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-Philippians 2:14,15 Explain.

Verse 14: 'Don't begrudgingly do things and don't think of all the reasons you possibly can to avoid doing good.' One is 'blameless' when he knows he has the righteousness of Christ in him. 
    Verse 15 – The word 'pure' is the original Greek for 'harmless'. 
    Having compassion makes a difference in keeping oneself in the love of God -Jude 1:21,22.

-Colossians 2:15 What did Paul mean when he said Christ "spoiled principalities and powers"?

The word 'spoiled' in the original is 'divested of all authority'. The devil is no problem in your life if Christ be in you. There are no verses in the New Testament about warfare with the devil. The scriptures on warfare refer to overcoming towards a reward. Punch in 'war' and 'warfare' into one of the free Bible programs and look them up, or use 

-Mark 9:43,44,46,48 What's this mean?

Jesus was talking to His disciples -verse 35. The "their" being referred to was a garbage dump on the outskirts of Jerusalem available for the people there, with which the disciples were all familiar. That's where "their worm not die and the fire not be quenched?" The fire was a continually burning fire, to burn off the garbage of the city in this refuse dump. Like any dump, it had worms, etc. Jesus uses this as an analogy to portray verse 43 "And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off. It is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched."
    The fire of hell that shall never (word 'never', not in original) be quenched, or 'be unquenchable', refers to life on earth with it's hardships and sufferings, engineered by God to make us think and to develop character, whether or not we may know about Him. The evil is there for a reason. All is for bringing us into a relationship with God, so that we can be truly happy.
    And that will only happen to the extent that we are finished with this life, spiritually speaking; that is, finished with the spiritual negatives, things of hate, greed, deceit, resentment--the things of the flesh
    And because of our individual need for character, we'll really only be completely done when we reach the kingdom of God--when Christ comes back and sets up His government here. Or if before that time, when we physically die awaiting the resurrection into that time.
    But we must individually become convinced of this. (See 'Why Are We Here?')
    What God is now doing is long term, for each individual's ultimate benefit. That's why this is your time in all eternity to be here. 

-John 1:16 What does this scripture mean?

"Of His fullness" means... and "grace for grace" means...
 

-John 20:23 What does this mean about remitting and retaining sins?

Jesus was sending His disciples out (verse 21) and was telling them to use discretion in dealing spiritually with others. With some the disciples may feel to just move on from (Matthew 10:14) and not speak the message of salvation, and with others, the opposite.
    Matthew 16:19 is similar. These are saying that the people of God have power to bless others, to remit another's sins. Jesus Christ is in them. They have this power. If Christ is in them, they have His power to curse and to bless.

-John 5:47 What did Moses write of Jesus?

From Easton's Bible Dictionary:-Moses is the only character in the Old Testament to whom Christ likens himself -John 5:46; Luke 24:27,44. References are: Deuteronomy 18:15,18,19; Acts 7:37. In Hebrews 3:1-19 this likeness to Moses is set forth in various particulars.


-Titus 2:5-Paul seems to think women are at their best when stuck at home?

Life, when young, presents itself as extremely titillating. Often our curiosity to 'try it all' ends us up in severe trouble. Lacking proper training in childhood, and counsel from those who have 'been through it', relegates a young person to find out lessons by the hardest way there is – experience. In this, life is a bitter teacher.
     Down the glitzy road of broken dreams many of us tread, in search of deeper meaning for existence. Disillusioned and often unable to cope, many turn to drugs and alcohol. They've been tricked by the greatest tricker of all time. Some, like Derek, recover.
    Paul in his wisdom could see the pathway toward utter destruction for the self. It's too bad these days that many women pay the bitter price for the 'bill of goods' of 'freedom', only to later discover that the real life is always God and family centered – their mom and dad, relatives, and their mate and children.
    There is wisdom in restraint (limiting yourself from the temptation to sample all that is available).


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