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I am quoting from Young's Concordance and therefore looking at the KJV :- Κτιστης Ktistes 'Creator' occurs once. ... served the creature more than the Creator [Romans 1:25] Κτιζο, ktizo - the verb to create - occurs fourteen times. But neither protoktizo nor protoktistos nor protoktistes ever occur in the (KJV) bible. My 1,700 page special American ...


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In a family, the firstborn son had special privileges that set Him above all others. Jesus, in ushering in the resurrection for all, had the privileges of that firstborn son. Note: For a long time, I used to think of this strictly in chronological terms - but it isn't warranted. Elijah & Elisha resurrected dead people. Lazarus and Jairus' daughter ...


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Answer from a specifically Catholic viewpoint: The Catechism of the Catholic Church has many references to humans as images of God, but only a few that I have found to Jesus as the image of God: At the time appointed by God, the only Son of the Father, the eternal Word, that is, the Word and substantial Image of the Father, became incarnate; without losing ...


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Paul's uplifting and inspiring words on the supremacy of Christ (in Colossians 1:15-20) have a form of poetry about them. This is the comment in the English Standard Version Study Bible (2008): In a strongly moving and poetic way, which some scholars think is a quotation from an early Christian hymn, Paul praises the lordship of Christ in relation to ...


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Jesus said to a Samaritan women: Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is ...


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Warning: These are not my own beliefs, but I also don’t believe in straw-manning so this is only my best attempt to describe in their strongest form, what I might believe if were an Arian. I think the argument could be made that Arianism and semi-Arianism try to grapple with just these texts. Taking their cue from Colossians 1:15, Arians and semi-Arians ...


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"That entire portion of the end of Colossians 2 talks about the danger of legalism and seems to discourage keeping things such as the Sabbath" Actually, it doesn't talk about that. In fact it has quite the opposite meaning. I once used Colossians as an example of exegesis: https://rbutterworth.nfshost.com/Management/examples/exegesis If you aren't ...


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I'm not aware of the specific lectures you are referring to, but I have listened to / read a fair amount of his work. I imagine Sinclair Ferguson would be thinking along these lines: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17) I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, ...


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Great Question, It seems on the surface level that this is obviously talking against keeping the Sabbath holy. However, there are some key aspects of this verse that need to be considered. The list of things not to be judged are. food and drink Festivals new moon sabbaths These are referred to as a shadow of things that were to come. There are several ...


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It's a matter of degrees. Think of the image of God in human beings (< L. Imago Dei, Hebrew: צֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים; tzelem elohim, lit. "image of God") as being a finite representation of divinity. What is of infinite degree in God is finite in man (humankind). In the so-called "personality-purpose approach" to the image of God in man, the ...


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I am answering the question from Evangelical Protestant perspective. The reason the universe didn't fall apart when Jesus died is that death does not mean "cessation of existence." For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. James 2:26 (ESV) James 2:26 says that death is a separation of body and spirit....


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Colossians 2:9-23 speaks of Christians being buried with Christ in baptism and raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins...” (Colossians 2:13). Colossians 3:1-4: “Since, then,...


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The word "cheirographon" (χειρόγραφον) appears only once in the Bible. A literal translation is "handwriting", but that's not necessarily what it means in practical usage. (cf. "chairman" or "pineapple" or even "carpet" in English). Its meaning must be understood from other sources. The Outline of Biblical ...


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At the very least, all of creation will be "reconciled" - ie, made right again - at Christ's second coming: "For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. ...


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The Greek word for ‘firstborn’ does not always apply to one born first, and Jesus certainly was not the first human to be resurrected from the dead. In Colossians 1:15 & vs 18 the Greek word Prototokos is used with reference to Jesus Christ. This noun (#4416) refers to a parent's firstborn child. As an extension of this literal meaning, it can also refer ...


