Category Archives: New Testament

Jesus Bridged the Gulf Between Paradise and Prison

And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf (χάσμα – Chasma, gaping opening, or impassable interval) fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that … Continue reading

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Seeing the composition of the Gospel of John

Possible Constructions of The Gospel of John According to Marie-Émile Boismard, the Gospel of John may have gone through four hypothetical stages of composition. Each stage is intricately involved with the life of the Johannine community: Document C. This was … Continue reading

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Jesus was astonished at the degree of suffering

Imagine, Jehovah, the Creator of this and other worlds, “astonished”! Jesus knew cognitively what He must do, but not experientially. He had never personally known the exquisite and exacting process of an atonement before. Thus, when the agony came in … Continue reading

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If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you

Did the apostles have the gift of the Holy Ghost while they were with the Savior in his mortal ministry? From the text, especially in John 16:7 and John 7:38-39, it would seem that they did not. Robert Millet wrote: … Continue reading

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Speak the truth in love – Ephesians 4:15

Our Clinical Material Your lives, your friendships, your marriages, your families, your neighbors and coworkers currently constitute the sample of humanity which God has given you. We are each other’s clinical material, and we make a mistake when we disregard … Continue reading

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Egyptian Stories Recontextualized In Scripture

Egyptian stories repackaged in scripture: Lazarus and the Rich Man Luke’s parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man is an excellent example of how a 1st century Jew wrote down the words of a parable of Jesus, a story which, … Continue reading

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Inspiration and Incarnation

Scripture is both human and divine First, that in the Bible the divine and human are blended. We must not regard the Bible as an absolutely perfect book in which God is Himself the author using human hands and brains … Continue reading

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