The Holy Spirit–Brooding to Bring Life

spirit broodingThe Holy Spirit of God is personal, as much as the Father and Son are Personal, and, therefore, experiences all the sinless elements involved within a divine personality. Personality consists of intellect, emotions, and will. The Holy Spirit has all three.

Both John and Paul often use masculine pronouns for the Holy Spirit, contrary to the normal Greek usage. The Greek word pneuma translated “spirit” is neuter in gender.   ” But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, and will testify of Me.  “And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.   (John 15:26 – 16:1)

What is even more interesting is that Ruach in the Hebrew is feminine in gender, and in the Eastern Orthodox the hierarchy is ‘Father, Spirit, Son.’ This makes sense when you consider the feminine attributes of God as seen in scripture, for instance:

The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters. (Gen 1:2 AMPC)

In this verse, indicating that something more happened: “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” The Hebrew word for moved means brooded or hovered, as when a mother bird broods over her eggs to bring forth life. This indicates that after God’s judgment God did something to bring forth life. The situation was really waste and void, and there was darkness upon the depth of the water. Then the Spirit of God came into brood, to hover, over the situation in order to produce life.

A feminine characteristic of God can be found in Matthew 23:37 where the Lord speaks about nurturing the people of Jerusalem. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!

About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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