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I Make All Things New

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Clearly, Jesus is the speaker in Revelation 21:5, because it is he who sits upon the throne. He declares, “I make all things new,” but what does he mean by he makes all things new? Well, first of all, we may be assured that, as the Lord had done in the beginning (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1, 3), so it would do for the new creation (Revelation 21:5). In other words, God and only God could be responsible for making all things new. Just as mankind is unable to avoid death, neither could he resurrect himself. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Cherry-picking Scripture Leads to Error

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Jesus reminded the disciples of what he had told them before they arrived in Jerusalem, namely, that all things written in the scriptures concerning him must be fulfilled (Luke 24:44). Moreover, this pertained to how he would be mistreated and mocked by the Jewish leaders, and how he would be scourged and crucified by the gentiles, but he would rise again on the third day (cf. Luke 18:31-34; 24:25-26). He then began to open their understanding of the scriptures (Luke 24:45; cf. Acts 16:14), but this may not have been like switching on a light in order to dispel their darkness. Rather, it may have taken several appearances, before the disciples fully understood and embraced what Jesus had been telling them for some time (cf. Acts 1:3). One doesn’t rid himself of false doctrine very easily or all at once. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Why Were the Women Afraid?

Women at the Tomb afraid

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When the women came to the sepulcher where Jesus was laid, they found the stone that sealed the tomb (Matthew 27:66) was rolled away (Luke 24:2-3). Luke tells us that the women were perplexed (G1280). That is, didn’t know why the tomb was empty (Luke 24:4-5). In other words, the thought that Jesus had arisen from the dead, hadn’t even occurred to any of them. The Greek word (G1280) is used of Herod being in doubt of who Jesus was in Luke 9:7. It is also used for the confusion of the chief priests and the captain of the Temple when they found out the Apostles had escaped their prison cell and were teaching in the Temple (Acts 5:34). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Unbelief and Mocking Jesus

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For practical purposes the Romans needed an accusation to charge Jesus in order to crucify him, because such a thing would become a matter of public record. In the second century AD Justin Martyr, while addressing the Emperor, Pius, mentioned that proof of what he said could be obtained from the Acts of Pilate,[1] something that hardly could be so, if Pilate wasn’t required to record the reasons for the executions he commanded. Therefore, Pilate’s official verdict was: Jesus of Nazareth was the King of the Jews—a political crime, something for which he had earlier found him innocent. Nevertheless, he could hardly mention in a public record that he had executed Jesus for claiming to be the Son of God, a religious crime, according to the Jews (John 19:7, 13-16), but a matter of harmless superstition, according to Rome (cf. Acts 25:18-20). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Pilate’s Verdict of Crucifixion

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It is reasonable that Pilate would assume the chief priests and the people would desire Jesus’ release instead of Barabbas, because the latter was really guilty of the charges the authorities levied falsely against Jesus. Pilate knew the high priests understood Jesus wasn’t really guilty of the charges they made against him, so why wouldn’t they reject one who was really guilty of the accusations they made against Jesus? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Did Jesus Pray to Avoid the Crucifixion?

Gethsemane

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After his final meal, which he shared with his disciples, and when he had finished speaking, Jesus went out to the Mount of Olives (Luke 22:39). Many of the things that were recorded to have been done by Jesus recently were planned ahead of time and kept secret, no doubt, to avoid any prior knowledge on the part of Judas and the authorities who wished to arrest him. However, this was not so for Jesus’ choice of where to go on the Mount of Olives to spend the night, and Judas knew of this place on the mount. A way had to be made for Jesus’ arrest, but that event couldn’t happen until the prophesied time—the day the Passover lamb was slain.

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Posted by on July 1, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Final Journey to Jerusalem

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In Luke 18:31 Jesus embarks on his final journey to Jerusalem, but lots of folks believe that Jesus began that trip to Jerusalem at Luke 9:51. Nevertheless, to do so they have to have the Lord meandering aimlessly all around Judea (Luke 10:38), but never quite making it to Jerusalem. After wandering all about Judea, Jesus then turns back to Galilee in order to go through Peraea (Luke 13:22; 16:18; cf. Mark 10:1-12), journeying toward Jerusalem, but, again, never actually getting there. After this, Jesus once more returned to Galilee in order to pass through those cities and Samaria (Luke 17:11) to journey toward Jerusalem, but, once again, he never completes his task. Finally, Jesus is found in Ephraim (John 11:54) and left there to pass through Jericho to approach Jerusalem from the east. All this aimless meandering must be done in order to hold onto the false notion about Jesus began his journey to the cross at Luke 9:51. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Crucifixion that Almost Was

