Maybe not a specific (or good) answer, but: anyone who reads Scripture will find hundreds of contradictions. The takeaway is that Scripture was intended to instruct, not intended to be taken word-for-word literally.
Before I became a Christian, I delighted in these contradictions. It was evidence to my naive mind that Scripture was untrustworthy. Once I ...
These statements are not contradictory but are referring to different things. When Jesus says he did not come to judge, he is referring to the purpose for which he was sent into the world.
“God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (Jn 3:17).
If we stand back and look at Jesus' ...
When human words are applied to God, they change their meaning and are transfigured into new, wonderful meanings. The same with the term "judgment":
humanly, "judgment" means that one's action is esteemed and if found wrong the actor is given a just reprisal. For instance, a student's test is esteemed, and if found that he answered 8 from ...
Will the King of kings Judge? You can count upon it. If He didn't, He would be the first king that didn't judge. Jesus is the King of kings and LORD of lords. When will He judge? In His times--future times per 1 Ti 6:12-15, KJV:
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession ...
The answer to the question does not lie in the statement but in the time/period. The first time Jesus was sent into the world His duty was to spread the Word of God to all men and not to judge anyone:
For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. “He who believes in Him
is not judged; he who ...
Does Jesus Judge or Not?
There are many passages that appear to directly contradict each other. Here is a sample on the subject of judgment.
Jesus Judges all people:
Jesus acknowledged that God had appointed him as a judge who met the divine standard. At John 5:22 ASV he said:
Furthermore, the Father judges no one,but has assigned all judgment to
I think an excellent question, but perhaps needs to be more specific. - You need to differentiate is ‘what is being judged’, because this makes a difference, it makes the difference - that is, the answer as to ‘Does Jesus Judge’ .... will differ!
Let’s look a little closer ...
The first point to note is seen here.
JOHN 5:22 Furthermore, the Father judges no ...
John 12:47 “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. 49For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded ...
Suppose a lorry carries a load up a hill; we can say the lorry is responsible for taking the the load up the hill. But then we can say, no, actually the lorry was not responsible, it was the the driver who was responsible. Then we can say actually it wasn't the driver but God who sustains all things. [Heb 1:3 He upholds the universe].
The lorry is an ...
Does Jesus Judge or Not?
Yes, Jesus judges. In 2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that
each one may receive compensation for his deeds done through the body,
in accordance with what he has done, whether good or bad.
This judgement seat comes from the word bēma and, combined with Matt. 16:27, 2 Tim. 4:8, Rev 22:...
What does “the government shall be upon His shoulder” mean in Isaiah 9:6?
Let us consider the prophecy found at Daniel 2:44. There we read:
Daniel 2:44 (NASB)
The Divine Kingdom
" And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a
kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be
[a]left for another people;...
Did the Magi follow a moving star or did they have two sightings in Matthew 2:2 and 2:9?
The star they had seen when they were in the East travels ahead of them, takes them to King Herod in Jerusalem who wants to kill the child, then they follow it to Bethlehem.
Matthew 2:2 (NASB) The bold insert in the verse "when we were" is mime
Does Matthew 26:64 describe immediate or future events?
It is a future action that will take place,"the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."Jesus was alluding to the Messianic prophecy at Daniel 7:13-14 which reads:
Daniel 7:13-14 NASB
The Son of Man Presented
13 “I kept looking in the night ...
Such an excellent and important question!!
A more literal rendering of Matt 26:63, 64 (BSB) gives:
Then the high priest said to Him, “I charge You under oath by the
living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God.” “You [pl] have
said it yourself,” Jesus answered. “But I say to all of you [pl], from now
on you [pl] will see the Son of Man sitting ...
"You have said so," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."
Strong's Greek 575: From, away from. A primary particle; 'off, ' i.e. Away, ...
For many reasons, I don't believe that the new heavenly bodies will resemble former earthly bodies. Imagine having a new body that looks like a family member who went to hell or even one who killed you.
Our appearance in this life depends on our genes but also on how we lived, our health, nutrition, the environment. A new body would not be the product of ...
Christ may indeed have eaten with (unrepentant) sinners at their table (in the hopes of convincing them to repent, as He Himself explains), but I don't recall Him inviting any of them to His, when He partook of the Last Supper, to which only His close circle of disciples were present, all of which have put their sinful lives behind them by that point.
The mountain is split there are two roads as plausible places where the valley was. From Zechariah chapter 13-14 it speaks on the crucifixion of the Messiah. The Messiah said himself that this generation shall not pass until all is fulfilled. Also if he wanted to he could make John live until he came back.
The rules by which Jesus and Paul lived were different in many respects because Jesus was "born under the law" ("beholden to the Torah"):
[Gal 4:4 NASB] (4) But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,
But Paul, because of the new covenant ratified upon Jesus' death, was not:
The tax gatherers eating together with Jesus were not (yet) brethren in a Christian sense.
And one assumes that, like Matthew, they were intent on not stealing in the future.
Separating from a professed Christian who deliberately continues in immoral behaviour is (clearly) quite a different matter.
Does Paul contradict Jesus by saying not to eat with sinners?
