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Dec
19
answered What is being “judged” in 2 Corinthians 5:10?
Dec
17
revised Was only the woman to be scourged in Leviticus 19:20?
minor grammatical changes
Dec
16
comment Did the baby “leap” in Elizabeth's womb when Mary greeted Elizabeth because of “the fruit of the Spirit.”
@Bagpipes: No, I don't think John's "leaping" was prompted by the Holy Spirit, but it did prompt an inspired utterance by Elizabeth. I do not deny there is more than a little symbolism in the occurrence which Luke recorded in his Gospel! In light of how much we know today in 2014 regarding the life of the fetus within the mother's womb, however, and how symbiotic the relationship is between mother and child, perhaps a "naturalistic" explanation of John's leaping is sufficient. IOW, Elizabeth's excitement and Spirit-filling simply had a concurrent & noticeable effect on the baby in her womb!
Dec
15
answered Did the baby “leap” in Elizabeth's womb when Mary greeted Elizabeth because of “the fruit of the Spirit.”
Dec
12
comment What does 'reign with him' in 2 Tim 2:12 mean?
is done, and the "kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of our God and of his Christ," he and we will reign together in that kingdom without end (see Revelation 11:15).
Dec
12
comment What does 'reign with him' in 2 Tim 2:12 mean?
@Hello: Being a big fan of "both/and thinking," instead of "either/or thinking," I agree with you 100 percent! It's not a matter of either we--God's children--reign with him in the here and now by living as Christians should live, or we reign with him at some indefinite time in the future. No, it's a matter of BOTH living our lives in the here and now as subjects of the King, AND living our lives at some future day as both subjects and co-regents with the King. In the here and now, God is in the process of building his kingdom, his church, one soul at a time. When that aspect of building
Dec
8
revised Did Jesus have the legal authority to cleanse the temple?
tidied it up a bit
Dec
8
comment Why is the dividing of clothes considered the fulfillment of scripture?
@JoshuaBigbee: Good point, Joshua. Thank you. Don
Dec
3
revised What does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to suffer violence?
minor changes here and there
Dec
2
revised What does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to suffer violence?
a few fix-ups here and there
Dec
2
answered What does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to suffer violence?
Oct
27
comment Question about NET note and Symbols for Codex Sinaiticus
FYI: In the NET's "Lumina Study Tool" there is a tool which helps users to "decode" the various abbreviations and symbols employed in NET "Notes." For my own purposes I have entitled it in conflated form, "LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS FOR THE NET BIBLE FOOTNOTE TYPES; ABBREVIATIONS FOR BOOKS OF THE BIBLE; AND LISTS OF, AND ABBREVIATIONS FOR, SOURCE MATERIALS USED IN THE NET BIBLE FOOTNOTES AND COMMENTARY". It's proved helpful to me. Interestingly, the various tables do NOT include the symbols you've mentioned (for Codex Sinaiticus). Don
Oct
26
comment Parallels between Ruth and Elisha?
Good question. The Bible provides us with plenty of examples of parallels between two (or more) biblical characters. Look at Hebrews 11, for example. The writer of Hebrews lumps together all the characters in that chapter, based on one basic commonality; namely, faith in God. Then too, what about comparing Ruth with ABRAHAM? They both left paganism and each had a role in fulfilling God's covenant with Abraham: Abraham, in that his descendants came through Isaac, the child of promise, and Ruth, in that she was David's (and Jesus') forbear, as Matthew tells us in his Gospel (1:5).
Oct
26
revised Does the miracle of the Woman with an Issue of Blood indicate that healing power flows spontaneously from Jesus?
erratum
Oct
25
comment Does the miracle of the Woman with an Issue of Blood indicate that healing power flows spontaneously from Jesus?
That's something to think about. Did the Father "tell" Jesus about Nathaniel's exemplary character, or did Jesus just know about his guilelessness because as God he knows all things (see John 1:47)? Honestly, I don't have a definitive answer for you. Don
Oct
25
comment Does the miracle of the Woman with an Issue of Blood indicate that healing power flows spontaneously from Jesus?
@MigueldeServet: Yeah, your Q was clear enough to me. The more I think about it, however, the less clear my answer becomes! Not for a minute do I think Jesus ceased being God. He was and always will be fully God. That he happened to be and always will be fully human makes incidents like the healing of the woman with the issue of blood more than a little shrouded in mystery. Again, where did the divine "leave off" and the "human begin" (& vice versa)? Beats me. Since Jesus was continuously in touch with his Father, could the Father have nudged Jesus when the woman touched his garment? Possibly.
Oct
25
answered How do we interpret Luke 17:37?
Oct
25
comment “Convince our conscience” or “reassure our heart” in 1 John 3:19?
Fine answer, as usual. +1. Don
Oct
25
comment Why is Jesus' admission to being the “Son of God” equated with “blasphemy” in Matt. 26:65?
Fine answer, as usual. +1. Don
Oct
25
revised Does the miracle of the Woman with an Issue of Blood indicate that healing power flows spontaneously from Jesus?
reworded last paragraph