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(I know the question says good answers will have references from published commentaries; I may look for some later when I get the chance to go to my college library, but for now this answer will be my explanation of the kind of perspective I have heard.) Those who believe in the perseverance (or preservation) of the saints or eternal security of salvation, ...


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The brother's harsh remark betrayed that he had the spirit of a hireling, rather than that of a son. His service for the father was not one motivated by love, but rather by the promise of reward. Even though he had not gone into great excesses like the younger brother, his failure to show the same concern for his lost brother as the father did showed that he ...


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As expected, "once saved, always saved" advocates (I'll use "reformed" as shorthand for this) generally agree that both the second and third types of soil represent people who were never saved. Broadly speaking, they make these points: The four soils represent four types of people or hearts: the unresponsive, the impulsive, the preoccupied, and the ...


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The history of salt is actually very interesting. A deeper study of the subject perhaps not fitting for this format is definitely justified. I will however provide a brief summery. Salt is History has had many influences, not just in biblical history but also through out the entire world. It was one of the first industries; roads were called Salt ...


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They are only available by grace, which is why Jesus asked us to purchase it from Him. The fact that it is free grace does not mean it does not require cooperation from us. If we take the parable of the man who sold all to purchase a field where he believed the treasure was, likewise we should do similarly spiritually - to forsaken our attachment to the ...


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These are three entirely unrelated passages. The first two do not explain or qualify the third. Matthew 19:30, which says that many who are first shall be last and the last shall be first, should be read in conjunction with the parable that follows, in which the householder paid first those who began their hire last, then paid those who began their hire ...


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The enemy himself is the original tare. Jesus explains this clearly in Matthew 13: 37-40. He that soweth the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the ...


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I perceive a few reasons why Christ taught in parables: As someone elsewhere said, the people didn't understand that the primary mission of the Messiah was to "save people from their sins." They had been taught by the scribes and Pharisees that when the Messiah would come, He would not only deliver them from all their enemies but would also set up a ...


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As with all Scripture it is not possible to take only a part of Jesus teachings alone and understand Salvation, but all of his teachings are a part of gaining access to the Kingdom. Otherwise Jesus would not have taken three years to bring his message to us. Beginning with the Parable of the sower let us see if we can determine the course for attaining the ...


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Why was the prodigal son spoken harshly of by his elder brother? Three reasons come to mind. When the prodigal left he took one half of everything and left his brother to do all of the work including care of the father in his old age. A son asking for his inheritance is like spitting in his parents face and saying that the only value they have to him is ...


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The short answer, is that works are not a requirement of salvation, but are an indication of salvation through faith, and the Holy Spirit working within the heart of the saved person. As such, the virgins in the parable that were not prepared were not of faith, as indicated by their surprise at the arrival of the bridegroom. Keep in mind that this parable ...


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These things are only symbolic of heavenly riches. A man may think that he is “rich, and has become wealthy, and has need of nothing,” but these earthly riches will do him no good when he stands before God. God knows that he is in fact "wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked." If he does not "seek first the kingdom of God" and his treasure is ...


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The story of the rich man and Lazarus appears in Luke's Gospel as part of a group of parables, because of which it is unlikely to have been a true event. More importantly, it has close parallels to the rabbinic parable of Bar Majan, which seems to have been the source for the Christian parable. If it is possible the Jewish parable is no older than Luke's ...



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