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It may not be clearly represented that God instructed Eve, but it is clear that she knew: 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees ...


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To the question as to why casting out demons was not enough to prove to some that he was the Christ, some believed that such power was not from God: 33 And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, "Never was anything like this seen in Israel." 34 But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the prince of ...


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Proponents of dichotomism argue in two primary ways: That the division is between soul and spirit, but that these are simply two aspects of the same thing That the division occurs within the soul, and within the spirit, not between them Between soul and spirit In his remarks on this passage (Commentary on Hebrews, §222), Thomas Aquinas affirms the ...


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In writing about this particular verse in his Exposition on the Psalms, Augustine understands that those who tell us "Well done, Well done" are flatterers, whom he classifies as a different sort of persecutor: Two are the kinds of persecutors, revilers and flatterers. The tongue of the flatterer doth more persecute than the hand of the slayer: for ...


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I identify as an evangelical universalist. I don't know if you'll find this worthwhile, but here's my take. It sounds an awful lot like a figure of speech to me. If it is, it's best not to draw too many conclusions based on it. (Bart Ehrman left the faith because the mustard seed isn't really the smallest of all seeds.) In support of the figure of speech ...


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The passage more accurately says the Father "granted also to the Son to have life in himself" NWT So what the passage says the Father granted the Son is not simply to "have life" but to "have life in himself." In order to understand what it means for the Father to grant the Son to have life in himself we must understand what it means for the Father to have ...


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The 11th century Byzantine commentator, Theophylact of Ohrid, who wrote a comprehensive commentary on the Gospels compiled from the writings of earlier Church Fathers, wrote: When the Lord says, which is given for you and which is shed for you, He does not mean that His Body was given and His Blood was shed only for the Apostles, but for human nature ...


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The short answer is human nature. The people of Jesus' time knew they needed help: Roman oppression, poverty, misery, religious confusion, division. Many false prophets and revolutionaries had arisen and failed to deliver. From their standpoint, any Jewish person would want proof that this new person promising help can deliver on his promise and not ...


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Should Christians defend their faith? 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye ...


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The difference between these verses is the influence of the Holy Ghost. AS a Christian we should always be ready to explain why we believe that Jesus was our redemption from sin. that is the lesson of Peter. Peter was as should all Christians ready to teach the Gospel, and defend our right to live in a way to secure our Eternity. Peter did so right up to his ...


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Jesus intended that the "Lord's Supper", as a sacrament or ordinance of the Christian church, be enacted wherever Christians gathered together in worship. We know this, in part, because God revealed it to Paul after his conversion to the Christian faith. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same ...


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context Luke 22:15 And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. Luke 22:20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. Matthew 26:28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for ...


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Fr. Cornelius à Lapide commentates on this verse: Lastly, theologians—and from them, catechists—out of various expositions of S. Augustine, collect six sins against the Holy Ghost; namely, presumption, despair, striving against known truth, envy of fraternal charity, impenitence, and obstinacy. They say that these are called sins against the Holy Ghost, ...


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The command to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost was given only at the ascension of Jesus. Before the ascension, there is no indication that there was a name used at all. John just said,"Repent and be baptised for the time is at hand". So John did not baptize using any name. John's baptism is called "baptism of repentance" in Acts 19. ...


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I also identify as an evangelical universalist and would echo Tim's answer here regarding the context of stillbirth. I thought I'd also add an excerpt from George Macdonald (19th-century Scottish author, poet, Christian minister; spiritual mentor of C.S. Lewis) related to this question, as he is a figure many/most evangelical universalists resonate with. ...


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Jesus asks us to be his disciples. To follow him means to give up the ways of the world and follow his path and way of living. By taking up your cross you are accepting this and wish to give your life for Jesus, follow him, and be his disciple. When he says to take up your cross he does not mean go into the world and get yourself killed. Jesus died in shame ...


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to Bless the L-rd simply means to Praise Him. For example, the Torah says, "When you have eaten and are full, you shall Bless the L-RD for the good land which He has given you." Deuteronomy 8.10 In Judaism this is called Birchat HaMazon Blessing or Grace After Meals. It is preceded by Psalms 126, or 137. The rabbis comment that to bless means to bend the ...


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Your hunch is correct; Reformed thinkers tend to reject the idea that there was some special authority inherent in this group. Instead, the authority comes from God, and the group is a faithful witness to it. Regarding this particular phrase, the 16th century Protestant/Reformed Geneva Study Bible says: Not that men have any authority of themselves, ...



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