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Why did Jesus begin his ministry at age 30?

Why did Jesus begin his ministry at age 30? Jesus a sympathetic High Priest that can sympathize with our weaknesses. For this reason, he came to earth born as a man having flesh and blood, and ...
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When was Jesus rich? 2 Corinthian 8:9

Paul is very likely using a metaphor here. The word "rich" is often used in scripture without referring to earthly "wealth." Consider Christ's divinity. Prior to coming to Earth, ...
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What does Matthew 9:5 mean that it is "easier" to say "Your sins are forgiven"?

It is easier to say 'Thy sins be forgiven thee'. The audience will not see anything happen. Anyone can say to anyone else, 'Thy sins be forgiven' and nobody will be any the wiser - until the Day of ...
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Jesus was tempted, but God cannot be tempted. How, then, do we reconcile James 1:13 and Heb. 4:15?

Human nature can be tempted. Divine nature cannot be tempted. These two passages indicate the duality of nature possessed (uniquely) by Jesus of Nazareth. These two natures cannot 'merge' or 'mingle'. ...
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“Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.” - why did the Jews want to throw stones at Jesus for saying this?

A Blasphemy Which Requires Stoning There are three points in the Fourth Gospel at which the Jews respond to something Jesus said by wanting to kill Him. The first is in Chapter 5; the second in ...
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If Jesus is God, how can we make sense of Him calling the Father "my God" in John 20:17?

This is a question on which it is difficult to be objective; I will attempt to offer an objective take (my own two cents in the conclusion only). I’ll probably fall somewhat short of any single ...
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When was Jesus made both Lord and Christ?

At birth, what titles did Jesus already possess? Luke 2:11 & 21 (NKJV) "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." "And when eight ...
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Does Romans 9:5 assert the deity of Christ?

I submit that there can be no fuller answer to this question than that given by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones some 70 years ago in a lecture on this verse.1 He summarizes the factors to consider in making ...
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Is there any textual evidence in the Gospels that Jesus thought we should pray to Jesus?

There are numerous cases in the NT of People praying directly to Jesus. Here is a sample: John 4:10 - Jesus answered and said to her, "If you had known the gift of God and who it is saying to ...
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Does John the Baptist's witness imply the pre-incarnate existence of Jesus?

The central matter here in John 1:15 is the meaning ascribed to the adjective πρῶτος (protos) which can mean: of time - first in time, earliest or earlier, eg, Phil 1:5, Acts 20:18 first in a ...
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Is Revelation 3:14 saying that Christ was created by God?

There are, though, passages from the Greek translation of the Hebrew, the LXX, that might be mentioned. They are: Gen.10:10; "beginning of the kingdom of him"-"arche tes basileias ...
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In Colossians 1:15, what does “firstborn of every creature” mean?

The phrase in question is prōtotokos pasēs ktiseōs. But does this mean "firstborn of every creature" (distributive, as in the KJV), or "firstborn of all creation" (collective, as in ASV, RSV, NASB, ...
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How can Isaiah 42:8 possibly be true, if John 13:31-32 is true?

The question misses the point of glory when God is concerned. Jesus IS the glory of God! ... the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the ...
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“Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.” - why did the Jews want to throw stones at Jesus for saying this?

The claim of Divinity The people sought to stone Jesus for blasphemy - the statement that put them over the edge, and would serve as their justification for trying to stone him again later (see John ...
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Is it grammar or theology that causes translators to typically translate John 10:33 as "declare Yourself to be God" as opposed to "a god"?

This is definitely a grammatical problem and is subtle. The matter at hand in John 10:33 is what Daniel B Wallace in "Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics" (GGBB) calls "Qualitative ...
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To Jews in Jesus' time, what did "the Son of Man" mean?

"Son of man" is a frequent phrase on the OT, especially Ezekiel, (eg, 2:6, 11:15, 12:27, 13:2, 20:3, 21:19, 22;18, 24:2, 28:2, 30:21, 32:18, 24, 33:2, 12, 20, 34:2, 36:1, 37:16, 38:2, 39:17, ...
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Is Revelation 3:14 saying that Christ was created by God?

Having researched and discussed this verse in depth a few years ago for 4-5 months, I would say yes, that is exactly what the verse is saying, though many are far too quick to reach for an alternate ...
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Does Romans 9:5 assert the deity of Christ?

The heart of the problem is that the earliest manuscripts-the uncials and papyri don't have punctuation. There has got to be a comma and or period in there, but where? Murray Harris in his study of ...
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1 Peter 1:20 says Christ was "foreknown". How was he then preexistant?

No contradiction There is not really anything contradictory about stating it this way just because Christ is understood to be pre-existent.1 This can be understood looking at it from two perspectives....
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When was Jesus rich? 2 Corinthian 8:9

When was Jesus rich (2 Cor. 8:9)? Answer: It is unlikely Jesus was ever wealthy. There was probably never a time that Jesus had any earthly wealth. In fact, if anything, He relates His circumstances ...
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How can Isaiah 42:8 possibly be true, if John 13:31-32 is true?

This question is really only an apparent contradiction if one begins with the assumption that Jesus is not and never was YHWH of the OT. If this is a contradiction, then there are many more of them - ...
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At John 5:18, did Jesus break the Sabbath?

The Pharisees had rules that were much stricter than God's rules. They interpreted "work" to include almost every physical activity. Even today, orthodox Jews consider turning on a light ...
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In Matt. 26:63–65, Why is Jesus’ admission to being the “Son of God” equated with “blasphemy”?

In the English language the expression "son of X" usually means an offshoot from X and therefore something which is distinct from X. Therefore "Son of God" may seem to imply a being who is not God. ...
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Did God resurrect Moses?

No, Moses and Elijah weren't resurrected so that Peter, James, and John could see them. We already know this because John 3:13 tells us that "no man hath ascended up to heaven". Look at how Matthew ...
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At what exact moment did Jesus transition from being rich to being poor according to 2 Corinthians 8:9?

At what exact moment did Jesus give up His "wealth?" Answer: It depends on how we interpret 2 Corinthians 8:9 as suggested in the OP. I. Was this at his birth? Well, we might be even more ...
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How to reconcile Luke 2:11 and Acts 2:36?

A rhetorical response question would be, "Why would one think Act 2:36 is referring to Jesus being 'made Lord and Christ after the resurrection'?" This idea is reading more into Act 2:36 than is there....
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What does "made perfect" mean in Heb 5:9?

Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect (τελειωθεὶς), he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high ...
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In John 14:28, what did Jesus mean when he said “my Father is greater than I?”

This is a great question. It's great because it's quasi-paradoxical for more than just one or two so-called 'high Christology' theologies. This is because the Gospel of John is so clearly intended to ...
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