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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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In Romans 6:16 why does Paul say that obedience leads to righteousness, when righteousness is God's freely given gift?

Romans 6:16 (ESV) says: Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, ...
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What evidence is there the writer of Revelation was aware of the apostle Paul?

In a comment to this question What are the 12 names of the the apostles of the lamb? Mark Edward raised the point if the author of Revelation was aware of or concerned with Paul and his claim to ...
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Does Romans 7:7 indicate that the Law is essential for identifying "sin"?

Romans 7:6 - But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter. 7 What shall we say ...
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In 1 Corinthians 11:4 why does Paul consider it a dishonor for a man to cover his head when praying or prophesying?

Why does the apostle Paul consider it a dishonour if a man prays with his head covered in 1 Corinthians 11:4? NIV-UK Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonours his head.
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Do verbs in present active indicative always imply temporality?

12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. NKVJ, 1982 ΙΒʹ γυναικὶ δὲ διδάσκειν οὐκ ἐπιτρέπω οὐδὲ αὐθεντεῖν ἀνδρός ἀλλ᾽ εἶναι ἐν ἡσυχίᾳ TR, 1550 I ...
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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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Kindness and goodness - fruit of Spirit, what is the difference?

I was studying Gl 5.22, and I came across this virtues - kindness and goodness. I am Brazilian, and I looked up in dictionary for these two words in Portuguese (Bondade and Benignidade) and they are ...
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Did Paul preach or never preach to the gentiles before Barnabas went to Tarsus to meet him? [duplicate]

After reading some verses regarding Paul, my conclusion is Paul already preach to the gentiles before Barnabas went to Tarsus to meet him (then brings him to Antioch). Galatians 1:15-17 But when ...
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Can a woman lead to pray for a man? [duplicate]

1 Timothy 2:12 (NIV) "I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet." I want to know, can a woman lead to pray for a man? Thanks
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When did Paul visit the Corinthians for the second time?

(KJV) 2 Corinthians 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. I believe Paul's first visit to Corinth was in (Acts 18:...
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2 Corinthians 6:11-7:2 > How does the separation of God's people apply to Paul's argument?

2 Corinthians 6:14 and its subsequent verses seem like something of an abrupt interlude in the middle of Paul's appeal to the Corinthians to open their hearts to him and his associates. What's the ...
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In Romans 11:11, is Paul being literal?

Update This question is based on reading the text in English. In Greek it is Israel that is made jealous, not the gentiles, to the question (and the answers) are invalid!! Please see the updated ...
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In Hebrews 12:1, what is the 'easily entangling sin'?

In Heb. 12:1 , Paul is mentioning an 'easily entangling' kind of sin. What is this meaning of this sin? According to Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, there is no exact answer to this. ...
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What are the oldest known records of interpretation agreeing with New Perspective on Paul?

The "New Perspective on Paul", often abbreviated as "NPP", is a modern interpretation of Paul. The "old" perspective was that Paul characterized the Judaism of his day as a religion of legalistic ...
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Is it appropriate to translate Galatians 3:21 as "If a law had been given"?

I do not read Hebrew or Greek but my interpretation of Pauline epistles is different than traditional protestants. Gal 3:21 (ESV) Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! ...
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What does "lawful" mean in Paul's phrase "all things are lawful"?

I see several ways to understand the meaning of Paul's phrase "all things are lawful" in 1 Cor 6:12 and 1 Cor 10:23. "Lawful" could refer to: Things not specifically forbidden in the Bible; one ...
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What did the Jewish exorcists do wrong in Acts 19:13

In Acts 19, there were a few traveling Jews that had heard Paul was removing demons by the name of Jesus, so they attempted to do the same: "Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took ...
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What does οὐ τὰς τυχούσας mean in Acts 19:11?

Most translations say something like: "And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul" δυνάμεις τε οὐ τὰς τυχούσας ἐποίει ὁ Θεὸς διὰ τῶν χειρῶν Παύλου, But the NKJV says: "Now ...
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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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What is the Basis that the "Love Chapter" is Actually a "Hymn" - 1 Corinthians 13?

Closely Related to: 1 Corinthians 13:10 - What does "The Perfect" Refer to? 1. Question - Historical Interpretation and Orthography What is the linguistic basis to assert that the "...
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Is the sect of 'the Way' in Acts 24:14 the same as the sect of 'the Nazarenes' in Acts 24:5?

In Acts 24:14, Paul said that the Jews identifies 'the Way' as a sect. 14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing ...
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Is Paul's sister in Acts 23:16 his biological sister? [duplicate]

Now the son of Paul’s sister heard of their ambush, so he went and entered the barracks and told Paul. Acts 23:16 (ESV) Is Paul's sister in Acts 23:16 his biological sister? If so,then, the ...
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In Galatians 2:2, what was Paul afraid of?

After receiving a divine charge and 14 years of faithful labor Paul returns to Jerusalem concerned that it was all for nothing. Why was he concerned about that and what did he fear that the Jerusalem ...
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What does "overlooked" mean in Acts 17:30

Paul, after reasoning about idolatry in Athens, states: Therefore, although God has overlooked such times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has set a day ...
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Is Paul receiving the baptism of The Holy Spirit (in Acts 9:17-19) OR is something else happening here?

