You’re reading it slightly wrong because you’re assuming how the Father draws a person.
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—”
that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil [G4190] and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
This operative Greek word has two broad meanings.
Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 4190: πονηρός
full of labors, annoyances, hardships; ...
bad, of a bad nature or condition;
John 14 vs John 6 vs John 10 are discussing three different situations that should not be confused.
John 14:6, "Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." This is discussing the method by which we know and understand the Father - the greatest revelation of the Father is Jesus Christ, ...
No, it might seem complicated, but it really isn't.
'the Father who sent me draws/calls them'. He places His spirit into our life and we begin to think more like He wants us to. We begin to question our selfishness and our motives for the way we live. We might be totally unaware at this point that there even is a God - but we start to think differently and ...
Those closest to Jesus, who grew up with him, had the most trouble respecting him.
After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. 2 Now the Jews’ Feast of Booths was at hand. 3 So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are ...
Let us be clear about what Jesus did say in Matt 4:44 -
For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in the own
hometown (= Nazareth). [See also Luke 4:24]
Jesus then was received positively in Cana - quite separate from Nazareth where he was rejected (Luke 4:28-30).
Jesus was also received positively in Capernaum (Luke 4:23), again, quote ...
There were indeed many in Galilee who believed in Jesus.
The point made in multiple Gospel accounts is that the people around whom Jesus grew up struggled to see Him as more than just the carpenter's son.
From Luke 4:
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and
there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
15 And he ...
I'd like to offer a different perspective and respectfully disagree with other answers on several counts.
I believe a few pieces of context are highly relevant:
Context #1--the order of Melchizedek
There may be value in considering what an "order" means in religious English:
In the Catholic Church, a religious order is a community of consecrated ...
There are several incidents in the NT that help to understand how Jesus kept the Sabbath day "holy" (Gen 2:1-3).
Jesus encouraged good (charitable) deeds on the Sabbath. Matt 12:11, 12.
He replied, “If one of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the
Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more
valuable is a man than ...
Considering the Greek βλεπη is used and this could mean both to see with the physical eye and/or with the mind’s eye, as in to understand, perceive, discern, one can make several observations.
Firstly Jesus voluntarily annulled His divine attributes Phi2:7, so the only way to see the Father physically or in a vision would be to receive revelation through the ...
Short answer: When Jesus says, " the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise," He is basically just saying," I must be about My Father’s business” (Luke 2:49 KJV).
Long answer: "When reading this in 21st century English, it looks like monkey ...
The spiritual reality was described in John 5:17
In his defense Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working."
The intimacy continues to verse 19:
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the ...
Lets try to keep the analysis of the aforementioned verse in the context of the overall story of the Healing a Nobleman’s Son discussed in John 4:46-54
John 4:46-54 (NASB1995)
Healing a Nobleman’s Son
**46 Therefore He came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the
And there was a royal official whose son was sick at
47 When he ...
Unless you (people) see signs and wonders, you (simply) will not
believe. - John 4:48 NASB
Jesus' statement seems more wistful than harsh, more longing than expectation. His words hang like a cloud over this story. The man in this account believes in Jesus' words that his son will live. When his son does in fact recuperate, not only he but his whole ...
I expect others have given some of the texts pertaining to the genealogical record, but the Matthew 1 versus Luke 3 "discrepancy" is rarely properly grasped, much less explained. As this is critical to properly understanding the subject, this is where I will focus.
As anyone who has studied this question knows, no genealogy seems to be provided ...
There are two explicit witnesses which state Jesus was of the line of David:
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham
(Matthew 1:1 ESV)
Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli...the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the ...
It is a virtual mathematical certainty that Jesus was a biological descendent of David. Let's consider the genealogist's dilemma.
Go back one generation--your parents--you have 2^1 (2 to the first
power) of them
Go back 10 generations--your 8th great-grandparents--you have 2^10 of
Go back 20 generations--your 18th great-grandparents--you have ...
You appear to be well researched regarding this issue. And there is a plethora of content online expounding every angle, every viewpoint. I doubt you’ll come across something ‘new’ on this forum - more likely a rehash of what you’ve already encountered - and put aside?
