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A Glaring Contrast

Rich Young RulerAs Jesus was journeying toward Jerusalem two kinds of people came to him. The first type was a group of women seeking to have Jesus bless their babies (Luke 18:15). They were forbidden by Jesus’ Apostles to take their children to him. It may be this was because Jesus had already decided it was time to leave that area and continue on his way to Jerusalem (Luke 18:31; cf. 18:15 and Matthew 19:13-15). Nevertheless, delaying Jesus’ departure was not a problem for the second type who wanted to see Jesus. He happened to fit into the upper class of Jewish society, a ruler. Although an exception was made for him, the Apostles dismissed the mothers with their babies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 23, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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As in the Days of Noah…

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In Luke 17:20 Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would appear, but Jesus told them they had the wrong idea about God’s Kingdom. When it comes, no one could see it physically. In other words, one couldn’t point to it and say: ‘there it is!’ (Luke 17:21). On the contrary, God’s Kingdom is within man. Man’s kingdom is to rule over all that God created (Genesis 1:26-27), but God’s Kingdom is to rule man from within. The Pharisees had the wrong idea about the Kingdom of God, because they accepted the premise as valid that David’s dynasty was God’s dynasty, when, in point of fact, to ask for a king was to rebel against God (cf. 1Samuel 8:4-7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Where is the Kingdom of God?

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The Pharisees asked Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come (G2034), which, according to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, means: “to come into being, arise, come forth, show itself, find place or influence” (Luke 17:20). It makes no difference whether or not the Pharisee’s question was sincere. Whether they sought to lay a trap for Jesus or sincerely wanted to know when the Kingdom of God would come, the point is their question cannot be answered according to its intent. It would be similar to asking a conservative politician if he is still a flaming liberal. How could he reply to the question’s intent? In order to reply at all, the main term must be redefined, so the question appears is illogical. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Is the Kingdom of God?

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It seems odd to me that Biblical scholars are still uncertain over what Jesus meant by the Kingdom of God, and have so many theories to explain what it might be. Why would this be so nearly 2000 years after Jesus’ ministry, in which he proclaimed the Kingdom of God to the Jews of his day? Has the Church lost its meaning over the years? One thing seems certain, when John the Baptist and Jesus came preaching that the Kingdom of Heaven or Kingdom of God was near (Matthew 3:1-2; 4:17), the Gospel writers didn’t feel the necessity to explain what the term meant. The Jewish people seemed to at least understand what both Jesus and John meant when they spoke of the nearness of the Kingdom of God. No one believed it would be established 2000 years into the future. On the contrary they looked for it to come in their expected lifetimes (Matthew 2:1-2; Mark 15:43; cf. Luke 2:25, 36-38; 24:21; Acts 1:6). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Gap Theory

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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 »

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Premillennialism–Kingdom Postponed

Historic-PreMillennialismMany Premillennial scholars tell us that, because the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah, God postponed the Kingdom, and for nearly 2000 years we still await its establishment at Christ’s Second Coming. When Jesus does finally return, so they say, he will set up his literal Kingdom at literal Jerusalem and physically reign from there for 1000 years. Notice what theologian and author Dr. John Phillips says: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Fighting Jesus for the Kingdom

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In Luke 14:15 we are told that a man spoke out claiming they who dine in God’s Kingdom are truly blessed. This man was probably a rabbi, or at least another Pharisee, and  what probably prompted him to speak of eating bread in the Kingdom of God was that Jesus implied wrongdoing on their parts as guests in the home of the chief Pharisee. Moreover, Jesus implied that even their host acted inappropriately and wouldn’t be blessed in the Kingdom. It was in this context that the man spoke out (Luke 14:7). No doubt, he considered his place in the Kingdom of God was a given, simply because he was a Jew (cf. Luke 3:8; Ezekiel 33:24). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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