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Jesus was speaking of the object of our faith. He denied Himself, and went to the Cross. That was the whole of God's Redemption Plan: the Sacrifice for our sins. It is by identification with this Redemption Plan that we're saved: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the ...


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What did Jesus mean by 'take up your cross and follow me'? Matthew 16:22-25 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be ...


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In Mark's Gospel, the last 24 hours in the life of Jesus form a unique chiastic structure, with eight periods of just three hours each: A The celebration of the Passover Feast, which becomes the Last Supper, beginning "when it was evening" (Mark 14:17), which was 6 pm by first-century Jewish reckoning. The Passover meal typically took three hours and was ...


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With Mark, in order to see the context for this promise of Jesus, we need to go back just one verse, to Mark 10:28: Mark 10:28: Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. By 70 CE, when Mark is now believed to have been written, its author knew that there were followers who had left their "houses, brethren, sisters, ...


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We can see that when Mark says, "take up your cross" he does so in the context of losing one's life, suggestive of the crucifixion to come: Mark 8:31: And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. Mark ...


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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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Jesus had the only authority to forgive sin as He is the 2nd person of the Trinity. "I and the Father are one". John 10:30


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Is it true that the power to forgive sins was entrusted to a limited few, and those who exercised that power without authority were treated to have committed blasphemy , thereby putting themselves at risk ? Can someone enlighten me ? The forgiveness of sins is a little confusing because there are two types. Forgiveness of sins for salvation (judicial) ...


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John 20 is interesting in this regard ... 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Jesus sent the disciples, and ...


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It is not true that others were given the power to forgive sins on the Earth. Only Jesus had that authority. Forgiving sins is not a power it is an authority. Matthew 21:23 and24 KJV And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and ...


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I'm pretty sure it just offers you a choice. The choice is to accept you are/have been bad, or to cut out your eyes so you wont be bad again. We will never be perfect. To accept this fact is to accept you are poor in spirit. To accept being poor in spirit is to gain access to heaven. The people listening wouldn't have thought "oh I'm gonna cut my eyes ...


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At first blush it looks like it's saying the final judgment happens right at the Lord's return -- for both the righteous and the wicked. Matthew 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: This division is done between those who followed Jesus ...


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Matt 24 is answering 2 questions - so the clue is knowing when Jesus is talking about which thing. The key in greek is the start of verse 36 with the use of the words "peri de" which means in simplified english - "now the other". Up to verse 36 its all about the destruction of Jerusalem including much figurative language similar to old testament ...


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Modern scholarship tends to see the genealogies of Jesus as theological constructs rather than factual history. Thus the two New Testament genealogies should be understood in terms of what they were meant to achieve, rather than as a collection of facts. Matthew and Luke provide detailed genealogies for Jesus, back through the great Zorobabel to the line of ...


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This question spawns from a misunderstanding of why the genealogy is there in the first place. The genealogy is not a benign collection of facts, much like our own western approach to the topic would have it listed. Instead, Matthew provides Jesus' genealogy to legitimize him for any Jewish readers. First, consider that everyone is from Adam. It means ...


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Christians who believe in the inerrancy or infallibility of the Bible argue that these two accounts are not contradictory: that Jesus met his followers in both Jerusalem and Galilee after his resurrection. Such an argument first requires establishing that there was a lengthy period of time between the resurrection and the ascension, and that Luke 24 is a ...


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The explanation for the discrepancy is in the history of the gospels. The consensus of modern scholars is that the Gospels of Matthew and Luke were substantially based on Mark and that John was also loosely based on Luke, with some material taken direct from Mark. This in itself would not result in a difference, except that Mark originally ended at verse ...


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Matthew 24 is best viewed as a response to chapter 23. Jesus is, of course, the purpose of the Jewish Nation and the Old Testament (Galatians 3:24). Jesus pronounces 7 "woes" on the Jewish establishment in Matthew 23:13-33: 1.Shut up the kingdom of heaven against men (13) 2.Devour widows' houses, pretense make long prayers (14) 3.Make proselytes twice ...



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