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What Must I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?

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It can probably be assumed from the Genesis account of Adam and Eve that mankind was intended to live forever. Only by eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil would death enter our race. It seems that the original ideal was all but forgotten in the traditions of men, only the Jews preserve a tradition of the promise of a resurrection, but even they are not clear (at least up to the first century AD) as far as life after the resurrection was concerned. It wasn’t until New Testament times and the advent of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, preached by Jesus, that men began to wonder about living forever once more. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Setting the Time for Luke 7

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After concluding his sermon on the plain Luke tells us that Jesus went into Capernaum (Luke 7:1). Nevertheless, does Luke mean to say that the events he records next immediately follow those in chapter 6, or is he bringing together two events in their chronological sequence but separated by a longer period of time than Luke 7:1 implies? I believe the latter to be so, and I hope to show in this study that there is reason to believe this proposition. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Samaritan Pentecost

When Philip preached in Samaria the people listened, believed the Gospel and were baptized (Acts 8:5-7, 12). However, Luke tells us that, when Peter and John learned of the Samaritan’s repentance and came to the Samaritan village where Philip was preaching (Acts 8:14), they found the new believers had not received the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:16)! Why would this be so? Was anything lacking in Philip’s preaching? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in Kingdom of God

 

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Samaria Believes!

At long last the word of God is going out to the nations as promised by Jesus in Acts 1:8, but probably not as originally expected by the Apostles. Instead, the Gospel explodes outwardly in the form of evangelism brought on by persecution. It wasn’t planned—at least not by the Church. Nevertheless, the prophecy was fulfilled as the King of the Kingdom of God reached out to embrace the uttermost parts of the earth, beginning with Samaria and bringing all under his authority. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Kingdom of God

 

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The Samaritan ~ The Great Pretender

Even if a persecution did not follow the death of Stephen, the Gospel would have had to break out of the haven at Jerusalem where it was nurtured by the Spirit of God since Pentecost. The Jewish religious authorities, in killing Stephen, had officially rejected Jesus as the Messiah and the Kingdom of God whereby the believer is the bearer of the Shekinah Presence of God and considered thereby to be the Third Temple of God built by the Messiah. Having rejected this, they set up the abomination that eventually made Jerusalem and its Temple a desolation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2012 in Kingdom of God

 

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The Reluctant Evangelists

Our ancient ancestors were not that much different from us? For about three and one-half years the disciples had been witnesses at Jerusalem, the capital of Judaism. Miracles were done in the name of Jesus and the Gospel was preached and believed in power. Thousands were baptized into the Kingdom of God and most of these travelled home to various parts of the Empire taking the Gospel with them. Nevertheless, the power behind the Gospel seemed to build up pressure at the capital like waters behind a damn of clay. Something had to occur sooner or later, and finally it did. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2012 in Kingdom of God

 

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