From the dawn of time God was being revealed through creation (Psalm 19:1), through the scriptures (Psalm 1), through covenants (Genesis 9 and 17) and through generations of seers, sages, and prophets.
Such is the love of God that ultimately Jesus was sent to show the way to knowing God more fully—by offering forgiveness of sins and restoring our souls to righteousness. So completely did Jesus reveal the heart of God that he was able to tell his disciples “if you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”
Even so, there was a greater gift to be given to Jesus’ followers than knowing Jesus personally and glimpsing God through him. Jesus promised that his followers would be clothed with “power from on high” through the Holy Spirit…so that his church can have oneness with God as Jesus and the Father and the Holy Spirit are one.
The Holy Spirit remains a mystery for many, in that we only know its presence spiritually. The Holy Spirit is called by many names: counselor, advocate, helper, power. The Holy Spirit is likewise pictured in many symbols: fire, wind, water…even a dove.
All of these words and symbols are the ways in which God’s people try to describe the indescribable, and give meaning to a mystery to wonderful for words. God’s Spirit may be know by many names—but the point for his faithful is that God is known.