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The earliest mention of controversy appears to be in the writings of Origen of Alexandria, in the third century. He indicates that some debate already existed on the matter in his time, and he attempts to resolve it by saying that the lack of the article implies that the Word of God is inferior to and dependent on the "True God": We next notice John’s ...


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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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What you are actually asking (but might not realize) is when was regeneration first associated with the moment of 'first' having faith, rather than at the time of baptism. 'Born again' and 'regeneration' have always been synonymous or at least the initial point of regeneration. So unfortunately we have to trace attitudes of baptism with respect to ...


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A common theme in the New Testament is rebirth in salvation through Christ. So the idea of being "born again" isn't all that cryptic. To specifically address your question of why we equate a new spiritual birth with the point of salvation, I'll direct you to a few scriptures. First, we must clarify what the point of salvation actually is: Romans 10:9-10 ...


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Good responses! I'd like to add my Biblical Hebrew two cents, since Jesus and the apostles were raised expressing themselves in a Hebrew mindset. The word "name" (SheM in Hebrew) is derived from the verb ShiYM "to place" and carries the meaning of "position, rank, honor, fame, reputation and authority". It reminds me of Sceva's seven sons in Acts 19:15 who ...


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As a Biblical Hebrew professor, I like to go back to the original for deeper understanding. Though Jesus is Truth personified and the Bible is referred to as the Word of Truth, Jesus was here referring to the way of worship. As well instructed in the Hebrew scriptures, He would have been thinking of the Hebrew meaning of the Greek words we have recorded in ...


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The Father is the one John meant in this context as may be understood from Jesus' words in John 4:46. Direct seeing is what he means no man has experienced even though seeing the Son could be accounted for seeing God since the Son is the exact replica of the Father.


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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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St. John the Baptist, in John 3:30, demonstrates his profound humility as the Precursor to Christ. Another example demonstrating St. John the Baptist's profound humility is Mt. 3:11: …he that shall come after me, is stronger then I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear… The Catholic Haydock Commentary has this to say about John 3:30: Ver. 30. He (...



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