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Logically, there are two possibilities: either Jesus himself said such things or they were added to the tradition at a later date. Neither view offers a clear-cut explanation, so a wide variety of ideas for the "secretive" passages have been offered by Christian commentators and Bible scholars over the years. Jesus did not tell anyone to remain quiet ...


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More of the biblical basis side of things than an overview, but we've just been looking at an answer to this question tonight, as found in Hebrews 4:14-5:10 - Jesus the Great High Priest 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not ...


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Unless you only have sex once it can be hard to pinpoint exactly when the child was conceived. Normal term pregnancies range from 37 to 41 weeks, a full month's time. Bathsheba presumably contacted David as soon as she realised she had missed her period and was pregnant. David tried to get Uriah to go home and sleep with her immediately, so that he would ...


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We can identify several views regarding the suffering of Jesus. (1) That he did feel fear and grief, but did not sin. (2) That he did not feel fear, per se, but did feel grief. Within (2), there are differing understandings of why Jesus felt grief and agony. Those who (a) accept penal substitution will argue that he was suffering on behalf of his people, ...


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TLDR; In this passage, Jesus uses language claiming God as a personal father; a begetting father, rather than in an abstract, "God is the Father of Humanity" sort of way. From here, the Jews performed simple deductive logic; the son of God is a god, therefore Jesus is claiming to be a god. More specifically, Jesus was claiming to be as divine as God, and ...


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The most commonsensical explanation of the Messianic Secret is simple self preservation - not necessarily self preservation in the literal sense, but in terms of the mission of Jesus. He couldn't do what he was trying to do if it became well known that he was the messiah. In the time in which Jesus lived, Palestine was under Roman occupation. Jesus was ...


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The bread and wine we offer at Mass do become, in Catholic understanding, "truly, really, and substantially, the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ"1, and this is what we consume in the Eucharist. However, this does not mean—as I mentioned in this answer—that the sacrificial offerings are no longer like ...


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The Messianic Secret refers to a motif primarily in the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus is portrayed as commanding his followers to silence about his Messianic mission. The Messianic Secret belongs in Mark's Gospel, but elements of it have been copied into the later synoptic gospels (Matthew and Luke) but not into John, which takes a very contrary view of ...


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Summary: Evangelical commentators don't take the "making himself equal with God" phrase as a referring only to Jesus's claim that God is his Father, but to his claim that he acts like his Father. Understanding the context here is important. Here's the full passage (John 5:16–18): 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing ...


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Peace Comes After the Storm Simply put, Jesus did not experience fear and a lack of power and self-control; rather, as you pointed out, he experienced anguish (or stress, trouble, or agony). The infinite load of sin he was to bear in a few short hours was the reason for his anguish in the garden. Sin, as we know, is the very antithesis of peace. Peace, ...


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Evangelicals defend this analogy by arguing (1) that even in the original context, "Abraham's offspring" did not refer to all Abraham's physical descendants, (2) that "Christ" can be interpreted as a spiritual descendant, not merely a single physical descendant, and (3) that the context, particularly Galatians 3:28–29, demonstrates that Christians are joined ...


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Protestants actually provide a variety of interpretations of this passage. The "easy" answer, that this refers to the "unforgivable sin," is held by some, but others argue that the case for that interpretation is weak, and suggest several alternatives. A couple of notes to begin: Protestant definitions of the unforgivable sin vary significantly, and ...


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I disagree with the "thought" above Question: "Why did the Prophet Elisha curse the “youths” for making fun of his baldness (2 Kings 2:23-24)?" Answer: There are a few key issues we must understand in regards to this account of the youths cursing Elisha. The text reads, “From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths ...


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Because although Christians cannot lose their salvation, they can still appear before the Lord in shame rather than in confidence (1 John 2:28). The good shepherds who watch over the flock want them to enter into the best the Lord has for them, and not be "scarcely saved" (1 Peter 4:17-18). Not all Christians will inherit a crown and rule with Christ; that ...


