The rich young ruler asked how he might inherit eternal life (Luke 18:18). The idea behind his question was what he could do in order for him to obtain it as a possession. He viewed it as he did the rest of his great possessions. Jesus told him, if this was truly what he desired, then all he needed to do was keep the commandments of God (Luke 18:20; cf. Leviticus 18:5). Read the rest of this entry »
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In Luke 18:9 Jesus began speaking another parable, but this time it seems he was talking to the Pharisees, because the reason for the parable is that “some trusted in themselves and despised others.” The main characters in this parable are a Pharisee and a publican (Luke 18:10). No doubt Jesus chose these two groups, because, not only were they natural enemies, but the one group did trust they were righteous, while the second knew they were not. The one group was readily received into Jewish society, but the other was looked upon with suspicion and hate.
In Luke 13:23 Jesus was questioned by a rabbi concerning who and how many would populate the Kingdom of God. Jesus replied to the question with the parable of the straight gate (Luke 13:24-30). It is not that Jesus tries to avoid answering the question put to him, but, rather the rabbi’s question simply isn’t a valid one. The rabbi assumes the question of entering the Kingdom of God can be addressed as an either /or proposition. It is similar to the question: “Do you still beat your wife?” How does one answer that question, if one never beat or abused his wife? If he says “No!” his answer implies that he at one time beat his wife. If he says “Yes!” he agrees outright that he beat his wife. A person who has never beat or abused his wife cannot answer the question according to its content, because the question isn’t valid. It begins with a presumption that isn’t true. Read the rest of this entry »
Luke records Jesus at prayer eleven times in his Gospel., and if taken together, we would find the Gospel preached to us. Luke’s choice of Jesus’ prayers (and there are other prayers in the other Gospel narratives) lets us see a progression of belief, even a progression to belief, in the Gospel of Jesus. I was quite surprised with what I found here, not that anything is new, but to find these things collected into one place (labeled prayer) was, indeed, surprising. What Jesus puts in prayer is a picture of God reaching out to mankind in such a manner that causes mankind to reach out to him. In other words, Luke has Jesus praying out salvation (the Gospel). Read the rest of this entry »
In Philippians 2:12 Paul tells his readers to each work out his own salvation with fear and trembling. In Peter’s second epistle Peter points to the believer’s part in his own salvation, showing that he has become a partner in or a partaker of divine nature. While God saves mankind from death (Romans 6:23) and gives us eternal life (2Corinthians 5:1-4), those who claim Jesus as their Savior are expected in this present life to in share the cost of salvation. Paul refers to this as offering oneself as a living sacrifice to God. In doing so, we refuse to be conformed to the image of this world by submitting to God’s hand in forming us after the image of his Son (Romans 8:29; 12:1-2; 2Corinthians 3:18). Peter describes the believer’s part as taking place in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, or as we might put it today: in asking ourselves WWJD? Read the rest of this entry »
We are told in Scripture that God made certain promises to Abraham concerning “blessing” and “multiplying” (Hebrews 6:13-14). There we are told that, once God says he will do something, we can be sure he will do the thing he says. However, in order to emphasize that he would, indeed, bless and multiply Abraham, he confirmed his statement with an oath (Hebrews 6:17). Thus, God expressed his intention toward Abraham in the two ways in which he is unable to lie–first he says the thing, and secondly he confirms the thing with an oath. He did this for our sake, in order that we might have great comfort in what God says he will do for us, so that we are enabled to lay hold upon the hope that he has set before us (Hebrews 6:18). Read the rest of this entry »
As I have said in a previous blogpost, Peter knew Jesus and witnessed what he said and did during his three and a half years of public ministry. Such knowledge, when believed, imparts joy, because the believer is shown how he is able to share in the inheritance of Christ—eternal or unending life. A special blessing is given to those of us who have not seen yet believe and love Jesus (1Peter 1:8; John 20:29) who is preached in the Gospel narratives, the record of the Apostles of Jesus. Our faith in and love for Jesus (1Peter 1:8) is expressed in our willingness to spread the Gospel (1Peter 1:9) to the end that others would be saved (cf. Matthew 28:18-20; Titus 2:14). Read the rest of this entry »