What is the name of the Holy Spirit?


By BibleAsk Team

The name of the Holy Spirit in Hebrew is ruach ha-kodesh, but that literally means Holy Spirit. So why don’t we have an actual name?

What is the Holy Spirit?

Names in the Bible are given to denote the role and character of the individual. The Holy Spirit is known by different titles and names. Here are some of these names:

Spirit of God

“And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him” (Matthew 3:16 also 2 Corinthians 3:17; 1 Peter 1:11).

Spirit of Life

“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).

Spirit of Truth

“even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:17 also 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:12-16).

What does the Holy Spirit do?

In addition, the Holy Spirit of God is described in the Bible by its many roles, for example:


“For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21 also 2 Timothy 3:16).


“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26 also 1 Corinthians 2:13).

Comforter / Counselor / Advocate

“And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2 also John 14:16; 15:26; 16:7).


“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged” (John 16:7-11).


“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26).


“and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Corinthians 1:22; also 5:5; Ephesians 1:13-14).


“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16 also Hebrews 2:4; 10:15).


“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come” (John 16:13).


“You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:9-11 also Ephesians 2:21-22; 1 Corinthians 6:19).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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