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How Are We Jesus’ Brethren?

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In Jesus’ High Priestly prayer he prayed that we would be one in the same sense that he and his Father are one (John 17:21), but what did he mean? In Hebrews 2:11 Paul claims: “He that sanctifies and they that are sanctified are of one…” The obvious question is: ‘are of one’ what? Most translations don’t elaborate or try to supply the word, allowing the text to mean ‘all are of One” meaning God, which is sorta-kinda correct, as long as we are speaking in the sense that the **ONE** who raised Jesus from the dead is also the **ONE** who raises men from the dead. However, we need to ask ourselves why this is a reason for Jesus to be unashamed to call us his brethren. After all, the same **ONE** who raises us from the dead could raise a dead animal to life, as well, if he wished. So, if he did, would that be reason enough to call the animal Jesus’ brother? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2020 in Epistle to the Hebrews

 

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Did God Forsake or Desert Jesus?

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Some believe toward the end of Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus began to buckle under the wrath of God. They conclude that his humanity cried out, as he felt so utterly alone, believing that even his Father had abandoned him. Others conclude that the Father did actually abandon Jesus, his Son, as the full weight of humanity’s sin was placed upon him on the cross. They say, “Separation from the Father must have been the worst part of the Cross for Jesus who had never before experienced anything but intimate fellowship with his Father.”[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Ignorant of the Love of God

ignorantIt probably seems obvious to believers today that the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son points to our heavenly Father. The freedom of choice the father had offered his son (Luke 15:12), the longing he had for his son’s return (Luke 15:20) and the great joy, which he expressed when his son’s return was realized (Luke 15:22-23), all point to how our heavenly Father treats us. Nevertheless, aside from the sinner who wandered away or who accidentally became lost or even the one who made deliberate choices to separate himself from God, what about the ignorant sinner who really believes he has served God all his life? What can be said of him and his return to God? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Heart of God Toward the Sinner

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In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, when his young son was still on his path home, his father ran to him, while his son was still some distance away (Luke 15:20b). It is implied in this verse that our heavenly Father meets us at some point in our journey back to him. He makes certain that we don’t have to make the full journey of repentance alone. The fact that the father of the young man ran to him would seem quite unfitting in the custom of the day, and this expresses the idea that our heavenly Father will not react toward us, in the manner in which we expect of him. Far from being angry over what we’ve done, he is always ready to give us much more than we desire. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Being Brought to Repentance

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In the Parable of the Prodigal Son Jesus tells of the condition that befell the young man after he had left his father. He spent his inheritance on strangers, and afterward found he hadn’t a friend among them. With his wealth gone, he came to realize he was a stranger in a strange land, and, at least for him, there was a famine in that land (Luke 15:14). That is he was alone and destitute with no means of saving himself. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Lost Son and the Sinner

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After speaking of losing first a sheep and then a coin, Jesus turns our attention to a son (Luke 15:11). He turns our eyes from our possessions to our own families. In Jesus’ parable a man had two sons. The younger son asked his father to divide the inheritance at once and give him what would be his. This was not only disrespectful, for it implies that the son believed he would be treated better by strangers than his father, but it also expresses the son’s desire that his father were already dead. Perhaps father and son had a falling out, and the son in anger decided a life with strangers would be better than living under his father’s discipline. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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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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Praying To Our Father

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Jesus is at prayer in a certain place (Luke 11:1). We know that he was journeying toward Jerusalem (Luke 9:51), and this was by far not a secret journey (cf. John 7:10), as when he journeyed to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (cf. Luke 10:1). We also know from John’s record that the next time Jesus is said to be in Jerusalem was during the Feast of Dedication (John 10:22). We know, as well, that the certain village mentioned in Luke 10:38 is Bethany, which is 15 furlongs (or less than two miles) from Jerusalem (John 11:18). There is therefore little doubt that this certain place of prayer is the Mount of Olives, which is the place to which Jesus often resorted with his disciples while at Jerusalem, when he desired privacy (Luke 21:37; 22:39; John 18:1-2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Asking, Seeking and Knocking

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In Luke 10:9-10 Jesus tells his disciples to ask, seek and knock. The verbs are in the present tense and in the imperative mood, which indicates that Jesus was telling his disciples to begin asking, seeking and knocking and continue doing so. Some scholars believe Jesus means for the disciples to be persistent when an answer is not forthcoming, but I wonder if this is true. Rather than approaching God who is unwilling, I wonder if Jesus is telling us God is willing, but we need to get rid of the baggage we have that God is not willing. In other words, not only don’t we know how to pray (Luke 11:1), but we have the wrong picture of God, and we need to work this out in our experience in order to understand God properly. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Friend Who Calls at Midnight

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In another parable Jesus tells of a friend who comes to another friend at midnight with a request. The friend who disturbs the other has no regard for himself, i.e. how he might appear to his friend, and he has little or no regard for his neighbor’s comfort (Luke 11:5-8). What seems to be all important is that he has a guest in his home, but he has nothing to set before him to express his hospitality. On the other hand the friend in bed has absolutely no desire to get out of bed. He has no interest in helping his friend. He just wants him to go away. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Give Us This Day

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After Jesus told the disciples how to approach God in prayer (Luke 11:2), he told them to pray God would give us our daily bread (Luke 11:3). The request in the Greek is in the present imperative and indicates a continuous operation once begun. In other words Jesus tells us to ask God to begin giving us and continue to give us our daily bread. I get the picture of a request to turn on a faucet for water or a machine to operate. The faucet or machine continues until it is turned off, and this would not be unlike the manna God gave to ancient Israel under Moses. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Our Father…

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Jesus taught the Apostles in Jerusalem, or more specifically on the Mount of Olives how to pray (Luke 11:1-4). Matthew, also, has Jesus teach a similar prayer to his disciples in Galilee near the beginning of his public ministry. In Matthew’s narrative Jesus teaches the Apostles on a mountain probably near Capernaum during what is called the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:9-13). Matthew places the context of Jesus’ prayer over against the ‘hypocrisy’ of those who love to be seen praying in public(Matthew 6:5-7). On the other hand, Luke has Jesus teach the Apostles this prayer, while they were in Judea celebrating the Passover. The context there was ignorance. The disciples came to Jesus in Luke, while Jesus called his disciples to him in Matthew. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Importance of Prayer

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The Scriptures show us that prayer is a powerful and extremely important form of communication with God. Nevertheless, most folks today seem to neglect to make prayer the important part of their lives that it should be. The Apostles seem to have been impressed with the effect of Jesus’ own prayers and came to Jesus in Luke 11:1, asking him to teach them to pray, just as John the Baptist had taught his disciples. Aside from this Scripture, we have no knowledge of John’s prayers or how they may have affected his disciples, but, apparently, just as Jesus’ prayers were powerful, John must have been a powerful prayer warrior. So, the Apostles came to Jesus, apparently hoping they could, also, enter into this kind of powerful activity. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Living Out the Nature of Jesus

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When Jesus taught his disciples about who was the greatest in the Kingdom of God, he was teaching them about his Father, whom he came to reveal (John 1:18).[1] No one knows Jesus but the Father, and because Jesus is the exact representation of the Father (Hebrews 1:3), no one knows the Father but Jesus, and they to whom Jesus is pleased to reveal him (Matthew 11:27). Therefore, Jesus’ teaching about the greatest in the Kingdom is a teaching about the nature of God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2015 in Jesus

 

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