Clothed with the Spirit

“But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.” Judges 6:34

The Hebrew word translated in this verse with ‘came’ is labash (strong 3847). Labash means to clothe, to put on a garment or clothe. In the Bible, clothing is not just clothing. Clothing showed whether you were a widow (Genesis 38:19) or a royal virgin (2 Samuel 13:18), that you were in mourning (2 Samuel 14:2), that you held a high position (Genesis 41:42), or that you were a priest and served Him (Exodus 29:5, Leviticus 16:23,24, Numbers 20:26). These are all examples of literal clothing.

But clothing is also used spiritually in the Bible. Priests were clothed in linen, but also with salvation (2 Chronicles 6:41) and we can also be clothed with shame (Job 8:22) or with judgment (Job 29:14). And YHWH is clothed with majesty, strength (Psalm 93:1) and honour (Psalm 104:1).

In Judges 6:34, Gideon was clothed with the Spirit of YHWH. This also happens in 1 Chronicles 12:18 and 2 Chronicles 24:20.

In Ephesians 4:23 we read that we must be renewed in the spirit of our mind. And then we can be clothed with the new man who is created in His image (verse 24). In verse 21 we read what is necessary for the renewal of our mind: to be taught with His truth. And it is His Spirit who teaches us His truth:

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13

“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued [clothed, labash] with power from on high.” Luke 24:49