Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Did Adam have the Holy Spirit?

The Bible says, "And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." (Genesis 2:16,17 NIV)

So, before Adam and Eve ate of the tree, they apparently did not have the knowledge of good and evil. But once they ate of it, the Bible says, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:22 NIV)

The word "knowledge" in the Hebrew is 'Yada' and it means to know, to perceive, to perceive and see, find out and discern, to discriminate, distinguish, to know by experience, to recognize, admit, acknowledge, confess, or to consider.

So, in man's original state, he did not have the knowledge of good and evil. Yet those are attributes that you would normally associate with God. So, if Adam had the Holy Spirit in him, then surely he would have the knowledge of good and evil.

Therefore, it would follow that Adam did not have the Holy Spirit in him, though he did live in a state of sinless perfection. Adam lived in a state of innocence, not knowing the difference between good and evil.

The Holy Spirit gives spiritual wisdom. So again, if he had the Holy Spirit, don't you think he would have the knowledge of good and evil?

In fact, Adam may not have even had a conscience, because a conscience is what tells us the difference between wrong and right. And he had no awareness of that, since he didn't have the knowledge of good and evil.

At the new birth, a person is given the Holy Spirit to deal with the need for victory over sin. Adam, before the fall, didn't have any sin to deal with, so therefore he didn't need the indwelling Holy Spirit.

4 comments:

Russell Norman Murray said...

'Therefore, it would follow that Adam did not have the Holy Spirit in him, though he did live in a state of sinless perfection. Adam lived in a state of innocence, not knowing the difference between good and evil.'

Never really pondered on this, but reasonable.

At CBC we dealt with in classes the idea that the OT Saints could be filled with the Spirit although not indwelled. King Saul for example.

Greg said...

Couldn't agree more! Are there really some that believe otherwise?

Jeff said...

Russell Norman Murray said...

At CBC we dealt with in classes the idea that the OT Saints could be filled with the Spirit although not indwelled. King Saul for example.


I agree. It was selective and often temporary then (but not always temporary, as in the case of John the Baptist, and possibly others like Elijah). Of course, I believe the filling is temporary today, as sin quenches and grieves the Holy Spirit. But per 1 John 1:9, one can be filled again, after spending intimate time and personal exposure with the Lord.

Jeff said...

Greg said...

Couldn't agree more! Are there really some that believe otherwise?


Hey, Greg! It's been a long time!

Yeah, the idea for this article began when I was having a discussion with a Charismatic relative who claimed that Adam had the Holy Spirit, since God breathed into Adam the breath of life, and therefore breathed into Adam the Holy Spirit, since breath and spirit are the same Greek word, he said. If I remember correctly, he said that, after the Fall, Adam no longer had the Holy Spirit within him.