What is the Name of the Holy Spirit?

What is the Name of the Holy Spirit?

What is the Name of the Holy Spirit?

Just today, I noticed a Facebook listing with the person’s name at the top, along with her picture, and then two lines:

The name of son—Jesus

The name of Holly Ghost—Jesus

I’ve reproduced the lines just as they are presented—“son” in lower case and “Holly” instead of “Holy” and “Ghost” instead of Spirit.

The point that I would see here is that this person must be “Oneness” or “Jesus Only” in perspective.  Of course, we know that the name of the Son of God is “Jesus.”  We might remember that “an angel of the Lord” appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “She [Mary] will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Christ’s name is Jesus.

But what about the Holy Spirit? Those who use the old King James Version might want to call Him the “Holy Ghost” and perhaps that is the reason why this woman uses this name. Evidently, “Holly” instead of “Holy” was just a mistake. But this leads us to ask the question, “What is the name of the Holy Spirit?”

We don’t know the answer to this question and apparently the Spirit has no official personal name. He is called:

  • The Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20)
  • The Spirit of holiness (Romans 1:4)
  • The Spirit (Romans 8:6)
  • The Spirit of Jesus (Acts 16:7)
  • The Spirit of God (Romans 8:9)
  • The Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9)

These are not official “names” of the Holy Spirit but are ways that Scripture refers to Him at different places, times, and contexts. As far as I know, we are never given a proper name that would especially apply to the Spirit of God. It was sufficient for the Spirit to merely indicate the terms above in Scripture.

The woman whose Facebook page was promoting a Oneness or “Jesus Only” (or Sabellian) view of the Holy Spirit needs to recognize that there is a distinction between the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ (Luke 1:35), between Jesus Christ and God the Father (John 20:30-31), and between God the Father and the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11).

We would have no hesitancy to use a personal name for the Holy Spirit, but if the Spirit Himself didn’t reveal such a name, we should be satisfied with what He has revealed.

–Richard Hollerman

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