The Spirit Applies Everything to Us
The Bible has much to say about the Spirit.
There’s the Spirit of God (Gen. 1:2), the compound Spirit in Exodus 30 and the Spirit of holiness (Psa. 51:11; Isa. 63:10-11).
In the New Testament there’s the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:18, 20), and the Spirit not being yet (John 7:37-38).
There is even the Spirit of Jesus (Acts 16:6-7), the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:8-9), the Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:19), even the Spirit of the Lord (2 Cor. 3:17).
Eventually we see the Spirit of life (Rom. 8:2), the life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45b) and the seven Spirits of God (Rev. 1:4, 4:45, 5:6).
Although we are not touching the meaning of all these designations, we have to ask:
Who is this wonderful Spirit with so many descriptions?
He is the reality of Christ Himself (1 John 5:6)
- But when the Comforter comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of reality, who proceeds from the Father, He will testify concerning Me. (John 15:26)
This Spirit is the One who gives life to the believers (2 Cor. 3:6), regenerates them (John 3:5-6). He anoints the believers to fill them with God (2 Cor. 1:21) and seals them to prove that we are God’s inheritance (2 Cor. 1:22a).
In our suffering, He is the bountiful supply (Phil. 1:19). He is the One who sanctifies us and the transforming One (2 Cor. 3:18).
He is the One we’ve been given to drink, and the One in whom we have been baptized (1 Cor. 12:13).
He is the One who applies all that the Father planned and all that the Son accomplished to the believers.
What a Spirit! For more on the Father’s plan, the Son’s accomplishing and the Spirit’s application from Ephesians: