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|101||could raised from the dead be spiritual||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||201262|
| Hi Brother Doc, I think I could use your help, please, it just occurred to me that in Eph 2:5. there is a parenthetical insertion, as we find of course, plenty of instances of them being used in Scripture. This question posed itself: While reading along, I omitted the words in (parentheses), and it seemed to read better to me, and the parenthetical phrase seemed better perhaps, as a side-note, so was wondering if, the words of scripture found in parentheses, in general, are part of the original autograph? Now I know of course that, it is most common to read, words added, for, translation prepossess, in italics. But then, I seemed to remember that you had posted something about the proper understanding of (them) and their use, some time ago at SBF, but alas, it escapes me, and now I'm wondering if you could help me find that information? Thanks Doc. oh, in case I'm mistaken about what they are called, I'm talking about, these things ( ) .... :-) sorry, just one of those stones I trip on from time to time. Sorry too, if I may seem to harp on this a bit much, and many apologies for my redundancy, but something I missed as a youth, was, paying attention when some of these, fundamentals, of education were being given, and then, avoidance of the written word for much of my adult life! Not to worry though, I've learned to be a quick student,... Thanks to Him! :-) Funny what desire will do for a feller.
p.s. I wasn't thinking of using this as a rule of thumb, (i.e. using parenthetical phrasing as a side-note) in my studying, unless it is proper, and, when their use is understood. So was interested in knowing what a proper understanding of their use, would be.
|102||could raised from the dead be spiritual||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||201274|
|Dear Brother Doc: That was very helpful! Thank you! Without missing the info in the first paragraph, I especially love your colorful depiction of Paul, in the second, pacing back and forth, lapsing passionately from teaching, into praise and prayer! However well imagined that picture may be; it's a great picture. He certainly was zealous for God! What a blessing it is to have his letters!
Thanks again Doc.
|103||Just passing along a praise and thank yo||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||201400|
|Dear Cheri; it is wonderful, to hear such joyous news! When you have opportunity, please give the little one a happy hug for me! And, my Sister, please also, (with respect to the forum) keep sharing the news, the prayers, and the praises...... :-)|
|104||Help for discouraged parents?||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||201455|
|Dear Justme, Mike; you show a great deal more grace in your last post, then I think I could muster in a month of sundays. You claim that your english is that of an adolescent, but your message comes through clear and clean in this mater, showing too, what is the important thing; love and forgiveness is the wisdom of a mature elder. I'm proud to call you brother, Brother!
|105||looking for the reference ...||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||201600|
|Thank you Dear Sister! I really love that kind of stuff! So beautiful and poignant. I'll save it for sure!
|106||Anything asked will be given||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||202355|
|Excellent post, Brother! Thank you WOS. So often, too often, it is that, many are confused by false teaching! Picking and choosing what "they" want, selfishly misinterpreting God's Word. I've been guilty of this myself, by the way. too often we think that God could use a little help. :-)
standing in His grace, and on His Word!
|107||Should the Bible be free?||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||202536|
Welcome to the forum!
This is really not a bible study question, though I think it has merit, so, I will entertain it without followup, so as not to encourage such.
The copyright restrictions on the Bible are there to guard against those that would copy and sell them for profit. You or anyone else may freely read, study, copy and distribute, The Word of God, as much as you want! I have never nor do I believe you will ever hear that the use of God's Word, would be encumbered by strict copyright rules, other then for sale or profit. So feel free my friend, use, read, study, and give out the Word of God as much as you like, any and all may be used to your hearts desire and delight! That is, those that are accepted as orthodox. :-)
As to breaking mans law: There are times when God's instructions trump mans laws! Mark 16:15 "And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."
Thats God speaking, by the way. Who are you going to listen to?
Note: to your question on this; I believe the reason the KJ is not under copyright law, is that, it has been around so long, it is indeed in what is called the "public domain".
