Sunday School Today: The Holy Spirit’s Attributes and Symbols

The Holy Spirit is called “God” in several places in the Bible. He has divine attributes as revealed in the following passages of Scripture:

1. Omnipotence – Luke 1:35. In the birth of Christ, He was the protector of Mary and Jesus. He is our protector, as well.

2. Omniscience – 1 Corinthians 2:10. In our life He knows everything about everything.

3. Omnipresent – Psalms 139:7-17. In our life, “He will never leave you nor forsake you.” He is ever present.

4. Eternal Spirit – Hebrews 9:14. In our life from the new birth to Heaven, He is at work helping us “serve the living God.”

The Holy Spirit is also identified in the Bible by several symbols and examples, which are pictures of His divine work:

1. Dove – John 1:32. The dove is a symbol of love, peace and sorrow as He ministers to Jesus.

2. Water – Isaiah 44:3; John 7:38-39. Once you are saved, only the Holy Spirit can quench your spiritual thirst.

3.  Oil – 1 Samuel 16:13.  The ear of a priest was anointed first so that he might hear God.  Secondly, a priest’s thumb was anointed so that he might act for God.  This is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

4.  Wind – John 3:6-8.  Quietly and unidentifiably, the Holy Spirit moves both in salvation and in our daily lives.

5.  Fire – Acts 2:3-4.  Fire is symbolic of purification, testing or judgment.  This is a work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

6.  Clothing – Judges 6:34.  The Spirit of Jehovah clothed Gideon.  Clothing speaks of protection.  He is also our protector

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