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The Holy Spirit is a Woman November 26, 2010


Among the most ancient Christians it was understood that the Holy Spirit is female.  The earliest gospel, Mark, states that the Holy Spirit descended like a dove.  The word for “dove” in Greek is peristera, and it carries the feminine gender.  The Hebrew word ruach meaning “Spirit” is also feminine.  The Hebrew phrase Ruach Elohim is used throughout the Old Testament for “Spirit of God.”

Here are some quotes from early Christians, which affirm the femininity of the Holy Spirit:

The primordial consciousness permanently exists as three: Father, Mother, and Son.[1]

The Holy Spirit is the mother of all living.[2]

Elchasai asserts that the male is the Son of God, and that the female is the Holy Spirit.[3]

Christ sits on a throne at the right hand of God, and “On God’s left sits a Virgin on a throne, the Holy Spirit, and she praises him.  Seven virgins are at her command.”[4]

The seven virgins are apparently a reference to the idea that the Holy Spirit gives forth seven spirits from Herself – an idea that is mentioned by numerous Biblical Prophets, as we shall see shortly.

The Gnostics called the primordial Goddess “Mother,” “Virgin,” “Womb,” and “Voice.”[5] Indeed, there are a large number of Gnostic sources that clearly assert that the Holy Spirit is female:

The Logos brings them back to the Father, Mother, and limitless pleasures of Jesus.[6]

The Holy Spirit came upon Mary, that is, Sophia and the Most High.  This was the creative force, and it was stashed away, so that what was given to Mary could be fashioned by the Spirit.[7]

Callistus says that the Spirit became incarnate in the virgin.[8]

I am the Father, I am the Mother, and I am the Son.  I am the sanctified indestructible One. [9]

She was the first thought of the Everything.  Her light is like His light, the perfection of the invisible – the perfect Virgin Spirit.[10]

I praise the Primal Origin, the aons, and these three:  the Father, the Mother, and the Son.[11]

When the Father created the universe, he left a lot for the Mother.[12]

Irenaeus described a Gnostic idea that Sophia, in the form of Achamoth, will marry the Christ.[13] A similar idea is known to exist from Revelation and from drawings in the Catacombs; that the Church is female, and Christ will marry the Church.

Early Catholic circles were no exception.  They also declared the femininity of the Holy Spirit, calling her “Sophia,” which is the Greek name for Divine Wisdom personified as a woman.

The Logos, who is the Son, was always with the Father.  Sophia also, who is the Spirit, was in God’s presence before anything was created.[14]

The Trinity is God, his Logos, and his Sophia.[15]

This was before the Virgin Mary replaced the Holy Spirit as the primary symbol of female divinity in the Orthodox and Catholic Churches – something that did not happen until several hundred years after Jesus walked the earth.

As for the Virgin Mary, she was not the real biological mother of Jesus.  Mary was only a womb into which he was placed after he was conceived.  The real mother of Jesus is the Holy Spirit.  Jesus himself testifies to this effect, as did his early followers:

My Mother, the Holy Spirit, took me by one of my hairs and carried me to Mount Tabor.[16]

It should be noted here that this comes from the Gospel of the Hebrews, which received an endorsement from Eusebius around 310 AD.  Eusebius was no Gnostic.  He was an Orthodox Christian who despised all forms of heresy.  Several Gnostic books he discarded.  Yet he endorsed the Gospel of the Hebrews, which contains this quote.  Here is what Eusebius said:

Some have found a place in the list for ‘The Gospel of Hebrews’ since it has a unique appeal to Hebrews who believe in Christ.  These books (in the list) would all be grouped together with the disputed books, but I feel compelled to list the latter separately, making a distinction between those books which, according to church tradition, are recognized as authentic – and those in a different category, not Biblical, but disputed and familiar to most clergymen, for we should not confuse these with the forgeries published by heretics…”[17]

Early Gnostic sources follow below:

Jesus said, “My mother, my true mother, gave me life…”[18]

People say Mary got pregnant by the Holy Spirit, but they are wrong.  Since when has a woman procreated with another woman?  Mary is a virgin.  Nothing had sex with her.[19]

This idea is corroborated by Luke, where the angel says to Mary,

The Holy Spirit will come to you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  Therefore, that holy one to whom you shall give birth will be called the Son of God.[20]

We have all heard that the Holy Spirit came to Mary, but who is this other character named the “Most High?”  Translated into Hebrew, the “Most High” is Elyon, who is mentioned many times in the Old Testament, and in the English Bibles is translated consistently as the “Most High.”  Elyon is a derivative of El, the Father-God of the ancient Hebrews and of their Western Semitic kinfolk.

