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The Spies of the First Century AD

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It is inferred by Luke that Annas, the high priest, had sent Ananias and Sapphira into the nascent church (cf. Acts 5:1-13) in order to spy out what was done and bring believers under the authority of the high priest. The same is inferred in Galatians 2:12-13, once one realizes that James didn’t send these people to do what they had done (cf. Galatians 2:4). From time to time Paul had to rebuke a wrong spirit of prophecy or a message or letter that was allegedly from him or one of the other apostles (2Thessalonians 2:2), inferring that others were seeking to gain a foothold in the churches he raised up. Moreover, John also shows there were people who had identified themselves with the apostles but broke away, showing ulterior motives existed among those who did so. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Cultivating Christ, Our Inner Life

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In 2Peter 1:5-7 Peter points to seven things we need to add to our new life, and they are virtue, knowledge, self control, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. But, what is meant by these things, and how are they added to our new life? According to 2Peter 1:5, we are to supply these things “in your faith”, that is, referring back to the faith mentioned in 2Peter 1:1, “in faith add…” In other words, using the faith you have been given (2Peter 1:1) supply or add such and such to the ‘new life’ you have been given (cf. 2Peter 1:3). The ‘adding’ is the part we play in partaking of divine nature. We have been empowered with all things (2Peter 1:3) pertaining to ‘life’ (our new life which is Christ in us – Colossians 3:4) and ‘godliness’ (God manifest in flesh – i.e. the Gospel or the “knowledge of God, even Jesus our Lord” – 2Peter 1:1-3; cf. 1Timothy 3:16). To these things add… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Dilemma of Authority

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Have you ever really considered the dilemma of authority from the point of view of this world’s leaders. An ancient example would serve our purpose here. The name Herod means “hero like,” and history shows that he desired to be known as a great benefactor, both of the people and other world leaders. Most civil authorities today would desire the same thing. Think about the campaign promises politicians make before they are elected to office. They may not want to put forth the effort, but they would like to leave behind a legacy that would show they were wonderful at what they did (cf. Genesis 6:4). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who Do You Say I Am?

Who Do You Say I Am - 1For awhile Jesus had been planting seed about himself (compare the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13). He cast the seed all over Galilee, the Decapolis, Samaria, and parts of Phoenicia and Syria. Many just didn’t get it. Their hearts were hard. Others received it with joy, but fell away when things got too rough (John 6:66). Still some received his word like Judas, who was probably a Zealot like Simon his father. Judas received Jesus as a useful figure for his own political ends, which also is most likely the reason he stole from Jesus (John 12:4-6). Nevertheless, the other disciples held on to Jesus just as Jacob did with the Angel of the Lord (Genesis 32:24-30). They endured the violence the word of God did to their traditional beliefs and the violence of shame for being associated with Jesus, when all others forsook him (John 6:66; cf. John 17:14 and Luke 22:28). The seed was planted in the good ground of their hearts and began to bear fruit at Caesarea Philippi. Jesus posed the question, “Who do you say I am?” The evidence of one’s feeding on Jesus as our Bread of Life is made manifest in the revelation of an inner fellowship with our Father (cf. Luke 9:20; Matthew 16:16; Mark 8:29; John 6:69 with Matthew 16:17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2009 in Kingdom of God, Religion

 

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