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Maturing in One’s Relationship with God

TrustIt’s not good for me[1] to be constantly seeking after a confirmation of the word God deposits in my spirit. If I have the mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:16) and the earnest of his Spirit (2Corinthians 1:22; 5:5), then I have been given the power to understand and discern many things that God tells me within my spirit. One of the things that hinders my growth in Christ is from time to time I wonder, if it is really God who is giving me these thoughts. I resolve within myself to just trust that it is he. Sometimes I think I just can’t believe God actually speaks to me, but this is supposed to be a common thing with all of his children. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Choosing Between Life and Death

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Probably the calling and sending out of the Seventy was a temporary commission, unlike that of the Apostles, who held their offices permanently. I say temporary, because there seems to be an element of judgment attached to their mission. Jesus points to a “day” when those who heard them would have to answer for how seriously the audience of the Seventy took their words (cf. Luke 10:12). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Faith and Authority

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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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Entering the Kingdom of God

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Peter claims in 2Peter 1:11 that the believer who cultivates the characteristics he mentioned in 2Peter 1:5-7 will be granted an abundant entry into the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. However, when he speaks of the Kingdom, is Peter referring to salvation or something else? It seems Peter is referring to something else, because his epistle is addressed to believers who have already obtained the same kind of faith the apostles had (2Peter 1:1). It is in this same faith to which believers are to add these things in their new life in Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 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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The Faith of the Servant of Jesus

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Second Peter seems to mark the end of an era—the end of the Apostolic Church. Peter mentions that his death was imminent (2Peter 1:14), so his second letter takes the genre of a final testimony, telling his readers what they should keep in mind, as they face the persecution that has come upon them. For this reason 2Peter has been compared with Paul’s 2Timothy, where both warn about the apostasy that should follow their deaths, and to look for the judgment that would follow at the coming of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in Epistles of Peter, Gospel of Luke

 

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The Believer’s Warfare

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Although we are not to resist evil by returning blow for blow (Matthew 5:39), we are told to resist the evil committed against us by taking to us the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13) which is our protection in the day of evil (persecution). The armor consists of having our loins (procreative power – i.e. evangelism) girded with the truth, and the breastplate (which guards the heart) with righteousness or good deeds (Ephesians 6:14). The armor also includes protecting the feet (our walk or behavior) with the Gospel of peace (Ephesians 5:15)—not returning evil with evil, but enduring affliction (2Timothy 4:5) and insults (Matthew 5:39); and, finally, having the shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16), trusting in God will shield us from the fiery darts of those who slander or falsely accuse us. In this manner, Peter tells us in 1Peter 5:9 to resist our adversary, the slanderer, who walks about seeking whom he might trip up in order to compel him to abandon Christ and return to our previous lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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