Symbols Of The Holy Spirit

There are many symbols found in the Scriptures that act as representations of the Holy Spirit:


Water does many things. Water brings life and nourishment to all living beings be it Man or Animal. Water is cleansing as everyone uses water to clean many things such as clothes, cars, houses, etc.  Water is essential to life as we all know it in the natural sense. Water is symbolic of the Holy Spirit in that He is like water. He is refreshing, cleanses us of our sins, and brings nourishment to our spiritual needs.

And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:

—Isaiah 4:3 (KJV)

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

—Hebrews 10:22 (KJV)

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Ephesians 5:26 (KJV)



Consider the Wind. Can you actually see the wind with your eyes? No. So how can you tell if the wind is there? Simple. You fell the wind blowing and hear the sounds of the wind. When in Acts 2:2 they describe the Holy Ghost coming (during Pentecost), that was mentioned as “of a rushing mighty wind.” You can see the Holy Ghost as he is, but you can feel His presence as He moves. That is why wind is one of the symbols of the Holy Ghost.

Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.

—Ezekiel 37:9, 14 (KJV)

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

—Acts 2:2-4 (KJV)

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

—Romans 8:11 (KJV)



Oil in this context refers to the act of anointing someone for a purpose. Be it inducting as a priest, a king, or a special reason. Oil is used in ministries today in a similar way in that people are “anointed” for service in ministry or for a special reason GOD has. Oil is the physical representation of the anointing that GOD gives those who will accomplish His purpose.

Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.

—Exodus 29:7 (KJV)

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

—-1 John 2:27 (KJV)

It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

—Psalm 133:2 (KJV)



When it rains, it pours. Rain is seen as essential for the growing of crops in farmlands, providing water for rivers, and for cleansing. In a similar but far greater way, GOD pours out the Holy Ghost upon those who will receive Him, and pours His blessings upon people according to His promises. The next time it rains, consider that very rain the symbol of GOD pouring out His Spirit, and like the dew in the morning resting on whom He chooses.

As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

—Psalm 133:3 (KJV)

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

—Acts 2:17 (KJV)



Consider the Dove. The Dove is a peaceful bird and has white feathers that gives the impression of being pure. And when a dove descends, it has a majestic feel to it. This is symbolic of the Holy Ghost. He is pure and perfect. He also has the majestic presence when He descends upon His people. The Holy Ghost did this with Jesus Himself, and continues to do so upon the Saints of GOD. When you see a dove descending, that is a symbol of the Holy Ghost.


And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

John 1:32 (KJV)

And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

—Luke 3:22 (KJV)

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

—Matthew 3:16 (KJV)


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