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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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Peter… Regarding Wives and Husbands

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Peter spent considerably more time writing about the expected behavior of wives (1Peter 3:1-6) than he did for husbands (1Peter 3:7). Why would he do that? It was probably because women were in a more vulnerable position than men. In Roman life it was expected that women adopt the religion of their husbands. If a believing wife’s husband was an unbeliever, it would be quite a peculiarity in their society, if she didn’t embrace his religion. Even pagan wives were expected to adopt the Christian faith, if her husband was Christian (cf. Acts 16:30-33), because that was the custom. Therefore, the believing wife in an unbelieving household needed more care in Peter’s epistle. She needed to be encouraged in a manner that gave her peace over what she had done, versus what she was expected to do.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Contending with John

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It might be significant that immediately before the Jewish authorities’ argument with John’s disciples in John 3:25 that we are told John was not yet cast into prison (John 3:24). Personally, I believe that it is very significant. In fact, I believe the Jewish authorities, in this case probably the Pharisees (John 1:24) are directly responsible for John’ imprisonment. They may have brought along the Herodians (cf. Mark 3:6; 12:16) and got John (or his disciples) to speak against the adulterous marriage of Herod Antipas and Herodias. Once John could be accused of speaking out against Herod, that he was in an adulterous affair, the Herodians could have gone to Herodias to tell her, and she would have gotten Antipas to arrest John. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Circumcision

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When he was eight days old, Jesus underwent the ceremony of circumcision (Luke 2:21). The ritual was first instituted in the days of Abraham (Genesis 17:9-14) and was commanded by God (Genesis 17:10). Its purpose was to define who was related to God as far as the promises were concerned. Those who were circumcised were called the people of God, while those who were not were cut off from God’s people and rejected. That is, the promises wouldn’t apply to them. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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God Remembers His Covenant

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Luke’s infancy narratives are peculiar to Luke’s Gospel. One would find it difficult to connect Luke to Matthew, for example, if all one had were the infancy narratives. Moreover, most of the commentary that concerns itself with the birth of John seems to center around John and his family, rather than pointing toward the coming of Jesus. This is odd, if one considers the fact that John comes to reveal in or prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah. It was so in John’s ministry, and it should be no less so in his birth. John came as a witness to bear witness to the coming of the Lord. His mission was to prepare for God a people who would be ready for Jesus’ preaching. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Does God Hate the Canaanites?

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How is it possible that a loving God could call for such brutal treatment of the Canaanites. If killing them wasn’t enough, he commanded that they be driven out of their homes and out of their land. Even if we could conclude that such a thing was justified, how does God’s preference for Israel in this matter express any love whatsoever for the Canaanites?[1] In other words, if one could show God is just in his behavior toward Canaan, where was his love? The Christian cliché: “hate the sin but love the sinner” seems to be absent here. Why? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2016 in apologetics

 

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