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The Keys of Hell and Death


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Jesus told John that he had the “keys to hell and death.” A key, of course, is able to open or lock something. It is often used in Scripture as a symbol of authority or power. For example, the scribes and Pharisees had the authority or power to allow the Jewish populace to enter into the Kingdom of God by permitting them to believe in Jesus (Luke 11:52; cf. Matthew 23:13), but they hindered the people. Not only did they reject Jesus, but they slandered him before the people (Matthew 12:23-24; Mark 3:20-22), in order to cause them to be afraid of placing their trust in him. Moreover, these same authorities threatened the people, saying anyone who trusted in Jesus would be cast out of the synagogues (John 12:42-43; cf. 9:22, 28-34). So the “key of knowledge,” which Jesus attributed to the scribes and Pharisees, does not mean they possessed such knowledge. However, it does mean they had the authority to open the door to knowledge or at least not lock it so others could possess it, even though they, themselves, rejected it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 19, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Working Out One’s Salvation


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In 2Peter 1:8-9 Peter points to the work of God on the one hand and the work of the believer on the other (cf. 1Peter 2:4-8). If the Gospel (the accurate knowledge, G1922 – epigenosis) of our Lord, Jesus, is believed and active in us, these things will abound and we won’t be idle in God’s hands or unfruitful in what we do for him (cf. Philippians 2:12). The word idle (G692) is used by Jesus in the Parable of the Householder (Matthew 20). In verses 3 and 6 the householder found laborers who stood idle (G692) in the marketplace, so he hired them and sent them into his vineyard. Peter’s point is that, if the believer applies himself to working out the things mentioned in 2Peter 1:5-7, he won’t be idle, because he will be laboring to produce the fruit of the Gospel, and he won’t be barren in producing fruit out of the accurate knowledge, (G1922 – epigenosis) of Christ, our Savior. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 6, 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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Christ’s Divine Power


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Peter claims the believer has been given all things pertaining to life and godliness through “divine power” (2Peter 1:3), but is Peter referring to the Father’s power or that of Jesus? In 1Peter 1:1 Peter writes “…our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” Then in verse-2 he again refers to Jesus with “…the knowledge of God, even Jesus our Lord.” The natural implication of the word divine in 1Peter 1:3 points to Jesus, i.e. Jesus’ divine power. It seems out of place, if Peter intends for us to understand the Father, because up to this point he is writing only of Jesus—our God and Savior and our knowledge of him. Why insert divine in reference to God (the Father)? It wasn’t worshipers of God who were being attacked, but worshipers of Jesus. Knowing Jesus as God was an astonishing revelation in the first century, and the mention of divine in verse-3 compliments Peter’s mention of our God and Savior in the first two verses of his epistle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 24, 2017 in Epistles of Peter, Gospel of Luke


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An Overview of Second Peter

2peter-overviewIn his second epistle Peter identifies himself as Simeon Peter,[1] using the Hebrew pronunciation of his name. He must have written this epistle before the Nero persecution of 64 AD, when tradition claims both he and Paul were executed as martyrs for Christ. In such a case, the timeline for Peter’s second epistle would be during Paul’s imprisonment or from cir. 56 AD to 64 AD. Most likely, however, Peter wrote it sometime after James’ death, which occurred cir. 62 AD. All things considered, it probably dates between 62 and 64 AD. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Epistles of Peter, Gospel of Luke


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God and Dualism

Good and Evil

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Before we discuss Jesus’ temptations (Luke 4:1-2), it might be a good idea to consider the problem of evil in our world and how this affects God. One of the problems of traditional Christian thought about God and evil spirit beings, including Satan, is that the doctrine makes out like God and an evil-spirit-world are in conflict, a conflict in which God seems to be losing. In fact, Jesus, himself, was asked if there would be only a few people saved (Luke 13:23). This idea is a product of dualism, which is a philosophy or, in our case, a theology that claims God (the good) is in conflict with Satan (the evil), and these entities are equal or nearly equal in power. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on August 14, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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