The Greek text with the ESV runs like this:
For we do not know what to pray for as we ought,
τὸ γὰρ τί προσευξώμεθα καθὸ δεῖ οὐκ οἴδαμεν,
but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
ἀλλ᾿ αὐτὸ τὸ πνεῦμα ὑπερεντυγχάνει στεναγμοῖς ἀλαλήτοις·
And he who searches hearts
ὁ δὲ ἐραυνῶν τὰς καρδίας
The power of the Holy Spirit enables one to live the Christ-like life. For example,
Gal 5:22-23 (NASB)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
The ends with the phrase "...there is no law."
The law does not exist in order to ...
The word used in Acts 2:3 is διαμεριζομεναι which is exactly the same as that used in Mark 15:24 and in Luke 23:34 for the activity of the soldiers parting or dividing the garments of Jesus among themselves.
It seems highly unlikely that there were only two soldiers involved in the execution by crucifixion of three persons. Thus, in that case, 'parted' or '...
This argument about the Holy Spirit being "pourable" is specious because it is based on an idiom with which we are unfamiliar. Note the following that discusses other people being "poured out":
Lam 2:19 - Arise, cry out in the night from the first watch of the night. Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.
Ps 22;14 - ...
The Hebrew phrase וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶת-קוֹל יַהְוֶה אֱלֹהִים מִתְהַלֵּךְ בַּגָּן לְרוּחַ הַיּוֹם (vayyishmeʿu et-kol Yahveh elohim mithallekh bagan leruach ha-yom) essentially translates into English as the following:
And they heard the sound of Yahveh God walking in the garden in the wind of the day...
The Hebrew word רוּחַ (ruach) is most often translated ...
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 ...
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 ...
12 One of Crete's own prophets has said it: "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons." 13a This saying is true.
Under inspiration, Paul wrote this and cited Epimenides' Cretica. There are many true sayings outside of the Bible. Truth is a necessary condition but not sufficient
to claim inspired work of the Lord. The writer ...
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and
shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe
away all tears from their eyes. (Revelation 7:17, KJV)
Notice the similarity with Revelation 5:6, just two chapters earlier.
And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four
beasts, and in the midst of ...
The Holy Spirit is not limited. The Holy Spirit is not a physical entity that can be divided into parts. The best way we can understand this giving of His Spirit is in strength and authority. The Holy Spirit empowered the prophets to speak as the oracles of God, and to do miracles that proved they were sent by God to the people.
"For the prophecy ...
Paul expresses spirit, soul and body in I Thessalonians 5:23 :
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
putting spirit first indicating, as I understand, that the soul is infused with the living spirit as is the body infused with ...
πνευμα ο θεος και τους προσκυνουντας αυτον εν πνευματι και αληθεια δει προσκυνειν [TR]
(Stephanus 1550, Beza 1598, Elzevir 1624 and Scrivener 1894 are identical.)
The literal translation of this text is :
Spirit the God and they worshipping (it is a present participle and it is plural) must (singular) to worship (present infinitive) in spirit (no article) ...
In the Greek text there are two layers of meaning :
το πνευμα το αλαλον και κωφον εγω σοι επιτασσω [TR] [Mark 9:25]
... the spirit the dumb and deaf I thee command [Literal EGNT (1)]
There is a person before Jesus. And within that person there is a demonic being, by whose presence the person is rendered dumb.
The father only knew the boy was dumb (note ...
Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father because He (Spirit) issues from Him (Father) (John 15:26), and is also the Spirit of the Son, because He (Spirit) is dispensed by Him (the Son) to humans (John 20:22) and because belief in Him (Son) is the condition for Holy Spirit to gush forth in us as streams of "living water" (John 7::38).
Thus, yes, ...
The answer to this question hinges on the meaning of "Last Days" (Acts 2:17). Was it Peter's time or our time or both or neither?
It comes as a rude shock to some that the New Testament calls the time after Jesus’ resurrection, the “last days”, or “last hour”, or similar. Note the following:
Acts 2:17 – Peter calls the day of Pentecost the “last ...
Not so fast - it is certainly agreed that water is often used as a metaphor of the Holy Spirit as per John 7:37-39.
However, in the book of Revelation, we have the technical phrase "springs of water" which occurs in Revelation in the following chiastic pattern:
7:17 A: The Lamb leads the righteous beside springs of living water
8:10 . B: star from ...
[During his life] was Judas [labeled] a "Christian" ( Χριστιανούς )? - No.
Although Judas was listed as a disciple of Jesus in Luke 6:16, Judas would not have been labeled "Christian" since he was not alive to attend the church at Antioch - based on Acts 1:16-19.
The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
Does Angel of the Lord = Preincarnate Christ?
Allow me to clarify something at the outset. I think there is a huge disparity between the terms “an angel of the LORD" and "the Angel of the Lord," although I'm not certain how someone can easily differentiate between the two. It seems to me that nothing other than context and evidence will ...
If the question is asking whether the Holy Spirit validated Enoch 1 because Jude wrote ‘under the inspiration of the Spirit’ - then this can’t be done exegetical. It can only be argued. It becomes an academic exercise.
Enoch 1 was accepted by the Jews living at the time Jude wrote this letter. Peter also references Enoch 1. These writers, the apostles knew ...
Before the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon Saul, he worked for his father. Afterward, he gradually took on the responsibility of being the first king of Israel. He changed from being a plain citizen to being the king.
The change started immediately. 1 Samuel 10:
9As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled ...
Human freedom has limitations. You cannot fly without a mechanism such as an airplane. You are not superman. Drinking poison has consequences. Saul and his solders had exercised their free will by going after David, thus opposing God's will. As a result they paid the consequences of their decision. Free will does not mean we can make decisions ...
There are numerous places where Mary is explicitly called the Mother of Jesus such as:
Matt 1:16 - and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
Matt 1:18 - This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged in marriage to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to ...
43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.
The above pronouns refer to Jesus as a person.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The "me" ...
The Seven Spirits of God
Ancient commentaries (e.g. Oikomenos, Andrew of Caesarea) relate the seven spirits of God here to the seven spiritual gifts prophesied by Isaiah:1
Isaiah 11:1–5 LXX
And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a blossom shall come up from his root: and the Spirit of God shall rest
upon him, the spirit of ...
To answer the questions, we must first review the concepts of spiritual death and spiritual life.
According to the New Testament, all human beings on earth today are the biological descendants of Adam (Mark 10:6 and Acts 17:26). At the time when Adam sinned, God cursed the ground, and this cursing of the ground consigned Adam and his descendants to "return ...
1. Question Restatement:
What does "spirit" mean in John 3:6?
Is it referring to the soul?
NASB, John 3:6 - 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
2. In John 3 - Jesus is Defining "Spirit" as a "Divine Nature" :
2.1. Jesus' Own Analogy:
In the same sentence - Jesus is actually explaining himself: ...
Three things in this verse need to be identified (1) What is this ‘death’ – literal or spiritual? (2) What ‘Spirit’ is being spoken of? (3) What is this ‘righteousness’? Only then should it become clear what ‘because of’ means.
(1) The verse says ‘…the body is dead because of sin’ yet this cannot be literal death as chapter 8 addresses living Christians who ...