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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

Malachi Chapter 2

Malachi 2:2

mal 2:2


Compare (Deu 28:3-14) and (Deu 28:15-35).

Israel's distinctive blessings should turn to curses.

Malachi 2:10

mal 2:10

Have we not all one

Compare (Act 17:24-29).

In both instances the reference is to creation, not the new birth.

Malachi 2:15

mal 2:15


Summary of the Old Testament doctrine of the Holy Spirit:

(1) The personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit appear from the attributes ascribed to Him, and from His works.

(2) He is revealed as sharing the work of creation and therefore omnipotent (Gen 1:2); (Job 26:13); (Job 33:4); (Psa 104:30) as omnipresent (Psa 139:7) as striving with men (Gen 6:3) as enlightening (Job 32:8) enduing with constructive skill; (Exo 28:3); (Exo 31:3) giving physical strength (Jdg 14:6); (Jdg 14:19) executive ability and wisdom; (Jdg 3:10); (Jdg 6:34); (Jdg 11:29); (Jdg 13:25) enabling men to receive and utter divine revelations; (Num 11:25); (Sa2 23:2) and, generally, as empowering the servants of God; (Psa 51:12); (Joe 2:28); (Mic 3:8); (Zac 4:6).

(3) He is called holy (Psa 51:11) good (Psa 143:10) the Spirit of judgment and burning (Isa 4:4) of Jehovah, of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, good, knowledge, the fear of the Lord (Isa 11:2) and of grace and supplications (Zac 12:10).

(4) In the Old Testament the Spirit acts in free sovereignty, coming upon men and even upon a dumb beast as He will, nor are the conditions set forth (as in the New Testament) by complying with which any one may receive the Spirit. The indwelling of every believer by the abiding Spirit is a New Testament blessing consequent upon the death and resurrection of Christ (Joh 7:39); (Joh 16:7); (Act 2:33); (Gal 3:1-6).

(5) The Old Testament contains prediction of a future pouring out of the Spirit upon Israel (Exo 37:14); (Exo 39:29) and upon "all flesh" (Joe 2:28); (Joe 2:29). The expectation of Israel, therefore, was twofold -- of the coming of Messiah-Immanuel, and of such an effusion of the Spirit as the prophets described. See (Mat 1:18).

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