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The operative word here is STRONGS NT 4352: προσκυνέω. Thayer's Greek Lexicon 1 aorist προσεκύνησα; from Aeschylus and Herodotus down; the Sept. very often for הִשְׁתַּחֲוָה (to prostrate oneself); properly, to kiss the hand to (toward) one, in token of reverence: Herodotus 1, 134; (cf. K. F. Hermann, Gottesdienstl. Alterthümer d. Griech. § 21; especially ...


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Are the imprisoned spirits in 1 Peter 3:19 human spirits or fallen angels? Did the demons worry about being imprisoned by Jesus? Was there a prison for demons at Peter's time. The apostle Peter identifies these spirits as those who had “once been disobedient when the patience of God was waiting in Noah’s days.” (1 Peter. 3:20) Clearly, Peter was referring to ...


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As a reference see Why is Psalm 22:16 not quoted in the New Testament? The answer is Jesus simply quoted the beginning of Psalm 22 to point us to Psalm 22, which depicts the Crucifixion.


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And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. Matthew 27:16, 17,18 KJV] The scribes and Pharisees, the religious leaders, desired the chief seats in ...


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The word in Matt 5:22 is ῥακά, sometimes spelled ῤαχά. According to BDAG, the listed meaning is: a term of abuse/put-down relating to lack of intelligence, numbskull, fool (in effect, verbal bullying) Matt 5:22, a term of abuse derived from the Aramaic. Similarly, Thayer gives this meaning: ῤακά (Tdf. ῤαχά; (the better accentuation seems to be ῤακά; cf. ...


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Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him. They worshipped him as King of the Jews.


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Kings are not to be 'worshipped'. They are to be 'honoured'. 1 Peter 2:17. Fear God ; honour the king [KJV] But the wise men from the east worshipped when they saw Jesus : ... they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him ; [Matthew 2:11 KJV] Yet God warned the Magi in a dream (after worship) : And being warned of God ...


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You have the entire letter to the Galatians: The Law of Moses is an impossible burden: We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, ...


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In addition to Nigel's excellent answer, I suggest here another motive. John 11:47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. 48If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our ...


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More details are in John 18: 2 Now Judas, who was delivering Him up, also knew the place, because Jesus often gathered together there with His disciples. 3Therefore Judas, having procured the cohort and officers from the chief priests and from the Pharisees, comes there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Ellicott elaborates: St. John uses the ...


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Yes. Same word is used. ‘aiōnios’. And, the reason is simple, although it depends on your theological foundation. Man is spirit. Spirits are eternal. They do not cease to exist. All [men] are eternal. We equate ‘die’ or ‘death’ as the end. The Bible doesn’t. Death ‘biblically’ means separation. So here in Matthew 25, we see one group eternally separated from ...


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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 ...


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Commentators include multiple reason. Sheep tend to be obedient followers. Goats tend to be disobedient. In Jeremiah 50:6 and John 10 sheep are pictured as followers. The issue in Jeremiah 50:6 is the shepherds. As the shepherd separates (ὡσπερ ὁ ποιμην ἀφοριζει [hōsper ho poimēn aphorizei]). A common figure in Palestine. The sheep are usually white and ...


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The first reason to believe the predictions of Matthew 24:29-31 are fulfilled is that's the most straightforward way of reading the text. Matthew 24:34 (shortly after) says "Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have happened." To this you can add that it's the most straightforward way of reading Matthew 16:...


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Different verbs are used. δαιμονίζομαι = demon-possessed, as used in places like Matt 4:24, 8:16, 28, 33, 9:32, 12:22, etc. Thayer defines this succinctly as, "to be under the power of a demon" In John 13:27 we have εἰσῆλθεν εἰς ἐκεῖνον ὁ Σατανᾶς = (in quintessential redundant Hebrew phraseology) "Satan entered into him". Thus, John ...


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Eternal punishment vs eternal life "Then they will go away to eternal [G166] punishment, but the righteous to eternal [G166] life." Matthew 25:41, 46 (NASB) 41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you accursed people, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 46 These will go away into ...


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Welcome to the group. This was a very general question, so I thought a simple answer referring to the scriptures that use the phrase "Son of Man" and which combine "sign" and "son of Man might be helpful. In Daniel 7:11 we read: "I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, ...


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It is true that Jesus most often addressed the Father as "Father". However, there were several times when Jesus addressed the Father as "God" such as: Mark 15:34 - At the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (See also Matt 27:46) John 20:17 -...


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In support of and in addition to what Dottard has already said, Matthew 5:22 is the only passage in the Bible where the term raca is used. Raca comes from the Aramaic term reqa. It was a derogatory expression meaning “empty-headed,” insinuating a person’s stupidity or inferiority. It was an offensive name used to show utter contempt for another person. ...


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Consider the parable in Luke 19 (NKJV): “And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. “Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’ “And he said to him, ‘Well done, ...


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Matthew 6 opens with a general statement: 1“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. The rest of the chapter mentions particular instances of giving to the needy, praying in private, and fasting unnoticeably. In all three, Jesus is making a ...


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The point of Matthew 7:21-23 is this: If you know Jesus, that does not automatically imply that Jesus knows you. Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Luke 6:46 Why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' but not do what I say? What does it mean to be ...


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What does it mean to be personally known by Jesus? Matthew 7:21-23 Psalm 147:4 NASB 4 He counts the number of the stars; He [a]gives names to all of them. At the time the Psalmist wrote this, the visible stars in a dark night amounted to about 2- 3 thousand stars, to us today there are billions of galaxies and billions of stars in them, yet God gives a ...


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Let us here define "personhood' as an entity having independent sentience = ability to think, act and decide independently. There are numerous places where we see evil spirits given the attribute of sentience such as 1 John 4:1-3, Eph 6:10-12, 2 Cor 11:14, 1 John 3:8, Luke 10:17, etc. However, (and this is a significant logical BUT!) that does not ...


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There is some information relevant to this question with regard to the Magi’s beliefs about stars in Did the Wise Men see the Star of Bethlehem at the east? I will copy some points I made in my answer to that question, and seek to apply them to this one. The Magi were astrologers, likely of the Zoroastrian tradition. They believed that Jupiter represented a ...


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3 possibilities come to mind, all of which take as a working assumption that he hung himself from a tree. Nobody actually saw him fall; they just saw the mess on the ground and came to different conclusions about what had happened. His feet got caught in the tree on the way down, causing his body to rotate. He hung himself from high enough up in the tree ...


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I will not comment about classical Greek usage because the NT is written in Koine Greek where many words have notably different meanings. The word καταβολή (katabolé) occurs exactly 11 times in the NT and in all cases except for one (Heb 11:11) it occurs in the phrase, καταβολῆς κόσμου = "foundation of the world". Further, the occurrence of this ...


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I’d like to offer a different perspective to cut your pastor some slack. Not because I believe the answers here are all wrong, but because this site functions at its best when multiple perspectives are exchanged—and there are rational people who have read this passage different ways. That doesn’t mean they’re all right—but it doesn’t mean they’re all wrong ...


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The text throughout the whole chapter is about God making the move to save man. ““Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:45-46‬ ‭ In this case the merchant is God, who gave His Son in order that He might purchase the ...


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