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As in the 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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Concerning Baptism and the Flood

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Peter mentioned in 1Peter 3:19-20 that the Spirit of Christ preached to the world before the Flood through Noah, the servant of God. He then went on to say that believers in Christ are saved by baptism through the resurrection of Christ, and this is a like figure of how Noah and his family were saved. Many Christians today interpret this to mean that water baptism saves us in some way, usually saying that just as the flood in Noah’s day saved those on the ark from the evil people of the world then being judged by God, so water baptism, which is our public testimony that we stand in Christ, saves us from the evil of our society. The problem with this interpretation is that it is unscriptural and illogical. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Trials and the Wedding at Cana

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All three Synoptics mention heaven opening and the Spirit of God coming out of heaven to rest upon Jesus (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22). While John doesn’t mention heaven opening, he does support the Synoptics concerning the Spirit descending (from heaven) and remaining upon Jesus (John 1:33). In Matthew it is the Spirit of God, and in Mark and John it is simply the Spirit, and in Luke it is the Holy Spirit, but all four record the event, and it seems to be of key importance. The Spirit’s relationship with Jesus is especially significant when we come to Jesus’ temptations. Matthew claims Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness (Matthew 4:1), while Mark claims Jesus was ‘thrust’ or ‘driven’ into the wilderness by the Spirit (Mark 1:12). Luke, however, gives us a slightly different picture by claiming Jesus was continuously led (imperfect passive of the verb ago – G71) by the Spirit in the wilderness; that is, Jesus was led throughout the forty day event. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Messiah’s Baptism

Baptism of the Spirit and Fire

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Luke tells us in Luke 3:16-17 how John described Jesus’ baptism. Nevertheless, Scripture records that one of the reasons Jesus left Judea after John was imprisoned by Herod was that the Pharisees knew that he baptized more than John (John 4:1, 3). Yet, the Scripture also makes a point in revealing that Jesus, himself, baptized no one (John 4:2). Jesus’ disciples did the baptizing, just as Christians continue to do today. This is simply a baptism of water to which folks come to confess that they have repented of their rebellion against God and receive Jesus as their Lord. So, not only doesn’t Jesus do the baptizing, but the method is water, just like that of John. This couldn’t be the Messiah’s baptism of which John spoke, could it? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Where Did All the Water Go?

Pangea (Image from Google Images)

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Naturalists create such a fuss over creationist theories about ancient geological history, often concluding they are contradictory and illogical. Granted every proposed model for creation or for the Genesis Flood by a creationist scientist cannot be true, because some of their models would contradict that of their own Christian colleagues. We are all trying to put meat on the bones of Genesis, and everything that is suggested doesn’t fit properly for all circumstances. Yet, this is to be expected, if we are seeking the truth about a singularity in the past that cannot be repeated today. The very same would be true of models presented by naturalist scientists. Everything they put forth cannot be true concerning the beginning of the universe, because some of their models contradict other naturalist models. Even the Big Bang theory is not universally accepted among scientists who don’t believe in God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2013 in Genesis Flood, naturalism

 

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