In Acts 9:17-19, I'm not seeing that the text itself ever says that Paul received the Holy Spirit. If you disagree, please do (I'm hoping to get some clarity). I'm seeing that it says Ananias tells ...
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Did Paul receive The Holy Spirit? [closed]

If you think Paul received The Holy Spirit, please explain the text where you feel this is expressed. Thanks-
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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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When did Saul/Paul first go to Jerusalem

Asking because I am now reading Michael Grant's "Saint Paul" (1976). He lends credence to some argument p.14.5 that Luke's mention of Paul being at the stoning of Stephen as only a literary device ...
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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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The name "Jesus" in light of Philippians 2:9 [closed]

Philippians 2:9 NIV Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, What exactly did Paul mean when he said that his name was above every name? ...
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Why does Paul use the expression "fear and trembling" instead of simply "fear"?

On several occasions Paul used the words "Fear & Trembling" (Phil 2:12; 2 Corinthians 7:15; 1 Corinthians 2:3). This is often explained as reverence/respect, but why use both word when "fear" can ...
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In 2 Timothy 2:16 to what false teaching is Paul referring when he says Hymenaeus and Philetus taught that "the resurrection has already happened"?

In 2 Timothy 2:16-18 (ESV) Paul writes: But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and ...
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Is it necessary to assert that Paul has never been to Colossae when this letter is written?

Commentaries and NT introductions all like to state that Paul has never been to Colossae. It is generally founded in this passage: Colossians 2:1   For I want you to know how great a struggle I ...
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What does it mean that Jesus emptied Himself in Philippians 2:7?

When we read in Philippians 2:4-7 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, ...
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1 Cor 13:10 - Did Paul use "perfect" [teleios] in the sense of maturity? [duplicate]

After reading a discussion on the above mentioned verse, I am still left with a question. Doesn't the context determine that, "perfect" [2. teleios (τέλειος, 5046), “complete, perfect,” from telos, “...
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Was Paul arguing that Christians are the "true Temple," in contrast The Temple?

In I Corinthians 3:16-17, Paul writes: Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy,...
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Does Apostle Paul give a warning against different denominations?

What is the nature of the divisions identified in the original text of this statement by the Apostle Paul? 1 Corinthians 1:12–13 (ASV) Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; ...
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In what way has God been found by "those who did not seek" him (Romans 10:20)?

Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, “I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.” Romans 10:20 (ESV) According to Paul, in what way has ...
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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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Could I Corinthians 2:15 carry a sense of "surprise"?

I was listening to an old sermon by David Jeremiah today in which he suggested that the original Greek of I Corinthians 2:15 would be read with a connotation of "surprise" which would be captured by a ...
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What role did James have in Paul's conflict with Peter?

In Galatians 2, Paul records a conflict he had with Peter. In doing so, he mentions that "certain men came from James" and that after their arrival, Peter separated himself from eating with ...
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Why does Paul change pronouns in 2 Corinthians 4:12?

Why does Paul change the pronoun from us to you in 2 Corinthians 4, verse 12? Paul was honest with his struggles "to do good," but he never explicitly denied the Holy Spirit dwelled within him. In ...
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Why are the three accounts of Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus different

Paul himself makes no mention of a conversion on the road to Damascus, whereas Acts of the Apostles has not one, but three accounts: At Acts 9:3-8, Paul was blinded by a light and fell down, then ...
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Did Luke base the story of Paul's conversion on the ancient play, the Bacchae, by Euripides

Acts of the Apostles has three, somewhat different accounts of the conversion of Paul on the road to Damascus - Acts 9:3-8, 22:6-11 and 26:12-19. Not only does Paul never mention this experience, but ...
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1 Thessalonians 2:18 - Was Satan hindering Paul or did Christ not want him to return?

1 Thessalonians 2:18 (KJV): Because we wanted to come to you - I, Paul, again and again, - but Satan hindered us. I am following a reading plan of Paul in the new testament and this is the first in ...
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Did Paul take the Nazarite vow in Cenchreae? If so, why this vow?

In Acts 18:18 the English Standard Version states: At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow. The cross-references for this point to Numbers 6:2, 18 which describe the Nazarite vow. ...
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What did the Philippian jailer mean by "saved"?

In Acts 16:30, after the earthquake and the loosing of the chains of Paul and Silas, the Philippian jailer asks them (NA28): κύριοι, τί με δεῖ ποιεῖν ἵνα σωθῶ; Sirs, what must I do to be saved? ...
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The Second Greatest Commandment [closed]

Love your neighbor as yourself. - Matt 22:36-40 I would like to take appart this commandment in order to better understand it. These five words require an extensive analysis especially since there ...
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What is the meaning of 1 Corinthians 14:22-25?

The description in verses 23-25 seems to contradict verse 22, how is prophecy a sign to believers and tongues a sign to unbelievers? 1 Corinthians 14:22-25 22 Thus tongues are a sign not for ...
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Why does Paul skip his usual blessing in Galatians, Titus, and 1 Timothy?

If we compare those three letters with those of Rom 1:8–10; 1 Cor 1:4–6; 2 Cor 1:3–7; Eph 1:1–10; Phil 1:4–6; Col 1:3–4; 1 Thess 1:2–3; 2 Thess 1:3–4; 2 Tim 1:3–4, we find that it doesn't begin with a ...

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