RSS

Tag Archives: ignorance

Looking Back on Jesus’ Second Coming!

Was Jesus Ignorant

from Google Images

I have been involved in a study of Jesus’ words in Matthew 16:27-28 for awhile now, and have concluded that Jesus must have come in the glory of the Father, to judge the living and the dead according to their works, and, in doing so, he had established the Kingdom of God in great power and glory, giving it to his disciples (Matthew 16:27-28). Moreover, I also believe what Jesus said, that some of the people who heard him say those words would live to see them fulfilled. Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 7, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Gospel of Luke

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

The Gap Theory

Gap Theory - 1

from Google Images

In Daniel’s 70 Weeks Prophecy, he prophesied that 70 weeks of years were determined for the Jews. That is, a block of 490 years was set apart for the fulfillment of all things that concerned the Jews (Daniel 9:24). During this period of time, they would also rebuild the Temple, the walls of Jerusalem, and the Messiah would come. He be killed, and the Temple would once again be destroyed, and all this would be done within this block of time (Daniel 9:25-27). Many, if not most, Christians today believe there is a gap of “X” number of years either between the 69th and 70th weeks of years or between the 69th and ½ week of years and the final 3 ½ years of the 70th week in Daniel’s prophecy. So, what can we say about these things? Was the gap a part of God’s original plan, or did he insert it later, and, if he did insert it later, why did he? Did Jesus know about the gap (cf. Mark 13:32)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 22, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Asking, Seeking and Knocking

prayer - 7

from Google Images

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 »

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 25, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Thy Will Be Done

Prayer - 1

from Google Images

In what we term the Our Father Jesus used to teach his Apostles (and us) how to pray. In the final clause of Luke 11:2 Jesus tells us to pray, “thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.” I believe one of the keys to understanding Jesus’ teaching at this point is to remember the disciple came to Jesus, confessing his ignorance and asking Jesus to teach him and the other disciples how to pray (Luke 11:1). After all, if he knew how to pray, or how to hollow God’s name, or how bring the Kingdom of God to fruition etc., why would he come asking Jesus to teach him and the others how to do these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
2 Comments

Posted by on June 15, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Our Father…

Father - 4

from Google Images

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 »

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 8, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Paul’s Call to Repentance at Athens

Paul concluded his speech at the Areopagus in Athens before an assembly of the philosophers there and perhaps some curious onlookers with a call to repent from worshiping gods of their own making. He referred to the glorious Athenian cultural history as the times of ignorance (Acts 17:30). He inferred their devotion to God was nothing more than that of blind men groping or feeling in the dark (Acts 17:27), because they knew, evidenced in the words of their poets, that through nature itself the invisible qualities and power of God were more than stone, silver and gold (Romans 1:20), yet, rejecting this precious jewel of knowledge (Romans 1:23), they chose rather to worship the art of their hands and imagination (Romans 1:21), and in their wisdom, they became fools (Romans 1:22). Read the rest of this entry »

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Paul's 2nd Missionary Journey, repentance

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,