The Holy Spirit – Ruach HaKodesh

In English we say The Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost. The Spanish and Brazilians say Espíritu Santo. The French say Espirt Saint. The Germans say Heiliger Geist and in Sweden it is Helig Ande. Here in Israel the Hebrew name for the spirit of YHVH is Ruach HaKodesh. Lets take a look at what those Hebrew words mean.

Spirit in Hebrew is the word Ruach, which also means “breath” or “wind”. 

I believe that if God uses the same Hebrew word for spirit and breath in the natural, there must also be a spiritual connection.

When God created Adam, he was an amazing form, but he was not a living being until God put His breath or spirit into the body and Adam became alive (Genesis 2:7).

When babies are born they are not living independent of their mother’s resources until they take their first breath.

When I ask people where in their bodies their spirit is located, most people point to their lower chest area.

However, I think otherwise. In Leviticus 17:11 we read that “the life of the flesh is in the blood”.

We know that it is our breath (spirit) that keeps us alive, so it makes sense to me that the spirit is in the blood and is present throughout our entire body, where ever the blood flows to. This explains why some people can see an ‘aura’ around other people. They are seeing the visible spiritual force that is flowing through the veins of the person.

When we breathe, the breath or the spirit comes in to our lungs and from there, it is absorbed into the blood.

The reason why we feel that our spirit is in the lower chest is that the largest quantity of blood in one place in our body is in the heart. This explanation is not from the Bible, rather it’s just what I believe may be the case.

Now let’s look at the rest of the name of the Holy Spirit in the original Hebrew:

Ha is the easy part as it simply means “the”.

Kodesh is the noun from the adjective Kadosh, which does mean Holy. The word holy in English and most other languages also means sacred, saint, saintly, hallowed, blessed.

May the Father fill you afresh with His Ruach HaKodesh, to comfort you, to teach you, to lead you, and to empower you to be the person He created you to be.