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There is evidence that Jesus ascended to heaven twice, but this evidence does not come out of John's Gospel but out of Luke/Acts. First of all, Luke 24:13 tells us that what follows occurred on the same day as the resurrection: And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. ...


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A widespread belief around the middle of the first century was that the parousia would happen in the lifetimes of those still alive. For example, as Bart D. Ehrman points out in Forged, p106, Paul expected the second coming of Jesus imminently. This is made particularly clear in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, where he expected to be one of those present at the end: ...


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The anointed of God was sent for a purpose and this purpose was to offer himself (emptied) as an offering to God,to be the Lamb of God. He emptied himself of the rights of all men, that is of taking a wife, having children and owning land, (servants did not own land) But Jesus offered himself willingly for this purpose, as Jesus said, "I don't even have a ...


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I believe Christ emptied himself from the rights of a man who would normally choose a wife, have children and land. Servants did not own land and many times no wife or children but were slaves to a master or owner as Christ was to his Father, the one who sent him.


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St. John 3:5 tells us a man is born of "water and of the Spirit." "Washing of regeneration" (Titus 3:5) is the water part of this process; being renewed of the Holy Ghost is the Spirit part ... and final leg of the born again process. The visual that is often provided for believers is that regeneration is the sole effort needed to complete the process, ...


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Mary and Simeon were prophesying. It is fairly common for Biblical prophecy (not the predictive kind) to be expressed in poetic language. However, the OT has whole books consisting entirely of poetry. The NT has only few passages here and there, hence there are no "poetic books" of the NT as there are of the OT.


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1 Corinthians chapter 13 is called the Hymn of Love and is thought to be a pre-Pauline hymn that Paul was quoting. Perhaps the most beautiful English rendition of the poem or song is the the King James Bible, but unfortunately it translates ἀγάπην as 'charity', rather that 'love'. The Hymn of Love, from the KJV, amended to speak of 'love': 1 Though I ...


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Mark 12:30-31 (KJV) And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. From here we can see that there are ...


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Many interpret it in light of the rest of the larger section, Romans 9-11, which indicates that Paul's language of election is about Jews and Gentiles. In fact, cutting off that section at verse 23 is quite artificial, and even the Reformed-leaning ESV translation groups 9:1-29 into a single pericope. On this interpretation, election is not a choice by God ...


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If there were no punishment for sin would salvation be necessary? That is a really difficult question, because it references deep theological topics in a fictitious parallel universe, a la C.S. Lewis' Narnia. As the Bible makes clear, sin is punished, and therefore, this question is an irrelevant one (in the practical, real world). However, it is a ...


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Praying in Jesus’ name is praying for things that will honor and glorify Jesus. Saying “in Jesus’ name” at the end of a prayer is not a magic formula. If what we ask for or say in prayer is not for God’s glory and according to His will, saying “in Jesus’ name” is meaningless. Genuinely praying in Jesus' name and for His glory is what is important, not ...


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For those of you wanting to know the truth about the giants, the Nephilim, the so-called 'fallen angels', you'll need to look outside your normal frame of reference. They only fell in the sense that one 'falls' through the atmosphere of a planet upon which one intends to land as one approaches the surface. Folks, these were, & are, extraterrestrial ...


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Revelation 1.4 Grace and peace to you from him who is and who was and who is coming, and from the seven spirits that are before his throne, and from Jesus the Christ... Basic points When John refers to 'him who is and who was and who is coming' throughout the Revelation, it is an epithet he reserves for God, 'the Father'. And of course, 'Jesus the ...


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The seven spirits of God are as follows the upper wind in the lower wind of the air next the upperand lower currents of the ocean next is the spirit of living things next is the spirit of death or of dead things next is the Holy Spirit. I came to this conclusion because of other passages that are in the Bible .


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I must admit that I don't know what the Angelic Doctor has said, but as a charismatic Catholic I would interpret the verse to mean that each of the seventy elders received a partial indwelling of the Holy Spirit with a specific charism for governance. The Holy Spirit, of course, being a person of the Holy Trinity, is omnipresent so no question of ...


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Yes The excerpt from Jonah states that Jonah called out to God from the realm of the dead, and other passages in that book use similar language to describe Jonah's state as death while in the whale. Since there are no passages that state that he didn't die or couldn't have died, or that motivate an argument that it would be an error to say that Jonah died, ...


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Ezekiel was writing at a time of transition between polytheism and monotheism. The Bible pictures the Israelite religion as pure, monotheistic and different from the false worship of all other nations and peoples. Lester L. Grabbe says in Ancient Israel, page 150, this is the surface image, at least. We now know that during the early monarchy (prior to 722 ...


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'Dwelling' does not simply mean to 'be present'. It means to reside or inhabit. If you go into a shop, you are not 'dwelling' in the shop, but you are present there. If you say "I do not dwell in the shop" it doesn't mean you never go in there, or that you are not there now. The point is that God is above 'dwelling' in places that humans have made. He has ...


