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Prunes or Cleanses in John 15:1-4 ESV?

Most translations of John 15:1-4 read something like this: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does ...
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What was the Gospel preached by Jesus and the Disciples if they told no one that Jesus was the Christ? (Mt, 16:20, Mk. 8:30, Lk, 9:21)

(Note: this is a different question from What Gospel was preached before Jesus revealed the cross?, which was closed for not being specific enough. It is also different from What does "the gospel&...
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Since the 10 commandments are Old Testament Law, are we to only follow the New Testament commands? [closed]

In the book of Romans it says (4) For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes, -- Romans 10:4 (CSB) 23 Before this faith came, we were confined under the law, ...
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Is Greek "e basileia" in the NT Pater Noster to be interpreted as Princess?

The logic behind this reasoning is the following: the Pater Noster is a paraphrase of Proverbs 3:19 which can be translated as following "God through (female) Sophia has stated the Earth and ...
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Is it appropriate to use Matt. 5:29-30 to explain why God asked Israel to utterly destroy many of the cities when they entered the promise land?

This question relates to apologetics, not the application of this passage today. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members ...
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In what sense is God 'Holy'?

Question: If 'Holy', (ἅγιος at Biblehub.com, and at logeion.uchicago.edu), is interpreted as 'separated unto', 'consecrated', 'dedicated to', or 'sacred', then in what sense can God be considered Holy?...
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Is the command to pray for laborers in Luke 10:2 for all time?

It reads in Luke 10:2 (parallel is Matt 9:37-38): Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send ...
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Is Luke 12:33 a universal commandment?

Luke 12:32-33 (ESV) 32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that ...
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Matthew 28:19 Go, Going... huh?? How should we understand the passive voice?

Bill in this article briefly argues against the view that ' the typical translation of Matthew 28:19 ("Therefore go and make disciples") is incorrect because the Greek word for "go&...
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Do we have to literally give up everything to follow the LORD Yeshua as stated in Luke 14:33?

Or is this meant to be allegorical? If taken literally, where does that leave modern Christians? Luke 14:33 - In the same way, any one of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My ...
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In what sense is divorce and remarriage "adultery" according to Jesus?

Jesus taught that if a man would divorce his wife and marry another, he would commit adultery (all NKJV, emphasis added): "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual ...
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Does Jesus' teaching on marriage implicitly condemn polygamy as adulterous?

Jesus taught that if a man would divorce his wife and marry another, he would commit adultery. In other words, He taught in the following passages that divorcing one's wife plus marrying another ...
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What commandment is Jesus referring to in John 14:15

Was He referring to the ten commandments in the Old Testament? John.14.15 (NKJV) "If you love Me, keep My commandments.
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Can I use Matthew 22:36-40 as a 'hermeneutical key' or 'interpretative lens' to interpret scripture?

I have long been plagued by a suspicion that tradition and biblical academia is leading me down into a many tunneled burrow of theological intellectualism. In a quest for efficiency, simplicity, ...
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Nag Hammadi "The Secret Book of James". Chilling Quote (In body paragraph). What do you guys think? [closed]

The last word: "Nevertheless, you, through faith and knowledge have received life. So disregard rejection when you hear it, and when you hear about the promise, be joyful all the more. I tell you ...
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Does Jesus want an extended Family and/or Traditional Families in the World?

I have wondererd what Jesus wanted to mean with the following (John 13:34): A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (...
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Why is the doctrine of fasting omitted by the modern revisions of the Bible?

Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness (see Matthew 4:2), just as Moses had done and Elijah had done (see Exodus 24:18, 1 Kings 19:8). And Jesus taught the disciples to fast, such as before ...
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What does "I desire Mercy, not Sacrifice" Mean? [duplicate]

Jesus said to go figure out what "I desire mercy, not sacrifice" means, and didn't explain it himself. So, what does this mean? Matthew 9:13, NASB - But go and learn what this means: ‘I ...
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Does Matthew 5:44 apply only to "you" (ὑμᾶς) or also to Jesus?

