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Setting the Watch

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In Luke 12:37 Jesus’ disciples were told to watch (G1127), and in his first epistle Peter uses this same Greek word, calling upon believers to be vigilant (1Peter 5:8), because their adversary was roaming about, seeking whom he might swallow up (destroy). Jesus used the word in the context of being prepared and letting one’s light shine (Luke 12:35), and he mentioned the second and third watches of the night to point to the times when the guard was most apt to fall asleep. In the context of the first century this was from about 9 PM to midnight (2nd watch) and midnight to 3 AM ( 3rd watch). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Eminence of the Coming of the Lord

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We often hear today about the eminence of the coming of Christ, and there are not a few people, even well known people, who seem willing to predict when that would occur, showing themselves, one and all, that they are false prophets (Deuteronomy 18:20-21). When I point this out to folks I know, most often these people seem willing to smooth over the false prophecy, by saying something to the effect that the “false prophet” wasn’t really saying that, but the fact is, he did say that, and according to the Bible that one **is** a false prophet. He or she may be famous and appear very religious, but so were Baalim and Jezebel famous and very religious. In fact, the Scriptures even tells us that God spoke to Baalim, but Baalim didn’t have a heart for the will of God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Prayers of Jesus – Part Two

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Previously, I wrote of Luke recording Jesus at prayer eleven times in his Gospel narrative.[1] In that post I offered my thoughts on the first six of those prayers. Here I intend to offer a brief survey concerning what I believe the final five mean for us. It has been an unexpected blessing for me to study these eleven Scriptures in their contexts. I hope and pray that I keep in mind what I have learned, because experience tells me that it is all too easy to settle back in one’s old, familiar ways. May God keep me from doing that. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Apocalyptic Language

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Probably some of the greatest errors in Biblical understanding occur because folks take literally what should be understood spiritually. Jesus told those to whom he preached that they erred because they didn’t take into consideration that the words he spoke were spiritual (John 6:61-63), and they kept trying to make sense of them literally (John 6:60). We can avoid this type of misunderstanding, if we use the word of God to interpret itself for us, by comparing one part of Scripture with another part (1Corinthians 2:13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Speaking of Evil of Angels

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Some interpret 2Peter 2:11 as though Peter were speaking of angelic beings. However, if one understood Peter referring to angelic beings, of what good would that serve? If an angel was slandered, what has that to do with the Gospel? It seems to me such an understanding is high sounding, but it has little value, as it pertains to how one should walk with Christ in this world. As I’ve said elsewhere, the Greek word anggelos (G32) can refer to either an angelic being or a human messenger. It can even refer to a physical annoyance (2Corinthians 12:7) that serves to recall something in the past or remind us of something that would come later. To simply say 2Peter 2:11 refers to angelic beings, I believe goes beyond the context of Peter’s epistle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah

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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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The Transfiguration and the Apostles

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Often we speak of the Transfiguration as though it was simply an event in the lives of the three Apostles who were with Jesus, and we conclude they simply misunderstood, and in saying so we move on to the next event in the Gospel narratives. We may conclude that Jesus was in a glorified state, something like we expect him to be at his Second Coming (although Jesus’ parousia or coming isn’t mentioned), but then we move on in the narrative. But, wait! What actually happened there on top of Mt. Olives? What did the three Apostles experience, and what might they have been thinking versus its true meaning? What real value can we take away from all this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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