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Recently there has been much discussion about the Holy Spirit. Is He an actual 'Person,' a separate being from the Father and the Son, or is the Holy Spirit simply the 'presence,' the 'power,' the 'expression' or the 'manifestation of the Most High' who is also a Spirit Being (John 4:24). It is not our intention to enter this argument or even to delve into this matter about the structure of Elohim. That subject we believe is beyond the present human mind. Nevertheless in this section we will study several facts about the Holy Spirit and His dealings with humanity as recorded in the Bible.
Hebrew ruach = spirit, wind, breath
Greek pneuma = spirit, from the root 'pneuma' we get words like 'pneumonia', 'pneumatic' etc.
|John 4:24||YaHuWaH is a Spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.|
We humans are composed of bones, flesh and blood. YaHuWaH is composed of 'spirit', a substance of which we know little. But even though we cannot properly define what the substance called 'spirit' is, we know that the universe could not function for even a moment without the Holy Spirit of the Most High. He is to all spiritual life what air, water and light are to the physical creation. Let us therefore prayerfully consider this awesome subject about the Holy Spirit of the Most High.
|John 3:8||...The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Since the days of old the Holy Spirit has, in varying degrees, come upon and dwelt within mankind. (Joseph, Balaam, Gideon, John the Baptist and YAHUSHUA the Messiah)
|Genesis 41:38||And Pharaoh said to his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of Elohim is?
|Numbers 24:2||And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; And the Spirit of Elohim came upon him.
|Numbers 27:18||And YaHuWaH said unto Moshe, Take thee Yehoshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay thine hand upon him.
|Judges 6:34||But the Spirit of YaHuWaH came upon Gideon...|
Other 'Old' Testament texts: Deuteronomy 34:9, Judges 11:29 and 14:6-19, 1 Samuel 11:6, 2 Chronicles 15:1, Psalm 51:11, Daniel 4:9 and 5:11-14. All these texts show that the Holy Spirit was very active in and about men and women of olden times.
|Luke 1:15||... And he (John the Baptist) will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.
|Luke 4:18||The Spirit of YaHuWaH is upon Me because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor...|
Just as the difference between a living person and a dead body is that one is breathing and the other isn't, in a similar way the difference between a believer and an unbeliever is that one is responding to the Spirit of YaHuWaH and the other isn't. Both may, of course, be influenced by the Spirit, the dead and the living, but only one person is truly alive, and that is the one who is responding to and is controlled by the Holy Spirit.
|Isaiah 11:2||And the spirit of YaHuWaH shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of YaHuWaH.|
|John 16:13||Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.|
|Matthew 7:6-9||Give not that which is holy unto the dogs ... Ask and it shall be given you ...
|Luke 11:11||If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12: Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13: If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?
Note: These verses imply that unconverted people (figuratively referred to as 'dogs') will not be given the Holy Spirit prior to conversion; though in varying degrees all mankind are motivated by Him. The first step, therefore, is to respond to the promptings of YaHuWaH 's Holy Spirit by accepting Him, put your Faith in Him. Then, by His grace and power obey His commandments and produce spiritual fruit. Finally one may ask for spiritual gifts. The Most High has promised to meet such requests. Do not, however, confuse the Holy Spirit with His fruit, His gifts or His Baptism. Each is a different thing.