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The Mission of the Seventy

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Lots of folks seem to miss the point of sending out the Seventy; at least as it appears so to me. Some wonder which was more important: the sending out of the Twelve (Luke 9:1-10) or sending out the Seventy (Luke 10:1-16). Others liken the event to an evangelistic outreach, upon which our own ministries should be based. Still others get caught up in their having power over demons and exactly when Satan was cast out of heaven, and when Jesus actually did see his fall. Some of these things, of course, are mentioned in Luke 10, but the real point of it all seems to be far more significant than answering these questions. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Cultivating Christ, Our Outer Life

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In my previous study I wrote of the first four characteristics of a disciple of Christ that need to be added to his walk with Christ. Those four were part of the seven Peter mentions in 2Peter 1:5-7. In this study I wish to point to the final three of that seven, or godliness, brotherly kindness and love. These arise out of the first four and manifest our outer life in Christ. That is, the final three visibly characterize the believer who supplies them to his life in Christ. It is as the world sees him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Cultivating Christ, Our Inner Life

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In 2Peter 1:5-7 Peter points to seven things we need to add to our new life, and they are virtue, knowledge, self control, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. But, what is meant by these things, and how are they added to our new life? According to 2Peter 1:5, we are to supply these things “in your faith”, that is, referring back to the faith mentioned in 2Peter 1:1, “in faith add…” In other words, using the faith you have been given (2Peter 1:1) supply or add such and such to the ‘new life’ you have been given (cf. 2Peter 1:3). The ‘adding’ is the part we play in partaking of divine nature. We have been empowered with all things (2Peter 1:3) pertaining to ‘life’ (our new life which is Christ in us – Colossians 3:4) and ‘godliness’ (God manifest in flesh – i.e. the Gospel or the “knowledge of God, even Jesus our Lord” – 2Peter 1:1-3; cf. 1Timothy 3:16). To these things add… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Peter’s Great Confession

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In Luke 9:20 we find that Peter claimed that Jesus was the “Christ of God!” This is the first time anyone has ever made that confession. Earlier the nameless multitudes claimed Jesus was the Prophet who should come (John 6:14), and earlier still even some of the disciples said Jesus was the Messiah (Christ). Peter’s brother, Andrew, told Peter he had found the Christ (John 1:41). About the same time Philip went to Nathanael to say he had found the one Moses said would come (John 1:45), and when Nathanael found Jesus he agreed (John 1:49). Yet, none of these were like Peter’s confession. Andrew repeated what John the Baptist had told him, and he, together with Philip and Nathanael were merely impressed with what Jesus said to them. They reacted to circumstance, but didn’t really think it all through in their hearts like Peter did. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Knowledge and the New Creation

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As Jesus moved through the thronging crowd of people on his way to the home of Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue at Capernaum, a woman who had a menstrual problem for twelve years came up behind him, touched him, was healed and disappeared back into the thronging crowd. Jesus turned around and asked: “Who touched me?” The question I wish to pose is: did Jesus know who touched him, and if not, how could the woman be healed without Jesus’ prior knowledge? Every healing Jesus had done up to this point was a purposeful healing. Jesus knew what he was doing, and he did it. If Jesus knew he was about to heal the woman, why did he phrase his question as he did? Some scholarship wants to questions Jesus’ knowledge, while others seem to want to give Jesus omniscience as a man. What can we say about these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Suffering as a Christian

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In our 2000 year history the name Christian has become associated with followers of Jesus and, indeed, identifies us more than any other word. In some instances it has become associated with political power. Kings have had Christian leaders as their advisors and exercised their mighty power to satisfy Christian desires, whether for good or for evil. Even in modern America, presidential candidates dare not openly denounce the name for fear of that hurting their ability to successfully take hold of the Presidency. Nevertheless, Peter tells his readers in Asia Minor, if they suffer as a Christian, don’t be ashamed (1Peter 4:16). Why would he word this part of his letter this way? Earlier he spoke about the blessing associated with suffering for the name of Christ, but now he speaks of shame. How does shame enter into the context of Peter’s letter? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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When There Is No Freedom

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What is the believer’s responsibility when his freedom is taken away? This can occur, if one is forced into servitude (slavery), when one nation conquers another, when powerful, unmerciful men are in authority in civil and commercial institutions and one might add other examples. What is a Christian to do under such circumstances? I believe both Peter and Paul offer reasonable solutions to these questions when they speak of the haustafel codes pertaining to servants or slaves. While it may not be a popular solution in our modern society, we need to remember the New Testament speaks to those who have freely chosen to follow Christ, and such a choice involves bearing wrongful treatment without complaint. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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