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I'm a born-again Christian, active member of the body of Christ, husband and father, and Bible teacher. I love to study Scripture, and firmly believe it is the only credible standard for truth.

Aside from my devotion to God, His people, and His word, I don't really have any loyalty to a particular doctrine or creed.

(The guy in the picture is Zhuge Liang from the movie Red Cliff.)


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comment What did the Philippian jailer mean by “saved”?
@Davïd Regarding the "short swing", see my edits & let me know if that's better.
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revised What did the Philippian jailer mean by “saved”?
Attempting to directly answer the questions posted at the end of the OP.
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comment What did the Philippian jailer mean by “saved”?
@Davïd Thanks for the supplemental info. Would you consider either posting a separate answer or editing this info into my answer? (Otherwise your research here may disappear in time, as comments are very temporary on this site.)
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comment Is the Sermon on the Mount intended to be literal instructions?
Looks great. +1
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comment The Second Greatest Commandment
Let me try this again. I take it you either do not accept the story of the good Samaritan as authentic or you do not believe that Jesus understood Leviticus. (Support?!) Either way, it would be more intellectually honest to reword your statement to "Matthew did not add new meaning." Does that make sense?
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comment The Second Greatest Commandment
Hmmm... perhaps, but I think your statements that "Leviticus intends 'neighbor' to mean the Israelite people" and "Jesus adds no new meaning to this" is at worst false, and at best tentative, given the information available to us. I don't think you're familiar enough with the meaning either of Leviticus or of Jesus to answer the question accurately.
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comment The Second Greatest Commandment
Read the story of the Good Samaritan!
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comment What is it that Paul prays Ephesians will comprehend?
Interesting question. I have always assumed it was referring to love, but this does raise the question of how you can know that which surpasses knowledge. +1
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comment What are the interpretive options in 1 John 5:2?
Right, but my question is why 5:2 seems to say the opposite of that. Elsewhere he says that love for God is evidenced by love for one another, as you are explaining here, but in 5:2 he says the opposite; that we know that we love one another when we love God and keep His commandments (which he defines elsewhere as loving one another). Anyway, my question is not "can you make this fit", but "are there other interpretive options".
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comment What are the interpretive options in 1 John 5:2?
Thank you for the time you put into this, but I don't think you answered my question. I am wondering if there are other interpretive options. The conflict I am seeing is that John very intentionally presents "love for one another" as the external evidence of love for God, but now he almost seems to reverse that, creating a circular argument that leaves the reader wondering what evidence they can actually look at to be sure of where they are at. Hopefully that helps clarify...?
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comment What are the interpretive options in 1 John 5:2?
@Susan You seem very interested in 1 John. Are you writing a translation or commentary on the book, or teaching through it? Or are your questions just for personal enrichment?
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