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Does Stephen asking Jesus to receive his spirit indicate that he believes Jesus is God?

There are many prayers offered to Jesus in the NT of which the OP's example is a prime case. John 14:13, 14 - And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son....
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What are the 7 spirits of God in Revelation 4:5 and 5:6? 7 lampstands are 7 spirits and 7 horns & 7 eyes are the 7 Spirits of God. Which are they?

I'd just like to add something onto the previous answer as I think you're onto something when you suggest that the seven spirits in Revelation represent specific gifts or virtues. While a lot of the ...
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What are the 7 spirits of God in Revelation 4:5 and 5:6? 7 lampstands are 7 spirits and 7 horns & 7 eyes are the 7 Spirits of God. Which are they?

First, let us be clear about the different words associated with fire in the book of Revelation. 1. λαμπάς (lampas = "torch", "lamp", "lantern") only occurs twice in: ...
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What does Ecclesiastes 12:7 exactly mean by "the spirit returns to God"?

NOTE: I am going to give an answer purely based on inspired scripture. The writings of the apostolic fathers or of any ante-Nicene fathers or early church fathers are NOT inspired; one cannot use them ...
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Does Stephen asking Jesus to receive his spirit indicate that he believes Jesus is God?

This passage sharply divides those who believe that Jesus is God from those who say Jesus was created by God, and respective answers demonstrate this fact. This being a hermeneutical question, it it ...
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What's the difference between a ghost and a spirit?

What's the difference between a ghost and a spirit? A ghost, or apparition, can be thought of as in our modern age like a hologram or even a mirage. These are immaterial and have no substance but are ...
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In Rev, 4:5, we are told that the 7 lamps of fire, burning before God's throne, are the 7 spirits of God, but what, or who, are we talking about?

The seven spirits of God are mentioned in the beginning of the book, Revelation 1:4-5 and then mentioned again as before the throne, Revelation 4:5-6. The first mention is immediately followed by the ...
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What is the biblical "spirit of your mind" and "the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience", as they seem to stand in opposition?

Ephesians 4:23 - one of the verses I ask about - but I want to know more about the spirit of the mind. What is it? How does it work, and how could it be 'renewed'? Paul prays in Ephesians 1:17 That ...
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What is the biblical "spirit of your mind" and "the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience", as they seem to stand in opposition?

In the case of Eph 4:23, BDAG suggests the following meaning and sub-meaning for the Greek word, pneuma: 3. Part of the human personality, spirit, ... (c) spiritual state, state og mind, disposition, ...
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Is there any fundamental difference between the "spirit" of a human being ("breath of life") and the "spirit" of a disembodied (evil) spirit?

It true that in both Hebrew (רוּחַ ruach) and Greek (πνεῦμα pneuma) is used for all of the following: the Holy Spirit the Spirit of God the spirit of man (ie, the air itself) the spirit of animals (...
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What does Ecclesiastes 12:7 exactly mean by "the spirit returns to God"?

I propose 4 possibilities for consideration; they are not mutually exclusive: 1. The presence of God The Old Testament is replete with passages indicating that Sheol is the place of the dead. A ...
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What does Ecclesiastes 12:7 exactly mean by "the spirit returns to God"?

A difficult question, indeed. My first thought went to Genesis 3:19 and the simplicity of aligning the spirit returning to where it came from. And, while this may indeed be true, it doesn't exactly ...
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Does Stephen asking Jesus to receive his spirit indicate that he believes Jesus is God?

Not necessarily, since a first century Jew could also be imagined to have cried out, "Recieve my spirit, father Abraham!" (since the souls of the dead reposed in this spiritual abode where ...
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In Rev, 4:5, we are told that the 7 lamps of fire, burning before God's throne, are the 7 spirits of God, but what, or who, are we talking about?

In the book of the Revelation, angels are angels are angels. They are distinct from humans. They are distinct from God. They are distinct from the Lamb. They are distinct from the Holy Spirit. And ...
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In Rev, 4:5, we are told that the 7 lamps of fire, burning before God's throne, are the 7 spirits of God, but what, or who, are we talking about?

The seven lamps of Rev. 4:5 appear to be related (whether consciously by the author or not) to the seven lamps in the prophet Zechariah's spiritual vision of a menorah in the heavenly realm. “I see a ...
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According to Ecclesiastes, what part of man goes to Sheol?

The reason why there is confusion is that the literal and the figurative are being conflated! "And when man dies, the body becomes dust and returns to the earth and the spirit returns to God who ...
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Does it follow from Matthew 10:28 that the soul remains alive (i.e. conscious) after physical death?

Not exactly. Let's examine each of the keywords in the passage. Matthew 10:28 "And fear not them which kill[ἀποκτείνω] the body, but are not able to kill the soul[ψυχή]: but rather fear him ...
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Why did Jesus' disciples believe in ghosts / disembodied spirits?

The NT is a number of instances that reflected some of the surrounding mythic culture. Here are a few examples: The myth of Hades (Luke 16) The Chimera (compare Rev 13) Hecete (similar to the ...
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Is there any fundamental difference between the "spirit" of a human being ("breath of life") and the "spirit" of a disembodied (evil) spirit?

The Bible does not indicate what spirits are made of. Some words age poorly Oxygen wasn't discovered until approx. 1604 (you'd think someone would have noticed it before then =) ). In the ancient ...
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Is there any fundamental difference between the "spirit" of a human being ("breath of life") and the "spirit" of a disembodied (evil) spirit?

“*Is there any fundamental difference at all between the "spirit" of a human being ("breath of life") and the "spirit" of a disembodied (evil) spirit? Yes. But as is ...
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Does the human spirit rise up after a person dies?

According to King James we have in Galatians 5:22 the following: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. Then, it's not hard to verify that ...
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What are the 7 spirits of God in Revelation 4:5 and 5:6? 7 lampstands are 7 spirits and 7 horns & 7 eyes are the 7 Spirits of God. Which are they?

To answer part of the question, Chuck Missler has this insight if I understood him correctly: Could the seven lampstands in Revelation 1:20, which is the church filled with the Holy Spirit, be the ...
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What is the biblical "spirit of your mind" and "the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience", as they seem to stand in opposition?

Ephesian 4:23 “ And be renewed in the spirit of your mind” …. All humans have a spirit. This spirit is enslaved to the ways of Satan. Until we are known by God and are awakened, we are children of ...
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Did the Prophet Micaiah really see and hear the Lord and His host (1 Kgs. 22:20-21), and could any angel be a deceiving spirit (22:21)?

Indeed, it wasn't an angel, for in the hebrew version we read the verse 21: וַיֵּצֵ֣א הָר֗וּחַ וַֽיַּעֲמֹד֙ לִפְנֵ֣י יְהֹוָ֔ה וַיֹּ֖אמֶר אֲנִ֣י אֲפַתֶּ֑נּוּ וַיֹּ֧אמֶר יְהֹוָ֛ה אֵלָ֖יו בַּמָּֽה׃ ...
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What is meant by "familiar spirits" in Isaiah 19:3, 29:4?

The term "familiar spirit" may have many meanings, which have been well covered by other answers. Perhaps the best synonym would be "spirit guide," which are used by modern mediums ...
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