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7791 - Rest Not Possessed

We continue our study in chapters 3 and 4 of the book of Hebrews.

Let’s investigate verses 6 through 8 in chapter 4. It says:

It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts." For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.

In this short passage the word “rest” is applied to three different generations of people, and their particular relations to the word “rest”.

Historically, the first generation spoken about here is that generation which we have studied before. It refers to that former generation of Israel, which had the promise from God of the land of Canaan as their land of heritage. God had told these people that he was giving them the land of Canaan. This meant that he would direct their efforts and energies to accomplish the possession of this land as their very own. God had promised it to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob many centuries in the past.


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7790 - Canaan Rest

In our last study we mentioned at least three applications of the term “rest” used several times in the third and fourth chapters of the book of Hebrews.


Today let’s look at Hebrews 4, verses 3 through 5.

Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, `They shall never enter my rest.'" And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "And on the seventh day God rested from all his work." And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest."

On a time line, the first “rest” mentioned is the rest with which God distinguished the seventh day of creation. This seventh day is very different from day one through six. The opening passage of Genesis gives a summary account of what God brought forth on each day.

The word used for create was the word ‘bara’ which means to make from nothing. So each new act of creation brought forth something new, which was visible for the first time to the human eye.

The distinguishing verse for day seven (Gen. 2:1) tells us “...God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”


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7789 - Faith Rest

In our study of the book of Hebrews we have noticed the word “rest” being repeated many times in the third and fourth chapters. Let’s give some attention to the meaning carried in that word.

Let’s begin by reading Hebrews 4, verses 1 and 2:

Therefore, since the promise of entering His rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.

The word “rest” implies at least three ideas in these two chapters.


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7788 - Unbelief


With this program we complete our study of the third chapter of Hebrews. Listen to Hebrews 3, verses 17 through 19:

And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

This study continues discussion about the Israelite men who came out of slavery in Egypt under the leadership of Moses.

In the third month after the Israelites had left Egypt, God gave this message to Moses to pass on to the people.

(Exod. 19:4-6) `You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole world is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation...'

God’s relationship with these people extended back through history to the man called Abram, who was later named Abraham. God had promised Canaan to the descendants of Abraham. This had been reaffirmed to his son Isaac, and his grandson Jacob.


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7787 - Lost Generation

Our Bible study is now focused in Hebrews, chapter 3. Today we talk about a lost generation.

First, listen to Hebrews 3:15-17:

As has just been said: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion." Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert?

These verses are talking about the Israelite men who were twenty years old and older who came out of slavery in Egypt. They were led by Moses. They were a stubborn group who resisted Moses many times as they journeyed to the land God had promised them in Cannan.

We have recently reviewed how as they were camped in the Desert of Paran, the Lord instructed Moses to send men to explore the land of Canaan which He was giving to the Israelites. A man from each of the twelve tribes of Israel was chosen, and instructed to go and see what the land was like. They were also to take notice of the people in the land, and the towns in which they lived, the crops and the fruits of the land.


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7786 - Assurance

We are now studying in Hebrews, chapter 3. In this chapter we find against accepting an attitude of unbelief in our inner being — this is an attitude of resistance or scoffing at God’s work, particularly toward the truth and reliability of His promises.

In the midst of these verses is one verse, which relates to assurance in the life of a believer about his faith being relative and reliable.

Listen to Hebrews 3:14:

We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.

Many people wonder in their heart where they stand in regard to their final destiny. This is unnecessary agony. The Word of God, the Bible, is intended to chart the course of righteousness so clearly that every child of God may be certain that they have eternal life.


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7785 - Encourage Others

In Hebrews, chapter 3, is the second warning which the Lord’s Word passes to those who attend the Christian church. That second warning is: (Heb. 3:12) “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.”

Then linked to this warning is an exhortation which applies to all who are a part of the body of Christ –– which is the Church. Listen to what the Lord’s Word encourages us to do in Hebrews 3, verse 13:

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “today”, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Notice that such words of encouragement minister to at least two people –– the one to whom encouragement is given, but also a blessing to the one the Lord chooses to voice the message of inspiration and hope to a brother or sister. Both parties end up receiving a blessing from God when this act of encouraging a brother takes place.

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7784 - Unbelieving Heart

Today we will discuss the second of five warnings for people in the church –– the body of Christ. This warning is found in Hebrews 3, verse 12. Listen:

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.

The first warning to the believers found in the book of Hebrews is in chapter 2, and warns against apathy or indifference –– just drifting away. Both of these warnings are directed to people who have hearts, which are unresponsive to God’s plan and purpose for life.

This second warning regards unbelief about God. The original Greek speaks of a heart which is evil and which is evidenced in unbelief. The word translated by the English word ‘evil’ in the original speaks about an active apposition to the good of God. This same word is used to refer to Satan. He is in active opposition to God’s plan for good, and is seeking to destroy the good things of God.

The person to whom reference is made in this verse is not a passive individual who is willing to quietly perish in his own evil. That would be a terrible termination for an opponent of God, but this evil person is one who is not content unless he is actively corrupting as many others as possible. He is eager to drag others into the same pit of destruction to which he himself is heading.


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7783 - God's Anger

In Hebrews, chapter 3 is a review of how the people of Israel provoked God by their stubborn refusal to believe that God would in fact overcome the strong people who lived within walled cities in the land of Canaan.

Listen to Hebrews 3, verses 10 and 11:

That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, “Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.” So I declared on oath in my anger, “They shall never enter my rest.”

Let’s review some history to prepare for today’s study.

Abraham had been directed by God to come to Canaan from Ur where he had grown up. In Canaan Abraham entered family life and was blessed by God. God promised Abraham, his son Isaac, and his grandson Jacob, that he would give this land of Canaan to their descendants. Later Jacob and his family took refuge in Egypt because of a famine in Canaan.


