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The Difference Between The Holy Spirit And The Human Spirit

When the Bible spells the word “Spirit” with a capital “S” it is speaking of the deity of the Holy Spirit. When it uses the lower case “s” it is speaking of the human spirit. The lower case is used for spirit language because it is our redeemed and Holy Spirit-baptized human spirit that is doing the praying. Our spirit language is motivated, covered, and directed by the Holy Spirit, yet it is my spirit or your spirit that is doing the praying. This is similar to prophets prophesying or believers operating in the gift of prophecy: the Holy Spirit inspires the person to speak the prophetic words, but the person does the actual speaking. In the initial receiving of the Holy Spirit’s gift, the disciples spoke in tongues “as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4); that is, He gave them the ability to pray in a spirit language from their newly baptized spirits.

Paul explains it this way, “If I pray in tongues, my spirit prays” (1Cor. 14:14).

So why does Paul say that it is his spirit praying in tongues? The Bible says in First Corinthians 6:17 that he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit. Our born-again, baptized spirit becomes united with the Holy Spirit, who has the mind of Christ and His Spirit enable us to pray from the mind of Christ and, not from our natural minds.

The Holy Spirit does not replace our spirit and do the speaking, but He gifts our spirit to direct our speaking in the language of the spirit.

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