while they were telling these things, He Himself
(Jesus) stood in their midst. 37 But they
were startled and frightened and thought that they
were seeing a spirit. 38 And He said to
them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise
in your hearts? 39 "See My hands and My
feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for
does not have flesh and bones as you see that
I have." 40 And when He had said this, He
showed them His hands and His feet. 41
And while they still could not believe it for joy
and were marveling, He said to them, "Have you
anything here to eat?" 42 And they gave
Him a piece of a broiled fish; 43 and He
took it and ate it before them. Luke 24:36-43
Jesus was able to show His disciples that He was
NOT a spirit. They could touch him...he was
there in the flesh. Jesus showed him the scars
on His hands and feet where He had been crucified.
And then he ate there with them.
The Spirit of God
As the Spirit's name implies, the Holy Spirit is
a spirit. The Spirit of God would not have a
body of flesh and bone.
The first mention of the Spirit of God in the Old
Testament is in the 2nd verse of the Bible, Genesis
1:2. The English word "spirit" or "ghost"
comes from the Hebrew word used in these Old
Testament manuscripts called "ruwach," (pronounced roo'-akh). "Ruwach" is defined as
"wind; or, by resemblance breath." The
Old Testament books were written in the Hebrew
language (the language of the Jewish people).
In the New Testament, the first mention of the
Spirit of God is in Matthew 1:18. In the New
Testament, the English word "spirit" or
"ghost" comes from the Greek word "pneuma"
(pnyoo'-mah); which is defined as "a current of
air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze." The
oldest New Testament manuscripts are written in the
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