Nevertheless- Let’s highlight some points for consideration. You say “The biological ...
The phrase "alpha and omega" occurs four times in the NT and only on the Book of Revelation. It appears to be an extension or explanation of the OT title "First and Last".
Rev 1:8 - "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." - this appears to be applied ...
I would say metaphorically since the language Jesus uses of the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) elsewhere appears to be overtly metaphorical also. An example I think most relevant is when the Holy Spirit "receives" from the Son what it is that is to be revealed over time to the Church, which it "cannot now bear" (John 16:12). The only ...
This claim of Jesus confirmed the conviction of the Jewish religious leaders that Jesus was a blasphemer as claiming His divinity, for they plainly say "we do not want to kill you for good deeds, but because being a man you make yourself God" (John 10:33), and "God" here does not mean a) any created being, even as elevated as angel or ...
I see long answers that seem too complicated and agonizingly painful for the author and the reader.
I think this is a simple case of Matthew using Hosea out of context as the verse Hosea 11:2 talks about how Israel went after other gods.
Also quoting a part of a verse to prove a point gives one a huge opportunity to make anything true.
How do you explain the ...
We are told Jesus was 'filled with the spirit'.
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness Luke 4:1
This is odd if he is God. Either he is God or he is not. The bizarre concept of him 'emptying himself' of being God is beyond belief or logic and certainly beyond the text. Seeing as we are never ...
Who is speaking to the Philadelphian congregation in Revelation 3:12?
The one speaking in these verses to both the congregations in Sardis and Philadelphia is "He who has the seven Spirits of God" and "holds the key of David".
Rev. 13:1, 7 NKJV
1"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, 'These things says He who has the ...
These are the Biblical facts:
Jesus is regularly called the "Son of David" in places such as Matt 1:1, 9:27, 15:22, 20:30, 31, 21:15, Mark 10:47, 48, 12:35, Luke 18:38, 39, etc.
Jesus' earthly father, Joseph, is also called, the "Son of David" by the angel in Matt 1:20.
While Jesus was clearly conceived by the Holy Spirit as per Luke 1:...
I find this phenomenon fascinating—so much so that I once made a couple videos about it. The phenomenon is discussed here, and my conclusions from it here.
Discerning the relationship among the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) is known as the Synoptic Problem—at the bottom of the post I’ve shared links to several of the major views, as discussed on ...
That Jesus is the speaker (through His chosen representative) in the seven letters in Revelation is evident by comparing the letters. Note especially:
The greeting to the church in Smyrna:
These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is
alive; (Revelation 2:8)
The greeting to the church in Thyatira:
These things saith the Son of God, (...
Why is Matthew changing the text and making it less harsh?
Allow me to quote from the NAS:
Mark 10:17-18: As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.
Matthew 19:16-17a: ...
14The sinners in Zion are afraid;
trembling grips the ungodly:
“Who of us can dwell with a consuming fire?
Who of us can dwell with everlasting flames?”
15He who walks righteously
and speaks with sincerity,
who refuses gain from extortion,
whose hand never takes a bribe,
who stops his ears against murderous plots
and shuts his eyes tightly against ...
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”
“since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;”
1 Peter 1:23
“who were born, not of blood nor ...
This is not difficult - either the expression, "where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" is literal or figurative/metaphor.
We should pause to note Mark 9:48 is a direct quote from Isa 66:24. The passage immediately preceding this verse is about the New Heavens and the New Earth. Note the following elements
The LORD will come ...
Jesus was a human being possessed by God, as Proverbs 8:22 foretold.
"The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works
of old." (Proverbs 8:22)
And Jesus gave a most important truth regarding God's nature to the woman at the well, as recorded in John 4:24.
"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in ...
God revealed himself in literal fire a number of times. He appeared in a burning bush to Moses, Exodus 3:1-6. Fire came out of the tabernacle from before the Lord and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering .. and the people shouted and fell upon their face, Leviticus 9:24. This in the inauguration of the Aaronic priesthood.
But some thought to mimic this ...