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7782 - Warning Against Hardness

Today we check out the second warning for believers in the book of Hebrews. Listen to Hebrews 3:7-9:

So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did.

The book of Hebrews has many backward glances about events which affected Israel in their early years. Today’s passage refers back to an experience which the Israelites faced after they ended 430 years of slavery in Egypt, and were on their trip to Canaan.

The Israelites had evidenced stubbornness and unbelief many times as they journeyed toward Canaan. Often Moses fell on his face before God pleading for forgiveness for the people.

When they reached the Desert of Paran, the Lord instructed Moses to send men to explore the land of Canaan. A man from each of the twelve tribes of Israel was chosen, and instructed to go and see what the land was like. They were also to take notice of the people, and the towns in which they lived, the land, crops and fruit of the land


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7781 - Over God's House

Today we continue in the early verses of Hebrews 3 so we again see the name of Moses as it relates to the house of Israel, and the name of Jesus as it relates to the house of God, or literally to the family of God throughout eternity.

Listen to Hebrews 3, verses 5 and 6:

Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future. But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and hope of which we boast.


These verses are speaking about Moses and Christ giving service in some part of the house of God. In context Moses is commended as being a faithful servant in the house of God as relating to the Israelite people here on earth, particularly during the last forty years of his life, during which he was God’s chosen instrument to shepherd Israel from Egypt to the promised land of Canaan.

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7780 - Greater Than Moses

Today we consider Hebrews 3, verses 3 and 4. Listen as I read:

Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.

God had a purpose in bringing the book of Hebrews to be written. It seeks to convince all seekers that the sacrifices under the Law were only the type of sacrifice which was required by God, and which became a fulfilled reality through Jesus. Thus a new covenant of Grace was introduced through the crucifixion of Jesus, which is superior to and supplants the first covenant of animal blood under Law.

These verses point out that Jesus is worthy of greater honor than Moses.

Let’s note that Moses was perhaps the most respected person to any and all of the Jewish readers of this letter.


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7779 - Faithful In Appointment

One of the strong testimonies of inner character in a person is faithfulness in completion of a task, which has been assigned to you.

Let’s talk about the faithfulness of Jesus as the Son of Man on earth. Listen to Hebrews 3:2:

He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house.

Some points deserve attention in this passage, which is talking about Jesus as the Son of Man: about his faithfulness in completing the assignment for which he came to earth.

We notice the comparison between Jesus and Moses. Why are they mentioned in comparison? We will look more closely at this in our next discussion; however, we will point out that they were both assigned a task by God, which was to be completed on earth.

Moses lived about 1500 years before Christ. His life’s story is recorded in Exodus through Deuteronomy in the Bible. Moses was called upon to be God’s man in leading Israel out of slavery in Egypt and into the land, which God promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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7778 - Think On Jesus

We continue in our study of the book of Hebrews. At the end of chapter 2 is a full explanation of how Jesus went through suffering as a human being in order to qualify to sacrifice his body for sin on the cross. By completing this mission he became the faithful high priest in service to God in behalf of sinful humanity. The sacrifice of the body of Jesus on the cross was the only means to reconcile holy God with sin stained people. The death and resurrection of Jesus brought hope, and a single means by which a sinner could be reconciled with holy, pure God.

Now any individual who in faith relies upon the works and person of Jesus Christ, is born again. Trinity God enters their human spirit and takes up Lordship residence. This means they have new life — eternal spiritual life. And because of the resurrection of Jesus they have confidence of glorification in heaven with God and all his family.

In chapter 3, verse 1 of Hebrews, we find one provision which is made for every believer to be growing in preparation for future glorification.

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Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.

Notice that every holy brother, that includes every human being who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ, is exhorted to fix their thoughts on Jesus.

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7777 - He Was Tempted

Today let’s talk about how Jesus suffered because of temptations while here on earth.

Let me read Hebrews 2: verse 18:

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Some people shrug their shoulders in unconcern when they think about the temptations of Jesus. After all, if he was the perfect Son of God, would he not be impervious to temptations? Would he not be able to just shrug them off?

True, if Jesus were operating in the power of his heavenly might, then temptation would not even scratch the surface. They would bounce right off.

The truth is that Jesus had laid aside the use of his mighty power before he came to earth as a baby boy. The Holy Spirit tells us through the apostle Paul in the book of Philippians, that Christ, “emptied himself” as one feature of taking on human flesh. During His life here on earth, as the Son of Man, Jesus was committed to rely totally upon Father God for anything that was required beyond human effort. He said, “I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me;” and he told his disciples that it was the Father, living in Him, who was doing his miraculous work.

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7776 - High Priest

We have come to the first of several references to Jesus as the high priest. Let’s explore what that means.

Listen to Hebrews 2:17:

For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.

We again call attention that the book of Hebrews exalts Jesus Christ as the author and founder of the New Covenant of grace, and pronounces Him superior to all of the previous figures who have stood before God in behalf of the people of earth.

The priesthood to which usual reference points, is the Levitical priesthood instituted as a part of the Law. The high priest was the chief figure in the order of priests. He has special duties in standing between God and the people.

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7775 - Freedom

Join us as we look at another facet of the marvelous work of Jesus Christ as he died on the cross.

Listen to Hebrews 2: verses 15 and 16:

and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels He helps, but Abraham’s descendants.

The consequence of the sin of man brought fear of death to be a cloud, which hovers over humanity; so many questions surrounding death.

Mankind was created to have fellowship with God. This capacity was built into the fabric of man. Both God and people were to enjoy the relationship with each other.

After the devil deceived Eve and she ate the forbidden fruit from the only tree in the Garden from which they could not eat, and Adam willfully followed her actions; a great change came into the inner being of both. The purity and simplicity of innocence was destroyed in their beings; and for the first time in the Bible we find fear within the people God had created.

