31 Oct 2011

Spirit of Christ - mind of God - Holy Spirit

Submitted by Stephen Winters
TitleSpirit of Christ - mind of God - Holy Spirit
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsSublett, KL
Access Year2011
Access DateOct 31, 2011
Last Update Date2005
KeywordsSpirit Not a Person

The Spirit of Christ is the mind of God. A HOLY Spirit is contrasted to an UNHOLY spirit, as a holy mind is contrasted to an unholy mind. A Holy Spirit speaks of the mental attributes of a Being along with its expression in the outward world.

First, the meaning of Spirit in Greek:

A Liddel and Scott search of thousands of ancient Greek documents shows that Spirit is not a person. Rather, Spirit is the disposition of mind of that being. Some uses in Classical Greek are: tribulation of Spirit, breathe a Spirit of pride, darkly brooding Spirit, melancholy upon your Spirit, Spirit of unruffled calm, unholy Spirit or reckless, avenging Spirit, an unholy Spirit.


Any one at the time of Christ would know that SPIRIT is used only figuratively of the MENTAL DISPOSITION of a PERSON'S MIND. On the common level people would most likely think of a ghost or demon or the departed SPIRIT of a dead person.

Spirit in the Bible overwhelmingly agrees with the classical Greek definition. Some examples which show that "Spirit" is the mental disposition of are:

Third, look at just one of Paul's contrasts between the human body (the old man) and the new man whose Spirit (mental disposition) of their mind (brain function) is renewed and is therefore a holy Spirit:

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; Ephesians 4:22

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:24

And be renewed in the Spirit of your mind; Ephesians 4:23


Fourth, look at the definition of Spirit and mind in Strong's.

The Spirit of Christ is:

Pneuma (g4151) pnyoo'-mah; from 4154; a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figurative a Spirit, i.e. human, the rational soul, vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, doemon, or (divine) God, Christ's Spirit, the Holy Spirit: - ghost, life, Spiritual, mind. Comp. 5590.


Citation KeyctkeySpiritMindChrist

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