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 ...
Jesus is the lion from the tribe of Judah. If Judah is His people so then are the Gentiles. For all who are in Christ is a new creature/creation no longer Jew or Greek. Ephesians says He tore down the wall of separation and made the two one, Jew and Gentile one in Christ. So the who were not my people are His people not just sons but also citizens of His ...
On the 5th of July in 1950 Israel enacted the Law of Return which set the criteria for those who might return to the heritage given them in that land by way of qualifications set out in the charter and therefore it may be assumed that anyone else is a Gentile and once there are no more able to return to Israel the fullness of the Gentiles would be achieved.
Sabaoth is the transliteration of tsavaot, which is the plural form of the hebrew word tsava. This word is the denominative of the verb tsiva, which means “go into battle, fight”
When taken as a noun, it means the units that go into battle and fight, and thus it can refer to armies, companies, groups of men that are going into battle.
From that basic ...
"Sabaoth" is the English spelling of the actual Greek word (Gr. Σαβαὼθ). In other words, it is not a translation. Linguists call it a "transliteration."
The word is essentially equivalent to "hosts," following the "LORD of hosts" (KJV) expression from the Old Testament. Perhaps a better translation, for the Hebrew ...
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.&...
Faith is a gift, but the strength of one's faith comes through exercise.
Faith Is a Gift
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among
you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but
to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure
of faith. (Romans 12:3, KJV)
Faith Has Proportions
What is Faith? Knowing this is a necessary foundation for answering how it comes.
(you asked)” Question: ”Is faith a gift or earned / developed through spiritual practices (e.g. prayer, fasting, reading the Bible)?”
Essentially, this answer is simple. Because we are told….
ROMANS 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
And, we ...
We find repeatedly that salvation and the even the impulse to seek God come from God - all salvation is the initiative of God's and not ours, Phil 2:13, John 6:44, Rom 2:4, 5:5, Eph 2:5.
John 6:44 - “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws
him, and I will raise him up at the last day.
More specifically, 1 Cor 12:9 confirms that even faith ...
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 ...
Most translations seem to see death as exonerating the sinner. Joseph therefore disagrees with ‘freed’. Trying to get my brain around his suggested direction, like Susan, I tried this paraphrase, using a capital crime like murder: He who has been put to death (for his crime) has rendered justice for his murder (sin)
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 ...
You refer to "the Pauline perspective" in your comments, that it "prevents commentators from reading Deuteronomy, Ezekiel and Habakkuk as saying the same thing. Really - you need to make the case for that claim. What commentators, precisely? And what grounds are there for claiming that "the Pauline perspective" hinders anyone from ...
Most sources (eg, Bible margins and footnotes, plus USB5 appendix, etc) readily acknowledge that Hab 2:4 is quoted by Rom 1:17, Gal 3:11, and Heb 10:38 (this last one only in the Byzantine text).
However, neither I nor any of the the references I examined could see any immediate semantic connection between the above verses and Deut 16:20 and Eze 18:19.
Oh, I think we have to believe that baptism is actually instrumental otherwise we render the scripture meaningless or worse a lie.
Romans 6:3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
Here Paul says that he was baptized into Christ and into his death. But this would be nonsense if Paul ...
(All citations LEB)
The word "know", ginosko, implies an experiental knowledge. It is a reference to having some kind of revelation of God. This revelation of God is provided through creation. The specific attributes called out here are
God's eternal nature - in contrast with man's fleeting life.
God's diety - in contrast with man's status as ...
"they knew God". Here I suggest three sorts of knowing:
Knowing about. If someone looks at creation and thinks there must be a Creator, this is an intellectual activity. With the mind we know about God.
Feeling the result but not knowing who. Job 19:25 "I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth". ...
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood [or demonstrated] through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21For even though they knew God,
i.e., God as demonstrated by the creation itself. Paul's logic went something like this: One ...
Simply put, we see a similarity in the statement Jesus made.
If you had known Me, you would know My Father as well. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:7
We understand what kind of God is through seeing and knowing who Jesus is - what he is like, what he stands for, how he lives. He is the image of the invisible God.
So, also we see ...
Theologians have viewed salvation history in the form of a chi, χ. In the Old Testament (Tanakh) is a narrowing down the the Messiah (the Christ). After Christs sacrificial death and resurrection, salvation spreads to the whole world. While the Jews had special favor, they also had more responsibility for what they were given. In the final judgment, ...
Nations are very important - they are Gods ‘intent’. And - the Jews are Gods nation. He needed a ‘people’ (nation) in order to fulfil his purposes - and still does. Trouble is, first they put themselves under the Mosaic ‘ Law, and then kept ‘rejecting’ Him as their God.
The Jews have a covenant with their God. The Abrahamic covenant. But it is important to ...
The verse in Rom 2:10 is simply talking about the Jews being asked first in time, and NOT given favoritism as V11 emphasizes.
Indeed, this has always been the case as per the appendix below.
APPENDIX - Israel open to all
The unfortunate story in Gen 38 about Judah and Tamar shows that a foreigner became the mother of the tribe of Judah.
When Jacob entered ...
The Jew first, in time.
And also, thereafter, the Gentile.
This is a matter of precedence, not 'favour'
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. [Galatians 3:28 KJV]
The text was taken out of context, as it implies favoritism toward Jews in the New Covenant. However, the context shows the opposite is the case, and that favoritism is actually cancelled out explicitlly, by saying:
Romans 2:6-11 [God] will render to every man according to his works. 7 To them indeed, who according to patience in good work, seek glory and ...