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Terry Svik wrote:

Hi, guys —

In the (RSV) Revised Standard Version and (RSVCE) Revised Standard Version — Catholic Edition, Luke 16:16, Jesus says: 16 Since John, the kingdom of God is preached and every one enters it violently.

  • What does it mean that every one enters it violently?

The (KJB) King James Bible reads every man presseth into it.

Thank you,


  { What does it mean in Luke 16:16 that every one enters the Kingdom of God violently? }

Bob replied:


Jesus is referring to the way that the world is reacting to the appearance of the Kingdom of God on earth — it rejects it with violence. Christians are persecuted and often murdered. He mentions John the Baptist, who was beheaded.

Essentially, he is drawing a distinction from the old way, where people were simply born by blood lines into the faith of Israel, but now in essence, one is almost born of the blood of martyrdom, because there is a great battle between dark and light.

We can see that going on in the world today, with Christians around the world being persecuted and slaughtered by ISIS and other extremists. They enter the kingdom with violence.

I hope that helps.


Bob Kirby

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