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What About the Unforgivable Sin?

Unpardonable Sin - 4

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According to Jesus’ own words, denying him before men will be forgiven (Luke 12:10). The believer who denies his Savior must endure Jesus’ judgment against unbelievers, something from which the faithful will be saved (Revelation 3:10), but he is forgiven. The modern critic might deny Jesus ever lived, for example, and this might be considered similar to the Jewish authorities denying Jesus’ birth was miraculous (cf. John 8:41),[1] but such things are forgivable in the sense that someone says: “I’m sorry” and the reply is “I forgive you!” and that’s the end of it (Luke 12:10). An example in the text would be found at Luke 23:42-43 where the “good thief” had been making derogatory statements against Jesus, but afterward recanted in that he rebuked his fellow robber, and then asked Jesus to remember him when he came into his Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Our Confession under Persecution

Persecution - 1Jesus told his disciples that those who confess him before men, he will confess before the angels / messengers of God (Luke 12:8), and he said so in the context of persecution. Jesus was at that very time undergoing persecution by the Pharisees and lawyers (cf. Luke 11:53-54), and the disciples, evidently, seemed to be afraid of what was taking place (Luke 12:7). Authorities can be very intimidating figures, when they want to be, whether or not such intimidation is justified. Jesus faced the unjustified threats and tactics of his enemies, but, although his disciples gathered with him, they seem to have been both surprised with what they were witnessing and somewhat fearful. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Unnoticed Significance

SignificanceAuthorities have traditionally considered the common man to be unimportant, as far as being able to implement their desires are concerned (cf. John 7:48-49). Those who have no power of their own are treated as such by those who have the power. Although they might not put it this way, just as the bully usually gets his way, so do governments who don’t have to answer to anyone but themselves. At times governments may have to guard how they do a thing (cf. Acts 5:26), but in the end they are usually able to manipulate the people to desire whatever the authorities want to do (cf. Mark 15:10-14; Matthew 27:20). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Does Jesus Say Punishment Is Eternal?

Hell - 1Jesus tells us in Luke 12:5 the God has to power to cast folks into hell, and implies that he will do exactly that when some folks are judged. The question is, however, does Jesus mean what so many modern Christians understand him to mean? The Greek word Jesus used for hell is gehenna (G1067). The word is derived from Hinnom, the name of a valley just off the southwest wall of Jerusalem. It was a place where some of the kings of Judah sacrificed their children to the Phoenician god, Molech. King Josiah destroyed its altars and filled it with dead bodies in order to make it unclean for any kind of worship. Later the Jews turned it into a garbage dump where they burned the city’s refuse. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Living in the Presence of the Enemy

Enemies - 2We need to keep in mind that all the events described in chapters 11 and 12 of Luke’s Gospel occurred in the context of the disciples coming to Jesus and asking him to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1). The context of the model prayer is not to acquire our own personal needs, because our heavenly Father already knows about them, and, as a good Father, he will take care of them without our having to ask. Rather, the context of Jesus’ model prayer is our request for the Kingdom of God to come and for God to rule here as he does in heaven (Luke 11:2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Gospel Cannot Be Hid

LeavenThe Lord warns us that we need to beware of hypocrisy. What we are within will be made manifest to others. It is impossible for any of us to hide our true character forever. Eventually, God will bring all things hidden out into the open. The heart of the hypocrite is open to the Lord, and believers are no different. Our hearts, for good or for bad, are open to him as well. The implication Luke 12:1-12 is that the inner realm is much stronger than that of the outer. We cannot hide who we are. In Matthew 10:27, it is the Jesus who spoke in darkness, and what he said had to be proclaimed in the light. In Luke 12:3, it is we who speak in the darkness, and God, for honor or dishonor, will bring that to light as well. What the Lord whispers in our ears will be made public, and what we whisper in the ear of others cannot be hid. It must be made public. There is a power at work here that we are unable to see, but we are able to witness its effect. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Third Passover

Rejected Messiah

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It is important for us to realize that Jesus at this time is not traveling to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51) in order to die there, as so many Bible commentaries suppose.[1] Rather, Jesus set his face as a flint to go to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51) in order to confront the religious authorities about his office as Messiah, and this happened to be the time of his third Passover of his public ministry. The Galilean Jewish authorities had already rejected Jesus as their Messiah (Luke 6:11; cf. Matthew 12:14, 23-24; Mark 3:22), and considered his claim to be demonic, or, put another way, evidence of insanity (Mark 3:21; cf. John 10:20). Nevertheless, Jerusalem hadn’t the opportunity to officially reject him, although they hadn’t shown any signs of receiving him as their Messiah up to this visit, either. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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