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The Way

Enthusiast

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1 Corinthians 2 Amplified Bible (AMP)

2 As for myself, brethren, when I came to you, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony and evidence or [a]mystery and secret of God [concerning what He has done through Christ for the salvation of men] in lofty words of eloquence or human philosophy and wisdom;

2 For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified. // Whoever calls on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved //

3 And I was in (passed into a state of) weakness and fear (dread) and great trembling [[c]after I had come] among you.

4 And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [[d]a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus persuading them],

5 So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.


a. 1 Corinthians 2:1 Many ancient manuscripts so read.
b. 1 Corinthians 2:3 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament.
c. 1 Corinthians 2:3 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament.
d. 1 Corinthians 2:4 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
 

Enthusiast

New Member
Not familiar with the AMP version of scripture. How does one "amplify" the Word of God?



- Cham
Hello friend.

It is a version of the bible which takes words, idioms, writing styles, etc. that translate poorly into English and elaborates/explains. For instance, there was/is(?) not one Greek word for 'Love', but four: Familial love, platonic(friendly) love, romantic love, and unconditional love. In all of these cases a single-word English translation could be 'Love', which in some contexts would be incorrect.

Also, I would be remiss if I did not reiterate what was in bold above. The Way of Jesus Christ is not one of earthly wisdom and intellectual ability but a giving of the Holy Spirit on whomever asks genuinely. There are many who have been saved without ever owning a bible, knowing how to read, or even hearing a well-worded speech. They simply called on the name of the Lord Jesus and were saved.

Thank you.
 

The_Chameleon

Grandmaster
If you were to omit Biblical references and even the name of Christ, do you think you could still explain why you believe as you do on a general level?



- Cham
 

Enthusiast

New Member
We/I cannot omit the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and still explain the why of Belief/Adherence/Salvation. This belief is enabled by the Holy Spirit of God. The biblical references are important but not crucial to belief.
 
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