Just like some songs can be sung and recorded by anyone without paying someone else, because that someone, is long gone.
|108||Should the Bible be free?||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||202541|
|Correction: God's instructions "always" trump the law of man!|
|109||Should the Bible be free?||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||202552|
|Hi Brother Hank: whom, do you know; holds the copyright? Would it be; The Royal Family?|
|110||What is, "Evangelical Religion" ?||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||202619|
|"a) The first leading feature of Evangelical Religion is the absolute supremacy it assigns to Holy Scripture, as the only rule of faith and practice … Show us anything plainly written in that Book, and, however trying to flesh and blood, we will receive it, believe it, and submit to it. Show us anything, as religion, which is contrary to that Book, and, however specious, plausible, beautiful, and apparently desirable, we will not have it at any price … Here is rock: all else is sand.
b) The second leading feature in Evangelical Religion is the depth and prominence it assigns to the doctrine of human sinfulness and corruption … All men … are not only in a miserable, pitiable, and bankrupt condition, but in a state of guilt, imminent danger, and condemnation before God. They are not only at enmity with their Maker and have no title to heaven, but they have no will to serve their Maker, no love to their Maker, and no meetness for Heaven … Hence we protest with all our heart against formalism, sacramentalism, and every species of mere external or vicarious Christianity. We maintain that all such religion is founded on an inadequate view of man's spiritual need. It requires nothing less than the blood of God the Son applied to the conscience, and the grace of God the Holy Ghost entirely renewing the heart … Next to the Bible, as its foundation, it [i.e. evangelical religion] is based on a clear view of original sin.
c) The third leading feature of Evangelical Religion is the paramount importance it attaches to the work and office of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the nature of the salvation which he has wrought out for man … All who believe on Him are, even while they live, completely forgiven and justified from all things – are reckoned completely righteous before God … We hold that an experimental [i.e. experiential] knowledge of Christ crucified and interceding, is the very essence of Christianity, and that in teaching men the Christian religion we can never dwell too much on Christ himself, and can never speak too strongly of the fullness, freeness, presentness, and simplicity of the salvation there is in him for every one that believes … We say that life eternal is to know Christ, believe in Christ, abide in Christ, have daily heart communion with Christ, by simple personal faith, and that everything in religion is useful so far as it helps forward that life of faith, but no further.
d) The fourth leading feature in Evangelical Religion is the high place which it assigns to the inward work of the Holy Spirit in the heart of man … We maintain that the things which need most to be pressed on men's attention are those mighty works of the Holy Spirit, inward repentance, inward faith, inward hope, inward hatred of sin, and inward love to God's law … We hold that, as an inward work of the Holy Ghost is a necessary thing to man's salvation, so also it is a thing that must be inwardly felt … there can be n o real conversion to God, no new creation in Christ, no new birth of the Spirit, where there is nothing felt and experienced within … We insist that where there is nothing felt within the heart of a man, there is nothing really possessed.
e) The fifth and last leading feature in Evangelical Religion is the importance which it attaches to the outward and visible work of the Holy Ghost in the life of man … The true grace of God is a thing that will always make itself manifest in the conduct, behaviour, tastes, ways, choices and habits of him who has it. It is not a dormant thing … To tell a man he is "born of God," or regenerated, while he is living in carelessness or sin, is a dangerous delusion … Where there is the grace of the Spirit there will always be more or less fruit of the Spirit … where there is nothing seen, there is nothing possessed."-- John Charles Ryle (1816 - 1900).
|111||God is sovereign: So, why pray ?||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||202623|
|[Karl Barth, the 20th-century theologian who pounded home the theme of God's sovereignty, saw no contradiction at all in a God who chooses to let prayers affect him.]
"He is not deaf, he listens; more than that, he acts. He does not act in the same way whether we pray or not. Prayer exerts an influence upon God's action, even upon his existence. That is what the word 'answer' means. ... The fact that God yields to man's petitions, changing his intentions in response to man's prayer, is not a sign of weakness. He himself, in the glory of his majesty and power, has so willed it.” --Karl Barth (1886-1968)
|112||God is sovereign: So, why pray ?||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||202637|
|Hi Brother BradK:
Amen, I wholeheartedly agree! My apologies Sir, though it may seem convoluted when read quickly; when we carefully consider the content of the Karl Barth quote, we can see that the question; (Why pray?) is rhetorical. Sorry if I caused any confusion. :-)
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|114||RESTRICTIVE KINGDOM||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||202896|
Welcome to the forum!
