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    called me heavenward in Christ Jesus

    Hello,

    Could anybody help me to explain the meaning of the highlighted part? expecially using the prep"in", does
    "in" mean "inside" here?

    Thanks!

    "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has
    called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

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    Re: called me heavenward in Christ Jesus

    United with Christ. In union with Christ. As a member of the spiritual Body of Christ.

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    Re: called me heavenward in Christ Jesus

    Isn't it finding heaven through Jesus?

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    Re: called me heavenward in Christ Jesus

    Here 'in' means something more like 'into', as being brought home (heaven), into Christ's arms.

    Heaven is the reward for following Christ.

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    Re: called me heavenward in Christ Jesus

    Doesn't "heavenward" mean "upward"?

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    Re: called me heavenward in Christ Jesus

    Is 'within Christ' possible? Within Christ, followers can go to heaven as the prize.

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    Doesn't "heavenward" mean "upward"?
    I think it means 'towards heaven', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: called me heavenward in Christ Jesus

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think it means 'towards heaven', but I am not a teacher.
    I think you are right and it means the same because Heaven is up and I saw "-wards" is an adverb suffix and I think it goes after some nouns.

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    Re: called me heavenward in Christ Jesus

    It could also mean "soaked in the blood of Jesus" or any other metaphor that accords with Christian doctrine.

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    Re: called me heavenward in Christ Jesus

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "soaked in the blood of Jesus"
    I have been hearing (in Chinese) for decades that his blood can cleanse believers of their sins (I hope I have translated correctly), but I have never heard the Chinese equivalent of 'soak' used in such a context.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Isn't it finding heaven through Jesus?
    I think it should be 'going to' instead of 'finding', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: called me heavenward in Christ Jesus

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I have been hearing (in Chinese) for decades that his blood can cleanse believers of their sins (I hope I have translated correctly), but I have never heard the Chinese equivalent of 'soak' used in such a context.
    There's almost 50,000 google hits for "soaked in the blood of Jesus."; 42,000 for "drenched in ...", and only 2 for "saturated by the blood of Jesus."
    You're merely pointing out a fact about translation - that you can't always translate a phrase word by word, especially if the direct translation of one of the words has different connotations in the second language.
    Last edited by Raymott; 11-Sep-2015 at 06:07.

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