Simply put, I'm interested in knowing if there is any difference at all (in a fundamental sense) between two uses of the word "spirit":
Context 1: "spirit" in the context of the spirit of a human being ("breath of life")
7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. [Genesis 2:7 ESV]
14 If he should set his heart to it and gather to himself his spirit and his breath, 15 all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust. [Job 34:14-15 ESV]
5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” [Ezekiel 37:5-6 ESV]
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. [James 2:26 ESV]
Context 2: "spirit" in the context of a disembodied (evil) spirit
See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” [Luke 24:39 ESV]
43 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation.” [Matthew 12:43-45 ESV]
Is there any fundamental difference at all (in terms of their essence or nature) between the "spirit" of a human being ("breath of life") and the "spirit" of a disembodied (evil) spirit?
Are disembodied (evil) spirits essentially "breaths of life" without a physical body?
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- How should we understand the nature of angels in light of Hebrews 1:14 and 13:2?
- Is the spirit of man a created thing?
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