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If Jesus was trying to deny equality with God then He would have done it explicitly as was done in other places such as Acts 10:26, etc. Further, if Jesus is denying equality with the Father in John 5, then he is very confused: V19 - For whatever the Father does, the Son also does. Jesus says He can do all things that the Father does (wow!!) V21 - For ...


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As with many of the questions that were asked of Him, Jesus didn't directly answer the question. We might say that Jesus answered the question they should have asked. Rather than providing a discourse on equality, Jesus gives a sermon on identity. The next 26 verses provide not a dissertation on the nature of Deity, but a description of Jesus' relationship ...


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A straightforward rendering of Paul's statement here is that he is making a reference to what the Jews called Sheol. Usage of the Greek word ἄβυσσος (rendered in English as "abyss") includes: the abyss, unfathomable depth, an especially Jewish conception, the home of the dead and of evil spirits (see here) Sheol Soldarnal offers an excellent ...


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Did Paul believe in a place called "[the] abyss" that houses the [spirits] of the dead (Rom. 10:17)? Answer: Absolutely. It seems very unlikely that anyone -- especially the apostles, were unfamiliar with the flames of Hades; this appears to be exactly what Romans 10:17 refers to: Romans 10:17: “But the righteousness based on faith speaks as ...


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In the exchange with Jesus, Luke records the words of the demons “And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss.” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭8:31‬ ‭ It’s the same Greek word αβυσσον It is also described/mentioned in the book of Revelation. Did Paul believe in Biblical cosmology? That there was a deep abyss under the earth? Of course he did. He didn’t ...


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There are different senses in which a person can be “known”. I can know that you exist and I can know something of your theological beliefs due to what you post here, and your responses to me. But I do not know you in the biblical sense of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit know-ing people. I have never met you, never even seen a photo of you, nor do I know ...


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The dialogue between the Jews and Jesus that starts in John 5 continues (with a few breaks) right through to John 10. The answer to the OP's question is found later in John 10:33 - “We are not stoning You for any good work,” said the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because You, who are a man, declare Yourself to be God.” Thus, I fully agree that the well-versed ...


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Today” is considered by some scholars and commentators to be a reference to what is called “the eternal generation of the Son.” The assertion behind this opinion is that “Today I have begotten you,” does not reflect upon Jesus’ humanity but upon his eternal existence. Origen (184–253), believed that “today” refers to that timeless ever-present, eternal day ...


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Look at what Jesus said that was taken as claiming equality with God: But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” (John 5:17, ESV) In 5:19 Jesus makes a very similar statement to what was taken as making himself equal with God: So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, ...


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In the Gospel of John, Jesus denies equality with God again and again. John 8:40 is a good example. "But now you are trying to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God." Jesus clearly states he is a man who has heard from God. He is not claiming equality with God but he is claiming to be God's representative. Let's turn ...


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The pertinent word here is ἴσος (hence the English isometric, isobar, isopleth, isometric, isomer, etc) which BDAG defines as: pertaining to being equivalent in number, size, quality, equal The word occurs eight times in the NT (Matt 20:12, Mark 14:45, 59, Luke 6:34, John 5:18, Acts 11:17, Phil 2:6, Rev 21;16) and NEVER means "identical", but ...


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On the contrary, Jesus not only did not deny His equality with the Father, but affirmed it most clearly, for "I cannot do anything on My own" and adding to it that "what the Father does, also the Son does likewise", and still, for a further clarification adding that the Father has given to Him the works to finish-the very works that He ...


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It is possible to understand Ps 2:7 in different ways: A statement about David becoming the "Son of God" in the royal sense (we see this often such as 1 Sam 8:7, 8, 24:6, 2 Sam 19:21, 1 Chron 28:5, 2 Chron 9:8, 13:8, Ps 5:2, 44:4). That is the Davidic kings were to rule as deputies of the real king of Israel, God. Recounting a past event about ...


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It is very tempting to start with the answer, the day, the only day that makes any sense in light of all the Scripture verses, is day 1 Psalm 2 “I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭ Notice that the Son is retelling the decree which He witnessed the Father speaking to Him. This is a ...


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We reconcile the two by trusting Jesus' words and the report and commentary that the Holy Spirit gives us through John. It is not that claiming to be the "Son of God" in the way that humans typically used and understood the term, and as in often used and understood from scripture. For instance, Now there was a day when the sons of God came to ...


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The first key to the answer is to note the Jews were incorrect in asserting Jesus was claiming equality at John 5:18. Jesus disabuses them of this notion immediately after. "So Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself, unless He sees the Father doing it." (John 5:19) Jesus is not equal to the Father, because the ...


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John 5: 16So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, ...


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