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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

Glorified Christ in Revelation 1.14 - 2

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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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