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Liddell & Scott reference the Greek word makran in order to explain molis, the idea of being 'a great way off'. Thayer translates molis as 'with difficulty' or 'not readily'. Luke uses the word in connection with a nautical difficulty related to wind conditions when sailing under Crete, they hardly (molis) passed it. But there is nothing in Paul's words ...


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Yes, I believe that this implication is there. God never removes from us His most sacred gift to us: the freedom of choice. There is no such thing as a forced salvation, and no such thing as a salvation from which one cannot later turn away. Consider the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-13): All ten went out to meet the bridegroom; but only half ...


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May I propose that what God has in mind is not a checklist, where we either score enough points to merit a passing grade or we fail, but rather, His fundamental concern is what we are becoming. This is expressed beautifully by John: 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we ...


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For believers, what is the recompense for doing bad? Even the best of us will stumble. We are frail human beings who need God’s forgiveness. He, therefore, gracefully cleanses us through prayerful repentance (1 Jn. 1:7). Living our lives in Christ, we should understand that we have passed from being slaves of disobedience to become slaves of righteousness (...


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