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Unformatted text preview: 1 In the Old Testament In the Life of Christ Lecture 26 & & & Ruach appears about 380 times in the OT. Approximately 100 of those instances refer to the Spirit of God, that is, the Holy Spirit. The Hebrew word is . ruach , wind, breath, spirit. The OT wind and breath metaphors are important. & The question arises, Did the inspired writers understand Gods ruach as the Third Person of the Trinity, or simply as an aspect of Gods power? Some have argued they made a distinction between the Spirit of God and God Himself, and perhaps even understood the concept of a separate Person. At best, they had a very rudimentary understanding. What the OT writers understood is less important than what God intended to reveal about Himself. & NO Not a literal truth; yet not a meaningless figure of speech. The Breath of God NO Not yet recognizably the Third Person of the Trinity. YES The beginning of a progressive revelation that will eventually be explained as the Trinity. & The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Gen. 1:2 By His breath the heavens are cleared. Job 26:13 The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Job 33:4 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. Ps. 33:6 You send forth Your Spirit...
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