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Metaphysical meaning of Elymas (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Elymas (mbd)
Elymas, el'-y-mas (Gk.)--wise; powerful; a Magus; an astrologer; a magician.

A Jewish man, a sorcerer, or false prophet, who opposed Paul and Barnabas and tried to turn the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, from the faith (Acts 13:8). He is also called Bar-Jesus; he was stricken with blindness for a season because of his wickedness.

Meta. The sense thought that tries to counterfeit the working of Spirit. Paul had just received a special baptism of the Holy Spirit, with power to express the word of God. When he perceived that sense thought was working in the personality in opposition to the true working of Spirit, he called it to account.

Mental resistance closes the doors and windows of the mind, and shuts out the light of Spirit. Then the darkness of ignorance pervades the consciousness, and there is dependence on external leadings. (Elymas "went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.")

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