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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 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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answered What did the Philippian jailer mean by “saved”?
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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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comment What are the “lower parts” in Ephesians 4:9?
@Susan Regarding the variants, my logic is as follows. The history of Variant 1 seems to suggest that later tradition took it as appositional, not partitive. Variant 2 appears in many of the same later documents, suggesting that even though they added the word "parts", such an addition did not suggest that they took the genitive as partitive.
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answered What are the “lower parts” in Ephesians 4:9?
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answered “Convince our conscience” or “reassure our heart” in 1 John 3:19?
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comment What did Paul call Christians?
Great work. Thanks!