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


About melvingaines

I am a communications professional, author and speaker with years of experience as a business owner and corporate supervisor. My philosophy is “excellence in leadership-by-example with integrity and without compromise.” I am a member of the National Association of Black Accountants and served as President of the National Association of Credit Management, Greater Akron (OH). I have also held memberships with the American Collectors Association International, Inc. and the Commercial Law League of America. I am Church Administrator and Sunday school instructor at Akron Alliance Fellowship Church in Akron, Ohio. I have taught adult Sunday school for over 25 years and facilitated numerous bible studies and church cell group sessions. Every now and then, I fill in for the pastor with a sermon. I am a longtime advocate of Christian-based elementary and high school education. I am a graduate of The University of Akron with a degree in Business and Organizational Communication, and recently earned a Master’s degree in Christian Studies at Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota. I am also a member of the Chaplains Association of Ohio, and involved in Clinical Pastoral studies for possible full or part-time chaplaincy. I am a native of Cleveland, Ohio and I am married to my lovely childhood sweetheart, Lynn. View all posts by melvingaines

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