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What does “therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” mean? Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. This instruction is being given to disciples that are going on a mission. While most people focus on the words "serpent" and "dove", the words ...


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16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but there cometh he that is mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire: 17 whose fan is in his hand, thoroughly to cleanse his threshing-floor, and to gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff ...


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One of the perhaps lesser-known works of Thomas Aquinas is his Catena Aurea, the Golden Chain. This is a commentary on the Four Gospels, one verse at a time; Aquinas gives the verse, and after (nearly) every verse intersperses commentary on it—notably from Augustine, Jerome, and John Chrysostom; though other theologians, Church Fathers, and Doctors of ...


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There are three principal interpretations of this passage among Protestants and Catholics. "All Israel" might refer to: A future large-scale conversion of Jewish people to Christianity All the Jewish people elected by God All the people of God, both Gentiles and Jews The first of these views is easily the most popular, and is widely held by ...


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The passage is not about suicide. You can tell this because the temptation given to Jesus is: "throw yourself down. For it is written: 'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'" In other words, Jesus would not be killed by throwing himself off the ...


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The word translated Advocate here is Paraclete, which is sometimes also translated Comforter. It is virtually universally taken in Christianity to refer to the Holy Spirit. The pronoun "he" is used because the Holy Spirit is a person. (Christian denominations that do not believe the Holy Spirit to be a person - a minority - have other explanations for the ...


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It's important to keep in mind that the stories about the patriarchs are both stories about individuals and "national origin" stories giving an identity to the whole nation of Israel. So in the case of Jacob (also known as Israel), the promises get borne out (a) in his great success as a herdsman for his uncle Laban, accumulating a huge amount of personal ...


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The interpretation that when the text says Jesus was acting like he was going to go on, he was "pretending" to go further may be true, but it is extrapolating from the text. The text tells us what Jesus' actions were, that he was "acting as if" he were going further. Whether this was pretense or not depends upon what Jesus' thinking was at the time, and ...


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One approach to this passage is to look at it generally literally, as Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown do. Regarding verse 28, they emphasize the fruitfulness of Canaan: To an Oriental mind, this phraseology implied the highest flow of prosperity. The copious fall of dew is indispensable to the fruitfulness of lands, which would be otherwise arid and ...


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Ontological Equality It is true that fathers and sons aren't equal but this is only in terms of function and role. Thus, functional subordination.The offspring submits to parental authority. On the other hand, fathers and sons can be equal in other sense.For instance, it their actions (activities) or aptitude (natural ability) that stems from their ...


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The most important figure in the history of the Church for this passage is St Maximus the Confessor, who considered it in the context of the Monothelite heresy. (Monothelitism is the belief that there is only one "will" in Jesus Christ; Maximus and the orthodox tradition have held that there are two wills in Christ as there are two natures: the human will ...


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We often think of Jesus as Deity and ascribe those type of emotions and etc. to him. We need to remember that Jesus was also a human being and as such he knew all of those feelings which we encounter. He knew hunger: Matthew 21:17 through 19 KJV And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there. 18 Now in the morning as he ...


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Does the Bible tell us what the phrase “times of the Gentiles” or "fullness of Gentiles" means? Often the Bible says something that offers a glimpse of something that raises many more questions than it answers. Luke 21:20-24 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which ...


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This answer is based on the Christian theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), and his spiritual mode of interpreting the Bible. It represents the view on this subject of the "New Church" or "Swedenborgian" denominations that accept Swedenborg's theology. The question is based on Luke 3:16-17: John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with ...


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The Bible says that Jesus will baptize the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33) The English word “baptism” came from the Greek word “baptisma” (to dip).This word has more than one meaning. In Biblical contexts, it means “to identify with” (union with someone) and “to be washed with” (cleansing) whether literally or ...


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There is a "point of view" issue here, in the difference of our point of view today, and the point of view of the original intended audience of the book of Samuel. Whether or not the Lord actually sent the tormenting spirit into King Saul, those for whom the story was first related, had the point of view that he did. But the fact that the original audience ...



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