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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

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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

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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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A Proper Perspective for Relationships

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Sometime after leaving the home of the chief Pharisee, Luke tells us that a multitude followed Jesus (Luke 14:25). Jesus stopped and turned to them and said that anyone who doesn’t hate his father, mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters cannot be his disciple. In other words, Jesus claimed that a disciple’s relationship with Jesus must come before any other close relationship, even one’s family (Luke 14:26). Does Jesus really intend that we actually despise our families so that we can follow him? No, this is not his intended meaning, because, if that were true, it would contradict other places of scripture, where we are told to love our parents, our wives, our children and our brothers and sisters. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Maturing in One’s Relationship with God

TrustIt’s not good for me[1] to be constantly seeking after a confirmation of the word God deposits in my spirit. If I have the mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:16) and the earnest of his Spirit (2Corinthians 1:22; 5:5), then I have been given the power to understand and discern many things that God tells me within my spirit. One of the things that hinders my growth in Christ is from time to time I wonder, if it is really God who is giving me these thoughts. I resolve within myself to just trust that it is he. Sometimes I think I just can’t believe God actually speaks to me, but this is supposed to be a common thing with all of his children. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Man’s Inability to Love Without God

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As Jesus traveled toward Jerusalem (Luke 9:51), he spent time in different towns and villages along the way to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to people living there who might receive him (cf. Luke 9:51-53). At one of those villages a lawyer tested him, trying his understanding of the Scriptures. However, Jesus answer seems to have made the lawyer look foolish. Therefore, the embarrassed rabbi reacted to the Lord’s pointing to the obvious, namely the phylacteries which the lawyer strapped to himself to help him remember his duty to obey the Law. In order to save face, the lawyer tried to get Jesus to answer a question that seems to have been a controversy among the rabbis: “exactly who is my neighbor” (Luke 10:29)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Must I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?

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It can probably be assumed from the Genesis account of Adam and Eve that mankind was intended to live forever. Only by eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil would death enter our race. It seems that the original ideal was all but forgotten in the traditions of men, only the Jews preserve a tradition of the promise of a resurrection, but even they are not clear (at least up to the first century AD) as far as life after the resurrection was concerned. It wasn’t until New Testament times and the advent of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, preached by Jesus, that men began to wonder about living forever once more. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who Is the Greatest?

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If one is able to see that Jesus had divided the Twelve into three groups of four each in an effort to teach them the value of ministering to one another, consider what is recorded in Luke 9:46-50. On the way back to Galilee from Jerusalem, the Twelve disputed among themselves concerning who was the greatest. Instead of which individual was the greatest, this may have had to do with which of the subgroups’ ministries was most important. Since there is nothing in the Gospel narratives that show any of the disciples acting alone on any project, it’s probably not prudent to take Luke 9:46 to mean which individual was the greatest among them. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Cultivating Christ, Our Outer Life

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In my previous study I wrote of the first four characteristics of a disciple of Christ that need to be added to his walk with Christ. Those four were part of the seven Peter mentions in 2Peter 1:5-7. In this study I wish to point to the final three of that seven, or godliness, brotherly kindness and love. These arise out of the first four and manifest our outer life in Christ. That is, the final three visibly characterize the believer who supplies them to his life in Christ. It is as the world sees him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Loving Much and Loving Little

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I am surprised over the many commentaries I read that wrote about this section of Scripture, saying that Simon needed forgiveness. Yet, when the Lord spoke privately to Simon and presented to him the parable of the two debtors, he revealed in the context of the parable that both were forgiven their debts forthrightly. It therefore follows that that both Simon and the woman were forgiven. Otherwise, the parable has little meaning for Simon. Therefore, it was not forgiveness that Simon needed but a greater capacity to love Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Two Debtors

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During the dinner to which Simon, the Pharisee, invited Jesus, a woman, who had heard Jesus was in the Pharisee’s house, came in also with the intention of anointing Jesus with the ointment out of the alabaster box she carried with her (Luke 7:37-38). Luke tells us she was a sinner. Obviously she was very emotional in the account written by Luke. She seems to have been sad over something, but also grateful to Jesus, because she held him in awe for some reason, but Luke is silent about these details. Nevertheless, the woman took her place at Jesus’ feet and wept there. Her tears fell on Jesus’ feet, and she wiped them with her hair; and she kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment out of the alabaster box she had with her. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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