In other words, it was God the Father and the Holy Spirit who conceived Jesus Christ.  The “biological” parents of Jesus are the other two members of the Trinity.  Mary had nothing to do with it.  Rather, her womb was merely used to incubate Jesus after conception.  God did this in order to deceive the hound of hell, the princes of the pit, and the archons of Abaddon into believing Jesus was more human than he really was, so that when he descended into the underworld to preach the gospel to the dead, Abaddon would believe he was only a dead man, and fail to recognize him as a living God.  Thus Jesus was a Trojan horse in hell who “led captives out of hell and gave gifts to human kind – for what does it mean that he ascended but that he first descended?”  As the Apostle wrote, “The gospel was preached to the dead.”[21]

Wisdom is personified in the book of Proverbs in such a way that She is equal with God.  The Hebrew word for Wisdom, Chokmah, carries the feminine gender.  The Greek word for Wisdom, Sophia, also carries the feminine gender.  Both ancient Jewish and ancient Christian authorities point to Her co-divinity with God, as we shall demonstrate.  Speaking as Wisdom in the first person, the Bible states,

YHWH possessed (qanah) Me (Wisdom) from the beginning of His way, before his ancient works.  I was appointed from before infinity, from the beginning, before the cosmos existed.[22]

From this we can clearly see that Wisdom is coeternal with God – not created by God.

We should note that the RSV’s and JPS’s translation of the Hebrew word qanah as “created” is in the minority.  More translations accept the meaning “to possess,” such as the KJV, NIV, the Standard Version, the Authorized Version of 1611, Webster’s, and World English – all of these acknowledge a meaning other than “created.”  The New American Bible translates it “begot,” just as the Son was begotten, not created.  In any case, the context makes the meaning plain enough.  As Origen said,

We have not been able to find anything in Scripture which indicates that the Holy Spirit was formed or created – not even in the way Solomon speaks about Divine Wisdom.[23]

Moreover, She is not found alone with God, but with the Word beside Her – and so the Blessed Trinity is revealed in Proverbs,

Listen to Wisdom (Chokmah, feminine) and set your heart towards Understanding (Tawboon, masculine).  Yes, if you call out for Knowledge (Beenah, feminine) and lift up your voice for Understanding (Tawboon, masculine)… For YHWH gives Wisdom (Chokmah, feminine).  Out of His mouth comes discernment and Understanding (Tawboon, masculine).[24]

Given the similarity in meaning between the Hebrew Tawboon and the Greek Logos, both of which are masculine in gender, we can identify Tawboon with Logos, Understanding with Christ.  Thus we have here Son and Spirit, Understanding and Wisdom, together with God, completing the Holy Trinity.

That the early church identified Lady Wisdom with the Holy Spirit is beyond a doubt,

For the Word and Wisdom were always present with God, the Son and the Spirit, by Whom and in Whom He freely and spontaneously created everything.  These are the Ones to Whom He said, “Let us make man in Our own image and likeness… Therefore, it was not angels who made us.”[25]

The Word, Who is the Son, was always with the Father.  Wisdom, too, Who is the Spirit, was in God’s presence before anything was created.  For the Spirit declared by Solomon, “By Wisdom God set the foundations of the earth, and by Understanding He set up the heaven.  By His knowledge the Deep burst forth and the clouds dropped down the dew…”  and again, “When he began the heavens, I was with Him…”  Therefore, there is one God, Who, by the Word and Wisdom created and arranged everything.”[26]

The ancient Jews confirmed Her divinity also, as their interpretations of Proverbs bear witness,

Wisdom came forth before all things, and prudent Understanding from eternity.[27]

Wisdom will praise Herself… “From eternity, in the beginning He brought Me forth, and for eternity I will never cease to exist.”[28]

She knows and understands everything.[29]

Wisdom is more versatile than any motion.  Since She is pure, she pervades and penetrates everything.  She is the breath (Ruach/Spirit) of God’s power, and the spotless emanation of the Almighty’s glory.  Thus, no unclean thing finds a place within Her.  She is the reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of God’s works, the image of His goodness.  She is only one, but She can accomplish anything, and being within Herself, She rejuvenates everything.  Throughout all generations She lives within holy souls, making them God’s friends and His prophets.[30]

This last quote is especially interesting, since it points to the fact that ancient pre-Christian Judaism identified Wisdom with the Spirit of prophecy, a trait of the Holy Spirit.

So Why Do They Call the Holy Spirit “He,” Not “She?”

