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What is Spirit

WHAT IS SPIRIT

In the Spirit of Scientific Investigation I am studying the Word Spirit. The bible contains hundreds of lines containing the word spirit. What exactly do they mean when they use this word?

I hope that the following information can help you to understand this important word.

As I see it. The body is controlled by the brain, and the brain is controlled by the the mind, and the mind is controlled by the  spirit. Which spirit is active in my mind today?

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Here are a few dictionary definitions of the word spirit

  1. a person’s non-physical being, composed of their character and emotions

  2. an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms

  3. the immaterial intelligent or sentient part of a person

  4. the activating or essential principle influencing a person <acted in a spirit of helpfulness>

  5. life, will, consciousness, thought, etc., regarded as separate from matter

  6. the vital force that is thought to be an element of human beings; soul

  7. The part of a human associated with the mind, will, and feelings: Though unable to join us today, they are with us in spirit.

  8. A person as characterized by a stated quality: He is a proud spirit.

  9. The intelligent, immaterial and immortal part of man; the soul, in distinction from the body in which it resides; the agent or subject of vital and spiritual functions, whether spiritual or material

  10. (Heb. ruah; Gr. pneuma), properly wind or breath. In it means “breath,” and in the vital principle in man. It also denotes the rational, immortal soul by which man is distinguished (; ; ; ), and the soul in its separate state (), and hence also an apparition (; , ), an angel (), and a demon (; ). This word is used also metaphorically as denoting a tendency (; ). In , Tim. 3:16, , Pet. 3:18, it designates the divine nature.

  11. heart, spirit — (an inclination or tendency of a certain kind; “he had a change of heart” )

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Here are some of my favorite Bible passages that speak of spirit

  1. Controlled by spirit “.Romans 8:9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit

  2. The words I speak: Matthew 10:20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

  3. Mark 13:11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

  4. John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
  5. 2 Corinthians 3:18 which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

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Spirit moves people in various ways.

Here is a list of different spiritual inclinations or tendency.

Consider the following examples from the bible:

