Just What Did the Apostle Pray for Relief From?
Based on what I've been able to determine, scholars have, for centuries, recognized what appear to be conflicting portrayals of the apostle Paul’s public speaking abilities. The Book of Acts seems to describe him as a bold, effective spokesman while Paul’s own letters tell a very different story: He is quite ...
The identity of the "Lord" in 2 Cor 12:8, 9 could potentially be either the Father (eg, Matt 11:25) or Jesus (eg, 2 Thess 2:16, Luke 5:8, etc).
There are a number of times in the NT where the unqualified vocative "O Lord" is used such as:
1 Cor 16:22 - If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be under a curse. Come, O Lord!
Matt 15:22 - ...
2 Corinthians 7:10
English Standard Version
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
The OP rightly points out the two interpretations of "regret". Some commentators connect it with salvation. Others connect it with repentance of former sins. E.g., I have no regret that I ...
That is precisely how the new, NASB20 reads the passage:
[2 Corinthians 7:5-11 NASB20] (5) For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts on the outside, fears inside. (6) But God, who comforts the discouraged, comforted us by the arrival of Titus; (7) and not only by his arrival, but also by the ...
In the statement “there is no fear in love” the author specifically addresses one type of fear, and that is the fear of judgment or, more precisely, the fear of punishment:
v. 18 - There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment (1 Jn 4:18)
“But perfect love drives out fear.” The key to understanding this ...
We must treat cautiously here as the words for "spirit" and "breath" are identical in both Greek and Hebrew. This even persists into modern languages with words like "expired" (= breathed out" meaning "dead". For example,
Gen 49:33 - When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up ...
Perfect love drives out fear.
1 John 4:18 (NASB)
18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because
fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in
The degree to which a Christian loves God and senses God’s love for him has a direct effect on him in the future day of judgment. Those within whom love has been ...
The concepts of fear in both passages are the same. The issue, or the question your asking arises out of a ‘clash’ between our western understanding of ‘fear’ and ‘love’ and the intended biblical understanding of these.
In western ‘thinking’, the opposite of ‘love’ is ‘hate’. This is not biblical - at all. Biblically, the opposite of ‘love’ is ‘...
No. The spirit can not leave the body ‘miraculously’. It only leaves in, or as as a result of death. Although dying and coming back to life would be miraculous - so in a sense - yes!
But your Q asked whether the spirit could leave without causing death, so that’s why the answer is No. The word clearly answers this! -
JAMES 2:26 For as the body apart from the ...
What is it we are afraid of?
I find Jesus' answer quite effective:
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the
soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body
in hell. (Matthew 10:28)
Let's look at 3 types of fear:
Fear of man - this could include worrying about bad things humans can do to you (I get why ...