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7774 - Devil Overcome

Our study in the book of Hebrews has brought us to Hebrews 2:14. Here’s what it says:

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death — that is the devil...

Let’s review what the Bible tells us about the devil, this one whom the Bible declares holds the power of death. The devil is referred to by many various names in Scripture. He is called Satan, the dragon, prince of the power of the air, the accuser of the brethren, the evil one, the prince of this world and other titles and names.

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7773 - Brothers

We’re told God’s Word is sweeter than honey and drippings from the honeycomb. Together let’s taste a portion of His Word today.

In Luke 15, as the Lord Jesus was teaching, he came to the climax of the parable about the lost son. This son which was dead in relationship to his father had returned. In humility he had repented of his sin and failure. But even as he spoke the father was pouring out acts of love upon him. There was reconciliation. A celebration followed this joyful reunion.

Then Jesus continues with the parable by telling about the eldest son who had remained on the home place which now belonged to him.

Let me read Luke 15:25-32 and then we’ll talk more:
"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. `Your brother has come,' he replied, `and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'

"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, `Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'

"`My son,' the father said, `you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'"

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7772 - Author of Salvation

Join us as we hide God’s Word in our heart that we might not sin against the Lord.

Today let’s explore the title “author of salvation” which is ascribed to Jesus in Hebrews 2:10. Listen:

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of salvation perfect through suffering.

In this greater passage Jesus is exalted as being the atoning sacrifice for sin, the Son of God who willingly became human flesh in order to accomplish the very task of salvation.

Think for a moment: Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is the figure in whom all the Old Testament saints had faith, while all those since the cross have faith in Jesus for salvation. So the statement “without Jesus there would be no means of salvation.” is very true.


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7771 - Now Crowned

In our study in the book of Hebrews we have been brought to see how the author emphasizes the superiority of the New Covenant of faith in Jesus Christ to the covenant of Law, and how it has superseded that old covenant. Much is said about the superiority of its Founder, Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

We want to talk about how Jesus is now crowned with glory and honor after his sacrificial service here on earth as a human being.
Listen to Hebrews 2:9:
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

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7770 - Rulership Forfieted


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7769 - Man's Intended Rule


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7768 - Great Salvation

In Hebrews, chapter 2 the writer calls attention to the great salvation which was consummated on the cross by Jesus Christ.

Listen to Hebrews 2 verses 3 and 4:

How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

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7767 - Pay Attention

We enter chapter 2 of the book of Hebrews in our study together today. This begins the first of five warning given to us by God through this book of the Bible, so lets “Pay attention”.
Listen to Hebrews 2: verses 1-3a:
We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?

In this passage is a reference to the occasion of God’s passing of the Law to Nation Israel on Mt. Sinai. This is one of the principal events in the book of Exodus.
The spiritual status of the societies of the world was very wicked. Idolatry and witchcraft, and perversion were accepted daily activities in the many cultures.
God said to Moses before He gave the Law to Israel: “...tell the people of Israel: you yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession... You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. (Ex. 19:3-6).”
God’s desire was that Israel be a missionary nation to the world as His chosen people.
With awesome display of God’s power and holiness, the law was passed to the Hebrew people.

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7766 - Ministering Spirits

As we come to the end of Hebrews, chapter 1, we receive some revealing information pertaining to the relationship of angels and those who are chosen to be God’s children.

Let me read Hebrews 1: verses 13-14:
To which of the angels did God ever say, "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet" ? Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

These verses are additions to the Lord’s revelation that Jesus Christ is superior to angels in His authority over the affairs of mankind.

Can’t you just hear Father God saying to those who will read this book, “Did God ever say to any angel, here, sit down beside me, and let me make your enemies a footstool for your feet?” Of course, the answer is “No way.” In fact, where do you find that any angel sat down in God’s presence? I haven’t found a single such incident. Angels are ministering spirits, so they are busy in their task of service.

These words from Father God are an affirmation of His Son Jesus. He is the only One in eternity who has been invited to share the holy, eternal throne of God.

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7765 - Heavens to Perish

Since our lives are so finite in God’s vast eternity we are stretched when we are challenged to consider that any part of God’s creation may have limits; but such is the situation for today’s study.

Listen to Hebrews 1:10-12:
[God] says, "In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end."

Here Father God is speaking to His Son, as He affirms that the Son was the One who laid the foundations of the earth and the heavens at the beginning of time. Genesis 1:1 tells us: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Throughout Scripture the act of creation is ascribed to The Son. As we have shared previously, everything, which is matter as well as all the unseen dynamics which govern the interaction of these things were brought into being through the spoken command of The Son. The law of gravity and the laws of nature; the law of centrifugal force; entropy, magnetism, aging and all such controls were put into operation by the Son of God, the Christ.

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7764 - Eternal Throne

As the writer of Hebrews is telling about the superiority of the Son of God to various beings, he speaks about the throne of the Son, which will last forever.

Let’s consider Hebrews 1, verses 8 & 9 today.

But about the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy."

Notice that in this passage Father God is speaking to God-the-Son, so the Father is authenticating that the throne of your kingdom will last forever.

Since the Father & the Son predate all created things, the throne of the Son was established before the heavens & the earth were created. That means that as we look back we never see a time when the throne of the Son did not exist. It is obvious that the term throne here denotes the rule or kingdom of the Son.

This statement also looks forward forever; therefore, past the end of time. This means the rule of Christ over his kingdom always has been and always will be.

The comparison being made in this greater passage is the enduring nature of the rule of the Son, whereas the angels have a limited expectation.

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7763 - Angel Characteristics

Before continuing our study through the book of Hebrews let’s consider a close look at a few more characteristics of angels.