  1. Authority over Evil Spirits: Mark 6:7

  2. Bitter in spirit; 1 Samuel 30:6,

  3. Body without spirit: James 2:26

  4. Broken spiritsJob 17:1, Isaiah 65:14, Psalm 51:17 , Psalm 76:12

  5. Born of the Spirit: John 3:8

  6. Carried by spirit: 2 Peter 1:21

  7. Changed into a different person: 1 Samuel 10:6 ,

  8. Contrite in Spirit: Isaiah 66:2

  9. Compelled by spirit: Acts 20:22

  10. Controlled by spirit: Romans 8:6 , 1 Corinthians 14:32

  11. Crippled by a spirit: Luke 13:11

  12. Demons: Revelation 16:14, 1 Timothy 4:1

  13. Departed Spirits: Isaiah 26:14

  14. Departs spirit: Psalm 146:4

  15. Despair: Isaiah 61:3

  16. Different spirits: Numbers 14:24

  17. Distressed in Spirit: Isaiah 54:6

  18. Dizzy spirit: Isaiah 19:14

  19. Double portion of spirit: 2 Kings 2:9

  20. Drink Spirit drinks in poisen: Job 6:4

  21. Drink the same spiritual drink: 1 Corinthians 10:4

  22. Embittered Spirit: Psalm 73:21

  23. Enticing spirit: 1 Kings 22:21

  24. Evil spirits from god: Judges 9:23:, Acts 19:16, 1 Samuel 16:16, Mark 1:26, Mark 7:25

  25. Faint Spirit: Isaiah 57:16

  26. faithful spirit: Psalm 78:8,

  27. father of spirit: Hebrews 12:9

  28. Filled with Spirit: Ephesians 5:18

  29. Fire of spirit: 1 Thessalonians 5:19

  30. Food Corinthians 110:3

  31. Fortune Telling spirit of: Acts 16:16

  32. Four Spirits of Heaven: .Zechariah 6:5

  33. Fruit of the spirit: Galatians 5:22

  34. Gentle spirit: 1 Corinthians 4:21

  35. Gifts: 1 Corinthians 12:1, Romans 1:11, 1 Corinthians 12:4, Hebrews 2:4

  36. Gliding spirit: Job 4:15

  37. Gods Temple: 1 Corinthians 3:16

  38. Gods spirit: 1 Corinthians 2:11, 1 Corinthians 2:14, 1 Corinthians 7:40, 2 Corinthians 3:17

  39. Good Spirit: Nehemiah 9:20, Psalm 143:10

  40. Grace and supplication…Zechariah 12:10

  41. Grace spirit of: Hebrews 10:29

  42. Haughty Spirit: Proverbs 16:18

  43. High spirits: Judges 16:25, 1 Samuel 25:36

  44. Holiness spirit of: Romans 1:4

  45. Holy spirit lives in us: 2 Timothy 1:14

  46. Hovering spirit: Genesis 1:2

  47. Impurity spirit of;: Zechariah 13:2

  48. Inhabits both man and animal spirit: Ecclesiastes 3:21

  49. Inquiring spirit: Psalm 77:6

  50. Jesus spirit of: Acts 16:7

  51. Justice spirit of: Isaiah 28:6

  52. King spirit of: 2 Samuel 13:39

  53. Law is spiritual: Romans 7:14, Galatians 5:18

  54. Led by spirit: Luke 4:1, Romans 8:14

  55. Life spirit of: Romans 8:2, 1 Corinthians 15:45, 2 Corinthians 3:6

  56. Live by the Spirit: Galatians 5:16, Galatians 5:25,

  57. Lowly in Spirit: Proverbs 16:19, Isaiah 57:15

  58. Lying spirit: 1 Kings 22:23, 1 Kings 22:22, Proverbs 15:4

  59. Manifestation of the spirit: 1 Corinthians 12:7

  60. Ministering spirits: Hebrews 1:14, 2 Corinthians 3:8

  61. Moved in spirit; John 11:33, Luke 2:27

  62. New spirit: Ezekiel 36:26

  63. One in spirit with another : 1 Samuel 18:1, 1 Corinthians 6:17, 2 Corinthians 12:18

  64. Power spirit of: Judges 14:6, Judges 14:19, Judges 15:14, Luke 4:14

  65. Praise god with spirit: 1 Corinthians 14:16

  66. Present in spirit: Colossians 2:5, 1 Corinthians 5:3,

  67. Promise of the spirit: Galatians 3:14

  68. Prophesy spirit of: Revelation 19:10

  69. Prostitution. spirit of: Hosea 5:4, Hosea 4:12

  70. Put into you spirit: Ezekiel 36:27

  71. Put on you spirit is: 2 Kings 19:7, Isaiah 37:7, Acts 2:18

  72. Quiet spirit: 1 Peter 3:4,

  73. Refreshed spirit: 1 Corinthians 16:18, 2 Corinthians 7:14

  74. Renewal by the holy spirit: Titus 3:5

  75. Returns to its origin spirit will: Ecclesiastes 12:7,

  76. Revealed by spirit: 1 Corinthians 2:10, Ephesians 3:5

  77. Robbed him of speech; Mark 9:17

  78. Seed : 1 Corinthians 9:11

  79. Seven spirits of god: Revelation 3:1, Revelation 5:6, Revelation 4:5

  80. Speaks through people spirit does: 2 Samuel 23:2, 1 Kings 22:24, 2 Chronicles 18:23

  81. Spirit of a Destroyer: Jeremiah 51:1

  82. Spirit of the Living Creatures: Ezekiel 10:17

  83. spirit that can be poured: Ezekiel 39:29, Isaiah 32:15, Joel 2:28, Joel 2:29 , Acts 2:33

  84. Spiritual Body: 1 Corinthians 15:44, 1 Corinthians 12:13, 1 Corinthians 12:11, Ephesians 4:4

  85. Steadfast Spirit: Psalm 51:10

  86. Strong in Spirit: Luke 1:80

  87. Stubborn spirit: Deuteronomy 2:30

  88. Stupor spirit of: Romans 11:8

  89. Sword of the spirit: Ephesians 6:17

  90. Temple: 1 Corinthians 6:19, Ephesians 2:22, 1 Peter 2:5

  91. Test the spirits: 1 John 4:1,

  92. The lord sends out an evil spirit: 1 Samuel 16:14, 1 Samuel 18:10, 1 Samuel 19:9

  93. The spirit of god, with skill and ability and knowledge: Exodus 35:31, Isaiah 11:2

  94. Timid spirit: 2 Timothy 1:7

  95. Transfer spirit: Numbers 11:17, Numbers 11:25

  96. Troubled in spirit: Daniel 7:15, John 13:21,

  97. Truthful Spirit: John 14:17, John 15:26, John 16:13 , 1 John 5:6,

  98. Understanding: Job 32:8

  99. Vindicated by spirit: 1 Timothy 3:16

  100. Wayward in Spirit: Isaiah 29:24

  101. Willing spirit: Psalm 51:12, Matthew 26:41, Mark 14:38

  102. Wisdom spirit of: Deuteronomy 34:9, Ephesians 1:17

  103. Without Limit: John 3:34

  104. You can not run away from spirit: Psalm 139:

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WHERE DOES SPIRIT COME FROM

This is new.

Some claim that the spirits are eternal, that they have always existed. The spirits are looking for a body to live in

Some claim that the spirits are created anew as the newborn person is created.

I am not sure yet what to think. I liked the idea of the eternal spirit.

The ‘Spirit of wisdom” for example, existed in people 1000 years ago. 2000 years ago there was a spirit of wisdom, and today there is still a spirit of wisdom. I find it hard to see how this spirit of wisdom keeps getting recreated over and over again, as new people are born.

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I can add some of my own words:

Spirit of Adventure>

Spirit of Discovery>

Spirit of Altruism>

Sprint of just about any thing you can shake a stick at.

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