Is Jesus' description of Gehenna (Hell) literal or figurative?
This is a difficult subject because we do not recognize our wretchedness as God does. A couple of passages from the Gospel of Mark may suffice for illustration:
Mark 7:21-23: "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, ...
Which feast is in question?
Is this feast the Passover? Jamieson-Fausset-Brown argues that the Passover is the intended feast of verse one which would mean that this is the second Passover celebration of Jesus' ministry. This would mean that one year had passed between 2:13 and 5:1. We cannot appeal to the other gospels for a definitive answer because the ...
I also find it makes more sense to be Purim due to the fact he just simply calls it "A" feast of the Jews. I think if it had been one of the high feasts, Yohanan would have said which one it was, but he is simply putting no great importance on it, and nor should we.
Note that Jesus was not specifically talking about the official but about the Jews in general in John 4:48
Unless you [people] see signs and wonders, you [people simply] will not believe.
To balance this, we also have John 10:38
But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in ...
Is Revelation 3:14 saying that Christ was created by God?
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.
No, Rev 3:14 does not say this. Interpreting it that way isn't conclusive.
The translation of 'arche' as (beginning, first or ruler) - 'ruler'...
This is the best explanation I've found. Jesus' response in 5:48 was primarily to the disciples. The official believing what Jesus said and heading back home showed superior faith.
immediate response of Jesus is remarkable in the context. ‘Unless you see signs and wonders
you will not believe’ (iv. 48). John does not inform us what prompted this ...
Read the events in Genesis 14.
There had recently been a war, with several kings allied on each side, with
the winning side capturing many people and possessions from the city of Sodom:
… the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled; some fell there, and the remainder fled to the mountains.
— Genesis 14:10
The captives included Abraham's nephew Lot:
Now when ...
Hebrews 1:8-should it be "god" or "God" ?
Simply put, it should be "God".
Not sure why I, an unabashed non-trinitarian, am even bothering to get in again on this heavily biased towards the Trinitarian belief, site. I only do so because I have answered this Q. before (although posed somewhat differently, with the emphasis being ...
In what sense did Father dwell in Jesus? Is it a figure of speech?
It most certainly is not a figure of speech!
To entertain such a notion is to misunderstand the nature of Jesus entirely. I cast no aspersions on the OP as, no doubt, this was intended as a rhetorical comment.
Hold to the Rod said, "the Father is not physically present". But, that ...
That something more transcendent than physical oneness is intended can be seen by flipping ahead a few chapters to the great intercessory prayer. In John 17:
6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of
the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have
kept thy word.
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these ...
The operative verb translated "abide" or "remain" is μένω (menó) - the largest number occur in John who almost elevates the word to a technical word. He uses meno in the sense of someone "abiding" or "remaining" in someone or something else in both the literal sense and in the Metaphorical/spiritual sense.
Hebrews 8ff is a citation from the Psalms
Ps 45 7-8
Your divine throne endures for ever and ever. Your royal scepter is a
scepter of equity; you love righteousness and hate wickedness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness
above your fellows;
Of old thou didst lay the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are
Did Judas Expect Jesus to be Rescued?
There are several good reasons why we should dismiss such an idea. Two of them are as follows:
Any extrabiblical source that, on the surface, might seem to shed light is invariably unhelpful (even blasphemous, e.g. Book of Enoch, and here: The Gospel of Judas).
Throughout the texts, Judas is repeatedly referred to as &...
(Possibly, Until Jesus went to the Father He did not want to be touched because those touching Him were corrupt (Dead). In the Old Testament it was forbidden to touch the dead.
Once He completed His assertion than it would be different.
Or He was telling her I’ll be back but don’t hold me here because I have to this first.
It’s an interesting passage.
Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him.
Based on Hebrews 6:20-7:1, does Jesus like Melchizedek bless the κοπῆς (...
Again and again we encounter analysis of a text never intended to stand alone in understanding a matter. God has provided a multi-faceted approach to revelation that is seen from Gen to Rev through authors millennia apart who corroborate one another.
Jesus is presented as a man only - never God. Certainly there are some texts that may be read into to form a ...