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Who came to seek and save the lost sheep of the house of Israel?

Samuel Conner replied to Andrew an embarrassingly late thought re: “[is] there .. any evidence that either Jesus or his followers thought in this way. “ A “meme” that seems (to me, at least) deeply embedded in the... (17 June, 2019 - 18:54)
Andrew replied to P Duggan Really? What does it even mean: “That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what is pursued”?The obscurity of v 15b… remains a problem, but the words seem... (31 May, 2019 - 12:05)

Trinity Sunday from the perspective of John in the throne room of God

Andrew replied to Marc Taylor A key difference with the Daniel passage is that it isn’t followed by “forever and ever” as well as by “Amen.”Obviously not. What justifies the escalation of the language in Jesus’ case is that... (17 June, 2019 - 18:12)
Marc Taylor replied to Phil L. Not really, because I didn’t write what I did out of anger :) (17 June, 2019 - 17:01)
Phil L. replied to Marc Taylor Hmm. Maybe I have the gift of prophecy after all. (17 June, 2019 - 16:57)
Marc Taylor replied to Andrew As with the ending of Revelation 5 where worship is rendered unto both the Father and the Lord Jesus, the Father and the Lord Jesus are also the proper recipient of latreuō in the Book of Revelation... (17 June, 2019 - 16:50)
Marc Taylor replied to Andrew In Revelation 4:11 the Father receives glory, honor and power because they are His attributes. The same holds true concerning what Christ receives in Revelation 5:12. A key difference with the... (17 June, 2019 - 16:44)
Andrew replied to Marc Taylor The difference between Revelation 7:12 and 5:12 is that while God has wisdom, Christ receives wisdom: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive (labein) power and wealth and wisdom and might and... (17 June, 2019 - 16:16)
Marc Taylor The fact that the Lamb is ascribed the attributes of God is worship. J. Goetzmann: In Revelation sophia is praised in two hymnic texts as an attribute of God (Rev. 7:12; cf. also Rom. 16:27); it is... (17 June, 2019 - 15:27)
steve replied to Andrew Andrew, I enjoyed the article. The idea of Jesus being worthy of receiving riches and honor is not because He is being seen as divine, but rather He is seen as the slain Passover Lamb Who is the... (13 June, 2019 - 10:05)
Andrew replied to Phil L. Only latreuō, meaning to “serve” or “worship”, isn’t found in Revelation 4-5. It occurs twice elsewhere in the book. The martyrs who have come through the great tribulation “are before the throne of... (12 June, 2019 - 20:31)
Phil L. Angry comments centering around the word “latreuo” commencing in 5… 4… 3… 2… (12 June, 2019 - 18:14)

Questioning the answer to adoptionist christology: Prepare the way of which Lord?

Marc Taylor replied to Miguel de Servet 1. The context that He is Lord is proclaimed (cf. Acts 2:36) - and to “call upon the name of the Lord” is applied to Him in other passages as well (Romans 10:13; cf. 1 Corinthians 1:2, 2 Timothy... (17 June, 2019 - 15:19)
Miguel de Servet replied to Marc Taylor @ Marc Taylor What makes you so boldly sure that the holy and unique Hebrew name of God, YHWH (or the corresponding Greek honorific appellative kyrios) at Joel 2:32 (LXX 3:5), is referred to... (14 June, 2019 - 17:57)

The Pope bowdlerizes the Lord’s Prayer

Andrew replied to John Shakespeare That’s a very good point. (12 June, 2019 - 16:10)
John Shakespeare Unless I have missed it, I suspect the historical context is still not being given full weight. In the exodus from Egypt and progress to Canaan, Israel was led by Jahweh into the wilderness, where... (12 June, 2019 - 10:53)
Andrew replied to Samuel Conner It’s not so much “paring away”, in my view, as relocating on a temporal or historical axis. Just as Israel remembered the ancient events of exodus or return from exile, the church remembers and... (9 June, 2019 - 15:17)
Andrew replied to Phil L. Ah, right. (7 June, 2019 - 19:20)
Phil L. replied to Andrew Oh, no. I was just saying that, if someone is concerned about changing popular translations of the Lord’s Prayer, they might focus on something that has actual translation difficulties. (7 June, 2019 - 19:07)
Andrew replied to Phil L. What’s this about? Transubstantiation? Not following you. (7 June, 2019 - 19:03)
Samuel Conner I have to say that my US Evangelical compatriots (or former compatriots; they would probably regard me to be an apostate) are not going to be happy about proposals like this; it seems to be paring... (7 June, 2019 - 16:55)
Phil L. It’s too bad the Pope doesn’t bring that same energy to the “give us this day our daily bread” translation issues. (7 June, 2019 - 16:44)

Revelation and the “alter-empire” of Christ

Alex replied to Andrew And that’s probably a sound reading of 1 Thess 4:16-17. Christ descends, the dead in Christ rise [to heaven], and then those who are left escort Christ to earth, to his kingdom, from which they... (8 June, 2019 - 01:06)
Andrew replied to Alex Briefly… The distinction may have derived from Jewish apocalyptic thought—for example, the Apocalypse of Weeks (1 En. 93:1-10; 91:11-17). It may have seemed theologically necessary if resurrection... (7 June, 2019 - 18:56)
Alex Thanks Andrew. What might have compelled John the Seer to so decisively distinguish between the first resurrection and the second resurrection, between the parousia/kingdom and the new ... (7 June, 2019 - 16:51)
Andrew replied to Samuel Conner The thousand year period somewhat relativizes and circumscribes the rule of Christ over the nations, and it’s an attractive option to equate that with the limited duration (1500 years or so) of... (7 June, 2019 - 11:50)
Samuel Conner Thanks; this is helpful. Am curious whether, the “reign for a thousand years” vision is amenable to the interpretation that the author of Revelation anticipated that the socio-political triumph... (7 June, 2019 - 11:29)

How often I wanted to gather your children: Jesus, pre-existence, and the temple

Miguel de Servet The acclamation of Jesus as king has been deferred. The triumphal entry, when the people indeed cried out, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Matt. 21:9), has proved illusory, at best... (7 June, 2019 - 18:40)

Why does Jesus give the kingdom back in the end and become subject again to God?

Miguel de Servet replied to peter wilkinson Good try, Peter, but this … The “rule” is much wider than that, taking in death itself. … is simply wrong. In the end, death won’t be ruled (not even “ruled”) over.... (3 June, 2019 - 09:12)

Why won’t there be marriage in the resurrection?

Mallory replied to Eric Breaux Eric, once again you are correct in all of your points. I couldn’t have outlined them any better. I’ve seen you on other sites. Thank you for using common sense regarding this greatly... (1 June, 2019 - 16:31)