Is Numbers 11:17-25 evidence that the Holy Spirit is a distributable, fragmentable
Question re-statement: what is the holy spirit and is it distributable?
Hebrews 2:4 (NET Bible)
4 while God confirmed their witness[a] with signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
Also distributed NIV, NABRE, Mounce, NRSV. Footnotes: Distributed ASV, NKJV. Most other translations translate "Gifts"
The Greek word translated as “spirit” is “pneuma”,(from the Greek verb “pneo” =breath or blow) the basic meaning is of which is “wind” the movement of air. The wind is a force that we can feel but cannot be touched or seen. "Pneuma is neuter, it is and "it/which" and not a person . Readers in English should not ignore this fact, also the basic meaning of the Greek word pneuma "πνεύμα" is "breath", "wind". The English word "pneumatic " comes from the word "pneuma".
In the scriptures the writers used it in a variety of ways, translators have recognized the multiple uses of "spirit." It is used to mean wind, breath, spirit, one's own spirit, spirit persons, and holy spirit.
Holy spirit:The Power of the Most High
The Angel Gabriel explained to Mary what the holy spirit is when he said to her:"The holy Spirit will come upon you, “The power of the Most High." (J. Moffat Luke 1:35)
From the words of Angel Gabriel to Mary we observe that the spirit is linked with the power of God, the" Divine power." (Luke 1:31-32) . Luke also wrote that Jesus commenced his ministry in the power of the spirit. (Luke 4:14)
Luke 1:31-32 NASB
"And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you
shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son
of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His
34" Mary said to the angel, “How can this be since I am a virgin?” 35
"The angel answered her, "The holy Spirit will come upon you, the
power of the Most High will overshadow you; hence what is born will be
called holy, Son of God." (J.Moffat Luke 1:34,35)
Luke 4:14 NASB
And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news
about Him spread through all the surrounding district." Luke 4:14
Divine inspiration through the spirit.
The Scriptures continuously reveal that God imparted divine inspiration through the spirit, to his servants and prophets, Peter wrote: For no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. 2 Peter 1:21 (NASB)
Impersonal attributes of the Holy Spirit
The holy spirit is spoken of in many ways that demonstrate that it is not a divine person. For example, it is referred to as a gift. "All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also." Acts 10:45 (NASB). We are told that the spirit can be quenched,1Thess. 5:19
John the Baptist was filled with holy spirit while yet in his mothers's womb.
Luke 1:15 (NASB)
15 "For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink
no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while
yet in his mother’s womb." We are told that God pours his spirit and
his servants become filled with it, (Acts 2:17-33 NASB) and that we
are baptized with it:
“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is
coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His
sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew
Such expression would not be made if the holy spirit were a divine person, in 1 John 5:7-8 for example, the spirit the water and blood, testify and are in agreement. And Paul urges fellow Christians in Ephesus to become " filled with spirit," instead of with wine.
John 5:7-8 (NASB)
7 "For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and
the blood; and the three are in agreement."
Ephesians 5:18 (NASB)
18 "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be
filled with the Spirit."
Is the spirit distributable: The answer is "Yes"
We cannot see electricity, yet when we put it to use, we can easily see the results it produces. Likewise God's holy spirit, the power of the Most High is also invisible, but we can easily recognize its effects ,
In this respect, holy spirit from God has been likened to electricity, which may serve for illumination, or as a means of communication, or as a powerful force accomplishing great amounts of work.
We cannot tell whether a person is filled with holy spirit by merely looking at him any more than we can look at copper power lines and tell whether they are “alive” or not. By merely looking at a battery one cannot tell whether it is charged or not.
Machines driven by electricity produce what man in himself is not able to accomplish. In like manner, God's power can activate men to do what they could not otherwise perform. Under the guidance of God’s spirit Noah and his sons, even though they were not shipbuilders by trade or training, were most successful in constructing a huge storm-proof shelter. Later, when it came time to build a sacred tabernacle in a wilderness, we read: “See, God has called by name Bezʹal·el the son of Uʹri the son of Hur of the tribe of Judah.
And he proceeded to fill him with the spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in every sort of craftsmanship and for designing devices, for working in gold and silver and copper, and in working of stones to set them and in working of wood to make ingenious products of every sort “ It was this same spirit of God that enabled an otherwise normal man named Samson to perform supernatural feats of strength. Exodus 35:30-33; Judges. 13:25; 14:6, 19; 15:14.
The “New Testament,” says that the holy spirit can ‘fill’ a person or be “upon” him. (Acts 2:4; Luke 2:25-27) Holy spirit was ‘given,’ ‘poured out upon,’ and ‘distributed.’ (Luke 11:13; Acts 10:45; Hebrews 2:4) At Pentecost 33 C.E., the disciples received “some of” God’s spirit. (Acts 2:17) The Scriptures also speak of baptism with holy spirit and of anointing with it.—Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:5; 10:38.