A few people have asked: “How powerful are angels?” As one studies various incidents in which angels are involved we may conclude there is no limit of what they can do. Have you noticed how seldom is more than one angel sent on a service mission by God? This fact enhances the thought that, generally speaking, only one angel is necessary.

Let’s first look at a scene from the history of Judah. When Hezekiah was king in Judah, Sennacherib, King of Assyria, invaded Judah and captured many cities. He sent the leaders of his army to threaten Jerusalem. King Hezekiah & the leaders of Judah humbled themselves and prayed to God.

The prophet Isaiah notified King Hezekiah that the Lord God had given positive, assuring words regarding the King of Assyria. The Lord Almighty had said, “he will not enter this city; I will defend this city and save it for My sake and the sake of David my servant.” (2 Kings 19).

As the people of Jerusalem slept that night, the angel of the Lord, just one angel, went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people of Jerusalem got up the next morning the surrounding tents of the enemy were filled with dead bodies. All of the fighting men and the leaders and officers in the camp of the Assyrians had been annihilated by the Lord’s angel. Scripture tells us King Sennacherib broke camp and returned to Nineveh.

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7762 - Angels Part 3

As we are studying in the book of Hebrews we notice the emphasis in much of chapter 1 is the superiority of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, over the angels. Today we learn more about the angels.

Hebrews 1:7 says: In speaking of the angels, he says, “He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire.”

The emphasis here seems to be the variableness or changeability of the angelic ones as they are called upon to be ministers of God.

Let’s look into some of the services in which one or more angel has been called upon to accomplish a task for God’s.

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7761 - He Created Angels

Our Bible studies are now focused upon the book of Hebrews. The early verses in this book have many references to angels, but there is not much explanation of these heavenly beings; so we want to pause and catch a glimpse into these figures called angels.

Where did angels come from? How many are there? These are things we would like to know as we talk about angels.

Did they exist before the Biblical record began?

Let’s examine the Scripture and get some answers to our questions.

Colossians 1:16, speaking about Jesus Christ, clearly declares: “By him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”

The Gospel of John (1:3) says: “Through Him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

Revelation (4:11) adds: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.

These verses clearly teach us that everything which exists in the heavenly realms or the realm of earth had its beginning under the creative power and understanding of the Son, Jesus Christ. So, angels were created by the Son. There is nothing in existence, other than the Father & the Son, which can claim a beginning outside the creation of the Son.

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7760 - Angels Worship Him

The book of Hebrews opens with a radiant testimony of the splendor of the Son of God. One of the comparisons is with angels.

Let’s look at Hebrews 1; verses 4 and 5:

So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”? And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”

That opening sentence requires some investigation. How did the Son become superior to angels?

Since the Son created the angels it would be obvious that he is greater.

And some ask, why the fascination with angels?

The main message in Hebrews is directed to those in the Jewish community. Their view of angels was very much more elevated than with other people. Angels had played important parts in the history of the Jews.

Angels had been used by God to interface with the Jewish people on many occasions. The angel of the Lord appeared to Moses with instructions for delivering Israel from Egypt; and the angel of God protected Israel in their exodus. Angels also were instrumental in delivering the Law through Moses

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7759 - On His Throne

In our study of Hebrews we now come to one of the premier truths about the ministry of the Son, Jesus Christ.

In Heb. 1:3 we read, “After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

The first phrase of this sentence tells about the very purpose for the Son’s coming to earth.

When Adam sinned God’s Spirit, which resided in Adam departed the throne room in Adam’s human spirit.

Omniscient God knew this would occur; therefore, Precious, loving God had already formulated a plan in heaven whereby mankind would be ransomed from sin and given an opportunity to willfully chose to invite His Spirit to return and take up residence in the human spirit of man.

This was the eternal, redemption plan of Trinity God for humanity. The details were to remain a mystery through the ages, but insight into the plan is contained in most every book of the Old Testament.

Peter relates that the prophets searched intently and with great care, seeking to understand the time and circumstances to which God’s Spirit was pointing in predicting the suffering of Christ and the glories that would follow.

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7758 - The Sustainer

In our past few studies we have been carefully examining each powerful statement about the Son given in the early verses of Hebrews. God is calling our attention to certain facets about His Son in ways we do not often consider.

Today we want to examine the statement found in verse 3, which tells us that the Son is, “sustaining all things by his powerful word.”

Several thoughts about this phrase deserve consideration.

We have previously commented about the use of the title “Son” in this early part of Hebrews. Of course, this is reference to the Son of God, the glorified Lord Jesus Christ.

These verses give penetrating attention to the position and work of Jesus in His reestablished authority and glory, after completing his servanthood for humanity here on earth.

We have focused some attention upon the Son’s task of creation, which occurred long before he came to earth in human flesh. He Himself is declared by Scripture to be the One who created all things from nothing. There was nothing in the material realm before he created it. The Hebrew uses the term ‘bara’ which is to make from nothing for all of creation, until he made man.

When describing the creation of man three different Hebrew words are used to describe this act. Those words are “bara” - to create from nothing; “Asah” - to make from something; and “yatsar” which means to shape or form. God formed the body of man from the dust of the ground (Gen.2:7); but the intricate inner being of man was created from nothing after the very image of God.

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7757 - Exact Image

The book of Hebrews opens with several affirmative, descriptive statements regarding the exalted superiority of Jesus Christ, Son-of-God.

Today let’s focus on two phrases in verse 3 relating to the Son.

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being.”

These words give assurance that Jesus Christ is God himself. The verb tense is present tense, dispelling the false rumor that Jesus never rose from the dead, which was circulated by the Jewish leaders in an attempt to destroy the truth of the resurrection.

“Son” is a title of reference, which often is applied to Jesus Christ. Jesus used the title “Son of God” as well as “Son of Man” in reference to himself while on earth.

