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The Spirit of the Lord

And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands, Judges 15:14.

A reader has responded to the list I placed in the blog post The Upper Case Spirit of Jesus Christ. (Click to read it) In that query he wondered if the Spirit of the Lord was related to the Holy Ghost. He noted that I had placed that name in my list of the seven Spirits that represent the Father's work.

I want to make one thing clear. Besides myself and a few of my students, I don't know anyone who has taken time to look at the diverse list of names given to various spirits in the bible and associating them with the working of each person in the trinity. What that means is that it is a study in its infancy. It is highly likely that as other students of the bible begin to search out this matter, they will differ with me and they may well be right.

I first did that study over thirty years ago and when I recently looked at it again, I differed with my earlier assessment. I don't doubt that each name and title associated with the word "Spirit" is important, and I don't doubt that each person of the trinity exercises the Seven Spirits of God independently of the others, and that in doing so the bible gives each of those Seven Spirits of God three different titles to correspond with the person and work associated with that particular Spirit.

What I leave open to doubt is whether I have properly pigeonholed each name or title of Spirit with the work being done, and properly attributed each Spirit to a particular member of the Godhead. The King James Bible is remarkable in its exactness in keeping each and every title of Spirit in a way that allows the readers to discern God as no other bible can portray him.

As for the Spirit of the Lord, I placed him as associated with the work of the Father based on his workings in the Book of Judges. Whenever Israel got themselves into a pickle through disobedience, and the people found themselves in captivity to a strange nation as a result, the Spirit of the Lord would come upon a judge and that judge would deliver Israel. Therefore the Apostle Paul says; Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, 2nd Corinthians 3:17.

My reader who is no slack judge of spiritual things suggests that the Spirit of the Lord would be better associated with the work of the Holy Ghost. In part he uses the rest of Paul's statement in 2nd Corinthians 3 to justify his opinion; But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord, 2nd Corinthians 3:18. His point is well taken. The Spirit of the Lord is clearly doing a transformational work in the believer.

His response is a perfect example of why I would like to see more people do this study for themselves. Go through your bible using a good concordance or a good bible software program and make a list of every title of every spirit or Spirit. Separate them by title and when you are done examine each Spirit that is deity and contemplate what work is being performed, perhaps you will see that list differently than I would.

As for the transformational work of the Spirit of the Lord in 2nd Corinthians 3:17-18, I associate that change with the work of the Father in Romans 8:15, For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The adoption is clearly the rapture which is us swapping one image for another. [E]ven we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body, Romans 8:23.

I hope that this explanation of why I have listed the Spirit of the Lord as being associated with the Father rather than the Holy Ghost spurs my reader and others to do this study for themselves. Nothing could please me more than to see one of my students or one of my readers stand on my shoulders and see much farther than I have ever seen. It may well be that my reader will powerfully and rightly attribute the Spirit of the Lord differently than I have. Also, a person who has done that study can not lightly stand aside while various editors capitalize the Spirit or spirit any way they choose.

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