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There are so many differing opinions and view points on this subject of what is meant or intended by these two terms. All are interesting, but I get the impression that these ideas are fourth hand information at best that come from studies and not first hand knowledge of how the kingdom of GOD/ heaven functions for our benefit that can only be received ...


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Samuel ministered to the LORD after being weaned, and at a very young age, which Josephus states was 12 years old, the LORD called on him and gave him his first vision. After this, the Bible says, And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel ...


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Under Jewish law, we could look to signs of puberty (e.g. the growth of two pubic hairs) as a sign that the boy has, for legal purposes, become a man and therefore can participate in business transactions and other responsible activites himself. See Babylonian Talmud, Nidah 45b - 46a (follow the link and use "find" and the words "two hairs" to quickly find ...


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No, and I think a careful reading of several verses supports this reason. I've taken the liberty of paraphrasing two key verses, Luke 2:40 and 52, in this regard "Jesus kept on and continued increasing in wisdom [sophia], in stature [helikia], and continued to become strong. He increased in favor [charis] with God, and God's grace was upon Him. He also ...


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In the parable of the new and old wine, and the new and old bottles, we see a parable that certainly has more meaning than just talking about wine and wine skins. Of course, we know that in Jesus' day, the juice of grapes was sometimes put into bladders of animal skins. As the juice went through the natural fermentation process, bubbles would form which ...


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See my answer to Jesus as Adam in the Gospels? Luke presents Jesus as a new Adam. This is beyond a doubt Luke’s purpose in the placement and arrangement of Jesus’ genealogy. Unlike Matthew who places his genealogy at the outset of his gospel, Luke places it immedietly after Jesus’ adult baptism and immediately prior to his three temptations. The genealogy ...


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Perhaps commenter Jas3.1, above, is on the right track. The gospel writers do not say it, but Jesus' "cross talk" was but one instance of perhaps many "difficult sayings" which they and the other disciples did not truly understand until Jesus had died, rose again, and been glorified (e.g., John 6:60 ff., where Jesus explained this difficult saying to His ...


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In order to explain how Gabriel addressed Mary, it seems a few words along with “κεχαριτωμένη” need to be considered. Seriously, regarding this being “very high status”, “more common word”, etc.; it’s hard to believe two people could give you the same answer to that specific question. Christians of various beliefs and Bibles have considerably different ...


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Remember that Satan has a habit of claiming or taking that which is not rightly his. The idea of a Satanic kingdom is acknowledged in scripture very plainly. Luke 11:18 [1] If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. As far as the authority, I do not find ...


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In order to fully unpack Luk.4:6-7 we need to have knowledge and understanding of what transpired, before, during and after the creation account. As a son of God, Adam was created perfect, in his Father's image and likeness (Luk.3:38). The only visible difference, I believe, was that this man (Adam) occupied a physical body (flesh) which was subject to his ...


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What we must 1st understand about Satan is what Jesus says about him, "He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.(John 8:44) Therefore, we must not trust what comes out of a liar's mouth. Since Jesus ...


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The verse appears as follows in the Greek New Testament: Luke 1:37 (mGNT) 37 ὅτι οὐκ ἀδυνατήσει παρὰ τῷ θεῷ πᾶν ῥῆμα. The best literal translation would be as follows: Luke 1:37 (ASV) 37 For no word from God shall be void of power. The Word of God is therefore inviolable, or incapable of non-fulfillment. When the Lord speaks His word(s), the ...



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