45 of 100: Holy Spirit – No BI-UNE God in the Old Testament: Part 5 [Examining Jesus’, Elijah’s and Elisha’s experiences of the Spirit]

Obadiah’s view of Elijah’s experience of the spirit of God

1Ki 18:12  And it will come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of Jehovah will carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he will slay me: but I thy servant fear Jehovah from my youth.
Questions:

a. What did Obadiah think the spirit of God will do to Elijah?

Suggested Answer: It will carry Elijah away to a place that no one can find. So the spirit in this case can make someone disappear or fly away!
So we could say that the spirit of God reflects the power or ability of God to do stuff.

Elisha and Elijah – ‘Transfer’ of Spirit

2Ki 2:9  And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I am taken from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
Questions:

a. How can Elisha ask for double portion of the spirit? Was he asking for 2 times God i.e. 2 x God

Suggested Answer: Elisha knew by having two times the spirit of Elijah he would get two times power or capabilities than Elijah.
God can give different people different abilities by his spirit. Example: The spirit may enable one to write a prophecy, while another to kill a lion and yet another to do miracles. If one has the full power of the spirit then he can achieve any thing and will become like God.
For example John bore witness of Jesus regarding his measure of the spirit: “John 3:34: For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.”

b. How can we understand the possession of a portion of spirit?

Suggested Answer: It has to do with how much God wants to give a person abilities.
In all the versus we considered so far, nowhere are we told
  • Spirit is the Jehovah God, but a medium of power of God
Do not divide God into many portions!
Jehovah our God is one Jehovah.

Other versus that teach the same thing:

2Ch 15:1  And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:
2Ch 15:2  and he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: Jehovah is with you, while ye are with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
2Ch 20:14  Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite, of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of Jehovah in the midst of the assembly;
2Ch 24:20  And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest; and he stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of Jehovah, so that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken Jehovah, he hath also forsaken you.
Neh 9:30  Yet many years didst thou bear with them, and testifiedst against them by thy Spirit through thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the peoples of the lands.
etc.

Spirit of God on Jesus [Prophecy]

 Isa 11:2  And the Spirit of Jehovah 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 Jehovah.
Isa 42:1  Behold, my servantwhom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delighteth: I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
Isa 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me; because Jehovah hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath 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;
We saw in the previous section that God’s spirit rested upon:
  • Azariah
  • Jahaziel
The prophecy in Isaiah that the same spirit of God will also rest upon the coming messiah to guide him in absolute righteousness:
  • Wisdom
  • Understanding
  • Counsel
  • Might
  • Knowledge of the fear of God
Jesus would not have been able to do any miracle if God did not give him power through his spirit.
God’s spirit guided Jesus!
The spirit rested upon Jesus when he was baptized. This is not to be understood as the 3rd person of Trinity resting on the 2nd person of the Trinity. As Elisha had 2x portion compared to Elijah, Jesus had Unlimited portion of the spirit poured out on him compared to Elijah, thereby giving him access to infinite powers!
Questions:

a. Who gave the the spirit of Jehovah to Jesus?

Suggested Answer: Jehovah.

b. Because Jesus had the spirit did it make him God?

Suggested Answer: No! God can give his spirit to any human being.

Few verses from Isaiah!

Isa 40:13  Who hath directed the Spirit of Jehovah, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
Only God can direct his spirit!
No one can guide God!
Jesus was guided! (Joh 5:30  “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.) See also: Joh_5:19, Joh_8:28, Joh_8:42, Joh_14:10
“Pouring” spirit
Isa 44:3  For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and streams upon the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: 

Questions:

a. Why is the spirit poured? Is the spirit like water?

Suggested Answer: God’s spirit being poured is same as Elisha asking double portion.
Pour or Portion has the same meaning.
God’s spirit is power to change and he can ‘give’  or ‘pour’ it.
 
It is very difficult to pin a definition of the spirit of God so the spirit of God is best explained as spirit of God.

Isa 63:11  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 shepherds of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit in the midst of them?
Isa 63:14  As the cattle that go down into the valley, the Spirit of Jehovah caused them to rest; so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name. 
 

Conclusions:

We still continue to see that God controls his spirit. 
The spirit of God is subject to God’s will.
In all the versus examined so far the Spirit function and role is not to be God but to act on God’s behalf.
In all the examples seen so far there is no evidence of people praying to the Spirit.
The Spirit of God is poured out on humans including Jesus, Elijah, etc to achieve a certain will/purpose of God.
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