I prefer a more charitable motivation of John - that he was anxious to keep Jesus' ministry pure and undefiled.
However, Jesus knew the bigger picture. Jesus looked after His own name and potential converts by answering the requests of charlatans/unbelievers who sought good for a person - tho to promote themselves.
Luke 9:49 (KJV) - And John answered and ...
Clearly looking at all the verses as a whole there is ‘conflict’ / ‘tension’ between the verses. But the strongest conclusion would be that Jesus was not a Spirit at the time he ascended to heaven.
The disciples though they have seen a Ghost – Jesus clearly confirms that he is not a Ghost (spirit) as he has flesh and bones
Luke 24:37-39 - 37 They were ...
The motivation for preventing someone from working in Jesus' name is explicitly stated in the same verse of Luke 9:49, "... because he isn't in our group."
Such an attitude displays a type of elitism - others not part of "our group" are either inferior or incapable to doing our work properly, or are unworthy to do our "exalted" ...
I shared some thoughts in another post about the context preceding this passage--Paul is talking about the spirit of the law. Spirit (pneuma) is that which gives life, and it is the new testament through Christ that gives life, progress, and purpose to the covenants, old and new; He gives life to the ordinances, He gives life to the plan & the people it ...
The Bible is clear. Jesus is the one an only, unique Son of God. This is confirmed at John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His "only' begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."
John 1:18, "No man has seen God at any time; the "only" begotten Son/God, who is in the bosom ...
The Son and Children of God
I'm not certain this entirely addresses your question, but the New Testament speaks of those who have been baptized into Christ as "wearing Christ" or "putting on Christ" through water baptism (Gal. 3:27).
This is significant because when God (as @Dottard explained, the Most High God: the Father) looks at the ...
See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, because a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you plainly see that I have.”
This happened before Jesus ascended to the right hand of God. He was not a spirit at this time.
2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
"Most High" is simply another title of God the Father (Acts 7:48) because we have:
Heb 7:1 - Melchizedek was king of Salem and "priest of God Most High"
Mark 5:7, Luke 1:32, 8:28 - Jesus is called "Son of the Most High"
Luke 1:35 - the Holy Spirit administers the "power of the Most High"
Acts 16:17 - the apostles ...
They didn't believe
A few verses earlier we are told of the group:
And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them
not. (Luke 24:11)
Not the route you'd take to Galilee
The most direct route to Galilee would be through Samaria, but many Jews avoided the Samaritans and didn't go this way (e.g. see John 4:9); the next best ...
The expression contains 'days' and 'flesh' which would denote Jesus' lifetime from birth to death.
I don't think this expression can be used to prove anything about pre-existence, myself.
It brackets his time in flesh during 'days'.
His bodily resurrection and ascension place him in the heaven of heavens, no longer subject to 'days'.
I will defend 3 basic contentions; I will then apply them to the question in the OP.
All belief is based on evidence
All evidence is at its core experiential
Faith is not passive belief
1. All belief is based on evidence
Sometimes people looking for a fight will say “there’s no evidence for God” or something similarly provocative. When carefully ...
Is Jesus currently in the flesh?
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must
put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this
mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass
the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (1 Cor
The word ...
According to Paul, there is evidence of the creator God everywhere:
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Jesus was being very specific in John 20:29
Then Jesus told him, “Because ...
Who anointed our Lord Jesus Christ?
38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Who anointed our Lord Jesus Christ? Peter said, "God." What did God anoint our Lord Jesus with? Peter said, "the Holy ...
It appears to me that Jesus was concerned for the disciples safety as there was an uprising of those against the new movement. Jesus himself does not need protection, but the disciples away from Jesus would at the very least not appear to be defenseless. The swords were a deterrent for rioters and religious malefactors. Peter did have a sword on when in the ...
Jesus didn't say "blessed are those who believe with no evidence." He said "blessed are those who have not seen and still believe." We have the evidence of eye witnesses.
This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.
(John 21:24, ESV)
3 For I ...
The (currently accepted) answer by @OzzieOzzie is just plain wrong.
