The Holy Spirit (Ruach ha Qodesh)
Originally, I had intended upon showing the Hebrew name (Ruach ha Qodesh) that is periodically used within Scripture in reference to The Holy Spirit, within the pages of The Exalted Name Bible™. As time has passed, however, and as I have prayed about this matter, I am now convinced that making this change is not necessarily in the best interest of our understanding and / or comprehension of His Work, and therefore, not necessarily in the best interest of this work.
My primary purpose for wanting to insert His Hebrew Name into this work, was because I became impressed by the fact that something significant took place whenever the “Ruach” or Spirit of Elohim was mentioned. Furthermore, in observing the manner in which His Name was used throughout the whole of Scripture, I found that by inserting His Name properly, there suddenly became an awareness of His Presence; especially as His Presence relates to both The Father and The Son. In other words, seeing His Name repeatedly throughout the whole of Scripture brought to light the fact that the Third Person of The Trinity really is present throughout the Word of Elohim. (And YES, I am using THAT TRINITY WORD appropriately and intentionally).
Personally, I think it is sad that the phrase “Holy Spirit” does not invoke anything ‘special’ in the minds of many people, which is why the existence of The Third Person of The Trinity is so often ignored or contested. In utilizing the fullness of His Name, however, both in the Old Covenant and in the New Covenant, I was able to see His presence in profound measure from Genesis to Revelation.
As time has passed though, and as I have completed the edit process on a greater number of the Books of Scripture, I have had to wrestle with the fact that IF we were going to change the word, “Spirit” to “Ruach”, then we were also going to have to change every reference to a ‘sprit’ to ‘ruach’, and that change became a distraction. Instead of greater clarity, I found all those references to “ruach’s” to be confusing.
In the introduction pages of The Exalted Name Bible™, I said that I was not trying to “Hebrew-ize” Scripture. Well, I am not! Using the Exalted Name throughout this work is a very powerful gain to His Word. I cannot say the same effect takes place, however, with the introduction of “Ruach ha Qodesh” in place of “The Holy Spirit”. Therefore, His Title will remain as we know it throughout this edition of Scripture. The one change I am making, however, is that the “The” will be capitalized as well, for He is The Holy Spirit.
When I have completed the entire first Edit of The Exalted Name Bible™, and the work is fully available online, I will return to the edit process of our original work, The Letters of Faith, and within that work I will make every effort to expound upon the fullness of The Holy Spirit.
It is my sincerest prayer that The Holy Spirit will anoint you in this very instant, and bless you with a calming peace, joy and knowledge of the fullness of His presence. And may His gifts abound in your life and ministry for the glory of our Master, Messiah and King!