Here's one of the main reasons there were some Jews who tried to kill Paul. They persecuted him wherever he went. He was speaking against circumcision. It was no longer needed because of the cross.
Now, brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. Galatians 1:11&...
Many Jews (both from Jerusalem and those who lived in Damascus) considered Paul to be a traitor to Judaism. While he was on their side as Saul of Tarsus, they all equally hated Christianity. They applauded him then. That hatred of Christianity was shown when they stoned Stephen to death, and Saul was standing guard over their cloaks which they threw off to ...
Why did some Jews so bent on killing Paul?
Paul was one of their kind. Paul was a Pharisee of Pharisees, Philippians 3:
If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6as for zeal, ...
Are the principalities and powers in Titus 3:1 the same as in Ephesians 6:12?
ESV Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but
against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers
over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in
the heavenly places.
ESV Titus 3:1 Remind them to be submissive to ...
Saul had become the persecuted instead of the persecutor. He could no doubt see himself in his persecutors. This uniquely qualified him for the hardships that he would encounter.
ACTS 9:22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.
ACTS 9:29 And he spoke boldly in the ...
Here is an extract from https://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1-300/whatever-happened-to-the-twelve-apostles-11629558.html showing all the apostles were killed except for John.
Peter and Paul
Both martyred in Rome about 66 AD, during the persecution under
Emperor Nero. Paul was beheaded. Peter was crucified, upside down at
his request, ...
It's different. Like in:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Christians are supposed to work Gods will within the confines of laws of lands they live so their freedom and rights are ensured. Like Daniel in Babylon for example.
We cannot take the law into ...
It seems to be that the ordinary course must be to obey earthly powers but that spiritual wickedness, from their fruits will you know them, would suffice to justify the believer in taking an apposite position.
In NKJV (Rom. 7:18) round parentheses are a punctuation matter of how non-restrictive the phrase is. It does not indicate a lack of confidence in the underlying Greek text. A restrictive phrase has no punctuation. Non-restrictive has punctuation setting it apart, starting with commas. Round parentheses () means it's even less essential to the meaning of ...
The punctuation in the NKJV of bracketing the phrase in Rom 7:18, "that is, in my flesh" suggests it is simply a parenthetical remark. Other versions simply use two commas rather than parentheses.
The use of the parentheses is not intended to suggest that the phrase is spurious. The text of Rom 7:18 is undisputed.
The convention in the NLJV for ...
Paul was describing a self that seemed completely inconsistent with the impression that his actions gave and that he promoted in his own teaching. However, there is no contradiction. He was simply describing how he felt in his flesh (Romans 7:18).
He had negative feelings and emotions, but he didn’t let them dominate him. Instead, he walked in the reality of ...
On the issue of stage fright, I can identify with Paul. He could have been when he was younger but not anymore. Still, when he was older, he was not an eloquent speaker in terms of stage showmanship. As a computer science professor teaching before my students, I can identify with that as well.
1 Corinthians 2:3-4a: “I was with you in weakness and in fear ...
This is a hornet's nest of theological traps that I have observed many (including myself) have fallen into with disastrous results because of the intended meaning of the apparently "slippery" meaning of the Greek word, τέλειος (teleios), translated "perfect" in 1 Cor 13:10.
Sometimes τέλειος (teleios) means simply mature and clearly ...
Some people have interpreted the “that which is perfect” in this verse as being the completed Bible. This has led them to believe that the gifts of the Spirit spoken of here (i.e., prophecy and tongues) have ceased. Although God’s Word is perfect (Psalms 19:7), that cannot be the “perfect thing” that is spoken of here.
In 1 Corinthians 13:12, Paul said when ...
Jesus gave a sense of imminence to his hearers in Matthew 24:
Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
Paul caught this sense of imminence in
1 Corinthians 7:
What I am saying, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; 30those who ...
The Emptiness of Spiritual Gifts Without Love, 1-3
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not
love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I
have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all
knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove
mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. ...
Yes, Paul seems to have been expecting this to happen during his and their lifetime.
The reason this is a logical conclusion is because "when that which is perfect is come" (KJV) surely would apply to Christ's second coming, at the latest possible point, for Christ and Heaven are and will be perfect. And Paul speaks of this coming of Christ in ...
In ministering to the Galatians who were gentile converts, Paul encountered interference from those that taught that circumcision was a requirement for salvation. The false teaching troubled (inflicted emotional distress and confusion on) the new converts.
...there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of
Christ. Galatians 1:7
Seeking the ...
Paul was the last in the series of Jesus' post resurrection appearances which he has just finished enumerating as part of the Gospel which he preached to them. These appearances do not and can not always represent the occasion of the calling to apostleship since the appearances listed were to Cephas (an apostle already), the Twelve (apostles already), ...
Concerning the phrase, ἐκ μέρους Danker translates it as "the piecemeal way", which may suggest that the inappropriate usage of gifts is taking the congregation piece by piece, which may end up in the schism, deterioration, or division of the whole church.
So when Paul says ἐκ μέρους γὰρ γινώσκοµεν he is saying because we speak knowledge (which is ...
In Romans chapter 12 we are instructed to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
To "renew one's mind" means "to hold The Word in mind and act accordingly.&...
Can 1 Corinthians 15:3-9, particularly verse 8, be used as a proof-text for the claim that there are no more apostles after Paul?
This is a matter of definition. How does one define apostle? One could use 1 Corinthians 15:8 as the definition of an apostle. Then by definition, Paul was the last one.
