The Unnamed Servant
By Olin Williams
August 1, 2021
The Old Testament is filled with metaphors, similes, symbols, types, parables, allegories of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Just as there are types, shadows, and prophesies concerning the advent of Christ, so there are types and shadows concerning the coming of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament. In the 24th chapter of the Book of Genesis, we read about Abraham seeking a bride for his son, Isaac. He calls on the eldest servant of his house and made him swear to find the proper bride for his son. This servant is the steward who had charge of all of Abraham’s property. He was the manager or administrator of the whole estate. His mission now is to seek a bride for Isaac, Abraham’s son.
This is a type of the Blessed Holy Spirit seeking a bride for the Blessed Son. The unnamed servant is a type of the Holy Spirit. He does not “speak of himself” but takes of the things of the bridegroom with which to win the bride.
John 16: 13-15, “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. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take care of mine, and he shall shew it unto you.”
He is sent to administer the estate of Christ to the future bride. He keeps himself in the background and speaks of the Glories of Christ, and thus woos and wins lost sinners to the Savior. The church is the bride of Christ, the “ecclesia,” the called out virgin bride of the groom. The Blessed Holy Spirit’s next business is to conduct the church, the bride, home to glory to be received by the bridegroom.
Not knowing and understanding the work of the Holy Spirit in the world today, sometimes church work is regulated by human efforts, philosophies, and secular stimulus to produce the appearance of godliness. A person does not become a believer because of their choosing. They must be called by the Word of God by the courting of the Holy Spirit. Human emotions, however sincere, are not a true calling. Church membership, baptism, good works, and righteousness are the results after accepting the wooing (courting for marriage) of the Spirit. The gospel, or “Good News, ” is that all is ready. Salvation has been accomplished. Come to the Savior when he bids through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.