Christianity 201

November 15, 2020

Andrew Murray on the Names of the Holy Spirit

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
 – John 14:26 NLT

“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
 – John 16:7 NASB

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
 – John 16:13 ESV


Ten years ago at this time I was slowly working my way through a classic; Andrew Murray’s book With Christ in the School of Prayer. For the two chapters, he was been looking at the passage that begins,If his son asks for bread will he give him a stone?This is paralleled in Matthew and Luke; and says that if corrupted and sinful parents like ourselves still give good things to their children, how much more will God give…to those who ask.

The Matthew section ends, How much more will your Father give good things…”   But in Luke the ending is different;How much more will you Father give the Holy Spirit.” Murray feels that the highest of the “good things” is “the Holy Spirit.”

He then has a paragraph where he lists the various gifts of the Holy Spirit.   He was writing in an era before bullet points — lapsing into point form or numbered lists wasn’t done in prose back then — but I want to spell these out for us today.   There aren’t cross-references, but you’ll recognize many of these:

  • The Spirit of grace — to reveal and impart all of grace there is in Jesus
  • The Spirit of faith — teaching us to begin and go on and increase in continuously believing
  • The Spirit of adoption and assurance — who witnesses that we are God’s children and inspires us to confidently say, ‘Abba, Father.’
  • The Spirit of truth — to lead into all truth, to make each word of God ours in both principle and action
  • The Spirit of prayer — through whom we speak with the Father; prayer that must be heard
  • The Spirit of judgment and refining — to search the heart and convict of sin
  • The Spirit of holiness — manifesting and communicating the Father’s holy presence within us
  • The Spirit of power — through whom we are strong enough to speak boldly and work effectively in the Father’s service
  • The Spirit of glory — the promise of our inheritance, the preparation and foretaste of the glory to come.

Murray states, “In the variety of gifts which the Spirit has to give out, He meets every need of the believer.  …The child of God needs only one thing to really live as a child:  To be filled with this Spirit.”

With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray (various publishers); taken from lessons 6 and 7; some sentences mildly paraphrased to reflect modern grammar and vocabulary.


  1. Andrew Murray! Wow, blast from the past. I loved what he wrote back in the 60’s and 70’s. But I found it difficult to follow his complex interpretations. I remember reading his work on prayer and how true that the greatest gift we can ask for is to be filled with God’s Spirit.
    Murray might have checked to see if the word “gift” is in the context of things he described as gifts. which are the ways God’s Spirit works in our lives.
    But these are NOT “gifts of the Spirit”, at least not as Paul described them in 1 Cor. 12. The blessings listed in your bullet points are more like the ministries of Holy Spirit. “Do not be drunk with wine, but be filled with Holy Spirit.” Technically “the” should not be translated before Holy Spirit. We honor God and Holy Spirit by capitalizing them. The Greeks did not. To honor the divinity, they inserted the article “the” before God and Holy Spirit. Translators tend to objectify the 3rd Person by doing this, which has caused much confusion among believers.

    Comment by Wade Nye — November 18, 2020 @ 10:54 am | Reply

    • I titled this the “names” but then I lapsed into “gifts” before beginning the list; so that may be on me, not him. I agree that our vocabulary and syntax limit our expression of all of the Godhead. Thanks for this comment.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — November 18, 2020 @ 11:49 am | Reply

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