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The chief thing to notice about the reference to the first resurrection in Revelation 20 (the vision is of souls not bodies and would seem, from the language used, to take place in Heaven not on earth - 20:4) is that it is contrasted, not with any subsequent resurrection, but with “the second death” (Rev 20:6). Therefore, understanding what constitutes the ...


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The destruction of the flesh is indeed a difficult expression to determine the meaning of. One of the difficult aspects of interpreting a difficult-to-interpret phrase is related to exegesis. Exegesis is the process of determining what a text says. As exegetes, we need to ask at least two questions of a phrase within a text: What are the exact words the ...


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The following summary is inductive, which takes specific points from the epistle to the Corinthians (and Galatians), and then arrives to the following general summary as probable, but not certain. The these things refer to the divisions among the Corinthians. That is, Paul was using himself and Apollos as the figureheads of these schisms, when in fact the ...


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The Idea in Brief The two types of tongues are (a) those that are understood, and (b) those that are not understood. When the tongue is understood, the unbeliever will receive the warning concerning the "great things of God," which include the message of forgiveness and impending judgment (Day of the Lord). If the hearer is the believer, the same message ...


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Paul had just described himself and Apollos as farmers (3:6), builders (3:10), servants and stewards (4:1). It seems likely in following Paul's flow of thought that these are the "things" he refers back to in 4:6. Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos . . . (NASB)


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A note on method: We must always be careful not to pull a single verse from its context and develop doctrine based on it. To properly understand a text, one must first carefully read the entire text (i.e. book of Scripture), considering the occasion of the writing, and following the author's flow of thought. Only then can we discern the author's purpose in ...



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