“Son of God” expresses the deity of the Lord Jesus, whereas the “Son of Man” distinguishes Him in the days of his earthly humanity. The use of the term Son is an inference of His oneness with God in the glory, which he enjoyed with Father God even before the world existed.

It is a mystery for man to understand but Jesus, The Son, declared, “I and the Father are One.” One reason the Son came to earth clothed in human flesh was to declare the very nature of God in visible form to people of flesh. John’s gospel tells us (1:18): “No one has ever seen God, but God the only Son, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.” Thus, the Son demonstrated the very nature and form of invisible God, so that we could gain more understanding of infinite, exalted God.

Hebrews declares the Son is the radiance of God’s glory.

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7756 - Heir and Creator

In the opening paragraph of Hebrews are splendid declarations of the superiority of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as compared to the prophets of old and to the angels of heavenly realms.

Let’s look today at chapter 1, verse 2:

“but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.”

Our last study focused on how God has spoken to mankind by His Son. This, of course, refers to the message given to the people of earth in and through the Son of God. In His birth, life, death and resurrection, Jesus is the only One ever to experience life as Son-of-Man and also as Son-of-God.

The verse we read told us that Father God appointed Jesus as heir of all things. To us, the word ‘heir’ carries the idea of one who becomes inheritor of an estate upon the Father’s death. This definition has no meaning for Jesus because Father God is eternal and will never die. That word also describes one who is possessor, sovereign, or lord. Notice, this is something resembling a title, and so it could be with Jesus.

This title does not relate to His ‘begotten’ state as the Son-of-God. Rather, this title ‘heir’ relates to the Father’s recognition of Christ’s service as the Son-of-Man. In becoming the Son-of-Man, Jesus was unique. He was fully human, in which form he alone qualified as the sinless lamb to be sacrificed for the sins of the human race.

Another important point: while in flesh, Jesus had laid aside the use of his divine powers for his entire human life on earth. He was fully God, but He never used His personal divine powers during His earthly life. He lived in total dependence upon Father God, and He always obeyed the Fathers instructions. He told people He did not come to earth to do His own will, but to do the will of the Father. This truth was emphasized in that last night with the disciples when he declared to them that it is the Father living in me, who is doing his work, and anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.

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7755 - God Spoke

Today we want to explore the idea expressed at the beginning of Hebrews that “God spoke.”

Listen to Hebrews 1:1-2a:

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son...

Prophets were men chosen by God to speak out the counsel and message of God to mankind. They were the mouth piece of God as they spoke forth the many messages which God had for people throughout Old Testament history.

God spoke at many times and in various ways, showing that God is not an impersonal, hidden God who only speaks occasionally to people.

From the very first, God’s desire was that He would have a personal relationship with His people creatures. Adam was made with a body and soul and human spirit. This human spirit is the place in man, which was designed by God for communion and fellowship with Himself. God’s Spirit would reside there and the relationship was meant to be mutually enjoyable and beneficial.

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7754 - Five Warnings

As we begin our study of the book of Hebrews we call attention to five forceful warnings from God to the believers in the newly founded Church there in the first century.

But these warnings equally apply to Christians of all centuries so let’s look at them in outline form before we dig into our verse by verse study of this book.

The first warning appears in chapter 2, verses 1-3:

We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?

Here is a clear and sobering warning that believers must not drift away from the gospel truth. Our primary focus should be to obey Jesus and do what pleases Him.

The second warning is found in 3:7 through 4:13. Let me read 3:12-14.

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.

The warning here is against an unbelieving heart which turns away from the living God. As believers we should be encouraging other believers to likewise hold to the truth, and do not let the sin of unbelief rob us of knowing and serving Jesus.

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7753 - Hebrews - Introduction

Today we open our Bibles to the book of Hebrews as we begin a study of this important book in God’s plan for redemption and reconciliation of His human creatures back to Himself after our relationship was broken by the sin of Adam.

Hebrews points us to the truth that the Old Testament account reveals the Law as a preview type of sacrifice, which became the reality in Christ Jesus on the cross.

Hebrews binds together the Old Testament and the New Testament in the person and work of Jesus Christ. The emphasis is upon the superiority of Jesus Christ over all competing options.

The deity and humanity of Jesus are amply authenticated.

No other Biblical work so clearly answers the reasons for the sacrifice of Christ, and reveals the extensive blessings derived through His sacrifice.

This book is crimson with the precious blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, the fulfillment of the required Levitical sacrifices according to God’s plan and schedule, throughout the ages. Furthermore, Christ is fully established as the High Priest for all believers.

There is a clear emphasis upon the privilege of the believer in relationship to Jesus Christ, and a strong challenge upon the believer to mature to a vigorous faith.

The inferred conclusion of Hebrews is that Christ Jesus meets the spiritual needs of all people, of every tongue, and of every nation.

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7752 - Ascension

The apostles of Jesus witnessed a great deal during their walk with Jesus, but the real measure of their obedience came after He departed.

This message brings us to the end of our study of the gospel of Luke. We pray you have been blessed as you have traveled through this record of the life of Christ with us.

Today let’s initially look at Luke 24:50-53, although we will look at other verses also.

When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.

Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

When Jesus had completed the prompting and preparation of the disciples he led them out of Jerusalem, across the Kidron valley, to the vicinity of the village of Bethany. Bethany is only a couple of miles up on the slope of the Mount of Olives.

Within the disciples there was certainly some joy over the new era in which they were involved. Likely there was a degree of uncertainty about what would happen next.

Jesus stopped, faced the group, lifted his hands and blessed them. Lo and behold, he began to rise into the air as he continued to bless them. He was taken up into heaven; and Acts tells us, as they were watching him a cloud hid him from their sight. They surely were startled and impressed by such a display.

