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s with many biblical subjects, our   with the skills and power needed to ac-
               understanding of the Spirit of   complish things for God. He “came upon”
        AGod cannot be filled by the New      people to enable them to do battle against
        Testament alone. The NT provides much   the  Lord’s  enemies,  judge  the  Lord’s
        of our knowledge of the Holy Spirit, even   people, unite them together, and to give a
        giving light to help us interpret the Law   word from the Lord.  He was “in” Joseph
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        and the prophets’ presentation of Him, but   and Joshua to equip them with wisdom
        a foundation is laid in the Old Testament   for government (Gen 41:38; Num 27:18),
        that serves as a pattern of His character   and He “filled” others to give abilities use-
        and activities, and gives precedent for   ful in building for God (Exo 31:3). A later
        His role in this dispensation. Comprehen-  article in this issue shows how the Spirit
        sively handling the progressive revelation   is the Inspirer of Holy Scripture itself. The
        of the Spirit in the OT is impossible in   main distinction in the Spirit’s activity
        an article this brief; however, a concise   between the testaments is that rather than
        overview and a look at a few specific cases   permanently indwelling people in the OT,
        will help us.                         He could remain temporarily. Saul’s and
          Initially, we identify some general com-  David’s experiences teach us that the Spirit
        parisons and contrasts between the Old   of God left people after a time for different
        and New Testaments. First, we see that   reasons (1Sa 16:13-14; Psa 51:11). This is
        in both Testaments the Spirit of God is an   contrasted with His permanent presence
        actual person (cf. Isa 6:9-10; Act 28:25-27).   in us (Joh 14:16; Eph 4:30).
        Since the previous article has proven the   Life and Light
        personhood of the Spirit, we note that
        the Hebrew word translated “Spirit” can   Using the above-mentioned principle
        sometimes mean “wind” or “breath.”    of context, we point out that the Spirit in
        While reminding us of the importance of   Genesis 1 is in fact the Person who makes
        context in determining word meaning,   up a part of the Trinity. Without denying
        this does not diminish our confidence in   the involvement of the Father and Son
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        the personhood of the Spirit, as we con-  in creation,  we are taught that the Spirit
        firm that the Holy Spirit is indisputably   Himself was active in the beginning, and
        an individual, from Genesis to Malachi.   in ongoing generation of life afterward.
        Knowing that His eternal attributes re-  Of human life we read, “The Spirit of God
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        main unchanged, we notice His operations   hath made me” (Job 33:4),  and speaking
        in previous dispensations taking on a dif-  ¹ Jdg 3:10; 6:34; 1Ch 12:18; 2Ch 24:20, etc.
        ferent character in some ways.        ² Joh 1:2; Col 1:16; Heb 1:10 (which applies Psa
                                              102:25 to “the Son”)
          Consistent with NT revelation, His main   ³ All Scripture quotations in this article are from
        focus in the OT was to equip individuals   the KJV.

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