Certainly, English Bibles have been calling the Holy Spirit “He” according to the masculine gender for a long time.  You might ponder, “There must be a reason for this.”  Indeed there is!  Jesus said,

But the Parakletos, Who is the Holy Spirit, Who the Father will send in My name, He will teach you everything…”[31]

The pronoun “He” is demanded since the Greek word Parakletos, is a masculine noun.  It means “advocate” (or “comforter” as Origen and the KJV would have it).

Many Christians regard the word Paraklete as a proper name for the Holy Spirit, but this assumption is false, because the Holy Spirit is not the only Paraklete.

If anyone sins, we have a Parakletos Who is with the Father – Jesus Christ the righteous.[32]

We see here that Jesus Christ is a Paraklete along with the Holy Spirit, Who is another Paraklete.

I (Christ) will pray to the Father and He will give you another Parakletos, Who will live with you forever, even the Spirit of truth.[33]

What does the term “another” mean except that there must be at least two Parakletes, the Son and the Spirit.  Therefore, the word “Paraklete” cannot be a specific name for the Holy Spirit.  It is not a proper name.  It is only a descriptive noun whose gender is incidental and unimportant.  Once this is grasped, the masculinity of the Holy Spirit becomes completely unnecessary.

Another reason for why the Holy Spirit is traditionally called “He” occurs because of Hebrew-Greek translation issues.  As discussed above, the Hebrew word Ruach, a feminine noun meaning breath, wind, or spirit, was used frequently in the Hebrew Bible in the phrase Ruach Elohim which means “Spirit of God.”  Thus, the Holy Spirit of the Old Testament is undoubtedly feminine.  When the Hebrew was translated into Greek, the Greek word Pneuma was chosen to substitute for Ruach, since it also meant breath, wind, or spirit.  But the gender was lost in translation, for Pneuma carries a neuter gender.  Thus, the phrase Pneuma to Agion, which is used very commonly throughout the New Testament and means “Holy Spirit,” actually possesses a neuter gender.  We can see the linguistic tension displayed by studying several translations of Acts 8:15-16,

He prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for IT had not yet fallen on any of them – RSV

He prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet HE was fallen upon none of them) – KJV

Prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them – NIV

The RSV preserves the most literal meaning, calling the Holy Spirit an “it,” according to pneuma’s neuter gender.

The KJV calls the Holy Spirit “He” in an attempt to preserve the Personhood of the Trinity’s third member, but the literal translation demands the pronoun “It.”

The NIV attempts to sidestep the issue altogether, intentionally ignoring the actual Greek and spelling out the noun again when, in fact, the Greek text demands a pronoun instead.

In any case, the Holy Spirit is most definitely female.  Furthermore, She gives forth seven spirits from Herself:

Wisdom (Sophia) has built Her house.  She has hewn out Her seven pillars… She says, “Come, eat My bread and drink the wine I have mixed.”[34]

Grace and peace be with you from Him Who is, Who was, and Who is to come, and from the seven Spirits Who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ… I saw seven golden candlesticks… seven stars.[35]

Behold!  A candlestick of gold, with a bowl on top, and seven lamps, and seven passageways to each lamp.[36]

There are seven eyes on that stone.[37]

These are the seven eyes of Yahweh, which run to and fro across the whole earth.[38]

 

 

 

 

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[1] The Trimorphic Protennoia, Nag Hammadi 13:37

[2] The Apocryphon of John, Nag Hammadi 2:10

[3] Hippolytus.  The Refutation of All Heresies 9:8

[4] On the Origin of the World, Nag Hammadi 2:105

[5] The Trimorphic Protennoia, Nag Hammadi 13:38

[6] The Gospel of Truth, Nag Hammadi 1:24

[7] Hippolytus.  The Refutation of All Heresies 6:30

[8] Hippolytus.  The Refutation of All Heresies 9:7

[9] The Apocryphon of John, Nag Hammadi 2:2

[10] The Apocryphon of John, Nag Hammadi 2:4-5

[11] The Apocryphon of John, Nag Hammadi 2:9

[12] The Dialogue of the Savior, Nag Hammadi 3:144

[13] Irenaeus.  Against Heresies 1.7.1

[14] Irenaeus.  Against Heresies 4.20.3-4, 4.20.1

[15] Theophilus.  To Autolycus 2:15

[16] The Gospel of the Hebrews

[17] Eusebius.  The History of Church 3:25

[18] The Gospel of Thomas 101

[19] The Gospel of Philip, Nag Hammadi 2:55

[20] Luke 1:35

[21] Ephesians 4:8-9, 1st Peter 4:6, 3:19

[22] Proverbs 8:22-23

[23] Origen, 225 AD

[24] Proverbs 2:2-6

[25] Irenaeus, 180 AD, Against Heresies 4.20.1

[26] Irenaeus, 180 AD, Against Heresies 4.20.3-4

[27] Sirach 1:4

[28] Sirach 24:1,9

[29] Wisdom of Solomon 9:11

[30] Wisdom of Solomon 7:24-27

[31] John 14:26

[32] 1st John 2:1

[33] John 14:16

[34] Proverbs 9:1, 9:5

[35] Revelation 1:4-5, 1:12-20

[36] Zechariah 4:2

[37] Zechariah 3:9

 

