The Holy Spirit in Metaphorical Terms

Or “The Holy Spirit Is Like…”
Or “Images Associated with the Holy Spirit”

This post was originally titled “The Holy Spirit in Physical Terms.”

This is a subsidiary post of The Holy Spirit.

Subsidiary posts:

The Scriptures use analogies from the physical world when describing the reality or activity of the Holy Spirit.  Here are some examples.

Matthew 3:16  –  dove

Matthew 12:28  –  finger  –  Compare this verse with Luke 11:20 to see the connection.

Luke 11:13  –  gift

John 3:8  –  wind  –  See also “breeze” in the list below.

John 7:38, 39  –  rivers of living water

John 20:22  –  breath  –  See also Ezekiel 37:1-10.

Acts 2:2  –  a violent rushing wind  –  See also “breeze” in the list below.

Acts 2:3, 4  –  tongues as of fire  –  See also “flame” in the list below.

Acts 2:38  –  gift  –  Correlates with “inheritance.”

Acts 10:45 –  gift  –  Correlates with “inheritance.”

Ephesians 1:13, 14  –  inheritance  –  Correlates with “gift.”

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LESS EXPLICIT REFERENCES

anointing  –  The Holy Spirit as the Oil of Anointing

breeze  –  1 Kings 19:11, 12

flame  –  Proverbs 20:27 KJV

oil  –  The Holy Spirit as the Oil of Anointing

voice  –  1 Kings 19:12 KJV

well  –  The Well of the Living One Who Sees Me.

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