At this, his final Passover season, Jesus told his listeners to behold the fig tree and all trees. They began to bud at the time of Passover, showing that summer was near (Luke 21:29-30). He used this to signify that, once believers saw the signs of the judgment against Jerusalem and the Temple, they should understand that the time of Jesus’ coming and the Day of the Lord was near (Luke 21:29-31). Moreover, he claimed that everything he predicted about Jerusalem and the Temple would occur in the space of one generation (Luke 21:32; cir. 30-40 years). Read the rest of this entry »
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In 2Peter 2:4-9 Peter wrote of three examples of God’s judgment in the book of Genesis, which he likened to the judgment God would bring upon the false teachers and those who trusted in them in the first century AD. In a previous blogpost I discussed the first example, the angels (2Peter 2:4), saying they were not spirit beings, but men. They were messengers, whom God intended to lead the world in the antediluvian period and teach the people about God. Nevertheless, most of them seemed to have rebelled, so God darkened their minds (cf. Romans 1:21), which is the sense of the Greek word tartarus (G5020). This darkening of the mind keeps one from seeing his tragic fate brought on by his sins. The only remedy for this darkness is to repent and come into the council of God—submitting to the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »
In 2Peter 1:19 Peter claims the prophecies about Christ are more certain and clearer from the standpoint of the Gospel (cf. 1Peter 1:12-13 Romans 15:8). In the same way that the hope of our resurrection is made more certain in Jesus’ resurrection (cf. 1Peter 1:3-4), so the Transfiguration of Christ had made his coming more certain in the minds and hearts of those who were eyewitnesses of it, and for us who believe their word. It is fitting that Peter should be the only New Testament writer to point to the Transfiguration, because it seems he was especially moved by the experience (cf. Mark 9:5-6; Luke 9:33-34). So, what occurred to Jesus on the mount strengthens the prophecies of the coming of the Messiah, causing those who believed them to be expectant. Read the rest of this entry »
John tells us that in the Word was life and this life was the light of men (John 1:4). The Psalmist says: “With thee is the fountain of life; in thy light we shall see light” (Psalm 36:9). If I were to ask what the opposite of light is, probably everyone would say darkness. Isn’t that so? If I were to ask what is the opposite of life, most people would conclude non-existence or death. Isn’t this so? Here John makes light a synonym for life or perhaps consciousness. In a way this seems appropriate; doesn’t it? We do that ourselves; don’t we? We’ve heard people say, “I’ll knock his lights out;” or “The lights are on, but nobody’s home!” Light is often used even today as a synonym for life or consciousness. If someone is unconscious, he is not aware; it is like being in the dark. Read the rest of this entry »
My last post had Paul going to Athens and leaving his missionary team at Berea. When the brethren left Paul in Athens, he told them to tell Silas and Timothy to make haste to join him there . Meanwhile Paul took note of the altar “To the Unknown God” just outside the city and used it as an introduction to Jesus (Acts 17:23).
Well, Paul’s efforts were met with mixed reviews. Before he left, however, some of the Athenians did become believers (Acts 17:34), but what strikes me about this passage is the whole idea of what is “unknown.”
Certain philosophers there wished to know more about what this ‘babbler’ (which is how they referred to Paul) had to say, so Paul spoke to many of them at the Areopagus (Acts 17:18-19). This was the place where the city elders met, sometimes to try criminals. The point being made here, I believe, is that the men who wished to hear more of what Paul had to say were men of prominence. They were considered the heads of state there, although others could have witnessed what occurred, just as many could witness what occurs in a courtroom or the city and state legislatures in our own country. Read the rest of this entry »