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Dec
18
comment Interpretation of the dead ones in 1 Peter 4:6?
"The gospel was preached to them that are dead. That's pretty straight forward" - How is that straightforward about whether the gospel was preached to them before they became dead or after? Such phrase as "Jack thought about those who are now dead" says nothing about whether Jack thought about those people while they were still alive or after they died.
Dec
11
comment What tenses does aorist in indicative mood in the New Testament usually express?
WOW!! A very good answer. Thank you. I didn't have any specific verse in particular. I just wanted to have an overview of indicative mood aorist use in the New Testament.
Nov
28
comment How do you know when to understand the Hebrew word עלום (olam) as “eternal” or simply a long duration?
I agree with H3br3wHamm3r81 about the context. In fact, negative expressions convey the concept of something being eternal way better than such adjectives like "eternal" or "everlasting": "...the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary" (Isa 40:28), "...before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me" (Isa 43:10), "But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end" (Psalms 102:27)
Nov
24
comment 1Cor. 5:5: “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh” - In what way?
@GoneQuiet - It's not so much "deliver unto satan" as "destruction of flesh" that made me contemplate that possibility.
Nov
24
comment Do or do not judge: How is 1 Cor. 4:3-5 not contradictory to Cor. 5:12, 6:4-5?
Your answer didn't just add "very little". In fact, it added a lot. It made me think now that we, as Christians, should definitely be ready to call sin a sin, however, we should be twice careful when it comes to a particular person. In fact, if we are not forced to pass a judgement on someone particularly, than we better refrain from doing that.
Nov
8
comment What does it actually mean “Judge not, that ye be not judged”?
Thank you, but I am afraid it's a bit too abstract. How far should I (or any other man) go in examining myself in order to be qualified to judge? Examining oneself seems to me to be an endless process as long as we possess sinful flesh. And another question is this: If I see a sinful act in someone, which I admit I myself often commit, does that mean that I have no right to say that that act that that man is committing is a sin? Shortly put, can I call someone's sin a sin even if I myself don't deny having it?
Nov
7
comment What does it actually mean “Judge not, that ye be not judged”?
"It was a call for hypocrites to examine themselves, and thus be qualified to judge others" - I am a bit puzzled by this. I guess by examining oneself everyone will see that he is not an will never be qualified to judge others, isn't? If so, then does it mean that humans are forbidden to judge others at all in this verse?
Nov
7
comment Is Paul the last apostle?
Revelation 2:2: "I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars" - If Paul and the twelve were the only apostles, then there wouldn't have been a need to try those claiming that they were apostles and later find that they were liars. The only thing, which would've been needed is to check if the one making such a claim is Paul or one of the twelve.
Oct
16
comment What day of the week was the Pentecost in Acts 2?
Interesting. Thank you. sorry, but I can't dive deeper into it at the moment. This matter seems to be quite deep and complicated, but the parallels in your answer seem to make it simple and, I agree, they are really breathtaking!
Sep
13
comment Are there any rules on which things in Revelation must be interpreted literally and which symbolically?
"... in our day and time the meaning is clearly 'regeneration' but in Nicodemus's time no such word existed-therefore Nicodemus's response" - Ah, I see. I got it. Thank you.
Sep
12
comment Are there any rules on which things in Revelation must be interpreted literally and which symbolically?
2) In fact, if we insist that "being born again" must be only taken figuratively, than we challenge the genuineness of the fact that the believers were really born of God, and, thus, go against John 1:13 "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" spoken earlier by the same author in the same piece of writing.
Sep
12
comment Are there any rules on which things in Revelation must be interpreted literally and which symbolically?
1) Thanks for your answer, except I don't understand why "being born again" must be understood figuratively. To me, "to be born" means "to be given a life" or "to receive life", not "to come out of mother's womb" as Nicodemus thought. Therefore, "to be born again" or "to be born of God" is a phrase that should really be taken literally, that is "to be given the very life of God" or "to receive the life of God" in the very literal sense.
Aug
7
comment Does Scripture imply that Judas knew that the high-priests and elders' goal was to have Jesus killed?
@DanAndrews - I'll add the Scriptures that I am referring to in my question.
Aug
4
comment Does Scripture imply that Judas knew that the high-priests and elders' goal was to have Jesus killed?
@hannes - My point in the last sentence is this (sorry if I've expressed my thought vaguely): Judas might've thought that elders and high-priests would only threaten Jesus and make Him stop spreading His teaching, but not kill Him. In other words, they might've hidden away from Judas their actual intention to finally kill Jesus. However, when Judas saw that Jesus was wrongfully condemned of blasphemy in the Sanhedrin, he understood that now there was no way for Jesus to escape from death, thus, he felt extremely guilty and killed himself. This goes along with Matthew 27:3-5.
Jul
17
comment Does the woman in Revelation 12 go down to the earth from the heaven?
Ah! I see. Thank you!
Jul
9
comment What did Jesus mean by “the queen of the South”?
@hannes - Perhaps, having sought for and recognized Solomon's wisdom, she must've also learned from Solomon that he had asked Jehovah for wisdom before taking his office. She must've believed in the God of Israel and, thus, gotten saved.
Jul
6
comment The time span of growing into Christ the Head in Ephesians 4:13-15
I am afraid it doesn't quite answer my question. I know that a corporate aspect is in the focus here, however, it doesn't discard the time-span aspect. To re-phrase my question, does that part of One Body of Christ that is not physically alive anymore still experience the process of growing into Christ the Head or not?
Jul
5
comment “Eternity perspective” in 1 Peter 4:6?
WOW!!! Context is everything. Thank you!
Jun
28
comment How should we contextualize Paul's “Jesus is accursed” in I Co 12:3?
(2) rest assured that that spirit is being led by the Holy Spirit. So, Paul is kind of giving them a spiritual guidance and at the same time narrows down the scope of spiritual diversity to the scope of the things pertaining only to the Holy Spirit. Having done that, he continues in verse 4 by looking now only at this new scope (the scope of the Holy Spirit) and telling them that this scope is also quite diversified (in terms of having different gifts and works), yet, unlike in verse 2, it all belongs to and is the realm of the Holy Spirit.
Jun
28
comment How should we contextualize Paul's “Jesus is accursed” in I Co 12:3?
(1) Perhaps, it is the version that I am using, but the verse 3 has actually never struck me as out of context here. In verse 2 Paul reminds them of their spiritually chaotic past, of how they were "led" and "carried away" as "they were led", having no guidance in the spiritual realm due to the objects of their worship (idols) being numb (v.2). Now the situation has changed - now they are being led by the Spirit that speaks. Now it is very easy to be oriented in the spiritual realm - just look at what things are being said. If (the spirit of) a man says "Jesus is the Lord", then