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Questions on Biblical texts relating to the Christian teaching of Soteriology, AKA "Christian Salvation": This tag is for questions on passages used to support, could likely, or prove to impact one's view of Soteriology, while questions on Soteriology itself remain off-topic.

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Does 2 Timothy 2:13 mean that a once saved person cannot lose his salvation?

Does 2 Timothy 2:13 (if we are faithless, he remains faithful) mean that we cannot throw away our salvation? If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. [2 Timothy 2:13]
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How should Romans 5:18-19 best be translated?

This is the verse in question and how David Bentley Hart translates it... Romans 5:18-19 Greek Ἄρα οὖν ὡς δι᾽ἑνὸς παραπτώματος εἰς πάντας ἀνθρώπους εἰς κατάκριμα, οὕτως καὶ δι᾽ ἑνὸς δικαιώματος εἰς ...
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Is Paul saying that works were once required of Israel to be of God's elect, (prior to the current election being by God's grace through faith alone)?

Romans 11:5-6 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it ...
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What does it mean that Israel will be saved "by faith", and everyone else "through faith"?

Romans 3:30 KJV Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. Could this allude to the tribulation, where Israel will once again be under a '...
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In the process of conversion of a non-believer, is saving faith a choice (under their control) or caused by external factors (outside their control)?

There are passages in the Bible that seem to suggest that saving faith is caused by external factors, over which a non-believer has presumably no volitional control: Ephesians 2:8-9 8 For by grace ...
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When Jesus refers to "life," is he using the expression more broadly, encompassing "eternal life"?

Deuteronomy 32:47 Septuagint For this word is not vain to you, but it is your life (Zoe); and by this same word you will prolong the days in the land which, having crossed the Jordan, you go to ...
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Does the statement "all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God" apply to non-Christians? (Romans 8:14)

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, “Abba! ...
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When Paul mentions baptism for the dead in 1 Corinthians 15:29, what is he talking about? [duplicate]

1 Corinthians 15:29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? The LDS Church uses this ...
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Does John 3:36 mean that those preceding Jesus will “not see life” as a result? [closed]

John 3:36 KJV He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. Based on this verse, how were people in ...
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Does righteousness come from the law or not? [closed]

In Ezekiel 18:9 it says (ESV): "walks in my statutes, and keeps my rules by acting faithfully—he is righteous; he shall surely live, declares the Lord God." And in Ezekiel 14:14 (ESV) it ...
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What is the proper interpretation of Ephesians 1:13? NIV or others?

The NIV of Ephesians 1:13 reads: "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, ...
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Does Baptism convey the forgiveness of sins? [closed]

Context Lately, when the topic of Baptism comes up on SE, there there seems to be a rush to disallow a view that would conclude that baptism conveys the forgiveness of sins. My Researched Conclusion ...
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What is Paul telling us about those dead in Christ?

1 Cor 15:20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. Does 'asleep' determine that Christian dead do not go to heaven, their spirits go to ...
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Can a soul in hell be redeemed, going by Mtt 16:18?

We see in Mtt 16:17-18 Jesus calling Apostle Simon the Rock on which the Church would be built and against which the doors of hell would not prevail. Now, when we talk of the strength of a door, we ...
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Does Matthew 7:13-14 picturise an actual geographical entity of Jesus' time?

In Matthew 7:13-14, we see Jesus saying that the gate to salvation is small and the path that leads to it is narrow. We always see Jesus presenting eternal truths in the most simple way, mostly with ...
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Does 1 Peter imply that we will only receive salvation if our faith has been tried/proven true?

1 Peter 1:6-9 NASB “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious ...
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What is the "salvation ready to be revealed in the last time"?

1 Peter 1:3-5 NASB “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ ...
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Were the accused even present for the crime? (Acts 2)

Peter straightforwardly accuses his audience on the day of Pentecost of murdering their Messiah. this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and ...
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Why is it hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven? [duplicate]

With respect to the below scripture, why is it difficult for rich people to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Matthew 19:23-24 (ESV) 23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with ...
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If Jesus has never sinned and has never done any wrong, why did he tell the The Rich Young Ruler that He is not Good and that God alone is good? [duplicate]

And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone (Luke 18:18–19) Why did Christ make ...
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Is a plural nature of God the best explanation for the use of el, ĕlôha, and ĕlōhîm in Deuteronomy?

The vocabulary of Deuteronomy identifies God using three different words: el, ĕlôha, and ĕlōhîm. el and ĕlôha are singular; ĕlōhîm is plural. There are even passages where two different words are used ...
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Does Ephesians 5:5 contradict salvation by faith? [duplicate]

In Ephesians 5:5 (NET), Paul says that: For you can be confident of this one thing: that no person who is immoral, impure, or greedy (such a person is an idolater) has any inheritance in the kingdom ...
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Being saved and lying - lake of fire

Rev. 21:8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire ...
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In Paul's view: Will Habitual Sin Affect the Believer’s Eternal Salvation?

