Reputation
3,480
Top tag
Next privilege 3,500 Rep.
Protect questions
Badges
3 18
Newest
 Yearling
Impact
~145k people reached

May
1
revised Was the Revelation written in code to hide it from the Romans?
deleted some unnecessarily repeated words
Apr
26
comment Why it is translated “Be filled by the Spirit” (Eph 5:18-20)
I've heard more than one preacher suggest the imperative in Eph 5:18 could be translated legitimately as "Be ye, being filled with the Holy Spirit, [be] speaking . . making music . . . giving thanks . . . submitting . . .." That translation stresses the ongoing need to be filled again and again. Whose work is it? It is not a matter of "EITHER God OR us," but "BOTH God AND us." God does His part; we do our part. He empowers; we yield. Compare Philippians 2:12-13: "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For God is at work in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure."
Apr
22
comment What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
@user2479: You're welcome, I'm sure. Thank you for your encouragement. Don
Apr
22
revised What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
a misspelling was corrected
Apr
22
comment What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
@user2479: I was glad to. See the "addendum" in my answer. I hope it helps. If not, feel free to ask further questions. Don
Apr
22
revised What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
provided an addendum by popular demand!
Apr
21
comment Are sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23
@ScottS: It was SURELY an error! (I imagine, however, that more than a few people wish they were free to sin with impunity. The pleasures of sin, however, are for a very short season, but at God's right hand are pleasures forever more. See Psalm 16:11 KJV, and Hebrews 11:25.)
Apr
21
revised Are sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23
added a last paragraph
Apr
21
answered What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
Apr
21
comment Are sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23
@user2479: See my comment to ScottS. Thanks for your correction and for your encouragement. Don
Apr
21
comment Are sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23
@ScottS: Wow! What a blunder! Rest assured I'm not an antinomianist. Thanks for the correction. Don
Apr
21
revised Are sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23
inserted a crucial, negative word
Apr
20
answered Are sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23
Apr
18
comment Why would Jesus ask, “the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
@JohnMartin: You're welcome, John. I've since edited my answer a bit by including a few more references. The words "received up" from Luke 9:51 triggered Hebrews 12:2 in my mind. Prior to His death, Jesus took the "long view." Happy Easter, John. Don
Apr
18
revised Why would Jesus ask, “the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
tidied it up a bit
Apr
18
revised Why would Jesus ask, “the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
a few minor fix-ups
Apr
18
comment Why would Jesus ask, “the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
@user2479: You're welcome, I'm sure. Thanks for your words of encouragement. Don
Apr
18
answered Why would Jesus ask, “the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
Apr
18
comment What does “meek” mean in Matthew 5:5?
Regarding Jesus' teaching on "turning the cheek" . . .. Jesus mentioned the right cheek first, because when delivered by a person's right hand, a slap to the right cheek would be what we call today "a back-handed slap," which to this day is an insulting slap. If meekness is strength under control, then giving your left cheek to your smiter is a meek way of asserting your superiority and your unwillingness to admit you are deserving of an insulting back-handed slap. IOW, you're saying to your smiter, "So you think I'm deserving of an insulting slap on my left cheek? Then here's my left cheek."
Apr
17
comment What does “meek” mean in Matthew 5:5?
@JonEricson: I think the best definition of meek I've ever come across is that meekness is "strength under control." In other words, to be meek is not necessarily to be weak, either physically, or mentally, or both! Jesus was tremendously strong, morally and even physically (he was, after all, a builder for many years prior to His going public), yet He said clearly in Matthew 11:29 KJV, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."