I received the following question:

When John, in Revelation, talks about being carried away to places “in the Spirit,” does that say anything about whether he was taken in or out of the body?  Does something “in the Spirit” specifically bear reference to whether or not it is in the body, or are those two aspects exclusive of each other?

“In spirit” could mean “in mind,” or it could mean in the power of the Holy Spirit. Either one could be true. If he was drawn away in his mind, then you would assume that it was not in his body. If this points to the Holy Spirit’s power drawing him away, however, then it is neutral, and could refer to a vision “out of the body” or literally being taken there in body, either way. So I do not think that this statement is conclusive as to whether he bodily went there or not.

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