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I believe Paul is speaking metaphorically here. All verses KJV. Paul’s repeated emphasis throughout his writings is the transition from the Old Covenant of the law to the New Covenant of grace. Paul is continually educating his audience as to the truth about the love and grace of God whether his audience is Jew or Gentile. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians ...


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Doesn't your premise lead to an absurd conclusion in this passage. but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, ...


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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 ...


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John refers to Jesus' mother in the crucifixion scene. In John 19:26 Jesus speaks to His mother and refers to her as a woman - I think it it quite safe to say that the "mother of Jesus" in John's Gospel is Mary, the wife of Joseph. If this were ambiguous using only John's Gospel as a source, the ambiguity can be removed by comparing to the ...


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Thank you for asking this question, I would start by asking what is Paul meaning by the word "Spirit". By believing (the Gospel) the believer get's the Spirit ("Pneuma"). (For example Gal. 3:2) Paul many times contrasts the flesh ("Sarx") and the Spirit ("Pneuma"), or "Soul" ("Psykhee") and the ...


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When we make a campfire and the firewood starts to crackle, we say "fire crackles", when in fact, it is not the fire that crackles, but firewood crackles through the influence of a silent fire. Similarly, Holy Spirit cannot "groan", for only that groans which has some need and deficiency and problem, Holy Spirit, however, being God, has ...


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There are too many verses to mention so I have tried to limit. Does the Holy Spirit literally have a mind of his/its own (v27) which allows him/it to pray/intercede for the saints before God (v26, v27)? 2 different types of spirit 1 The spirit is the Divine Power of God, that God uses, to help and guide his servants Gods Holy spirit / guidance / knowledge / ...


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Among the answers, I would like to add the practical sense and possibly the sense in which the OP is seeking to understand how the Holy Spirit groans. Yes the Holy Spirit can speak, pray, groan on His own, without the need of a human body to inhabit through which He can express Himself. But given that He was sent to live inside of the believer, the Spirit ...


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The mind of the Spirit is the mind of Christ [1 Cor 2:16], the mind renewed and reborn with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, gifted with faith to believe, and by which understand the deep things of God, even to have intimate and constant fellowship with the living Christ. The mind without the baptism is the mind of flesh, without the gift of faith, without ...


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The distinction observed in the OP's question is a regular theme in the NT. The Holy Spirit is given to strengthen Christians' daily walk, and to live the Christian ideals, Eph 3:16, 17, Heb 2:4, and maintain unity in the Christian community (Eph 4:3-6). The Christian must be born of the Spirit (John 3:5) by receiving the gift of the Spirit (Acts 2:38) and ...


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One of Paul's clearest examples is his comparison of Ismael to Isaac in Gal. 4.  But the son of the slave [Ismael] was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman [Isaac to Sarah] was born through promise. (Gal. 4:23, ESV) But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh [Ismael] persecuted him who was born according to the ...


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The mind of the flesh is always trying to prove it is acceptable to God based on what it does or doesn't do. It a mind living under the law and believing in ones own self-righteousness. One that has not submitted itself to the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. The mind of the spirit is one that has and accepted the righteousness of God that comes by ...


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The word translated as "mind" in Romans 8:6 is φρόνημα (Strong's G5427 - phronēma). As can be seen, it is a word only used by Paul, in the NT, only in Romans and only in chapter 8. In fact, Rom 8:7 helps the understanding of the expression "mind of the flesh", and Rom 8:27 helps the understanding of the expression "mind of the spirit&...


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Romans 8:6 New American Standard Bible For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace The two mindsets are opposite to each other as different as life and death. One is motivated by God's interest; the other, by self-interest which is the same as Satan's. Matthew 16:23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get ...


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Excellent question!! The subject of free will is both abused and misunderstood. It is abused by some in the guise of asserting "rights" to do something which none such exists. It is misunderstood by many, especially theologians; some of these theologians either teach that God's sovereignty is absolute and so human will does not really exist; or, ...


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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 ...


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