Holy Spirit . . .Acts 8:16

An argument could be developed on this one verse.  I looked up the expression “holy spirit” between the Bible version NIV and ESV, it seemed they agreed on just about every passage found, but one.  I was stunned, I could not figure out what word would be used rather than Holy Spirit, seemed like tough expression to alter.  After looking at the verse and the verses before and after, it’s not so much they used a different word, it’s where they used it.  The NIV, it seems to me had an effort to make more clear what had not yet come and used the word Holy Spirit again and the ESV said “for he. . .” rather than using the same expression again.  Here is a prime example where the structure of the language changed the verse but not the meaning.  

I would always challenge ourselves, when we read “a version” of the Bible, we read more than a verse to gather the meaning of what is being said, rather than challenging the accuracy or inaccuracy of its deity. 

 

Acts 8:14–17 (NIV)

14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria.15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:14–17 (ESV)

14 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

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Matthew 16:1–4 (ESV)

The Pharisees and Sadducees Demand Signs

16 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.

Revelation 4:4–6 (ESV)

Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

Revelation 4:6–11 (ESV)

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,

who was and is and is to come!”

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11  “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,

for you created all things,

and by your will they existed and were created.”

 

My Word for the Week – Forgive(ness)

I have chosen Forgive(ness) as my world for the week, something I feel I need to work on.  Thus, my posts will have this word in them.  I will also add what the verse means to me, what is my interpertation.

Genesis 50:17 (NIV)

17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.

This was done when Joseph’s dad was close to death and Jacob wanted to make sure there was no strife between his sons.  I believe Jacob realized, it was God’s plan which brought Joseph to the position and place he was – a place he could save his family.

For me, this is one of the toughest forgiveness.  Forgiving people because of the “evil” they did provided a benefit to me.  Thus, I am to thank the very person who wanted to destroy me for their effort do do so.

I guess it’s not much different, as I think about it, than competition in a sport.  We are glad to have tough competition, we really don’t get mad at them regardless of the outcome, but if they did not try and beat us, then we would not be betteri either.  But it is hard to reward evil, isn’t it?

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge

Proverbs 12:1 (ESV)

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,

but he who hates reproof is stupid.

Proverbs 12:2 (ESV)

A good man obtains favor from the Lord,

but a man of evil devices he condemns.

Proverbs 12:4 (ESV)

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,

but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.

Proverbs 12:6 (ESV)

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,

but the mouth of the upright delivers them.

Proverbs 12:11 (ESV)

11  Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,

but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Proverbs 12:15 (ESV)

15  The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,

but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 12:16 (ESV)

16  The vexation of a fool is known at once,

but the prudent ignores an insult.

Proverbs 12:19 (ESV)

19  Truthful lips endure forever,

but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Proverbs 12:22 (ESV)

22  Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,

but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Proverbs 12:23 (ESV)

23  A prudent man conceals knowledge,

but the heart of fools proclaims folly.

Proverbs 12:25 (ESV)

25  Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,

but a good word makes him glad.

The Way of Wisdom

 

Proverbs 9:1 (ESV)

The Way of Wisdom

9 Wisdom has built her house;

she has hewn her seven pillars.

Proverbs 9:7 (ESV)

Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,

and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.

Proverbs 9:8 (ESV)

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;

reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Proverbs 9:9 (ESV)

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;

teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 9:10 (ESV)

10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

Proverbs 9:12 (ESV)

12  If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;

if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

Proverbs 9:16–18 (ESV)

16  “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”

And to him who lacks sense she says,

17  “Stolen water is sweet,

and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”

18  But he does not know that the dead are there,

that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.