Crucifixion - 2

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I wonder if Jesus could have been crucified one year earlier than when that event actually took place, which, according to my understanding, took place in 31 AD. Could God have permitted the event to occur one year earlier, and would this have made a difference afterward, as far as the preaching of the Gospel was concerned? The fact is, that Jesus does seem to indicate that the crucifixion could have occurred one year prior to when it actually took place. Nevertheless, it was delayed because Jesus prayed to his Father. I was surprised to see this possible eventuality and almost missed it. Would it have changed anything, if Jesus was crucified at another time? Perhaps matters such as this can never be known with certainty, but it is encouraging to understand that Jesus prays for us, and our heavenly Father listens to Jesus and always answers his prayers (John 11:41; cf. 1John 5:15). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Third Passover

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Because Luke doesn’t clearly show Jesus celebrating another Passover between John’s death and Jesus’ own crucifixion, many scholars believe Jesus set out to go to Jerusalem for the final time in Luke 9:51. Nevertheless, there are problems with this interpretation, and I believe that folks often skew the Scriptures in order to maintain this doctrine. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Transfiguration and the Apostles

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Often we speak of the Transfiguration as though it was simply an event in the lives of the three Apostles who were with Jesus, and we conclude they simply misunderstood, and in saying so we move on to the next event in the Gospel narratives. We may conclude that Jesus was in a glorified state, something like we expect him to be at his Second Coming (although Jesus’ parousia or coming isn’t mentioned), but then we move on in the narrative. But, wait! What actually happened there on top of Mt. Olives? What did the three Apostles experience, and what might they have been thinking versus its true meaning? What real value can we take away from all this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Crucifixion

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In his book, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins has described the Atonement:

“I have described atonement, the central doctrine of Christianity, as vicious, sado-masochistic and repellent. We should also dismiss it as barking mad, but for its ubiquitous familiarity which has dulled our objectivity. If God wanted to forgive our sins, why not just forgive them, without having himself tortured and executed in payment…”[1]

What can be said of this? Well, first of all, it seems that Dr. Dawkins has misunderstood the doctrine of Atonement. While it may be true that our sins can be forgiven outright, this doesn’t tell the whole story. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2016 in apologetics

 

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The Gospel and the Voyage to Rome

It has been said that “the tendency to over allegorize” the account should be resisted. Luke’s focus is on the rescue of the passengers from danger, including Paul. There is no proclamation of the Gospel message by Paul, and the pagans on board remain pagans after they arrive on the shore of Malta.”[1] Nevertheless, if this is so, why record anything that occurred in Acts 27? Why not simply begin with Acts 27:1 and let verse-2 begin at Acts 28:12? If what occurs between Acts 27:1 and 28:12 have no meaning for the Gospel, then what meaning would they have for Theophilus (Acts 1:1), to whom Luke wrote in order to offer him a more perfect understanding of the things he had been told (Luke 1:3-4)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Gospel, Kingdom of God, Paul in bonds

 

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Paul’s Debate in Thessalonica

When Paul and company arrived at Thessalonica and settled in they entered the synagogue, whereupon Paul began reasoning with the local Jews and God-fearing gentiles according to the Scriptures. Paul’s argument took the form of a logical analysis concerning the identity of the Messiah. Luke states two of Paul’s probably three premises concluding that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2013 in Gospel, Paul's 2nd Missionary Journey

 

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What Was Paul’s Gospel?

According to some, Paul’s Gospel was sufficient as it was, and he had no need of the Apostles at Jerusalem to help formulate his Gospel (Galatians 1:15-17). In fact, Paul almost immediately after meeting Jesus on the way to Damascus, left for Arabia, presumably to collect his thoughts and receive instruction (revelation, cp. verses 11-12 & 15-16) from Jesus, the resurrected Messiah, and didn’t return to Jerusalem until three years after his conversion (Galatians 1:18). What really occurred in those three years? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Kingdom of God

 

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The Builders and the Stone

Rejected Stone

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When the Apostles were arrested in Acts 4 they were force to confront the very people that had Jesus put to death. While some of these people could be swayed according to the theology they held, many of the members of the Sanhedrin were harsh, having their own interest in view. Their judgment was tempered only by the prevailing will of the people, which, if they could influence as was done in the case of Jesus’ crucifixion, strengthened their resolve to have their own desires implemented. Six months to a year ago these same men had Jesus put to death, and now they found themselves wrestling with his movement in the persons of the Apostles. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Acts of the Apostles

 

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