The way that I've come to interpret this - is that John the Baptist is basically the "Levite Priest" of Jesus Christ. That's why he's the greatest person to come so far. But if you know the Kingdom of Heaven/Jesus, you can become higher than John. Think about this carefully. None of the people before John was able to "serve" Christ, like ...
Only a supplement to the prior answers:
Ex 3:14 uses אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה, ’eh·yeh ’ă·šer ’eh·yeh, in Hebrew, and the Aramaic Onkelos uses the original Hebrew wording here. There is no difference between the first I AM (εγω ειμι) and the second I AM (ο ων). Supposing, Jesus really said what John reports, Hebrew will be more important than Greek because ...
The answer to this is subtle. The words, "I am" are the same in both places, BUT, their grammatical function is different. See the appendix below for a longer discussion of this. The facts are these:
In Ex 3:14 (LXX) we have ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ὤν = "I am the being" [This is NOT a good translation of the Hebrew, "I am who I am", or ...
They are identical in the words "I am" themselves: ἐγὼ εἰμί (“ego eimi”).
See interlinear of John 8:58 here and of Exodus 3:14 here.
It is worth pointing out than in the Septuagint “ego eimi” is followed by "ho on" to try to capture the breadth of the Hebrew "ehyeh", a concept that is difficult to convey through translation.
Did discipleship end with the end of the age in 70 AD?
No. Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Does discipleship involve being an itinerant?
No, not necessarily. John 19:38
Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a ...
Let's see the context, just one verse earlier in Ephesian 3:13
I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
The word "you" refers to believers in Ephesus. Then Paul Prays for the Ephesians.
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives ...
I find no biblical ground to conclude that this specific prayer contained unbelievers. Here are the reasons:
The letter to Ephesians is titled to 'the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus'.
Ephesians 2:19-22 clearly shows that the recipients of the letter are gentile believers.
Let's look at the context of the verse you quoted, verse 16-...
We can be sure that John was writing to the Jews, the caretakers of the word of God, the law and the prophets that all looked toward the coming Christ and the unfolding and re-envisioned Holy Days that found their true meaning through the New Covenant and its convenor Jesus through his blood, death and new life as the firstborn from the dead, Col 1.
So we ...
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”
“since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;”
1 Peter 1:23
“who were born, not of blood nor ...
What is Hell?What are Sheol / Hades / Prison / Lake of Fire / Outer Darkness?
Allow me to restate the passages you have provided using the NASB-95 translation. I believe what’s crucial to recognize throughout this discussion is context.
I. My rendering of Psalm 16 reads:
Psalm 16:10: “For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy ...
In what sense did Father dwell in Jesus? Is it a figure of speech?
It most certainly is not a figure of speech!
To entertain such a notion is to misunderstand the nature of Jesus entirely. I cast no aspersions on the OP as, no doubt, this was intended as a rhetorical comment.
Hold to the Rod said, "the Father is not physically present". But, that ...
That something more transcendent than physical oneness is intended can be seen by flipping ahead a few chapters to the great intercessory prayer. In John 17:
6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of
the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have
kept thy word.
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these ...
The operative verb translated "abide" or "remain" is μένω (menó) - the largest number occur in John who almost elevates the word to a technical word. He uses meno in the sense of someone "abiding" or "remaining" in someone or something else in both the literal sense and in the Metaphorical/spiritual sense.
More than literal creation of heaven/earth...
Words in Hebrew have multiple meanings and it can be profound, just look at the following words and many others from Genesis 1 which are used in Isaiah:
Isaiah the book of new heavens/earth...
God rested in the 7th day, sabbath law etc, creation of ...
What is difficult with the word ψυχή is soul has developed a much different meaning than what it meant to the first century Jew. Look at how we use the word psyche, which is a transliteration of ψυχή and the word psychology. It can be rather shocking to a Greek student reading the John 15:13.
μείζονα ταύτης ἀγάπην οὐδεὶς ἔχει, ἵνα °τις τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ θῇ ...
The operative verb here is προσκυνέω which has a sweep of meaning. It can be deduced from the following:
Acts 10:25, 26 - As Peter was about to enter, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet to worship him. But Peter helped him up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”
Rev 19:10 - So I fell at his feet to worship him. But he told me, “Do not do ...
What does "worship" mean in Revelation 3:9 and Matthew 28:9?
Revelation 3:9 is referring to those who reject the Gospel of Christ and are essentially Satan's messengers (angels) -- members of "Satan's synagogue." These are the ones who have persecuted the fledgling Church whom Christ will subjugate or has subjugated:
1 Peter 3:19: "...
Before very recent times, the word "worship" meant merely and simply and only "to honor." The word worship is exactly equivalent to the modern English "honor [outwardly]" because "honor" comes from the Latin honor, whereas "worth" is the Old English equivalent meaning the same thing.