Our Mother the Ruach HaKodesh March 4, 2010


The Sabbath Bride
Part 2: The Ministry of the Ruach HaKodesh
By James Trimm

The sad truth is that many do not understand the Ruach HaKodesh, and even fewer understand the ministry of the Ruach HaKodesh, a ministry which is absolutely key to the Assembly of Elohim.

Our Mother the Ruach HaKodesh

We were created in the image of Elohim (Gen. 1:26-27; 1Cor. 11:7). This Image of Elohim is an invisible image of attributes, which make up the godhead (Col. 1:15; Rom. 1:27).

“What may be known of Elohim is manifest in them [mankind] his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead…”
(Rom. 1:19)

Then in Rom. 1:26-28 we are told that those who fail to perceive these things may fall into the errors of Homosexuality and Lesbianism. So when in creation were Elohim’s invisible attributes manifested in man and made clearly seen. The answer is in the Torah, in Gen. 1:26, 27 where we read:

Then Elohim said, “Let Us make man in Our image,
according to Our likeness…
So Elohim created man in His own image;
in the image of Elohim He created him;
male and female He created them.

Now following the parallelism of the passage, “Our image”, “Our likeness” and “male and female” appear to be parallel terms.

These feminine and masculine attributes are represented in the Tanak by the Father (Jer. 31:9; Mal. 1:9; Is. 63:16; 64:8), the Mother (Is. 66:13 ) and the Son (Prov. 30:4; Ps. 2:2, 7, 12).

The female aspect of the three pillars of the Godhead is called “mother”. This is YHWH expressed to man, not in his aspect of “Father” but in the aspect of “Mother”. as we also read in the Tanak:

As one whom his mother comforts, so will I [YHWH] comfort you…
(Is. 66:13)

YHWH as a “comforter” is also known as the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) as we read in Yochanan:

…I will ask my Father and he will give you another Comforter that will be with you forever,
The Spirit of Truth …

(Jn. 14:16-17)

…the comforter, the Ruach HaKodesh, whom my Father will send in my name,…
(Jn. 14:27)

…when the Comforter comes. Whom I will send you from my Father, the Spirit of Truth who has proceeded from my Father…
(Jn. 15:26)

…I will send the comforter to you.
(Jn. 16:7)

The Ruach HaKodesh is the Spirit of Elohim, which rested upon Messiah at his immersion:

…behold, the Spirit of Elohim descending from the heavens…and rested upon him…
(Mt. 3:16-17=Mk. 1:10-11 = Lk. 3:21-22 = Jn. 1:33)

Which is the Spirit of YHWH which rests upon Messiah in Isaiah 11:2-4:

And the Spirit of YHWH shall rest upon him, the Spirit of Wisdom (Chokmah) and Understanding (Binah) the Spirit of Counsel (Atzah) and power (Gevurah) the spirit of knowledge and of the fear (yirah) of YHWH …But with righteousness shall he judge…
(Is. 11:2-4)

This Ruach HaKodesh is clearly the “her/she” of Prov. 8:1-2, 12-18:

Does not wisdom call, And understanding put forth her voice?
Where the paths meet, she stands…I Wisdom (Chokmah) dwell with prudence…the fear (yirah) of YHWH is to hate evil…
Counsel (atzah) is mine…I am understanding (Binah) power (Geburah) is mine…. …by me rule… all judges…


 

The Holy Spirit is the Mother of Jesus July 22, 2009


Holy Spirit

According “The Gospel to the Hebrews” mother Mary is The Holy Spirit:

“Origen on John, ii. 12. And if any accept the Gospel according to the Hebrews, where the Saviour himself saith, ‘Even now did my mother the Holy Spirit take me by one of mine hairs, and carried me away unto the great mountain Thabor’, he will be perplexed, &c. . . .”

“On Jeremiah, homily xv.4. And if anyone receive that saying, ‘Even now my mother the Holy Spirit took me and carried me up unto the great mountain Thabor’, and the rest. . . .”

