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Apr
28
comment Why did John the Baptist ask Jesus if he was the Messiah since he baptized Jesus and heard God speak about Jesus?
I think we all doubt from time to time. Remember, John was in prison at the time, things did not go well for him. He needed some reassurance.
Apr
25
comment In John 17:1, why did Jesus lift up his eyes to the sky to address God?
@Dan: I agree totally that this is a very lightweight comment, much too narrow for an answer, and I will leave it at this. Looking forward to somebody giving a deeper answer.
Apr
25
comment In John 17:1, why did Jesus lift up his eyes to the sky to address God?
We are moving in circles here - see my first comment: Jesus honored us and our naive model of the world that placed heaven just above the sky. And since this has been our view since the beginning, it is engrained into our being. Thus, looking up gives us a sense of connecting with God. And since the sky is up no matter where you are on earth, this is universal and true both night and day.
Apr
25
comment In John 17:1, why did Jesus lift up his eyes to the sky to address God?
Heaven and sky are not the same. In Genesis, God created the heavens. The physical heaven is called sky, while God is in the supernatural heaven, often equated with the third heaven that Paul talks about. The second one is believed to be the invisible habitation of the prince of this earth (the enemy) and his cohortes. The much better image for those heavens is dimensions.
Apr
25
comment In John 17:1, why did Jesus lift up his eyes to the sky to address God?
This is more about us than about the location of God. We, very naively, position heaven above and outside of sky, modern universe (see creation story). Thus, looking up gives us a sense of looking towards God. Jesus knew that God was in him.
Feb
29
comment A little lower than angels, or lower for a little while?
Is the Hebrew in Ps 8:5 more clear?
Jun
19
comment Qualifications for deacons and pastors in 1 Timothy 3:1-12
@Jas3.1 Wouldn't a pastor usually be an overseer? Speaking of pastors as in Eph 4:11 (are there any others?).
Jun
19
comment Qualifications for deacons and pastors in 1 Timothy 3:1-12
Paul excludes men with multiple wifes at one time and/or misbehaving children, and new converts.
Jun
19
comment Qualifications for deacons and pastors in 1 Timothy 3:1-12
In this passage, their is no office of teacher, but there is the teacher's office in Eph 4:11. As with women: remember that there is no more man or woman according to Paul - not talking women's lib and equality here, but would that change the discussion about women becoming teachers?
Oct
18
comment What types of birth were meant by 'blood', 'will of the flesh', and 'will of man'?
@Narbian I think what you say fits into the categories, but is not exclusive. Belonging to a church or having Christian parents (descent) also fits like everything I try to earn salvation by like good works or what any other proclaims over me. It is all by God's grace.
Oct
18
comment Where is the citation of John 7:38 taken from?
I agree that this is out of scope as a discussion, yet not as a clarification of part of your string of thoughts here. Paul in 1Co 16:19 talks of the body being the temple, contemplating on 1Co 16:18, where he talks of the sinner's own body.
Oct
18
comment Where is the citation of John 7:38 taken from?
About Ezekiel 47: Paul tells us that we are the temple of God, so it could well be possible again that the source is the believer, couldn't it?
Oct
5
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
What if they are wrong in their assumption that it was not in the original manuscripts? And the text was taken as inspired when the canon of the NT was fixed.