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The Apostle Paul was one of the leaders of early Christianity, founder of many Christian congregations, and the author of several "letters" now found in the New Testament.

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Is 1 Corinthians 15:50 applicable to the pre-resurrection body of Christ?

1 Corinthians 15:50,53 50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 53 For this perishable body must put on the ...
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Please identify the grammatical subject(s) of Acts 20:11

Acts 20:7-11 reads (NKJV, emphasis added): Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his ...
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In Acts 9:28, what is the meaning of "coming in and going out" (NKJV)?

In Acts 9:26-28, we read (NKJV, emphasis mine): And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. But ...
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Why does Paul say they were baptized in the sea and not in the river in 1 Corinthians 10:2?

KJV 1 Corinthians 10 : 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; The children of Israel crossed two water points a sea and a river on their way to Canaan.There were more or ...
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How does the NLT translates Galatians 3:20?

Galatians 3:20 NLT Now a mediator is needed if two people enter into an agreement, but God acted on his own when he made his promise to Abraham. KJV Galatians 3 : 20 Now a mediator is not a ...
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Why are the days evil?

In Ephesians 5:16 NLT Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Why are the days evil?
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How to understand Paul's situation in 2 Corinthians 2:12-13?

2 Corinthians 2:12-13 NASB Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord, I had no rest for my spirit, not finding Titus my brother; but taking my ...
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Is Paul speaking of the same group in Philippians 1 and 3?

Yesterday I've asked a question in regards to the identity of "the dogs" in Philippians 3 - Who are "those dogs"? This current question now aims to understand the relationship ...
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Who are "those dogs"?

I was going through some interesting questions in the community regarding Philippians 3, namely Was 'σκύβαλον' (skubalon) profanity? What is the meaning of "katatomē" in ...
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Is Paul considering suicide? [closed]

In Philippians 1:19‭-‬26 NLT, we read For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance. For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ...
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When Paul said "for all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God" (Romans 8:14), did he have something like Acts 16:6-10 in mind?

12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the ...
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Did Paul preach in Titius Justus' house? (Acts 18:7-8)

Did Paul preach in Titius Justus' house? Acts 18:5-8 (ESV) 5 When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. 6 And ...
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What is the basis of using "Away from", "Separated from" etc. to translate "apo" in 2 Thessalonians 1:9?

"Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from [apo] the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power" - 2 Thessalonians 1:9 KJV Most other uses of 'apo' in the ...
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how can we infer/induce/deduce that ( 2 Corinthians 6:14 ) bible verse's use of "yoked"/ "bound" / "close association" does refer to marriage?

( Related Posting:   2 Corinthians 6:14 - What does "Unequally Yoked" mean? ) ( 2 Corinthians 6:14 ) King James Bible Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what ...
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How does Paul say God separated him from his mother's womb in Galatians 1:15?

Galatians 1:15 KJV But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, How does Paul say he was separated in his mother's womb and called by grace yet he ...
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Why is σεμνός (semnos) translated as "honest" or "honorable" in Philippians 4:8?

Why is σεμνός (semnos, Strong's number G4586) translated as "honest" (KJV) or "honorable" (WEB) in Philippians 4:8? In the three other verses where σεμνός is used (1 Timothy 3:8, ...
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What does Paul mean by 'another Jesus'? 2 Cor 11:4

For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, this you ...
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Is there a contradiction between 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Acts 16:6-10?

I've heard cessationist arguments quoting Paul's teaching in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, to the effect that we have everything we need in the Bible, and that nothing beyond the Bible is required, given that ...
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Why doesn't Paul say "the fruit of the flesh" instead of "the works of the flesh" in Galatians 5:19?

Galatians 5:19-23 ESV 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, ...
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Based on 1 Corinthians 9:20-21, Why is Paul allowed to be hypocritical of Peter's social skills in Galatians 2:11-12?

In Galatians 2:11-12, Paul claims Peter should be scorned for acting like a gentile with gentiles, and jew with jews: for before certain men came from James, he [Peter] would eat with the Gentiles; ...
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What is the answer to Paul’s rhetorical question in 1 Corinthians 10:29-30?

1 Corinthians 10:29-30 NASB “I mean not your own conscience, but the other man’s; for why is my freedom judged by another’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I slandered concerning ...
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How to understand Luke 17:7-10 in light of 1 Corinthians 9:8-14?

Luke 17:7-10 NASB “Now which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him after he comes in from the field, ‘Come immediately and recline at the table to eat’? 8 On the contrary, ...
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What does 1 Corinthians 9:17 mean?

1 Corinthians 9:17 (NASB) For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me. What does Paul mean when he compares voluntarily preaching the ...
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Are there different types of perfection according to Paul? 1 Corinthians 13:10, Philippians 3:12, 2 Timothy 3:17 & Ephesians 4:13

1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (ESV): 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in ...
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What does it mean to “inherit the kingdom of God” in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10?