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7751 - Opened Their Minds

Before the resurrection of Jesus, the apostles may have had trouble putting all of the parts together, but everything because clear after a resurrected Jesus explained it all.

Our last study brought us to the end of the day of resurrection. Jesus had already appeared on five separate occasions to people who knew him before his death.

Dr. Luke in the book of Acts (1:3) tells us: “After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive over a period of forty days.” A search of Scripture reveals that after the end of resurrection Sunday there were five additional appearances during the next forty days.

Certainly the sum of these appearances should be ample proof that Jesus was alive and well, and that he was sending this small group to bear witness to what they had seen and heard.

Let’s summarize the five additional appearances during this time.

A week after Jesus appeared to the ten apostles and assorted others on resurrection Sunday, he again appeared to these apostles, with Thomas being present. On this occasion Thomas became convinced that Jesus was indeed alive. He readily acknowledged Jesus as he said: “My Lord and my God.”

Jesus had sent word to the disciples that he would meet them in Galilee. Seven of the disciples had journeyed to Galilee and all had joined Peter in a fishing trip.

At morning time, after fishing all night and catching nothing, a figure on the beach spoke to them. After hearing they had caught no fish he told them to cast their net on the right side of the boat. They obeyed and their nets were filled so full they were unable to pull it in.

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7750 - Is This a Ghost

After his resurrection, Jesus was not just brought back to life in spirit, but in body as well.

I have great appreciation for the sacrificial love which the Lord Jesus Christ evidenced as he persevered through unjust treatment and death. I identify with those friends around Jesus as they went through great confusion and uncertainty, even fear during those days.

Then when Jesus was resurrected and the tomb was empty, their uncertainty must have been increased rather than being relieved. Where was Jesus? What’s going on?

Then as the day passed, with each hour or so bringing new information into their lives, the adrenaline must have flowed.

Early in the morning Mary Magdalene was near the tomb when Jesus appeared to her. Of course, she reported all this to the disciples.

Then Jesus appeared to the other women who had ministered with him in Galilee.

Also, two of the disciples on the way to the village of Emmaus were joined by Jesus without being recognized. Later he was revealed to them and they hastened back to Jerusalem to give their report.

In addition we do know that Jesus appeared to Simon Peter during the day.

At the end of day, as the disciples were gathered behind closed doors Jesus appeared in their midst.

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7749 - Excited Men

What an exciting and amazing thing it must have been to have Jesus personally teaching you the scriptures.

In our last few studies we have reviewed some of those appearances, which Jesus made with people who had loved him and who were committed to him. Its true that reality was not what they had anticipated, but in the following weeks and months it was exhilarating and fulfilling to be in on those early days of the church age.

Today we want to take another glimpse at Cleopas and the other disciple who were privileged to be with Jesus for an extended time on the afternoon of the resurrection. These were the two fellows who were walking along the road on the way to Emmaus when a third party joined them. This third figure was Jesus although they were kept from recognizing him most of the trip. They talked a lot about what was happening in the area. Eventually they arrived at Emmaus and persuaded Jesus to stay with them for the night, so he entered where they were staying.

Listen to what happened there in the house, from Luke 24:30-35:

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.

They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon."

Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

As they prepared to eat together, Jesus took the bread, offered thanks, then broke the bread and passed it to them.

At that moment their eyes were opened to understand who he was. Just as this happened Jesus disappeared. Now that would be hard to figure out.

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7748 - Appearances

Everyone who met Jesus personally after his resurrection had no doubts about his identity.

After Jesus was resurrected from the dead, some were perplexed by the happenings of the past week. Was Jesus really alive? If so, where is he? Was he really who he said he was? The religious leaders say that the apostles carried off his body, is that true?

Some wondered why Jesus had to die. Many had hoped he was the one to redeem Israel and get rid of the Romans.

God used a very effective means to turn doubt into living faith by the appearances of Jesus.

Romans 1:4 declares: “[Jesus Christ our Lord,] through the Spirit of Holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead...”

You see, if Jesus was really resurrected, and alive, then all his actions and teachings would be authenticated.

Jesus had said he would be raised on the third day. That would be supernatural. That would require the awesome power of God. If indeed he was resurrected then all the other claims he made were verified and authenticated. He really was the Son of God.

The mystery of an invisible, unseen God who loved his creatures would be forever linked to his Son, Jesus Christ, who had become flesh for the purpose of serving as the redeeming sacrifice. Jesus was a figure who had walked among us, lived with us, and demonstrated to us the eternal, perfect nature of his invisible Father in viewable terms. Mere man could begin to comprehend on a new level the infinite, all knowing, all powerful, God of heaven and earth; because Jesus had made him known (John 1:18).

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7747 - Road to Emmaus

After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to many people, each bearing witness that Jesus was no longer dead.

In our study through the book of Luke we are now in the last chapter. Jesus has been crucified, but he has risen. No one has yet seen him, but angels have told the women that he has risen.

Peter and John have visited the empty tomb, and came to believe that Jesus was resurrected. His body was not stolen although this rumor was launched by the religious leaders.

The gospels tell us that on this Sunday of the resurrection Jesus appeared on five separate occasions to people who knew him before his death.

Today let’s look in on one of these scenes, which occurred as two disciples were on the road to Emmaus, a village about seven miles north-west of Jerusalem. Luke gives good insight into the troubled souls of those who surrounded Jesus in life, in the midst of all the reports and rumors.

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7746 - In Disbelief

Each of us must decide for ourselves if we are going to believe that Jesus has risen from the dead.

Our past studies in the book of Luke have been a blessing. Now we are in the last chapter. We have walked through the rejection of Jesus by the religious leaders. Then came his agony in Gethsemane, his arrest, then his seven examinations before being sentenced to death. His death was a time of darkness, but this was the very purpose of Jesus coming to earth, taking on human flesh, living a sinless life –– all for the purpose of paying the penalty for the sin of mankind by dying in our place, giving his blood to wash away our sin.