Does the commandment in Matthew 5:44 apply only to "you" (ὑμᾶς) [or] also to Jesus? Matthew 5:44 [NKJV] "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those ...
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Based on Hebrews 6:20-7:1, does Jesus like Melchizedek bless the κοπῆς (slaughter) of enemies?

In Hebrews 6:20, we learn Jesus [the Nazarene] is believed to be a priest of אֵ֣ל עֶלְי֔וֹן El Elyon in the order of מַלְכִּי־צֶ֨דֶק֙ Malkitzedeq | “Melchizedek” : “Jesus has entered as a forerunner ...
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How do you forgive criminals while still punishing them? [closed]

You are meant to forgive others if you wish God to forgive you (Matthew 6:14-16), "77 times" (Matthew 18:21-22) if necessary, though the actual implication is you endlessly must forgive. But ...
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Is John 5:41 a command?

In the fifth chapter of John's gospel, Jesus is recorded as telling the Pharisees: "I do not accept glory from human beings". He elaborates on this a few verses later to say "How can ...
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What does "picking up serpents" really imply in Mark 16:17-18?

I was studying the words of Christ this morning where he charged His disciples in Mark 16:17-18. Jesus said, And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; ...
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Why does the New Testament slander the Pharisees? [closed]

A very frequent assertion of Christian apologetics is that Christian morality would be "the best and most perfect" of all morals. This argument is often used by apologists to prove the ...
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Did Jesus challenge the Principles and Teachings of King Solomon and those of the Prophets before him? [closed]

During Jesus's epoch,the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem followed mainly the Principles of the Book of Torah(Laws of Moses) and other Prophets that came after him.During that period,Caiaphas,a High Priest ...
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Why Jesus says, I give "a new commandment" in John 13:34, instead of restating Mt 22 : 39? Is He saying something to the "Church?

John 13:34 -"I give you a new commandment--to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." (NET) Mat. 22:39- "The second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself."...
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What caused the switch in the preaching parameters? Luke 22:35-36

Initially Jesus commands his twelve disciples to preach the kingdom of God, but with very particular instructions (which later He reverses). “Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave ...
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Is divorce acceptable in the case of adultery?

Matthew 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced ...
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Matthew 19:29 leaving everything behind

I really don't understand this verse, would Jesus really want me to leave everything (spouse)? Because then all the other verses about becoming one flesh don't make sense to me. I understand that ...
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In Matthew 8:18-23 does discipleship involve being an itinerant? Is discipleship as in the gospels obsolete?

Christians today often claim to be disciples of Jesus. However, discipleship seems to involve being an itinerant. KJV Mat 8:18  Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment ...
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What does it mean to "Patiently Endure"?

1. Question: What does it mean to "Patiently Endure"? In English, this seems a little redundant, (or perhaps emphatic?). Is this verse really saying that a believer should have a particular ...
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How do I interpret Matthew 5:28?

Matthew 5:28 is notorious on setting standards for committing adultery in our hearts: Mat 5:27 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' Mat 5:28 But I say to you ...
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Was Jesus’ commandment to "love enemies" (Matthew 5:43) meant literally?

Was Jesus’ commandment to his disciples to love their enemies in Matthew 5:43 intended to be understood literally? 43“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your ...
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Is the Sermon on the Mount intended to be literal instructions?

Possibly Related Question: Did Jesus teach people to literally pluck their eye out and cut their hand off? The above PRQ is an oft-cited example of proposed hyperbole, and is used completely out of ...
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Let The Dead Bury The Dead

In the NIV translation of the Bible, under the heading "The Cost of Following Jesus," a disciple who wants to follow Jesus says, ... “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told ...
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Did Jesus teach people to literally pluck their eye out and cut their hand off?

The passage from the Sermon on the Mount (and see also Matthew 18:8-9) is a familiar one: "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at ...
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Are good works supposed to be seen or not?

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches his disciples, saying, "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:...
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