Q. Is our Lord Jesus Christ God?
Phil. 2:5-6: "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,"
Is our Lord Jesus Christ God? Paul said, "in the form of God". The
expression, "in the form of God" in Greek is rendered "ἐν μορφῇ
I believe there are some common mistakes being made in modern times by some schools of thought when reading Scripture, being:
Taking everything said at it's most literal meaning;
And trying to apply that even to parts (isolating a few words out of a complete sentence which can't even stand on their own, like you've done via bolding).
Numbers 23:19 is not ...
Jezebel probably had gotten Abah to practice what Joshua did in
24Then Joshua and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the mantle, the bar of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent and all that belonged to him; and they brought them up to the valley of Achor. 25Joshua said, “Why have you ...
Although my answer is probably not the answer you expected, there is another way to "reconcile" the writings of Paul with the prior Jewish revelation.
With all respect for Paul, his works and his wisdom, the only way to really reconcile his words with the scriptures is to acknowledge that the writings of Paul are not the Word of God as given to the ...
Colossians 2:9 has little to do with Isaiah 7:16
Brackets in passage are mine.
10 Then the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying, 11 “Ask for a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I put the LORD to the test!” 13 Then he said, “Listen now, house of David! Is it too trivial ...
Easy! This is probably the shortest answer I've ever given. The point of Numbers 23:19 is to show that God is not like man who lies and does not keep his word.
God does not change, nor does God need to repent. Romans 3:4, "May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar."
The point of Hosea 11:9 is explained nicely ...
“but emptied εκενωσεν himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”
The Bible translates εκενωσεν in different ways but the word essentially means to render useless, to void, to nullify and this comes from the idea of emptying.
(This illustration has limitations because God a spirit nullified His ...
The important phrase, "I am God and not a man" in Num 23:19 and Hos 11:9 is absolutely correct in three senses:
God is not man at the time it was written in the OT - the incarnation had not yet occurred!
God does not suffer from the sinful tendencies in sinful man. Therefore, God is incapable of lying, unlike sinful humans that apparently find it ...
Are we confusing definitions or concepts here?
Both physical and spiritual circumcision is the commitment to keep Gods Laws. Baptism is defined as ritual cleansing for the remission of sin. Two different subjects?
Spiritual circumcision was taught by Paul in both Hebrews & Romans. We see below the Laws written on our hearts which is spiritual ...
Another question asks about the translation philosophy of the Septuagint (LXX) which, with one exception, replaced "rock" with some other term.
Psalm 18  is one example of rocks (plural) and how the LXX treats them:
The LORD is my rock (סַֽלְעִי) and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock (צוּרִי), in whom I take refuge,
This is going to be a very short answer, and by all means I invite others to post more elaborate ones. In short, I think the answer can be found in 1 Cor 9:20-22 (ESV):
20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 ...
There is plenty of opportunity to draw our own conclusions from such verses. God has made it possible to understand them without doing so.
There are no texts that show Jesus/Christ being in the desert with the Israelites.
There is neither any validity to Jesus 'following' the Israelites around the desert - or as the NIV (typically) stretches it to, "...
David was a Jew, not a Christian. In Judaism, the Messiah is not God (the Greek word translated as "Christ" means Messiah). Christians have reinterpreted the Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible) to be about Jesus, when a Jewish reading says no such thing. The ancient Jews had no concept of a Man-God (i.e. Jesus Christ), so David was explicitly talking ...
Circumcision and the New Covenant
Among the Israelites, circumcision was designated a “sign” -- an indication in the flesh of Jewish males denoting a special covenant relationship with God:
Genesis 17:10-11: This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised. And you shall ...
Even in the OT, there was the concept of the circumcision of the heart in Deuteronomy 30:6
The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.
Paul took that concept and applied it to us by Christ in
11 In him you were also ...
What was hidden from David and other psalmists in the OT was revealed to Paul in the NT.
He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink as abundant as the seas.
He opened a rock, and water gushed out; it flowed like a river in the desert.
David uses rock poetically as a metaphor in Psalms 18:2
The LORD is my rock and ...
God himself communicated with the boys' mother and God himself made it clear who would serve whom. Rebekah and Jacob followed God's will in the matter, despite Isaac having other ideas (initially).
The blessing was to be given to he who had the birthright. Esau relinquished that birthright (in exchange for a bowl of soup).
