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Thy Will Be Done

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In what we term the Our Father Jesus used to teach his Apostles (and us) how to pray. In the final clause of Luke 11:2 Jesus tells us to pray, “thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.” I believe one of the keys to understanding Jesus’ teaching at this point is to remember the disciple came to Jesus, confessing his ignorance and asking Jesus to teach him and the other disciples how to pray (Luke 11:1). After all, if he knew how to pray, or how to hollow God’s name, or how bring the Kingdom of God to fruition etc., why would he come asking Jesus to teach him and the others how to do these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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How Did Saul Become Paul?

For the first time Luke refers to Saul by the name Paul in Acts 13:9, and most commentaries believe that Christianity’s great evangelist was given the name Paul at birth and answered to his Roman citizenship, but Saul was given as his Hebrew name. However, this is not necessarily so. Paul’s birth names may not have even come down to us. It is unlikely that a Jew born in Tarsus was given a Hebrew name. In fact, according to Richard Fellows (HERE), archeologists have not uncovered one Hebrew name in Tarsus! Most likely Paul was given the name Saul when he began his studies in Jerusalem as a young lad. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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The Gospel Goes Out From Antioch

Formerly the Gospel was always seen in Acts as going out from Jerusalem, but from chapter 13 and onward, Luke has it going out from Antioch, and he is silent about Jerusalem’s activities. Antioch was the third largest city in the Empire, behind Rome and Alexandria. As in every major city of the Empire, Antioch was the home of a large Jewish colony, which attracted many gentile God-fearers and proselytes. It was here in Antioch that the first predominantly Christian church arose, and it was here where we were first called Christian. Luke tells us now of how Antioch began to send out emissaries with the Good News outward to Cyprus, Asia Minor and eventually to Europe. The new age of God’s rule extending to the uttermost parts of the earth began to take shape at this time and from this city. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2012 in Gospel, Paul First Missionary Journey

 

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The Wrath of Saul

From the beginning the Jewish people held the Jesus Movement in high esteem. Although many didn’t fully embrace the Gospel, the Apostles and early believers were not only regarded as harmless to the Jewish faith, but what they preached was part of that faith, just as the sects of the Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes were so held. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2012 in Kingdom of God

 

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Saul’s Conversion & the Body of Christ

Saul was a zealous persecutor of Messianic believers, but I don’t think he persecuted the Church for more than six or seven months, or from the mid 7th month of 34 CE to cir. 1st month of 35 CE. Therefore, the reigning high priest would have been Caiaphas and from him Saul would have sought papers of extradition (Acts 9:1-2) in order to arrest Messianic believers at Damascus and bring them before the Sanhedrin at Jerusalem for judgment. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2012 in Acts of the Apostles

 

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