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The Glassy Sea

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According to John’s record, the very next thing he saw, after mentioning the seven angels with the seven last plagues was “a sea of glass, mingled with fire” (Revelation 15:2). The text says that those who were victorious over the beast, his image and the number of his name were able to stand upon the glassy sea (thalassa – G2281), which was “mingled with fire” (Revelation 15:2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Faith, the Currency of Heaven

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In the past few studies, I have been demonstrating that the church of Laodicea is not at all as we have been taught. Rather, it sought to preach Jesus through its own resources. Jesus counseled the church at Laodicea to buy from him “gold tried in the fire” and “white raiment” and eyesalve to “anoint (their) eyes” (Revelation 3:18) He counseled the church to buy from him, but how would that be done? What do we have that could be used for currency in heaven? After all, Jesus hasn’t set up a marketplace or a business just down the street in our neighborhood. Therefore, these things point to something spiritual, so what does he mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Glorified Christ as God

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When John saw the vision of the glorified Christ, he retained no strength for fear (Revelation 1:17; cf. Daniel 10:8-12), and he fell at Jesus’ feet, as though he were dead. Jesus, however, touched John, as if to impart strength to him, and told him not to be afraid (Revelation 1:17: cf. Daniel 10:10-12). In the Scriptures fear is the fruit of doubt (cf. Matthew 14:25-31), and in Matthew 14 Peter’s fear in verse-30 is called doubt in verse-31. Notice also in Mark 5:35-36 when the ruler of the synagogue was told his daughter was dead, Jesus told him not to fear, but believe. Fear is the fruit of doubt. In Revelation 1:17 John was so afraid of what he saw, and he was unable to stand. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Bookends of Meaning in the Parables

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Jesus once told his disciples to neither give what is holy to dogs (irreligious people) nor to cast their pearls before swine (religious people with closed minds), because neither group would appreciate their offerings. Instead, they might use what was given them to hurt the disciples (Matthew 7:6). The fact is, this is exactly the position Jesus had taken when he began teaching in parables. The word of God wasn’t appreciated by either the Jewish authorities nor by the people. Both groups showed they had no real value for what Jesus’ preached, and on more than one occasion the religious authorities tried to do harm to Jesus, if not kill him (Luke 4:28-29; 6:11; Matthew 12:14-15). Moreover, since the people were easily intimidated by the Jewish authorities, they also refused to confess him (Matthew 12:23-24; cf. John 9:18-22). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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The Judgment of the Wicked Servant

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Luke 19:22 tells us that the nobleman judged the wicked servant out of his own words. If the man really feared (G5399) the nobleman (Jesus), he should have acted differently than he did. The Greek word (G5399) has both a positive and a negative side. It can be defined as a healthy respect for someone or outright terror of another man. The wicked servant in the parable didn’t have a healthy respect for the nobleman. Therefore, he must have been afraid (the negative kind of fear) of him. Why, then, didn’t his terror (G5399) of the nobleman cause the wicked servant to be faithful, while the nobleman was away? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Accusations Against the Nobleman

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Surprisingly, the nobleman doesn’t deny anything the wicked servant said about him. However, during his public ministry, Jesus often didn’t deny what others accused him of doing or saying. He simply addressed their argument from a different vantage point. In the parable the nobleman is accused of being an austere (G840) man. The Greek word is used only in Luke 19:21-22. It is often used in ancient literature for unripe fruit, pointing to its sour taste, and is, therefore, unpleasant or harsh. What the servant seems to be saying is that the nobleman lives in idleness and derives his living out of the labor of others.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Work of the Wicked Servant

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Before the nobleman of the Parable of the Pounds went off to a far country to receive a kingdom, he gave to each of his servants a mina, which in previous studies we have found to mean faith. It is the currency of the Kingdom of God. Nevertheless, one of the nobleman’s servants never used the mina (G3414) that his master had given him to carry out his business (Luke 19:20). Rather, he saved it by wrapping it up in a napkin to give to his master upon his return. In the language of the Kingdom of God, this servant never acted in faith, never used the Kingdom’s currency. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Work of the Nobleman’s Servants

Parable of the Pounds

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With the previous studies in mind, the nobleman of Luke 19:12 (Jesus) entrusted each of his servants (disciples) with a mina (G3414). A mina was a Greek coin equal to 100 drachmas, or 300 shekels under the Old Testament coinage. Its value was about three months wages. Besides collecting taxes and custom duties, a tax-collector often served as a bank, whereby he lent out money in short-term loans at a fixed rate of interest. Additionally, the publican acted as a money-changer who could exchange foreign coin for local coinage, so business could be conducted in Judea, and the reverse would be true for folks traveling away from Judea to Mesopotamia. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Believing the Lie Rather than the Truth

