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The theological problem is to explain why Jesus apparently trusted Judas, when he ought to have known better. There are a lot of possible answers! Some have tried to find symbolic or exemplary meaning in his actions - a lesson for the future Church. Others have centered the discussion around the character of Jesus, perhaps reaching similar conclusions for ...


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There are two ways to read that. Reading it as an arrogant statement is certainly one, but I think it can also be read exactly the opposite way -- as a sign of humility. Not wanting to name himself in a "me, John, I was there see" way, he simply refers to himself based on his identity in relation to Christ. As a Christian I think this is great way to think ...


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The ESV renders the verse in question: That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. It seems to contain the implication that he was wearing some kind of inner garment while working, and ...


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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1, NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16, NIV) The Greek word for 'Word' in John 1:1 is Logos(λόγος) and 'Scripture' in 2 Timothy 3:16 is Graphey(γραφή). Though ...


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The quick answer is "No." However, there has been a lot of speculation on this. We do know that the accusers of the woman left without stoning her after Jesus said, "He who is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her," but apparently none of them left before He did this. We also know that the older ones were the first to leave. So, what ...


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It's rather ironic — the thrust of your question is "Why did God wait so long?" Andrew Lloyd Webber asks the exact opposite question — "Why come so early?" As Judas sings in the finale: Every time I look at you I don't understand Why you let the things you did Get so out of hand You'd have managed better If you'd had it planned Now why'd you ...


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The internal evidence of the authorship is found in four passages in the Book of Revelation. It is in these four passages that the author refers to himself as "John". Rev 1:1 This is the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the things that must happen soon. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, Rev ...


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It is obvious from the text of John 4:22 that Jesus was not the one actually performing the dipping, but his apostles. The idea here is that the apostles were baptizing on his behalf. Because they were baptizing in his name, it was, in essence, Jesus baptizing. We, today, have the power to do the same thing: Matthew 28:19 (NIV) Therefore go and make ...


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Mark 15:7-15 7 And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. 8 And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. 9 And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he perceived that pit was out of envy that the ...


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In the story, everyone there recognised that they were sinners, including the top religious leaders. We should recognise that in ourselves also, no matter how 'good' we try to be. Jesus' compassion is not just for the woman but also for all of us. This comes to the heart of Christianity and is the whole point of John's Gospel: everyone has sinned/rebelled ...


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When the angel came to Zechariah to announce the birth of John, he said that the child would be "filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. (Lk 1:15)" Also, Jesus said of John that "all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. (Mt 11:13)" It seems most reasonable to view him as a prophet like those of the OT, that he was commissioned ...


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John's Gospel does not contain many of the things recorded in the Synoptics, including the Sermon on the Mount, the Transfiguration, the virgin birth, the Great Commission, and the Ascension. In fact, the only miracle outside of the Resurrection that appears in both the Synoptic gospels and John's gospel is the feeding of the 5,000. This doesn't mean that ...


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Most likely because he didn't want to gain a lot of notoriety so early on, and doing something like this, especially in such a public setting, would cause a lot of people to notice. But in the end, he did it, probably because it was his mother asking, and he was required by the Ten Commandments to honor his father and his mother.


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OK, you wanna go deep? Here we go. From the Apostolic Bible: Love The word being translated as "loved" here is ἀγαπάω (agapao). Definition from Strong's Concordance (25): to love; in the NT usually the active love of God for his Son and his people, and the active love his people are to have for God, each other, and even enemies to love, ...


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There is some fun linguistic gymnastics going on there and two things are being played off of each other. First, remember that Jesus was fully God and he was omniscient* and knew the hearts of men. He knew what people were thinking even when they didn't say it. Now note that while your question is in 24, the play here starts in verse 23. Let's look at ...


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I believe Jesus is talking about His public ministry, not about any miracle. A closer reading of John 2:1-12 can bring out some possibilities as follows. Mary knew about Jesus's power and His calling. (Events in His childhood described in Gospel of Mathew and Luke points to that). She would have probably witnessed His power in events which happened in ...


