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baptism of holy spirit [closed]

If the church began in Acts 2, which is after Christ's death etc., how can spirit baptism identify with Christ's death, burial and resurrection, which preceded the church?
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What rises to the level of being a "a different spirit," per 2 Corinthians 11:4?

In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul speaks of his jealousy for the Corinthians church, given his early work to bring them to Christ, that they might subsequently be presented as "a pure virgin to Christ&...
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Was Acts 2:17 intended to be a statement for all time or only its immediate context?

Acts 2:17 "'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Was this ...
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What is Eliphaz explaining in Job 4:12-21?

Job's friend Eliphaz shares: 12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. 13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men, 14 ...
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( Ephesians 5:26-27 ) Christian husbands take initiative to "cleansing" wives via "washing of water with the word"

https://www.bibelwissenschaft.de/en/bible/NA28/EPH.5 Epheser 5:25-28 25Οἱ ἄνδρες, ἀγαπᾶτε τὰς γυναῖκας, καθὼς καὶ ὁ Χριστὸς ἠγάπησεν τὴν > ἐκκλησίαν καὶ ἑαυτὸν παρέδωκεν ὑπὲρ αὐτῆς, 26ἵνα αὐτὴν ...
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Is there a place in the Bible that teaches that the anointing oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit? [closed]

I read a couple of articles about this subject. Apparently, there is a general agreement that, in some cases in the Bible, oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit. They say it's a metaphor. I couldn't find an ...
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In Romans 8 how do we understand the use of the definite article with "flesh", from grammar not received theology?

From the grammar how should we understand the use of the definite article in Romans 8 for "the flesh"? I've read that definite article before spirit is usually understood as God's Spirit, ...
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Does Ecclesiastes 11:5 indicate that personhood (ensoulment) follows only after the initial physical development of the unborn?

Ecclesiastes 11:5 in the ESV, NAB, and NRSV indicate that the unborn in the womb become a living soul only after significant biological development has occurred: ESV the spirit comes to the bones in ...
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Trophimus left sick

Could it be possible that Paul's inability to heal Trophimus was because he was now unable to be used as a 'conduit' for God's Holy Spirit Power ? Does his request for his 'cloak' to be brought to him ...
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In 1 Samuel 10:5-6, Music is the ר֣וּחַ יְהֹוָ֔ה Spirit of YHVH?

Harmonious vibrations (Music) from the drum, flute & harp passed over שָׁאוּל֙ Shaul in 1 שְׁמוּאֵ֔ל Shmuel 10:5-6. [1 שְׁמוּאֵ֔ל Shmuel 10:5] "Afterwards, you shall come to the hill of God, ...
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Words of YHWH attributed to the Holy Spirit in the OT

I'm studying the NT mainly right now, so my OT knowledge is not that good. Just like some quotes in the Old Testament spoken by Yahweh are said (in the NT) to have been spoken by the Holy Spirit (Acts ...
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How are we to hermeneutically interpret the "seeing of thrones" when we are told that God is a Spirit?

Throughout the Bible we are presented with Prophets seeing God in heaven siting on His Throne: Again he (Micaiah) said: "I saw the LORD sitting upon His throne, and all the hosts of heaven ...
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Why does God the Father need to anoint Jesus with His Spirit if Jesus is fully God?

Isaiah 42:1-4 referenced again in Matthew 12:18. Similar to the descending of God’s Spirit on Jesus at his baptism (Matthew 3). I don’t understand how to explain this in alignment with the Trinity ...
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Is the spirit of man a created thing?

According to the book of Genesis, God created man apparently by two ingredients: (1) dust of the ground (2) the breath of God Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and ...
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Does neshamah apply to more than humans?

Psalm 150:6 NASB20 Everything that has breath shall praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! In this Psalm, the word “breath” is translated from “neshamah” meaning the breath, life, or spirit, first seen ...
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Is a mystical interpretation of Psalm 51:11 justified?

Psalm 51:11 KJV Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Other similar passages include: Psalm 16:11 KJV Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is ...
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If soul and spirit are reversed in Lk.1:46&47, would it change the meaning?