But that was not the end of the story. Death could not hold Jesus. The tomb became empty when Jesus was resurrected.

Today we look at the joyful bewilderment of the friends of Jesus, after the angel appeared to the women and explained that Jesus was risen. He is alive!

Listen to Luke 24:9-12. We’ll also consider some of John’s record.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

The women who had come from Galilee with Jesus & the disciples, had walked through this perplexing experience with one another after his burial. They had prepared spices & perfume with which to anoint the body of Jesus when the Sabbath was past; but when they arrive at the tomb it was open and the body of Jesus was not there.

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7745 - His Resurrection

What an amazing experience it must have been to visit the tomb of Jesus to honor him after his death, only to find it empty.

In our last study together we examined the events occurring in the burial of Jesus.

The events of our study today took place three days later, surrounding the resurrection of Jesus.

Let me read Luke 24:1-8:

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.

They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: `The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'"

Then they remembered his words.

Matthew tells us that there was a great earthquake in the morning as an angel came and rolled away the stone.

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7744 - Burial

Through the gift and obedience of one man, the body of Jesus had an honorable resting place, but only for a few days.

Jesus was dead. Who was going to care for the body?

Listen to Luke 23:50-56 which answers this question.

Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea and he was waiting for the kingdom of God.

Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.

It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Two men who had not been in the crowd who followed Jesus stepped forth. One of them was a man called Joseph from Arimathea. Joseph was a member of the Sanhedrin. He was a good and upright man who had not agreed to the actions and decision of the council majority. This assures us that the death sentence for Jesus had not been a unanimous decision.

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7743 - His Death

We have now come to study about the death of Jesus on the cross.

Listen to Luke 23:44-49:

It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.

The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man."

When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away.

But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

According to Mark’s gospel (Mk. 15:25), Jesus was placed on the cross about 9:00 a.m.

For three hours many taunted Jesus and belittled him, until about twelve noon. At that time the elements of creation gave their witness to what was taking place for an additional three-hour period. The sun stopped shining and darkness enveloped the earth. Matthew tells us there was a heavy earthquake in which rocks were broken apart.

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7742 - Today With Me

Our study in the book of Luke has brought us to Luke 23:33-43. These words tell of events just prior to the death of Jesus.


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When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals; one on his right, the other on his left.

Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One."

The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself."

There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"

But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."

Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

Jesus was often criticized by the Jews for associating with people they considered unclean — the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind. Even in death those were the type of people around him. Two convicted criminals were led out with Jesus to be executed by crucifixion. The cross of Jesus was placed between those of the two criminals.

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7741 - On the Road

After Pilate’s act of yieldedness to the demand of the mob who called for the crucifixion of Jesus, he surrendered Jesus to the soldiers. The trip to Golgotha began with Jesus bearing his own cross; but Jesus had been beaten and abused so badly throughout his sleepless night, that he staggered and could not carry his own cross any farther. But let me read Luke 23:26-32 which, describes what happened on the road to Golgotha.

As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.

Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when you will say, `Blessed are the barren women and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!' Then "`they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!" “For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.



Simon of Cyrene, a foreigner, was conscripted by the soldiers to take up the cross, which Jesus didn’t have the strength to carry, and to follow behind Jesus in the procession.

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7740 - The Mob Rules

Today we study the last of the seven examinations of Jesus. This final trial was before Pilate, the Roman governor over Judea.

I’ll read Luke 23:13-25, but we will also look at other passages.

Pilate called together the chief priests, rulers and the people, and said to them, "You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. Therefore, I will punish him and then release him. "

With one voice they cried out, "Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!" (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)

Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. But they kept shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"

For the third time he spoke to them: "Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him."

But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.

So Pilate decided to grant their demand. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.

When the crowd returned to Pilate from Herod’s place, Pilate called the Jewish leaders and the other people together and addressed them: “You brought this man to me as a disturber of the peace. I examined him and found there was no basis for your charge. Herod also found no offense in him, for he sent him back here with no outstanding charge. It’s clear he has done nothing wrong, and certainly nothing deserving death. Now, I’m going to warn him and set him free.

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7739 - Before Herod

In our studies we have been following the series of examinations, which Jesus faced after his arrest. We have looked at his examination before Annas, then before Caiaphas. Next came his appearance before the illegal meeting of the Sanhedrin in the late nighttime. Finally at dawn the council assembled and condemned Jesus to death. However, the Jews did not have authority to carry out the death sentence so they took Jesus before Pilate, the governor of Judea, seeking for him to render a crucifixion decree.

Pilate, on finding that Jesus was from Galilee, sent Jesus to Herod, the Roman authority over Galilee. This would be his sixth examination in a few short hours.

Today let’s look closely at Herod’s questioning of Jesus. Only Luke’s gospel shares these happenings. I’ll read Luke 23:8-12:

When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see Jesus perform some miracle. He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer.

The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him.

Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him, dressed him in an elegant robe, and sent him back to Pilate.

That day Herod and Pilate became friends --before this they had been enemies.

This Herod was Herod Antipas who was the Roman authority over Galilee. He was one of the three sons of Herod the great. He is also the Herod who had John the Baptist beheaded.

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7738 - Before Pilate

In our study through the book of Luke, today we look at the trial of Jesus before Pilate the Roman governor of Judea.

I will read Luke 23:1-7, then we can have more discussion.

Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, "We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king."

So Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, "I find no basis for a charge against this man."

But they insisted, "He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here."

On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. When he learned that Jesus was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.

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7737 - You Are Right

The first legal and formal examination of Jesus by the Sanhedrin occurred at daybreak, the morning of his crucifixion.

Listen to Luke 22:66-71:

At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. "If you are the Christ, " they said, "tell us."

