Titles of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity, is referred to in a rich variety of ways in the Scriptures. As we contemplate the various biblical titles and descriptions of the Holy Spirit as compiled by Deacon Keith Fournier, we’ll be surprised at how much more insight we’ll gain into who He is and what He does. I encourage you to meditate on these Scriptures in your prayer time and pray to the Holy Spirit using these various titles.  Dr. Italy

Counselor  And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another COUNSELOR to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth   (John14:16).

Holy Spirit Do not cast me from your presence or take your HOLY SPIRIT from me (Psalm 51:11).

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised HOLY SPIRIT, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God`s possession – to the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:13-14).

And do not grieve the HOLY SPIRIT of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30).

Power of the Most High The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the POWER OF THE MOST HIGH will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God’ (Luke 1:35).

Spirit of Adoption You did not receive a spirit of slavery leading you back into fear, but a SPIRIT OF ADOPTION through which we cry out, “Abba!” (that is, “Father”) (Romans 8:15 – New American Bible).

Spirit of Christ Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the SPIRIT OF CHRIST in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow (1 Peter 1:10-11).

Spirit of Counsel The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the SPIRIT OF COUNSEL and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).

Spirit of the Father But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the SPIRIT OF YOUR FATHER speaking through you (Matthew 10:19-20).

Spirit of Fire Our God is a CONSUMING FIRE (Hebrews 12:29).

He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with FIRE (Luke3:16).

Spirit of Glory If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the SPIRIT OF GLORY and of God rests on you (1 Peter 4:14).

Spirit of God Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the SPIRIT OF GOD was hovering over the waters (Genesis 1:2).

Spirit of Grace and Supplication And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a SPIRIT OF GRACE AND SUPPLICATION (Zech.12:10).

Spirit of Holiness  …regarding His son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David,…and who through the SPIRIT OF HOLINESS was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 1:3-4).

Spirit of Judgment The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a SPIRIT OF JUDGEMENT and a Spirit of Fire (Isaiah 4:4).

Spirit of Knowledge The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE and of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).

Spirit of Life  Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the SPIRIT OF LIFE set me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2).

Spirit of Power The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him- the spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the SPIRIT Of COUNSEL AND OF POWER, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you (Acts 1:8).

Spirit of Prophecy At this I fell at his feet to worship him.  But he said to me, “Do not do it!  I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus.  Worship God!  For the testimony of Jesus is the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY” (Revelations 19:10).

Spirit of Sonship For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the SPIRIT OF SONSHIP.  And by him we cry, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).

Spirit of the Fear of the Lord The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the spirit of counsel and of power, the SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE AND OF THE FEAR OF THE LORD (Isaiah 11:2).

Spirit of the Son  Because you are sons, God sent the SPIRIT OF HIS SON into our hearts, the spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6).

Spirit of the Sovereign Lord The SPIRIT OF THE SOVEREIGN LORD is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release for the prisoners (Isaiah 61:1).

Spirit of Truth But when he, the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, comes, he will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on his own; He will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come (John16:13).

Spirit of Understanding The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND OF UNDERSTANDING, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).

Spirit of Wisdom The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the SPIRIT OF WISDOM and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).

Willing Spirit  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me, restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a WILLING SPIRIT to sustain me (Psalm 51:12).

This list of titles was compiled in Keith A. Fournier, Titles of the Holy Spirit. Steubenville, Ohio:Franciscan University Press, 1989.


Keith Fournier

Deacon Keith Fournier was ordained in 1997 for service in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. He is the Editor in Chief at Catholic Online and holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Theology from the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University (MTS), a Juris Doctor Law Degree Law (JD) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is a PhD candidate in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America where he is currently writing his Doctoral Dissertation. Deacon Fournier is a constitutional lawyer who appeared in four cases before the United States Supreme Court on Pro-Life, Religious Freedom and Pro-family issues. He has written eight books on matters of faith, family and the Christian life and is widely published in the broader Christian community on matters of life, faith, and family, and cultural and social issues. He hosted a daily national radio program called “Purpose for Living,” as well as several television series on Christian family and contemporary issues on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network). He and his wife Laurine have been married for 34 years and have five grown children and six grandchildren.