God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose. Hebrews 2:4 NLT
The Holy Spirit is the Agent of action who manifests in many amazing ways. In Scripture, He is symbolically represented as a dove, fire, and wind.
The Spirit is like a dove. In all four gospels, the Spirit is described as descending on Jesus like a dove. Doves are gentle and loving in nature; they are very timid and easily driven away. They will only come to rest where they feel safe and at peace. When they choose a mate, it’s for life. How do these facts help you better understand and relate to the Holy Spirit?
The Spirit is like fire. He manifested in a burning bush to Moses and a pillar of fire to Israel. (See Exodus 3:2-4; 13:21; 14:24; Psalm 78:14.) On the Day of Pentecost, the Spirit baptized people in “divided tongues, as of fire” (Acts 2:3 NKJV). He is the Fire that Jesus brought to earth, and we must be careful not to quench Him. Think about the characteristics of fire: it purifies, gives light, produces warmth/heat, and consumes things. How does this help you understand the fire of God’s Spirit in your life? What fuels the Fire and helps fan the flame?
The Spirit is like wind. He manifested on the Day of Pentecost not only as fire, but also as wind. Winds can range from a gentle breeze to hurricane force. Think about what wind does. How might the wind of the Spirit bring action in the seasons of your life? What might He cause?
Understanding these manifestations helps us understand the Spirit’s character and how He desires to work in and through our lives.
Adapted from The Holy Spirit: An Introduction (Messenger International, 2013).