Jacob represented himself as the ...
“Faith-based salvation” and “works-based salvation” are not Biblical terms—the text rather speaks of salvation.
I believe it is not Biblical authors but Biblical readers who pit faith vs. obedience, Paul vs. James, the God of the OT vs. the God of the NT, etc.
The rites God expected of His people were different in Ezekiel’s day than several centuries later (...
The Synoptic Gospels present numerous events in different sequences. Why?
The Argument from Order
The argument from order is used by students of the Synoptic Problem, but it may also be applicable here. The argument compares the order in which individual pericopes (“stories” for our purposes) are presented in each of the Synoptic Gospels in order to try to ...
The leper was healed first, after Jesus came down from the mountain where he gave the sermon on the mount(ch. 5-7, Matthew 8:1); Mark simply places the story at the end of his first chapter(1:40-45), giving no immediate context thereto.
As for the second question, Luke essentially backtracks in ch. 5 vss. 1-11 from Jesus' first visit to Capernaum(as recorded ...
Deuteronomy 6 verses 4-5 both reference HaShem (יְהֹוָ֥ה) declaring The-Name of our God as a proclamation of faith.
Devarim 6:4 declares HaShem "The-Name" of The God of .
Hear, Yisrael : YHVH is our God; YHVH is one. (שְׁמַ֖ע יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל יְהֹוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ יְהֹוָ֥ה אֶחָֽד)
And you shall love YHVH your God, with all your heart and ...
Essentially, Jesus asked the same question in Matthew 22:44, Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42–43 and successfully confounded the Jewish leaders! [For completeness, the two words in Ps 110:1 for Lord are different in the Hebrew which the English attempts to distinguish by the different capitalization; LORD = יְהוָֹה = YHWH; Lord = אָדוֹן = adon.]
The assertions in ...
This interpretation is based on the hypothesis that the identifier Pilate added to Jesus’ name represents the charge or the accusation against him. Asking the crowd to choose which person they wanted to release, Pilate distinguished Jesus by the charge that was made against him, i.e., that he was called Christ. Barabbas was a “notorious prisoner”; the ...
Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. [Habakkuk 2:4 KJV]
And he [Abraham] believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. [Genesis 15:6 KJV]
It is perfectly clear from the above two texts (and many more like them), both of which are quoted by the New Testament writers, that it ...
The difference between earning salvation, and qualifying for salvation
When the Apostles taught that salvation is by faith, not of works, they meant that grace comes by trust in the work of Christ on the cross, granting us space for repentance, and for bettering ourselves, and escaping hell, by providing us forgiveness - not by the 'gathering up' of grace ...
Yes. At this time, both Israel and Judah were under Law. ‘Under’ the Mosaic covenant. This was the agreement their ‘fathers’ had put them under.
It was not until Jesus provided a way out from under that covenant that they could ‘escape’ the consequences laid out in Deuteronomy 28.
And, yes, that covenant was a works based covenant. Simple - “do good, get ...
The Tanakh contrasts statutes and judgments that if an Israelite does “...he shall live by1 them,”2 with statutes and judgments that if he does he “shall not live by3 them.”4 In Ezekiel, where both phrases occur, Yahveh’s statutes in the Law were those which the Israelites would “live by.”5 On the other hand, the statutes and judgments of the rebellious ...
Greetings fellow truth seekers,
Grace and peace is with all who reverence His King.
Did Jesus call one before or after the Wedding or when at Capernaum? We know most disciples at the outset were from different regions of Israel, yet seemed clustered in Capernaum. There is a reason for this. God always has a idea and strategy.
Galilee was a trade route ...
Let's take a look at the two calendars most relevant to New Testament chronology
When implemented the Julian calendar was a significant step forward in chronological accuracy, pegging the tropical year at 365.25 days (just a little over 11 minutes off). There was a problem though--they accidentally held leap year every 3 years instead of ...
Understanding the Hebrew calendar in 2021 CE. - The 2nd Hebrew Month of "Ziv" will begin April 11, 2021 CE when the new moon appears. The 14th day of Ziv is the Eve of a Full Moon. The 15th Day of Ziv is a Full Moon - which will be April 26, 2021 CE.
Regarding the 1st Hebrew Month of "Aviv", the Full Moon is also on the 15th day. The Full ...
