What did the author want the original readers to understand by this statement?
What application did the original author want the readers to make to their lives?
What does this text tell us about God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit?
What is the theme of the section this passage is in?
Why do I need to hear this?
How do I resist what this passage presents?
How does this apply to the mission God is calling me to?
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