1 & 2 Thess.
1 & 2 Timothy
1 & 2 Peter
Gifts of the Spirit
Exposition of The Spirit in 1 & 2 Timothy
"He" (RSV, NEB, NEST, DIAG). There is no real justification for "God" as in the AV.
Because of his Godliness, Christ, "the last Adam, became a life-giving Spirit" being. His claim to be the Son of God was vindicated by his resurrection from the dead. (cf. Romans 1:4).
This is a figure called ‘metonymy of the adjunct’ where Spirit is put for God. Probably the message which follows, came to Paul through the gift of prophecy which he had.
These were men not only falsely claiming to have the Holy Spirit but also using that claim to lead the ecclesias astray.
"In spirit" is not in the Greek text of Nestle and should be omitted.
The Holy Spirit here was one of the gifts (1 Cor. 12:8-10) which Timothy had received in order that the body of Christ might be edified. (v. 6).
It is very easy to see the limited reference this verse has in direct application, as "us" in this context refers to Paul and Timothy only.
Timothy had the inter-ecclesial office of "evangelist1" (2 Tim. 4:5). We recall that Philip the evangelist had the gift of miracles. Due to the position of being the Spiritual leader at Ephesus, Timothy probably had the gift of the "word of wisdom" and perhaps "governments". (1 Cor. 12:28).
1 cf. Eph. 4:11 and Section E.
2 AMAX, P. 4.