"Universal Kingdom" is a term used outside of scripture that simply means all of God's creation. --"The kingdom of God embraces all created intelligence, both in heaven and earth that are willingly subject to the Lord and are in fellowship with him. The kingdom of God is therefore, [universal] in that it includes created angels and men. It is eternal, as God is eternal, and it is spiritual—found within all born-again believers. We enter the kingdom of God when we are born again, and we are then part of that kingdom for eternity."--excerpt from; www.gotquestions.org/kingdom-of-God.html
I too, have not to date heard of the term 'Restrictive Kingdom'
I suppose that it could be argued that sense everything is part of God's creation, no-one or no-thing is outside of God's creation, that all things are in the Kingdom of God, or [Universal] Kingdom of God; although that would be stretching it quite a bit.
Here is some more commentary that I hope proves helpful.
--"Kingdom of God
(In Matthew, generally, Kingdom of Heaven).
In this expression the innermost teaching of the Old Testament is summed up, but it should be noted that the word kingdom means ruling as well; thus it signifies not so much the actual kingdom as the sway of the king . We find the theocracy sketched in Exodus 19:6; in the establishment of the kingdom, 1 Samuel 8:7: "They have not rejected thee, but me, that I should not reign over them." Still more clearly is it indicated in the promise of the theocratic kingdom, 2 Samuel 7:14-16. It is God Who rules in the theocratic king and Who will avenge any neglect on his part. The Prophets dwell on the thought that God is the Supreme King and that by Him alone all kings rule; And when the temporal monarchy has failed, this same thought of God's ultimate rule over His people is brought into clearer relief till it culminates in the grand prophecy of Daniel 7:13 to which the thoughts of Christ's hearers must have turned when they heard Him speak of His kingdom. In the New Testament the speedy advent of this kingdom is the one theme: "Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand", said the Baptist, and Christ's opening words to the people do but repeat that message. At every stage in His teaching the advent of this kingdom, its various aspects, its precise meaning, the way in which it is to be attained, form the staple of His discourses, so much so that His discourse is called "the gospel of the kingdom". And the various shades of meaning which the expression bears have to be studied. In the mouth of Christ the "kingdom" means not so much a goal to be attained or a place -- though those meanings are by no means excluded; it is rather a tone of mind (Luke 17:20-21), it stands for an influence which must permeate men's minds if they would be one with Him and attain to His ideals; It is only by realizing these shades of meaning that we can do justice to the parables of the kingdom with their endless variety. At one time the "kingdom" means the sway of grace in men's hearts, e.g. in the parable of the seed growing secretly (Mark 4:26. Matthew 21:43); and thus, too, it is opposed to and explained by the opposite kingdom of the devil (Matthew 4:8; 12:25-26). At another time it is the goal at which we have to aim. Again it is a place where God is pictured as reigning (Mark 14:25). In the second petition of the "Our Father" -- "Thy kingdom come" -- we are taught to pray as well for grace as for glory. As men grew to understand the Divinity of Christ they grew to see that the kingdom of God was also that of Christ -- it was here that the faith of the good thief excelled: "Lord, remember me when thou shalt come into thy kingdom." So, too, as men realized that this kingdom stood for a certain tone of mind, and saw that this peculiar spirit was enshrined in the Church, they began to speak of the Church as "the kingdom of God"; cf. Col., I, 13; I Thess., ii, 12; Apoc., I, 6, 9; v, 10, etc. The kingdom was regarded as Christ's and He presents it to the Father; cf. I Cor., xv, 23-28; II Tim., iv, 1. The kingdom of god means, then, the ruling of God in our hearts; it means those principles which separate us off from the kingdom of the world and the devil; it means the benign sway of grace; it means the Church as that Divine institution whereby we may make sure of attaining the spirit of Christ and so win that ultimate kingdom of God Where He reigns without end in "the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God" (Revelation 21:2)."-- excerpt(s) from: www.newadvent.org/cathen/08646a.htm
|115||What mother was commended by Paul?||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||203087|
|My dear young lady: After looking at your profile, and reading through some 29 questions; it is quite obvious that they are indeed homework questions. These are not the kind of questions that a Bible student would commonly ask oneself. I don't no quite who's eyes you are trying to pull the wool over my dear young lady, but, though some of us here were born at night,... it was not last night !
