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you need to take all the NT scriptures into account and not just pick one.
But what is clear John the Baptist did come in the Power and Spirit of Elijah (Elias) as it was told John's father Luke 1:17
Malachi 4:5 "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.
For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.
the lord verified that John did come in that spirit to turn the hearts of the people but John was not a re-incarnation of Elijah. Like Jesus is the incarnation of God, John was the incarnation of Elijah.
Elijah did not die and therefore cannot be reincarnated.
No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man.
Luke 1:1-4 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
Acts 1:1-4 ¶ The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: to whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Windy, why do you care.
If Christ is an allegory
You show you believe man can save himself.
If Christ is an allegory he cannot be a "guiding oversoul". Because that would be something literal but you just claimed he is not the Christ. So that leaves the christ being an allegory.
Rom 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
which means it is very easy to understand in 6th grade English like it is found in the AV.
Ps 19:7 The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple.
Ps 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
.....it is very easy to understand in 6th grade English......
And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
you need to study more spirit and soul are not the same. Spirit is the life force of the person, the, the Soul is the person. That is why in Genesis God said he breathed into Adam and he became a living Soul.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
"Spirit" and "soul" are the same. You are not your body. You are a spiritual being, a soul, having a physical experience. The spiritual being, who during a certain incarnation was called Elijah, returned and incarnated as John the Baptist....If you can receive it.