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Are Moses (Numbers 11:29) and Paul (1 Corinthians 14:5) talking about the same type of prophecies?

Numbers 11:29 (YLT): 29 And Moses saith to him, `Art thou zealous for me? O that all Jehovah's people were prophets! that Jehovah would put His Spirit upon them!' 1 Corinthians 14:5 (YLT): 5 and I ...
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What is the difference between gifts of healing and the working of miracles? 1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 12 (ESV): 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same ...
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What were workers of miracles?

1 Corinthians 12:28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of ...
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What prophecies was Paul referring to when he said “do not despise prophecies” in 1 Thessalonians 5:20?

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 (ESV): 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. What prophecies was Paul ...
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What is meant by “the secrets of his heart are disclosed” in 1 Corinthians 14:25?

1 Cor 14:24-25 (ESV): 24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, 25 the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling ...
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Is there theological significance in the word 'Allelujah' only occurring 4 times in the entire Christian Greek Scriptures, all of them in Rev. ch 19?

I would expect more than a few Allelujahs bursting from the lips of overjoyed Christians when they realised Jesus had arisen in triumph from the grave, but that is not recorded in the gospel accounts ...
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In what language did Peter most likely preach his sermon at Pentecost (Acts 2:14-41)? [closed]

We all know that the apostles and disciples miraculously spoke different tongues at Pentecost, that the foreigners around who were native speakers of those languages could understand: 5 Now there ...
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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 any value in “giving thanks with one's spirit” when the person doing the thanksgiving lacks the gift of interpretation of tongues?

1 Corinthians 14:13-19 (ESV): 13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. 15 What am I to do? ...
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Why was there no need for the gift of interpretation of tongues (1 Cor 14) at Pentecost (Acts 2)?

The gift of interpretation of tongues is a very important gift according to 1 Corinthians 14. It enables the person with the gift to understand and interpret what someone with the gift of tongues is ...
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Does the Holy Spirit produce anger?

In 1 Samuel 11:6 (NASB) Then the Spirit of God rushed upon Saul when he heard these words, and he became very angry. Is anger a fruit of the Spirit?
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Did Jesus exercise omniscience or a spiritual gift in Matthew 9:4?

Matthew 9:4 (ESV): 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? Did Jesus know their thoughts because 1) he was omniscient, 2) the Holy Spirit revealed the ...
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Why did some of the witnesses at Pentecost react with mockery in Acts 2:13?

Acts 2:12-13 (ESV): 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” Why did some of the witnesses ...
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In light of Acts 10:44-48, were the disciples in Acts 2 praising/exalting God in tongues (contrary to the view that they were “preaching” in tongues)?

Disclaimer: this is going to be a bit of a long question, so bear with me. I've heard people claim that the purpose of the gift of tongues is to preach the gospel to foreigners in their own native ...
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Are the mysteries in the Spirit (that no-one understands) uttered in a language that can be interpreted via the gift of interpretation of tongues?

1 Corinthians 14:2 (ESV) says: 2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. However, later verses say: 5 Now I ...
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What does it mean to “sing with one's spirit”?

In 1 Corinthians 14:13-17 (NIV), Paul is initially addressing the gift of tongues, but in V15 he suddenly introduces the concepts of "praying with one's spirit" and, in particular, "...
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Where are we to speak in tongues when no interpreter is around?

1 Corinthians 14:26-28 (NIV) says: 26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an ...
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Is praying in tongues to God in a private setting scripturally supported by 1 Corinthians 14:2?

1 Corinthians 14:2 (NIV): For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. If someone does not speak to ...
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Does the Holy Spirit's distribution of spiritual gifts depend in any way on how eagerly we desire them?

In 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 (NIV), Paul explains that the distribution of the spiritual gifts is a sovereign decision of the Holy Spirit, who distributes the spiritual gifts as He sees fit: 4 There are ...
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Difference between wisdom, knowledge and prophecy?

1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (NIV): 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of ...
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What is the spiritual relationship between faith, hope and love when perfection comes and the imperfect disappears?

1 Corinthians chapter 13 suggests that whereas some gifts of the Spirit will end, the gifts of faith, hope, and love will endure, and that love is the greatest gift of all: And now these three remain:...
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What is “the gift” of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:38?

Acts 2:38. And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." ...
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What is the intended meaning of the word “power” as used in Acts 1:8?

Acts 1:7-8 (NIV): 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you ...
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How is speaking in tongues an edifying practice for individuals themselves?

1 Corinthians 14:4 (NIV) reads: 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. How is speaking in tongues an activity that edifies the individual ...
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What did the apostle Paul use the gift of tongues for?