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peace be with you! I would like to address your question in two parts: Was Paul referring to being dead to sin Let's make it perfectly clear that Jesus committed no sin, so it's not referring to dead to sin here, as the scripture states in so many various places, including but not limited to: 1 Peter 2:22 ESV He committed no sin, neither was deceit found ...


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What part of your body is affected in times of great emotion? (whether in sadness and stress or in joy and thanks)? In our culture we usually speak of our 'hearts' being the seat of emotion. But it was common in greek culture to attribute the seat of emotions to the intestines (σπλάγχνα), since that's where we feel emotions. Ulcers in times of stress, ...


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The Apostle John tells us, [Jesus] came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name (John 1:11-12 NASB Updated). These words summarize quite well the evolution, if you will, of Jesus' ministry to a world of lost people. ...


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Both verses are valid, but some significant things changed between the Book of Matthew and Paul's letters. After all, the Paul was still Saul back then! While on Earth, Jesus delivered his message to the Jews, but after his death and resurrection, a new covenant was offered to all of humanity, both Jews and Gentiles alike. This singular event changed God'...


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This phrase is commonly seen to indicate Tertullian's belief in ontological subordinationism, that is, that God the Son is subordinate to God the Father in both his nature and role. Views like this were later declared heretical at the Council of Nicaea; now, only a relational or functional subordinationism, in which Jesus is subordinate in role only, is ...


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Legalism is when someone keeps the law thinking that it would save them. This is not why an adventist keeps the Sabbath. Adventists, like most Christians believe, we are under the new covenant of grace, the old covenant of obeying by our own powers is done away. However, the content of the moral law is still the same as always. By faith through grace God ...


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Here is information from a Baptist source: Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Sermon no. 2605 preached on 14 October 1883, entitled: Death and its Sentence Abolished: “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was ...


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Long before a single copy of the NWT was printed Jehovah’s Witnesses taught that Jesus is the unique one of a kind direct creation of Jehovah The Almighty God. The verses in Colossians 1:15-17 do not contradict that belief. Translating the word for “all” is dependent on context and there are a lot of instances of it being modified to demonstrate that the ...


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Summary of Jehovah's Witness Teaching: Jehovah God is the Creator (Revelation 4:11). He is without beginning or end, and he is almighty (Psalm 90:2). Jesus, on the other hand, had a beginning (Colossians 1:15- 16). Colossians 1:15 calls Jesus “the image of the invisible God.” Extracts from the 15 September 2005 Watchtower article (pp. 4-7) ‘Who Is Jesus ...


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Jehovah’s Witnesses DON’T believe that Jesus created all other things. Jehovah alone was the creator. We DO believe that. Colossians 1:15-16 (NWT) ............ All other things have been created through him and for him. Notice through him not by him. Take a look at Insight Vol 2 If the estimates of modern-day scientists as to the age of the physical ...


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Using the Blue Letter Bible to search for that term we can see it yields no results. The closest word I could find results was prōtotokos / πρωτοτοκοσ, found 40 times in LXX, 3 times in MGNT and 3 times in TR. In Col. 1:15, as seen in MGNT, that's the term used for "the firstborn" which can be read in more detail in Strong's G4416 - prōtotokos. ...


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first answer. :) From my understanding so far of the scriptures, this verse is talking about the burnt, meat & drink offerings of the old testament ordinances That is why he's mentioning Drink and Food, and Holydays, New Moons & Sabbaths, compare with Ezekiel 45:17 It will be the duty of the prince to provide the burnt offerings, grain offerings ...


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Is not Christ our Sabbath that all the Old Testament law, shadows pointed to? Heb 10:1  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.  Heb 8:5  Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, ...


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The earliest I know of is in the late 1500s, where several English Puritans took this position. John Cotton (1584-1652), New England Congregationalist theologian: In both which places (Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16), as the apostle exhorteth us to singing, so he instructeth us what the matter of our song should be, to wit, Psalmes, hymnes, and spirituall ...


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