Holy spirit

Titles of the Holy Spirit | The Guardian Nigeria News

Names are given for identification, description and explanation of the wearer. Thus, what the Holy Spirit is in his divine person and his ineffable character is revealed to us by means of the many names and various titles attributed to him in the Bible. Some of them are his own and others are shared with the Father and the Son, in the undivided essence of the divine nature.

The titles of the Holy Spirit, which relate to his works, as discussed last week, are the various descriptions given to him in different passages of Scripture.

For example, Isaiah (Isaiah 11:2) described him as he would come upon Christ and Christ himself (John 14:15-17) described him as he would come upon the disciples. The Holy Spirit, which was the Spirit of the Lord who was to rest upon the Messiah, is the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and power, the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. It is with these same titles that the Holy Spirit is invoked upon a Christian upon confirmation by the bishop. Jesus called him allos parakletos (another Counselor or Helper or Advocate or Comforter of the same kind – with Jesus). This means that he continues the work of Christ and commits to stand with the disciple in helping and strengthening him.

There are many other titles of the Holy Spirit, and they include as follows: Spirit of God (Gen. 1:2; 1 Cor. 3:16); Spirit of the Lord (Is. 61:1); Spirit of grace and supplication (Zech. 12:10; Heb. 10:29); Spirit of holiness (Romans 1:4); Spirit of Life (Rom. 8:2); Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9); the Counselor (John 14:26); Spirit of Truth (John 16:13); Spirit of Glory (1Peter 4:14); Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation (Eph. 1:17); Spirit of adoption (Rom. 8:15); Spirit of Faith (2Cor. 4:13); the Eternal Spirit (Heb. 9:14)

The titles of the Holy Spirit inform or remind us of the roles of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian.

Ven. Dr Princewill Onyinye
chukwu Ireoba is rector of the Ibru International Ecumenical Center, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.