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Ressurection is mentioned many times in the Bible. Job also said "And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God" (Job 19:26). According to this article, the Sadducees based their doctrine only from the Torah(Pentateuch), rejecting all Jewish Oral Laws and gave no importance to the writing of the Prophets. In Matthew 22:23-33, ...


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"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14 As Azygos notes, it is not much a sign if a young women gives birth to a son. What would be the significance or the reason for the middle phrase. However, the more decisive reason is that most Christians ...


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In the case of Matthew 26:26-27, Jesus says “Take, eat; this is my body.” and “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” He does this in a very special context, a paschal supper, already understood sacramentally by His Jewish audience. In the parallel passage in Luke he also says ...


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Ver. 23. Behold a virgin,[5] &c. The Jews sometimes objected, as we see in St. Justin's dialogue with Tryphon, that the Hebrew word alma, in the prophet Isaias, signified no more than a young woman. But St. Jerome tells us that alma signifies a virgin kept close up. Let the Jews, says he, shew me any place in which the Hebrew word alma, is applied to any ...


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The question is what is meant by "abiding in Him", and being "born of God". Some argue that simply accepting Christ satisfies both these; others that baptism satisfies both these; yet others take it as a lifelong mission to "abide in Him". Many verses emphasize that if we love Him, we will follow His commandments. So to me, the logic works this way: those ...


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Regardless of later usage, exegesis should look at the original language and the likely original meaning of a text. In the original Hebrew, Isaiah 7:14 uses the word 'almah, which means 'young woman' and is used only in this sense in nine other references in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word for 'virgin' is betulah and is used exclusively in that sense ...


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Jesus told several parables about weddings and feasts, such as the parable of the ten bridesmaids/virgins. These parables are about the Jews who should have been prepared for Jesus' coming to earth, but instead refused him. So one common interpretation is that it will be the faithful Old Testament Jewish saints who will be the guests - those who had faith in ...


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Revelation 21:2 personified the New Jerusalem as a bride. 2 And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. As we know through Scripture, New Jerusalem will be the city those in Christ will call home. With this description, the marriage would be between the Lord and the New ...


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The creation story in Genesis 1:1-2:4a is written in a different style than the more primitive creation story in Genesis 2:4b-25. The first creation story is consistent in style and language with other passages attributed to the Priestly Source, and is therefore also attributed to the same source. The second creation story is consistent in style and ...


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Why does 1 John say Christians are unable to sin? 1 John 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. One of the problems in translating something between ...


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To put it another way, is it because the expectation of a reward nullifies the benevolence of the act? If so, how does Christianity address this? Your quote from Isaiah is similar to a quote from Romans; Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: These attestations of original sin or the inability of humans to raise ...


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John 3:3 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. In other words: Don't claim to be saved from sin, only to continue in the old sinning ways. If you want to abide in him, don't sin (repent, better yourselves, etc.) (verse 6) To show that this is more what he meant than "Christinas can't sin, or aren't held ...


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There are a couple of cultural issues in this Scripture that need to be remembered. Firstly, the money changers used Roman coins which had the image of Caesar on them. Caesar was promoted as 'god' throughout the countries they controlled. For Jews to barter with Roman coins with which to purchase goods to be sacrificed in the Temple was a huge issue. ...


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First off, concerning 1st John 1:10, though we are saved by Christ, we still retain the sin nature we were born with. There are those who claim that there is no wrong, e.g. moral relativists, who believe that there is no such thing as sin or evil. So, they claim they have no sin. Our sins are covered by Jesus' sacrifice, which means that, in essence, they ...


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What does this mean? "When that time comes, you won't have to ask me about anything. I tell you for certain that the Father will give you whatever you ask for in my name?" Based on my personal experience, I always remember what Luke wrote in the Bible : (1) God sent the angel Gabriel to Mary in Nazareth. The angel Gabriel told Mary : "You will have a son. ...


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What does being lukewarm mean in contrast with being hot or cold for the church of Laodicea? God welcomes those who are excited to come to him. God can correct those who are hostile to him. However, those who are disinterested in him are those that little can be done with. Prosperity is not the blessing that many might think. It often leads us to see our ...


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The story of Barabbas was an allusion to the scapegoat of Leviticus, not the other way around. Once we recognise the man Barabbas to be a literary creation, we may acknowledge that the story featuring the release of Barabbas was, in its entirety, a literary creation. The story parallels the Jewish practice of releasing a goat (the scapegoat) at Passover, to ...


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In ancient Near Eastern religions, Leviathan was a multi-headed chaos monster whom the gods had to defeat at the time of creation. Mark S. Smith says, in The Early History of God, page 86, a seal from Tel Asmar (c.2200 BCE) depicts a god battling a seven-headed dragon, identified as Baal's enemy, Leviathan, and God's adversary in the Bible. The ...



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