Claim that Jesus had two spirits

An acquaintance said that Jesus had two spirits, human and divine. I countered that Jesus had both an Divine and Human nature. He agreed but said Jesus also had both a divine and human spirit or soul.

Has anyone ever heard this idea before?

Jesus was truly human, not just God in a body, so He did have a human soul. That soul is forever united to the pre-existing Son, Who is inherently spirit. So I don’t know if I’d phrase it as “Jesus has two spirits,” but I can sort of see what he’s getting at.

you are really going to have to clarify this debate; it seems circular

good grief… “senior member”

promotions must come pretty cheap around here

Jesus has a human soul, and Jesus is the divine God, who is spirit.

I wouldn’t speak of him as having “two spirits”, though I think I understand where he is coming from.

The Spirit of Jesus is the Second person of the Holy Trinity, no? He wasn’t infused with a separate human spirit was he?
He has two natures, A Divine nature and a human nature.

A human nature is both body and soul. Jesus had a human soul and the divinity. Jesus also had a human will and a divine will. The human will was not subsumed or controlled by the divine will, but freely submitted itself to God’s will.

I had not run across this before. Can you supply links to some Catechism reference paragraphs to this, that Jesus has both a human soul and a Divine soul?

I don’t know if I’d call the divinity a ‘soul’, exactly, but sure. Feel free to check out the surrounding paragraphs:
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IV. HOW IS THE SON OF GOD MAN?**

470 Because “human nature was assumed, not absorbed”,97 in the mysterious union of the Incarnation, the Church was led over the course of centuries to confess the full reality of Christ’s human soul, with its operations of intellect and will, and of his human body. In parallel fashion, she had to recall on each occasion that Christ’s human nature belongs, as his own, to the divine person of the Son of God, who assumed it. Everything that Christ is and does in this nature derives from “one of the Trinity”. The Son of God therefore communicates to his humanity his own personal mode of existence in the Trinity. In his soul as in his body, Christ thus expresses humanly the divine ways of the Trinity:98

[INDENT]The Son of God. . . worked with human hands; he thought with a human mind. He acted with a human will, and with a human heart he loved. Born of the Virgin Mary, he has truly been made one of us, like to us in all things except sin.99

**Christ’s soul and his human knowledge
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471 Apollinarius of Laodicaea asserted that in Christ the divine Word had replaced the soul or spirit. Against this error the Church confessed that the eternal Son also assumed a rational, human soul.100

472 This human soul that the Son of God assumed is endowed with a true human knowledge. As such, this knowledge could not in itself be unlimited: it was exercised in the historical conditions of his existence in space and time. This is why the Son of God could, when he became man, “increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man”,101 and would even have to inquire for himself about what one in the human condition can learn only from experience.102 This corresponded to the reality of his voluntary emptying of himself, taking “the form of a slave”.103[/INDENT]

Re PP 470, Yes, as I said earlier, it is the teaching of The Church that Jesus has both a divine nature and a human nature. What I am asking for is a Catechism reference that Jesus has both a divine spirit in addition to His Divine Spirit (i.e. The Second person of the Blessed Trinity)

471, also quoted, covers that.

Ah, CCC 471 Apollinarius of Laodicaea asserted that in Christ the divine Word had replaced the soul or spirit. Against this error the Church confessed that the eternal Son also assumed a rational, human soul.

Thank you.

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