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The study of the mechanisms by which an individual achieves salvation and the related belief systems.

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Strong Exegesis of Hebrews 12:15 "fail of the grace of God" in what sense?

Text body in immediate context: 14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root ...
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Is Revelation 3:16 a warning about the possibility of losing one's salvation?

Revelation 3:14-22 (ESV): 14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation. 15 “‘I know your works: you are ...
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Are John 15:1-11 and Revelation 3:14-22 referring to the same group of people?

I find striking similarities between John 15:1-11 and Revelation 3:14-22: John 15:1-11 (ESV) “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he ...
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Does "saved" mean the same thing in 2 Samuel 3:18 & Ephesians 2:8?

2 Samuel 3:18 speaks of David saving Israel: 18 Now then do it: for the Lord hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the ...
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Does Matthew 5:3-12 (Beatitudes) address ‘The Problem of Evil’? [closed]

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy The epistemic question posed by evil is whether the world contains undesirable states of affairs that provide the basis for an argument that makes it unreasonable ...
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Is Jesus using multiple definitions of "life" in Matthew 10:39?

Matthew 10:39 (ESV) Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. How can someone find their life and then lose it, or lose their life and then find it? ...
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Is there a theological difference between asking "What will it profit a man to have faith without works?" and "What will it profit a man who says he

has faith and does not have works?" James 2:14 is the verse in question. James does not pose the first question, but the second one. Various translations put it: “What doth it profit, my ...
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Is there a contradiction between John 6:44 and Matthew 22:14?

John 6:44 (ESV) 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. Matthew 22:8-14 (ESV) 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast ...
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Greek question Philippians 3:9 is it "faith in Christ" or "faith of Christ"

I'm looking at Philippians 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; (...
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What does it mean to “inherit the kingdom of God” in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10?

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NASB) “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor ...
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What does John 3:16 mean by "perish"?

John 3:14-16 (ESV): 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world,...
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Exactly when did Paul repent... before or after he was saved?

There is absolutely no question that Paul did repent (i.e., had a change of direction in his heart), as is clearly attested to in scripture. Therefore, the question being raised isn't really an issue ...
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Parable of Talents -Mt. 25 (& Mina, Lk 19) - Was the wicked servant condemned for the inaction/no profit, or more for the independent mindset?

Though he did not bring in any profit - so the thief on the cross and many of us as well; at least, he did not squander away the principle, after all, he too was "the servant," a trusted, as ...
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Are the references to "the rapture" in Matthew 24 and Luke 17 gender specific?

I am intrigued as to whether the "two" (people) referred to in relation to the "rapture" in Matthew 24 and Luke 17, should be gender specific? With my limited knowledge of ...
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When did Paul's repentance (i.e., change of heart) and salvation occur? On the road to Damascus, or only after being baptized in Damascus?

The traditional way in which any Israelite was to be saved, was to first repent (and be baptized) as evidenced in both the preaching of John the Baptist (Mark 1:4,15) and that of Peter (Acts 2:38; 3:...
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Does God deliberately choose people to be Christians in 1 Cor 1:26-29?

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NASB) “For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the ...
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In context of John 6: 44-46, -"no one can come to me", who the "no one" Jesus refers to, the Jews or all?

How the Father draws one to Jesus? What does "come" to me (v 44) means? What is the relevance of Jesus saying in verse 46? Text: John 6:44-46 (ESV): "44 No one can come to me unless the ...
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What does Titus 2:11 mean by “bringing salvation to all people”?

We read: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. It trains us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the ...
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What does Paul mean to emphasize when he refers to himself as chief, or the first, or the worst, in 1 Timothy 1:15?

1 Timothy 1:15 KJV This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1:15 YLT stedfast is the word, and ...
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Is John 6:44 a necessary and/or sufficient condition for salvation?

John 6:44 (ESV) 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. Questions Necessary Condition. What happens with someone who is never ...
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Does Revelation 20:10,14-15 teach eternal conscious torment (ECT) of the wicked?

Revelation 20:10 (YLT) 10 and the Devil, who is leading them astray, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where [are] the beast and the false prophet, and they shall be tormented day and ...
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"... and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth" - what place is Jesus referring to in Matthew 24:51?

Matthew 24:44-51 (ESV): 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. 45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his ...
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Are Paul (Romans 10:11-17) and Jesus (John 6:44) describing different methods or different aspects of a single method to win souls?

Romans 10:11-17 (ESV) 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, ...
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Why would God create vessels of wrath prepared for destruction (Romans 9:21-22) if He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11)?

Ezekiel 33:11 11 Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways,...
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In Romans chapter 6, what does Paul mean by "death"? Biological death? Spiritual death? Some figurative meaning of death? All of them?

Romans 6 (ESV): What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been ...
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What happens when a person loses their "life"/"soul"? John 12:24-25 & Matthew 16:26

John 12:24-25 (NASB): 24 Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 The one who loves his life (Lit ...
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Do John 17:3 and Matthew 25:46 refer to different meanings of "eternal life"?

