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TITLE: The Relative "No"

TEXT: Matthew 6:19-21

PROPOSITION: Sometimes the relative negative is used.


KEY WORD: Examples



  1. There is an absolute negative. Don't do it. Period.
  2. There is also a relative negative.
  3. The construction of the sentence is "Not so much A as B"
  4. Here are some examples of this form of negative in the Bible.


A quick trip through the New Testament (not every passage listed here)

  1. Matthew 6:19-20 Jesus forbidding savings accounts?
  2. Matthew 9:13 Did Jesus come to call righteous?
  3. Matthew 10:20 Did the apostles speak?
  4. Matthew 10:34 Did Jesus come to bring peace?
  5. Matthew 20:23 Does Jesus have any role in granting who is on right?
  6. Matthew 20:28 Did Jesus reject anyone who tried to serve him?
  7. Mark 5:39 Was the child dead or just sleeping?
  8. Luke 14:12-13 Can we invite our friends or relatives to dinner?
  9. John 6:27 Should we work to earn our food?
  10. John 7:28-29 Did Jesus come willingly?
  11. John 12:44 Do we believe in Jesus?
  12. John 17:9 Did Jesus pray for the world?
  13. John 3:17 Did Jesus condemn the world who does not believe?
  14. John 12:47 Did Jesus come to judge the world?
  15. John 15:16 Did apostles choose to follow Christ?
  16. Acts 5:4 Did they lie to men?
  17. 1 Corinthians 1:17 Was baptism part of Paul's mission?
  18. 2 Corinthians 1:9 Should we rely on ourselves?
  19. 2 Corinthians 4:18 Should we depend on things we can see?
  20. 1 Timothy 2:9 Can women wear gold or pearls?
  21. 1 John 4:10 Should we love God?


Study the context to determine if it is absolute or relative.

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