Luke 1:46, 47 46 And Mary said,My soul doth magnify the LORD, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. Are the words soul and spirit interchangeable in these verses, and if not: WHY?
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Deut, 12:23,NASB - "Only be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life (soul/spirit)". Are "blood transfusions" a form of eating? [closed]

We know that in the time of Moses, abstaining from "eating" the blood of animal sacrifices was required by the Israelites - in order that it may go well with them and their sons after them - ...
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"baptized into Christ" vs "baptized into the name of Christ"

As I research the use of "baptized into Christ" (Romans 6:3; Gal 3:27), can we legitimately distinguish this from "baptized into the name of Christ" (Matt 28; Acts 2:38; 8:16; 19:...
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when in reference to spirits what is the meaning? as said in the book of Enoch 39?

with the book of Enoch he referrers to calling spirit back like the western people of turtle island when his where abouts was unknown. like Muhammand looking for the goats the book of Enoch 39
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(John 15:26) Is the term for proceeding (ἐκπορεύομαι) and sending (πέμπω) similar? specifically in reference to sending the Son and Holy Spirit?

I am inquiring because I wanted to learn about the discourse of the filioque. When I looked at the Greek for John 15:26, I noticed a difference in terms between the production of the Holy Spirit and ...
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The Holy Spirit's stirring up Samson's anointing in Judges 14:3-4 Vs (Galatians 5:16-17) flesh battling Spirit & (Isaiah 55:8-9)God's Higher thoughts

Judges 14:1-4 NASB1995 1 Then Samson went down to Timnah and saw a woman in Timnah, one of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 So he came back and told his father and mother, “I saw a woman in Timnah,...
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How can the Holy Spirit be a person if He (or it) can be 'poured out' according to Acts 2:17?

Acts 2:17 (ESV): “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, ...
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"but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words" - can the Holy Spirit literally intercede with groanings? Romans 8:26-27

Romans 8:26-27 (ESV): 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 ...
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Is He "who searches hearts" the Holy Spirit or the Father (Romans 8:27)?

My question is a bit two-fold. It's regarding the proper understanding of Romans 8:26-27, specifically verse 27. Recently, I've come to disagree with many commentator's understanding of this passage. ...
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How does the concept of "righteousness" cause the Spirit to be "life" in Romans 8:10?

I've long desired to break-through to an understanding of Romans 8:10, particularly the following emboldened concept: Romans 8:10 (KJV) And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but ...
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What is the proper translation of the Hebrew word רוּחַ (ruach) in Genesis 3:8?

I recently discovered during the initial stage of study of the word “spirit” that the Hebrew word רוּחַ (ruach) in Genesis 3:8 is translated into English as “cool.” 8 And they heard the voice of the ...
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What does the risen Jesus mean, 'for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have'. Luke 24:39?

Luke 24:39 "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." First some brief points; Jesus is now ...
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What is meant by Wordless Groans of the Spirit?

We see St Paul writing in Romans 8:26-28 (NIV) that the Spirit intercedes for us through ' wordless groans ' . One is intrigued by the said usage of St Paul who always stood for clarity and simplicity ...
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What is the mind of the flesh and the mind of the spirit in Romans 8:6?

The mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace, Romans 8:6 - BSB What is the mind of the flesh and the mind of the Spirit described in the verse? What are the ...
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Was Matthew trying to make a connection between Elisha and Jesus after the deaths of their respective precursors?

Background When Elijah died, Elisha succeeded Elijah and performed a miracle to cross the Jordan river, and the people watching said he had Elijah's spirit as Kings 2:15 (NIV) says: The company of ...
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How was Christ "strengthened" by the angel in Gethsemane (Lk. 22:43)?

Luke 22:43: "When [Christ] arrived at the [Mount of Olives], He said to [his disciples], 'Pray that you may not enter into temptation.' And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He ...
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Is there a causal relationship between Jesus' 40-day fast and his return in "the power of the Spirit" in Luke 4:14?