The Old English word ...
I want to go back to Acts 2:36 because Romans 1:4 explains and sheds light on Acts 2:36. Its been my experience over the years that those that deny the deity of Jesus Christ love to use Acts 2:36 to show Jesus was "made/created/anointed" Lord by God the Father.
This despite the fact that Luke 2:11 says, "for today in the city of David there ...
Jesus made bold claims about His identity--claims which were offensive to many of the Jewish leaders.
From Matthew 26:
63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said
unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether
thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you,...
Isaiah 55:11 (ESV):
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
οὕτως ἔσται τὸ ῥῆμά μου ὃ ἐὰν ἐξέλθῃ ἐκ τοῦ στόματός μου, οὐ μὴ ἀποστραφῇ ἕως ἂν τελεσθῇ ὅσα ἠθέλησα, καὶ εὐοδώσω τὰς ὁδούς σου καὶ τὰ ἐντάλματά μου.
The last day is the key:
Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
(John 11:24, ESV)
You should ask this question to an Orthodox Christian. This is the verb they use when they say, "Jesus Christ has risen." Also for Coptic Christians.
The senses of the verb:
This statement cannot be understood apart from 4:5 which reads
“And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God
The seven spirits which are the seven lamps of fire that burn before to throne are the seven churches to whom this revelation is sent (verse 20),
“As for the mystery of the seven stars which you ...
But if you read further down Jesus speaks of not being hurt by the second death if they remain faithful. That means once having faith then afterward falling and becoming unfaithful. It speaks to losing salvation I believe
It might be useful to supplement the above answers which primarily use a linguistic approach with a legal approach. Maimonides in his great code, Laws of Idolatry, Chapter 11, defines from a legal perspective all the terms used in Deut. 18:11. Paragraph 10 defines the Chover:
A person who utters nonsense-syllabuls as a means of averting some bad consequence ...
The prophet הוֹשֵׁ֙עַ֙ Hoshea explained חֶבֶר "Chever" as a [Clever Band] of evildoers = "Gang" in Hoshea 6:9.
Hoshea הוֹשֵׁ֙עַ֙ | "Hosea" 6:9
And as a man gathers fish, so do bands; a [gang] of priests murder on the way in one group, for they devised a plot. ( וּכְחַכֵּ֨י אִ֜ישׁ גְּדוּדִ֗ים חֶבֶר כֹּ֣הֲנִ֔ים דֶּ֖רֶךְ ...
The operative word here is H2266. chabar
[חָבַר] verb unite (usually intransitive), be joined, tie a magic knot or spell, charm ...
1 unite, be joined ...
2 tie magic knots, charm
New International Version
or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.
The Father's will, in these verses, is expressed in the subjunctive mood; the Son's obedience is expressed in the indicative.
In 35, eating/drinking the Bread/Drink (understood) of life is in parallel to believing. Likewise, coming (37) to the Bread for life is what those Galileans were NOT doing, believing (36). In 37, "All" (pan = the whole group-...
The Apostle Paul explains it quite nicely at Philippians 2:3-8. Vs3, "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of your regard one another as more important than himself; vs4, do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interest of others." This is not hard to understand because ...
To answer the OP's question - I do not think Phil 2:5-8 says anything about the mind of Christ - that is not the meaning of φρονέω (phroneó) here.
To quote BDAG on this word according to meaning #3 listed therein -
3. To develop an attitude based on careful thought, be minded/disposed ... let the same kind of thinking dominate you as dominated Christ Jesus ...
From the standpoint of our own application, this is the meaning:
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in ...
Paul clearly expresses the reality of Jesus not being a self-dependant entity, but of needing something other than his mortal body, sinless though he was and with clarity of purpose, to be who he needed to be - Saviour.
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross Phil 2:8
It is ...
What are the meaning of the original Greek word?
Perfect, according to Bible hud Strongs concordance, 5046 is τέλειος/ teleios and it’s an adjective.
teleios: having reached its end, i.e. complete, by ext. perfect
Depending on the context, according to Bible hub Strongs concordance, Teleios/perfect can mean (a) complete in all its parts, (b) full grown, of ...
Yes. "Truly Truly" is used as an affirmation in [Nehemiah 8:6] "And Ezra blessed YHVH, The-Great God, and all the people answered, "Amen, Amen," with the uplifting of their hands, and they bent their heads and prostrated themselves to the Lord on their faces to the ground." ( וַיְבָ֣רֶךְ עֶזְרָ֔א אֶת־יְהֹוָ֥ה הָאֱלֹהִ֖ים ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
This is a fascinating question!
I’d like to propose a possibility which, while not certain, is plausible, and it would make sense of some other historical & literary observations.
The Phenomena to be explained
Paul asks for books and parchments while in prison expecting to die
Paul’s letters—from as early as the manuscript evidence ...