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As in the Days of Noah…

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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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Where is the Kingdom of God?

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The Pharisees asked Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come (G2034), which, according to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, means: “to come into being, arise, come forth, show itself, find place or influence” (Luke 17:20). It makes no difference whether or not the Pharisee’s question was sincere. Whether they sought to lay a trap for Jesus or sincerely wanted to know when the Kingdom of God would come, the point is their question cannot be answered according to its intent. It would be similar to asking a conservative politician if he is still a flaming liberal. How could he reply to the question’s intent? In order to reply at all, the main term must be redefined, so the question appears is illogical. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Is the Kingdom of God?

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It seems odd to me that Biblical scholars are still uncertain over what Jesus meant by the Kingdom of God, and have so many theories to explain what it might be. Why would this be so nearly 2000 years after Jesus’ ministry, in which he proclaimed the Kingdom of God to the Jews of his day? Has the Church lost its meaning over the years? One thing seems certain, when John the Baptist and Jesus came preaching that the Kingdom of Heaven or Kingdom of God was near (Matthew 3:1-2; 4:17), the Gospel writers didn’t feel the necessity to explain what the term meant. The Jewish people seemed to at least understand what both Jesus and John meant when they spoke of the nearness of the Kingdom of God. No one believed it would be established 2000 years into the future. On the contrary they looked for it to come in their expected lifetimes (Matthew 2:1-2; Mark 15:43; cf. Luke 2:25, 36-38; 24:21; Acts 1:6). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What About the Unforgivable Sin?

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According to Jesus’ own words, denying him before men will be forgiven (Luke 12:10). The believer who denies his Savior must endure Jesus’ judgment against unbelievers, something from which the faithful will be saved (Revelation 3:10), but he is forgiven. The modern critic might deny Jesus ever lived, for example, and this might be considered similar to the Jewish authorities denying Jesus’ birth was miraculous (cf. John 8:41),[1] but such things are forgivable in the sense that someone says: “I’m sorry” and the reply is “I forgive you!” and that’s the end of it (Luke 12:10). An example in the text would be found at Luke 23:42-43 where the “good thief” had been making derogatory statements against Jesus, but afterward recanted in that he rebuked his fellow robber, and then asked Jesus to remember him when he came into his Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Judging the 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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The Error of Scoffers

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Many modern critics of the Bible have a vested interest in the idea that Jesus (if they even admit that he ever existed) is both dead and buried somewhere near Jerusalem. It wasn’t really that much different in the first century AD. The idea of anyone rising from the dead was completely foreign to what people might think about a hero or an enemy. Such a thing had no place in the worldview of Hellenistic society or any other ancient culture, despite what some folks like to say today. Peter claimed in 2Peter 3:5 that the scoffers of that day were willingly ignorant or forgetful. The reason being, they have a vested interest in the idea that Jesus must be dead and could not be the Messiah (cf. Mark 12:6-7). Dead men don’t live again, or so they wished it were true (2Peter 2:1-3; 3:5). What they desired to be so ruled their reasoning of what should be true, so their foolish hearts were darkened (2Peter 2:4; Romans 1:21). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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