A Spiritual Perspective
by D. J. Love, Minister, TSN, SBC
This message is in response to recent inquiries about the masculine and feminine aspects of YHVH's Holy Scripture. This is especially true of the First (Old) Testament (Hebrew - Tanakh), which is far more reliable than the pagan influenced Last (New) Testament (Greek), but this is another message.
Very often when reading the ancient Hebraic texts (Tanakh) we find conflict with the Greek, this is especially true when the subject of the Holy Spirit is mentioned. Let me remind our readers that YHVH has always used the physical to explain the Spiritual (Romans 1:20). However, the explanation is a conceptual parallel, and not a literal explanation. For instance, in Hebrew the Holy Spirit (Ruwach) is written in the feminine form. Does this mean that the Holy Spirit is a female? No, but it does mean that natural women were created with some of the same spiritual (mental or instinctive) qualities as the Holy Spirit that most natural men tend to ignore. When YHVH created male and female, He deliberately instilled into their minds and bodies different qualities. These same qualities can, also, be seen among many of the higher order of animals. Basically, whenever the masculine or feminine form of words are used (in the Hebraic Scriptures) to describe YHVH's Spiritual universe, it is to emphasize those feminine or masculine qualities that exist within His universe.
There are no natural males or females in YHVH's Kingdom, only conceptual ones, because in YHVH's Kingdom (the heavens or universe) everyone has both masculine and feminine qualities (see scripture at the bottom of this page).
So why does YHVH's Holy Hebraic Scripture use the feminine form of words to describe the Holy Spirit? Well, why don't we list some of those well understood natural feminine qualities, and see for ourselves.
(1) Females give birth. Did not YHVH use the power of His Holy Spirit to cause Miriam (Messiah's human mother) to give birth to YHVH's appointed firstborn human son? Yes, The Messiah was born of flesh and always was flesh just the same as you and I became flesh at our birth. The Holy Spirit is always the "Giver of Life," and therefore, the human female quality is plainly seen. Is the Holy Spirit a female? No. Is the Holy Spirit male? No. Do all humans have both physical and spiritual attributes? Yes.
Luke 1:35 (more reliable than Matthew, Mark or John)
35 The angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come on you (ENTER YOUR MIND), and the power of the Most High will overshadow (INFLUENCE) you. Therefore, also, the holy one which is born from you will be referred to as the Son of YHVH (or according to Matthew, Y'Shua, which a translated to mean, 'Yah Saves').
John 6:63 (this is a physical to spiritual parallel message)
63 It is the Spirit that gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life.
John 3:5-7(the KEYWORD here is BORN)
5 Y'Shua answered, "Most assuredly I tell you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he can't enter into the kingdom of YHVH!
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the spirit is spirit.
7 Don't marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born anew.'
5 For those who are after the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace;
7 because the mind of the flesh is hostile towards YHVH; for it is not subject to YHVH's law, neither indeed can it be.
8 Those who are in the flesh can't please YHVH.
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of YHVH dwells in you (your mind). But if any man doesn't have the Spirit of Messiah (same mentality or characteristic as YHVH), he is not his.
10 If Messiah is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of Him (Holy Spirit of YHVH) who raised up Y'Shua from the dead dwells in you, He (YHVH) who raised up Y'Shua Messiah from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit that dwells in you.
Note: Messiah Y'Shua did not raise himself up from the dead.
For a greater perspective read, "The Meaning of Life."
(2) Females nurture and give security, counsel, and comfort to CHILDREN far more than males. Women have always been at the forefront as teachers and nurses. When a child gets scared, most by far will cry out for their mothers.
Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34 (The Feminine side of YHVH)
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her! How often would I (YHVH) have gathered your children together, even as a hen (feminine) gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not!
16 I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Counselor (comforter), that he may be with you forever,
Note: The he referred to here is not a real personage, but is a Greek translation error caused (at least) by word gender problems and by pagan Greek influence on the catholic translators. The most reliable, Hebraic, Scriptures have given the Holy Spirit a feminine form. Additionally, since there is NO true natural male or female gender in YHVH's Kingdom, then this he, which should be a she is not an actual personage at all, but is the feminine characteristic of the Holy Spirit to nurture, comfort and counsel her children.
There are no natural males and females among the immortal only our perception of masculine and feminine traits.
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Y'Shua have put on Y'Shua.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man,there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Y'Shua.
29 If you are Y'Shua's, then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to promise.
25 Now there were with us seven brothers. The first married and died, and having no seed, left his wife to his brother (an ancient Hebrew custom).
26 In like manner the second also (died), and the third, to the seventh (died).
27 After them all, the woman died.
28 In the resurrection (to immortality) therefore, whose wife will she be of the seven? For they all had her."
29 But Y'Shua answered them, "You are mistaken, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of YHVH.
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like YHVH's angels in heaven."
Note: Like does not mean "The Same" in the sense that they are or become angels. It simply means they share a common attribute. Even so, most usages of the word "Angel" are mistranslations of the Greek word "Aggelos" which asctually means "Righteous Messenger" or even a "Priest."
We cannot correctly say, "YHVH is a He or a She." We cannot correctly say, "The Holy Spirit is a person," because of the presence of masculine or feminine nouns or pronouns (He, She, His, Her, Brother or Sister)."
We only know that Messiah Y'Shua was a 100 percent human male.
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