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Give Us This Day

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After Jesus told the disciples how to approach God in prayer (Luke 11:2), he told them to pray God would give us our daily bread (Luke 11:3). The request in the Greek is in the present imperative and indicates a continuous operation once begun. In other words Jesus tells us to ask God to begin giving us and continue to give us our daily bread. I get the picture of a request to turn on a faucet for water or a machine to operate. The faucet or machine continues until it is turned off, and this would not be unlike the manna God gave to ancient Israel under Moses. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 18, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Cultivating Christ, Our Inner Life

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In 2Peter 1:5-7 Peter points to seven things we need to add to our new life, and they are virtue, knowledge, self control, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. But, what is meant by these things, and how are they added to our new life? According to 2Peter 1:5, we are to supply these things “in your faith”, that is, referring back to the faith mentioned in 2Peter 1:1, “in faith add…” In other words, using the faith you have been given (2Peter 1:1) supply or add such and such to the ‘new life’ you have been given (cf. 2Peter 1:3). The ‘adding’ is the part we play in partaking of divine nature. We have been empowered with all things (2Peter 1:3) pertaining to ‘life’ (our new life which is Christ in us – Colossians 3:4) and ‘godliness’ (God manifest in flesh – i.e. the Gospel or the “knowledge of God, even Jesus our Lord” – 2Peter 1:1-3; cf. 1Timothy 3:16). To these things add… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Our Participation in Divine Nature

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In Philippians 2:12 Paul tells his readers to each work out his own salvation with fear and trembling. In Peter’s second epistle Peter points to the believer’s part in his own salvation, showing that he has become a partner in or a partaker of divine nature. While God saves mankind from death (Romans 6:23) and gives us eternal life (2Corinthians 5:1-4), those who claim Jesus as their Savior are expected in this present life to in share the cost of salvation. Paul refers to this as offering oneself as a living sacrifice to God. In doing so, we refuse to be conformed to the image of this world by submitting to God’s hand in forming us after the image of his Son (Romans 8:29; 12:1-2; 2Corinthians 3:18). Peter describes the believer’s part as taking place in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, or as we might put it today: in asking ourselves WWJD? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Blessing Evildoers

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It goes without saying that Peter isn’t trying to end his epistle in 1Peter 3:8, so what does he mean with the word: Finally…? He must be concluding an argument he had begun previously, so knowing where to look seems profitable at this point to our understanding his epistle. Elsewhere, Peter mentioned that his readers had been undergoing a great trial of their faith (1Peter 1:6-7). I had earlier argued that since this trial had come to five Roman provinces at the same time (cf. 1Peter 1:1), it must have a single source. Moreover, that source must have had enough authority or influence to produce trouble for believers in Jesus over the whole of Asia Minor. Finally, since such a trial or persecution didn’t come from the Emperor, Nero (for then the trouble would have been a bloody persecution as occurred later at Rome), the only other authority who had such commanding influence to affect so many believers in Christ was Annas, the high priest at Jerusalem.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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WWJD?

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As the pressures upon Jesus increased, he sought solitude and prayer with his Father (Luke 6:12-19) and chose to fellowship intimately with twelve men, whom he called apostles. He chose these from certain men who followed him. They were with him and shared his troubles (Luke 22:28). As I consider this Scripture, I have to wonder how willing I am to share in Jesus troubles today. I fellowship with him, and he knows my deepest secrets, but how willing am I to know his? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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If You Call on Him as Father…

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The Revised Version is better than the KJV when reading 1Peter 1:17: “If you call on him as Father…” Jesus said: “When you pray…” (Luke 11:2) where the implication is one of obligation not supposition. Therefore, in 1Peter 1:17 it is not **if** we call upon our Father (as in the KJV), but, rather, **since** we call upon him as our Father (as in the RV), we owe him respect (Malachi 1:6). That is, since we call upon him as Father—he who judges without partiality—we need to live out our lives in fear, i.e. showing respect for him, so that his name isn’t blasphemed among unbelievers due to unfaithful and evil behavior on our part (cf. Romans 2:23-24). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Three Temptations of Jesus

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Luke tells us that Jesus was led in the wilderness and was there tempted by the Devil for forty days (Luke 4:1-2), and the sense seems to be that this was done immediately after his baptism. At his baptism, Jesus was identified as God’s Son (Luke 3:22; cf. Matthew 3:17; Mark 1:11), and Luke also identifies him as God’s Son through Adam in Luke 3:23-38. Knowing this, the words: “If you are the Son of God…” (Luke 4:3, 9) seem to be a direct challenge of what God says in Luke 3:22. Therefore, it suggests the challenge’s nearness to the proclamation of God. Nevertheless, the account in John seems to dispute the account of Jesus’ temptations we find in the Synoptics, because Jesus seems to enter Galilee two days after his baptism (John 1:29, 35, 43), and already seems to be choosing his disciples. There doesn’t seem to be room for a 40 day temptation period.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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