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Biblical References to Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh: Gold is a highly valued commodity – not just for its beauty and use in jewellery and decorations, but also for its status. The Bible describes the wealth of King Solomon and how the Queen of Sheba gave Solomon 120 talents of gold (about 4 tons). Solomon also received 666 talents of gold every year – that’...


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Let the Bible interpret itself. A few verses later: And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. — Matthew 17:9 Notice that Jesus called the incident a "vision". The Greek word ὅραμα "horama" is frequently used to indicate a spiritual ...


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A simple statement, like “I am God” is unambiguous. Had Jesus ever uttered those three words in front of witnesses while on earth, he would have been instantly stoned to death by outraged Jews who would not have held to the protocol of only the Roman government having the authority to put people to death – they would have done it behind the Roman’s backs. ...


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I think there is more to the gifts than the symbolism of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Particularly within the Bible. Recently I was preaching on Isaiah 60, and verse 6 struck me: Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the Lord. This ...


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"the modern Bibles are bounded (sic) to have contradictions because of copyist errors and translation errors." The premise of the question is insubstantial. I am assuming the question speaks of the Greek scripture only and that the OP accepts the veracity of the Hebrew scripture due to the meticulous way in which the Hebrew scribes kept the ...


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The Transfiguration (Matt 17:1-13; cp. Mar 9:2-13) is a vision, an eschatological vision, that Jesus gave the privilege of enjoying to the "inner circle" of his Apostles, Peter, James and John, so that their faith would not abandon them with the apparent total failure on the cross of Jesus Messianic mission, especially as Peter, just "six days ...


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No true disciple would testify against Jesus in order to have him crucified. True disciples would rather die. The whole 'trial' was a mockery of justice and unlawful. No ethical person, never mind spiritual person, would want to engage with such disreputable behaviour. But also, sadly, 'they all forsook him and fled'. And no others could be found who could ...


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Obviously we can't be certain of the motivations of people who died 2000 years ago, but we can do some speculation. The Sanhedrin probably didn't want to get into the question of whether Jesus was the Messiah or not. They must have been aware that plenty of people believed Jesus was the Messiah, and they probably didn't want people to go round saying "...


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John Calvin had been dead 50 years before the Synod of Dort produced a refutation of the 5 Points of Arminianism presented to them in 1618. So, whatever quotes of Calvin are used, bear in mind that he wrote them long before the 5 Points of Calvinism were formulated. It follows, then, that Calvin’s expressed views on blasphemy of the Holy Spirit can be ...


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Jesus makes it quite clear that blasphemy is a matter of speech. 'He that speaketh ...' is how Jesus, himself, defines the unforgivable sin of which he warns. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world ...


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Short Answer Among those who practice "speaking in tongues" they would have understood the activity as something other than angelic speech in heaven (no one has heard it) and also something other than angelic speech to humans on earth (intelligible). Long Answer Anthony C. Thiselton's NIGT Commentary on 1 Corinthians (2013) provides extensive ...


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It is unarguable that no autographs of either the Hebrew, or the Greek scriptures have been discovered. Those, however, contain only written words, but this question invokes Matthew 24:35, which covers all the spoken words of Jesus, not just the few words written down by some of those who spent years with him. As the apostle John pointed out in his gospel ...


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Most Cessationists that I know of of have a more nuanced understanding. They believe Jesus is speaking generally about unbelievers who think they have performed miracles but also may include an unbeliever who was in a ministry that actually may have performed real ones, such as Judas. For the fake miracles - these are to be expected and I suppose even many ...


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What do I do when I feel pain repeatedly caused by someone I trust and have developed a closeness with? What is the practical machination for forgiveness? My own experience of this is that I feel grief because of someone's attitude to me, not so much a sense of injustice about the action. If a complete stranger steals from me, I feel more grief about their ...


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I write from a Trinitarian perspective. It may sound as if the two terms "kingdom of heaven" and "kingdom of God" refer to slightly different things. For instance, it is sometimes offered that, perhaps, where "heaven" is used it has a slightly more heavenly, forward-looking meaning. But the two terms are synonymous terms, they ...


