Doctrine of Enduement

January 15, 2011


1.    Introduction and Definition.

A.    This doctrine explains the ministry of God the Holy Spirit to believers throughout all of the Old Testament dispensations.

B.    This doctrine explains the difference between the Old Testament spiritual life and the spiritual life of the Church Age.

1)    When the resurrection of the Church occurs, everything reverts back to the Old Testament for the Tribulation and then there will be some changes for the Millennium.

2)    The ministry of the Holy Spirit during the Millennium is very different from anything that ever before existed.

C.    Enduement is defined as the divine endowment of the power of God the Holy Spirit to certain Old Testament believers.

D.    Only a small percentage of Old Testament believers had anything to do with God the Holy Spirit.

E.    This enabling power of God the Holy Spirit was given to certain Old Testament believers to provide wisdom, doctrine, leadership, administration, and prophecy.

F.    Above all, God the Holy Spirit so supernaturally directed the Old Testament writers of Scripture that without waving their intelligence, their individuality, their personal feelings, their literary style, or any other factor of personal expression, God’s complete and coherent message to mankind in the Old Testament canon was recorded with perfect accuracy in the original languages, the very words bearing the authority of divine authorship.  God the Holy Spirit gave the writers of the Old Testament the power to get the message or canon correct when they wrote.

G.    In every dispensation all believers are saved exactly the same way.

1)    Every unbeliever is born spiritually dead without a human spirit and must be born again as a trichotomous being, having a body, soul, and human spirit.

2)    Regeneration is the function of God the Holy Spirit in creating a human spirit and imputing eternal life to it.

3)    The Holy Spirit teaches the human spirit of the believer in the Old Testament through enduement.

4)    Enduement included the function of the Holy Spirit teaching the Old Testament believer’s human spirit.

5)    Job 32:8  But there is a [human] spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. (KJV)

H.    God the Holy Spirit did not fill Old Testament believers, He gave them power.

1)    No member of the Trinity ever filled any Old Testament person nor did They indwell any person of the Old Testament.

2)    You have more as an ordinary believer in the Church Age than the greatest believers of the Old Testament.

2.    Who had the enduement of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament?

A.    The writers of Old Testament canon.

B.    Joseph was endowed with the Holy Spirit for wisdom, leadership, and preservation of the Jewish patriarchs.  Genesis 41:38-40.

C.    Moses and seventy elders of Israel were endowed with the Holy Spirit for leadership.  Numbers 11:17,25.

D. Certain skills related to the worship of Israel received the enduement of the Spirit.  Exodus 28:5; 31:3; 35:30-35.

E.    Certain judges:  Othniel, Judges 3:10; Gideon, Judges 6:34; Samson, Judges 13:25, 14:6, 15:14.

F.    Saul was given the power of the Holy Spirit in 1 Samuel 10:9-10, lost it (1 Samuel 16:14), and never recovered it.

G.    David, in 1 Samuel 16, was given the enduement and apparently continued to have it even through operation Bathsheba.

H.    Daniel had the endowment of power from the Holy Spirit.  Daniel 4:8, 5:11-14, 6:3.

I.    Solomon when positive to doctrine was empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Proverbs 1:23.

3.    Conclusion.

A.    Less than one percent of all believers in the Old Testament had any relationship with God the Holy Spirit.

B.    How then did Old Testament believers have a spiritual life without the indwelling and filling of the Spirit?

1)    God always had a plan and a system for spiritually in every dispensation.

2)    Every human being has equal opportunity for salvation, and every believer has equal opportunity to execute God’s plan for a specific dispensation.

3)    The Church Age is unique in the provision for the spiritual life, but this uniqueness never implies any handicap for other believers in other dispensations.

4)    God provides everything necessary for every believer in every dispensation to fulfill the will, plan, and purpose of God.