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Things to Know About the Holy Spirit

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


Most people don't know all there is to know about the Holy Spirit, and there are a lot of misconceptions about the Holy Spirit. The Bible says many things about the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit is one of the least understood topics in the Bible.

Who the Holy Spirit Is

  1. The Holy Spirit is a Person and should never be referred to as an "It."
  2. The Holy Spirit has a personality.
  3. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.
  4. The Holy Spirit is the power, the anointing that destroys the yoke.
  5. The Holy Spirit has other names: Holy Ghost, Paraclete or just Spirit. The S in Holy Spirit is always capitalized. The s in our spirit is not capitalized.
  6. The Holy Spirit is the power by which Christians are brought to faith.

What the Holy Spirit Does

  1. The Holy Spirit points us to Jesus Christ.
  2. The Holy Spirit teaches.
  3. The Holy Spirit guides.
  4. The Holy Spirit makes intercessions for us in prayer.
  5. The Holy Spirit works in relationship with God and Jesus.
  6. The Holy Spirit's chief function is to illuminate the teachings of Jesus.
  7. The Holy Spirit brings back to our remembrance what we have learned.
  8. The Holy Spirit reveals to Christians the deep things of God.
  9. The Holy Spirit clarifies the mysteries of Jesus.
  10. The work of the Holy Spirit is in line with the work of the Father and the Son.
  11. The Holy Spirit keeps us from sinning.
  12. The Holy Spirit bears witness that we are children of God.
  13. The Holy Spirit is the person of the Trinity who empowers followers of Jesus with spiritual gifts.
  14. The Holy Spirit gives the power that enables the proclamation of Jesus Christ.
  15. The Holy Spirit within followers of Christ gives them the power to be witnesses for Christ all over the world, according to Acts 1:8.

What the Holy Spirit Doesn't Do

  1. The Holy Spirit will never go against the Word of God.
  2. The Holy Spirit doesn't cause us to sin.
  3. The Holy Spirit is always for us and never against us.
  4. The Holy Spirit does not bring fear to God's people.

Names for the Holy Spirit

There are many names for the Holy Spirit. One of the most familiar names is the Holy Ghost. Other names include the following:

  • Spirit of God
  • Spirit of Yahweh
  • Spirit of Wisdom
  • Spirit of Christ
  • Spirit of Truth
  • Paraclete

When Spirit is written with a capital "s" in the Bible, the reference is to the Holy Spirit. When spirit is written with a lower case "s" in the Bible, the reference is to the spirit of humans.

Other Things About the Holy Spirit

  1. The Holy Spirit has a personality.
  2. The Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus after His ascension.
  3. All believers receive the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation.
  4. There is only one indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
  5. There are many fillings of the Holy Spirit.
  6. Where the Holy Spirit is, there is liberty.
  7. It is only by the Holy Spirit that one can confess that Jesus is Lord.
  8. The anointing of the Holy Spirit gives us the power to minister.
  9. The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament came ON people for them to perform certain acts.
  10. Today the Holy Spirit lives WITHIN the believer.
  11. It is only by the Holy Spirit that one can confess that Jesus is Lord.
  12. We should never grieve the Holy Spirit.
  13. The Holy Spirit came on people in the Old Testament just for them to do a specific task. Then the Holy Spirit leaves until another time and another task.
  14. Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would come to live within people who have confessed Jesus is Lord.
  15. The Holy Spirit lives within Christians today.
  16. The Holy Spirit brings power and anointing to the work of God.

Two Symbols of the Holy Spirit

There are two distinct symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Gospels: a winged dove and tongues of fire. When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River when He was thirty years old, the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove. The voice of God was heard from heaven saying, "This is my beloved. Son, with whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:17, Mark 1:11, and Luke 9:35).

Fifty days after Jesus' resurrection is known as the day of Pentecost when the descent of the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ as tongues of fire while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks. This occurrence is described in Acts 2:1-31.


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 09, 2017:

Sabrina Dean, Thank you so much for your kind remarks. I am glad you were able to use the information from this article. Feel free to contact me if you need any help during your study about the Holy Spirit.

Sabrina Dean on March 09, 2017:

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We are actually studying the Holy Spirit at church...your whole list mention here enable me to focus more on ALL the work and qualities of the Holy Spirit who guide us to better OBEY God like Jesus does.

Tham you...May you be inspired to write teach and post more on this hub. Amen

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on September 17, 2011:

arksys, I am glad you learned something about the Holy Spirit from this article.

Irfan from Adelaide, Australia on September 15, 2011:

very informative for the non-believer of christianity(Me), trying to understand the concept of the Holy Spirit. thanks for sharing.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 16, 2011:

Betty, I designed a chart about the characteristics of the Holy Spirit in a course I teach so it was easy for me to share this information.

Betty Johansen on February 16, 2011:

A beautiful hub! You've done a great job of collecting and sharing facts about the Holy Spirit. Thank you for pointing out that He's not an "it." And thank you for reminding us of His precious ministry to and among us.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 14, 2011:

Wow! Dave, now that's one I didn't think of. Thanks for the reminder.

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on February 14, 2011:

Here is one you never stated. The Holy Spirit, like Jesus, is a Brother to the believer. He is my brother.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 14, 2011:

FaithDream: I teach a course on the Holy Spirit at my Bible College, and I use this information in that course. Thanks for reading and responding.

FaithDream from (Midwest) USA on February 13, 2011:

Thank you for this great testimony of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit activates God's power in your life, what an awesome gift.

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