In Christianity, the third aspect of the Trinity, the manifestion of God, along with God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son. According to early church teachings that were established as orthodox in the fourth century, the Holy Spirit is to be considered equal to but clearly separate from God and Christ. It is also known as the Holy Ghost.
Descriptions of the Holy Spirit in action may have been derived from Old Testament, or Jewish, conceptions. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit is the breath of God, which enables human beings to believe or act in certain ways. According to Christian teachings, the Holy Spirit entered Jesus at the time of his baptism and was passed on to his followers after his death and resurrection. Most Christians continue to accept that the Holy Spirit enters them at the time of their baptism, or formal entrance into a Christian community.
SEE ALSO: baptism; Jesus of Nazareth; TrinityThe Holy Spirit Painting by Roberto Rivera