In the Bible, the use of the word “spirit” is rampant. And it is used in many different instances and forms and at times have different meanings. When we think of the Spirit of God, some of us may be thinking the Holy Spirit (as in the third member of the “trinity”).
However, the Holy Spirit has many different forms and uses and in this short article, I hope to broaden your understanding on this topic, so that you do not use the term loosely or incorrectly as it pertains to the Word of God.
We must be definitive when using the term Holy Spirit or Spirit of God, because they are used differently throughout the scripture.
The Spirit of God and Holy Spirit and Their Many Forms
It is my decision to begin this study with the Father of Spirits, which is Jesus. In Hebrews chapter 12 and verses 9, the writer tells us we should have reverence for the Father just as much as we’ve had respect for our earthly fathers.
9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
This scripture shows us the Father is a Spirit, and also that He is the Father of spirits. This does not mean He is a ‘puff’ of smoke but that He is not made of flesh and blood.
I would not be brazen or blasphemous to say the Father is Holy, which simply makes the Father a ‘Holy Spirit’. And if the Father is the Father of spirits, He has children. His first sets of children are the angels (also known as Cherubim’s).
The Spirit of God and Holy Spirit Study
We learn the angels are children of God through Job as he was being asked a series of very hard questions for any man to answer. The question was ‘where were you when the morning stars sang together and the sons of God shouted for joy’ as God was creating the earth?
The sons of God (also the morning stars) are the angels. Satan was among those morning stars that sang. He was known as Lucifer then, and was called son of the morning (Isaiah 14 v12). The Lord then tells us He makes His angels spirits and flames of fire (Psalm 104 v4, Hebrews 1 v7).
The angels are spirits and can appear as or in a flame of fire as one did when meeting Moses in the burning bush. The angels that did not rebel against God and remained in Heaven are still ‘Holy’ Spirits.
Rebellious Angels are No Longer Holy!
The angels that rebelled and were cast into the earth are known as evil spirits, demons, devils, seducing spirits, among many names. They are no longer holy. Angels of God are still Holy spirits, and God uses them to minister or serve Him in assisting man to attain salvation (Hebrews 1 v14).
The angels are spirits (Holy spirits) sent to minister to us about the Lord so we can attain eternal life. The angels are not God; they are ministering spirits, cherubim’s, and angels of God. They are also known as the Comforter.
St. John 14 v26
26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
The Comforter is the Holy Ghost/Spirit…!
The comforter, which is the Holy Ghost (slang for Spirit), Jesus, says the Father will send (in the name of Jesus), and He will teach us all things and bring all things to our memory of all Jesus told His disciples (and us today) through their writings.
This was done throughout the entire Bible, but most recently after Jesus ascension into Heaven through the writings of John in Revelations chapter two and chapter three where the Angels of the seven churches went and told what will happen hereafter.
Revelation chapter 2
12And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
17He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
18And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
29He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
If we’re paying attention, we will see that the angel of the church is relaying a message to the church as in verses 12. After the message, it says whoever has an ear should hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Angel and Spirit are one of the same and when we say Holy Spirit, we very well can be speaking of the Holy angels of God, if we are not definitive about the context of which we speak.
The Spirit of God and Holy Spirit – The Word of God
Another form of spirit or Holy Spirit is the Word of God. And this is meant not in the sense of Jesus Christ who is the Word of God. No, we mean the actual words of God we read in the Bible. Jesus said the reason He came into the world is to rule and to bear witness to the truth.
He would bear witness to all who will hear His voice (St. John 18 v37-38). Pilate then asked Jesus, what is truth? Jesus, in a prayer to the Father asking the Father to separate His followers from the world using the truth, told us that the Father’s Word is Truth (St. John 17 v17).
The Words of the Father, which Jesus Christ brought to us, is Truth. However, they are also Spirit because Jesus says the words He speak they are spirit and they are life.
