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Who Is on Jesus’ Side?

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According to Jesus’ own words (Luke 12:49), he came in order to send fire upon the earth, but what does he mean? During the days of John the Baptist, John claimed that the Messiah was about to arrive on the scene, and he would baptize folks, not with water, but with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:16). God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24), which, if used in the context of Jesus’ baptizing with the Holy Spirit and fire, must have something to do with judgment (cf. Mark 9:43-48) and refining or purifying (cf. Malachi 3:2-3). The sense seems to be that some believers are unable to endure persecution that inevitably comes with obeying Jesus (cf. Luke 12:4-5, 8-12). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 14, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Marriage Supper

Marriage Supper - 1In Luke 12:35-40 Jesus spoke of his coming, and this coming was in the context of a wedding or the marriage supper. I think we might be able to understand what Jesus was saying to his disciples better, if we knew more about what a wedding looked like in the first century AD. First of all, unlike most marriages today, the wedding was usually arranged by the heads of two families, and falling in love had little, if anything, to do with such an arranged marriage. Love would come later. In fact, in most cases the couple hadn’t met prior to the arrangement ceremony. Indeed, if the case of Isaac wasn’t a singularity (Genesis 24:64-65), they may not have met until after all the arrangements had been made. Moreover, our modern wedding ceremonies, including Jewish ones, are very unlike that of the ancients, so to truly understand the metaphors hidden in them we must acquaint ourselves with how those things were done in the Bible. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Our Needs and God’s Power

Feeding Elijah

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A cursory read of Luke 12:22 might cause one to think Jesus was advocating irresponsibility toward what we possess, but this isn’t so. What Jesus is telling his disciples is: they must not permit the cares of necessities of life dictate how they would speak and act. The necessities of life can be taken away by our enemies, but that understanding must not silence us. We must not allow our fear to suppress the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Disciple’s Faith Will Be Tested

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One of the most thought provoking Scriptures I’ve read is Luke 22:31-32. There Jesus tells Peter that Satan desired to sift Peter as wheat. What is surprising is Jesus doesn’t say: “I will save you from him,” or “I won’t let that happen to you!” Rather, Jesus told Peter it would happen, just as Satan had requested, but Jesus prayed for Peter, in order that his faith wouldn’t fail. In other words, we have no promises of an easy life as a believer. In Luke 12 Jesus told his disciples that the day would come when they would be delivered up to the authorities and beaten in the synagogues etc. (Luke 12:11), which began to be borne out very soon after Jesus’ ascension into heaven (cf. Acts 5:40-41). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Our Confession under Persecution

Persecution - 1Jesus told his disciples that those who confess him before men, he will confess before the angels / messengers of God (Luke 12:8), and he said so in the context of persecution. Jesus was at that very time undergoing persecution by the Pharisees and lawyers (cf. Luke 11:53-54), and the disciples, evidently, seemed to be afraid of what was taking place (Luke 12:7). Authorities can be very intimidating figures, when they want to be, whether or not such intimidation is justified. Jesus faced the unjustified threats and tactics of his enemies, but, although his disciples gathered with him, they seem to have been both surprised with what they were witnessing and somewhat fearful. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah

Judgment of Sodom

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To show the nature of God’s judgment upon the false teachers of the second chapter of his second epistle, Peter pointed to three examples of God’s judgment upon mankind. His first example of God’s judgment, which fell upon the angels or messengers (patriarchs) of God, pointed to Satan (through the leaders into whose hands he vested his authority – see Revelation 13:2). Peter’s second example of God’s judgment was the Noahic Flood, which points to the world. In his final example of God’s judgment Peter mentioned Sodom and Gomorrah which cities God destroyed because of their extreme wickedness, and this judgment corresponds to the flesh (cf. Jude 1:7). It is this third judgment that will be the subject of this blogpost. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Did Jesus Already Come in Power?

Destruction of Jerusalem

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According to Acts 14:22 the Kingdom of God is entered sometime **after** one becomes a believer. In other words, the people Paul spoke with were believers, having the Holy Spirit, yet they were not, as yet, in the Kingdom of God, because it is entered only through much tribulation. Therefore, observing the rapid spread of Christianity cannot be viewed as discerning (G1492) the Kingdom of God, nor can any of the other theories (see HERE) with the exception of #4, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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