Spirit of God

The vast majority of the Christian world has long accepted the idea of a triune god. This god exists as three separate but distinct individual persons who are considered to be one god because they live in harmony somewhat like a married couple. The triune god teaching does not predate the Latin Vulgate as edited by Jerome, which means that the trinity did not exist in the Biblical period, though many attempts to force this belief into the 1st century C.E. continue to this day. Some have heard me teach that the (Ta-nakh) [called the Old Testament by Christians] is the spirit of God. So I will attempt to explain why I teach this doctrine in this article.

When God speaks, things happen such as the creation of every universe known to man and no doubt, many more unknown. So when God speaks, what happens? Breath, or spirit escapes His lungs, vibrates through His vocal cords and then passes through His lips, thus, “ (y’-hi) [let there be],” and it is. So in the Biblical, Hebrew world, God’s spirit is His word. Since God’s words are spoken by His (n’-vi-im) [prophets], His (n’-vi-im) are “filled with His spirit.” Additionally, since God’s words where written down in the (Ta-nakh), the (Ta-nakh) then becomes His spirit.

The idea that the word of God, i.e., the (Ta-nakh) is the spirit of God is difficult for those who do not speak Hebrew; Christians in particular are conditioned to say, “Give me the Scripture and verse.” The Christian world attempts to see everything through the abstract, Western mindset, and has never truly understood the Biblical, idiomatic way of thinking. The English language has idioms but is not an idiomatic language. Biblical Hebrew is an idiomatic language. These two languages are utterly in conflict with each other. However, there should be at least a glimpse of the difference in my following example:

A man and his wife have just walked into their bedroom when the wife suddenly points to the floor and says, “Are those your socks?” We all know (in the Western world) that the wife knows the socks belong to her husband; further, we all know that the wife is demanding that her husband pick up his socks.

In this example we see a glimpse into the Biblical Hebrew language in that, the (Ta-nakh) and the letters written by the (tal-mu-dim) [disciples] are all written in this manner. It does not mean that there was no (A-dam) and (khavah) [Eve] or that there was no ark or flood. However, in Hebrew none of these people or things had to exist for the story to be true.

In English, the story of (A-dam) and (khavah) becomes a story of how man was created [instead of why] because the Western mind sees the story as literal (much like believing that cats and dogs really do fall from the sky). So in Hebrew, the story of a great flood is not about God destroying almost all of the population of the world; it is instead a story showing us all that God is not willing that one (faithful servant and his loved ones) should perish.

In Numbers 24 when the “spirit of God” is upon (Bil-am) [Balaam], he SPEAKS a (ma-shal) [parable]. The (ma-shal) was the spirit of God.

In 1st Samuel, (Sha-ul) [Saul] is anointed to be king. On his journey, the “spirit of God” is upon him and what did he do? He PROFHESIED. The spirit of God does not give us prophesy, the spirit of God is prophesy.

In Job chapter fifteen, (E-li-faz) accused (Yov) [Job] of lying. In his accusation (in verse thirteen), he says that the spirit of (Yov) is turned from God, sighting lies as his proof.

Job 15:13 For you turn your spirit from God (How do we know his spirit is turned from God?) and let these SAYINGS go out from your mouth. So the spirit of (Yov) was his SAYINGS. And as we know, (Yov) was actually telling the truth.

Consider Isaiah 61:1

The spirit of my Lord (Yah-veh) is upon me (How do I know?) because (Yah-veh) has anointed me (To do what?) to PREACH good news to the meek; He sent me to bind up the broken hearted, (How is this done?), by PROCLAIMING liberty to the captives, and opening the prison of the bound.

NOTE: To the Western world, the person who says, “the spirit is upon me,” is different than the person whose spirit will fall. However, this is a (ma-shal) [parable], so, the mystery of how we recognize that God the (Ma-shi-akh) has appeared to men, is when we see a man doing these things.

Notice that in each case, the spirit is verbal, i.e., SPEAKS, PROPHESIED, SAYINGS, PREACH and PROCLAIMING. Even so, I think a verse from the letters of the (tal-mu-dim) will be the most revealing glimpse into this concept for non-Hebrew speaking people.

In his second letter to (Ti-mo-the-os) [Timothy], chapter three, verse sixteen, (Sha-ul) [Paul] wrote, “The entire (Ta-nakh) IS THE SPIRIT OF GOD, and brings growth through doctrine, through reprimand, through correction, because it is instruction in righteousness {RA}:”

The Greek text DOES NOT tell us that “all Scripture is given by inspiration.” The Greek words for, “given by,” aren’t even in the Greek text. They are instead forced into English translations in an attempt to prove that which the Trinitarian translators already believed.

Now let me change it up a little,

(What is the spirit of God?) The entire (Ta-nakh) IS THE SPIRIT OF GOD, (What does the spirit of God do?), it brings growth through DOCTRINE (written within it), through reprimand (written within it), through correction (written within it), because it is instruction in (To-rah) observance. Righteousness is used idiomatically by the Hebrews of the Biblical period for, (Torah) observance.

The third person of the pagan invented trinity did not dictate the words to be penned by the writers of the Christian Bible. However, it is because of this horribly mistranslated verse that the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy was published in 1978. That’s right; the Christian Bible had never officially been declared by any organization to be infallible, inerrant and inspired until 1978.

Much Luv and Shalom,

Robert Allon