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- Category: Bible Questions and Answers about the Holy Spirit
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 10:24
The New Testament doesnt speak of the Spirits coming on believers. The Authorized Version translates three different Old Testament words to express that the Spirit "came upon" individuals. One of the words means simply that the Spirit was with individuals: Baalam (Numbers 24:2); Othniel (Judges 3:10); Jephthah (Judges 11:29); Azariah (2 Chronicles 15:1); Jahaziel (2 Chronicles 20:14); Sauls messengers (1 Samuel 19:20). In the case of Gideon (Judges 6:34), Amasai (1 Chronicles 12:18), and Zechariah (2 Chronicles 24:20), the Spirit "clothed Himself" with these individuals. The third word means "rushed" on them and is translated "came mightily," as with Samson (Judges 14:6, 19; 15:14), Saul (1 Samuel 10:6, 10; 11:6), and David (1 Samuel 16:13). The fact that the Spirit "came upon" at least two unbelievers, Baalam and Saul, is instructive.
Although several Old Testament believers are noted as "filled with the Spirit" (Ezekiel, Ezekiel 11:5 and Bezaleel, Exodus 31:3; 35:31) or as one "in whom is the Spirit" (Joseph, Genesis 41:38 and Joshua, Numbers 27:18; Deuteronomy 34:9), the Spirits permanent residence in believers (John 14:17) is uniquely a New Testament truth. Because He resides within us, He takes control and enables us, filling us from within. The Old Testament views Him as coming from outside individuals - even unbelievers - to use them for His purpose.