“On Isa. xi. 9, My mother the Holy Spirit.”

“On Ezek. xvi.13. My mother, the Holy Spirit.”

 

Feminine Gender of the Holy Spirit April 9, 2009


In the most ancient of the rare Old Syriac copies, the Siniatic Palimpsest, from the 4th or 5th century, found in the Covenant of St. Catherine in the Sinia by Mrs. Anes Lewis and transcribed by Syriac Professor R.L. Bensly of Cambridge University in 1892, the words of Jesus in John 14:26 read:

 

“But She—the Spirit-the Paraclete whom He will send to you-my Father-in my name—She will teach you everything; She will remind you of that which I have told you.”

 
 
 
 
 

Grammar Confuses the Nature of the Holy Spirit September 10, 2008


Much of the confusion among English-speaking peoples (and in English translations of the Bible) regarding the nature of the Holy Spirit centers on the Greek language’s use of gender pronouns. Greek, like the Romance languages (Spanish, French, Italian and others), uses a specific gender for every noun. Every object, animate or inanimate, is referred to as being either masculine, feminine or neuter.

A noun’s gender is usually arbitrary and has nothing to do with whether it in reality refers to something masculine or feminine. For example, in French a book, livre, is referred to in the masculine sense, as a “he.” In German, a girl, mädchen, is referred to in the neuter sense, as an “it.” By contrast, in English, nouns that aren’t specifically masculine or feminine are referred to as “it.”

In the New Testament, the words used most often in reference to the Holy Spirit are a mixture of masculine and neuter. The Greek word parakletos is translated “Comforter” or “Helper.” The comforter that Christ promised He would send to the disciples in the 14th, 15th and 16th chapters of John is a masculine word and thus would be referred to by the pronouns “he,” “him,” “his” and “himself” throughout those chapters. However, this is strictly a grammatical tool and not a statement on the nature of the Holy Spirit.

The other word used most often of the Holy Spirit is the Greek word pneuma. It is translated as “breath” or “spirit” and means breath, breeze, wind or spirit. It is the root of our modern word pneumatic, meaning pertaining to or operated by air or wind. Pneuma is a grammatically neuter word and thus should be referred to in English by such neuter terms as “it,” “its” or “itself.”

The translators of the King James Version, influenced by the Trinity doctrine, generally mistranslated pronouns referring to pneuma as masculine rather than neuter. There are a few exceptions in the KJV in which the translation was properly handled, such as Romans 8:16: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”

Later English translations of the Bible, following the lead of the King James Version, translated references to the Holy Spirit as masculine, thus it is almost always referred to as “he” or “him” in modern versions. GN

— Scott Ashley–

 

Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, Paraclete, Advocate, Comforter July 17, 2008


The Old Testament
In the OT the spirit of the Lord (ruah yhwh; LXX, to pneuma kyriou)
is generally an expression for God’s power, the extension of himself
whereby he carries out many of his mighty deeds (e.g., 1 Kings 8:12;
Judg. 14:6ff; 1 Sam. 11:6). As such, “spirit” sometimes finds
expression in ways similar to other modes of God’s activity, such
as “the hand of God” (Ps. 19:1; 102:25); “the word of God” (Ps. 33:6;
147:15, 18); and the “wisdom of God” (Exod. 28:3; 1 Kings 3:28; Job
32:8). The origins of the word “spirit” in both Hebrew (ruah) and
Greek (pneuma) are similar, stemming from associations with “breath”
and “wind,” which were connected by ancient cultures to unseen
spiritual force, hence “spirit” (cf. John 3:8, note the association
with air in English; e.g., “pneumatic,” “respiration, ” etc.). The AV
uses the term “Holy Ghost” for “Holy Spirit” based on an obsolete
usage of the word “ghost” (from Middle English and Anglo-Saxon,
originally meaning “breath,” “spirit”, cf. the German Geist). Thus it
is understandable that God’s creative word (Gen. 1:3ff.) is closely
akin to God’s creative breath (Gen. 2:7). Both ideas are identified
elsewhere with God’s spirit. As an agent in creation, God’s spirit is
the life principle of both men and animals (Job 33:4; Gen. 6:17;
7:15).

The primary function of the spirit of God in the OT is as the spirit
of prophecy. God’s spirit is the motivating force in the inspiration
of the prophets, that power which moved sometimes to ecstasy but
always to the revelation of God’s message, expressed by the prophets
with “thus saith the Lord.” Prophets are sometimes referred to
as “men of God” (1 Sam. 2:27; 1 Kings 12:22; etc.); in Hos. 9:7 they
are “men of the Spirit.” The general implication in the OT is that
the prophets were inspired by the spirit of God (Num. 11:17; 1 Sam.
16:15; Mic. 3:8; Ezek. 2:2; etc.).

