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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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Are we ever told why Saul was blinded in Acts 9:8-9?

From the Book of Acts we read: Acts 9:8-9: "Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. 9And he ...
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How might we reconcile Titus 3:3 with Philippians 3:4b-6?

In his Letter to Titus, the apostle Paul seems to include himself in his description of those who earlier practiced sinful behavior: Titus 3:3: "For we also once were foolish ourselves, ...
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Why would the apostle Paul “delay” being baptized (Acts 22:16)?

From the Book of Acts we read the words of Ananias to the apostle Paul: Acts 22:15-16: "For you will be a witness for [Christ] to all men of what you have seen and heard. 16Now why do you delay? ...
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How exactly did the Holy Spirit guide Paul and his companions in Acts 16:6-10?

Acts 16:6-10 (NIV): 6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they ...
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What is the specific translation of “δωρεὰν” (“dorean”) in Gal 2:21? Did righteousness used to come by the law?

In Galatians 2:21 it reads: "εἰ γὰρ διὰ νόμου δικαιοσύνη, ἄρα Χριστὸς δωρεὰν ἀπέθανεν" Some translations are: Latin Vulgate: "si enim per legem iustitia ergo Christus **...
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Why might Paul emphasize FOUR spatial dimensions when describing the love of Christ (Eph. 3:18)?

There is curious wording in the apostle Paul's Letter to Ephesus: Ephesians 3:14: "For this reason I bow my knees before the Father... 16that He would grant you, according to the riches of His ...
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What does Paul mean by the “Israel of God” (Galatians 6:16)?

In his Letter to the Galatians, Paul states the following: Galatians 6:16: "And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God" (emphasis added). ...
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Is Paul suggesting that our next breath and heartbeat depends on God (Acts 17:28)?

As the apostle Paul delivers his sermon at the Areopagus (Mars Hill), he declares: Acts 17:28, NAS: "for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also ...
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Romans 14:14 common or unclean?

I just found in MKJV, Modern King James Version, a different reading of Romans 14:14; Modern King James Version I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing by itself is common; except to ...
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How to understand 1 Timothy 2:9 in light of 1 Corinthians 11:15?

1 Timothy 2:9 NIV 9 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, But in the letter ...
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Did Paul contradict Christ in Acts 18:18 taking the Nazarite vow; Matt 5:34 “take no oath at all”?

Acts 18:18 NASB Now Paul, when he had remained many days longer, took leave of the brothers and sisters and sailed away to Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. Paul first had his hair cut at ...
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How can we understand God humiliating Paul (2 Cor. 12:21, NASB)?

There is a curious statement by Paul in his Second Letter to the Corinthians: 2 Corinthians 12:21: "I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over ...
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“Nothing beyond what is written”?

In 1 Corinthians 4:6, Paul tells us to learn the meaning of the saying, “Nothing beyond what is written.” Does this mean we are to take the plain and obvious sense of what is actually said, being ...
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Can we interpret the “first resurrection”/“second death” (Rev. 20:6a) as made alive in Christ, spared from spiritual death (Col. 2:13, etc.)?

Scripture often indicates that outside of Christ we are dead. The apostle Paul's Letter to the Romans emphasizes this point often: Romans 5:12: "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered ...
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Didn't Pharisees have to have been married? [closed]

We know that Paul, a Pharisee, is single as he writes his First Letter to the Corinthians: 1 Corinthians 7:8: "But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain ...
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Could Paul's stoning (Acts 14:19) have anything to do with his being “caught up to the 3rd heaven”? (2 Cor. 12:2-4)

This question concerns a timeline. I have often wondered if two experiences Paul describes might be connected: 2 Corinthians 12:2-4: "I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the ...
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Time span between Acts 18:2 till Acts 21:17

Is it possible to know how much time passed between Acts 18:2 and Acts 21:17, that is, till Paul's last visit to Jerusalem? After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth (Acts 18:...
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Romans 4:5 What does justification of the ungodly means? “one who doesn’t work, but believes in him who justifies the ungodly” [closed]

Is this passage talking about a radical change in God's justice itself, or it is a mere change of the covenant condition for justification or righteousness? Exegete Paul's justification doctrine with ...
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Paul’s relationship with Barnabas

Acts 15:39a And the contention was so sharp between them [Paul & Barnabas], that they departed asunder one from the other “Paul did not forgive Barnabas but rejected his companionship?” The ...
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Is the writer of James attacking Paul's position?

In James 2:14-16,24 (NASB) What use is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need ...
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Significance of Paul's conversation with the Tribune in Acts 22:26-28

In Acts 22, Paul is about to be flogged, but mentions to a centurion that he is a Roman citizen. The centurion gets the tribune in charge of the situation and brings him to Paul, and this conversation ...
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Where does Moses say the things which Paul attributes to him in Acts 26:22-23?

In Acts 26:22-23, Paul says that I stand here...saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, ...
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What is Paul relating to his first-century audience in 1 Cor. 1:12-15?

The text in question reads as follows: 1 Corinthians 1:12-15: "Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, 'I am of Paul,' and 'I of Apollos,' and 'I of Cephas,' and 'I of Christ.' Has ...
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What hermeneutic is Paul employing in his approach to 1 Corinthians 9:8-10?

What I find interesting/disturbing about Paul's use of Torah in this passage is that he doesn't seem to be satisfied with Sensus Plenior, he seems to discount the literal reading as absurdly pedantic, ...
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What does it mean to be “of Israel” based on Romans 9:6?

