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One Spirit and One Body

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On their journey back to Galilee, the Apostles began to dispute among themselves who was the greatest. In view of what follows, I do not believe their dispute was over which individual was the greatest. We need to keep in mind that one of the gifts of the Spirit is a diversity of administration or ministries (1Corinthians 12:5). One of the lessons Jesus had been teaching the Apostles concerned what life within the Body of Christ is like. There are four lists of the apostles recorded in the New Testament. It can be verified by comparing these lists that there are a few things that are always so. The lists are found in Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, Luke 6:13-15, and Acts 1:13. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Transfiguration and the Apostles

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Often we speak of the Transfiguration as though it was simply an event in the lives of the three Apostles who were with Jesus, and we conclude they simply misunderstood, and in saying so we move on to the next event in the Gospel narratives. We may conclude that Jesus was in a glorified state, something like we expect him to be at his Second Coming (although Jesus’ parousia or coming isn’t mentioned), but then we move on in the narrative. But, wait! What actually happened there on top of Mt. Olives? What did the three Apostles experience, and what might they have been thinking versus its true meaning? What real value can we take away from all this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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When Herod Became Aware of Jesus

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While the Apostles were going through at least part of the region of Galilee, and perhaps Peraea, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and doing miracles of healing and casting out demons, they caused quite a commotion. Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of that region, received reports concerning what occurred. If Jesus was unknown to Herod prior to the Apostles’ expedition, he certainly became aware of Jesus at this time, due to the fuss that was raised by the people in his jurisdiction, as that commotion pertained to the Apostles’ ministry among them (Luke 9:7). This is the same Herod who beheaded John the Baptist, and it is also he to whom Jesus was sent by Pilate on the day Jesus was crucified (Luke 22:6-7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Spending Time with Jesus

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Whether through a cursory read or because we grew up with a certain understanding taught us as a child, we often have preconceptions about Jesus and the Apostles. I’m not certain, as a little boy, if I thought Jesus and the Apostles lived together, but I did believe they went everywhere together. This became a little confusing after I learned that the Apostles had families, because I didn’t understand how family life fit into the lives of the Apostles, if they spent every hour of their lives with Jesus. Certainly the New Testament teaches that, if a man doesn’t provide for his own family, he is worse than someone who rejects Jesus out of hand. So, how would that fit into the idea that the Apostles left everything for Jesus (Luke 5:28, 18:23)? After awhile some things just didn’t fit, so they were simply ignored for want of a logical answer. I came to understand that not every detail can be known, but the problem is: what we do have are pretty significant details. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Context of the Parable of the Sower

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As Jesus entered his second year of public ministry, some women, Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Susanna, mentioned in Luke 8:2-3, became his financial supporters in the same vein as the women who sustained Elijah (1Kings 17:1, 9-16) and Elisha (2Kings 4:8-11). It appears that Luke mentions these women here in order to identify figures he mentioned previously in Luke 7. The mother of the Roman centurion’s servant is Joanna,[1] the widow of Nain is Susanna, and the unnamed woman at the Pharisee’s dinner held in Jesus’ honor is Mary Magdalene. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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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 June 26, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Unveiling a Paradox

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And it came to pass in those days… (Luke 6:12), that is, in the context of my present study those days fall within the seven day festival of the Feast of Tabernacles. In the larger context it needs to be remembered that all of these days mentioned in Luke 4-5 incorporate the days in which Jesus was in the wilderness of people (Ezekiel 20:35), being tempted on three fronts: to give the people what they wanted—when they wanted it (Luke 4:3), to perform miracles according to the will of those demanding the signs (Luke 4:9-11), and to take the reins of leadership by force (Luke 4:5-7) and, through such mighty power, to compel men (including enemies) to obey. During those days Jesus craved communion with his Father, where he was fed (spiritually), while he remained in the wilderness of people—a wilderness of unbelief. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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