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The set of letters written by the apostle Paul, as a corpus.

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Does our righteousness that comes from God is equal to His righteousness?

Phil.3:9 and be found in Him not having my own righteousness which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ,the righteousness which is from God by faith Our righteousness who believe ...
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What does 2 Corinthians 4:10-11 mean?

What does this mean? 2 Cor 4:10-11 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given ...
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What Does 2 Corinthians 4:12 mean?

It’s confusing why Paul would say life is at work in the Corinthians but death is at work in him and in Timothy. Similar confusion about 2 Cor 13:9 which is the one NIV cross-reference. Is he talking ...
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Why emphasize the body?

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭ Feel free to ...
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What hermeneutic principles demonstrate that the apostolic epistles are for the whole Church (past, present and future)?

What hermeneutic principles can be applied to our study of the apostolic epistles to demonstrate that they have full relevance to the entire Church (past present and future from the inception ...
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How do we know the epistles are for all belivers today? [closed]

How do we know the epistles are for all believers today? They were written to specific audiences in the cities of Rome, Corinth and Philippi etc. How do we know that those Epistles now apply to all ...
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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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Was it only the incident of incest (1 Corinthians 5) that caused Paul to change his plans about visiting the Corinthians?

Some of the things that Paul mentions in his two letters to the Corinthians seem to point to the incident of incest mentioned in the first letter which somehow had caused a lot of consternation 1 ...
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1 Corinthians 12:26: Relation of rejoice to honored

Biblical Hermeneutics. In 1 Corinthians 12:26 (NASB1995), If the first statement is If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it I wonder why didn't apostle Paul write the succeeding ...
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In 2 Corinthians 6:7 what are the weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left?

2 Corinthians 6:7 NIV 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left What are these weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the ...
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Eph. 2:6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus

We know that Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God. In Eph.2:6 it says that we, believers of Christ, made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Does it mean we are also sitting ...
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Who are the unrighteous whom Paul refers to in Romans 1:18-27?

Upon initial reading of Romans 1:18-27, it seems like Paul is talking about everyone who is not a believer (and therefore he is also talking about those who are unrighteous, as the passage implies). ...
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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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How does the Lord's discipline (falling asleep)exempt them from being finally condemned with the world in 1 Corinthians 11:32?

Paul admonishes the Corinthians for abusing the Lord's supper. 1 Corinthians 11:29[NIV] For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. He ...
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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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What is Paul's intent with “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood” in Eph. 6:12?

The previous question at Are the principalities and powers in Titus 3:1 the same as in Ephesians 6:12? is about the other part of the verse. Given the larger context in Eph. 5 & 6, dealing with ...
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What did the Apostle Paul mean speaking about Prophesy

In his First Epistle to the Corinthians, Paul often speaks about prophesy (προφητεύητε) as one among the skills, members of the community may have; I cite some passages: 1 Corinthians 11:4 Any man ...
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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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Where does the quote in Hebrews 3:7-11 come from and why is it attributed to the Holy Spirit?

Hebrews 3:7-11 begins with: Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, "..." This seems like a quotation from some other part of the Bible. From Googling, I found that Psalm 95:6-11 has similar ...
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Do Titus 1:2 + 2 Timothy 3:16 mean that scripture is inerrant?

Amended for clarity Two passages from Paul that are often used together: In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; (Titus 1:2) All scripture is given by ...
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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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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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In Philippians 4:5, what does Paul mean when he states, “Let your moderation be known unto all men”?

While analyzing this particular verse, the word used for moderation in the Koine Greek is "epieikies" meaning equitable, fair, and/or fitting. How does that translate to moderation or in ...
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The usage of “according to my gospel” in Paul's writings

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. (Rom. 2:16, KJV) Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my ...
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God and Father or Godhead and Father?

“one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭ With respect to ”God and Father”, does the Greek allow for the reading God (as in Father, Son and Holy ...
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1 Corinthians 7:5 - Satan's Temptation and Lack of Self-Control

1 Corinthians 7:5 (ESV), 5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not ...
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Who are the wise and the disputer (debater) and what is the Biblical clue to know them?

1Corinthians 1:20 :- Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
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Does Paul contradict Jesus by saying not to eat with sinners?