The phrase “Holy Spirit” appears in two contexts in the OT, but is
qualified both times as God’s holy Spirit (Ps. 51:11; Isa. 63:10-11,
14), such that it is clear that God himself is the referent, not the
Holy Spirit which is encountered in the NT. The OT does not contain
an idea of a semi-independent divine entity, the Holy Spirit. Rather,
we find special expressions of God’s activity with and through men.
God’s spirit is holy in the same way his word and his name are holy;
they are all forms of his revelation and, as such, are set in
antithesis to all things human or material. The OT, especially the
prophets, anticipates a time when God, who is holy (or “other
than/separate from” men; cf. Hos. 11:9) will pour out his spirit on
men (Joel 2:28ff.; Isa. 11:1ff.; Ezek. 36:14ff.). who will themselves
become holy. The Messiah/ Servant of God will be the one upon whom
the spirit rests (Isa. 11:1ff.; 42:1ff.; 63:1ff.), and will
inaugurate the time of salvation (Ezek. 36:14ff.; cf. Jer. 31:31ff.).

Intertestamental Judaism
Within intertestamental Judaism several significant developments
shaped the idea of “Holy Spirit” as it was understood in NT times.
After the OT prophets had proclaimed the coming of the Spirit in the
messianic age of salvation, Judaism had developed the idea that the
spirit of prophecy had ceased within Israel with the last of the
biblical prophets (Syriac Bar. 85:3; 1 Macc. 4:46; 14:41; etc.; cf.
Ps. 74:9). Consequently, there arose from time to time a hope of the
dawning of the new age, especially within the apocalyptic movement,
which generally pointed to a supposed messiah and/or prophetic
reawakening of some kind (cf. Acts 5:34ff.). The Qumran community is
illustrative of this, since it understood itself to be involved in
the fulfillment of Israel’s messianic hope as the “preparers of the
way of the Lord” (Isa. 40:3; cf. 1QS 8. 14-16). The Qumran literature
also shows increased identification of the spirit of prophecy
with “God’s Holy Spirit” (1QS 8. 16; Zadokite Documents II. 12). The
phrase, “the Holy Spirit,” occasionally occurs in Judaism (IV Ezra
14:22; Ascension of Isa. 5:14; etc.), but, as in the rabbis, it
generally meant “God’s spirit of prophecy.” Thus, the messaianic
expectation of Judaism, which included the eschatological outpouring
of God’s spirit (e.g., 1 Enoch 49:3, citing Isa. 11:2; cf. Sybilline
Oracle III, 582, based on Joel 2:28ff.), was bound up with the
conviction that the Spirit had ceased in Israel with the last of the
prophets; the Holy Spirit was understood as God’s spirit of prophecy,
which would be given again in the new age to a purified Israel in
conjunction with the advent of a messiah.

The concept of the Holy Spirit was broadened through the Wisdom
Literature, especially in the personification of wisdom as that idea
came into contact with the idea of Spirit. As early as Prov. 8:22ff.
and Job 28:25ff. wisdom is presented as a more or less independent
aspect of God’s power (here as agent in creation), and wisdom is
credited with functions and characteristics that are attributed to
the Holy Spirit in the NT. Wisdom proceeded from the mouth of God and
covered the earth as a mist at creation (Sir. 24:3); she is the
breath of the power of God (Wisd. Solomon 7:25); and by means of his
wisdom God formed man (Wisd. Sol. 9:2). The Lord poured out wisdom
upon all his works, and she dwells with all flesh (Sir. 1:9-10).
Moreover, wisdom is full of spirit, and indeed is identified with the
Spirit (Wisd. Sol. 7:22; 9:1; cf. 1:5). Thus the Jews of NT times
were familiar with the background of these ideas as they are
variously expressed in the NT, ideas which use these background
concepts but move beyond them to some unexpected conclusions. Indeed,
Jesus taught that his messiahship and the corresponding outpouring of
the Spirit were firmly rooted in OT understanding (Luke 4:18ff.,
citing Isa. 61:1-2), and, similar to intertestamental Judaism,
understood the messianic Spirit of the Lord to be the Holy Spirit
(Matt. 12:32), the spirit which had foretold through the prophets
that the coming Messiah would inaugurate the age of salvation with
the pouring out of the Spirit on all flesh….

