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    If you is the most common word after αὐτός he... then that means Matthew 5 is about you. Demands are placed upon σύ. The qualifications of a disciple are placed first, almost a warning - this will happen to σύ. Matthew 5 starts with the Ashrei, almost a praphrase of Psalm 146 - Ashrei Yoshvay V'secho Od Y'hallelujah... It's almost as if Matthew 5 is God's answer, much in the same way the Lord sometimes answered people with wordplay, to turn their attention to the proper focus. The formula is roughly the same "Blessed are you" (condition) for (response) This section designates the disciple. In Luke's version (not the same event, BTW - Luke's version is given later and on a flat plain, Matthew 5 is given from the mount) we see this formula added... Woe to you (actions or actions neglected) for (punishment decreed) is the response, aimed at the unregenerate, the false disciple, the wolf in sheep's clothing. Since Matthew 5 lacks this, we know He is lovingly addressing His disciples, His redeemed. It doesn't matter that you weren't there, you were there. The Rabbi's teach that every Jew who would ever live stood in the midst at Horeb and heard the giving of the law, and agreed to obey it. “And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. The Lord talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,” (Deuteronomy 5:1–4, KJV) The take away from this is the verses that follow - Ye are the salt of the earth. It is an encouragement to keep our first love. Indeed, it's a promise that backsiding can only be temporary - ye are the light of the world, and a light cannot be hid. Think of covering an open flame. What do you get? If the flame cannot be put out, the cover burns away. Don't fight it. Let God's glory shine from within you, and shine before men.
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    Cool! Way to go, Nicola! Thank you!
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    At the bottom of our worship folder each Sunday, there is the following statement: "This service is committed to the leading of the Holy Spirit," And yes, there have been services that were led by Him. Our church contributes to the support of 15 area ministries. God has blessed us in this way.
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    I'm a going to remember this. I'm betting it will help with understanding the Bible. Thanks for sharing it!
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    Thank you for the clarification. I'll be more careful from now on! Yes, keep the factoids coming. We appreciate your lexicographical hermeneutics.
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    We had some good guesses! Everyone's going to be REALLY mad when I tell you what it is! Ready? Church! The word church in the Bible - used around 106 times - is used to refer to a visible, local group in around 99 of the times. 5 times it could refer to a universal body or a local group. (50/50) Twice it appears to refer to a universal group - but could also mean a local, visible entity (70/30) So, when you hear "I've been serving the church for forty five years" - but they're in a ministry that's not connected to a local church - they're using the wrong word! The correct word for "All the saved" is - ready? - Kingdom. So, when you talk about "I'm writing this to serve the church", you should be saying "I'm writing this to serve the Kingdom of Christ." See the beginning of the article when I refer to the hermeneutics principle of majority use. Another hermeneutics principle is "The unclear meaning must give way to the clear meaning." In other words, if you read 90 verses and the meaning is clear and two verses where they are not, you go by the clear meaning, not the unclear. If you want to prove this to yourself, print out EVERY verse in the Bible that refers to the church, and put either L or U to show if its local or universal in context. It's an eye opening study. Does this change how you see Christianity? Nope. It's just a strange little factoid. Enjoy!
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    Wow, that's an oddly specific sequence of events. Reminds me of the old Direct TV commercials. Instead of get rid of cable, imagine get rid of filter words... So, don't wake up in a ditch. Get rid of filter words. Of course, if you combined everyone's list of filter words, there wouldn't be any words left to use.
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    Dang...I wanted to see the ending.?
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