So, please read your Bible, AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK-!!
|116||Before, during, or after?||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||203114|
|It's an allemetaphorvenulatenovatedly temple. :-) Not making fun of you, dear Sister, but this is a very difficult, if not the most difficult part of the whole of God's Holy Word. Many commentary writers refer to it (Ezek. 40-48) as such. Indeed many writers have past over it completely, while those that do chose to write of it warn us of it's difficulty. The Jews, traditionally, have not let any man of them read it till the age of thirty and have shown a knowledge of the whole of scripture. I think we should suffice it to say that 'He' is our temple, and 'we believers' dwell in 'Him'; and will forever! The following, dear Sister, Cheri, is most definitely my favorite part of all His wonderful Word.
"But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them."--
("that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.")
More profoundly beautiful words, surly have never yet nor before been spoken!
|117||Does it Really matter?||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||203443|
|Dear Sister, Cheri:
Please read the following.
The Sabbath was a command given specifically to Israel.
There is no biblical record whatsoever of anybody keeping the Sabbath prior to Exodus 16 (Neh. 9:13-14). Even after they received the full-blown Sabbath command (Ex. 20:8-11), Israel who often condemned the sins of her pagan neighbors, never criticized their violation of the Sabbath.
The Sabbath was part of God’s ceremonial law and not grounded in His unchanging character.
The Sabbath was a ceremonial law given specifically to Israel, not grounded in God’s unchanging nature. Similar to the entire old covenant, it has been fulfilled and brought to completion in Christ (Mt. 5:17). If David had a right to make an exception in the ceremonial law, Jesus had more (Mt. 12:1-8; c.f 5:21-48). Even Jesus said," The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath" (Mk. 2:27). Moreover, He called Himself the "Lord of the Sabbath" (Lk. 6:5).
The Sabbath was the sign of the Old Covenant
(Ex. 31:16-17; Neh. 9:14; Eze. 20:12). Because we are now under the New Covenant we are no longer under obligation to keep the Old Covenant, particularly the sign of the Old Covenant. The writer to the Hebrews remarked, "When He said, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear" (Heb. 8:13).
The New Testament nowhere commands Christians to observe the Sabbath.
The church is warned of many sins in the New Testament, but breaking (or observing) the Sabbath is never mentioned. The book of Acts mentions the Sabbath nine times, never once as a day of worship for Christians. If anything, the Apostle Paul rebuked the Galatians for attempting to add the observance of days to the sufficiency of Christ’s work for salvation (Gal. 4:9-11). The church even changed their day of worship from Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath) to Sunday (the Lord’s Day) (Ac. 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2) to show that a new order had been erected with the resurrection of Christ (Jn. 20:1, 19).
Jesus Christ through His redemptive work regained the Sabbath that Adam lost.
Jesus Christ came to complete a redemptive work (Jn. 4:34; 5:36) by restoring the rest that was forfeited in the Garden. In following the same pattern for the first creation, Jesus Christ began the work spoken of in Genesis 3:15 (c.f. Gen. 1:3). He completed the work on the cross (Jn. 17:4; 19:30; c.f. Gen. 1:5). The work was met with God’s satisfaction by the resurrection and ascension of Christ (Rom. 1:3-4; Gen. 1:4) leading again to divine rest (Heb. 10:11-12; c.f. Gen. 2:1-3).
The Sabbath was a sign that pointed to something greater.
Like much of the Old Testament, the Sabbath pointed to Jesus Christ. The Old Testament Sabbath preached the gospel when it called for faith and a cessation of work (Rom. 4:4-5). We dishonor our Savior when the signs still receive the preeminence that He alone deserves. Now that Jesus is here, the signs have become obsolete (Heb. 8:13). The Apostle Paul said, "Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day--things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ" (Col. 2:16-17). Jesus is the new Joshua that leads God’s children to a greater Promised Land of rest (Mt. 1:21). Jesus is the new Sabbatical Jubilee (Lev. 25:8-10) that provides a greater cancellation of debts (Lk. 4:18-19).
