Great questions, great topic.
May I please place the nature of groaning to one side for the moment? I would value the opportunity to first place these 2 verses into their context, then propose the meaning of the Spirit's intercession. We will return to the groaning aspect along the way - I promise. :)
18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time ...
Much has been made of this Pslam in verse 1 using "Adoni", from the root "Adon", where it has been said that this word is never used for Almighty God, but only for men or angels. There are many examples in the Hebrew Old Testament, where "Adon", in the singular and plural, is indeed used for Almighty God. So why is there any ...
Note the various (correct) translations of Rom 8:26, the last phrase:
NIV: wordless groans
NLT: groanings that cannot be expressed in words
BLB: inexpressible groanings
NKJV: groanings which cannot be uttered
HCSB: unspoken groanings
Paul is clearly struggling to express what cannot be put into words. There are times when Christians pray earnestly to God ...
Most Christian scholars will freely recognize that Jesus references the Holy Spirit in speaking of the "Comforter" that he would send. But who was this "Comforter"?
Readers of Greek know that God's Word identifies the Comforter as being Jesus Christ.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another
Numerous responses already - but nevertheless there is something to add. Another perspective. Another view - one that is quite often not seen, let alone understood.
In Gods eyes, there are ‘people’, ‘man’ - and there are nations. When looking at ‘man’, there are two groups, righteous and unrighteous. When looking at nations, there are two groups - Jew and ...
It's pretty clear from Matthew 25:31-46 that Jesus will judge the nations. Notice vs31, "But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne."
And at vs32, "And all the NATIONS wo;; be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the ...
What About Judgment?
Who will judge the nations, Jesus or the Father?
Suppose we thoroughly review some of the passages that relate to this question. First, let us examine the counter-argument, one which seems air-tight. Three passages describe everyone standing before the Judgment Seat of God or Christ:
Romans 14:10, 12: “For we will all ...
Even though Jesus has been given (originally not his because, if it is, it does not make sense to say "has been given") all the judgment as recorded in John 5:22, his own statement in John 5:30 says his judgment is not his own judgment but that of the one who sent him.
Acts 17:31 says that God has set a day where He will judge the whole inhabited ...
Jesus is the Judge; He judges under the authority given to Him by the Father.
The New Testament repeatedly identifies the Father as the source of Jesus' authority. For example, from 1 Corinthians 15:
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered ...
God is in Christ.
"To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself,
not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us
the word of reconciliation." (2 Corinthians 5:19)
And Christ is the only one worthy to judge us, having been one of us, lived among us, and died to atone for our sins.
In answer to the question ...
The Bible speaks with full consistency regarding the Godhead. It clearly teaches us that God is One, and that it is the Father who is God.
In Jesus' own prayer for his disciples he says:
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,
Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him ...
Can you kindly explain [the following] verse in detail?
1 Corinthians 8:6: "[For] us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him."
Please note that I attempted to answer your similar, previous question yesterday here.
Welcome to the ...
If [the] Son is dependent on [the] Father then how can [the] Son still be God at same time?
This same question might be asked slightly differently: "How could Christ be the Son of God at all?" Is He not an eternal Being? To answer this, I believe we need to differentiate between Christ's physical Being, His earthly body as Jesus (from Mary) and His ...
According to the Bible, the Son both is and is not God; he was both pre-existent, and created. This unusual combination creates many misunderstandings and disagreements. The Bible supports this dual identity for Christ, however.
First, God is not man/human:
"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he
should repent: hath he ...
To lie to the Holy Spirit is to lie to God. The text itself states that fact very clearly. But when you go on to ask, “Are God and the Holy Spirit one and the same?” you fail to state one ‘what’. One Person? One Being? One God? Until this ambiguity is clarified, the question is incomplete.
However, mainstream Christianity maintains that there is one Being of ...
The contrast between "man" and "God" here is the same as that between "man" and God" in Galatians 1:1:
Paul, an apostle, not of men, neither by [a] man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead
The difference between receiving apostleship from a fellow man, and from receiving from Jesus Christ ...
Ananias lied to God, who is also identified as the Holy Spirit. According to the Bible, there is only one God: the Father.
"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things,
and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and
we by him." (1 Corinthians 8:6)
Jesus himself says as much (see John 17:1-3). And ...
1 Corinthians 2:11
For who knows a person's thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
Did Ananias lie to the Holy Spirit (v3), God (v4) or both?
Should we rather understand Peter's words as implying that God and the Holy Spirit are one and the same?
With respect to the ...
The simple facts are these from the passage Gen 32:22-32 -
the "Man" with whom Jacob wrestled said, "you have struggled with God and with men, and you have prevailed."
Jacob named the Peniel because he said, "I have seen God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”
Hos 12:3 - also confirms that Jacob wrestled with God
Unless we ...
There is some information relevant to this question with regard to the Magi’s beliefs about stars in Did the Wise Men see the Star of Bethlehem at the east?
I will copy some points I made in my answer to that question, and seek to apply them to this one.
The Magi were astrologers, likely of the Zoroastrian tradition. They believed that Jupiter represented a ...
The answer is, as strongly as I can word it - "Very likely", that 1 Cor 12:4-6 mentions all three members of the Godhead. It is more certain if we include the previous verse as follows and quote 1 Cor 12:3-6
Therefore I inform you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit
of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is
Lord,” except ...
How on earth can a chapter talking solely of spiritual gifts and service to God be employed to justify the trinity?
I would humbly suggest that no, 1 Corinthians 12:4 has nothing to do with the trinity. This is especially so when you understand incarnation is a pagan ideology rejected by God Himself!
Numbers 23:19 I am not a man that I would lie nor the ...
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 ...
Not sure how we could justify the above? Scripture is crystal clear.
Firstly God is not a man:
Numbers 23:19 I am not a man that I would sin nor the son of man that I would repent.
Hosea 11:9 I will not destroy Ephraim, for I am God and not a man…
So God is definitely not a person.
Secondly, The Holy Spirit is never defined as a person. In 385 ...
Kings are not to be 'worshipped'. They are to be 'honoured'. 1 Peter 2:17.
Fear God ; honour the king [KJV]
But the wise men from the east worshipped when they saw Jesus :
... they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him ; [Matthew 2:11 KJV]
Yet God warned the Magi in a dream (after worship) :
And being warned of God ...
The operative word here is STRONGS NT 4352: προσκυνέω.
Thayer's Greek Lexicon
1 aorist προσεκύνησα; from Aeschylus and Herodotus down; the Sept. very often for הִשְׁתַּחֲוָה (to prostrate oneself); properly, to kiss the hand to (toward) one, in token of reverence: Herodotus 1, 134; (cf. K. F. Hermann, Gottesdienstl. Alterthümer d. Griech. § 21; especially ...