Many great answers here. This book, A Hunger for God, by John Piper is highly recommended. May it lead you to understand how God loves you and cares for you.
Of all the spiritual mysteries, perhaps the Holy Spirit is the most impenetrable. Through parables and analogies, Jesus teaches many spiritual truths and makes them accessible to our human mind:
Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. 35 This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet:
“I will ...
This is a metaphor, like that used by David, "I am poured out like water" (Psalm 22:14). If David can be "poured out," then so can the Holy Spirit be poured out, or fill something. The personality of the Spirit is clearly and unequivocally expressed in the New Testament; e.g. "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, ...
Exactly the same question could be asked of other instances where we meet the same idea.
Luke 1:17 - And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous--to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
2 Kings 2:15 - The company of ...
Here's the same issue with the temple:
27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built! 28 Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O LORD my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you this day, 29 that ...
This question not only assumes that the Israelites believed in literal demon posession, but that the English "spirit" translation refers to the same concept as understood by Christianity.
… Saul's possession by the ruah raah (I Samuel 16:14) would be a demonic possession.
However, like most other things, there is not a single Rabbinic tradition on ...
Let us here define "personhood' as an entity having independent sentience = ability to think, act and decide independently.
There are numerous places where we see evil spirits given the attribute of sentience such as 1 John 4:1-3, Eph 6:10-12, 2 Cor 11:14, 1 John 3:8, Luke 10:17, etc.
However, (and this is a significant logical BUT!) that does not ...
Christ, Made Alive in the Spirit
This question partially unearths what may be some of the greatest treasures in the Bible. Let us consider the following enigmatic passages from Peter’s First Letter, which are believed to convey great significance:
1 Peter 3:18-20
“For Christ […] having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which ...
There seems to be a fine line here that I can lean on either side. I see that Jesus is trying to instruct the disciples when how to set up the new church and I'm sure it was very difficult. But the confusion for me comes with Jesus saying let you that is without sin cast the first stone. And then turns around and says if you see somebody sinning pointed out ...
The Spirit of Christ is the Holy Spirit such as the one who moved David to utter, "The Lord said to my Lord ..." Also David prayed in Ps 51, "Take not your Holy Spirit from me." But it need not be only the Holy Spirit that moved the prophets, angels can too, even fallen angels, and thus we have false prophets. But angels even the wisest ...
A quick rule of thumb is the following:
In all the verses where λόγος ϑεοῦ appears, try to replace "word"
with "message", or "order" or "command", depending on the context
In all the verses where ῥῆμα ϑεοῦ appears, try to replace "word" with
"utterance", or "call"
In Heb 5:12 we do not ...
There are plenty of “spirit of ...” expressions in the Bible.
When we read in 1 Peter 1:10-12 that “the spirit of Christ” was “within the prophets” as they were “seeking to know what person or time” was it indicating for the “sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow” it is easy to see that the one and only Spirit of God is called, in this case, the “...
Anger is not listed as the fruit (singular) of the Spirit that Christians cultivate, namely: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22). However, the Spirit of God is unique.
The Spirit of God was involved in creation (Genesis 1:1-2).
When Samuel anointed David the Spirit of God came upon David ...
Is anger a fruit of the Spirit? I don't think so.
To be sure, I'm offering a New Testament interpretation of an Old Testament text.
Fruit of the Spirit
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance...(Galatians 5:22-23)
Contrast this with Paul's comments on the works of the flesh:
He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.
Jesus was filled with the Spirit all the time and he was angry in Mark.
There is a parallel account in Matthew 3:16-4:1
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness ...
As pointed out by Ozzie, there are five participles.
ESV did a pretty good job in translating Ephesians 5:18b-21.
Ephesians 5:18b but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of ...
It is well-known that the so-called "Acts of the Apostles" should have been called, "The Acts of the Holy Spirit" because the Holy Spirit did so much leading and enabling of the early disciples. Here is a quick sample:
Acts 20:22 - Paul is compelled by the Spirit
Acts 19:21 - Paul is compelled by the Spirit
Acts 18:5 - Paul is compelled ...
Is there a causal relationship between the infilling of the Spirit and the actions listed in subsequent verses in Ephesians 5:18-21?
There are five participles in the following verses, indicating how one can be filled with the spirit of God. Paul's advice is helpful and fitting in Ephesus, in this city they had festivals to Bacchus (or Dionisius) the god of ...
The operative word translated "anger" in 1 Sam 11:6 is אַף = "nostril" or "nose".
To understand this, one must recall that Hebrew has no abstract nouns like "anger" and so must represent abstract entities with concrete nouns. This same word אַף also occurs in many places such as: Gen 2:7, 3:19 (sweat of your nose), 7:...
See the following parallel references:
Matt 3:11 - [John said] I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Mark 1:8 - And he [John the Baptist] began to proclaim: “After me will come One more powerful than I, the ...
It is talking about Jesus after His ressurrection and ascension sending the Holy Spirit from heaven to those who believe.
And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven. Luke 24:49
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I ...
Let us be very clear - we find in 1 Peter 2:21 -
The Messiah also suffered for you and left an example for you to
follow in his steps. For to this you were called ...
Also in 1 John 2:5, 6 -
By this we know that we are in Him: 6Whoever claims to abide in Him
must walk as Jesus walked.
When it comes to the many ways that Christians are called to imitate ...