Advocate, (Gr. parakletos), one who pleads another’s cause, who helps
another by defending or comforting him. It is a name given by Christ
three times to the Holy Ghost (John 14:16; 15:26; 16:7, where the
Greek word is rendered “Comforter,” q.v.).

Comforter, the designation of the Holy Ghost (John 14:16, 26; 15:26;
16:7; R.V. marg., “or Advocate, or Helper; Gr. paracletos”) . The same
Greek word thus rendered is translated “Advocate” in 1 John 2:1 as
applicable to (the Comforter to be sent by) Christ. It means
properly “one who is summoned to the side of another” to help him in
a court of justice by defending him, “one who is summoned to plead a
cause.”

Spirit, Breath
Ruah: “breath; air; strength; wind; breeze; spirit; courage; temper;
Spirit.” This noun has cognates in Ugaritic, Aramaic, and Arabic. The
word occurs about 378 times and in all periods of biblical Hebrew…

Ruah frequently represents the element of life in a man, his
natural “spirit”: “And all flesh died that moved upon the earth,…
All in whose nostrils was the breath of life …” (Gen. 7:21-22). In
these verses the animals have a “spirit” (cf. Ps. 104:29). On the
other hand, in Prov. 16:2 the word appears to mean more than just the
element of life; it seems to mean “soul”: “All the ways of a man are
clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits
[NASB, “motives”].” Thus, Isaiah can put nepes, “soul,” and ruah in
synonymous parallelism: “With my soul have I desired thee in the
night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early …”
(26:9). It is the “spirit” of a man that returns to God (Eccl. 12:7).

… the Bible often speaks of God’s “Spirit,” the third person of the
Trinity. This is the use of the word in its first biblical
occurrence: “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness
was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the
face of the waters” (Gen. 1:2). Isa. 63:10-11 and Ps. 51:12
specifically speak of the “holy or free Spirit.” “

Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, Paraclete, Advocate, Comforter
http://www.mb-soft. com/believe/ text/holyspir. htm

“If we follow Him (Jesus) then we cannot be conditioned by anything
because He talked of Spirit only. Spirit cannot be conditioned,
conditioned by anything. . . . I am here to tell you all these things
which Christ could not tell, and to fulfil what He wanted to say. All
those things I am saying to you.”

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Christmas Puja, Delhi, India — December 24, 1995

“The Kundalini rises through a very thin line of Brahmanadi. In the
beginning only a hair like thing rises, it pierces through; in some
people ,of course, in a big way it rises also. And then it pierces
this fontanel bone area which is a real baptism, real. Today only
people felt the cool breeze coming out of their heads. Can you do
that by jumping, or by paying money? They felt the cool breeze in the
hand. It’s written in the Bible, even in the Bible very clearly, that
it’s the cool breeze, cool breeze is the sign of the Holy Ghost. You
start feeling the cool breeze in your hands and you start feeling the
cool breeze on your head. This is the actualization.

Of course, you people don’t read other books which are very good,
like Adi Shankaracharya, People don’t even like the mention of his
name who has really and clearly said that it is the cool breeze; the
chaitanya is to be felt like cool breeze in the hands. They do not
want that you should know the truth. And this is the truth that when
you get your realization, you have to feel the cool breeze in your
hands yourself. You have to judge yourself. I’m not going to tell
you. It is you who has to see, it is you who has to feel, and then
you have to grow and you have to know all and everything; all the
secrets of Divine Science. You become the master then, you are the
guru.

You are the Spirit, and you should get it. It’s your own which is
given to you. I have nothing to do about it. I’m just a catalyst.”

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Maccabean Hall
, Australia on March 22, 1981

 

The Holy Spirit in the Bible is regarded as: June 25, 2008


According to various Jewish/Christians scholars the Holy Spirit in
the Bible is regarded as:

1. Some mysterious, creative power of God, possessing and inspiring
humans;

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of
God dwelleth in you.
1 Corinthians 3:16

Now the Lord is that Spirit: And where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty.
2 Corinthians 3:17

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of
God
Rom. 8: 14

Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: For we know not what
we should pray for as we ought:
But the Spirit itself makes intercession for us, with groanings
which cannot be uttered.
And he that searches the heart know, what is the mind of the Spirit,
Because She makes intercessions for the saints, according to the
will of God.
Rom. 8: 26-27

2. The Spirit of God;

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the
face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:2

Then said Mary unto the angel, how shall this be, seeing I know not
a man?
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost will come
unto thee:
Therefore also that holy thing that shall be born of thee, shall be
called the Son of God.”
Luke 1:34-35

