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Ruling with Christ Through the Gospel

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In this study of the seven churches of Revelation 2 & 3, I have been demonstrating that the church of Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) had been doing well in the business of preaching the Gospel. However, Jesus did find fault with them in the fact that they had been permitting Jewish teachers (Jezebel in the text) to seduce Jesus’ disciples into believing the doctrines of the Jerusalem authorities, whose doctrines, if practiced, made the word of God of no effect upon his people. In so doing, the leaders in Thyatira were permitting those under their care to be removed from the authority and protection of Christ and placing them under the authority of Christ’s enemies at Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 21, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Keys of Hell and Death


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Jesus told John that he had the “keys to hell and death.” A key, of course, is able to open or lock something. It is often used in Scripture as a symbol of authority or power. For example, the scribes and Pharisees had the authority or power to allow the Jewish populace to enter into the Kingdom of God by permitting them to believe in Jesus (Luke 11:52; cf. Matthew 23:13), but they hindered the people. Not only did they reject Jesus, but they slandered him before the people (Matthew 12:23-24; Mark 3:20-22), in order to cause them to be afraid of placing their trust in him. Moreover, these same authorities threatened the people, saying anyone who trusted in Jesus would be cast out of the synagogues (John 12:42-43; cf. 9:22, 28-34). So the “key of knowledge,” which Jesus attributed to the scribes and Pharisees, does not mean they possessed such knowledge. However, it does mean they had the authority to open the door to knowledge or at least not lock it so others could possess it, even though they, themselves, rejected it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 19, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Controversy Over Authority

Jewish AuthoritiesAuthority is a very sensitive matter. Who has authority? The state claims authority over much of our lives. Some consider that they intrude upon matters they should not, that some personal things shouldn’t interest the state. In America it is claimed that the ordinary citizen has certain inalienable rights, or put another way, we have inalienable authority over certain matters. A case in point would be we have personal authority over our faith. The state has no right or authority to intrude upon that personal authority, unless we abuse it by intruding ourselves upon the personal rights or authority of another person. Authority has always been a sticky matter, and Luke tells us of the suspicion of the Jewish authorities over the claims Jesus was making against them in matters dealing with authority. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 12, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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The Surprising Power of False Doctrine

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Jesus had been seeking to prepare his disciples for the shock of his death that would occur in the near future. The problem was that the death of the Messiah had no place in the disciples’ understanding, nor in the understanding of anyone who looked for his coming in the first century AD (cf. John 12:32-34). Each time the Apostles showed any sign that they were listening to the voice of God within them (cf. Matthew 16:17), Jesus revealed that he would be taken from them, tortured, killed and rise the third day. Such was the case in Matthew 20:17-19 (cf. Luke 18:28-30 and 31-33). Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on February 11, 2018 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 »


Posted by on August 24, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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Unnoticed Significance

SignificanceAuthorities have traditionally considered the common man to be unimportant, as far as being able to implement their desires are concerned (cf. John 7:48-49). Those who have no power of their own are treated as such by those who have the power. Although they might not put it this way, just as the bully usually gets his way, so do governments who don’t have to answer to anyone but themselves. At times governments may have to guard how they do a thing (cf. Acts 5:26), but in the end they are usually able to manipulate the people to desire whatever the authorities want to do (cf. Mark 15:10-14; Matthew 27:20). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 17, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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The Parables of Light and the Eye

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It would be ludicrous to light a lamp or a candle in order to hide it away in a secret place or place it under a covering that doesn’t offer those in the room the benefit of its light. If we are to understand what Jesus says in Luke at this point, we must look elsewhere to define the words used in the parables of Luke 11:33-36). Jesus claimed he was the Light of the world (John 9:5). He had come into the world (John 1:9) and shone out of darkness (John 1:5). Clearly, darkness is powerless to extinguish light, and Jesus is the Light through whom men, who live in darkness, believe (or see – John 1:7). Jesus’ proper role in the metaphor of the Parable of the Lamp or Candle (Luke 11:33) was to illuminate the house (Israel). Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on July 16, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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