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September 6, 2010

The Essence of Spirit (part X)

Filed under: Spirit — barrynewman @ 11:41 pm

The Pneuma of God

Table 10 indicates minor, sub- and mini-categories for the major category, the Pneuma (P) of God.  [Mini-categories appear within square brackets, with totals immediately following.]  There were 230 instances with an additional 96 category items due to multiple classifications.

Minor Category Sub-category Total Sub- category Total Minor Category % Minor Category based on 326 % Minor Category based on 230
The breath of God     2 1 1
The P of God at work     205 63 89
  The P of God who leads explicitly 12      
  The P of God conveying life 16      
  The P of God coming upon, being filled, dwelling or being baptized with 76      
  [Coming upon, being given, or being received – 42]        
  [Being filled with or being full of – 15]        
  [Dwelling, resting, remaining or taking possession of – 12]        
  [Being baptized with – 7]        
  The P of God conveying wisdom, knowledge,  perception or understanding 25      
  The P from God conveying justice or righteousness 2      
  The P of God for prophecy or proclamation 31      
  The P of God conveying power 21      
  Situational with, benefit given by, consequential upon or conveyed by the P of God 62      
  [situational – 26]        
  [beneficial – 20]        
  [consequential – 14]        
  [conveying responsibility – 2]        
The P of God – his being and character     108 33 47
  His being 9      
  His mind 2      
  His holiness 95      
  [explicit – 92]        
  [implicit – 3]        
  His truth 4      
Action taken against the P of God     11 3 5

Table 10 – The Categorisation of the Pneuma of God

Category multiplications that occurred for the minor, sub- and mini-categories were in 26 different combinations the most common involving the Pneuma of God coming upon, being given or being received and the explicit Holiness of God – 16 instances and the Pneuma of God for prophecy or proclamation and the explicit Holiness of God – 9 instances.  All other combinations involved 7 or fewer instances. All 92 instances of the explicit holiness of God were either duplicated or triplicated elsewhere.  This was the single most common reason for the multiple classifications for pneuma in all its senses or contexts.  There were 40 instances of multiple categorisation within the Pneuma of God at work and two within the Pneuma of God – his being and character.  Concerning the Pneuma of God at work, 23 different combinations were involved, the most common involving Being filled with or being full of the Pneuma of God and the Pneuma of God for prophecy or proclamation – 5 instances and Being baptized with the Pneuma of God and the Pneuma of God conveying power – 6 instances.

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