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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

1 Cor. 12:11

1 Cor. 12:11 says:

   "But all these worketh the one and the same Spirit, dividing to each one severally even as he will." -ASV

  It has been argued by some that this scripture shows that the holy spirit is not just a thing because since the holy spirit wills, then it must be a person since only a person can will or desire something.

   However, the wind is not a person. Consider John 3:8:

   "The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes," (RSV)

    "Abstract and inanimate things are frequently personified" in the Bible, including "a  will  [attributed to] the flesh and mind .... knowingrejoicing  [attributed] to the sun..." - "Hints and Helps to Bible Interpretation," #2.  (Also see Jn 3:8 where "the pneuma ['wind' or `spirit'] blows where it wills.") - Young's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible

   Is. 24:4, 7 says that the earth and wine are mourning.  (cf. NASB; RSV; KJV; JB; NJB; NAB, 1970 ed.; and MLB.) 

   Is. 24:23 also says that the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed.  (NIV, RSV, NASB, KJV, MLB.)  

   Trees are rejoicing at Is. 14:8 and "all of creation" [`everything made' - ETRV; `the created universe' - NEB]) waiting "with eager longing .... [and groaning] with pain"
- Ro. 8:19, 22, GNB).

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