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Who Is on Jesus’ Side?

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According to Jesus’ own words (Luke 12:49), he came in order to send fire upon the earth, but what does he mean? During the days of John the Baptist, John claimed that the Messiah was about to arrive on the scene, and he would baptize folks, not with water, but with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:16). God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24), which, if used in the context of Jesus’ baptizing with the Holy Spirit and fire, must have something to do with judgment (cf. Mark 9:43-48) and refining or purifying (cf. Malachi 3:2-3). The sense seems to be that some believers are unable to endure persecution that inevitably comes with obeying Jesus (cf. Luke 12:4-5, 8-12). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2020 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Marriage Supper

Marriage Supper - 1In Luke 12:35-40 Jesus spoke of his coming, and this coming was in the context of a wedding or the marriage supper. I think we might be able to understand what Jesus was saying to his disciples better, if we knew more about what a wedding looked like in the first century AD. First of all, unlike most marriages today, the wedding was usually arranged by the heads of two families, and falling in love had little, if anything, to do with such an arranged marriage. Love would come later. In fact, in most cases the couple hadn’t met prior to the arrangement ceremony. Indeed, if the case of Isaac wasn’t a singularity (Genesis 24:64-65), they may not have met until after all the arrangements had been made. Moreover, our modern wedding ceremonies, including Jewish ones, are very unlike that of the ancients, so to truly understand the metaphors hidden in them we must acquaint ourselves with how those things were done in the Bible. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2020 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Our Needs and God’s Power

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A cursory read of Luke 12:22 might cause one to think Jesus was advocating irresponsibility toward what we possess, but this isn’t so. What Jesus is telling his disciples is: they must not permit the cares of necessities of life dictate how they would speak and act. The necessities of life can be taken away by our enemies, but that understanding must not silence us. We must not allow our fear to suppress the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2020 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Disciple’s Faith Will Be Tested

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One of the most thought provoking Scriptures I’ve read is Luke 22:31-32. There Jesus tells Peter that Satan desired to sift Peter as wheat. What is surprising is Jesus doesn’t say: “I will save you from him,” or “I won’t let that happen to you!” Rather, Jesus told Peter it would happen, just as Satan had requested, but Jesus prayed for Peter, in order that his faith wouldn’t fail. In other words, we have no promises of an easy life as a believer. In Luke 12 Jesus told his disciples that the day would come when they would be delivered up to the authorities and beaten in the synagogues etc. (Luke 12:11), which began to be borne out very soon after Jesus’ ascension into heaven (cf. Acts 5:40-41). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2020 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Our Confession under Persecution

Persecution - 1Jesus told his disciples that those who confess him before men, he will confess before the angels / messengers of God (Luke 12:8), and he said so in the context of persecution. Jesus was at that very time undergoing persecution by the Pharisees and lawyers (cf. Luke 11:53-54), and the disciples, evidently, seemed to be afraid of what was taking place (Luke 12:7). Authorities can be very intimidating figures, when they want to be, whether or not such intimidation is justified. Jesus faced the unjustified threats and tactics of his enemies, but, although his disciples gathered with him, they seem to have been both surprised with what they were witnessing and somewhat fearful. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2020 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Did Jesus Already Come in Power?

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According to Acts 14:22 the Kingdom of God is entered sometime **after** one becomes a believer. In other words, the people Paul spoke with were believers, having the Holy Spirit, yet they were not, as yet, in the Kingdom of God, because it is entered only through much tribulation. Therefore, observing the rapid spread of Christianity cannot be viewed as discerning (G1492) the Kingdom of God, nor can any of the other theories (see HERE) with the exception of #4, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Peter’s Great Confession

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In Luke 9:20 we find that Peter claimed that Jesus was the “Christ of God!” This is the first time anyone has ever made that confession. Earlier the nameless multitudes claimed Jesus was the Prophet who should come (John 6:14), and earlier still even some of the disciples said Jesus was the Messiah (Christ). Peter’s brother, Andrew, told Peter he had found the Christ (John 1:41). About the same time Philip went to Nathanael to say he had found the one Moses said would come (John 1:45), and when Nathanael found Jesus he agreed (John 1:49). Yet, none of these were like Peter’s confession. Andrew repeated what John the Baptist had told him, and he, together with Philip and Nathanael were merely impressed with what Jesus said to them. They reacted to circumstance, but didn’t really think it all through in their hearts like Peter did. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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