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If we “died to the law” & “disannulling of the commandment” took place the why is Paul quoting “ Deuteronomy 17:7 ” in “1 Corinthians 5:13”?

If we are become dead to the law as said in Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is ...
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Looking for passage in Jeremaiah about keeping faith [closed]

I vaguely remember a passage in Jeremiah where God tells Jeremiah something along the lines "if you keep faith in the words I give you to say, I will protect you from your enemies, but if you loose ...
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To what is “this reason” referring in Romans 4:16?

For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace (NASB) Is "the reason" the fact that "the Law brings about wrath" (4:15)? Or is it something else?
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How does Romans 4:15b relate to its context?

Precisely what does Romans 4:15b (bolded below) mean, and how does it relate to its immediate context? 13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not ...
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Why so many differing Greek words rendered “one”?

Ephesians 4:4-6 (MLVBL) There is one ἓν body and one ἓν Spirit, just-as you were also called in one μιᾷ hope of your calling; one εἷς Lord, one μία faith, one ἓν immersion, one εἷς God and Father of ...
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As Christian believers, why don't we follow the Mosaic Law according to specifically Matthew 5:17-20, but more generally Matthew 5-7? [closed]

According to Matthew 5:17-20 NIV, Jesus says 17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until ...
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In Luke 18 why didn't Christ tell the rich young ruler to believe on Him for eternal life, as He had told many others in the Gospel of John?

John 3:14-15 KJV — And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. ...
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What is Paul saying in Galatians 2:17-19?

Galatians 2:15-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 15 “We are Jews by nature and not sinners from among the Gentiles; 16 > nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of [a]...
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In Hebrews 11:1 how should ἔλεγχος be translated?

Hebrews 11:1 is one of the most important definitions of faith given in the NT. Is this translation of the NWT adequate or does it add points that are not to be found in the Greek original: Faith ...
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Is the life referred to in John 1:4 the breath of life?

Moses describes the making of Adam as consisting of fashioning a body from dirt and then animating the dirt by breathing into his nostrils: NIV Genesis 2:7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the ...
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In Mark 9:24 what is the father requesting?

How should the verse be translated?: Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] εὐθὺς κράξας ὁ πατὴρ τοῦ παιδίου ἔλεγεν Πιστεύω· βοήθει μου τῇ ἀπιστίᾳ. Is it a reasonable request? Does Jesus in fact come ...
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Luke 7:9 -Was Jesus, when speaking of “Israel” referring to a people group simply connected by faith or was He referring to a nation called Israel?

Luke 7:2-10, a centurion’s slave, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and about to die. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders asking Him to come and save the life of his slave. ...
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What is the meaning of “the faith of Jesus” in Revelation 14:12?

Is the phrase saying "the faith that Jesus imparts" or "the faith that the saints possess" (subjective vs objective genitive)? FYI, I'll add my own understanding below: τὴν πίστιν Ἰησοῦ in Rev. 14:...
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What does the koine word διακρίνω translated as “doubt” actually mean? [closed]

The word διακριθητε (basic singular form διακρίνω) is found in Matt 21:21. Also in other declensions in Mark 11:23, Act 10:20, 11:12, Rom 14:23, Jam 1:6, Jude 1:9, 1:22. I find it very difficult to ...
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Can “believe” be used as an synecdoche in Acts 13:12?

My question concerns the use of a figure of speech known as a synecdoche. That is a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa. In the scripture I have referenced ...
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Ephesians 2:8 and the omission of τῆς [closed]

The phrase, διὰ τῆς πίστεως , is shared in Col. 2:12 and Eph. 2:8, meaning "through the Faith". Colossians 2:12 reads, "Buried together with him in Baptism, in whom also ye have resurrected through ...
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How does Jesus' declaration of “You perverse generation” fit into the context of Luke 9:37-43?

This is the part where Jesus heals a demon-posessed boy that the deciples don't have enough faith to heal. The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. A man in the ...
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Matthew 17:20 little faith versus small faith, what do words mean in this context?

