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This experience, somewhat parallel to the New Testament doctrine of regeneration (1 Samuel 10:9) and baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-5; 1 Corinthians 12:13) was God's testimony to Saul that, despite his humble background and circumstances (1 Samuel 9:21), he had truly been called to be king of Israel. Specifically, Saul's calling was manifested by one of the gifts of the Spirit, the "gift of prophecy" (1 Corinthians 13:2), not as a permanent endowment but as an assurance that God was with him.
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8