John 17:3 (ESV): 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. Matthew 25:46 (ESV): 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but ...
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When does eternal life begin? When we believe in the Son (1 John 5:11-12, John 3:36, 5:24) or on Judgement Day (Matthew 25:31-46)?

According to the Apostle John, eternal life begins when we believe in the Son: 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God ...
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Does it follow from John 17:3 that the wicked will cease to exist (since they won't have eternal life)?

John 17:3 (ESV): 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. The wicked who will experience the second death do not and will not truly ...
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Can any conclusions be drawn about an "intermediate state" from John 11:25-26?

John 11:25-26 (YLT): 25 Jesus said to her, `I am the rising again, and the life; he who is believing in me, even if he may die, shall live; 26 and every one who is living and believing in me shall ...
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Is doing good deeds for others of no ultimate use or not? 1 Corinthians 13:3 vs. Matthew 25:41-46

1 Corinthians 13:3 (ESV): 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Matthew 25:41-46 (ESV): 41 “Then he will say to those on his left,...
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Is salvation easy or hard? Revelation 22:17 vs. Matthew 7:13-14

Revelation 22:17 makes it look easy: The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life ...
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2 Timothy 2:17-19 and God’s Foundation

I have my conviction of the doctrine of perseverance of the saints, yet, this passage seems to indicate that Hymenaeus & Philetus were never saved due to the contrast Paul gives about “God’s solid ...
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4 different ways to interpret 2 Peter 2:20-22?

Given the surrounding context of 2 Peter 2:20-22 we might come to 4 different conclusions on the interpretation of this verse. Given the rule of rational deduction, can we interpret 2 Peter 2:20-22 ...
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John 6:45b - who is the everyone, the Jews or everyone comes to Jesus?

What "comes to me" means? What does "has heard and learned from the Father" mean? Is it a prerequisite for everyone coming to Jesus? Text: John 6:45b (ESV) "-who has heard ...
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Is it possible to have saving faith in Jesus Christ if one has misunderstood who the Jesus Christ of scripture really is? Romans 1:1-4

I ask because of noting how chapter 1 of Romans deals with the person of Christ – who he is – while not dealing with what he has done to save sinners until chapter 3. Could this be significant? I read ...
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Did the response on the servant in Matt. 18:26 indicate he thought he could earn salvation?

The servant owed 10,000 talents (18:24). The footnote on talent in 18:24 in the ESV is "A talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years’ wages for a laborer." Thus, 10,000 talents = ...
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Would 2 Timothy 2:16-18 suggest that full preterism is a salvation issue?

In the Bible, some questions seem to allow for differing positions (see Romans 14). However, does 2 Timothy 2:16-18 suggest that whether the resurrection has already happened isn't one of them? Is it ...
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Did Paul teach works-based salvation in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27?

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (ESV): 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all ...
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In the context of Luke 2: 8-14, does "among men-good will" (v.14b) refers to the Jews, all people on earth created in His image, or the predestined?

Text:Luke 2: 8 -14 (YTL) "And there were shepherds in the same region, lodging in the field, and keeping the night-watches over their flock, 9 and lo, a messenger of the Lord stood over them, and ...
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What was Jesus actually promising in John 6:35 and when is this promise fulfilled?

John 6:35: 35 And Jesus said to them, `I am the bread of the life; he who is coming unto me may not hunger, and he who is believing in me may not thirst -- at any time; [YLT] 35 And Jesus said unto ...
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Did Jesus preach works-based salvation in Mark 10:17-21 and Luke 10:25-28?

17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good?...
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At Acts 4:12, does Peter indicate that God has put Himself "on the hook" to save in Jesus'name?

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. - Acts 4:12 There are some few translation that render this as "can ...
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Was the story of Adam & Eve a deflection or reflection of all mankind? Or both? [closed]

God said to Adam "I will make you a helpmate" Gen 2:18 as Adam was alone was lonely. God introduced Eve into the equation as a "helpmate". Does Eve then betray God? So, to make ...
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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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Why does Paul use three different words for gift besides grace in Rom. 5:15-17?

Why does Paul use three different words for gift besides grace in Rom. 5:15-17? Is Paul only using these words as synomyms to reduce repitition of the same word, or is there a significance in the ...
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Grace of God vs the Grace of the One Man Jesus Christ (Rom 5:15)

But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. -...
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If the gospel is described in Luke 18:31-34, what gospel were the disciples preaching earlier in Luke 9:6?

If there is only one gospel, which gospel was being preached in Luke 9:6 which preceded Luke 18:31-34. Then Jesus took the Twelve aside and said to them, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and ...
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In what way was Rahab justified by works (presumably of the Law of Moses?) in James 2:25 (cf. Heb. 11:31)?

We are told several times that Rahab the harlot was saved when she protected the spies sent from Israel to survey the city of Jericho. Here is one example: James 2:25: "In the same way [as ...
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Is Psalm 83 an imprecatory prayer or a prophecy or both?

Many people view Psalm 83 as a prophecy about a war involving the tribes listed or their descendants. 5 With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you— 6 the tents of Edom and ...
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