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First, is this instructive, or descriptive? What I mean is, is Paul saying that to be loving, this is how we must behave? Or is he saying, someone who loves just naturally displays these characteristics? He is saying what is love. It means that if you love, you will bear all things, believe all things, hope and endure all things. Second, if this is ...


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New to the site, love the question and the forum. Bear with me through the answer to what is being said, for what I hope will be a helpful answer to how it is intended to be applied. To the question of whether Paul is being instructive or descriptive, this master-teacher really wants his audience to understand this concept, as their behavior indicates ...


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The Apostle Paul spent many years in Rome, most of them as a prisoner of the Roman government. The evidence is that Paul arrived and was imprisoned in early 61 AD and liberated in 63 AD and that he was imprisoned again upon his return to Rome, possibly after returning from Spain. The thing that is noteworthy here is the amount of time he spent in captivity ...


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The Wikipedia article on Galatia states that the Galatians were Celts who invaded the area about 275 BCE, and who were reported to be in the area until about 475 CE, or so. It is likely that the Celts would have been considered "pagans" by the local population as they seem to have taken some time to adopt local ways. However, the Galatians do not seem to ...


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Anthony Thiselton, in the NIGTC commentary, has offered the following translation of 1 Cor 13:7: It never tires of support, never loses faith, never exhausts hope, never gives up. Here, the phrase “never loses faith” is used to translate πάντα πιστεύει (panta pisteuei). The basic argument underlying this translation is that panta (‘all things’) here ...


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God is Love personified: ...for God is love (1Jn.4:8). Hence love is God's nature and he wouldn't do anything but by love. When we discuss the nature of love, then it's descriptive. When we refer to the scripture for guidance on love, then it's instructive. It's descriptive of the Christian that he is love personified. It's instructive of the Christian, ...


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Words of Jesus' Ministry In Acts 20:35, Luke quotes Paul as quoting Jesus, but the original quote is not attested in any of the four gospels. (Though that doesn't mean Jesus didn't say it.) By all these things, I have shown you that by working in this way we must help the weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, 'It is more ...


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In 1 Timothy 5:18 Paul quotes both the Torah and Jesus at the same time. For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain." (Deuteronomy 25:4) and "the worker deserves his wages." (Luke 10:7) You can see that Paul is quoting Jesus exactly, word-for-word in Greek from Luke 10:7. Stay there, eating and drinking ...


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Mid-Acts Dispensationalism or Pauline/General Epistles only also comes from a content-based argument. The thought is that what we see in the Gospels and Acts is transitional in nature. Since Christians do not receive the Holy Ghost as flames of fire above their heads, since there is no time-gap between believing and receiving the Holy Spirit after Acts (1 ...



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