Holy because the Holy Spirit resides within you. Remember once the oil touched the vessels they became holy.