Paul did not say not to eat with sinners, the Greek word sy.na.na.migny.sthai (συναναμίγνυσθαι) rendered to "keep company" or "associate with "any so-called brother implies having a close fellowship or companionship and sharing with them the same views and Christian beliefs.
In 1 Corinthians 5:11, Paul addresses the command to people who claim to be Christians.
But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
Jesus ate with sinners who had not believed in ...
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; [Titus 2:11,12 KJV]
I have quoted the above text as it may be that which has suggested the question, originally.
Here, Paul says that grace has 'appeared' but ...
You won’t find any verse or scripture that directly says this. (That Grace is a person/Jesus.). But, nevertheless, in a similar vein to ‘the trinity’, scripture clearly shows this.
The clouding issue is the definition or interpretation of the word ‘Grace’, in particular as it is used in doctrinal statements. But, putting these aside, and looking at scripture,...
What sort of hunger is Jesus referring to in the Beatitudes?
Luke 6:21: NASB
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed
are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
Matthew 5:6 NASB
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they
will be satisfied.
From Luke’s Gospel alone one might think that Jesus spoke ...
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Is Jesus referring to physical or spiritual hunger? Both.
Is Jesus saying anyone who is poor will be able to have eternal life?
This is logically not true but there is a sense that it is true in some way.
Luke 16:19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in ...
The parallel account in Matt 5:6 is possibly more helpful:
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they
will be filled.
In commenting on this, Ellicott says:
(6) Which do hunger and thirst.—We seem in this to hear the lesson
which our Lord had learnt from the recent experience of the
wilderness. The craving of bodily hunger has ...
Salvation is from Jews, because Jesus is the one through whom salvation was to come, and Jesus is Jew. But those concrete Jews who did not accept Him were enemies of their own salvation, for it is to serve justice to accept Jesus as Messiah, but as Psalms say, "he who loves injustice, hates his own soul" (ὁ δὲ ἀγαπῶν ἀδικίαν μισεῖ τὴν ἑαυτοῦ ψυχήν /...
If we do not infer modern secular cosmology onto the text then yes the moon is a light and not a rock. The sun likewise is a light and not a gaseous star.
“And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the ...
for He was before me
Many denominations accept that before his incarnation, Jesus was the JHVH of the old testament.
Many scriptures support this, in particular [John 8:58 (KJV):
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Those who heard this obviously understood it as his claiming to be JHVH (the I AM).
The Greek word kosmos simply means "an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government". That is the first meaning according to The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon. The last definition is: "any aggregate or general collection of particulars of any sort" and the editor gives his examples:
"the Gentiles as ...
In the Gospel of John, Jesus refers to Himself as the light of the world:
I am the light of the world. (Jn 8:12).
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world (Jn 9:5).
While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light (Jn 12:36).
Those who give witness to Jesus, like John the Baptist, shine or reflect ...
Who is Yahweh?
Commentaries only discuss the meaning of the words. What is the context of what Jesus is telling us?
Jesus was speaking to the leaders of the temple, when He tells them that their God "Yahweh", is Satan.
Who is Yahweh?
Yahweh is the old testament God of Moses. This is the God that brought the Israelis out of Egypt to the promised ...
The context shows us that becoming one spirit with the Lord Jesus was analogous to becoming one with the spouse and or in some cases, even someone whose not your spouse (as in sexual immorality e.g. prostitution).
1 Corinthians 6:13-17 (ESV)
The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord ...
“They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. ... 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, John 17:16-21
Jesus' prayer is for us to be aligned with God's purposes - just as Jesus was - completely at one with his Father having the ...
The matter in this question concerns the identity/meaning of the word πνεῦμά (pneuma). The meanings of this word can be broadly classified into at least three headings:
Literal air/wind, breath, eg, John 3:8a
Supernatural being, whether God, angel or demon, etc
The conscious mind of either man or God, eg, 1 Cor 4:21 (= "gentle spirit"), Gal 6:1 (=...
An Interesting observation. That clarification you offered in a comment helped. And although the answer is in some respects is relatively obvious, it’s not, therefore this is worth asking.
Let’s take a closer look. The ‘key’ is in this statement seen in several verses...
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” Revelation 2&...
'How does one make sense of this?' Only by a theological reading which notes the highly developed Trinitarian theology of Revelation.
The opening epistolary greetings is from God the Father (who is who was and who is to come) the seven spirits (which is a way of talking about the Spirit from Is 11) and Jesus.
What Jesus says to the churches is said by the ...
If we accept that the person speaking to John in Rev 1 is Jesus, that is the one who is:
Walking among the lampstands (v13)
the Son of Man (v13)
long robe and golden sash around His chest (v13)
hair like wool, white as snow (v14)
eyes like blazing fire (v14)
feet like polish bronze (v15)
Voice like many waters (v15)
held 7 stars in right hand (v16)
The answer depends on whether partaking of the Lord's Supper is one of these things:
1) It's not a commandment.
If it's not a commandment, then it becomes very difficult to maintain that partaking is a salvation issue. However, the Scriptures are rather clear that partaking is something commanded of all of us.
2) We are commanded to partake once, after which ...