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The Gospel in Jesus’ Prayers

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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 »

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Our Participation in Divine Nature

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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 »

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Reaching Out for the Hope Set Before Us

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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 »

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Revelation of the Mystery

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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 »

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Believers Are Kept by the Power of God!

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If, as Peter claims in 1Peter 1:4, our inheritance is kept safe by God in heaven, what can be said of the lives we live in the present? Our future is secure, but what practical good does that have for us in the present? Peter clams that we, who will inherit immortality, are also presently protected by the power of God (1Peter 1:5). In other words, we are not left alone to face the world by ourselves. Our protection is made effectual through faith. Our faith in God—trusting him—permits him to act on our behalf. Our free will is important to God, so he will not act for us, unless we put our trust in the fact that he cares and will use his almighty power to help us. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Our Salvation Is in Christ!

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In 1Peter 1:3 Peter begins his letter with an accolade of the Father for the great salvation he has provided for us. The word blessed (G2128 – eulogetos) is an adjective which the writers of the New Testament use only to describe God. It is not so exclusively treated in the Septuagint,  but even there the word is meant to show great respect for or to celebrate the one to whom it is addressed.  The participle (G2127 –eulogeo) is used to refer to Christians, but the adjective (G2128) is used only to praise and celebrate God. It is also significant that Peter says “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ…” in his doxology, in contrast with “Blessed be the God of Israel”, which was often used in the Old Testament or before Christ (cf. Luke 1:68). No doubt Peter meant to express the fact that Israel, as a nation, had rejected their Messiah, and only those who had received Jesus as their Savior and Lord were then and are now the recipients of God’s grace and peace in abundance (1Peter 1:2; cf. Isaiah 55:1-7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Living Without License

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In Galatians 5:13 Paul addresses the Galatians as brethren, showing he doesn’t consider that they have lost their salvation, as some assume through a misapplication of Galatians 4:19. If asked if I thought the freedom we are offered in Christ was absolute or liberty in measure, I would have to say that such freedom must be absolute. Otherwise, we are not free at all. We would continue to be subject to the authority of something (or someone) else. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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