70 Functions of the Holy Spirit

A dove soaring above a beautiful sky.

We just had a an incredible weekend with the Holy Spirit… yes, I know He’s already in us, around us and on us at all times…but there are moments and times when He’s more palpable and people are healed, relationships are restored and good things happen…I’m still shaking sensing His presence now. I’d better go soak. Before I do, I wanted to share this post I prepared last week, about the Holy Spirit.

In her book, Spiritual Revolution Patricia King shows really good Biblical research on the function of the Holy Spirit. This list of the 70 Functions of the Holy Spirit come from her research.

  1. He leads and directs. (Matthew 4:1; Mark 1:12; Luke 2:27; 4:1; Acts 8:29; Romans 8:14)
  2. The Holy Spirit speaks – in, to and through. (Matthew 10:20; Acts 1:16; 2:4; 13:2; 28:25; Hebrews 3:7)
  3. He gives power to cast out devils. (Matthew 12:28)
  4. He releases power. (Luke 4:14)
  5. The Holy Spirit anoints. (Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38)
  6. The Holy Spirit “comes upon” or “falls on”. (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 2:25; 3:22; 4:18; John 1:32,33; Acts 10:44; 11:15)
  7. He baptizes and fills. (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 1:15,41,67; 3:16, 4:1; John 1:33; Acts 1:4-5; 2:4; 4:8,31; 6:3,5; 7:55; 10:47; 11:24; 13:9,52; 1 Corinthians 12:12)
  8. He gives new birth. (John 3:5,8)
  9. He leads into worship. (John 4:23)
  10. He flows like a river from the spirit man. (John 7:38-39)
  11. He ministers truth. (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13)
  12. He dwells in people. (John 14:17; Romans 8:9,11; 1 Corinthians 3:16)
  13. The Holy Spirit gives comfort, health, and strength. (John 15:26; Acts 9:31)
  14. He proceeds from the Father. (John 15:26)
  15. He shows us things to come. (John 16:13)
  16. He gives the gift of tongues. (Acts 2:4)
  17. He releases prophecy, dreams and visions. (Acts 2:17,18; 11:28)
  18. He can transport people physically. (Acts 8:39)
  19. The Holy Spirit brings direction and guidance. (Mark 13:36; 13:11; Acts 10:19; 11:12; 21:11; 1 Timothy 4:1
  20. He is Holiness. (Romans 1:4)
  21. He is the Spirit of life and gives life. (Romans 8:1,10)
  22. The Holy Spirit invites us to walk with Him. (Romans 8:4-5)
  23. He groans, prays and intercedes. (Romans 8:26-27)
  24. He is a Sword. (Ephesians 6:17)
  25. The Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9)
  26. He helps us in our weakness. (Romans 8:26)
  27. He bears witness. (Acts 5:32 15:28; 20:23; Romans 8:15-16; Hebrews 10:15; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-8)
  28. He is the Spirit of Adoption. (Romans 8:15)
  29. He gives power to mortify the deeds of the flesh. (Romans 8:13)
  30. He provides power for signs, wonders and preaching. (Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:4)
  31. He ministers love. (Romans 15:30)
  32. He searches the deep things of God. (1 Corinthians 2:10)
  33. He quickens the mortal body. (Romans 8:13)
  34. He brings revelation. (Luke 2:25; 1 COrinthians 2:10,12; Ephesians 1:17-19; 3:5)
  35. The Holy Spirit reveals to us what has been given by God. (1 Corinthians 2:12)
  36. He washes, sanctifies, purifies and justifies. (Romans 15;16, 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:2,22)
  37. He gives gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Hebrews 2:4)
  38. He seals us. (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 4:30)
  39. He is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
  40. He changes us into the image of Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
  41. He is the promise of the blessing of Abraham. (Galatians 3:14)
  42. He releases a cry to the Father. (Galatians 4:6)
  43. He gives access to the Father. (Ephesians 2:18)
  44. The Holy Spirit builds us together for a house for God. (Ephesians 2:22)
  45. He strengthens us with might. (Ephesians 3:16)
  46. He is unity. (Ephesians 4:3-4)
  47. He is wine. (Ephesians 5:18)
  48. He supplies. (Philippians 1:19)
  49. He is fellowship. (2 Corinthians 13;14; Philippians 2:1)
  50. He is grace. (Hebrews 10:29)
  51. He is glory. (1 Peter 4:14)
  52. The Holy Spirit speaks to the churches. (Revelation 2:11,17,29; 3:6,13,22)
  53. He calls for the Bridegroom. (Revelation 22:17)
  54. The Holy Spirit has the power of conception and anointing for God’s purposes. (Matthew 1:18,20; Luke 1:35)
  55. He teaches. (Luke 12:12; John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 John 2:27)
  56. He gives commandments. (Acts 1:2)
  57. He provides power to be a witness. (Acts 1:8)
  58. He provides boldness. (Acts 4:31)
  59. He give sight. (Acts 9:17)
  60. He commissions. (Acts 13:4)
  61. He restrains. (Acts 16:6)
  62. He appoints ministries and gives them authority. (Acts 20:28)
  63. He releases love. (Romans 5:5)
  64. He is righteousness, peace and joy. (Romans 14:17; 15:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:6)
  65. He confesses Christ’s Lordship. (1 Corinthians 12:3)
  66. The Holy Spirit brings the gospel. (1 Thessalonians 1:5-6)
  67. He is keeping power. (2 Timothy 1:14)
  68. He brings renewal. (Titus 3:5)
  69. He moves on believers. (2 Peter 1:21)
  70. He convicts the world. (John 16:8)