Indeed, the standard MT has Jehoiakim. The BSB and many modern versions have "Zedekiah". The BSB has this footnote:
A few Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac (see also verses 3 and 12, and
Jeremiah 28:1); most Hebrew manuscripts Jehoiakim
Ellicott expresses a possible explanation:
(1) In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim.—The mention of the
It appears that Jesus the Christ and Barabbas shared the same name: Jesus. I can think of a few line of 'evidence' for this.
The first is that some of the earliest manuscripts actually had "Jesus Barabbas." So if it wasn't original to the text itself, it seems nonetheless to have been an accepted tradition, explaining its inclusion in ...
The surrounding verses provide valuable context:
15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. 16 And they had then a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. 17 So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he ...
Pilate was not a very smart man (according to the historical records we have) and here he makes a token gesture at justice.
The Sanhedrin hated Jesus but the people loved Him. It was the people who had hailed Jesus as king of the Jews and Messiah less than a week earlier at the triumphal entry to Jerusalem.
Thus, Pilate attempts to appeal to the masses as ...
There are several reasons plausible why the accounts of both Luke and Matthew could be correct:
The two accounts are of the same sermon preached on different occasions and Jesus modified the price because of the different localities he preached
Jesus actually said both things but each account summarized the sermon by deleting different material. [It is ...
Some doctrinal views have trouble with several sections of the Bible - God not knowing where Adam was, having to go and find out what was happening at Babel, and in Sodom and Gomorrah. etc. Now - I am certainly not saying God does not have foreknowledge - he most assuredly does!
However, some doctrinal views of ‘foreknowledge’ would have issues with this ...
I am no scholar, but I am not concerned with the differing accounts. They were written by Jesus' followers well after these events took place - likely as they aged.
I am 65 years old. If I wrote my account of a childhood family experience, and shared recollections with my siblings, you can be sure our account and timelines would differ. Also, the absence ...
There are several aspects to this "problem" which have been thoroughly explored in many places. Here is a summary.
The Problem with Gen 6:6
Benson states it this way:
Genesis 6:6. It repented the Lord, it grieved him at his heart —
Properly speaking, God cannot repent, Numbers 23:19, 1 Samuel
15:11-29; for he is perfectly wise and unchangeable in ...
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 ...
I agree that it is unsurprising that sparrow prices could vary. What is more intriguing to me though is the tie back to the synoptic problem in the OP.
Why is it that Matthew & Luke (which almost all students of the synoptic problem acknowledge have some form of literary relationship) get their information either one from the other or both from a common ...
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 ...
Yes. Correct. One is legalistic, and Paul is warning against ‘doing’ something for legalistic reasons.
But the reason is simple. In the Old Testament, they were under Law. In the New Testament, they were not. They were removed from that bondage by Jesus.
In the New Testament the motivation for ‘keeping’ the Law (living righteously.) comes from a new heart, ...
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 ‘...
Paul seems to warn people against legalistic behavior.
It might seem that way, but in this case Paul is not warning the Colossians against legalistic behaviour.
The "seems to" can be resolved by either:
eisegesis: you know that Paul is opposed to legalism, so these verses can be readily seen as yet another example that supports what you already ...
I propose that a key difference is this: who is making the rules?
If we accept the OT concept of God as the Creator of the heavens and the earth--why can't He be legalistic? What basis would we have for challenging His authority? (didn't work out too well for those who tried, e.g. priests of Baal who opposed Elijah)
The OT speaks of a God who gives rules ...
Psalms are by nature poetic. Reading it as such, I do not find Psalm 101 legalistic or sanctimonious. The psalmist was aiming for the ideal.
2 I will give heed to the blameless way.
Should we not?
Verse 4 in parallelism:
A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will know No evil.
Even Confucius said similar things:
see no evil, hear no evil, speak no ...
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 ...
1 Sam 13:1 is problematic because the Hebrew text is clearly missing something. Indeed, my ESV has this:
Saul was ... years old when he began to reign, and when he had reigned
... and two years over Israel
Both the Grammar and the text suggest that there are two gaps as shown above. The NIV has the following
Saul was [thirty] years old when he became ...
New American Standard Bible 1 Samuel 13:1
Saul was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for forty-two years over Israel.
The words "thirty" and "forty" are not in the original Hebrew.
Berean Literal Bible Acts 13:21
Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for ...