WHAT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

By Dr. Lee Warren, B.A., D.D. 

(c) 2002 PLIM REPORT, Vol. 11 #3

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 Introduction

In these chaotic times many Christians and Bible students often asked questions concerning the Godhead, such as “What is the Holy Spirit, what is it’s purpose, and what is its name?” These questions are asked because the ministers and teachers of the Bible have failed to give sufficient evidence to their congregations on such basic fundamental principles as Spirit or the Godhead. It is the same reason why the students in public schools are functional illiterates because of the school system’s failure to teach them the fundamental sound principles of reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Now, according to Christian tradition, the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, which consists of the Father, Word or Son and the Holy Spirit (1 Jn. 5:7). It has been taught since the Nicene Council (325 AD) that the Holy Spirit consist of three distinct personalities that agree in ONE.

Describing the structure of the Godhead as “three distinct personalities” rather than as three states creates more questions than it answers in Christians’ minds. This issue will be addressed later in this article.

This article will also focus of the following questions: “What is the Holy Spirit? What is it name? How doest it operates in conjunction with the consciousness of man?” 

 Holy Spirit in the Old Testament

 In the Old Testament of the Bible or the Law and the Prophets and the Psalms (Isa. 8:20) only King David mentions the Holy Spirit three times in the Psalm. He writes “Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me (Ps 51:11).” “But they rebelled, and vexed his Holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. 11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him (Isa 63:10-11)?”

This is the first instance of a human mentioning the word Holy Spirit. David implies that it is a part of mankind’s consciousness and that it could be taken away. David writes “Cast me not away from thy presence,” meaning that taking away the Holy Spirit banishes the consciousness from the presence of the Father. David also writes “take not thy holy spirit from me”

This banishment is often interpreted to mean that the Holy Spirit leaves the individual just as a person leaves a physical house. Later in the article using the tabernacle pattern we will show that the Holy Spirit did not leave the individual, but goes behind the veil where there is no communication (Matt. 6:22-23).

 Hebrew words for the Holy Spirit

Now the Hebrew word for “Spirit” is in the Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary is “ruwach” (roo’-akh); from OT:7307; OT:7306; wind; by resemblance breath, i.e. a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension, a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions):

The Hebrew word for “holy” is, in the Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary, “qodesh” (ko’-desh); from OT:6944; OT:6942; a sacred place or thing; rarely abstract, sanctity: 

Is the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Elohim and Yahweh the same?

The answer to this question is yes. To prove this, one must examine the manifestations of the Spirit of Elohim and the Spirit of Yahweh and compare them with the works of the Holy Spirit.

 When examining the law and the prophets (Isa. 8:20), it describes the prophets performing all types of miracles under the power of the “Spirit of Elohim and Yahweh.” Even though these prophets had no knowledge of the Holy Spirit, they did acknowledge the “Spirit of Elohim and Yahweh.” 

The Messiah’s disciples performed these same miracles under the power of the Holy Spirit. After the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles performed even greater miracles, such as raising the dead and healing all manner of diseases and giving eternal life.

Here are a few examples in the Old Testament where the Spirit of Elohim or Yahweh was given to man revealing the 9 divine attributes (Intelligence, Wisdom, Knowledge, Love, Beauty, Justice, Foundation, Power, Strength):

      In the book of Genesis it was the Spirit of Elohim that spoke and brought forth the physical creation (Gn. 1:2), which is the Holy Spirit.

      Moses wrote that Yahweh would put His Spirit in the craftsmen that built the tabernacle in the Wilderness, which would give wisdom and knowledge. “Then Yahweh (the LORD) said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of Elohim (God), with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship (Ex 31:1-5).”  Here the Holy Spirit is instantly giving humans the knowledge or the skills to build the tabernacle. The Messiah gave His disciples the spirit to build His spiritual body - the church (Matt. 28:18-19).

      When Moses was over burdened with the people of Israel, he cried to Yahweh who took some of the Spirit of Elohim that was in Moses and put it on the 70 elders, and they began to prophesy (Num. 11:25). This prefigured the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out over the Messiah’s disciples (Acts 2;1-4). 

      The Spirit of Yahweh rested upon many of the judges, such as Orthniel, Gideon and Samson, giving them phenomenal power, which enabled them to govern Israel, and aided them to defeat the enemies of Israel (Jud. 3;10; 6:34).

      Joshua the Son of Nun was filled with the Spirit of Wisdom (Deu. 34:9).

These are a few examples that show the Spirit of Elohim, and the Spirit of Yahweh gave the divine attributes to man. The Holy Spirit was not known to many of the prophets until David wrote about it in the book of psalm.

 When was the mystery of the Holy Spirit revealed?

It was not until Elohim was manifested in the flesh (Jn. 1:14; Col. 1:14), as Yahshua the Messiah, that the mystery of the Holy Spirit and its name were revealed. In fact, most of the references to the Holy Spirit were written in the so-called New Testament.

This was due to the fact that the Apostles wrote the various books and letters, after the Messiah’s death and outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. The Messiah told them this mystery of the Holy Spirit during His ministry and they also had experience of being under its influence.

