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Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
That Matthew uses the word "heaven" is often seen as a reflection of the sensibilities of the Jewish audience this gospel was directed to, and thus tried to avoid the word "God." Most scholars feel the two phrases are theologically identical.
Robert Foster rejects this view. He finds the standard explanation hard to believe as Matthew uses the word "God" many other times and even uses the phrase "kingdom of God" four times. Foster argues that, to Matthew, the two concepts were different. For Foster, the word "heaven" had an important role in Matthew's theology and links the phrase especially to "Father in heaven," which Matthew frequently uses to refer to God. Foster argues that the "kingdom of God" represents the earthly domain that Jesus' opponents such as Pharisees thought they resided in, while the "kingdom of heaven" represents the truer spiritual domain of Jesus and his disciples.
originally posted by: DISRAELI
a reply to: glend
I've already quoted the 1 Corinthians ch6 verse in which Paul says the believer and the Lord Jesus become one spirit. That is, they were not originally.
God's words act fast, strong and decisive. They are able to judge the Spiritual aspects of a being (soul and spirit), the Physical (joints and marrow) aspects of a Being and the Mental aspects of a being.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
To take Hebrews 12 out of its context is how most teachers work in order to make the scriptures say something they don't actually say, where they say them, as they say them, where they are found. It is talking to Israel's need to work hard at entering into peace with God (rest) unless any of them fall through unbelief. Unbelief is defined in scriptures (only found in the NT) as not believing what they see and heard from the word of God. Hebrews 4:12 then tells them no matter what the word of God will judge them. It goes on to say in Verse 13 that there is nothing not a thing hidden from God
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
so obviously it looks like a contradiction but it isn't. When I find my theology is in error to the Bible I bend my theology to match God's word. Not bend God's word to match my theology. So If Hebrews is saying work and Romans, Corinthians, Ephesians and the rest of the church writings say no work. I must search the scriptures and see what has changed. Well the same words are telling us in Hebrews that the person reading must labor, overcome, endure to the end so where do I find that it is in Revelation.
Eph 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
The real clue to Paul’s understanding of PSYCHE is to observe the way that he uses the adjective PSYCHIKOS (“related to the PSYCHE”), as the opposite of “spiritual”. The “natural” or “unspiritual” [PSYCHIKOS] man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, and he is contrasted with “the spiritual man” (1 Corinthians ch2 vv14-15). In the very next verse, the equivalent contrast is between spiritual men and “men of the flesh”. This rather blurs the distinction between soul and body, or at least reflects the influence of the body on the way that we conduct ourselves.
But that is changed by death, because our body is sown as a “natural” [PSYCHIKOS] body and may be raised as a “spiritual” body (1 Corinthians ch15 v44, v46). For the first expression, the RSV offers the mistranslation “physical body”, which is liable to lead people astray about what Paul means by “spiritual body”. The real point is that the old body is guided by the PSYCHE and the new body is guided by the Spirit.