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Does "another advocate" in John 14:16 mean a second Holy Spirit?

No, John 14:16 cannot be used to "cancel" the Trinity and posit a Quaternity (or whatever), and specifically not "Spirits" of past and present. In the understanding of later Christian tradition, the ...
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If Jesus is God, how can we make sense of Him calling the Father "my God" in John 20:17?

This is a question on which it is difficult to be objective; I will attempt to offer an objective take (my own two cents in the conclusion only). I’ll probably fall somewhat short of any single ...
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1 Cor 12:4-6 - Trinity or something else?

Though I've got no issues with the Trinitarian interpretation of these verses, I would suggest that there's a general risk across the New Testament of eisegesis by capitalising the 'S' in spirit. ...
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Blood of God reference to Christ's deity (Act:20:28)

The NET bible renders it as "of his own Son" as well, and adds in note 114 at https://net.bible.org/#!bible/Acts+20:28: 114 tn Or “with his own blood”; Grk “with the blood of his own.” The ...
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In John 14:28, what did Jesus mean when he said “my Father is greater than I?”

This is a great question. It's great because it's quasi-paradoxical for more than just one or two so-called 'high Christology' theologies. This is because the Gospel of John is so clearly intended to ...
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How can someone be "filled with the Spirit" if the Spirit is a person? Ephesians 5:18

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 ...
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Could μονογενής mean simply "unique"?

Short Answer: The word is best translated "one-of-a-kind" or simply "unique". ("Only" would also work, though it could be misunderstood more easily.) The old translation "only-begotten" was based on ...
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Does the Holy Spirit have emotions?

And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: [1 Thessalonians 1:6 KJV] The joy with which the followers received the word ...
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How can someone be "filled with the Spirit" if the Spirit is a person? Ephesians 5:18

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 ...
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In Johannine Comma: Three are One, or Three in One, or Three in are?

εν, which means in It does. It also means one. The Greek text reads: οι τρεις εν εισιν If we are to translate εν as in, then it would render as: the three in are which makes little sense, ...
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What does the phrase "ἐγὼ ἐν τῷ πατρὶ καὶ ὁ πατὴρ ἐν ἐμοί ἐστιν” mean in John 10:38 as well as John 14:10?

It is worth noting that in the Greek both of these two phrases are governed by the preposition 'ἐν'. The conjunction that links them seems to suggest that they should be juxtaposed, that is, these ...
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Is the Father the source of the Son?

Well I got some good news for you Mr.Ross since you quoted John 5:26. John 1:4, "In Him/Jesus Christ was life, and life was the light of men." The Apostle John is telling us that Jesus had life in ...
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Is the trinity in view at Revelation 7:17?

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 ...
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Should we understand God as three distinct persons based on (at least) Matthew 3:16-17?

Is God omnipresent? Yes. Was He present in spirit at Jesus' baptism? Yes. Does that make His spirit into a separate being? No. The belief in the Trinity which makes of the Holy Spirit a separate ...
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1 Cor 12:4-6 - Trinity or something else?

Let’s first add the context. At the start of this chapter, Paul was beginning his remarks about spiritual gifts by reminding these Corinthians that they had once been deceived into worshiping idols. ...
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What does it mean that the Son did not know the hour of his return in Matthew 24:36 // Mark 13:32?

The video referenced by the question does a decent job of presenting the basics of the Jewish wedding customs and how it relates to Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32. However, I feel it lacks background, ...
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Does the Greek of John 20:28 address two persons or one?

This is a fantastic verse! Thomas, after years of clumsily wandering around the truth that was right there - not just in his midst, but with him most days and nights... Jesus talking, sharing, ...
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The Father sent the Son so is He not greater?

The Father sent the Son so is He not greater? Jesus said,"for the Father is greater than I" and also referred to his Father as "the only true God, " and at John 13:16 He says : &...
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(Luke 8:42-47 / Mark 5:25-35) Is Jesus Christ's Surprise Proof of Distinct Characteristic of the 3 persons in the Triune God/Trinity?

We know that the Son is not aware of the timing of the end of time. It is not revealed to him, for he says so himself, Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32. The Person of the Father is aware of something but ...
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Did the Word of God pre-exist as the Son of God before He was begotten of Mary?

The passage is in Aramaic and is more accurately translated as the plural, "gods:" He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and ...
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As a Trinitarian attempting to validate the authenticity of the Received Text, should Mark 16:19 end "and sat on the right hand of God"

You raise some interesting points that I will separate. 1. TR vs Critical Text and Trinitarianism In my (informal) experience, I agree that there are a group of Trinitarians who enthusiastically ...
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Is 2 Corinthians 13:11-14 an assertion that God is three equal Persons?

In the "scholarly" theological literature (which need not delay us here) there is much debate about whether Paul as "unitarian", "binitarian", or, "trinitarian"....
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If the Word was God, and the Word was the Son, can we conclude that the Son is God?

As revealed in the comments below your question, you seem to have a mistaken impression of "θεος". This word is simply a countable noun that can be used as a title just like the word "...
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If Jesus is God, how can we make sense of Him calling the Father "my God" in John 20:17?

In the bible, the word God (elohim in Hebrew or theos in Greek) is ascribed to more than one person. Some examples: The Father - John 17:3, John 20:17 Jesus - John 20:28 Moses - Exodus 4.16, Exodus 7....
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