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The point isn’t so much about being LESS wise and LESS learned. No, rather the point is to be humble, because knowledge can cause the possessor to become puffed up or conceited, arrogant. “If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭8:2‬ ‭ Jesus makes it clear that anyone who wants to enter the ...


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At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry he taught by using analogies that would be readily understood by everyone – salt, bread, sheep – and the meaning would be clear within the context of his teaching. Later on, he employed parables and the parable about the sower and the seed that fell onto four different types of soil was the first. His audience was a ...


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Paul was wise and learned, but not many like him turned to Christ. Paul was very zealous about doing what he thought was right, so Christ intervened to stop him and turn him in the right direction (see Acts). Nicodemus was wise and learned but not one of the apostles (the Gospels). Jesus criticized self-righteousness which often kept the wise and learned ...


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The Idea in Brief The mystery was that believers were participating not only in the New Covenant, but were also in actual ontological union with the body of Jesus Christ. That is, in the Hebrew Bible the prophets indicated that the New Covenant was exclusive to Israelites (that is, to faithful Jews). However the Apostle Paul later received exclusive ...


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The one who said "be wise as serpents" (Matthew 10:16) cannot praise naiveté, for serpent is a symbol of Satan and a Christian should be of as sharp of a mind as to be ready to outwit even the wittiest and cunningest of spiritual evil creatures (2 Cor. 2:11). Thus, "little children" here does not signify a naiveté bordering with ...


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Jesus is probably echoing the language, at least the idea, of Psalm 8, a psalm that was very important to the writers of the New Testament. The first two verses in the NIV read: Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold ...


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Revelation 10:5-7 (DRB) And the angel, whom I saw standing upon the sea and upon the earth, lifted up his hand to heaven, 6 And he swore by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things which are therein; and the earth, and the things which are in it; and the sea, and the things which are therein: That time shall be no longer. 7 But ...


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We read in Mark 4:10-12 the reason for keeping wisdom hidden : "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that," Yeshayahu 6:9-10 will be fulfilled. Isaiah / Yeshayahu 6:9-10 [MT] [9] And He said, "Go and say to this people, 'Indeed you hear, but you do not understand; ...


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The trumpets judgment happens at the end of the millennium, That is why the Mystery of God which is Christ will be complete, when all kingdom, power, and authority will be subjected to Him, then Christ will be subject to God so that God will be all in all in the New Heaven and New Earth.


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Colossians makes reference to this: Colossians 1:24-27 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which ...


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The mystery Paul referred to must be the Gospel of The Kingdom of God, that the Kingdom of God is coming to this world. It was indeed kept hidden for generations (even Israel only received bits of hints via the prophets). Moreover, the saints (i.e. chosen race/people, verse 26) was supposed to be exclusive to the Jew, at that time. Hence, the concept of ...


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The Idea in Brief The New Covenant is the Gospel promised by the Prophets of the Hebrew Bible. What is different in the current age is that this New Covenant fuses (or baptizes) converts into the mystical Body of the Christ. That is, the blood of Jesus Christ is the New Covenant (Luke 22:20). In this respect, the New Covenant promised in the Hebrew Bible is ...


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The word μυστήριον means "secret," not "mystery." Paul's gospel, that Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15.1-4) was unknown until Paul received it from the risen Christ (Galatians 1.11-12). Peter did not know this gospel nor did any of the Twelve. They had absolutely no understanding of the significance of Christ's death on the ...


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