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The Dilemma of Authority

authority-3Have you ever really considered the dilemma of authority from the point of view of this world’s leaders. An ancient example would serve our purpose here. The name Herod means “hero like,” and history shows that he desired to be known as a great benefactor, both of the people and other world leaders. Most civil authorities today would desire the same thing. Think about the campaign promises politicians make before they are elected to office. They may not want to put forth the effort, but they would like to leave behind a legacy that would show they were wonderful at what they did (cf. Genesis 6:4). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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An Overview of Second Peter

2peter-overviewIn his second epistle Peter identifies himself as Simeon Peter,[1] using the Hebrew pronunciation of his name. He must have written this epistle before the Nero persecution of 64 AD, when tradition claims both he and Paul were executed as martyrs for Christ. In such a case, the timeline for Peter’s second epistle would be during Paul’s imprisonment or from cir. 56 AD to 64 AD. Most likely, however, Peter wrote it sometime after James’ death, which occurred cir. 62 AD. All things considered, it probably dates between 62 and 64 AD. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Epistles of Peter, Gospel of Luke

 

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Sending Out the Twelve

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Jesus sent out the Apostles on their own to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to folks in the region of Galilee (Luke 9:2). Sending them out two-by-two (Mark 6:7) was necessary for the Twelve to learn to do these things by themselves, because Jesus wouldn’t always be there to do the preaching. They had to learn to do what Jesus did. Therefore, Jesus gave them authority over demons and diseases and power to work miracles etc. as signs to show that the word they preached was true (Luke 9:1). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Authorship of Second Peter Revisited

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In an earlier posting, I argued for the authenticity of both epistles of Peter together.[1] Before entering into an actual study of Peter’s second epistle, I would like to look again at its authorship in an effort to further confirm its legitimacy in the canon of Scripture. While some folks may consider this a biased approach to knowing its author, I have to wonder who is ever unbiased in anything he says or does in the search for truth. Does an atheists honestly consider the evidence before him, or does he study the evidence with a view of knowing how he might support his worldview? Similarly, does the Biblical critic really approach the study of the New Testament with a view of proving an unbiased truth about it, or does he approach his study with the purpose of further substantiating his personal convictions about the matter? If there is truly an unbiased person in this world. I would like to meet him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Spending Time with Jesus

time-with-jesus-1Whether through a cursory read or because we grew up with a certain understanding taught us as a child, we often have preconceptions about Jesus and the Apostles. I’m not certain, as a little boy, if I thought Jesus and the Apostles lived together, but I did believe they went everywhere together. This became a little confusing after I learned that the Apostles had families, because I didn’t understand how family life fit into the lives of the Apostles, if they spent every hour of their lives with Jesus. Certainly the New Testament teaches that, if a man doesn’t provide for his own family, he is worse than someone who rejects Jesus out of hand. So, how would that fit into the idea that the Apostles left everything for Jesus (Luke 5:28, 18:23)? After awhile some things just didn’t fit, so they were simply ignored for want of a logical answer. I came to understand that not every detail can be known, but the problem is: what we do have are pretty significant details. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Believer’s Warfare

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Although we are not to resist evil by returning blow for blow (Matthew 5:39), we are told to resist the evil committed against us by taking to us the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13) which is our protection in the day of evil (persecution). The armor consists of having our loins (procreative power – i.e. evangelism) girded with the truth, and the breastplate (which guards the heart) with righteousness or good deeds (Ephesians 6:14). The armor also includes protecting the feet (our walk or behavior) with the Gospel of peace (Ephesians 5:15)—not returning evil with evil, but enduring affliction (2Timothy 4:5) and insults (Matthew 5:39); and, finally, having the shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16), trusting in God will shield us from the fiery darts of those who slander or falsely accuse us. In this manner, Peter tells us in 1Peter 5:9 to resist our adversary, the slanderer, who walks about seeking whom he might trip up in order to compel him to abandon Christ and return to our previous lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Jairus’ Heart

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One may understand from the reading of the Parable of the Sower, that the people who have a heart for Jesus (their hearts = “the good ground” – Luke 8:8, 15) are people who are also strong in their faith. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case when one considers the meaning in the light of what occurs later in chapter eight of Luke. Who would consider a recently healed demoniac as someone having strong faith? Moreover, consider the woman with an issue of blood for twelve years. It seems her understanding bordered on the occult rather than the Scriptures, and once she was healed, Jesus had to cause her to come forward and admit what had happened to her. Only when she did this was she able to receive a better understanding of what had occurred to her. These are not incidents of great faith, but weak faith. Nevertheless, they do represents the hearts that Jesus calls good ground in the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:8, 15). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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