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Jesus’ Three Arguments

Casting out demons

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When his enemies had accused him of being in league with the Devil, because he was able to do the impossible, Jesus exposes the feebleness of their accusation by presenting three arguments, by offering his adversaries three possible scenarios. The first is an illogical argument on their part that Jesus used demonic power to advance his goals. Jesus second argument left his antagonists without an argument to support their own activities in the realm of spiritual warfare. Finally, Jesus showed in the parable of the Strong Man that Jesus was stronger than Satan, and was dismantling his kingdom, showing that Jesus was the Messiah. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Faith and Authority

Authority - 4

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After completing their pilgrimage of at least eight-days in Jerusalem, Jesus took his disciples and returned to Galilee. What occurs next is recorded in Matthew and Mark, and actually takes place after they reached Galilee (Luke 9:44-45; Matthew 17:22-23). Except for the minor setback with the little boy, the apostles were on a spiritual high! They were very enthusiastic and in awe over the events that transpired during the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus had put down all of his enemies, and it seemed that no one would dare come against him! Nevertheless, Jesus arrived back in Galilee just like he left, in secret (Mark 9:30; cf. John 7:10). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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A Faithless and Wicked Generation

Faithless Generation

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Obviously, a cursory read of any one of the Gospels leaves a lot unsaid that could be understood and help the reader to understand what Jesus said and did in its original context. Luke’s account of the young boy healed by Christ is no different. Many things await comparison with the other Gospel records, and even some matters can be gleaned by thinking about what is not said but could be implied by what is said. For example, the fact that the father brought his son to Jesus, might have been part of a conspiracy by the Jewish authorities at Jerusalem to expose Jesus as a fraud, and thereby destroy him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who or What Are Demons?

Spiritual Warfare

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I have often thought about demons and how and why a person would become possessed. I’ve seen movies that traded on this subject, and Hollywood has made a lot of money producing films that exploit our fear of an unknown and unseen world. However, I have not found Hollywood an accurate commentator on God’s word. Going to the world for my information about the Bible is like asking Pharaoh about the God of Israel or Herod about Jesus Christ. They have heard about what God has said, but they really don’t know what is true and what is not. Awhile back, I exchanged some commentary on my blog with a gentleman concerning the existence of Satan. As we discussed what I believe about this being, the subject of demons came up. At that point I hadn’t written anything on this subject, and to merely offer some thoughts seemed to me to be insufficient. I promised that I would write about my understanding sometime in the near future, and so here we are. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2011 in Christianity, Demonology, Religion

 

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