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Jesus’ Trial Before Herod

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After Jesus’ first appearance before Pilate, the Jewish authorities could hardly believe their ears, when Pilate pronounced his verdict of innocence! Immediately they began to accuse Jesus more passionately. The Vulgate translates: “But,” they insisted, “He rouses sedition among the people; he has gone round the whole of Judaea preaching, beginning in Galilee and ending here.” The phrase: “…ending here” probably has reference to his entries into Jerusalem in recent days, publicly showing himself to be the Messiah and the large crowds gathering around him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 22, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Rich Man and Resurrection

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In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus tells the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus. The second character mentioned in this story, of course, is a beggar named Lazarus (Luke 16:20-21). According to the text, he is full of sores, which seems to represent the fact that he is a sinner (Luke 15:1-2), whom the Pharisees and other Jewish authorities would never entertain at their tables, where discussion of the word of God was made. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Believer’s Warfare

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Although we are not to resist evil by returning blow for blow (Matthew 5:39), we are told to resist the evil committed against us by taking to us the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13) which is our protection in the day of evil (persecution). The armor consists of having our loins (procreative power – i.e. evangelism) girded with the truth, and the breastplate (which guards the heart) with righteousness or good deeds (Ephesians 6:14). The armor also includes protecting the feet (our walk or behavior) with the Gospel of peace (Ephesians 5:15)—not returning evil with evil, but enduring affliction (2Timothy 4:5) and insults (Matthew 5:39); and, finally, having the shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16), trusting in God will shield us from the fiery darts of those who slander or falsely accuse us. In this manner, Peter tells us in 1Peter 5:9 to resist our adversary, the slanderer, who walks about seeking whom he might trip up in order to compel him to abandon Christ and return to our previous lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 13, 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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Our Reward at the Appearing of Jesus

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James tells us that the trial of our faith brings patience or endurance (James 1:3-4). Our reward for enduring the fiery trials of our faith is praise, honor and glory (1Peter 1:7). That is, if we endure until the end of the trial, even our enemies will have to reassess their opinion of us, even if they cannot or will not embrace what we believe. Often an enemy will commend the inner strength of his foe, even if such commendation is expressed in a negative manner. He may even express his respect for the believer’s apparent integrity. Nevertheless, whether or not accolades come from our enemies, Jesus highly esteems the believer (cf. Matthew 10:32). Such is the reward of enduring the troubles of life or the deliberate attacks of those who oppose us. Although our salvation cannot be lost, marred or destroyed (1Peter 1:4), we can lose our reward (cf. 1Corinthians 3:11-15 and Matthew 10:33)—the praise of Jesus for the display of the believer’s inner strength (built up and exemplified in the fiery trial) that demonstrates his or her trust in God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Spirit of Jealousy Trial

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In Numbers 5:11-31 we find a very strange ceremony, at least by modern standards, whereby suspicion of guilt over adultery is satisfied by one drinking holy water. First, the water is mixed with the dust of the Tabernacle, making it bitter (Numbers 5:17). Afterwards, an offering is made by burning barley meal on the altar of God (Numbers 5:12-15, 23-26). The point is, if the person is guilty, that one’s belly would swell up and the thigh would rot (Numbers 5:27)—presumably death would follow. Nevertheless, if death did not follow, the Law does prescribe public execution (Leviticus 20:10).[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2015 in apologetics

 

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A Heart Full of Rocks!

Yesterday, I looked at the Parable of the Sower. Today, I want to focus upon the second heart condition in that parable, namely, that of the rocky soil. It is similar to the wayside type of heart in that both are hard hearts. I know of nothing that grows on a rock. Life grows between rocks, but never on one. A seed needs soil in order to grow. I am reminded of seedlings growing between rocks in soil that one would never believe could be enough to nourish a flower, never mind a tree. Yet, not only does the seedling grow into a tree, but in the process the constant pressure of life growing in a little crack will eventually break up the rock! I can hardly believe it, yet I know it is true. The tree, consisting of wood breaks up the hardest of rocks. Such is the power of the word of God. Given the slightest bit of loose soil (softness of heart), the seed of the word of God (Luke 8:11) will begin to break up the heart and make it more and more sensitive. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2009 in Kingdom of God, Religion

 

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