In the Letter to the Romans, we are told by the apostle Paul: Romans 9:6: "But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel..." ...
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Is Paul proposing law-keeping as an ideal for the Christian life?

In Romans 13:10 (NASB) Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law. Is Paul proposing law-keeping as an ideal for the Christian life?
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How does Hebrews 7:18 say the law was weak and useless?

The author of the book of Hebrews seems to say that the (regulation)law that governed the Priesthood was weak and useless and so had been set aside. Hebrews 7:18 [NIV] 18 The former regulation is set ...
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What does Paul mean in Romans 7:24b where he writes the “body of this death?” (KJV, NASB)

It appears that the clause in question is translated several different ways. The NIV translates the term in Romans as: "Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?" As well,...
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Does living by the “law of the spirit” mean living by the law?

I ask this question as Paul seems to suggest that living a life of sin leads to death. Once we accept Jesus as our saviour we get the spirit that gives us life Once the spirit is in us we will stop ...
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Romans 7:9 ~ Why does Paul say the commandments were supposed to bring life but brought death

This question is on the premise that Paul is talking about Sinai Law as he refers to Adultery and Coveting. If not I will delete this question. Out of the 10 commandments only 3 are positive that we ...
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Romans 7:4-6 ~ Is Paul saying that once we believe in jesus we live by the spirit / essence / true meaning Law?

From the below verses I get an understanding that Earlier (Before Jesus resurrection) we were sinful and were further condemned by the law. We tried our best to obey the law but failed After we ...
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Romans 6:18 ~ Is Paul saying that once we die to Law and accept Jesus and be resurrected in his resurrection we will sin less / Some become sinless?

Is my understanding right? The reason I ask is as below. This is exactly what Tanakh says about the Messiah, that there will be truth, harmony, peace and everyone will know about the G-d and the ...
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Romans 5:13 which Law is Paul referring to

When I read the below verse, I am unclear which Law Paul is Talking about. Is he refering to the Law on Mount Sinai? Cain was punished even before the law was given The whole earth was punished ...
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In 2 Timothy 1:6, what did Paul mean by “fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands”?

2 Timothy 1:6-7 (ESV): 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and ...
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The use of “Justified” in Genesis and by Paul

Gen 15:6 BSB Abram believed the LORD, and it was credited to him as righteousness. b (Compare) Rom 4:3 BSB For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as ...
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Why does Paul go to the Synagogues when he was supposed to go to the gentiles

In Acts, you see a consistent pattern in Paul's travels and ministry where he enters a city, on Shabbat he goes to the Synagogue, shares the gospel, ends up with the jews being upset and fighting with ...
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What is the κατεχον and who is the κατεχων at 2 Thess 2:6-7?

The expression "mystery of iniquity" (more common, "hidden power of lawlessness" - Greek: μυστήριον τῆς ἀνομίας; Lat: mysterium iniquitatis) comes from the Second Letter to the ...
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Did Paul believe in a place called 'the abyss' that houses the spirits/souls of the dead? Romans 10:7

Romans 10:5-7 (ESV): 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “...
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What did Paul mean when he said “untimely birth” in 1 Corinthians 15:8

In 1 Corinthians 15:8 Paul says... 8 And last of all He appeared to me also, as to one of untimely birth. Is this referring to: the circumstances surrounding his persecution of the followers of ...
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Did Saul see Jesus or a bright light?

I ask this question based on the below points and below verses. Acts 9:1 says that Saul saw a bright light from heaven and Saul became blind(at least temporarily) Others did not see anything by just ...
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Was Paul offering an olive branch after hitting hard in 1 Corinthians 15:10?

1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 ...
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How exactly was Paul able to “do all things through Christ who strengthened him”? Philippians 4:12-13

Philippians 4:12-13: 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I ...
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How did Paul survive gladiatorial beast fights? 1 Corinthians 15:32

“What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts εθηριομαχησα at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:32‬ ‭ The point Paul ...
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What Was the Messenger of Satan That Tormented Paul? [duplicate]

The apostle Paul describes being tormented by a "messenger of Satan": 2 Corinthians 12:7: “Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting ...
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Did the Apostle Paul pray to Jesus in 2 Corinthians 12:8-9?

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (ESV): 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” ...
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In Christ - believers remain One (εἷς) non-ethnic genderless body [Galatians 3:27-28], unless it helps to be Jewish [Acts 21] or Roman [Acts 22]?

In Galatians 3:27-28 [NASB], Paul claims all baptized in Christ lose ethnicity and gender.

 [27] For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. [28] There is ...
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Christians don't circumcise their flesh, because baptism circumcised their flesh?

Based on the following verses - Are Christians required to circumcise their flesh or not? - "Paul" (Παῦλον) seems to contradict himself regarding circumcision. Colossians 2:11 "[11] and ...
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Why is theon translated as 'God' usually for John 10:33 and 'a god' for Acts 28:6?

The consensus among ancient Greek language experts seems to be that the term 'theon' in John 10:33 should be translated as 'God'. For example "“We are not stoning You for any good work,” said ...
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When it comes to rejecting / accepting the Gospel, are we always obedient to God?

In Romans 11:7-10 (NASB) 7 What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; 8 just as it is written: “God gave them a spirit ...
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What is this place of judgement reached by obvious sins in 1 Timothy 5:24?

1 Timothy 5:24 NIV 24 The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that ...

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