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What is the meaning of 'spirit' in Genesis 6?

According to Genesis 6:3: “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” This verse is not understandable for me: What does “...
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“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” - Is John 3:3 a universal statement, O.T. Saints included?

John 3:1-7 (ESV): Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, ...
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What is meant by "the Lord is the/that Spirit" in 2 Corinthians 3:16-18?

16 but whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 But we all, with unveiled faces, looking as ...
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Jesus denied being a spirit (Luke 24:39), yet God is spirit (John 4:24). Can we connect the dots and conclude that Jesus is not God?

Jesus denied being a spirit in Luke 24:39: See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, because a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you plainly see that I have.” (Luke 24:...
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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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Is Jesus spirit or not? 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 vs Luke 24:39

16 but whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 But we all, with unveiled faces, looking as ...
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Is Numbers 11:17-25 evidence that the Holy Spirit is a distributable, fragmentable substance?

I was reading this Biblical Unitarian article that explains their views regarding the Holy Spirit. One particular view they hold is the "gift of God's nature" interpretation, according to ...
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What does it mean to be "carried away in the Spirit"?

3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. [Revelation 17:3 NASB] 10 And he ...
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How many spirits are in view in Isaiah 11:2?

Isaiah 11:1-3 (ESV): A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the ...
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The ‘makeup’ of man - what is man?

This question comes out from a comment .. The Q was closed, so I couldn’t respond via a comment reply, so I’ll both ask it here, (open it up), and also respond here ... GEN 2:7 then the Lord God ...
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What is meant by "the spirit gives life" in 2 Corinthians 3:6?

2 Corinthians 3:6: Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. [KJV] who also made us adequate ...
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Was the Angel of the Lord the Preincarnate Christ? [closed]

Hopefully, this question won't ignite too many brush fires. I've read several commentaries that I believe fall short of addressing this subject. Here are some of the instances where this being appears:...
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Is the physical human body merely a "biochemical machine" based on 2 Corinthians 4:16?

The apostle Paul writes: 2 Corinthians 4:16: "Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day" (NAS). Based on this ...
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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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What does it mean "to quench" in 1 Thessalonians 5:19?

In 1 Thessalonians 5:19 we read: Quench not the Spirit. (KJV) According to Strong's, "Quench" is the word 4570 σβέννυμι, which means "I extinguish, quench, I suppress, thwart." The dictionary ...
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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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Did Jesus pre-exist in spiritual form as the "Spirit of Christ" at the time of the prophets according to 1 Peter 1:10-12?

Context: I came up with this question after reading this answer. 1 Peter 1:10-12 (NASB): 10 As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful ...
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How can someone be "filled with the Spirit" if the Spirit is a person? Ephesians 5:18

Ephesians 5:18: And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, [ESV] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; [KJV] and be ...
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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 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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What law are you under if you don't live by the spirit?

Galatians 5:18 talks about if you are of the spirit then you are not under the law. What law do they mean?
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What does John 3:8 mean?

John 3:8 (ESV) states: The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. I don't ...
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Jesus became a life-giving / quickening spirit (1 Cor 15:45), yet he denied being a spirit (Luke 24:39). How to reconcile the apparent contradiction?

1 Corinthians 15 touches on the nature of resurrected bodies, making a contrast between earthly bodies and heavenly bodies: 40 There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the ...
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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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Why does the Holy Spirit not know who Jesus is? Luke 10:22

All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Luke 10:22 ...
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Whom did Ananias lie to? The Holy Spirit, God or both? Acts 5:3-4

Acts 5:3-4 (ESV): 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? 4 While it remained unsold, did ...
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What is the sense of μέτρου at John 3:34?

According to John 3:34 how are we to understand μέτρου when describing Gods gift of spirit?
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'Holy Spirit' vs 'Spirit of God' in context of Revelation 5:6

Revelation 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" This verse as well as ...
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Does Genesis 2:21-24 suggest that the woman shared Adam's breath?

In the making of Adam we are told that after Yehovah sculpted him into a statue of himself he breathed into him the breath of life and animated hime. Eve was sculpted from Adam's spare rib but there ...
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What does 'spirits' mean in Acts 23:8? Who are they?

What does 'spirit' mean in Acts 23:8? Is it referring to human spirits? (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees believe ...
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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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When was Jesus made alive in the spirit? 1 Peter 3:18

1 Peter 3:17-22 (ESV): 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, ...
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Is the Spirit of the Son distinct from God the Holy Ghost? [closed]

Based on another question about the Spirit of the Son, My answer was that the answer is not as simple and leads to more questions. These are those questions: Is the Spirit of Christ (Rom 8:9, 1 Pet 1:...
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In Mark 3:11-12, who or what are τὰ πνεύματα τὰ ἀκάθαρτα and are they visible and/or audible?

ISV Mar 3:11 Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they would fall down in front of him and scream, "You are the Son of God!" Mar 3:12 But he sternly ordered them again and again not to tell ...
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Was the gift of the Holy Spirit promised only for the first-century Church, according to Acts 2:38-39?

Acts 2:37-39 (ESV): 37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be ...
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Is Luke 11:5-13 talking about being filled with / baptized in the Holy Spirit and that believers should seek it with perseverance?

Luke 11:5-13 (NIV): 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to ...
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What is the difference between speaking with the mind and speaking in a tongue (with the spirit)? 1 Corinthians 14

In 1 Cor 14:2, the act of speaking in a tongue is described as a process in which a person utters mysteries under the influence of the Holy Spirit: 2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men ...
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Is there a connection between Genesis 8:11 (dove & olive branch) and John 1:32 (Christ's baptism)?

Genesis 8:11 reads: "And the dove came into [Noah] in the evening and lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off, so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the Earth. (KJV) John 1:32 ...
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If evil spirits have personhood, does the Holy Spirit also have personhood? 1 Samuel 16:14-16 & Matthew 12:43-45

In 1 Samuel 16:14-16 we see the contrast between the Spirit of the LORD leaving Saul and an evil spirit being sent by God instead to torment him: 14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and ...
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Isn't 1 samuel 19:20-21 a violation of freewill

Isn't the Spirit of God coming upon Saul's men to make them prophesy a violation of their freewill 1 Samuel 19:20-21 so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets prophesying, ...
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