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Faith that Looks to God

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It is one thing to claim Jesus as one’s Savior and to say he is a child of God. It is quite another to act like this is true in one’s life. Often, believers think that publicly embracing Christ is the faith that is needed. While this is true, and very important in the life of the believer, there is another kind of faith the Lord looks for in his elect. It is the kind of trust that waits for God to act on the believer’s behalf. In our own modern day believers often take up their own defense in the courts of the land. Standing on our human rights, we have discovered we are often able to defeat our foes by taking our struggle to this world’s justice system. In doing so, we demonstrate publicly that we embrace Christ as our Savior, and our efforts often help our brethren in their walk with Christ. However, I don’t believe that this is the faith our Lord looks to find in us? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 14, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Was the Sin of the Pharisees?

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While Jesus was teaching his disciples the Parable of the Unjust Steward, the Pharisees were listening to what he had been saying, and they ridiculed him (Luke 16:14; cf. Psalms 123:4; Proverbs 1:22). Why would they do that? What did they see in Jesus’ parable that offended them? Without saying that the Pharisees and rabbis understood the parable completely, they probably would have been able to understand that the rich man was God. Moreover, from this deduction, it wouldn’t have been difficult to understand that the steward whom the rich man rejected must point to the Jewish authorities in that day. Therefore, they ridiculed Jesus’ teaching. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Command to Make Friends

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Jesus told his disciples in Luke 16:9 to make friends with the mammon of unrighteousness, so that when you fail, i.e. when you die, they may receive you into everlasting habitations! Who are the they to whom Jesus refers? Most folks believe that the ones who receive us into everlasting habitations are those we have gained for the Lord, but this doesn’t seem plausible. Consider that the one who brings another to the Lord is often older than the one who believes at his teaching or preaching. It would reasonably be expected that the older believer would go to be with the Lord before the younger. How then could the younger receive the older into everlasting habitations? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Does Jesus Mean by Mammon?

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Jesus concluded his parable in Luke 16:9 by telling his disciples to make friends with or by means of unrighteous mammon. Much of what the Lord intends for us to understand in the Parable of the Unjust Steward hangs on the meaning of the word mammon (mammonas – G3126), but we are unable to draw much help from the Greek. The word seems to be derived from G3125 (mamme), meaning grandmother, but the sense the translators give the word points to material wealth. Yet, the unjust steward doesn’t seem to be extorting the rich man’s wealth per se. Rather, he seems to be gaining the confidence of the rich man’s debtors. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Was the Sin of the Unjust Steward?

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In Luke 16:1 we have come to the Parable of the Unjust Steward. In my previous post I identified the unjust steward as the high priest in particular, but in general he could be any one of the Jewish authorities in Jesus’ day. In the parable it doesn’t appear that the rich man immediately deprived his steward of his office (Luke 16:4) and neither was Eli, the high priest when Samuel was a boy (cf. 1Samuel 2:31-33), immediately deprived of his office as. Rather, they would continue, until that faithful priest would come along whom the Lord had chosen (cf. 1Samuel 2:35). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Who Might the Unjust Steward Be?

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Many scholars understand the Parable of the Unjust Steward to be one that is very difficult to interpret. After all, it is often claimed that Jesus seems to commend the unjust steward for his dishonesty (Luke 16:8-9). Such a thing doesn’t seem to fit the context of Jesus’ character. Nevertheless, if one takes the whole of what Jesus claims, before and after this parable, its true senses seems to unfold. Rather, Jesus pointed to what the unjust steward was able to accomplish by influencing the folks in his generation. In other words, he made his wasted (G1287) life benefit him (Luke 16:1, 4) for goals he had set in this world (cf. Luke 16:8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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