Holy Spirit


Holy Spirit

noun

Definition of HOLY SPIRIT

:  the third person of the Christian Trinity

First Known Use of HOLY SPIRIT

14th century

Holy Spirit

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Christianity, the third person of the Holy Trinity. Though references to the spirit of Yahweh (God) abound in the Old Testament, Christian teaching about the Holy Spirit is derived mainly from the Gospels. The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus at his baptism, and outpourings of the Spirit are mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, in which healing, prophecy, exorcism, and speaking in tongues are associated with its activity. The Holy Spirit also came to the disciples during Pentecost. The definition of the Holy Spirit as a divine person equal in substance to the Father and the Son was made at the Council of Constantinople (AD 381).

Variants of HOLY SPIRIT

Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost or Paraclete

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