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Reformed theologians who hold to penal substitutionary atonement emphasize a) the divine nature of Christ and the increased capacity for suffering that that implies and b) the intensity of God's wrath against him. Louis Berkhof, in his Systematic Theology (3.2.1.B), writes: [Christ's] capacity for suffering was commensurate with the ideal character of ...


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None of the four Gospels record Jesus performing a miracle prior to his temptation in the wilderness. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record Jesus' baptism and immediately follow it with his temptation in the wilderness. John does not mention the temptation: after Jesus' baptism, Jesus begins calling his disciples. That said, we can't provide a definitive ...


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Some commentators do employ a bit of speculation on this question, including Augustine himself. The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture summarizes Augustine, saying that the fish "represent the faith of the martyrs that have gone through the fiery trials of suffering." With respect to a similar passage in John 21, Augustine writes that "[t]he fish ...


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Church historian Philip Schaff provides a summary of the development of the Apostles' Creed in his book, The Creeds of Christendom. A helpful table, showing the creed's gradual formation in the West from AD 200 to 750, can't be reproduced in full here, but I'll quote the relevant part, listing each version of the creed, the year, and the wording of the ...


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It's pretty clear from reading the Gospels that Jesus did not have a 'fixed abode' during his ministry. He moved around from place to place. He certainly stayed on some occasions with supporters. On other occasions it is probable he slept outside. There are a number of occasions where Jesus is recorded as staying at the Mount of Olives, notably during ...


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Wayne Grudem is probably the most prominent theologian who has provided a detailed argument on this topic.1 He first disputes the common interpretations of five passages: Acts 2:27, Romans 10:6-7, Ephesians 4:8-9, 1 Peter 3:18-20, and 1 Peter 4:6, and argues that none of them clearly teach any form of the "descent into hell" doctrine. He then proceeds to ...


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Justin Martyr is probably the strongest early advocate for the view that the "Angel of the Lord" in the OT often refers to Christ. In his Dialogue with Trypho, he argues that many supernatural appearances in the OT are manifestations of the second member of the Trinity. One such example is that of the burning bush in Exodus 3:2-4, where reference to the ...


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The Old Testament and Hebrew linguistic background of this passage should be kept in mind. Recall: Matthew (or his source) was likely translating words that were spoken in Hebrew or Aramaic. Both Jesus and Matthew likely had a Semitic mother tongue. The Hebrew bible (both in its Hebrew and Greek forms) was frequently referenced explicitly by both, ...


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When the sinner is condemned and dies because "the wages of sin is death", the punishment is eternal because he is not able to provide a righteous life. The difference is, though Jesus took on our sins to become "sin for us" and was condemned to death, God raised Him up again because He never sinned Himself. Having never sinned, He - the second member of ...


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Christ “died” for our sins (1 Cor. 15:3). The punishment the law required for our sins was not the whippings on His back or Hell, but death. Jesus’ substitutionary death perfectly fulfilled the offering requirements of the OT. When the Jews of ancient Israel brought their offerings to God for their sins, the priest did not have the sinners wait for eternity ...


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The fact that Jesus is our creator is the main reason why we worship Him. "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created" (Rev 4:11) "Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and ...


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Jesus is the Son of God. He is often called the son of man to tell people that He is the coming messiah that everyone needs. How can calling Him the son of man tell people he's the messiah? Enter Daniel 7:13: “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was ...


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Does the bible say Jesus was coming back in 2, 20, 200, or 2000 years? No. In fact, it is not stated when he would come back. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 states: "..for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night." So "isn't it obvious he most likely is never coming back?" No it isn't obvious to those of who believe what the bible ...


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The second part of your question - relating to Ezekiel 18 - is a very good question. I struggled with this when I was a new believer. This chapter talks about personal responsibility - which I needed to hear - but then the New Testament talks about Jesus taking our punishment. I found it confusing. Here is how that chapter ends (Ezekiel 18:30-32): ...


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What is Jesus meant by “mustard seed of faith”? The term "mustard seed" is illustrative of something very small. It is three times used of something that started small and became big and twice used to describe faith that is as small as mustard seed. Luke 17:5-10 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had ...



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