This “Holy Spirit” Verse is well-known.
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” Found in Zechariah 4:6 … multitudes quote it daily.
I understand the Sentence to be teaching us that God’s Vehicle for accomplishing things on earth … IS HIS SPIRIT, HIS HOLY SPIRIT.
I’m not saying the Holy Spirit cannot use “might.” He can. The noun “chaiyl” is translated “army/armies” 56 times in the Bible! And “hosts” another 29 times.
And He is too able to utilize “power” in His work. “Koach” means “to be firm,” unbending. It is usually said to mean “strength, force, ability,” such words practically being synonyms. Sheer brute might!
But the Holy Spirit is not dependent on any of those catalysts.
He is the “Doer” of the Godhead!
Through His “Spirit” God works!
For example, Jesus Death. “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who THROUGH THE ETERNAL SPIRIT offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 9:14
And Job 26:13 tells us that God: “BY HIS SPIRIT he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.” The “serpent” is one of the constellations of the heavens! God created through the Agency of His Spirit!
Our dead bodies some day, when Jesus comes again, will be raised from their graves and transformed into glorified bodies! Here’s how: “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies BY HIS SPIRIT that dwelleth in you.” Romans 8:11, Wow!
Furthermore, we are “taught” by the Spirit of God! “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us BY HIS SPIRIT: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” 1st Corinthians 2:9-10
I hope these three examples will help illustrate my point today.
God has ordained His SPIRIT as the great Worker in executing the Will of the Trinity!
We don’t need an army.
We don’t need exercise equipment or brawny bodyguards.
We NEED God the Holy Spirit!
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”
I bow in reverence to the Truth of this verse.
“Oh, Holy Spirit, how we need Thee!”
— Dr. Mike Bagwell