For what man knows the things of man, save the spirit of man which
is in him?
Even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit
which is of God;
That we may know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom
teaches,
But which the Holy Ghost teaches, comparing spiritual things with
spiritual.
1 Corinthians 2: 13

3. The inner principal in the `new life’ in Christ;

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because She hath anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor;
She hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to
the captives,
And recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that
are bruised
Luke 4:18

4. A quasi-physical force in the form of wind;

But knowest not whence it comes and where it goes; thus is every one
that is born of the Spirit.
John 3:8

5. The personal activity of God Himself;

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit
from me.
Psalms 51:11

6. A supreme Spirit in prophecy;

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:
But holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2 Peter 1:21

7. The Spirit which baptizes;

For John truly baptized with water;
But ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence.
Acts 1: 5

8. The mode of God’s activity in history;

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the
Father,
Even the Spirit of Truth, which proceeds from the Father, She shall
testify of Me.
John 15:26

“We might go so far, as to consider the Holy Spirit, God’s feminine
presence in the world. The primary attribute of the feminine
principle is receptivity. Therefore, the Holy Spirit demonstrates
itself through it receptivity to others. I have mentioned before,
the Kabbalist look upon Shekinah, a Hebrew term which means God’s
presence, as the feminine expression of the Divine. Likewise, in the
Genesis story, the Spirit of God is said to be “hovering” over the
void and formless world just before creation. In college, my Old
Testament Professor remarked, “It’s the idea of a hen hovering over
her egg, waiting for it to hatch.” In this sense, the Holy Spirit,
is mother God, who loves and shelters all her children without
condition. ”
http://www.cliftonunitaria n.com/

9. The living energy of a personal God;

But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of
God is come unto you.
Mat. 12:28

10. The breath of the Almighty;

By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of
them by the breath of his mouth.
Psalms 33: 6

The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty has
given me life.
Job 33: 4

Thou sendest forth Thy Spirit, they are created: and Thou renewest
the face of the earth.
Psalms 104: 30

The grass withers, the flowers fade: Because the Spirit of the Lord
blows upon it.
Isaiah 40:7

The other word used most often of the Holy Spirit is the Greek word
pneuma. It is translated as “breath” or “spirit” and means breath,
breeze, wind or spirit.”
http://www.ucgstp.org/

“The term “Spirit” translates the Hebrew word ruah, which, in its
primary sense, means breath, air, wind. Jesus indeed uses the
sensory image of the wind to suggest to Nicodemus the transcendent
newness of him who is personally God’s breath, the divine Spirit.”
J. Cardinal Ratzinger, Catechism of the Catholic Church
(J.C.R., Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994, p. 182.)

11. The Spirit in supernatural endowments of ethical and spiritual
understanding;

I have heard of thee that the Spirit of the Gods is in thee,
And the Light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in
thee.
Daniel 51:14

And the Spirit of the Lord 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 the Lord.
Isaiah 11: 2

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man, to profit
withal.
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; To another the
word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
To another faith by the same Spirit; To another the gifts of healing
by the same Spirit;
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; To another
discerning of spirits;
To another diverse kinds of tongues; To another the interpretation
of tongues;
But all these worketh that one and selfsame Spirit.
1. Corinthians 11: 7-11

12. The Spirit of wisdom and judgment;

But there is a Spirit in man: And the inspiration of Almighty gives
them understanding.
Great men are not always wise: Neither do the aged understand
judgement
Job 32:8-9

Turn you at My reproof: Behold, I will pour out My Spirit unto you,
I will make known My Words unto you.
Proverbs 1:23

13. The mode of human communion with God;

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit
upon all flesh;
And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall
dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions, and also upon the servants and
upon the handmaidens,
In those days will I pour out My Spirit.
Joel 2:28-29

14. The mode of transmitting God’s revelation to humans;

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord has anointed
me,
To peach good tidings unto the meek; He has sent me to bind up the
broken-hearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison
to them that are bound.
Isaiah 61:1

15. The Spirit which liberates;

Now the Lord if that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty.
2 Corinthians 3:17

16. The Spirit which brings renewal;

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to
His mercy He saved us,
By the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
Titus 3: 5

17. The Spirit which brings hope;

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad
in our hearts,
By the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.
Rom. 5:5

Now may the God of hope fill you with all the joy,
And peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, by the power of
the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

18. The Spirit which comforts;

I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter,
That may abide with you forever.
John 14: 16

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the
Father,
Even the Spirit of Truth which preceedeth from the Father, She shall
testify of me.
And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from
the beginning.
John 15: 26-27

 

 
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