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What Does Jesus Say about Pergamos?


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In Revelation 2:13 Jesus told the church in Pergamos that he knew their works, which means he knew the Gospel they preached. Their works, or their business for Christ, was no different from the works of Ephesus or Smyrna or any of the other churches to whom Jesus sent letters via the Apocalypse. Their work is the Gospel they preached. Moreover, the Lord implied they had preached the Gospel during times of duress. Notice, he tells them that he knows they dwell in the place where Satan’s throne is. That is, the church preached the Gospel in the shadow of the power of the enemy. Things like this cannot be done without conflict of some kind. Secondly, Jesus told believers at Pergamos that he knew they continue to preach the Gospel, knowing that doing so could cost their lives, even as Antipas lost his life, while witnessing for Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 28, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Jesus’ Trial Before Herod

Herod Antipas - 3

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After Jesus’ first appearance before Pilate, the Jewish authorities could hardly believe their ears, when Pilate pronounced his verdict of innocence! Immediately they began to accuse Jesus more passionately. The Vulgate translates: “But,” they insisted, “He rouses sedition among the people; he has gone round the whole of Judaea preaching, beginning in Galilee and ending here.” The phrase: “…ending here” probably has reference to his entries into Jerusalem in recent days, publicly showing himself to be the Messiah and the large crowds gathering around him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 22, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Identifying the Centurion’s Servant


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Is it possible to know the identity of the centurion’s servant (Luke 7:2)? I don’t think we can identify him with certainty, but by considering the Scriptures I believe we can do better than merely the centurion’s servant (Luke 7:2). For example, if we consider the similarities between John 4:45-54 and Luke 7:2-10, we would find that Capernaum is the focus of the healing in both records (Luke 7:1 cf. Matthew 8:5; John 4:46). Both the centurion’s servant and the nobleman’s son were near death (Luke 7:2; John 4:47), and in both Scriptures the request for healing came from someone of rank (Luke 7:2; John 4:46). Moreover, Jesus chided the Jewish nation for their lack of faith in both accounts (cf. Luke 7:9; John 4:48), but the Scriptures point to the man of rank, who wasn’t Jewish, as having faith (Luke 7:9; John 4:50-53). Finally, in both Scriptures the man who was near death was healed by Jesus over some distance (Luke 7:10; John 4:50-53). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 4, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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Who is Luke’s Joanna?

Farzana Dua Elahe Is Joanna

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Luke mentions a woman named Joanna in Luke 8:3 where she is identified as the wife of Herod’s steward, Chuza, and Luke tells us that she was one of the women who ministered to Jesus from her own wealth. Later, in Luke 24:10 we are told that Joanna was one of the women who visited the tomb of Jesus and found it empty, but she learned from an angel who appeared to her and others at the tomb that Jesus had risen. Both she and the women with her ran to the apostles and told them. This is all that can be clearly understood from the Gospel narratives, because only Luke mentions her in these two places of his work. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 2, 2014 in Gospel of Luke, Theophilus


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Who Are These People?

Luke records for us in Acts 13:1 the names of five church leaders at Antioch, saying: “Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.” Who are these people? Luke simply mentions their names. We know a little about Barnabas, but I’ll deal with him at length in another blog. We know who Saul is, and I have already written about Lucius of Cyrene HERE, but who are Simeon, called Niger, and Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch? Can we know? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 18, 2012 in Gospel, New Testament History


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A Prophet Without Honor

After passing through Samaria, Jesus came again into Galilee. John tells us of Jesus testimony that a prophet has no honor in his own country. This statement comes as a surprise at this point, because John places the statement just before he remarks how the Galileans received Jesus, because they had witnessed the things he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover (John 4:44-45). How are we to understand this? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in nobleman's son


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