In 1 Corinthians 14:18-19 (NIV) Paul said: 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten ...
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1 Corinthians 14:13 - why pray to interpret your own message?

"So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. For ...
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In Acts 2:6, was the miracle in the speaking or the hearing at Pentecost?

I have a few questions about tongues during the Pentecost event in acts. Here is the main verse : And when this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every ...
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Is it God’s Spirit The Holy Spirit or another one of God’s spirits? Exodus 28:3

“And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. You shall speak to all the skillful, whom I have filled with a spirit of skill, that they make Aaron's garments to ...
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In 1 Cor 14:3-5 what was the nature of the prophecies being given in Corinth?

Paul speaks at length to the Corinthians about the penchant for becoming a celebrity preacher fan club: [1Co 1:10-12 NLT] (10) I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our ...
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The gifts of the Holy Spirit; Available or gone? [closed]

I've heard it said among some Christians that the spiritual gifts (i.e. speaking in tongues, prophecy, etc.), are no longer active and available to us. I would genuinely like to know the basis for ...
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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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Why did the Apostle Paul leave Trophimus sick, while Epaphroditus was also sick to the point of death in Philippians 2:27?

If the Apostle Paul still had the power to heal why would he leave Trophimus sick, while Epaphroditus was also sick to the point of death in Philippians 2:27 and encouraged Timothy to use a little ...
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In Romans 12:3 what is the μέτρον that God has allotted to each believer and how is one to use it to “think soberly” about one's gift?

Disclaimer: I have no formal education in Greek. Setup (If you are familiar with Romans 12 you can skip to "The question" below) Throughout the Roman empire (and in all the world) both Jews and ...
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How should the, “discernment of spirits,” in 1 Corinthians 12:10 be interpreted taking cultural context into account?

It seems this is often interpreted as a gift of wisdom or discernment and doesn't take into account a cultural context that believes in the existence of real spirits. But to each one is given the ...
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Does the order of gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:28 have any significance?

And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 1 ...
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What does James 1:17 mean by 'perfect gift'?

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17, NIV) According to scripture & academics, ...
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1 Corinthians 13:10 - Should “The Perfect” Be Interpreted in an Eschatological Sense?

1. Question - Regarding Greek Grammar, the Subjunctive "ὅταν": In 1 Corinthians 13:10 - Should "The Coming of the Perfect" be interpreted in an "Eschatological Sense" - in view of the World? Perhaps ...
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1 Corinthians 13:10 - What Will Cease when “The Perfect” Comes?

1. Question - Greek Grammar and Syntax Setting aside doctrinal arguments - are there any grammatical indications that may clarify what will "will cease", (or be "nullified") - when "the perfect comes"...
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1 Corinthians 13:9 - How Should “Out Of” Be Translated?

1. Question - Reference Request, and Textual Basis: In 1 Corinthians 13:10 - Why is " ἐκ | out of " left out of the translation? Are there any period texts that also have similar constructions? ...
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How was “Word of Knowledge” Understood?

How would Paul's original audience have understood the phrase "word of knowledge" in 1 Corinthians? NASB, 1 Corinthians 12:8 - For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and ...
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1 Corinthians 13:8 - What is the Significance of the Intransitive verb “παύσονται”?

In 1 Corinthians 13:8, The Greek word, "παύσονται | intransitive future middle" appears as the indicative of the Greek verb παύω (pauō, "to cease"). Does the form, tense, and mood of this particular ...
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1 Corinthians 13:9-10 - What Does “ἐκ μέρους” Mean?

In 1 Corinthians 13:9-10 - What does "ἐκ μέρους" mean here? Is Paul talking about "knowing only partially" (i.e. incomplete knowledge), or "knowing as only part of the body" (i.e. of Christ), as in ...
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1 Corinthians 13:10 - What does “The Perfect” Refer to?

1. Question: In 1 Cor 13:10, what does "The Perfect, (τὸ τέλειον)" refer to, and how would it have understood at the time it was written - not 500 years later? 1 Cor. 13:10, NASB - 10 but when "...
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How was the Holy Spirit being seen (perceived) in Acts 8?

We see that Simon in Samaria believed from Phillip's preaching and was baptized: Simon himself believed and was baptized (Acts 8:3) When the apostles Peter and John arrived to Samaria, Simon must'...
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1 Corinthians 13:10 - What does Paul mean by “Completeness”?

What are the meanings given the original Greek word? NIV, 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 - Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; ...
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In 1 Corinthians, do 12:31 and 14:1 contradict 12:4-30?

To my reading, 1 Corinthians 12:4-30 could be summed up as: "Be content with the gifts/role God has given you because in his sight all the functions of the body of Christ are of equal importance". ...