The Holy Spirit of God

The topic of “the Holy Spirit” is mysterious to many people. It is vital to understand God’s word clearly about this subject. God’s children should not rely on anyone’s word concerning this subject, but the Bible itself.

1 John 2:27: “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

The Bible Definition of the Word “SPIRIT”:

Spirit” = [7307] Hebrew, [4151] Greek. Consider these definitions carefully.

Ruwach (Roo-ahk); [7307 Hebrew]. Strong’s Bible dictionary says: “Spirit, wind, or breath, from 7306.” (Spirit-7307 comes from the Hebrew root word Spirit-7306).

Gesenius’ Hebrew definition for ruwach is: “Breath of the mouth; to breath out; creative words of God; breath of air in motion; mode of thinking; will and counsel; steadfast mind.”

Gesenius’ Hebrew Dictionary gives this definition for the root word Spirit [7306]:“breathing in as to smell, smell with pleasure, to be pleased with smell, of breathing in.”

If a living person breathes in, what will he eventually have to do? He will have to breathe out! When they speak words out of the mouth, that wind is described as spirit. [7307 spirit].

Breathing in, or accepting air inwardly, is referred to as “ruwach.” Spirit [7306] is when we accept what comes out of someone’s mouth and allow it to enter our mind. Prayer is what comes out of one’s mouth and enters the ears of God. Prayer is received into the mind as breath is inhaled into the lungs. Here is an example of this concept.

Leviticus 26:31: “And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell [7306] the savour of your sweet odours [prayer].”

Savour is defined as: “To appreciate fully; enjoy or relish; a distinctive quality or sensation.”

Odours is defined as: “The property or quality of a thing that affects, stimulates, or is perceived by the sense of smell. A strong, pervasive quality: An odor of sadness permeated the gathering. Esteem; repute: a doctrine that is not currently in good odor.” Notice the following uses of ruwach when it refers to odours:

Deuteronomy 4:28: “And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell [7306].” Images cannot and do not receive prayers!

Amos 5:21: “I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell [7306] in your solemn assemblies.” God told these people He would not respect, honour, or receive their worship, because they were rebellious.

Breathing out or expelling is ruwach [7307]. Think all of this through! Have you ever heard of a dead person carrying on a conversation? Of course not! A dead person cannot carry on a conversation because there is no breath [spirit (7307) or wind] in him. In other words, they cannot talk or breathe.

Try an experiment: hold your breath and try talking. If you do it correctly, no air should come out of your lungs, or sound out of your mouth. This is because there is no air moving through your voice box. When a person is talking and air is moving through their voice box, they are expressing what is in their mind, or what they are thinking about. This is expressed as ruwach (spirit [7307]) or moving air.

Try to communicate clearly without any air moving out of your lungs. You can’t do it, can you? Now breathe out and say something at the same time. You have just successfully communicated! You have shared your spirit [7307] by speaking. (See Galatians 3:5)

An Example of Ministering Spirit

Suppose I ask you to go to my spouse and ask her for my car keys that are next to her desk. What do you suppose she will do? She will give you the keys!

Now, who was talking to her? You were! Whom do you think she heard when you spoke? Right again, she heard me speaking through your mouth because I was the only one who knew where the keys were. You were speaking for me! You were a messenger, and you carried the thoughts of my mind to her. You actually gave her my spirit or thinking, and she responded just as if I were speaking to her at that time.

Matthew 10:20: “For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”

The Spirit of God is the mind of God that has been revealed or expressed to us in words or knowledge. The Spirit of God has great power, so much power [authority] that whatever God says happens. So much power that heaven and earth will pass away, but not His Word [Spirit]. His word will not come back void.

Isaiah 55:11: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit [4151] of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.” (2 Thessalonians 2:8)

Scriptures Confirm this Point

Romans 1:20: “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”

What do you suppose the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world were? Think for a moment. The thoughts of the Father and Son were invisible while they were involved in creation. But, they are now clearly seen. How? We can understand what they were thinking by the things that were made. Christ’s thoughts were made manifest when He spoke creation into existence. When looking at creation, you can understand what the Father and Son were thinking. Let us look at another scripture to confirm this.

Genesis 1:2 states: “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit [7307] of God moved upon the face of the waters [deep].” The Spirit of God moving upon the face of the waters is the same as “and God said.” God spoke what was in His mind and it happened. If you look at verse three, it tells you so. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” The invisible things of Christ from the creation of the world were His thoughts. If a person were able to be there and listen to what was going on, he would have heard what was said, “let there be light [God’s breath moving upon the waters].