Jesus Christ has now become the Sabbath rest for Christians under the New Covenant.
God has completed His work of the new creation. Christians are the first fruits of that creation (2 Cor.. 5:17; Gal. 6:15). Our rest, as it was enjoyed by Adam everyday, has again been restored. During this life we still deal with some remnants of the curse, but we recognize our rest in Christ (from meritorious works) through faith and daily worship (Col. 3:17). Due to His redemptive work, He has become our Sabbath rest. Jesus said, "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Mt. 11:28-30; c.f. Heb. 4:1-11).
The Christian’s ultimate Sabbath rest will be enjoyed in heaven
(Rev. 14:13; c.f. 14:11). Though we currently rest in Jesus Christ under the New Covenant, our supreme Sabbatical rest will be realized in heaven where we will enjoy the ultimate rest in the culmination of God’s new creation (Rev. 21:4; 22:1-2) away from the curse in the direct presence of the Lamb (Rev. 22:3).
I hope this will help you with your understanding of the rest we have in Christ, who is our sabbath rest. We are in Christ and He is our rest, forever in Christ!
God bless and
|118||Gift of Wisdom and gift of Knowledge?||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||203932|
Knowledge: is the accumulation of facts or truths acquired by sight, hearing, or experience.
Wisdom: is the common sense, or insightful use of such knowledge.
No, they are not the same thing.
Are they gifts? The Bible lists them as gifts. When something is given, then, by definition, it is a gift.
Keep it simple my dear, Sister, it's not that complicated. :-)
|119||Gift of Wisdom and gift of Knowledge?||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||203947|
You are welcome "a bunch" :-) and a belated warm welcome to the forum!
Ah, I see where you are, (I think) what I covered in my previous post of course was wisdom and knowledge as is listed as gifts of the spirit. But, in, (I Cor 2:1-8) I would suppose, Paul means that God Himself has the wisdom to know that we have nothing in us to pull ourselves up and out of the mire of sin, so, Jesus Christ, and Him crucified, is our only answer and hope for salvation. also I would say, the wisdom of God, as I take it, is, in His plain for us to know Jesus is the one and only way for us to "really" know God, and to know how wonderful and loving He really is. I don't really know if one would have any bearing on the other, but I suppose they do. The wisdom of God, in (1Cor 2) to me however, is, Divine Wisdom, indeed: What a wonderful kind and gracious God we have in Jesus Christ, our Lord and master!
Just my two cents. :-)
|120||How do these accounts reconcile?||Bible general Archive 4||stjohn||204180|
Here is something from gotquestians.org
Answer: The events surrounding Jesus’ resurrection can be difficult to piece together. We must remember two things: first, the news of Jesus’ resurrection produced much excitement in Jerusalem, and in the ensuing chaos many people were going many different directions. Groups were separated, and several different groups paid visits to the tomb, possibly more than once. Second, the writers of the Gospels did not attempt an exhaustive narrative; in other words, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John had no intention of telling us every detail of the resurrection or every event in the order that it happened.
In the battle with skeptics regarding Jesus' resurrection, Christians are in a "no-win" situation. If the resurrection accounts harmonize perfectly, skeptics will claim that the writers of the Gospels conspired together. If the resurrection accounts have some differences, skeptics will claim that the Gospels contradict each other and therefore cannot be trusted. It is our contention that the resurrection accounts can be harmonized and do not contradict each other.
However, even if the resurrection accounts cannot be perfectly harmonized, that does not make them untrustworthy. By any reasonable evaluation, the resurrection accounts from the four Gospels are superbly consistent eyewitness testimonies. The central truths - that Jesus was resurrected from the dead and that the resurrected Jesus appeared to many people - are clearly taught in each of the four Gospels. The apparent inconsistencies are in "side issues." How many angels did they see in the tomb, one or two? (Perhaps one person only saw one angel, while the other person saw two angels.) To how many women did Jesus appear, and to whom did He appear first? (While each Gospel has a slightly different sequence to the appearances, none of them claims to be giving the precise chronological order.) So, while the resurrection accounts may seem to be inconsistent, it cannot be proven that the accounts are contradictory.
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