One of the first mentions of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament is when the angel Gabriel came to Mary in a vision and told her that the Holy Spirit would overshadow her and she would give birth to the Messiah (Lk. 1:35).

It was the Messiah that revealed the name and purpose of the Holy Spirit to His disciples. He told them: “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you (Jn. 14:26).” So the name of the Holy Spirit is Yahshua, which means Yahweh is Salvation.

At His ascension Yahshua gave the great commandment to His disciples that they preach the gospel in the Holy Spirit’s name. “And Yahshua came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matt 28:18-19):”

Also at the ascension, His disciples asked Him whether He would restore the kingdom of Israel. The Messiah told them that they would receive power on high from the Holy Spirit, which would establish the spiritual Kingdom of Yahweh (Acts 1:8) in men’s hearts and minds by them preaching the Gospel.

Finally, after the death, burial and resurrection of Yahshua the Messiah, He appeared to His disciples in a spiritual form (which is the Word or Son), while they were behind locked doors for fear of the Jews. “… he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost (Jn. 20:22):”

These words of the Messiah explains a great mystery of what is the holy spirit which contradicts the definition of Christendom that the Holy Spirit is a separate personality or enity. It proves that the Holy Spirit is not a separate personality, but is in fact still Yahshua, for the Holy Spirit is His breath, which is the emanation from His spiritual body. So this implies that the Holy Spirit and the Word and Son are ONE.

Now the Messiah prayed a prayer in the garden of Gethsemane with His disciples before His crucifixion. He said He and the Father are ONE. He asked Yahweh the Father to make His disciples One, as they are one (Jn. 17:21-23).

 What is the breath from Yahshua’s spiritual body?

The breath emanating from the Word’s or Son’s spiritual body is the Holy Spirit, which is also called the Spirit of Elohim or Yahweh. This means that the substance of the breath is composed of the spiritual attributes of this spiritual body. To understand this one has to understand the nature of the Father Yahweh.

The Word or Son is the first thing Yahweh - the Father, in His Pure Spirit State formed. This Pure Spirit State is often symbolically depicted as a cloud. Moses wrote the following about Yahweh appearing in a cloud “ Yahweh (the LORD) came down in a cloud, and spake unto him {Moses] … (Num 11:25)”

At the transfiguration of Yahshua at Mt. Tabor, a bright cloud appeared to the disciples, along with the souls of John the Baptist and Moses, after Yahshua took off His fleshly body and showed them His spiritual form that shone brighter than the noonday sun. Now “… a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him (Mt. 17:5).” The voice from this cloud is the father Yahweh.

Now this cloud is the Father Yahweh in the Pure State, without any form and shape. In this state, the Father is incompressible and inscrutable. He is composed of 9 primary attributes: pure intelligence, knowledge, wisdom, love, beauty, justice, foundation, power and strength. It is these attributes that in part take on the form of a man known as Elohim the Word or Son (Jn. 1:1-4). It is this form that reveals the Father to His creatures.

So returning to the original thought, the breath from the spiritual resurrected body of Elohim is composed of these divine attributes. So when he breathed on His disciples, it was these attributes that were imparted to them.

 How does the Tabernacle Pattern explains man’s consciousness?

Now the tabernacle that Moses and Israel built in the Wilderness was composed of three compartments that had nine major vessels (Exo. 25:40). It can be used as a philosophical measuring rod. The three compartments of the tabernacle compared with the threefold structure of man being: Body - Court Round About, Soul - Holy Place, and The Most Holy Place - Spirit.

Now the Most Holy Place corresponds with the brain and head cavity of man and man’s consciousness - mind, since this is the seat of authority for humans. Remember, the cloud of Yahweh was the head of the body of Israel. They moved when it moved and stopped when it stopped (Exo. 40:35-38).

One can make a comparison between the Ark of the Covenant and the cloud (Lev 16:2) and the consciousness of man and the Holy Spirit’s operation. Now the Ark of the Covenant with the ten-commandment law written on the two tables of stones thereon represents man’s consciousness. This is represented by the various functions laid down in the consciousness by Elohim, such as thinking, reason, feelings, perception, instincts, etc. This is also the definition of the mind.

Remember, the cloud sat above the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant and Moses heard the voice speak from this cloud (Ex. 25:22). It represents the Holy Spirit directing mankind’s consciousness whether one is consciousness of this fact or not. Those of us that are the sons of light are conscious of this fact (Eph. 5:8-13). Now those in spiritual darkness are not consciousn of this fact for the spirit has blinded them.

Paul wrote that this was a great mystery “…the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 To them Elohim (God) willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col 1:26-27).”

 Conclusion

In this short article we have explained the mystery of the Holy Spirit. What is it? What is its purpose? What is it name? How it operates in conjunction with the consciousness of man? We showed by the scriptures that the spirit of Elohim and the spirit of Yahweh in the Old Testament are another manifestations of the Holy Spirit by the miracle the prophets did. In His ministry Yahshua the Messiah made this mystery known to His disciples.

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