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Elisha was a type of Christ. https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/meditating-scripture/ Ligonier is a well-respected Christian organization founded by R C Sproul. Both are designated by a prophet, whom the general populace recognized as a true prophet. Both receive the Spirit on the other side of the Jordan (2 Kings 2:7-15; John 1:28); are surrounded by ...


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Here are some contexts in Matthew 6: 11 Give us today our daily bread. ... 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' ... 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Jesus implored the Jews not to engage in daily routine ...


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Which group of Israelites is Jesus speaking to in Matthew 6:[34], when stating : “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." ? This message is for The Poor (Who cannot always afford to buy food / beverages / clothing - Matthew 6:25-33). In Hebraic context, we read this also in ...


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In the technical jargon of theology (both ancient and modern) the story in 2 Kings 13 is seen as a "Type" of Christ. Almost every story in the OT can be viewed through this lens. For example, Joseph was a "Type" of Christ - both are rejected by their own people both became servants both are betrayed for silver both are falsely accused ...


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There is another theory giving the Gospel of Matthew a partial priority. This theory is that the Gospel of Matthew has evolved, knowing more than one redaction. One first redaction was similar to what has been called "Q" in the 19th Century. This redaction may date very early. A later redaction (or more than one later redactions) included other ...


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Many great answers here. This book, A Hunger for God, by John Piper is highly recommended. May it lead you to understand how God loves you and cares for you. https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/what-is-the-purpose-of-fasting


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In the context of this verse citing the wide gate a better translation for strait (G4728 stenos) gate is narrow which is listed as an alternative translation for strait G4728. Therefore: 13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. In this context Matthew is discussing ...


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Strait is the gate. Narrow is the way. Strait is not the way. It is the gate. There are two things you must notice. A gate (other languages it is door) and a Way. Gate is different from Way. Don't mix both together. Strait in other languages is less space. Enter through the door Jesus. Every one can't enter through this door. You have to repent from your ...


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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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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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This question not only assumes that the Israelites believed in literal demon posession, but that the English "spirit" translation refers to the same concept as understood by Christianity. … Saul's possession by the ruah raah (I Samuel 16:14) would be a demonic possession. However, like most other things, there is not a single Rabbinic tradition on ...


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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 ...


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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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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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What are the new and old treasures relative to the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 13:52? The Greek word gram·ma·teusʹ is rendered “scribe” when referring to a group of Jewish teachers who were versed in the Law, but here the expression is used with regard to Jesus’ disciples who were trained to teach others. The answer will be based on the translations below. ...


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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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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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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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Is 'foundation' the best translation for Gr. 'katabole'? In order to understand what Jesus was saying, we need to see the context of his words in the instance. The Insight on the Scriptures gives a clear explanation in the article "World" under the subheading "The founding of the world": “The founding of the world.” This clear connection ...


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Earlier in Matthew 4: 5Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” After refusing ...


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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 ...


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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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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 ...


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Since Jesus does not know those who work iniquity (ἀνομία), the corollary is that Jesus does know those who do not work iniquity. That is, Jesus does know those who work righteousness (δικαιοσύνη).1 Those who work righteousness—who do not work iniquity—are those who do the will of the Father who is in Heaven.2 In every nation, he who fears God and works ...


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Let's consider 3 possibilities: 1. If Mark were first I think this is the more difficult option, as Matthew's use of the word σεισμὸς would be unexpected. However, this needn't be conclusive evidence against the priority of Mark on its own. As Mark Goodacre has observed: [L]iterary style is a personal thing, and it is never surprising when given writers ...


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"To know someone" is a quintessential Hebraism found in several places in the NT. 2 Tim 2:19 - Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness." 1 Cor 8:3 - But whoever loves God ...


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You are looking at two different ‘states’ of ‘man’, and composing a question as if they are the same. One is pre-cross, the other is post-cross. Let’s look at this a little closer Your quote from Matthew 7 is pre-cross. Matthew 7 is a kingdom message, specifically the Kingdom of Heaven. They couldn’t be “personally known by Jesus”. Well, not in the way ...


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Matthew 13:52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” Who were these teachers? Matthew 23:34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others ...


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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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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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There seems to be a fine line here that I can lean on either side. I see that Jesus is trying to instruct the disciples when how to set up the new church and I'm sure it was very difficult. But the confusion for me comes with Jesus saying let you that is without sin cast the first stone. And then turns around and says if you see somebody sinning pointed out ...


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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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In his commentary of Mark, D.E. Nineham explains the use of parables: Parables were constantly used by the rabbis at and after the time of Our Lord, and the very numerous examples of their parables which have been preserved make it clear that they used them for the sole purpose of clarifying and driving home their teaching. When we observe the very close ...


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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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Our repentance, though necessary for salvation, does not earn salvation. Salvation upon mere repentance is a bargain. The merchant sold all he had to buy the pearl because he knew he was getting a real bargain: the pearl was worth far more than all he had. Likewise, we cannot earn salvation, it is worth far more than we can pay.


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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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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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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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What is meant by "Reward" (μισθὸν) in Matthew 6:1? Matthew 6:1 [NASB] - “Take care not to practice your righteousness in the sight of people, to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.” The Reward [is] keeping your soul. Proverbs 19:16 "He who keeps a commandment keeps his soul; he who despises his ...


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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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“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Love can make even the heaviest burdens seem easy. Jesus modelled the perfect way of obedience, one that is borne of love rather than out of obligation and fear. The first is the way of friendship, the latter, one of enslavement: But so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father ...


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Either saved Christians must keep the (moral) law or we are released from keeping the (moral) law. A. If saved Christians are released from the requirements of the (moral) law then are we free to blaspheme, fornicate, disrespect authority, murder, lie, cheat, steal and covet (etc)? Most would rather not live in such a world. Paul certainly encouraged the ...


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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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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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I believe the reference is to human spirits, for at least three reasons: #1 People who died in the flood I believe the 1 Peter passage makes a straightforward reference to people who died in the flood—it is helpful to consider verse 20 in its entirety to capture the contrast: Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the ...


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The sequence in the text of Matt 24:9-31 is clear: Tribulation consisting of V9, Persecution V10, betrayal V11 false prophets V12 - multiplication of wickedness Abomination of Desolation V15, at the sight of the Abomination of Desolation predicted by the prophet Daniel 9:27, 11:31, 12:11, people should flee to the mountains V19, great misery Heavenly ...


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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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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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