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How Evil a Man Was Zacchaeus?

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I believe Zacchaeus’ testimony reveals that he was not the great sinner he was considered to be. For example, if Zacchaeus cheated everyone, how could he have given half of his goods to the poor and still make restitution according to his own interpretation of the Law? Logic demands that, if Zacchaeus had to give away all his money to make restitution, his goods, minus what he had already given to the poor, could be only 20 % of the total wealth he had left. He would then return what he had stolen, plus four times what he had already returned. Such a thing would amount to the other half of his goods. Therefore, if Zacchaeus was a thief, and I don’t believe he was, he couldn’t have been stealing from everyone. Most of his wealth, he had to have accumulated honestly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 27, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Is Abraham in Hades?

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According to Old Testament theology, there was no consciousness in the grave (sheol – H7585). David claimed there is no remembrance of God there (Psalm 6:5), neither were the dead able to praise God or hope in his truth (Isaiah 18:38). The fact is: “there is neither work nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom in the grave” (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, 10), according to the word of God. Nevertheless, during and after the Babylonian captivity the idea of consciousness and activity in the grave crept into Jewish theology. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The End of All Things Is at Hand

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When we speak of the end of the world, according to what we see in 2Peter 3, what do we mean? What did Peter mean? If Peter meant something different from what we see in the text, which point of view should we retain—ours or Peter’s? Lots of folks seem to believe Peter was wrong to believe the end of the time/space continuum was about to arrive in the first century AD. I could go along with that, with this qualifier—Peter really wasn’t speaking of the end of time or the universe. This came to be a later assumption of the text, and such a thing is not found anywhere in the Bible. In other words, belief that time would come to an end and the universe would be destroyed is a modern assumption not supported in the scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Fighting Jesus for the Kingdom

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In Luke 14:15 we are told that a man spoke out claiming they who dine in God’s Kingdom are truly blessed. This man was probably a rabbi, or at least another Pharisee, and  what probably prompted him to speak of eating bread in the Kingdom of God was that Jesus implied wrongdoing on their parts as guests in the home of the chief Pharisee. Moreover, Jesus implied that even their host acted inappropriately and wouldn’t be blessed in the Kingdom. It was in this context that the man spoke out (Luke 14:7). No doubt, he considered his place in the Kingdom of God was a given, simply because he was a Jew (cf. Luke 3:8; Ezekiel 33:24). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Eschatology of Luke 13

Table Set for SederIt is interesting that Jesus mentions Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in Luke 13:28. Notice that Jesus also places all of the prophets with them, and all, that is, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob with all of the prophets of the Old Testament would sit down in the Kingdom of God. But, when would this occur? Was Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all of the prophets already in the Kingdom of God at the time when Jesus preached to the Jews in Luke 13? It would not appear so, because Daniel was a prophet, and he was told to go his way, and he would rest (i.e. lay dead) until the end of days (age). At that time, i.e. at the end of days (or the end of the age), he would arise (Daniel 12:13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Rejoices

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The rejoicing of Jesus is to be found in the words he spoke to his disciples and in his prayer to the Father. They were spoken in the Spirit, just as his commands in Matthew 28:18-20 (cf. Acts 1:1-2) were done in the Spirit. Jesus’ rejoicing arose out of his hearing that the demons were subject to his disciples (Luke 10:20). The disciples were warned not to rejoice in this thing, probably because it was an occasion for God alone to rejoice in. Rather, the disciples were to rejoice in the fact that their names were written in heaven, i.e. they were citizens of the Kingdom of God. Nevertheless, Jesus rejoiced, taking his pleasure in the news of Satan’s defeat. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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A Scoffer’s Myth

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Peter spoke of the myths of the false teacher (2Peter 1:16) or scoffers (cf. 2Peter 3:1-3). It may surprise some believers that some of these myths that were used by the Biblical critics of the first century AD have been preserved in the New Testament. One is quite obvious and is found in Luke 20:27-33 where the Sadducees sought to test Jesus in an effort to refute the doctrine of the resurrection. These men were scoffers or Biblical critics, the forerunners of our modern critics who labor to show the untrustworthiness of Scripture by pointing to seemingly unreasonable sayings or contradictions in the text. Nevertheless, just as the Lord used Scripture to show the error of the Sadducees, we can do the same today, if we trust God to help us understand what the Scriptures say. Another, not so obvious myth is found in Luke 16. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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