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As in the Days of Noah…

Day and hour

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In Luke 17:20 Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would appear, but Jesus told them they had the wrong idea about God’s Kingdom. When it comes, no one could see it physically. In other words, one couldn’t point to it and say: ‘there it is!’ (Luke 17:21). On the contrary, God’s Kingdom is within man. Man’s kingdom is to rule over all that God created (Genesis 1:26-27), but God’s Kingdom is to rule man from within. The Pharisees had the wrong idea about the Kingdom of God, because they accepted the premise as valid that David’s dynasty was God’s dynasty, when, in point of fact, to ask for a king was to rebel against God (cf. 1Samuel 8:4-7). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 9, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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As in the Days of Noah

Days of Noah

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Peter mentions the days of Noah in 2Peter 2:3-6 and then again in 2Peter 3:5-7. In the latter, however, he doesn’t speak of Noah per se, but, instead, refers to the world that then was, meaning the world of the ungodly, that was judged and overflowed with water, but Peter first points to Noah in his first epistle, saying he and his family were saved out of that judgment (1Peter 3:20; cf. 2Peter 2:5). The days immediately preceding the Genesis Flood are likened by Jesus to the days immediately preceding his Second Coming (Matthew 24:37), but most folks, today, believe this time is yet future, because, as it pertains to the Flood and the coming of Jesus, no one knew the day or the hour (Matthew 24:36). How accurate is this understanding? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Signs, Morality and Logic

Signs

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In Luke 12:54-55 Jesus turned from his disciples and directed his teaching to the people, among whom were his taunters, the Jewish authorities. He drew an analogy from the weather. The people understood that when a cloud rose up out of the Mediterranean Sea to the west, there would be rain. Again, when the wind came across the hot desert to the south, the people were able to predict warm, dry weather (Luke 12:54-55). In other words the people knew how to interpret signs of things to come. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Maturing in One’s Relationship with God

TrustIt’s not good for me[1] to be constantly seeking after a confirmation of the word God deposits in my spirit. If I have the mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:16) and the earnest of his Spirit (2Corinthians 1:22; 5:5), then I have been given the power to understand and discern many things that God tells me within my spirit. One of the things that hinders my growth in Christ is from time to time I wonder, if it is really God who is giving me these thoughts. I resolve within myself to just trust that it is he. Sometimes I think I just can’t believe God actually speaks to me, but this is supposed to be a common thing with all of his children. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Judging the Skeptics

Skeptics

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We are all responsible for the choices we make, whether good or evil. Life is not a game, and we don’t get a redo or a second chance to choose differently once our choice has been made and lived out. Some of us have been gifted with a great deal of responsibility in that such people are the movers and shakers of our world. These, because they have been given so much, much will be expected of them (Luke 12:48). Most of the rest of us will be judged more lightly, but in the end everyone’s works and the choices he has made will be judged by God. It behooves us, therefore, to consider Jesus’ words. After all, if he truly is who he claims to be, we shall be judged by what we believe about him and by the choices we make due to the high or low esteem in which we hold him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Peter’s Mother-in-law’s Fever

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Jesus was rejected in Nazareth and challenged in Capernaum, but his disciples trusted him, that what he claimed was true (cf. John 1:40-49; 2:11). Knowing this, it seems justified that the text should show that it was Jesus’ disciples who first asked him to do something on their behalf, not as a sign, but as a work of mercy. That is, they appealed to his compassion (Luke 4:38). This is quite different from demanding a sign like changing stones to bread or leaping from a great pinnacle (Luke 4:3, 9). They weren’t looking for signs and wonders that would appeal to their curiosity, but in their compassion for the weak, they appealed to Jesus’ compassion. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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