But I think this definition is too strict and wrong.
Can 1 Corinthians 15:3-9, particularly verse 8, be used as a proof-text for the claim that there are no more apostles after Paul?
1 Corinthians 15:8
8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
"Last of all" relates contextually to Paul being the least of all those Jesus personally appeared to since he is a murderer of the ...
What does the apostle mean that "the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth"?
Starting in Romans 8: 19 it gives more context that the creation indeed is awaiting to be delivered from corruption as well. It knows that when the unveiling of the sons of God happens then it too will come into that glorious liberty as well. It too ...
Rom 8:22, 23 is a direct allusion to gen 3 and the curse placed upon creation, specifically:
Gen 3:11 - Adam and Eve were naked following their sin
Gen 3:14 - the serpent cursed
Gen 3:15 - enmity between the woman and the serpent
Gen 3:16 - Woman cursed with troublesome childbirth
Gen 3:17, 18 - ground cursed with thorns and thistles
Gen 3:19 - Adam (...
The Big Rip is bad news:
In physical cosmology, the Big Rip is a hypothetical cosmological model concerning the ultimate fate of the universe, in which the matter of the universe, from stars and galaxies to atoms and subatomic particles, and even spacetime itself, is progressively torn apart by the expansion of the universe at a certain time in the future, ...
How does the whole creation groan according to Romans 8:22-23?
Romans 8:22: "For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers
the pains of childbirth together until now.
What does the apostle mean that "the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth"? Is this, perhaps, referring to the degradation of all material objects ...
GEN 3:17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
‘Ground’ - ăḏāmâ, the earth, earth substance (Strongs)
Through Adam the earth was ‘blessed’. That is, through Adam’s righteousness. Adam was created ‘righteous’ - but so was ...
Everything in creation is subject to decay or entropy. Nothing is permanent in creation. Everything in creation has an end.
For the present form of this world is passing away.
(1 Cor. 7:31, ESV)
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
(1 John 2:17, ESV)
It's the new heaven and new earth that ...
The problem pointed by User 48152 can be resolved with the combined usage of textual criticism and context.
Starting with the first method (textual criticism), I now quote some samples of comments (by Bible scholars; from now on, the bold is added by me):
“The Textus Receptus has here a sentence not in the best MSS.: ‘I must by all means keep this feast ...
The text of NA28/UBS5, W&H, SBL, etc, reads:
ἀλλὰ ἀποταξάμενος καὶ εἰπών Πάλιν ἀνακάμψω πρὸς ὑμᾶς τοῦ Θεοῦ
θέλοντος, ἀνήχθη ἀπὸ τῆς Ἐφέσου = but taking leave of them and saying,
"I will return to you again if God wills," he set sail from Ephesus.
MSS that have this text include: P74(VII), 01(350), 02(V), 03(IV), 08(VI), 33(IX), 307(X), 453(...
Paul asked the Corinthians to give in 2 Corinthians 8:
10 And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. 11Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 12For if the ...
New International Version:
But as he left, he promised,
"I will come back if it is God's will." Then he set sail from Ephesus.
King James Bible:
But bade them farewell, saying,
I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but
I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.
Why do so many ...
Gentiles, at that time, referred to anyone who wasn’t Jewish and therefore was not given the word of the Lord. If you look at the descendants of the very Romans Paul spoke to in the Bible, it all becomes apparent who is being spoken to.
Even in the Roman Catholic Church, the wickedness and sin that plagued the Gentiles of Rome, still endure, dare I say are ...
It is Ellicott that best elucidates the sense of Paul is saying in 2 Cor 12:13 -
(13) What is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches?—His mind
travels back to the insinuation that he cared less for them than he
did for the churches of Macedonia, because he had maintained his
independence and had received no gifts from them. If they complained
The operative word in 1 Cor 15:8 is ἔκτρωμα (ektróma) which BDAG gives the meaning:
a birth that violates the normal period of gestation (whether induced
as abortion, or natural premature birth or miscarriage [...] or birth
beyond term) untimely birth. So Paul calls himself, perhaps,
taking up a an insult (ektróma as a term of contemptin Tzetzes [XII
As others have pointed out, the word is often used to speak of a premature baby. Often they would not survive.
Paul's Greek name, Paulus, means "little."
It seems plausible that Saul/Paulus was born a preemie but survived, albeit a small man. If so, it would be among the catalog of weaknesses the beset him and made him an unlikely choice for the ...
Haweis New Testament, 1 Corinthians 15:8
And last of all he was seen also by me, who am but as an abortion.
The corresponding Greek word appears only once in the NT and 3 times in the LXX, Numbers 12:12, Job 3:16, and Ecclesiastes 6:3. A straightforward reading of these 3 verses indicates that of a fetus ...
The Biblical word for miscarriage, untimely birth, or abortion is undifferentiated into these separate categories as we would today. There is no way to determine if it means a still birth or simply a premature birth. However, based on a comparison with Old Testament references to such a birth, we can infer that it likely does usually address a situation ...
1 Cor. 15:8 — Paul and the abortion
1626 [e] ektrōmati ἐκτρώματι , untimely birth, abortion, premature birth.
1 Corinthians 15:8 Amplified Bible
And last of all, as to one untimely (prematurely, traumatically) born,
He appeared to me also.
As to one prematurely born:
Saul had a vision of Jesus in heavenly glory, it was as if Saul had been granted the ...