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Part 1: The secret This phrase is actually recorded in a couple places in the gospel of John. In John 7, Jesus' disciples are going up to the festival. Jesus, however, did not want to appear publicly: John 7:6 (NIV) Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do. Later, it says, he decides to go in secret: John ...


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Apparently Nathanael took it as evidence of some kind of supernatural knowledge on Jesus' part, but his reaction seems to be overblown - Maybe Jesus just happened to be passing by that tree and recognized him from earlier! I think his dramatic response tells us about Nathanael's personality - impulsive perhaps, certainly an all-or-nothing sort of guy. ...


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Though not a Greek scholar, I would contend that translating philo as like is a poor translation. Agape typically connotes the perfect love that God has and to which we can only aspire (though aspire to it we must, just as we aspire to imitate Christ though we can only do so imperfectly). On the other hand, philo connotes the love between two persons which ...


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There are many possible practical applications. In fact, I think this is one of the most commonly used sermon texts. Everyone from ultra-liberals to ultra-conservatives seems to love the passage. However, it's textually one of the two most disputed passages in the New Testament, along with Mark 16:9-20 (see: Should Mark 16:9-20 be in the Bible?). The ...


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No man has ever seen God[1]; the only-begotten Son[2], who[3] is in the bosom of the Father[4], he[5] has declared [him][6]. θεὸν[1] οὐδεὶς ἑώρακεν πώποτε ὁ μονογενὴς υἱός[2], ὁ[3] ὢν εἰς τὸν κόλπον τοῦ πατρὸς[4] ἐκεῖνος[5] ἐξηγήσατο [1] the Father [2] the Son [3] the Son [4] the Father [5] the Son [6] the Father (pronoun not present in Greek, but the ...


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Leo the Great wrote for the Council of Chalcedon in 451, It does not belong to the same nature to say, "I and the Father are one," and to say, "The Father is greater than I." For although there is in the Lord Jesus Christ a single person who is of God and of man, the insults shared by both have their source in one thing, and the glory that is shared in ...


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The important thing here is context. Lets look at the broader passage in a slightly more clear translation: John 2:18-25 (NIV) 18 Some of his people said to Jesus, "Show us a miracle to prove you have the right to do these things." 19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will build it again in three days." 20 They answered, "It ...


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Why does a judge sentence one man to prison, another to community service, and gives a third a suspended sentence? It may be because the judge is capricious, but it might also be because, after examining the facts of each case, he fairly concludes that this is the appropriate action in each. Considering how little we know about the pre-Flood world, I think ...


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The word describing the garment Peter put on is ἐπενδύτης, which is a hapax legomenon in the New Testament and rarely used in ancient Greek literature. Etymologically the word derives from a verb that means "to put on over". It is a garment (perhaps specific to the profession of fishing) worn over something else. So it might be better to think of Peter ...


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Short Answer: No, John 6:44 does not imply that there is no free will when it comes to salvation. What the text itself implies (theology aside) is that a person can only come to Jesus if the Father draws him. It says nothing about whether free will plays a part in salvation, or (if so) how it does. (In fact, it doesn't even really say anything about ...


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In the context of a 1st century pious writer it would have been interpreted as the exact opposite of arrogance, in fact. It is much like Jesus referring to himself as "The Son of Man" instead of saying 'I' or 'me'.


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They were persuaded by the chief priests and elders: But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. Matthew 27:20 They (chief priests and elders) had enormous power over the people since the synagogues and temple were the way people could stay in relations with other people (it was the heart ...


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I think this question can be answered without becoming lost in all the differing views of what is ‘exactly’ free will and what is ‘exactly’ predestination. From a high level the church is basically divided on this subject between the thinking of St Augustine (or what protestants think he believed) versus Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Assyrian church views. ...


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Many commentators have enjoyed pointing out the Pharisees' mistake, which is just one of several errors they make in this chapter. A "pure" sarcasm would mean that the Pharisees considered Galilee to be the place where prophets came from - a bit like associating Washington, DC with politicians. But the context is their rejection of Jesus (known to them as a ...



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