Female Holy Spirit vs. Male Holy Spirit
I recently discovered the existence of two different Holy Spirits. One female (Wis. 10-13), another male (John 7:37-39).
They have two different sets of "gifts", the female HS "gifts" are based on the Old Testament , the male HS gifts are based on the New Testament.
We have two versions of the Nicene Creed, one neutral gender/female (381CE), the other male (589CE).
Both of these Nicene Creed versions were once approved by the church.
St. Augustine acknowledges the two Holy Spirit versions (City of God by Saint Augustine, Book 13, Chap 24, p. 439) .
(here are male gifts of the HS versus female gifts of the HS, lined up side by side so you can see the differences).
1)- Here are male gifts:
WISDOM- "One man, through the Spirit, has the gift of wise speech..."- NEB, 1 Cor. 12:8
KNOWLEDGE- "while another..can put the deepest knowledge into words." - NEB, 1 Cor. 12:8
FAITH- "another...is granted faith..." - NEB, 1 Cor. 12:9
HEALING--"another...gifts of healing..." - NEB, 1 Cor. 12:9
MIRACULOUS POWERS--"another...miraculous powers..." - NEB, 1 Cor. 12:10
PROPHESYING-- "another has the gift of prophecy..." - NEB, 1 Cor. 12:10
DISTINGUISHING SPIRITS-- "Another ability to distinguish true spirits from false..."- NEB, 1 Cor. 12:10
SPEAKING IN TONGUES-- "another has the gift of ecstatic utterance of different kinds..." - NEB, 1 Cor. 12:10
INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES-- "and another the ability to interpret it...." - NEB, 1 Cor. 12:11
2)-Here are female gifts:
SHE PROVIDES SALVATION-
For so the ways of them which lived on the earth were reformed, and men were taught the things that are pleasing unto thee, and were saved through wisdom.- Septuagint, Wisdom IX : 18
SHE PROVIDES SANCTIFICATION-
and in all the ages entering into mens souls, she maketh them friends of God, and prophets.- Septuagint, Wisdom VII : 27
SHE PROVIDES RECREATION-
she maketh all things new- Septuagint, Wisdom VII : 27
SHE PROVIDES ETERNAL LIFE-
by means of her I shall obtain immortality- Septuagint, Wisdom VIII :
how that to be allied unto wisdom is immortality- Septuagint, Wisdom VIII : 17
SHE PROVIDES FULFILLMENT-
wisdom, that ye may reign for evermore- Septuagint, Wisdom VI : 21
All good things together came to me with her, and innumerable riches in her hands. And I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom goeth before them: and I knew not that she was the mother of them.- Septuagint, Wisdom VII : 11 - 12
If riches be a possession to be desired in this life; what is richer than wisdom, that worketh all things?- Septuagint, Wisdom VIII : 5
and in the works of her hands are infinite riches- Septuagint, Wisdom VIII : 18
They that serve her shall minister to the Holy One: and them that love her the Lord doth love---and he that attendeth unto her shall dwell securely- Septuagint, Ecclus. IV : 14 - 15
Behold with your eyes, how that I have had but little labour, and have gotten unto me much rest. Get learning with a great sum of money, and get much gold by her.- Septuagint, Ecclus. LI : 27
"I endow with riches those who love me and I will fill their treasuries." - NEB, Prov. 8:21
"Let us now sing the praises of famous men...Their prosperity is handed on to their descendants, and their inheritance to future generations." -NEB, Ecclus.44:1 & Ecclus.44:10.
"Through me kings are sovereign and governors make just laws. Through me princes act like princes, from me all rulers on earth derive their nobility." - NEB, Prov.8:15-16
Thereupon wisdom appeared on earth and lived among men. She is the book of the commandments of God, the law that stands forever. All that hold fast to her shall live, but those that forsake her shall die.- NEB, Baruch III: 32- IV: 1
SHE PROVIDES PROTECTION-
wisdom appeared on earth and lived among men. NEB, Baruch III: 37--
and helped out their situation as noted below: )
(Wisdom helping Adam) She preserved the first formed father of the world, that was created alone, and brought him out of his fall, and gave him power to rule all things.- Septuagint Wis. X: 1
(Wisdom helping Noah) ---the earth being drowned with the flood, wisdom again preserved it, and directed the course of the righteous in a piece of wood--- Septuagint Wis. X: 4
(Wisdom helping Abraham) and kept him strong against his tender compassion for his son. Septuagint Wis. X: 5
(Wisdom helping Lot) When the ungodly perished, she delivered the righteous man, who fled from the fire which fell down five cities Septuagint X: 6
(Wisdom helping Jacob) When the righteous fled from his brothers wrath, she guided him in right paths---made him rich in his travels---She defended him from his enemies, and kept him safe from those that lay in wait.- Septuagint, Wis. X : 10-12
(Wisdom helping Joseph) When the righteous was sold, she forsook him not--- she went down with him in the pit---she brought him the sceptre of the kingdom---and gave him perpetual glory. Septuagint X: 13-14
(Wisdom helping Moses) She entered into the soul of the servant of the Lord, and withstood dreadful kings in wonders and signs; rendered to the righteous a reward of their labors, guided them in a marvelous way, and was unto them for a cover by day, and a light of stars in the night season; brought them through the Red sea, and led them through much water: but she drowned their enemies, and cast them up out of the bottom of the deep.- Septuagint, Wisdom X: 16 - 19
wisdom delivered from pain those that attended upon her.- Septuagint,
Wis. X : 9
SHE IS THE GIVER OF LIFE-
by wisdom founded the earth- Septuagint, Proverbs III : 19
And wisdom was with thee: which knoweth thy works, and was present when thou madest the world- Septuagint, Wisdom IX : 9
And God said, Let us make man according to our image (plural) and likeness...And God made man, according to the image of God, he made him, male and female he made them.- Septuagint, Genesis I : 25, 27
When he ( God ) prepared the heaven, I ( Wisdom ) was present with him---
-Septuagint, Prov. VIII: 27
In the beginning God made the heaven and earth. But the earth was unsightly and unfurnished, and the darkness was over the deep, and the Spirit of God moved over the water. -Septuagint, Genesis I: 1,2
"And God formed the man of dust of the earth, and breathed upon his face the breath of life, and the man became a living soul." -Septuagint, Genesis 2:7
In my experience, the "gifts"
of the female HS are much more efficacious than the "gifts" of the
Perhaps, if reconnected with the "gifts" of the female HS, the body of the church could be strengthened.
Would it be possible to appeal to those preferring the female version by reading the 381CE Nicene Creed version in church (as approved by Bishop Griswold in ENRICHING OUR WORSHIP)?