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What does "having the eyes of your heart enlightened" mean in Ephesians 1:18?

Ephesians 1:15-22 (ESV): 15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my ...
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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 does 'the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets' mean in 1 Cor 14:32?

1 Cor 14:32 (Revised Version) and the spirits (πνεύματα) of the prophets (προφητῶν) are subject to the prophets; What is the meaning of: spirits of the prophets subject to the prophets in this ...
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What exactly happened to Saul when the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon him and turned him into "another man"? 1 Samuel 10:6

1 Samuel 10:6-7 (ESV): 6 Then the Spirit of the LORD will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. 7 Now when these signs meet you, do what your hand finds to do,...
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I was in the Spirit

In Revelation chapter 1 verse 10, John writes "I was in the Spirit" although he was physically on the isle of Patmos. What does "...was in the Spirit" mean in this specific verse? ...
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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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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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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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Does the "Spirit of God" (through Jude) in Jude 1:14 validate the book of Enoch?

The New Testament bibles include the book of [Jude] & [1 Corinthians]. Based on [1 Corinthians 3:16], the author of Jude (being a 'bond-servant of Jesus Christ' - Jude 1:1) is filled with the &...
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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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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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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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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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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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Who anointed Jesus (and with what): the Spirit of the Lord or the Lord? Luke 4:18

Luke 4:16-21 (ESV): 16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the ...
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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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“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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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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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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Is the trinity in view at Revelation 7:17?

Revelation 7:17 (ESV): For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Notice ...
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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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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 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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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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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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(2 Corinthians 10:5) trying to undersand what Paul meant by "destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God"

2 Corinthians 10:1-10 1 Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am [a]meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! 2 I ask that when I am ...
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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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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 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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Is "speaking against the Holy Spirit" not possible now?

Matthew 12:32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. I read in ...
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How did God send His Spirit to the Israelites in the wilderness?

Nehemiah 9:20 NASB You gave Your good Spirit to instruct [the Israelites], your manna you did not withhold from their mouth, And you gave them water for their thirst. How did God give His spirit to ...
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Is neshamah (breath) created or uncreated?

Berean Study Bible, Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed the breath [h5397 נְשָׁמָה neshamah] of life [h2416 חָי chay] into his nostrils, and the man ...
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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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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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When did Jesus recieve the spirit in the context of Acts 2:32-33?

Acts 2:32 This Jesus, God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. 33 “Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit,...
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What does it mean to be baptized "with fire"? Matthew 3:11 [duplicate]

Matthew 3:11 NASB: “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy ...
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How is it possible to blaspheme the Holy Spirit? [closed]

Correct me if I am wrong. The Idea is so easy: Jesus incarnated on earth, and made some things, behave some behaviours -from the Jews point of view- that made him susceptible to be blasphemed, like: ...
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Mark 9:17,25...what does it mean: the Spirit (not the obsessed) is dumb and deaf?

The obsessed may be get blinded, dumb, deaf or mad under the effect of the obsessing Spirit (the Spirit who caused obsession). But the Spirit causing obsession is itself blind, dumb or deaf!, This ...
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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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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?
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Does 1 Corinthians 15:44 refer to Dualist Anthropology?

Does 1 Corinthians 15:44 refer to Dualist Anthropology? Dualist Anthropology is the view of the body-soul relation as dualistic, the body and the soul being different as the soul that inhabits the ...
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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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Whose spirit is God’s spirit bearing witness to in Romans 8:16?

Since born-again Christians have the Holy Spirit (which is the Spirit of Christ),1 I am confused by the words “our spirit” in Rom. 8:16, wherein it states, 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with ...
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Can a spirit have the Posture of sitting?

Scripture says God is a Spirit It also says God sits on the throne? Do Spirit sit on spiritual thrones?
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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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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 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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Genesis 6:3 Is it talking about Spirit or spirit?

“Then the Lord said, "My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years."” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭6:3‬ ‭ESV‬ Is there a direct connection between the presence of His ...
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Why do trinitarians say the holy spirit is a person? [closed]

What is the Biblical basis for saying the holy spirit is a person? From my observation of the text, I see no basis for this belief. The holy spirit is continuously presented in the Bible as God's ...
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Into how many parts is the cloven tongue parted in Acts 2:3?

Acts 2:3 KJV And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. The word DIAMERIZO is interpreted as "cloven" or split in the KJV. I had always "assumed" that ...
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