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Jesus’ Command to Make Friends

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Jesus told his disciples in Luke 16:9 to make friends with the mammon of unrighteousness, so that when you fail, i.e. when you die, they may receive you into everlasting habitations! Who are the they to whom Jesus refers? Most folks believe that the ones who receive us into everlasting habitations are those we have gained for the Lord, but this doesn’t seem plausible. Consider that the one who brings another to the Lord is often older than the one who believes at his teaching or preaching. It would reasonably be expected that the older believer would go to be with the Lord before the younger. How then could the younger receive the older into everlasting habitations? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 5, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Elect of God

Elect - 1The book of Malachi is an interesting book that concerns itself with the last times, and its themes are mentioned throughout the New Testament. Malachi is concerned with election, judgment, the calling of the gentiles, the change of Temple worship, a change of the priesthood and a number of other matters that the New Testament writers expand upon. It also has something to say about the ministry of John the Baptist and even the coming (parousia) of the Lord. Notice how Malachi begins his prophecy: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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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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The Second Exodus

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I find it interesting that the Lord told Moses to have the people “gird up their loins” at the time of their exodus out of Egypt (Exodus 12:11). This was how they were to eat the Lord’s Passover, which in the New Testament was the day upon which Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper. Moreover, Jesus’ command, that his disciples gird up their loins, seems to point to a second exodus out of what was spiritually called Egypt, i.e. Jerusalem, the place where Jesus was crucified (Luke 12:35; cf. Revelation 11:8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Our Needs and God’s Power

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A cursory read of Luke 12:22 might cause one to think Jesus was advocating irresponsibility toward what we possess, but this isn’t so. What Jesus is telling his disciples is: they must not permit the cares of necessities of life dictate how they would speak and act. The necessities of life can be taken away by our enemies, but that understanding must not silence us. We must not allow our fear to suppress the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Gospel Cannot Be Hid

LeavenThe Lord warns us that we need to beware of hypocrisy. What we are within will be made manifest to others. It is impossible for any of us to hide our true character forever. Eventually, God will bring all things hidden out into the open. The heart of the hypocrite is open to the Lord, and believers are no different. Our hearts, for good or for bad, are open to him as well. The implication Luke 12:1-12 is that the inner realm is much stronger than that of the outer. We cannot hide who we are. In Matthew 10:27, it is the Jesus who spoke in darkness, and what he said had to be proclaimed in the light. In Luke 12:3, it is we who speak in the darkness, and God, for honor or dishonor, will bring that to light as well. What the Lord whispers in our ears will be made public, and what we whisper in the ear of others cannot be hid. It must be made public. There is a power at work here that we are unable to see, but we are able to witness its effect. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Tell No Man?

Leprosy - 1Luke tells us that Jesus told the man whom he had cured of his leprosy to tell no man what happened. Rather, he was to go to the priest and offer the sacrifice that Moses prescribed in the Law. Some folks seem to believe that this man disobeyed Jesus, pointing to Mark 1:43-45 where Jesus is said to have “strictly charged” the man, saying: “See that you say nothing to any man…”, but the man published (G2784) abroad what Jesus had done for him! Did Jesus really intend for this healing to be kept secret? If so, why did he say further that the man was to show himself to the priest and offer the appropriate sacrifice as a testimony or a witness to them? It doesn’t make sense for Jesus to say on the one hand: “Tell no one!” but on the other: “Go to the priest and offer the sacrifice according to the Law, as a **witness** to them. How should we understand this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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