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Who is the Holy Spirit?

The “Holy Spirit” is one of the ways the third person of the Trinity is described, but the Bible sometimes describes Him in other ways, which point out different aspects of His nature and activity. When Jesus was telling the disciples about the Holy Spirit who was to come, he said the following:

“When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me…” (John 15:26)

Jesus uses the terms “Helper” and “Spirit of truth”, but he also says that the Spirit is sent by Christ and testifies about Christ. Because the ministry of the Holy Spirit is connected with Christ, He is sometimes referred to as the “Spirit of Christ“.

An example of this is in Romans chapter 8, which describes the life of those who are in Christ. It is the Holy Spirit who indwells believers, giving them the life of Christ, so Paul uses the term “Spirit of Christ.”

Romans 8:9 “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.”