In 1 Corinthians, Paul is writing to the church at Corinth after hearing reports over various matters. One of them is sexual immorality within the church at Corinth. Of this matter he says in 1 ...
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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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The Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV), 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Is the ...
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Understanding how human being is created

In Romans 7:22 and 2 Corinthians 4:16, apostle Paul wrote about the outward man and inward man. What is the basis of this classification? What constitutes the outward man? What are the integral parts ...
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What is the first husband in Romans 7:1-6?

“Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as ...
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Why does Paul refer to both 'God' and 'Father' in 2 Thessalonians 1:1?

Building on my previous enquiry into the Divine references in this chapter I am interested to know why Paul would state 'God Father' in verse 1. With the coming of Christ, the promised Messiah, the ...
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A question regarding the anarthrous use of θεος in 2 Thessalonians 1:6

Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; [KJV] ειπερ δικαιον παρα θεω ανταποδουναι τοις θλιβουσιν υμας θλιψιν [TR, undisputed] Paul begins his ...
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Variant Readings of Titus 2:13

Are there any variant readings of Titus 2:13, possessing at least one of the following three characteristics ? the omission of the name Jesus Christ at the end of the verse a definite article placed ...
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How does one practically receive the “light of the knowledge” of the Glory of God in 2 Corinthians 4:6?

1) How does one practically receive the "light of the knowledge" of the Glory of God in 2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to ...
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What does 'wrest' the scriptures mean, 2 Peter 3:16?

In 2 Peter 3:16, the apostle Peter says : As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable ...
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How can Paul justify a following rock? 1 Cor 10:4

The Bereans were known for checking the Scriptures which would have been the OT (and possibly other writings outside of our OT) when it came to Paul’s claims If the Bereans were to check Paul in ...
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What is the “His glorious inheritance” mentioned in Ephesians 1:18?

What is the "His glorious inheritance" mentioned in Ephesians 1:18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches ...
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In Romans 3, is there an advantage or no advantage?

In one instance, Paul seems to be saying there was an advantage being a Jew (i.e., of the circumcision) because they had been entrusted with the words of God. Romans 3:1–2 1 What advantage, then, ...
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Does 1 Corinthians 15:44 refer to Dualist Anthropology?

Does 1 Corinthians 15:44 refer to Dualist Anthropology? Dualist Anthropology is the view of the body-soul relation as dualistic, the body and the soul being different as the soul that inhabits the ...
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What is the “good conscience” mentioned in 1 Timothy 1:5,19

What is the "good conscience" mentioned in 1 Timothy 1:5,19 ? 1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 1 ...
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Which law was Paul referring to in 1 Corinthians 14:34?

1 Corinthians 14:34 NASB 34 The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says. Which law was Paul ...
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What are the “things above, where Christ is seated” as said in Colossians 3:1-2?

What are the "things above, where Christ is seated" as said in Colossians 3:1-2 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right ...
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Who are the “chiefest apostles” in 2Co 11:5?

After Paul scolds the Corinthians for bearing people who preach things not according to Christ, he says: For I reckon that I am not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.(ASV) Paul proceeds to ...
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Who are Hymenaeus and Philetus in 2 Timothy 2:17? Are they Gnostics?

2 Timothy 2:17 makes mention of Hymenaeus and Philetus who were spreading false teaching. Hymenaeus is also mentioned in 1 Timothy 1:20. These double mention of the person Hymenaeus implies that ...
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Are the commandments concerning covering & uncovering the head for public assemblies only or in private as well? (1 Corinthians Chapter 11)

Are the commandments concerning covering & uncovering the head for public assemblies only or in private as well? I have read commentaries on these verses and most agree that these commandments ...
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1 Corinthians 4:10 meant to be an irony?

Paul lambasts the church at Corinth for sectarianism which had led to jealousy and strife. But later the apostle Paul sounds conciliatory lauding them with attributes which seemed non existent within ...
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How can we harmonise 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 and Hebrews 9 :27?

It seems according to Paul some will meet Christ without tasting death 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NASB [16]For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel ...
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What does “obey the truth” mean in Romans 2:8?

What does obey the truth mean in this verse? Romans 2:8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. What is the truth ...