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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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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 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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Is 1 Thessalonians 4:15-16 a failed prophecy?

I would like to ask about this text where Paul writes about the Lord returning: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: ...
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In Romans and Galatians, what does Paul mean by “the works of the law”?

The phrase “works of the law” occurs 5 times in the King James Version translation. What is meant by the phrase “the works of the law” in the following verses: Romans 9:32 Wherefore? Because they ...
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Why does Paul get annoyed with the slave girl in Acts 16?

The story in Acts 16 of the demon-possessed slave girl is a curious story to me for many reasons. If it's better to break up my questions into several, I can do so; but for now I'd like to keep them ...
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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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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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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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What skills are involved in exhorting and convincing the gainsayers?

In Titus 1:9 we read "Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers." I'd like to learn from both ...
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How is speaking in tongues a practice edifying for the own individual?

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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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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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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How do you reconcile Rom. 4:2-5 with John 6:28-29: believing a work or not a work?

How do you reconcile  For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him ...
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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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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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Can 1 Corinthians 15:3-9, particularly verse 8, be used as a proof-text for the claim that there are no more apostles after Paul?

1 Corinthians 15:3-9 (ESV): 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was ...
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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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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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Acts 22:16 - Is "washing away your sins" linked to baptism or calling on the Lord?

In Acts 22, Paul is recounting his conversion, and uses the phrase Having arisen, be baptised and wash away your sins, calling on His name. ἀναστὰς βάπτισαι καὶ ἀπόλουσαι τὰς ἁμαρτίας σου, ...
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In what sense is the word ἀνακρίνει used in 1 Corinthians 2:15?

NA 28 1 Corinthians 2:15 15ὁ δὲ πνευματικὸς ἀνακρίνει [τὰ] πάντα, αὐτὸς δὲ ὑπ’ οὐδενὸς ἀνακρίνεται. 1 Corinthians 2:15 KJV 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is ...
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Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all

Saul persecuted saints and committed crimes until his conversion to Christianity. These events occurred in the past. But why then Paul is using the present tense "I am" as if he was still a ...
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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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Does the sower and the planter receive different rewards in 1 Corinthians 3:6-8?

1 Corinthians 3:6-7 ESV I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. After asserting two ...
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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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Do Paul and Jesus share Understanding on the Sum of the Law?

Rom 13:8 WEB Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. Does Paul mean the Whole Law? If he does then he can be charged with omitting the ...
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Why does Paul include Christ in 1 Corinthians 1:12?

1 Corinthians 1:12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Paul rebukes the church of Corinth for choosing to ...
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In Romans 5:3 what is the nature of the sufferings (thlipsis)?

Paul writes "but we rejoice in our sufferings". What exactly does "sufferings" (thlipsis) encompass in this context? Some examples of situations some people may label as suffering: persecution for ...
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Why did Barnabas bring Paul to Antioch?

Paul had fled Jerusalem and gone to Tarsus (Acts 9:28-30). Later (Acts 11:22-26): News of this [Jews and Gentiles following Jesus in Antioch] reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas ...
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Does Romans 16:11 reveal the apostle Paul (Saulus) was related to Herod Agrippa?

Based on Paul's request in [Romans 16:11] from the NKJV : "Greet Herodion, my countryman" (ἀσπάσασθε Ἡροδίωνα τὸν συγγενῆ) and "Antiquities of the Jews" by Josephus, Book XX (CH 9.4) : "...
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Cretans are always liars?

Was Paul aware of the Epimenides paradox when he wrote in Titus 1: 12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” 13a This saying is true. Was ...
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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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Could Paul be describing stage fright in 1 Corinthians 2:3 (cf. 2 Cor. 10:9-10, 11:6)?

In his First Letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul states: 1 Corinthians 2:3-4a: “I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in ...
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In Ephesians what does Paul mean by "world without end"?

[Eph 3:21 KJV] 21 Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. [Eph 3:21 mGNT] αὐτῷ ἡ δόξα ἐν τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ καὶ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ εἰς πάσας τὰς ...
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Is Ephesians 2:17 an allusion to Isaiah 57:19?

Ephesians 2:17 ESV 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. Isaiah 57:19 ESV creating the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and to the ...
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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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What tone was Paul intending to convey in Acts 23:5?

In Acts 23:3-5 (NIV): 2 At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. 3 Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there ...
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Acts: Why did some Jews want to kill Paul?

In Damascus, after many days: Acts 9:23 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him In just 15 days in Jerusalem: Acts 9:29 He talked and debated with the ...
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Are the principalities and powers in Titus 3:1 the same as in Ephesians 6:12?

Why did Paul say we should wrestle against "principalities and powers" in Ephesians 6:12 and obey them in Titus 3:1? ESV Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against ...
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In Romans 7:18 why is the phrase "that is,in my flesh" bracketed in the NKJV?

Romans 7:18 NKJV For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. But in other modern translations it ...
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Did Paul expect "the perfect" to come during his and the Corinthians' lifetime?

1 Corinthians 13:8-13 (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 is meant by "all Scripture" in 2 Timothy 3:16? [duplicate]

2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV): 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, What is meant by "all Scripture"? What specific books ...
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Is Paul being a bit extreme with his "wish" that they should mutilate themselves in Galatians 5:12?

In the Letter to the Galatians, the apostle Paul writes: Galatians 5:7-12: "You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. ...
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1 Corinthians 13:9-10 - What Does "ἐκ μέρους" Mean?

In 1 Corinthians 13:9-10 - What does "ἐκ μέρους" mean here? Is Paul talking about "knowing only partially" (i.e. incomplete knowledge), or "knowing as only part of the body" (i.e. of Christ), as in ...
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Did Pharisees have to be married (Phil. 3:4b-6)? [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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