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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 Paul referring to the trinity in 1 Cor 12:14-16 [closed]

14For the body is not one part, but many. 15If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason [n]any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear says, “...
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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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What happened to the fasting conspirators who sought to kill Paul?

When Paul traveled to Jerusalem after his 3rd missionary journey there was quite a commotion and multiple attempts were made on his life. After he was arrested, 40 men took an oath to eat nothing ...
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How would one become transformed by the renewing of their mind & prove the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God in this age?

In a nutshell, the Apostle Romans 12:1-2 Paul is encouraging his audience to become a new being, not be conformed to that particular age, but also to submit themselves to the total will of God. How ...
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Acts 9 19b vs Galatians 1 16b

So I don't have any issue reconciling Acts 9 with Galatians one with regards to timelines or accuracy. The only thing I still struggle with that I'm hoping to get an answer on is the second part of ...
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Faith & Works - Is Paul responding to James or James responding to Paul?

James & Paul cite the same Old Testament story in their arguments about faith & works. From James: 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the ...
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Is Paul expressing approval of marital intercourse as a means to keep sexual passion in check rather than beget more children at 1 Corinthians 7:1-9?

1 Corinthians 7:1-9 (NASB): Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 But because of sexual immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and ...
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What does αποκαλυψαι tell us of Paul's received revelation in Galatians 1:15,16?

Paul says, in Galatians 1:15, 16 : οτε δε ευδοκησεν ο θεος ... αποκαλυψαι τον υιον αυτου εν εμοι [TR] But when it pleased God ... to reveal His Son in me [[KJV] The same word, αποκαλυψαι, is used ...
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Did Paul believe that he would immediately be with Jesus as soon as he died?

21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both ...
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Did Paul believe in Out-of-Body Experiences (OBE)?

2 Corinthians 12:2-4 (NASB): 2 I know a man in Christ, who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third ...
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If God is making decisions that are beyond our control, then why are we responsible for them?

In Romans 9:19-21 (NASB) 19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, you foolish person, who answers back to God? The ...
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Acts 26:24 What did Festus mean when he said to Paul “Too much learning is driving you insane!”

In the following passage: What was Paul's "learning" and how do we know? We can say that he had a "classical education", but that is basically a cheat. There was no single meaning ...
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Why had Paul earned a reputation for being against Moses in Acts 21?

Acts 21:17-26 (NIV): 17 When we arrived at Jerusalem, the brothers and sisters received us warmly. 18 The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James, and all the elders were present. 19 Paul ...
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Is 2 Corinthians 13:11-14 an assertion that God is three equal Persons?

2 Corinthians 13:11-14 (NIV) reads: 11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be ...
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What does “selfish ambition” mean in Galatians 5:20?

In Galatians 5:19-21, Paul lists behaviors which keep humans from inheriting the Kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 | NIV [19] The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and ...
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What exactly were the formal charges against Paul?

Acts 25:27 For I [Festus] think it is unreasonable to send a prisoner on to Rome without specifying the charges against him [Paul]." What was the nature of these charges? Religious? Seditious? ...
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Are “praying in a tongue”, “praying with one's spirit” and “praying in the (Holy) Spirit” interchangeable expressions?

Jude 1:20 (NIV): 20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, Ephesians 6:18 (NIV): 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with ...
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In Romans 8:3, what is the extent of the likeness in “in the likeness of sinful flesh”?

[Rom 8:3 NKJV] (3) For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God [did] by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the ...
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Is Paul contradicting himself about the observance of special days in Romans 14:5-6 and Galatians 4:8-11?

On the one hand, Paul seems to support both the observance and non-observance of special days as equally valid options in Romans 14:5-6 (NIV): 5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; ...
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What does 'for' mean in 1 Corinthians 15:3?

1 Corinthians 15:3 ...that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures (ESV) Some possibilities I can think of: 'directly because of': we sinned by putting him to death. 'indirectly ...
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What was Paul trying to teach in Romans 14:5-6 when he talked about “special days” and “considering one day more sacred than another”?

Romans 14:5-6 (NIV) says: 5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one ...
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Is the Sabbath part of the “special days and months and seasons and years” Paul is referring to in Galatians 4:10?

Galatians 4:8-11 (NIV) says: 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are ...
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Does Isaiah 56 mean gentile christians have to keep sabbath?

Isaiah 56:6 (NET): As for foreigners who become followers of the Lord and serve him, who love the name of the Lord and want to be his servants — all who observe the Sabbath and do not defile it, and ...
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What is the “rest” referred to at Hebrews 4:9-11, and how does one “enter into that rest”?

