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Word order often confuses more than it clarifies in the minds of English speakers (myself included) trying to sort out Greek syntax. In typical Greek fashion, the inflection of the nominal elements takes priority. In this case, ἁγίου must be an attributive adjective modifying πνεύματός because ἁγίου is in the genitive case,1 so it modifies a noun in the ...


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I found the contextual explanation given by Jonathan T. Pennington in Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew to be the most compelling answer to this conundrum. You can access an online version at this link and skip to pages 147-150. The author's summary of this section is offered below. Matthew’s frequent use of the plural forms of does not stem from ...


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The Greek text involves a textual variant. According to Constantin Tischendorf,1 the following manuscripts have the reading «ἐστιν ἁγίου»: If I am not mistaken, the earliest witness appears to be the Codex Sinaiticus (א) dated to the 4th century A.D. as seen in the following image of the manuscript: However, he notes the following witnesses which have ...


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Quoting from John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible, "What seems best to solve this difficulty, is, that the order of the books of the Old Testament is not the same now, as it was formerly: the sacred writings were divided, by the Jews, into three parts: the first was called the law, which contains the five books of Moses; the second, the prophets, ...


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Whether διαθήκης should be translated "covenant" or "testament" can probably be deferred to another discussion presuming we have no disagreement that what is in view is elsewhere referred to as "the new covenant". This is a covenant that God said that he would make with the houses of Israel and Judah: Jer_31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, ...


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The short answer: God is a spirit, so He is not confined to one realm. Therefore, the heavens can pass away without affecting God. The long answer: God is a spirit. From the Westminster Shorter Catechism with Scripture Proofs: Q4:What is God? A:God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, >wisdom, power, holiness, justice, ...


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The Sermon on the Mount begins with the beatitudes, the first of which sets the context for the whole sermon. Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. -- Matthew 5:3 Who are the poor in spirit? Well, anyone who is spiritually needy, of course. Those who know they're lives are becalmed and need some "wind" in their sails to ...



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