According to Luke 4:1-2, Jesus, after his water baptism at the Jordan river, was full of the Spirit and was led by the Spirit to a 40-day fast: Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the ...
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Kindness and goodness - fruit of Spirit, what is the difference?

I was studying Gl 5.22, and I came across this virtues - kindness and goodness. I am Brazilian, and I looked up in dictionary for these two words in Portuguese (Bondade and Benignidade) and they are ...
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Does the pronoun ἧς (Matt. 1:16 BNT) refer to Mary or the Holy Spirit? does the pronoun refer to Mary or the Holy Spirit as Father?

"And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. " KJV Matthew 1:16 Considering that the Holy Spirit is feminine in Hebrew and the genealogy was ...
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Did the disciples 'see' Jesus (John 20:20) in the way Job 'saw' God (Job 42:5)?

In John 20:20, we read : And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. [John 20:20 KJV] Did the disciples see Jesus in ...
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Did the Ethiopian eunuch receive the Holy Spirit when Philip baptised him?

In the account of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-40), the story ended without telling whether the Ethiopian eunuch received the Holy Spirit. In an earlier account about Philip in Samaria (...
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Why would the Holy Spirit's coming at Pentecost be different to other occasions when people received the Holy Spirit?

In Acts 2:3, the Holy Spirit came what seemed to be tongues of fire: 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. This observable phenomenon only ...
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Is Paul receiving the baptism of The Holy Spirit (in Acts 9:17-19) OR is something else happening here?

In Acts 9:17-19, I'm not seeing that the text itself ever says that Paul received the Holy Spirit. If you disagree, please do (I'm hoping to get some clarity). I'm seeing that it says Ananias tells ...
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Is there an intended relationship between "the darkness" and "the Spirit of God" (Gen 1:2)?

I'm new here. I've been reading and re-reading through Genesis for a few months, and it seems to me that the scenes described by the text about "the darkness" (חֹ֫שֶׁךְ choshekh) and "the Spirit" (...
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What is the "manner of spirit" that Jesus might be referring to in Luke 9:55, and does (or might) it refer to all men?

What is the "manner of spirit" that Jesus might be referring to in Luke 9:55, and does (or might) it refer to all men? Luke 9: [54] And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said,...
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What does "penetrate even to dividing soul and spirit" mean in Hebrews 4:12?

Do you know what the author of Hebrews, purportedly Paul, meant by "it penetrates even to dividing"? Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,...
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Is there a plural form of pneuma in the Greek manuscripts of the Bible? [closed]

Thanks so far.....however I am specifically asking if there are two different forms found in the ancient greek manuscripts. Strongs only references 4151 for singular and plural. Where might I find ...
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What is this ‘spirit of glory’ Peter refers to? 1Pet 4:14

If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory, and of God, rests upon you. 1Pet 4:14 Does Peter distinguish the spirit of glory from God as if they are ...
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1 Corinthians 5:4 - In what sense is Paul's spirit present in Corinth?

For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my ...
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How is the Holy Spirit defined by the Gospel authors? [closed]

An important hermeneutical tool is to allow scripture to interpret scripture. What do these parallel passages tell us about the term “Holy Spirit”? for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very ...
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If there is only One Eternal Spirit, and the Father is a Spirit, who/what is the Holy Spirit of God? [closed]

Jesus tells the woman at the well to worship the Father in Spirit and Truth. John 4:23-24 King James Version 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in ...
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"Seven spirits of God" - literal or numerogical interpretation in early Christianity?

In Rev. 5:6 "... a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, having seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth" and also 4:5 and 3:1 Bible speaks ...
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Why is the Holy Spirit not mentioned in the Book of Revelation? [closed]

Revelation’s visions often put the Son with the Father, but the Holy Spirit is generally absent. For example: RECEIVING THE BOOK OF REVELATION “GOD” gave the visions of Revelation to “JESUS CHRIST” ...
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In John 4:24, what does it mean to "worship in Spirit and truth"?

John 4:24 says "God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." How do we know we are worshipping in Spirit and in truth?