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In Matthew 17:22 and for a second time Jesus repeated his teaching or revelation that he would suffer and die at the hands of men but would rise again on the third day. Just as in Matthew 16:16-17, Jesus second revelation of his suffering, death and resurrection follows an incident that offers evidence of the Apostles’ spiritual understanding. In Matthew 17:10-13 the Apostles (three of them) displayed some spiritual growth, showing they were listening to the voice of God in their hearts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Vindication of God’s Elect

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In Luke 18:1-7 we have recorded the Parable of the Unjust Judge. There, we are offered several motifs that pertain to the coming of Jesus (cf. Luke 18:8). The parable was delivered to Jesus’ disciples in the context of eminent suffering and judgment that was about to befall the Jews of that generation (Luke 17:24:37). The Pharisees had been aggressively interrogating Jesus concerning the coming of the Kingdom of God. Therefore, Jesus told them that they had the wrong idea about the Kingdom. It doesn’t come in a manner that can be observed (Luke 17:20). Rather, it would be found within man. God rules from the throne of a man’s heart, not from an observable throne in a palace (Luke 17:21). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Faith that Looks to God

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It is one thing to claim Jesus as one’s Savior and to say he is a child of God. It is quite another to act like this is true in one’s life. Often, believers think that publicly embracing Christ is the faith that is needed. While this is true, and very important in the life of the believer, there is another kind of faith the Lord looks for in his elect. It is the kind of trust that waits for God to act on the believer’s behalf. In our own modern day believers often take up their own defense in the courts of the land. Standing on our human rights, we have discovered we are often able to defeat our foes by taking our struggle to this world’s justice system. In doing so, we demonstrate publicly that we embrace Christ as our Savior, and our efforts often help our brethren in their walk with Christ. However, I don’t believe that this is the faith our Lord looks to find in us? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Faith of Ten Lepers

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According to Luke 17:11, Jesus was on a journey to Jerusalem. Some scholars believe Luke doesn’t place his account in chronological order. The reason they believe this is so they can hold onto the unsupported belief that Luke 9:51 announces Jesus intent on going to Jerusalem to be crucified. Yet, as Luke 10:38-42 shows, Jesus was in Bethany just a few miles from Jerusalem, showing he had already completed his journey he had begun in Luke 9:51. Moreover, Luke 13:22 seems to record even another journey to Jerusalem, after, or so it seems, Jesus had already been there (cf. Luke 13:1-5). It is strange to see the hoops otherwise good commentators will jump through in order to embrace a favorite theory. Here, in Luke 17:11 Luke records Jesus is passing through the midst of Galilee and Samaria, something he had to do in Luke 9:51 to reach Jerusalem. Sounds like a different journey to me, and it is this journey (Luke 17:11) that seems to be the one that Jesus took in order to fulfill all that was written about him in the Law and the Prophets (cf. Luke 18:31). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Must our Faith be Increased?

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We are told in Luke 17:5 that the apostles responded to Jesus, which may imply that there was a greater crowd of disciples listening to Jesus in Luke 17:1. The apostles seem to have thought Jesus command to forgive repeatedly, no matter how often they were treated badly by folks, required a greater faith that they had. Yet, in Luke 17:6 Jesus told them and the others listening to him that the degree of one’s faith is not a matter of importance. Rather, the act itself—i.e. acting in faith—is the thing that is needed. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Eight Significant Sabbaths

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Luke mentions that on a certain Sabbath day Jesus was invited to eat a meal in the home of a prominent Pharisee (Luke 14:1). This particular Sabbath is probably significant, because it was the eighth and final Sabbath that the Gospel narratives mention in Jesus public ministry.[1] One other Sabbath is mentioned in the Gospel narratives, but on it Jesus lay dead in the tomb after his crucifixion (Luke 23:50-54). All that is said about Jesus in the Gospel narratives is in one way or another built up around these seven Sabbath days, and, since no one Gospel writer mentions all of them, taken together they unite the four in a manner in which one might otherwise miss, if one simply reads the four narratives individually. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Gospel of the Closed Door

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If we compare Luke 13:25 with Matthew 10:25, we should be able to see that Jesus is the master of the house in the parable, and that it is he who closes the door after he is risen up (Luke 13:25). So, understanding what Jesus refuses to do for the many is necessary to understanding the meaning of saved in John 10:9 and Luke 13:23, because certainly the rabbi who asked Jesus the question didn’t believe he needed to be saved from his sins. He believed this was provided for through the Temple sacrifices. Moreover, sin is never mentioned by Jesus or anyone else in either Luke 13 or John 10. So, what does Jesus mean by saved in John 10:9, and is he speaking of the same thing that the rabbi has in mind in Luke 13:23? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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