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NASB) “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor ...
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Someone said the Biblical Apostles and Prophets got it wrong about the return of Christ in Acts 2:16-17

This question does not reflect my belief at all, but I would like to know others' thoughts because it almost made me question the authority of Scripture. Recently, the owner of a ministry called ...
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Exactly when did Paul repent... before or after he was saved?

There is absolutely no question that Paul did repent (i.e., had a change of direction in his heart), as is clearly attested to in scripture. Therefore, the question being raised isn't really an issue ...
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When did Paul's repentance (i.e., change of heart) and salvation occur? On the road to Damascus, or only after being baptized in Damascus?

The traditional way in which any Israelite was to be saved, was to first repent (and be baptized) as evidenced in both the preaching of John the Baptist (Mark 1:4,15) and that of Peter (Acts 2:38; 3:...
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Does God deliberately choose people to be Christians in 1 Cor 1:26-29?

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NASB) “For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the ...
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How did Paul became a Roman citizen?

In Acts 16:37 we read that Paul was Roman (emphasis mine) But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out ...
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What does Paul mean to emphasize when he refers to himself as chief, or the first, or the worst, in 1 Timothy 1:15?

1 Timothy 1:15 KJV This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1:15 YLT stedfast is the word, and ...
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Did Paul contradict Jesus' admonition not to call anyone father in Galatians 4:19 and 1 Corinthians 4:14-17?

Jesus warned against calling anyone other than God father on earth: 8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And call no man your father on earth, ...
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Did Paul believe that his "self" was inside his body? 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 (ESV): For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we ...
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What are the theological implications of Paul's continuing identifying himself as a Pharisee in Acts 23:6-10 despite being an Apostle of Christ?

Acts 23:6-10 (ESV): 6 Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to ...
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Did the Apostle Paul, as a Pharisee, believe in disembodied spirits? Acts 23:6-10

Acts 23:6-10 (ESV): 6 Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to ...
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What is the meaning of "theopneustos" when Paul says "All scripture is God-breathed." Did He breathe on/in the scriptures or did He Breathe them out?

Looking at 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, The word, "God-breathed" is transliterated as ...
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What does Paul mean you were "dead in your uncircumcision" in Colossians2:13?

Colossians 2:13 NIV When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[d] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, Paul had earlier on stated that the church ...
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When were the shipwrecks Paul refers to in 2 Corinthians 11?

From 2 Corinthians 11: 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep (KJV) Paul's shipwreck en route to Rome is recorded ...
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How do we understand the personification of sin in Romans 7?

Romans 7:11,14 (NASB) …for sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me…For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold into bondage to ...
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1 Cor 11.30 What does ”because of this” refer to?

I spend my free time (and I have a bit of it in these times) reading the letters of Paul, in Greek, in chronological order. I am working through 1 Corinthians at the moment. Paul's references and ...
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What is the biblical worldview of the arabs that Paul encountered in his three years from his conversion? [closed]

Did he encounter a view of God that was based on Abraham as the father of the Arabs apart from the Jews? Could God have been helping him to understand abrahamic covenant theology from the Arab ...
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What does μορφῇ mean in Phil. 2:6&7?

Many questions have been asked about Phil. 2:6-11. The following question asking about ἴσα is the closest to this one, but another question is the meaning of μορφῇ What is the significance of ἴσα in ...
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Was it the same group of circumcision in Acts 15:1 and 5?

After preaching the gospel at Antioch it is said there arose a group from Judaea disputing with Paul and Barnabus about circumcision KJV Acts 15 : 1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught ...
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Which day is being referred in 1 Corinthians 1:8 as day of Lord Jesus Christ and Paul mentions it as end

As the title suggests, In the following verse 1 Corinthians 1:8, He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ When Apostle paul says "...
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Time of Paul's Conversion in Acts 9:1-9

Can we know from the Bible how much time passed from Jesus' ascension in Acts 1:9 to His appearance to Saul / Paul on the road to Damascus?
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Who called Paul: Jesus or the Holy Spirit?

15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for ...
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Does the word "we" in 2 Corinthians 5:11-20 refer to Paul and the apostles or to the church as a whole?

It seems the word "we" sometimes refers just to the apostles (eg verse 12-13). Other times it refers to everyone (eg verse 21). However it is often ambiguous (eg verse 14, 20).
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The meaning of the word "in" in Romans 5:3

Romans 5:3 challenges us to "rejoice in our sufferings". But the word "in" has (at least) two meanings in English. It could mean "rejoice during our sufferings" or "...
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1 Corinthians 13:2 - Prophecy and All Mysteries and Knowledge [duplicate]

1 Corinthians 13:2 (NASB), 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. Is Paul ...
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Was Paul in Galatians 2, retelling the events in Acts 15?

Gal 2:1 WEB Then after a period of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus also with me. First question: is this the same time as recorded in the book of Acts 15:2 Or ...
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