He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will ...
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Does the Hebrew text of Genesis 15:6 permit more than one understanding?

Genesis 15:6, in Masoretic text and JPS 1917, reads as follows: וְהֶאֱמִ֖ן בַּֽיהוָ֑ה וַיַּחְשְׁבֶ֥הָ לּ֖וֹ צְדָקָֽה׃ And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness. The ...
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Matthew 17:20: Unbelief or Little Faith?

"So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and ...
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In Romans 1:17, what does Paul mean by “from faith to faith” (ἐκ πίστεως εἰς πίστιν)?

17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.” NASB, ©1995 ΙΖʹ δικαιοσύνη γὰρ θεοῦ ἐν αὐτῷ ἀποκαλύπτεται ἐκ ...
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What is the difference between en/eis for Pauline “Faith in Christ” phrases?

Paul has several different phrases which all translate "Faith in Christ". This question pertains to the difference in meaning for faith in Christ where the English word "in" has a direct Greek word, ...
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In Luke 17:5, what is the meaning of the phrase «πρόσθες ἡμῖν πίστιν»?

The Greek text of Luke 17:5 according to the Textus Receptus states, Εʹ Καὶ εἶπον οἱ ἀπόστολοι τῷ κυρίῳ πρόσθες ἡμῖν πίστιν TR, 1550 What is the meaning of the phrase «πρόσθες ἡμῖν πίστιν»? Does ...
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If all flesh will be resurrected, will dinosaurs be resurrected? [closed]

The scriptures indicate that all flesh will be resurrected and that God will reverse the curse of sin which is death. Will dinosaurs be resurrected and will they be present on the New Earth along with ...
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What does Paul mean by “everything that does not come from faith is sin”?

In Romans 14 Paul says: But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin. (Romans 14:23, NIV) What does ...
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The word 'believe' in John 3:15-16

Does the word 'believe' in John 3:15-16 mean to believe in Jesus as the Son of God, or to believe in the message of Jesus: 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16“For God so ...
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Abraham's faith accounted to him for righteousness

In Gen. 15:6 it says "he (Abram) believed in the Lord, and He counted it to him for righteousness." My question is, how was this passage understood historically (in the OT/Hebrew Bible)? There are ...
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What does the word “world” mean in John 3:16, in the light of John 17:9?

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only ...
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Who are the little ones in Matt 18:5, 6, and 10?

Matthew 18:1-6, 10 1At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3and said, “Truly, ...
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Ephesians 2:8. Was salvation attained and kept to the present through continued faith?

Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith ..." The word "saved" is a perfect verb, passive, participle, plural, nominative, and masculine. The question is regarding faith. Was ...
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What range of meaning is allowed by διὰ in Ephesians 2:8?

8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, ESV διὰ πίστεως in Ephesians 2:8 is almost invariably translated 'through faith', but 'through' ...
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Does the Greek verb ὑπακούω generally imply faith?

I noticed the Greek verb ὑπακοῦσαι (hypakousai), a conjugation of the root verb ὑπακούω (hypakouō), is translated as "[to] answer" in Acts 12:13: Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant ...
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What does it mean when it is said that faith is given by the Holy Spirit? (1 Cor. 12:9)

1 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV) To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
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In John 17:8 (NIV 1984) does the Greek indicate that the disciples were “certain”?

John 17:8b: They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I'm guessing that this is a translation issue, but I'm curious to hear expert opinion. Here Jesus is ...
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What does it mean to “receive the kingdom of God like a little child?”

The story of the little children coming to Jesus in Matthew 19, Mark 10, and Luke 18 is, of course, well know. And most often I have heard it interpreted that the kingdom requires faith like a child. ...
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Who is speaking in James 2:18?

I don't mean by my question that I'm looking to identify a particular individual. I'm just confused by the statement made there. James begins this section in verse 14: "What good is it, my brothers, ...