The Mother-ness Of The Holy Spirit

Published on October 19, 2011 by CT in Blog, Thoughts


I never thought of this before.  At least not in this way.

John 3:3, 5-6 :  “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God…unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 6:63:  “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all.”

We are born of the Spirit (or we are birthed by the Spirit, spiritually speaking).  It is the Spirit who gives life.  This kind of sounds like a mother, doesn’t it?

I’m not saying the Holy Spirit is Sarayu (of The Shack fame).  He is not our heavenly mother any more than He is our heavenly father.  The Spirit is referred to as a “He” throughout Scripture, and He’s clearly a distinct person in the triune Godhead.  But God created both male and female in His image (Genesis 1:27).  And Jesus promised that the Father who send another helper (the Spirit), reminiscent of the helper given to Adam in the garden (Genesis 2:18).

So I find some comfort in contemplating the mother-ness of the Holy Spirit.  I’m grateful that His nourishment, the Bread of Life, is indeed life giving!  And I’m amazed that I have a flesh birthday, thanks to my mother, and a spiritual birthday, thanks to the Spirit.  I wonder if that means two cakes?

Question:  What’s your take on being born of the Spirit?

  • Laura Droege

    Definitely two cakes! Honestly, why don’t we celebrate our spiritual birthday? Instead of getting presents, maybe we could spend the day (or season, if we don’t have a particular “day”) giving to others, expressing the grace that we’ve experienced.

    Personally, I love the mother-ness of the Holy Spirit. A while ago, I did a study on the names of God and read about the name El Shaddai. Apparently, the “shad” part of Shaddai is the Hebrew word for “breast”, which of course brings to mind a mother nursing a child. So we’re born of the spirit and we’re nurtured and nourished by the spirit, much as a mother nourishes her little baby with her body.