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The question was effective, because it highlighted the hypocrisy of the religious Jews in question. According to the Bible, John was sent from God, and they knew it. Their concern was how answering this question would affect their agenda. if we say, ‘From men,’ we are afraid of the multitude; for all hold that John was a prophet Denying John's God-...


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What made Jesus question at Mt 21:25 so effective or was it a bad question because the Jews could not answer? Answer: The question was effective, considering: The context of the question (Matt 21 - 23), which is part of the narrative purpose of Matthew, i.e. Jesus's confrontation with the Religious Authorities of Jerusalem to expose their stubbornness and ...


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Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him. [Matthew 21 :31,32 KJV] There was ...


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Within that sentence are two statements. The first is that the Father (who is the vine-dresser) will take away the branch that does not bear fruit. The second is that the Father will prune the branch that does bear fruit so that it may bear more fruit. If this parable was the only place in the New Testament to address the issue of eternal security, then ...


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Since there is no ruling body for evangelical Christians, each church, preacher, and member could take a different interpretation. In this answer I'll present various articles from generally well-known evangelical sources which provide contradictory answers, to give an idea of some of thing things that are believed amongst evangelicals. In some cases, they ...


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The following came from Lexham Bible Dictionary entry on SHESHBAZZAR authored by Noah M. Marsh, proposing that the most widely accepted explanation is that Sheshbazzar and Zerubbabel were two different people. The entry includes biblical and historical sources. SHESHBAZZAR (שֵׁשְׁבַּצַּר, sheshebbatstsar). First governor of Judaea appointed by Cyrus II. ...


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The whole vine analogy loses a lot when separated by centuries of non-agricultural life. This is not primarily a scientific description of salvation but a spiritual description of the kingdom of heaven. A vine has branches that bud and bear not just leaves but fruit also and it has other branches that bear leaves only. These are colloquially called '...


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St. Paul is saying that Jesus is not "man" in the sense he here refers to: "a mere man." Rather, Jesus, "who, being in the form of God, deemed not equality with God robbery, but humbled himself, taking the form of a servant: being made in the likeness of men, and in habit also found as man." (Phil. 2:6-7) From (apo) means "apostle sent from" and by (dia) ...


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Are Zerubbable and Sheshbazzar the same people with two names? Opinions differ. However, the English Standard Version study Bible has this to say about Sheshbazzar: Sheshbazzar - one of the early leaders of the returning exiles. The title “prince of Judah” simply means that he was a leading member of the exiled community. In 5:14-16 the initiation of ...


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Yes, Jesus was resurrected like a new human being. What Paul is trying to say is that his teaching is not of human origin like religious tachings are. He is trying to say he didn't got his doctrine from human sources, but from Jesus, who is the Son of God.


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I don't believe that the nature of Christ's resurrected body needs to be a part of the answer. Paul is creating a distinction here in Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle - not from men nor through man, BUT through Jesus Christ and God the Father... in order to establish the source of his authority. A great deal of this entire epistle is a defense of his ...


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The Greek text does not say "a man". It is not talking in the singular about any one man. It states, "...not from men..." Rather, this is a collective form, speaking of humanity. Paul was not authorised for his task through men, that is, through any one body of mankind (e.g. the Sanhedrin or any other body). His authority came from Heaven, through a ...


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The question, which I am answering (as it stands at 19:09 GMT on 03 February 2020) is : How can Paul say his apostleship is not from men, neither through man ? Paul makes clear in Galatians 1:1 that his apostleship was not through man, or by man. It was through Jesus Christ and through God Father (literal). If not through man or by man and if through (...


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Just the idea of remaining should clarify that a person can be once there on the vine but be pruned off, because they themselves rejected what they formerly had and didn't produce fruit. Matthew 7:22-23 seems to say clearly that even people who call Jesus Lord Lord, and who cast out demons in his name and do miracles in his name are not recognized as ...


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While the text does not say, I believe their motivation was, “If he says ‘from God,’ we can prosecute, and if he says anything else, we can veto it because we’re the leaders.” Jesus stuck them with the dilemma they thought they would stick Him with.


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There are understood to be two different ways of being "in the vine," and only one is a reference to true salvation. The illustration in question clearly describes (in addition to branches which are fully a living part of the tree) branches which are outwardly, visibly attached to the tree, but which do not inwardly share in the life of the tree. They're ...


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A modern translation of the passage in question, Neh 13:23-29, clears up your 3rd question: "half" referred to half of their children, who could only speak the language of their wives, the language spoken in Ashdod, Ammon, or Moab. Here's verses 23-24, ESV translation: 23 In those days also I saw the Jews who had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. ...


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If a person becomes a star athlete or becomes rich and famous and brings wealth, prosperity or esteem to their hometown the town usually calls them a "son". Jesus, the carpenters boy, was going around saying controversial things and attributing important prophesy to himself. Jews are raised to always anticipate and pray for the coming of their messiah. ...


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I came across this question while Googling associated research and despite (a) having chosen to eschew active participation on Stack Exchange since the debacle with Monica Ciello and (b) the OP having never registered and likely never to benefit from my answer, I nevertheless found Shem's answer somewhat wanting and felt the need to expand on it. My sincere ...


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