St. John 6
63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
The Flesh Profits Nothing…
The Word of God, the words that Jesus speaks to us, they are spirit, they are life, they are holy. This makes them Holy Spirit. This is why when you blaspheme the Holy Spirit (the Father or the Word of God in that you speak or teach against it) there is no forgiveness for you in this life or the life to come.
When you are filled with the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit, you are filled with the Word of God. You have knowledge, you have understanding. When Jesus began His ministry, He was FILLED with the Words of the Father.
1And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
Jesus was full of the Holy Ghost, and He used the Word of God to combat against Satan during the temptation in the wilderness? He used the words of God, the Holy Spirit or Holy Scriptures.
So we have the Holy Angels as the Spirit of God and we have the Words of God as the Spirit of God.
The Spirit of God and Holy Spirit… Air We Breathe
The spirit of God can also refer to the air we breathe.
7And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
The Lord formed the man and breathed into his nostrils with the breath of life and man became a living soul as opposed to a lifeless soul. Pay special attention to the word nostrils as we go into the book of Job.
A man beloved by God, survived harsh chastisement from GOD nevertheless, he continued in faith. Job was extremely knowledgeable in the word of God. Let’s see what he said about the nostrils.
2As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;
3All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;
4My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
Breath of Life, Spirit of Life
While Job has his breath in him and the spirit of God was in his nostrils, Job said he will refrain from speaking wickedness and lies. The spirit of God is the air we breathe. That was the formula to give man life, the spirit of God. The air we breathe is a form of the spirit of God.
Jesus resurrected the young girl, the Bible said, “Her spirit returned to her.” The air in her nostrils, the spirit of God, the breath of life returned to her and she lived (Luke 8 v55).
The angels of God are spirit, the words of God found in the Bible are spirit, and the air we breathe are spirit. There is still another form of the spirit and it is the thoughts we have.
The Spirit of God and Holy Spirit – the Thoughts of the Mind
When Jesus was being prophesied to come to the earth, it is written that He was going to have the knowledge of God without measure.
2And 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;
Jesus will have the spirit of the Lord upon Him. He will have the spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and the fear of God. Jesus had the mindset of all these things when He was in the flesh on the earth.
…the Lord was troubled in mind…
Again when Jesus was troubled in knowing one of his key disciples would betray Him, the scripture St. John chapter 13 said His spirit was troubled.
21When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
When we receive bad news our spirit is troubled, and when we receive good news our spirit is joyful. These are our thoughts, what goes on in our mind is spirit.
This is why we can close our eyes and day dream or have a night vision (night dream). It can be a fantasy or pleasant calm. The ability to do this is amazing and it is by the spirit of God we can close our eyes and travel across the world.
St. John 11
33When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.
Emotions characterized as spirit…
Jesus showed us a lot of emotion. His spirit was troubled at the grief He saw His creation going through. We can have a merry heart, meaning a good mind with good feelings, or we can have a broken spirit, meaning we are in a bad mood a mental cloud over us (Proverbs 17 v22).
When you begin to come into good knowledge of God, great wisdom, and thorough understanding, the Bible says such a man (or woman) has an excellent spirit on them (Proverbs 17 v27). You typically feel good, happy, without worry or problems because your thoughts are on God and His goodness. You’re spirits are high.
- The Holy Angels
- Word of God
- Air We Breathe
- and Thoughts of the Mind
Let’s Be Definitive About the Spirit
The spirit of God comes in many different forms. The Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit can mean a multitude of things. It can refer to the Father (He is a Holy Spirit), to the Son (Jesus is a Holy Spirit). This can refer to the angels who did not rebel against God (they are Holy spirits), and it also refers to the Words of God (which are spirit and are life).
The Spirit of God can also refer to the air we breathe and the thoughts we have. Therefore, it is vital to be definitive about the word spirit. The same with the Holy Spirit when you use it as it relates to the Bible.
God grace you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Elder Koko Ishe
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