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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 ...


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The word is μοναὶ, plural of μονή. LSJ definition. The word is a noun formed from the verb μένω, to remain or abide somewhere. So a literal translation would be something like "many places in which to abide." The REB renders this as "many dwelling-places." Re the KJV, wiktionary lists the following obsolete/obscure definition for "...


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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. ...


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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 ...


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Your question had me as perplexed as Habakkuk! Not knowing the answer I found an article on the subject, the essence of which goes something like this: When Habakkuk says that God’s “eyes are too pure to look on evil” we have to read it in the context of the larger discussion. Habakkuk understands the righteous character of God. He also knows that the ...


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Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it. 9Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land. 10The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. 11She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river. 12Why ...


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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 ...


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Indeed, Nicodemus even defended Jesus in John 7:45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” 46“No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied. 47“You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48“Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in ...


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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, ...


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In John 17:19, the Greek word (correctly) translated "sanctify" is ἁγιάζω (hagiazó). BDAG defines this word as primarily to, "set aside something, or make it suitable for ritual purpose, consecrate, dedicate". Thus, Jesus was simply saying that He was dedicating Himself to the task that lay ahead of Him - His high priestly ministry and kingly duties on our ...


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In the first case, Mary was exceedingly upset. 'They have taken away my Lord and I know not where they have laid him.' Grief overcame her. And frustration, that she could neither find Jesus nor lay him to rest. True, there were reasons that she should have known what would happen and what was yet to happen, but who can fault her as she wept in her love for ...


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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-...


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Just focusing on your question, "What does John mean by 'The Word was God?'” John is making the most categorical and concise statement found anywhere in scripture regarding the deity of Jesus - He is GOD. If you need a more detailed explanation on this I would recommend you read the the answers posted on the following thread. "Why John 1:1 in (DRB)(Douay-...


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John 2:24 and John 13:34 use entirely different verbs: trust (pisteuō) and love (agapaō) respectively. The short answer is: Yes, we are commanded to love people, but we are not commanded to trust them. We are to love God and people, but to trust God alone. Jesus is our role model. He love people (c.f. the famous John 3:16) but He doesn't trust them. How ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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This site has lengthy discussions on what logos means in John 1:1, we can say by using logos John emphasized that God is more that the cause of creation. Although his thoughts are far superior to ours. God reasoned and planned creation. You can argue from Genesis 1 that God spoke creation into existence. Perhaps what you struggle with is the way John ...


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Grammatical evidence for God being present in the beginning ? This evidence is supplied by John the Apostle in verse 2. ουτος ην εν αρχη προς τον θεον [TR undisputed] The same was in the beginning with God. [KJV, 1769] If 'with God' in the beginning, then God was - in the beginning. Otherwise 'with God' is meaningless. John deliberately adds this sentence ...


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This is a typically terse Koine Greek conversation. The Greek phrase in question is: Τί ἐμοὶ καὶ σοί, γύναι We note the following facts: ἐμοὶ is dative and thus, "to me" σοί is dative and thus, "to you/thee" (singular) γύναι is vocative and thus, "Woman", or, "Ma'am" and is the person to whom the question is ...


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The question makes a leap of logic that is unwarranted. In all the cases cited, Ex 17:17, Num 20:2, literal (as distinct from spiritual or figurative) water is in view. This leaves us with 1 Cor 10:3 and John 4:10-14. During the conversation with the woman at Jacob's well, Jesus used the metaphor of water to teach about about divine grace and the gospel of ...


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There is little doubt that the author of the Gospel of John alluded to Gen 1:1 when he started his gospel with the same Greek words as the Septuagint Greek translation of Gen 1:1: ἐν ἀρχῇ . But mere allusion does not exhaust ALL meaning of "In the beginning" as the rest of this answer will attempt to show how time does not seem to be the only ...


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No, ὥρα does not mean 'sixty minutes'. The word ὁρίζω, horizo, means, according to Thayer, see Strong 3724, Biblehub 'to mark out boundaries or limits', 'to appoint or determine'. The associated word (I am not claiming either one is derived from the other, only that they are, indeed, associated) ὥρα, hora, means, according to Thayer, see Strong 5610, ...


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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 ...


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It is an excellent question which shows good, rational thinking and a search for the correct understanding. I wrote an article about this 32 years ago in a Bible translation publication. It can be read here: https://www.academia.edu/749504/Did_Peter_enter_the_boat_John_21_11_ Let me give a "short" recap of the main points. (As short as I can in ...


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The answer to this question requires looking a little deeper. It’s not so much about listening to a stranger, but more about what Peter heard. This is best seen in Lukes’s account of a very similar incident In Luke 5, it opens ... Luke 5:1. so it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, Here the crowd, including Peter ‘heard’ Jesus.( ...


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In the Old Testament, Jehovah’s self-proclaimed title of “I AM” is given special prominence in Ex 3:13-15. While we are told “I Am” was to be God’s name forever, there is no record in the Bible of it ever being used again (in Hebrew) unless we admit the grammatical connection between “I am” and the “Tetragrammaton” (which see), YHWH, commonly translated, “...


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It is not consistent to claim that the "εγω ειμι" in John 9:9 is "clearly identification rather than existence because of the implied predicate" and yet claim that John 8:24 is an instance of existence rather than identification, because according to John 8:18-29, the Jews who had heard him understood very well that he was claiming "...


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There are two matters in the this question. 1. The prophecy/statement The prophecy itself is (probably deliberately) vague. For example, "stretching out the hands" may refer to preparing a person for a flogging as was the case with Paul in Acts 22:25 - But as they stretched him out to strap him down, Paul said to the centurion standing there, “Is ...


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I love my grown up daughter, but I can't trust her to drive the car on her own, if she doesn't have a vehicle licence. I love my son, but I can't trust him with the chain saw, if he is only eight years old. I love my next door neighbour but I cannot trust their interpretation of Romans 3:12 if it is opinion-based and not hermeneutical. I love the homeless ...


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Jesus is not implying anything. He is simply stating the fact that he was with God prior to all things coming into existence. John 1: Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made. Colossians 1:16: For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions ...


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