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 experiencing life as a human, having feelings and emotions at first hand.
Hebrews 4:15 (NASB)
15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our
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 Chapter 8, and the third in Chapter 10. It is in the final event in which John includes the reason for stoning:
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. ...
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 person’s ideal answer. We all have preconceptions on this topic and they are pretty core to our beliefs.
Let’s interpret this passage through the lens of the 4 most ...
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 days were completed for the circumcision of the Child,
His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was
conceived in the womb."
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 you, 'Give Me to drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given to you living water."
John 14:13, 14 -And I will do whatever you ask in My name, ...
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 sequence of list, eg, Matt 21:28, 22:25, etc
most prominent, foremost, most important, eg, Matt 22:38, Mark 12:29, etc.
Before answering this question we should ...
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 10:31-33), wasn't simply that He insulted them or claimed to have existed since before the days of Abraham - He claimed something much more than that. Those well-...
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 Predicate Nominatives. Let is take some non-threatening examples.
In each of these case we will have two nouns in the nominative case connected or correlated by a ...
I don't have a problem with the idea that Jesus existed in spiritual form pre-mortally--I in fact believe this is supported by other passages (a few examples here and here)--but I don't think that is the message this passage is intended to convey.
The context of the preceding & succeeding verses is helpful in showing that John is ...
Let us first have a direct literal translation of 1 Cor 15:24-28:
 ειτα το τελος οταν παραδω την βασιλειαν τω θεω και πατρι οταν καταργηση πασαν αρχην και πασαν εξουσιαν και δυναμιν  δει γαρ αυτον βασιλευειν αχρις ου αν θη παντας τους εχθρους υπο τους ποδας αυτου  εσχατος εχθρος καταργειται ο θανατος  παντα γαρ υπεταξεν υπο τους ποδας αυτου ...
The Greek adverb καθὼς precludes any difference in the honor to be given to the Son compared to that to be given to the Father. As BDAG notes, καθὼς is used “of comparison” meaning “just as.”1
For example, 1 John 2:6:
6 He who claims to abide in him, he himself also should so walk, just as he walked.
Ϛʹ ὁ λέγων ἐν αὐτῷ μένειν ὀφείλει καθὼς ἐκεῖνος ...
We find this precedent in the OT:
Isa 43:3, 11 - For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; ... I, yes I, am the LORD and there is no Savior but Me.
Isa 45:17, 21 - But Israel will be saved by the LORD with an everlasting salvation; ... Who foretold this long ago? Who announced it from ancient times? Was it not I, the LORD? There is no ...
Jesus is not implying anything. He is simply stating the fact that he was with God prior to all things coming into existence.
Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made.
For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions ...
John 17:5 (NRSV):
So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.\
Before the world existed, the Son existed because he had glory.
"Truly, truly, I tell you," Jesus declared, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
The context of the Son's existence in John 17:5 ...
Jesus quotes this passage in Matthew 11:10 :
ιδου εγω αποστελλω τον αγγελον μου προ προσωπου σου ος κατασκευασει την οδον σου εμπροσθεν σου [TR undisputed]
Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. [KJV]
Jesus changes ὁδὸν πρὸ προσώπου μου (assuming either he is quoting the Septuagint, or offering the ...
32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
34 But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”
Let me layout the occurrence of the verbs used to send "Christ":
Christ sent by an unspecified authority (the Father implied??), Matt 10:40, 15:24, 21:37 (parable), Mark 9:37, 12:6, Luke 4:43, 9:48, 10:16, John 7:28
Christ sent by the "Spirit of the Lord", Luke 4:18
Christ sent by "God", John 3:17, 6:29, 8:42, Acts 3:20, 26, 1 John 4:...
The statement "πριν αβρααμ γενεσθαι εγω ειμι" = "I am before Abraham came to be" here is a claim of pre-existence, not of identity with YHWH. According to John, Jesus consistently claimed to be sent from God (John 8:25-26), and claimed to be superior to Moses and Abraham. But not once did he claim identity with his father. In fact, Jesus ...
I struggle to see how John 17:5 can be understood in any other way but as a testimony to the pre-incarnate existence of Jesus. The same idea is also present in V24. We see this in numerous other places such as:
John 1:1-3 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all ...
In the bible, the word God (elohim in Hebrew or theos in Greek) is ascribed to more than one person. Some examples:
The Father - John 17:3, John 20:17
Jesus - John 20:28
Moses - Exodus 4.16, Exodus 7.1 (ʾĕlōhîm, see this answer)
Judges - Exodus 21.5, Exodus 22.8 (Judges translated from elohim)
Davidic King - Psalm 45:7
Satan - 2 Corinthians 4:4
In John, ...
The NT certainly asserts, using the precedents of the OT that Jesus existed before His incarnation.
We see this many times in the Bible, especially in the Gospel of John, such as:
John 1:1-3 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, and without Him ...
Note the following verses:
Matt. 12:6: τοῦ ἱεροῦ μεῖζόν ἐστιν ὧδε (“greater than the temple is here”)
Matt. 12:41: πλεῖον Ἰωνᾶ ὧδε (“greater than Jonah is here”)
Matt. 12:42 cf. Luke 11:31: πλεῖον Σολομῶντος ὧδε (“greater than Solomon is here”)
The argument is as follows: David was king of Israel and just a man. He, and those who served him, profaned the ...
I would answer with just two comments:
It is almost certain that since John probably wrote his Gospel almost at the end of the first century and the synoptics were written possible 25 years earlier, John was well aware of them. [The purpose in John composing is account is quite different - it is theological rather than historical as per the synoptics. But ...
If monogenes (mono + genes) really means 'one of a kind', 'special', 'a single example' and so forth, then what has happened to genes ?
Mono alone means 'one', 'sole', 'single'.
The rejection of monogenes meaning 'only begotten' is too complex and too extensive to properly cover all the many convolutions of argument used in the controversy, on a site such as ...
In the Gospels we have a number of incidents where the local Jewish leadership accused Jesus of blaspheming because He claimed equality with God. While some modern theologians might argue about these and what Jesus intended, the people at the time had no doubt.
Matt 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:17-26 – Jesus is accused of blasphemy because He forgave a man’s ...
Jesus uses glory as the means to show He existed before His incarnation:
1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal ...
John 1:1-2 says ‘IN THE beginning there WAS THE Word, and the Word WAS WITH God, and the Word WAS God. He WAS IN THE beginning WITH God.’ Given a double reference, the emphasis of this text is about ‘the Word that WAS IN THE beginning WITH God.’ I plead to everyone to respect the context of this text and NOT try to pull anyone phrase out of the sentence ...
"First and Last is one of Jesus' titles that He gives Himself in three places in Revelation:
Rev 1:17, 18 - When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. But He placed His right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last, the Living One. I was dead, and behold, now I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of Death ...
The "My God" refers to Jesus' relation to God in His humanity. It was in His manhood as well as His deity that He restored the loss which came through Adam's sin. "Your God" at John 5:17 implies they had need of a mediator that God might become their Father.
This is explained at Philippians 2:5-11. Vs5, "Have this attitude in ...
I believe it's important to understand why people assume as a premise that Jesus is God, and whether this had always been the held belief.
Was the belief that Jesus is God maintained in the oldest Christian dissertations?
The Divine Trinity, p. 150
... the Didache, or "Teaching of the Twelve Apostles," the oldest literary monument of Christian ...