This has nothing to do with priesthood - but being a Rabbi
At this time, one had to be approximately 30 years of age to become a Rabbi. This recorded in the Code of Jewish Law (O.C. 581:1), which was being written at that time, along with the codification of the Talmud.
You can read more ...
What is the baptism of fire?
It refers to a separate "baptism" for those who are judged. This is evidenced by the contrast set in the next verse of the wheat and chaff. Yet, I don't see language anywhere else of unbelievers being baptized.
Baptism with fire
When many Pharisees and Sadducees approached John, he called them "offspring of ...
All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Luke 10:22 ESV)
πάντα μοι παρεδόθη ὑπὸ τοῦ πατρός μου καὶ οὐδεὶς γινώσκει τίς ἐστιν ὁ υἱὸς εἰ μὴ ὁ πατήρ καὶ τίς ἐστιν ὁ πατὴρ εἰ μὴ ὁ υἱὸς καὶ ᾧ ἐὰν βούληται ὁ υἱὸς ...
The verb in Luke 4:18 translated "anointed" is χρίω (chrió), from which we get the official title of Jesus, "Christ" = anointed one, or, Messiah in Hebrew. The five uses of this verb in the NT answers the question:
Luke 4:18 - “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to ...
1 Kings 18:36At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning ...
Why does the Holy Spirit not know who Jesus is? Luke 10:22
Or, is this a confirmation that there is no 'person' called Holy Spirit?
It is a confirmation that the holy spirit is not a person. Under inspiration, Luke wrote that the holy spirit is the "Power of the Most High".Luke 1:34-35
J.Moffat Luke 1:34,35
34" Mary said to the angel, “How ...
Regarding God's "Anointed One" מְשִׁיחוֹ֘ in Isaiah's prophecy, we read about two Messiah(s) : Cyrus & Israel.
While Cyrus | כ֣וֹרֶשׁ "Koresh" is called by God - "His Anointed One" in [Isaiah 45:1], the prophecy of [Isaiah 61:1] is about an Anointed Israel who acts as God's Servant to the nations.
Isaiah 45:1 - "So ...
The Hebrew text explicitly says, "because the Lord has anointed me." So it is not the Holy Spirit who anoints, but He is the anointing oil itself, in Jesus' case. I would argue that Jesus was anointed with and by the Holy Spirit Himself, sent by the Father (John 14:26), to preach the gospel by His power while on earth, and not by His own divine ...
1 Samuel 16:13
So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David.
The anointing oil symbolizes or represents the Spirit of the LORD.
Jesus was not anointed with physical oil but literally with the Spirit of God in Matthew 3:16
As soon as Jesus was ...
Why did Jesus not know who touched him in Luke 8:45?
The question assumes that Jesus did not know who touched him in Luke 8:45.
46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”
People were crowding him and touching him. Yet, Jesus singled out a special instance of touching by someone's faith.
He raised the question in order ...
OP: Why does the Holy Spirit not know who Jesus is?
I believe this question is flawed from the start because it assumes as a premise that the Holy Spirit does not know Jesus, and then seeks an explanation for that premise. I claim that the premise is wrong to begin with, in light of what 1 Corinthians 2:10-13 (ESV) says:
10 these things God has revealed to ...
There have been several interesting and novel ideas proposed to answer the apparent ignorance of the Holy Spirit in knowing things or other 'persons' he would be expected to know. Like Jesus for example, who he should have known for like, 'ever'!
All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who ...
Why did Jesus not know who touched him? Luke 8:45
Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched Me?” And while they were all denying it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing in on You.”
Jesus was a finite, mortal human who depended on God for everything - his miracles, his words, his decisions and plans.
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature....
The ministry of Elijah was taken as a model for Christ's fore-runner, John the Baptist who would go in the Spirit of Elijah.
This was predicted in Mal 4:5, 6 -
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of
the great and awesome Day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of
the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to ...
