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Hidden Manna

Hidden Manna

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In Revelation 2:17 Jesus changes his general address in order to speak directly to believers who have ears to hear. That is, he is addressing those who have not closed their hearts and minds to his word (cp. John 1:11-12; 3:32). However, the promises he makes are made only to those who endure to the end and overcome the attacks of the enemy both from within and from outside the church. In other words, out of the church of Pergamos, Jesus singles out those who have not closed their hearts and minds, but out of this smaller group, Jesus addresses a yet tinier group of believers who endure all things for his namesake. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Was Jesus an Ungracious Guest?

Banquet meal

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In Luke 14:12-14 Jesus turned to his host and told him, rather than inviting his friends and people of his social class, who were expected in return the favor and invite him to their gatherings, he should invite the poor and the handicapped who were unable to return his kindness. If he would extend his hospitality to those who had nothing to offer him in return, he would be rewarded by God in the age to come. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Parable of the Leaven

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In Luke 13:20-21 Jesus says the Kingdom of God is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened. Like the mustard seed, many Biblical scholars believe the leaven permeating the whole three measures of flour represents the Gospel going out to the world, until the whole world is brought under the influence of Christ. The problem with this interpretation is that even after 2000 years the whole world has not been brought under the influence of Christ, and even those areas which have heard the Gospel have been corrupted, some even doing violence in the name of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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