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Thy Kingdom Come

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The second request Jesus tells his disciples to pray in Luke 11:2 is “Thy Kingdom come.” As I claimed in a previous study, some folks believe that, if we are praying for God’s Kingdom to come, our prayer implies his Kingdom must not yet be present. However, this isn’t so in the light of Luke 10:21, where Jesus rejoices and addresses his Father as “Lord of heaven and of earth!” Our Father cannot be Lord of earth, unless his Kingdom is present upon the earth. Moreover, the exact same tense of the verb “come” in Luke 11:2 is used for the verb “forgive” in Luke 11:4, and certainly we can’t be asking God to forgive our sins at some future date. Therefore, if this logic is sound, how should we understand our asking our Father to cause his Kingdom to come? In what sense must it yet come, if it is already here? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 13, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Kingdom of God

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The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). It also shows itself with discipline and judgment (cf. 1Corinthians 4:20-21). In other words, the Kingdom of God has to do with living for God and having our pleasure in him, but how does this play out in the world and within the kingdoms of this world? When Jesus was speaking in Luke 9:27, he was speaking to the same folks he spoke with in 9:24. This is understood in that both subjects are mentioned in the context of Jesus celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles at Jerusalem (cf. John 7:10). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

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In his book, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins has described the Atonement:

“I have described atonement, the central doctrine of Christianity, as vicious, sado-masochistic and repellent. We should also dismiss it as barking mad, but for its ubiquitous familiarity which has dulled our objectivity. If God wanted to forgive our sins, why not just forgive them, without having himself tortured and executed in payment…”[1]

What can be said of this? Well, first of all, it seems that Dr. Dawkins has misunderstood the doctrine of Atonement. While it may be true that our sins can be forgiven outright, this doesn’t tell the whole story. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Jesus Before the Sanhedrin

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On what basis in Jewish law was Jesus convicted by the Sanhedrin? Matthew and Mark say the high priest accused Jesus of blasphemy (Matthew 26:65; Mark 14:63). Did Jesus commit blasphemy? If not, why did the high priest believe he did or at least was able to convince the other priests present that Jesus spoke blasphemy? Luke records the trial held by the Sanhedrin in the morning: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2009 in Blasphemy, Religion

 

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God Almighty in Revelation Chapter 5!

One may read the study God Almighty in Revelation in Chapter 4 and say that all this is fine. Jesus is sitting upon the throne with his Father, and if we see Jesus, we see the Father as well. In other words Jesus sits at the right hand of God Almighty, his Father. Because the Scripture tells us the one who sits upon the throne in Revelation 4 is the same who gives the sealed scroll to Jesus in Revelation 5. Therefore, how could Almighty God be Jesus? How could John have not actually seen the Father according to Revelation 5? Notice what the Scripture says: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2009 in Almighty God, Religion

 

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