The Holy Spirit Does Not Dwell in James and John
In the King James Version of the Bible, “king” is translated as “Jame.” This word, which literally means “the prince,” is used to refer to the Holy Spirit. In John chapter 3, we read that the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus, and he prophesied: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” (Joh 3:34-35).
One might be tempted to assume that the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles John and James because of their shared apostleship, but this is not so. Jesus chose John, and James followed him. It was Jesus who appointed them to preach and be an example to others. King James’s version is no more accurate than the word that came to Jesus. James did not become an apostle until after Pentecost, when he received this gift from the Holy Spirit.
The same problem exists with the King James Version’s translation of Isaiah. King James placed a different accent on the second word of the Hebrew word, which is the same as the English word, “Spirit.” In the King James Version we read, “You have purified my soul by the spirit of wisdom; the word of the Lord GOD is within my heart.” In the King James Version this is rendered, “I was cleansed by the word of the LORD by the spirit of wisdom; the word of the LORD GOD is in my heart.”
In the King James Version we read, “And you have purified our souls by the spirit of wisdom; the word of the LORD GOD is in our heart.” The difference between these two verses is glaringly obvious. The Hebrew word for “word” is “kaph.” In Hebrew the word “word”spirit” are two completely different things. In Isaiah, John and James have the same ministry. They are still described as “the prophets” in the King James Version. They are disciples of Jesus. What makes them separate from the rest of the apostles?
The phrase “in the name of the Lord” does not separate the apostles James and John from other men who were called apostles. The New Testament nowhere mentions James or John being called apostles. Their ordination is simply acknowledged in the New Testament. How can James or John to be called an apostle?
The absence of James and John from the New Testament does not discredit their work. Neither James nor John received the Holy Spirit while living on the earth. The New Testament, written by men like Paul, James, Peter, John, Andrew, and the Holy Spirit, makes it clear that the Word of God did come to the apostles.
Therefore, to say that James and John were not anointed means to say that the Holy Spirit didn’t descend upon them during their ministry. But, neither do they need the Holy Spirit in order to function as a missionary. The Holy Spirit can descend upon anyone at any time.