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Oct
15
comment What is meant in 1 Peter 3:21 when it says “baptism now saves you”
Richard, I lovingly disagree with your interpretation. The context is wet (water). In the early church, baptism was practiced immediately. Early Christians connected baptism with their salvation. Water baptism reflected their identification with the death of Christ and commitment to walk in a new life. Rom 6:3-4 "Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? "4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life"
Jun
23
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Nov
2
comment What does “born again” from John 3:3 mean?
SECOND COMMENT: After Nicodemus incorrectly assumed the new birth was physical (v. 4). Jesus corrects him by pointing out that the new birth was of baptism and the Spirit: "Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." John 3:5 (ESV). For "water" in this verse to mean a physical birth would be awkward as Nicodemus was already a human being. Jesus was not saying we all have to turn into humans to be born from the Spirit!
Nov
2
comment What does “born again” from John 3:3 mean?
FIRST COMMENT: Thanks for pointing out the role of baptism. In that culture the Jews knew water baptism well. Both John the Baptist and the disciples of Jesus were still baptizing at that time (see chapter 1 and 3:22-4:2). There was also a procylite baptism practiced in that culture where willing Gentile males were baptized into a new life of Judiasm. Baptism in that culture represented an initiation into a new life. Unfortunately, this passage of scripture is often interpreted through western eyes with presuppositions without considering the background.
Oct
27
comment Are the twenty-four elders of Revelation 4-5 angels or humans?
According to Revelation 5:8-10, notice the praise to the LAMB is not personalized. It does not say "us" but "them" and "they" (verse 10) (ESV). How can these elders represent the church unless the text is spiritualized? This is my opinion. I do not know who the elders are.
Sep
5
accepted Is Paul communicating that all their future sins were forgiven in Colossians 2:13-14?
Sep
4
asked Is Paul communicating that all their future sins were forgiven in Colossians 2:13-14?
Aug
27
asked What conclusions can be drawn from the change in verb tense of “believe” in Acts 16:31 & 16:34?
Aug
8
accepted Does John 1:12 identify believers of the past only, or past and present tense believers?
Aug
6
asked Does John 1:12 identify believers of the past only, or past and present tense believers?
Jul
20
accepted Ephesians 2:8. Was salvation attained and kept to the present through continued faith?
Jul
19
asked Ephesians 2:8. Was salvation attained and kept to the present through continued faith?
Jul
19
awarded  Scholar
Jul
19
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Jul
19
accepted In John 3:16, is the word believe a continous action for everlasting life?
Jul
19
awarded  Informed
Jul
17
awarded  Student
Jul
17
asked In John 3:16, is the word believe a continous action for everlasting life?