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The Persecution at Ephesus

Persecution at Ephesus

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According to Peter’s epistles, believers in the Roman provinces of Asia Minor—that is, the provinces of Asia (of which Ephesus was a major city) Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, and Bithynta—were undergoing a season of persecution (1Peter 1:1, 6-7; cf. 5:10). Peter called upon believers to suffer the wrongdoing patiently (1Peter 2:20), which implies working against the natural tendency to retaliate in some manner. Bullying and violence promote a like response. To be reproached for the name of Christ is an honor, not something to be ashamed of (1Peter 4:14, 16), because the Spirit of God rests upon such a one who suffers for the sake of Christ’s name. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 5, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Work of the Nobleman’s Servants

Parable of the Pounds

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With the previous studies in mind, the nobleman of Luke 19:12 (Jesus) entrusted each of his servants (disciples) with a mina (G3414). A mina was a Greek coin equal to 100 drachmas, or 300 shekels under the Old Testament coinage. Its value was about three months wages. Besides collecting taxes and custom duties, a tax-collector often served as a bank, whereby he lent out money in short-term loans at a fixed rate of interest. Additionally, the publican acted as a money-changer who could exchange foreign coin for local coinage, so business could be conducted in Judea, and the reverse would be true for folks traveling away from Judea to Mesopotamia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Receiving the Chief Publican

Zacchaeus - 3

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Although Jesus was comfortable in any crowd and at any function, both he and Zacchaeus probably didn’t normally mingle with the same social crowd. Although Jesus did dine with several rich and important people, normally, we would expect to find him with the poorer classes. On the other hand, Zacchaeus would have always dined with rich Jews like himself or with gentiles who were also of the upper class. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 22, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved

Disciple Jesus Loved - 1The Gospel narratives name only three people of whom they make a point in saying Jesus loved them. Of course, studies can be made that would conclude Jesus loves everyone, but, if we want to be specific, the Gospel narratives, and really only the Gospel of John names only three people whom Jesus loved – Mary, Martha and Lazarus (John 11:1-5, 36). Why would this be so? Certainly, Jesus spent more time with the Twelve, and clearly he loved them (John 13:1). Nevertheless, the Gospel of John specifically names only three whom he says Jesus loved. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 28, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Ignorant of the Love of God

ignorantIt probably seems obvious to believers today that the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son points to our heavenly Father. The freedom of choice the father had offered his son (Luke 15:12), the longing he had for his son’s return (Luke 15:20) and the great joy, which he expressed when his son’s return was realized (Luke 15:22-23), all point to how our heavenly Father treats us. Nevertheless, aside from the sinner who wandered away or who accidentally became lost or even the one who made deliberate choices to separate himself from God, what about the ignorant sinner who really believes he has served God all his life? What can be said of him and his return to God? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 26, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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Being Brought to Repentance


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In the Parable of the Prodigal Son Jesus tells of the condition that befell the young man after he had left his father. He spent his inheritance on strangers, and afterward found he hadn’t a friend among them. With his wealth gone, he came to realize he was a stranger in a strange land, and, at least for him, there was a famine in that land (Luke 15:14). That is he was alone and destitute with no means of saving himself. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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The Lost Son and the Sinner

Prodigal Son - 2

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After speaking of losing first a sheep and then a coin, Jesus turns our attention to a son (Luke 15:11). He turns our eyes from our possessions to our own families. In Jesus’ parable a man had two sons. The younger son asked his father to divide the inheritance at once and give him what would be his. This was not only disrespectful, for it implies that the son believed he would be treated better by strangers than his father, but it also expresses the son’s desire that his father were already dead. Perhaps father and son had a falling out, and the son in anger decided a life with strangers would be better than living under his father’s discipline. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 19, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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