I want to understand what Paul believed about habitual sin (Biblical theology) according to 2 Thessalonians 3 about habitual sin, considering where Paul touches on the matter elsewhere in his first ...
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1 Peter 1:5. Does it teach the perseverance of the Saints

1Pe 1:5 BLB who are being guarded by the power of God through faith, for the salvation ready to be revealed in the last time, This States so strongly that we are Kept as in a garrison by the Power of ...
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What is the "manner of spirit" that Jesus might be referring to in Luke 9:55, and does (or might) it refer to all men?

What is the "manner of spirit" that Jesus might be referring to in Luke 9:55, and does (or might) it refer to all men? Luke 9: [54] And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said,...
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What scriptures shows that Jesus will still utterly save those who once professed trust in Jesus and yet lived in ungodliness? [closed]

Considering the following Scriptures: Ephe 2:8, 9 8 For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. ...
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What does Peter mean by "peace" in Acts 10:36?

As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), (Acts 10:36, ESV) τὸν ⸆ λόγον ⸀[ὃν] ἀπέστειλεν τοῖς υἱοῖς Ἰσραὴλ εὐαγγελιζόμενος εἰρήνην ...
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Does 1 Corinthians 5:3‭-‬5 imply that Paul believed salvation is possible for a sinner after he dies?

When you are assembled, and my spirit is present with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day ...
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Did Zacchaeus say "I [already] give," or "I will give" half his possessions to the poor (Luke 19:8)

Translators seem about equally divided on this question, with older translations such as KJV, Geneva, Darby and even RSV using the present tense and newer ones leaning toward the future tense. My ...
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Romans 8:16 -" τῷ πνεύματι ἡμῶν" - Is it the Holy Spirit bears witness "with" or "to" our spirit?

Most English versions translate "with our spirit," while the Bishop's Bible 1558, Mace NT, Douay, Catholic Public Domain Versions, and Lamsa and Aramaic Bible in Plain English translate &...
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1 John 5: 13 - What does "these things" refer to that relates to "you may know that you have eternal life" - assurance of salvation?

The premise of our assurance of salvation is: "All who believe in Jesus Christ are saved. I Believe in Jesus Christ. Therefore, I am saved." When we say "I know am saved because I ...
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Should the word "free" appear in Romans 6:23 as an adjective to "gift"?

I have always understood Romans 6:23 to read "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus (our Lord)." And that is how my NASB 1995 renders it. ...
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Leviticus 16 - Does the casting of the lots mean that the two goats are actually one sacrifice?

Relevant verses: Leviticus 16:7-10 7 Then he shall take the two goats and set them before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 8 And Aaron shall cast lots over the two goats, one lot for ...
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How should we understand the ongoing nature of Jesus' intercession? Heb 7:25-27

Heb 7:25-27 (NASB, emphasis added) 25Therefore he is also able to save forever those who come to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. 26For it was fitting for us to ...
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Rom 11:20 - What their "unbelief" was about? [closed]

Text: Romans 11:20 (ESV) "That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear."
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Is Paul making the "watchmaker argument" in Romans 1:18-25?

Romans 1:18-25 (ESV) 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known ...
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What is Jesus teaching in the context of John 6: "he who believes has eternal life"(v47) & "if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever"(v51)?

Text: John 6:47 -51 (ESV) "47 Truly, truly, I tell you, he who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 This is the ...
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Romans 6:10 and Jesus's relationship with God and Sin

I find Romans 6:10 quite provocative: Romans 6:10 for in that he died [past,prior to resurrection], to the sin he died once, and in that he liveth [present,post resurrection], he liveth to God; ...
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What is the 'judgement' mentioned in Heb 9:27?

And just as it is destined for people to die once, and after this comes judgment Heb 9:27 Some say this is the stage prior to the 'lake of fire'. Some say it is a condemnation of the guilt borne by ...
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What is 'put on' in Psalm 132:9 ? What is the 'righteousness' and the 'salvation' that clothes?

Singing through the Songs of Degrees, morning by morning, I was struck by 132:9 and 16 and pondered on what it actually (in experience and in practice) means . . . . ... thy priests do put on ...
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Is the blood of Christ for our forgiveness or his death for our forgiveness or both somehow?

My question arises from my study on the blood of Christ and his sacrificial death on the cross. The scriptures seem to teach that both his death and his shed blood were for the forgiveness of sins. ...
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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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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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