“There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling” (Eph. 4:4)
The Bible speaks of many spirits, but one only spirit is the Spirit of God the Father, whose fruits are: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” (Gal. 5:22)
The Spirit of God does not bring forth sadness, hatred, war, wickedness, rage, etc. We find this Spirit in the New Testament alone; for there were many spirits in the Old Testament. The Holy Spirit of Jehovah was not inclined to peace. “But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; therefore, He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them” (Is. 63:10). “…for He will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the Lord drives” (Is. 59:19)
This spirit of Jehovah is not the same as the Father’s Holy Spirit, whose fruit is peace and meekness.
We will go on to show that the Father’s Holy Spirit is opposed to the spirits of Jehovah:
1. Jehovah poured the Spirit of anger over Saul, who was filled with rage. “Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul mightily when he heard these words, and he became very angry” (1 Sam. 11:6).
- God the Father pours the Spirit of love so strongly, that it repels anger. “…and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Rom.5:5).
2. Jehovah poured the Spirit of enmity and strife over the citizens of Shechem. “Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Sehchem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech” (Judges 9:23).
- The Father poured the Spirit of full fellowship over all. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all” (2 Cor. 13:14).
3. Jehovah poured a wicked spirit over Egypt so that they might do wrong. “Jehovah has mixed within her a spirit of distortion; they have led Egypt astray in all that it does, as a drunken man staggers in his vomit” (Is. 19:14).
- The Father pours down the Spirit of regeneration and sanctification (1 Cor. 6:10,11).
4. Jehovah poured a spirit of slumber over the prophets so that they might not understand. “For Jehovah has poured over you a spirit of deep sleep He has shut your eyes, the prophets; and He has covered your heads, the seers” (Is. 29:10).
- God the Father poured the Spirit of revelation, so that everyone should understand (1 Cor. 2:7-10).
5. Jehovah blinded Israel so that they would not see and believe in Jesus. “Render the eyes of this people insensitive, their ears dull, and their eyes dim, lest they see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and repent and be healed” (Is. 6:10; John 12:37-41).
- The Holy Spirit heals of blindness so that people should believe in Christ (Eph. 1:17-19).
6. Jehovah poured over Samson the spirit of violence to kill (Judges 14:19; 15:14-15).
- The Father fills the believers with joy and peace through the virtue of the Holy Spirit. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 15:13).
7. The spiritual anointing of Jehovah was an anointing to kill (Judges 19:15-17).
- The anointing of the Father was in order to heal and give life (Acts 3:1-8).
8. Elisha, anointed with the Spirit of Jehovah, killed children (2 Kings 2:23-24).
- Jesus, the anointed of the Father, loved and saved all children (Matt. 19:13-15).
9. Jehovah poured a deceiving spirit. “Now therefore, behold, Jehovah has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; and Jehovah has proclaimed disaster against you” (1 Kings 22:23).
- Jesus poured the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17).
If Jehovah were the Father, his spirit would not operate in a way contrary to the ways the Holy Spirit of the Father and of Jesus, his only-begotten Son. If the spirit of Jehovah works in a contrary way, then Jehovah is in opposition to the Father and to the Lord Jesus Christ.
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira