The law concerning this commandment was given in the book of Genesis.
When God declared "Let us make man in our image and likeness and let them have dominion over the earth"he was referring to the Male man.
Proof of this is in the fact that immediately after making Adam,God set him about his purpose to dominate(cultivate) the earth even before he ...
"Apart from the body" could potentially mean either:
The soul/spirit departing the body and hiving experiences in heaven. This is what is loosely described as "OBE" as per the OP.
The man being given a vision of heaven and thus his experiences were independent or "apart" from the body.
The first meaning is difficult to ...
Let's take a look at the setting.
Acts 25:23 New International Version
The next day [King] Agrippa and [Queen] Bernice came with great pomp and entered the audience room with the high-ranking military officers and the prominent men of the city. At the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.
This was a serious and formal affair. Everyone was to behave ...
Acts 26:24 What did Festus mean when he said to Paul “Too much learning is driving you insane!”
What was Paul's "learning" and how do we know?
Paul himself tells us his background in Acts 22:3
“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but educated in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, instructed according to the strictness of the ancestral Law, and ...
At least 3.
0th Corinthians (yes)
Based on the chronology provided in Acts and Paul's other letters we can date 1 Corinthians to approximately AD 54-55, while Paul was in Ephesus, and we can date 2 Corinthians to AD 55-56, shortly after Paul left Ephesus. It won’t work to try to make 2 Corinthians chronologically the “first” letter (as some have suggested ...
Matthew 5:17 "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfil". NKJV
Only Jesus could truly say these words as only He is [Romans 1:4] "the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness". Only Jesus could fulfil the Law because of all men only He is holy.
Nothing created ...
Reality can only be understood perfectly by looking at it from both vertical and horizontal perspectives.
It is a co-reality.
Here is a case in point.
Who hardened Pharaoh's heart?
Was it God or Pharaoh himself?
Even before the hardening of heart actually happened, Exodus 4:21
[t]he LORD said to Moses, "When you return to Egypt, see that you perform ...
The header question
If God is making decisions that are beyond our control, then why are we responsible for them?
is answered by Romans 9:20 :
Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? [KJV]
God, alone, is righteous.
Only in Jehovah ... have I righteousness and ...
It is clear that the author here is simply saying that humans have no right to question God, and that's it. Whether that ("have no right") is true or not is a separate question and whether you believe it is true or not depends on your other beliefs.
Yes, it may seem unfair if God is completely sovereign but at the same time holds us responsible for ...
The "Kenosis" (emptying) of Jesus has a HUGE literature - most of which is unnecessary because the answer to the meaning of "emptied Himself" is actually in the very following words. But first note the grammatical pivot that this verb, κενόω, in Phil 2:7 has:
(V6) Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as
something to ...
The answer to this question is actually just a few verses further along in Rom 10:8-13 -
But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and
in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: that
if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your
heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For ...
Yes! Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit is a person! The Holy Spirit "talks" and makes decisions like a person. So yes! This is part of the evidence that God is three persons in One. All Three get the same worship and glory.
Consider the three parts of this verse:
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love (John 3:16) of God,
and the fellowship of the holy spirit
The first two obviously relate directly to the Son and the Father:
Religious "grace" is usually defined as an unmerited divine gift (Merriam-Webster), in this case the gift of salvation being made ...
Great Question!! There were probably several components to the cause of this antagonism toward Paul by the Jewish leadership:
Paul's influence was becoming too great to ignore and the leadership felt that, unchecked, Paul would become more important teacher than they would (they were correct)
Paul's teaching centered on free grace which they felt ...
Acts 21:27 When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him, 28shouting, “Fellow Israelites, help us! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought Greeks into the temple and defiled this ...
There is great scope for the bible to be manipulated / interpreted to one's perspective, even interpolation due to ambiguity. This question can be best answered on the basis that Paul followed Jesus teachings. If that is the case, then Paul was not a Trinitarian. A few of many examples;
nothing will be changed from the OT Matthew 5:17-19 "17 Think ...
The Council of Nicaea dealt primarily with the issue of the deity of Christ. Over a century earlier the term "Trinity" (Τριάς in Greek; trinitas in Latin) was used in the writings of Origen (185–254) and Tertullian (160–220), and a general notion of a "divine three", in some ...
That Paul is Trinitarian is clear from the fact that He regards Jesus as his Lord to whom he prays (cf. Acts 22:18, or 2 Cor. 12:8), for to pray means to pray to God, and regards Him as equal to the God Father (Phil. 2:6); and as to the Holy Spirit that we are His living temples (1 Cor. 3:16), and temples mean that temples of God, and that the Holy Spirit is ...
Was the Apostle Paul a trinitarian? 2 Corinthians 13:14
14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and
the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
No, it does not, no more than if we say Jack and Jill went for a walk with Lasie, it does not mean that they are three in one. This type of citation only proves that there are three ...
The Final Trinitarian Passage
The passage in question is known as the Apostolic Benediction which many commentators (see note 2) state is one of the most explicit New Testament statements of the Trinity. Yet, simply describing three entities does not necessarily indicate deity or equality. Perhaps Paul understands Jesus is only "a" god as some (mis)...
In the "scholarly" theological literature (which need not delay us here) there is much debate about whether Paul as "unitarian", "binitarian", or, "trinitarian". There is a huge amount of evidence for all three positions and so this cannot decided on the basis of a single text.
This age-old problem will not be ...
No. If one wants to base a primary doctrine on verses like this - simply the mention of three different aspects or presences of God, that is up to them. But it does not speak of ANY of the trinitarian parameters of co-equality etc etc.
No one is denying the son of God or the spirit of God or God Himself. The nature of each is defined in scripture and it does ...