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I believe that it is pointing to the prophecies regarding "The branch" (Especially as it is stated in Isaiah 11:1) but also something more for people to just study out of interest. IT could be pointing to "The seed of the women". instead of looking at Nun-Tsion-Resh as a single word in the Hebrew there are two instances where this appears ...


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Charles Fillmore in his book Prosperity (1936, 2nd Ed. 2006) says "Only those who put money above man and give it power in their minds by worshiping it, are the "rich" men to whom Jesus referred in His story about the camel and the needle's eye." (p. 80, ch. 5) For Fillmore, the saying about the camel and the needle is not a problem as ...


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Would believing the coming again of the Son of Man has already happened be considered heretical by the Catholic Church? The short answer is yes, as it definitely goes against the traditional point of view of the Church and almost all Catholics would not accept it. It also goes against the Apostles Creed: "He will come again to judge the living and the ...


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I know I've answered this elsewhere, but when teaching Catechism, I love to remind kids of this symbolism because it exemplifies the 3-fold office of Priest, Prophet and King which is shown in the book of Hebrews 9:4. in which were the gold altar of incense and the ark of the covenant entirely covered with gold. In it were the gold jar containing the manna, ...


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Biblical significance of the gifts given to Jesus 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and ...


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The question appears to assume that "son of the living God" (a biblical phrase) is somehow a lesser term than "God the son" (a man-made phrase) however Trinitarians do not think that Peter's confession of Jesus as the son of the living God is an understatement of any kind. Peter was not the only one to whom Jesus' true relationship within ...


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The high priest Caiaphas did ask Jesus if He was God at His trial. In fact, at Matthew 26:63 Caiaphas set a trap when he asked if Jesus was "The Messiah, the Son of God" thus asking if Jesus was the ONE person who was BOTH the Messiah and the Son of God, committing Jesus to the view of a divine Messiah. This is what Jesus himself finally answered ...


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Notice the word "again" in Deuteronomy 18:16. The people heard the voice of the Lord the first time and did not die. They were just a bunch of faithless chickens who couldn't stand to be in the awesome presence of the Lord. These people were always complaining, grumbling, and exaggerating. Exodus 14:11 (ESV) 11 They said to Moses, “Is it because ...


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Annihilationism allows for different degrees of punishment on the Day of Judgment, so long as the wicked are ultimately destroyed rather than enduring everlasting torment. Below is a response to this specific verse from "rethinkinghell". https://rethinkinghell.com/explore/ Those arguing for the traditional view of hell often appeal to such texts ...


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There are a number of practical reasons why the original texts - the very first copies that were written down by the original bible writers - would not have survived, as well as some scriptural reasons why they perhaps didn't need to. Hebrews 4:12 says that "the word of God is alive and active", so God's word is not confined to the page. Your cited ...


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Last year I attended a Bible study on the parables taught by a Baptist seminary student. One of the parables covered was this parable. The coming of the bridegroom is the day of our death, when we meet the Lord. Perhaps we will be raptured, but most of us will not. Falling asleep means dying. The prepared virgins who fell asleep and had a supply of oil were ...


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According to Trinitarians, if Jesus was saying things that clearly made Him out to be God, why didn't Caiaphas mention it at Jesus' trial? Being instituted as high priest by Roman authorities, he needed a legal pretext to execute Jesus in the eyes of the Roman governor of the Roman province of Judaea: Pontius Pilate. First of all, we have to remember that at ...


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Was Mary ceremoniously married to Joseph before she left to serve Elizabeth? The short answer is yes. When the Archangel Gabriel visited Mary and declared unto her that she was called to be the Mother of God, as we see recorded in Luke 1, her response would become the cause of the spilling of a whole lot of ink over the centuries: “How shall this happen, ...


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TL;DR: There is no problem here. Trinitarians understand Christ to be both "the Son of God" and "God the Son". We confess in both the Apostles' and Nicene creeds that Christ is "[the Father's] only Son" / "the only-begotten Son of God". This — that Christ is both God, and the Son of God — is just part of the mystery of ...


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