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In 2 Timothy 1:7 what is a "spirit of fear"?

KJV 2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Also, it appears that the "spirit of fear" is what was NOT given and that what WAS ...
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In Romans 8:15 what are "a spirit of bondage" and a "spirit of adoption"?

KJV Rom 8:15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] οὐ ...
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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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Is the "one baptism" of Ephesians 4:5 the "baptized by one Spirit" of 1 Corinthians 12:13?

Given the many different types of water baptism in the New Testament - that of John the Baptist - that of Jesus himself - that of the early church in Acts chapter two - and what we know of Pharisaic ...
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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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Is the life referred to in John 1:4 the breath of life?

Moses describes the making of Adam as consisting of fashioning a body from dirt and then animating the dirt by breathing into his nostrils: NIV Genesis 2:7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the ...
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In Romans 8:2 what is the "law of the spirit of life"?

BSB Romans 8:2For in Christ Jesus the law [principle] of the Spirit [breath] of life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Interlinear: http://biblehub.com/interlinear/romans/8-2.htm
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Are 2 Corinthians 3:6 and 2 Timothy 3:16 contradictory or complementary?

In 2 Cor 3:6 Paul draws a strong contrast between letter and spirit/breath: NIV 2 Cor 3:6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit (breath); ...
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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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'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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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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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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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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In 1 Corinthians 14:15, what is the difference between praying «τῷ πνεύματι» versus «τῷ νοΐ»?

In 1 Cor. 14:15, it is written, 15 What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. NASB ΙΕʹ ...
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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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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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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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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 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 ontological constitution of a believer according to Galatians 2:20?

I am interested in understanding the components or makeup of the whole person -- their "ontology" -- when a nonbeliever becomes a believer. Paul writes in Galatians 2:20 - NIV I have been ...
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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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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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What does "spirit" mean in John 3:6?

What does "spirit" mean in John 3:6 (in bold)? Is it referring to the soul? John 3:6 (ESV) That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Here's ...
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What "spirit" is 1 Peter 3:18 referring to?

There seems to be disagreement as to whom/what the spirit in 1 Peter 3:18 is. (ESV) For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being ...
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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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The Correct Meaning of Genesis 6:3 - Also Flesh or Is Flesh? [duplicate]

This is a translational issue and, depending on how Genesis 6:3 is rendered, its meaning changes greatly. For a Christian reader this matter of spirit or flesh (or both) is highly relevant. Here is ...
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