[B-Greek] Spirit or spirit

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Wed Feb 26 12:26:39 EST 2003

Andy, you are brand new to the list and have been very busy this morning;
you raised a good question originally on whether PNEUMA in Rom 8 referred
consistently to the individual human spirit or to the divine spirit. But
you are going now beyond that question regarding the meaning of the Greek
into broader matters of interpretation. We don't do that on this list but
rather restrict ourselves to clarifying what the Greek text itself may
mean. Perhaps you didn't receive the list's FAQ when you joined the list,
but you can find it at:


The relevant paragraph reads: "B-Greek is not a forum for general Bible
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hermeneutical or theological issues."

At 5:02 PM +0000 2/26/03, andy nwebube wrote:
>What do you think of Mathew Henry's interpretation of this verse?
>(source: Matthew Henry Commentary on the Bible). The interesting part is
>in the second paragraph
>"Romans 8:26-27 Though the infirmities of Christians are many and great,
>so that they would be overpowered if left to themselves, yet the Holy
>Spirit supports them. The Spirit, as an enlightening Spirit, teaches us
>what to pray for; as a sanctifying Spirit, works and stirs up praying
>graces; as a comforting Spirit, silences our fears, and helps us over
>all discouragements. The Holy Spirit is the spring of all desires toward
>God, which are often more than words can utter."
>"The Spirit who searches the hearts, can perceive the mind and will of
>the "spirit", the renewed mind, and advocates his cause. The "Spirit"
>makes intercession to God, and the enemy prevails not."
>He says that the Spirit in this case is the spirit of man, and not of


Carl W. Conrad
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