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My answer is a question: In the statement 'Many are called, but few are chosen', what do 'many' and 'few' mean? The Good Shepherd (Matthew 18:12-14) leaves the 99 sheep to find the one lost sheep. To him, one lost sheep is too many. To God, "any" lost people might be many, and anything short of "all" might be few. Consider also a second observation. God ...


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Much of this response has been reproduced from my blogspot section titled “Hidden Bible Truths Revealed” - What The Bible Really Says About Life After Death. If my answer seems to be overbroad, it is the result of my tendency to anticipate pertinent related questions that might arise. As to whether there will be more people in Heaven or in Hell, the Bible ...


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Saint Leonard of Port Maurice [A.D. 1676-1751], on the fewness of the saved: “After consulting all the theologians and making a diligent study of the matter, he [Suarez] wrote, ‘The most common sentiment which is held is that, among Christians [Catholics], there are more damned souls than predestined souls.’ Add the authority of the Greek and ...


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Its not about believing most will not be saved based on opinion. Thats what Matthew 7:13 states..."Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it". Why try to dispute this verse with another verse? God's word isnt going to contradict itself. Jesus came to provide a way of a ...


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I think that Jesus's followers, being the Jews they were, would look at how Jesus's theology fits with the Torah. When Christ says "water and the Spirit," the first thing that pops in my head is Genesis (John's Gospel is like Genesis part II): In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was ...


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There were the 12 proportional hours of the "morning" ie, sunrise to sunset, and 12 proportional hours or watches of the "nght". Everything was proportionally divided by 12 (1/12) and based on the seasonal amount of daylight or night time. The Hebrew (Genesis) concept of a full 24 time period or "day" began at sunset and ended the following sunset.


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To answer this question we need to consider a few Biblical facts: The Day of Pentecost. "The Holy Spirit will remind you everything I (Jesus) have said." Understanding that the apostles received the Holy Spirit on the day of the Pentecost, crosses out the idea that Jesus gave them Holy Spirit before then by breathing onto them. But it still leaves the ...


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Born of water and of the Spirit John 3:3-6 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto ...


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A couple of points about your last paragraph. First, the recorded commissioning of the disciples to baptize was not at the Resurrection (that is, Easter Day), but at the Ascension some 40 days later. But since the Ascension preceded the day of Pentecost, by the time the 120 were born of the Spirit, the disciples had the commission to baptize. But the answer ...


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Born of water here is not necessarily referring to baptism, but when considering the context of the surrounding verses would seem to be referring to the natural birth. In other words, We are first born a natural birth and then those who receive the Holy Spirit are born a second time with a spiritual birth. It follows then that every human is born of water, ...


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I think the question lies in who is Jesus' Father? He was talking about God the Father of course. One cannot server two masters. If one honours God and is filled with the Holy Spirit, they have been purchased by God and are free from the kingdom of darkness. This person cannot be demon possessed (owned) because God owns them. As for earthly fathers, it is ...


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Context is very important here. This is a verse lifted from a larger dialogue between Jesus and the Pharisees. Some translations punctuate the verse in such a way as to remove the link you see. RSV, for example, has the verse as two separate independent clauses, with a semicolon after "demon". One manifestation of demonic possession might indeed be ...


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Many people miss one key factor of the time issue and that is the time period of the writing. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Acts were written before 70 AD. John wrote 15-25 years later, after the destruction of Jerusalem by Emperor Titus, and wrote to churches of Asia who were under Roman time. This factor is often left out of discussions but must be considered ...


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Knowing how to worship God in Spirit and Truth is crucial for faith to meet God's expectation. Jesus was bringing out to the woman at the well that following the traditions of man is not the same as meeting the expectations of God; righteousness is not attained by man's best intentions, nor by relying on such traditions of faith as one might have grown up ...


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These two aspects of Jesus are a common thread which guide us to the two aspects of Jesus' mission: For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 Grace being the Holy Spirit made accessible through his death and Truth being his (and thereby God's John 1:14) Word spoken during his ministry: So Jesus said ...


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Worshiping in truth is an act of personal interaction between people and God. Jesus said to go into our closet and pray to God in secret (Mt. 6:6). A man who sits at a public restaurant, whether alone or with a group, bows his head and begins loudly thanking God for his food is probably an exhibitionist and is speaking to be heard by those around him. That's ...


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What means that “(Jesus) breathed on them” in John 20,22 John 20:20-22 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and ...


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so what does it mean? Well verse 22 and 23 should help clarify what it meant when Jesus blew his breath onto his Disciples. Basically to clarify John 20:22, Jesus is giving his Disciples the Holy Spirit and just like how the Father sent Jesus, he will send his Disciples and then he followed up by saying "If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven ...



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