This is the starting point to exploring and experiencing more of the person of the Holy Spirit. Take time to read the verses in context and ask the Spirit to teach even more truth to you. It always amazes me that we can be in relationship with the Creator of the universe. I’m in awe when I consider any aspect of His nature.

Blessings


  • Apollo

    I like what you post, but one of the biggest mis-interpretations of the bible (in my opinion) is in regards to the Holy Spirit. It is your soul. The Father (God), The Son (Christ) and the Holy Spirit (You). There is no nameless third entity. All of this “research” is bunk and based on false premise.

    • http://revtrev.com/ RevTrev

      Apollo, I’m glad you shared it’s your opinion. I hope you know your opinion needs to be inline with Scripture. Did you descend like a dove when Jesus was baptized to fulfill all righteousness? I don’t think so.

  • Lisa

    Blessings in the Lord…

    As encouraged to do, I started to reference these for myself. Too many of us take things for granted and end up in error. One HUGE error I found is in item 7, he baptizes… In matthew 3:11, it is speaking of John the baptist and looking further especially in Acts it is Jesus who is the baptizer and not the Holy Spirit… I have found other errors also. Please take the time as the author herself states to reference these for yourself as we do not want to be responsible for passing on error.

    It is in Christ alone that we live, move and have our being. Be blessed in all you do.

    • http://revtrev.com revtrev

      Thank you Lisa

  • nick ikpe

    I thank u for this work.however, i feel that if we do truly believe that the Holy Spirit is God, then it invariably means that there is no limit to the number of good things He can do in our lives. Thanks

    • http://revtrev.com revtrev

      Amen. 70 is just a number that grabs our attention. No limits intended to be put on God by decent SEO. :)

  • Miller Sarah

    This is wonderful! Indeed im exhausted with these numerous functions of the Holy Spirit , it brings so much light to our Christian community. I Pray the Good Lord inspire you as days go by!

    • http://revtrev.com revtrev

      Thanks Sarah….let’s keep in touch.

  • Tatiana

    Thank you so much for this…I thought I had the holy spirit figured out once I received the gift of tongues but this helped me see so much more untapped potential and how desperately I need him. Literally as I read each one I was thinking I need that, that function would speak to this area of my life or another. It also taught me a much more effective way to pray for loved ones instead of trying to guess what they really need. Thank you thank you thank you

    • http://revtrev.com revtrev

      Thank YOU Tatiana.

  • http://r3magazine.com Bruce Chant

    Great list Trev. So often we believers have a skewed view of who the Holy Spirit is and what He does. Less mystery and more clarity is what we need! Blessings

    • http://revtrev.com revtrev

      Thank you Bruce. I appreciate it.

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  • Eniola

    Sir,i just wanted to knw more about the holy spirit and i have gotten more than enough here,u are but a blessing to this generation.Sir can i write a book on this as lead by d spirit of God? I need ur permission sir.God bless .

    • http://revtrev.com revtrev

      I believe once you’ve studied something, it’s yours. If you’re going to give mention to anyone mention Patricia King because I think it was her book that originally did the work for this list.

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  • http://www.gcministry.com Rev. Gerald Collins

    Thank you so much for sharing this list. I think so often the job and value He provides is lost in the light of Jesus and the Father. It can be so easy to forget the gentleness and yet strength He displays in our lives every day. I really enjoyed being a part of this community.

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      Thanks Rev. Gerald. I’m continually amazed how many people come to this list every week and stay for well over 5 minutes on average. Most pages on the web have an average of less than 10 seconds. It tells me people are using it to study the references. Which is what it’s here for.

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