Yes. I would like to add that Matthew 11:14 states: "If you willing to accept it, He is Elijah who is to come". While I do not believe that he was the fulfillment of Elijah, especially when John stated he was not Elijah when asked by the Pharisees (John 1:21) - I do believe the passages you mention goes to show the connection. The pattern(s) are ...
The same phrase, "Kingdom of God/heaven is near", or similar, occurs in a number of places:
Matt 3:2 - "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."
Matt 4:17 - From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."
Matt 10:7 - As you go, proclaim this message: 'The kingdom of heaven ...
There’s a great video by Peter Williams discussing names, and disambiguation of names, in the Gospels. Although he doesn’t address this example specifically, some of my thoughts are drawn from his.
Simon was the most common Jewish boy’s name in the time and place where Jesus lived. Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of Simons in the New ...
Let's label the second person as X.
Luke 24:33 They [Cleopas and X] got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they [Cleopas and X] found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.”
If X = Simon Peter, the verse would read "they found the Ten" not "Eleven&...
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 ...
This is an old chestnut! How to translate so that it makes sense in the receiving language? Here is a more glaring example in Rev 2:23
and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know
that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each
of you according to your works.
The word translated "mind" is actually νεφρός ...
The ESV is more faithful to the Semitic world in which Jesus lived, and is the way someone in that time & place would have actually said it. The NIV is more faithful to the way this would be understood in English--the ESV conveys the word, the NIV conveys the meaning.
The thinking organ
A useful passage to reference is found in Deuteronomy 6
4 Hear, O ...
Jesus might well have chosen a priest and Pharisee as his characters. Perhaps he chose the priest and Levite, for all the reasons stated above, but also because:
The 'teacher of the law' was not a priest or Levite and so to include a Pharisee might have made him antagonistic rather than contemplative of Jesus' parable.
I think Jesus is making the same point ...
the relation between Luke 20:37 and 38
Luke 20:37-38 NIV
37 But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the
dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of
Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of
the living, for to him all are alive.”
God said to Moses:
Exodus 3:6 (NASB)
6 And He said,...
The debate here in Luke 20:37, 38, is whether there is an afterlife which would necessarily involve a resurrection of the saints. Jesus is answering the Sadducees who did not believe in the resurrection of the saints. Jesus' clinching argument here is quite simple:
The Sadducees called God the "God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob"
God is not the God ...
Major premise: The Lord is the God of the living.
Minor premise: The Lord is the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
Conclusion: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are alive (to God).
Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question.
Prove by contradiction
Assume there is no resurrection.
Offence as in not restoring the sanctity of the temple but prophesing its destruction instead.
Offence as in expecting a king of Davidic stature, but instead one who gives to Caesar what's due to Caesar.
Offence as in not being set free from the bondage of the Romans, but being set free from sin instead.
And John is precisely under such a physical bondage, ...
35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”
“Nothing,” they answered.
36He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’ ; and I tell you that this ...
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 ...
New International Version
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Instead of the "heart", LXX has the word "mind".
Brenton Septuagint Translation
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy mind, and with all thy soul, and all thy strength.
This explains why ...
Why did Jesus begin his ministry at age 30?
Jesus a sympathetic High Priest that can sympathize with our weaknesses. For this reason, he came to earth born as a man having flesh and blood, and experiencing life as a human, having feelings and emotions at first hand.
Hebrews 4:15 (NASB)
15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our
Was Christ referring to a particular group in the parable of the great banquet in Luke 14
"Yes, Jesus is referring to a particular group, in this parable, the anointed brothers of Christ referred to by Paul as the partakers of the heavenly calling.( Heb 3:1 )That heavenly calling includes service as heavenly priests of God and of Christ during Christ’s ...
Luke 14:16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.
This means that some people were not invited initially.
Gill refers to this initial group of people as mainly Jews:
And bade many. This first bidding more especially respects the Jews, who are said to be "many", in reference to the promise made to ...
Let us begin by noting the following texts:
2 Cor 5:14, “…we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.”
2 Cor 5:18, 19, “…God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ …”
1 Tim 2:3, 4, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
1 Tim 2:...