Tag Archives: Biblical context

129 As Christ accepted You or Us; Romans 15:7

In many places in the Bible two or more groups of people are mentioned in opposition to one another. To which group we identify ourselves can blind us for something important in that Scripture. Do we see ourselves as part … Continue reading

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125 To Swear or Not; 1 Timothy 2:7.

In 1 Timothy 2:5 – 7 we are confronted with an extremely important difference. To add or remove the words “in Christ” is not something to be taken lightly. It indeed changes the statement into an oath or visa versa! … Continue reading

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117 Was it Herod, or his informants that said that John the Baptist had risen from the dead?

Mark 6:14 Herod said, or others said; elegen, or elegon An interesting variation occurred when an epsilon (e) was confused for an omicron (o) or visa versa, causing some manuscripts to read elegen; “he said” while others read elegon; “they … Continue reading

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111. Should we withdraw from difficult people? 1Tim. 6:5

According to the King James Version, Paul gives the direct advice to Timothy to withdraw from difficult people. (1Tim. 6:5) Modern versions do not include this order. What would be the reason? 1Tim. 6:3 – 5  “If any man teach … Continue reading

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105 Was Paul “a baby” or “gentle” among the Thessalonians?

105. Babes or gentle 1Thes. 2:7 In 1 Thessalonians 2:6 – 7 Paul stresses his and his fellow apostles’ position towards the congregation in the form of a couplet. In a couplet the second sentence accentuates the first. But in … Continue reading

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89 Sir or Lord? John 6:34

89 Sir or Lord? John 6:34 In reading the Bible, it is clear when a person was speaking to Jesus, or to some other person. We know Jesus as Lord, but at what stage did the disciples and other followers … Continue reading

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88 Who bewitched you not to obey the truth?

Who bewitched you? Galatians 3:1 There are certain Biblical truths that can be added after every verse in the Bible, like the refrain “for his mercy is unchanging for ever.” found after each of the 26 statements in Psalm 136. … Continue reading

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86. “Born Again” or “Born from Above”? John 3:3

“Born Again” or “Born from Above”? In all languages we have words with double meanings. When Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:3 that those who do not fulfill the requirement, will not “see” the Kingdom of God, He did … Continue reading

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84. Deacon’s wives or Deaconesses? 1Tim. 3:11

Deacon’s wives or Deaconesses? 1Tim. 3:11 Can a deacon be disqualified due to the bad behaviour of his wife? I suppose there would be people who would like to interpret 1Timothy three verse eleven that way. To what extent should … Continue reading

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75 Agape-love

Agape-love. John 21:15-17 Are synonyms synonyms? That is the question the translator is confronted with when translating John 21:15-17. Two words for love are used in this intimate conversation between Jesus and Peter. The word “agape” is normally associated with … Continue reading

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