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Who Were the Nicolaitans?

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In Revelation 2:15 Jesus claimed there were also among the believers at Pergamos those who held to the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, but who are the Nicolaitans and what was their doctrine? Some scholars believe they were similar to those who held to the doctrine of Balaam, having an antinomian[1] theology. While it would be easy to conclude the doctrine of Balaam was ‘antinomian’ in nature,[2] I don’t believe it is logical to hold that the theology of the Nicolaitans was ‘antinomian’ as well, because, if that were true, why would Jesus speak of them as though they were different. There was the one group, and there was the other. Why would it be necessary to speak of the two, if they were so much alike? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Identifying the Rich Young Ruler

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Luke refers to a man who came to Jesus, asking how he might inherit eternal life (Luke 18:18). Only Luke mentions that he was a ruler (G758), while Matthew says he was a young man (Matthew 21:20, 22). All three Synoptics tell us he was very rich (Matthew 19:22; Mark 10:22; Luke 18:23), but Mark adds that Jesus loved him (Mark 10:21). So, he is a rich, young ruler, whom Jesus loved. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Builders and the Stone

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When the Apostles were arrested in Acts 4 they were force to confront the very people that had Jesus put to death. While some of these people could be swayed according to the theology they held, many of the members of the Sanhedrin were harsh, having their own interest in view. Their judgment was tempered only by the prevailing will of the people, which, if they could influence as was done in the case of Jesus’ crucifixion, strengthened their resolve to have their own desires implemented. Six months to a year ago these same men had Jesus put to death, and now they found themselves wrestling with his movement in the persons of the Apostles. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Acts of the Apostles

 

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The Gift of Life from the Murdered One!

Before I leave the discussion of Jesus with Nicodemus, I wish to consider again John 3:14. Here Jesus made reference to Numbers 21:4-9. What an odd reference to compare with Jesus! The serpent is often a figure of the Enemy—Satan. It has been since Genesis 3 where man fell into rebellion against God. There God promised that the Seed of the woman would be at war with the seed of the ‘serpent.’ In this battle the ‘serpent’ would receive the death blow (to the head) but the Seed of the woman would be wounded (per the heal). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Gospel, Jesus, Religion

 

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Jesus Must Be Lifted Up

I need to revisit Nicodemus’ conversation with Christ once more. Nicodemus couldn’t understand what Jesus was saying mainly because he and all the other teachers of Israel had only investigated a portion of what God had said concerning the coming Messiah through his servants, the Prophets. When Jesus spoke of his death in John 2:19 the rulers of the Jews didn’t understand (John 2:20) and therefore couldn’t believe. When Jesus spoke of man’s need to be reborn spiritually (John 3:3), even Nicodemus, who had come to seek answers, couldn’t understand and therefore couldn’t believe, because the teachers had not considered their need (Ezekiel 11:19: Jeremiah 4:4; 17:9; 31:30-34). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2011 in Gospel, Religion, salvation

 

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The Importance of the Whole Truth

Nicodemus talked with Jesus from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry at Jerusalem. Nicodemus believed Jesus was sent by God, but he had great difficulty understanding what Jesus was saying. Why is that? We are presented with a paradox right here in chapter three of John’s Gospel. John presents Nicodemus coming to Jesus by night. He was an important man in Jerusalem, and he came to Jesus saying they, that is, he and the other important people or rulers of the Jews at Jerusalem, realized that God had sent Jesus to them (John 3:2). In other words, Nicodemus believed at the very least that Jesus is a prophet from God. Just admitting this was a controversy, because some Jewish writings of that day speak of the Jews no longer hearing from God through a prophet—the prophets of God have stopped coming back around the time of Ezra. Yet, here is Jesus, whom Nicodemus claimed he believed was sent by God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Born Again, Gospel, Religion

 

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You Must Be Born Again!

When Nicodemus came to speak with Jesus about the Kingdom of God, he was astonished to understand that as a Jew and son of Abraham, he had no right to the Kingdom of God. Even as a disciplined Pharisee, devoted to the Law, he had no right to the Kingdom of God. He couldn’t inherit this right; he couldn’t earn this right and the right could not be bestowed upon him by any man, no matter how lofty his position! This thought utterly astonished Nicodemus, and it ought to give us pause as well. How can I come into God’s Kingdom, if I cannot enter through my Christian parents, if I cannot enter through righteous discipline, or it cannot be bestowed upon me by a religious or legal authority or ceremonial act? How can I become a child of God? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2011 in Gospel, Religion, salvation

 

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How Not to Become a Christian

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Reading John 3 causes me to pause and revisit John 1:12-13 to consider its meaning once more. Nicodemus (John 3:1) was a very religious man who followed the Law of Moses meticulously. In fact, as a Pharisee, he also followed another law—the Oral Law. Traditionally, it is supposed to have been handed down from Moses, but its source is probably among the traditions brought back from Babylon following the captivity. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Gospel, Religion, salvation

 

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