Hebrews 4:9-11 NET Consequently, a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. 10 For the one who enters God’s[a] rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works. 11 Thus we ...
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Why in Ephesians 1:15 is Paul saying that he heard of Ephesian’s faith? [closed]

Why is Paul referring to Ephesian’s faith as something he heard of Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, ...
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Does Paul mention anywhere in his own writings his encounter with Jesus and his coming to belief in the gospel?

I am interested in a source that is besides the book of Acts written by Luke. I am interested in reading about Paul's encounter on the road to Damascus in his own words.
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Who are said to have the firstfruits of the Spirit in Romans 8:23?

Romans 8:23 NIV 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies Is it 1)Apostles 2)...
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What is Paul longing to be clothed by in 2 Cor 5:4?

2 Corinthians 5:4 (NASB) For indeed while we are in this tent, we grown, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. ...
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Is Paul referring to a specific person in 2 Cor 2:5-8

Is Paul referring to a specific person in 2 Corinthians 2:5-8? If so, what is the “punishment inflicted by the majority” that verse 6 talks about?
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How is speaking in tongues an edifying practice for individuals themselves?

1 Corinthians 14:4 (NIV) reads: 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. How is speaking in tongues an activity that edifies the individual ...
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What did the apostle Paul use the gift of tongues for?

In 1 Corinthians 14:18-19 (NIV) Paul said: 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten ...
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Does 'perished' in 1 Cor 15:18 indicate complete cessation of existence?

1 Corinthians 15:18 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who ...
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The priority of the Jews in God's plan of salvation

In Romans 1:16-17 [NASB] we read For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the ...
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Saul's name didn't necessarily change due to becoming a Christian

Up to this point I've considered that Saul's name changed to Paul when he became a Christian but that's not really true. In Acts 13:9, the first time the name Paul is used, we read 9 But Saul, who ...
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How many times was the apostle Paul in a prison in Rome?

When reading Romans, can see Paul's desire to go to Rome (which naturally leads to the question, Has the Apostle Paul ever been to Spain? - to which there is no record of it in the Bible). So, to me, ...
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What does the phrase 'being not without law to God,but under the law to Christ' mean in 1 Corinthians 9:21?

1 Corinthians 9:21 ASV 21 to them that are without law, as without law, not being without law to God, but under law to Christ, that I might gain them that are without law. The above phrase seems a ...
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Why is the phrase 'not being myself under the law' missing in 1 Corinthians 9:20 in the KJV?

1 Corinthians 9:20 KJV 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 1 ...
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How is food connected to sexually immorality in 1 Corianthians 6:13-18?

.1 Corinthians 6:13 NASB 13 Food is for the [g]stomach and the [h]stomach is for food, but God will do away with both [i]of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is ...
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Has Paul's concept in 2 Thessalonians 2:7 been misunderstood?

ο κατεχων αρτι εως εκ μεσου γενηται [TR - undisputed] 2 Thess 2: 7 (b) ... only he who now letteth (will let), until he be taken out of the way. [KJV] ... he who restrains at present until out of [...
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Did the apostles think that the end is imminent?

Paul: Romans 13:11-12. 1 Corinthians 7:29. 1 Thessalonians 4:15. Hebrews 10:37. James: James 5:8. Peter: 1 Peter 4:7. The question is so simple: Did the apostles think that the end is imminent?
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Who are 'those' in Galatians 4:4-5?

Galatians 4:4-5 NKJV 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born[a] of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the ...
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What are the three accounts of the conversion stories of Saint Paul, and how do we reconcile it [closed]

How should we view the three seemingly different accounts of the conversion stories of Apostle Paul, and how do we reconcile them
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What does 'reveal his Son in me' convey of Paul's experience ? Galatians 1:15,16

οτε δε ευδοκησεν ο θεος ο αφορισας με εκ κοιλιας μητρος μου και καλεσας δια της χαριτος αυτου αποκαλυψαι τον υιον αυτου εν εμοι ινα ευαγγελιζωμαι αυτον εν τοις εθνεσιν ευθεως ου προσανεθεμην σαρκι και ...
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Daniel 12:11 (NASB)…What is implied by the word “ta-med”. Can we rightfully add the word “sacrifice” to the word “regular”

Daniel is telling us that the regular (sacrifice) is to be abolished and the abomination of desolation is to be set up and that there will follow 1290 days. At which point something presumably of ...

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