Jesus answered, "If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God."

They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?" He replied, "You are right in saying I am."

Then they said, "Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips."

There were a couple of considerations, which hastened the actions of the Jewish leaders.

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7736 - Peter's Denial

Today we continue to follow the dealings with Jesus after he had been arrested on the Mount of Olives.

As Jesus was being questioned by Caiaphas in his palace, which had high outer walls enclosing a courtyard, Peter secured admittance to the courtyard and joined the guards and others around a fire, which they had kindled.

Listen to Luke 22:54-62 which tells us what happened.

Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. But when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them.

A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, "This man was with him." But he denied it. "Woman, I don't know him," he said.

A little later someone else saw him and said, "You are one of them." "Man, I am not!" Peter replied.

About an hour later another asserted, "Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean." Peter replied, "Man, I don't know what you're talking about!" Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.

The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Notice only Peter is mentioned. We know from the record in John’s gospel, that John likewise was present. None of the other disciples are mentioned. Peter sat by the fire among this crowd, which was hostile to Jesus.

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7735 - Arrest

Today we look at the record of the arrest of Jesus, as it is recorded in Luke 22:47-53. Listen:

While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"

When Jesus' followers saw what was going to happen, they said, "Lord, should we strike with our swords?" And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.

But Jesus answered, "No more of this!" And he touched the man's ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour --when darkness reigns."

Judas appeared on the scene there on the side of the Mount of Olives where Jesus and his disciples often overnighted.

Judas approached Jesus to give him a kiss. This had been a prearranged sign by which Jesus was to be identified by Judas for the crowd.

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7734 - Agony

Our study in the book of Luke has carried us to the Mount of Olives, where Jesus and his apostles often went. This night is the last in the earthly life of Jesus.

Listen to Luke 22:39-46:

Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation."

He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. "Why are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation."

This is one of the most agonizing scenes we find in the life of Jesus. The heart of Jesus must have been breaking. We may conclude that this was not because of his thinking about the physical agony of the cross, but rather his contemplation that for the first time in eternity his untarnished being was to be weighed down with sin — the combined sin of humanity.

Perhaps he thought upon the truth of God that: “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong (Hab. 1:13).” His breaking heart may have come from the knowledge that for the first time in eternity the blessed, loving relationship between Father God and the Son of God would be broken.

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7733 - Fulfilled Prophecy

Today let’s dig into a portion of God’s Word together.

Listen to Luke 22:35-38.

Then Jesus asked them, "When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?" "Nothing," they answered. He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: `And he was numbered with the transgressors' ; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment."

The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords." "That is enough," he replied.

This passage may at first appear to be only words of instruction from Jesus to the apostles, but let’s look closely.

Jesus asks these men about the reliability of his instructions to them in past months. The idea was, “Has it been true that the Father has cared for you even when I sent you on missions without taking along items which people normally take with them on a trip?”

The apostles gave positive responses. We have lacked nothing they reply. We have been provided for very well.

What follows emphasized the truth that every word uttered or written by divine inspiration by prophets of God will be satisfied. Many had been fulfilled before Jesus spoke these words, but many remained to unfold in time.

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7732 - Simon

In our last few studies together we have discussed several different scenes, which occurred in the upper room as the apostles enjoyed their last evening with Jesus before his arrest.

Today let’s listen to an exchange between Simon Peter and Jesus. Listen to Luke 22:31-34.

"Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."

But he replied, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death."

Jesus answered, "I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me."

Simon Peter was introduced to Jesus by his brother Andrew. This was shortly after John the Baptist had proclaimed to the crowd of people who had come to hear his teaching, that Jesus was the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world; the very Son of God.

A small group of fishermen had come to the Jordan valley to hear John the Baptist. Andrew and John first got acquainted with Jesus, and they got excited. Listen to John 1:41-42: “The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘we have found the Messiah’. Then he brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas (which, when translated, is Peter)’”

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7731 - The Torch

What a rich blessing we’ve had as we studied about Jesus and his apostles enjoying a last intimate evening together in the upper room. During this meal the Lord has continued to teach them truths, which were pertinent to their life after he departs, and which gave insights into his relationship with Christians during the age of the Church.

In Luke 22:28-30 we detect that Jesus is passing the torch to these faithful men who had lived with him, traveled with him, ministered with him, suffered deprivations with him and had even endured scorn with him.

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You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Jesus acknowledges the faithfulness of these eleven apostles who remained in the room, since Judas had already departed.

Jesus said, “I confer on you a kingdom...” Those words ring with the sound of something new in the making.

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7730 - Arguing

This scene we study today observes the apostles around the table as they celebrate the Passover meal with Jesus the night before his crucifixion. Listen to Luke 22:24-30:

Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.

But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

During this final, intimate dinner with Jesus, after he had instituted the taking of bread and drinking of wine in remembrance of his own life and death; there around the table they began to argue with one another over which of them was considered to be the greatest.

It seems they were ignoring all the teaching Jesus had poured into them during the past three years. However this was not the first time the apostles argued among themselves. Once on the way to Capernaum they had been arguing as they were walking along the road. Jesus confronted them after they reached their destination about their argument, but they kept quiet because they had been quibbling about who was the greatest (Mk. 9:33-34).

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7729 - A Betrayer

In our study through the book of Luke we have come to the final night in the life of Jesus on earth. He has joined with the twelve apostles for the Passover meal. At one point in the meal the one who was to betray Jesus was revealed.

Listen to Luke 22, verses 21-23:

But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table.

The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him."

They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.

As Luke writes here, he does not give the name of the betrayer, only that Jesus says, “the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table.”

Don’t you know that all eyes traveled the perimeter of that table to see whose hand was on the table with the hand of Jesus.

The other gospels tell of the sorrow that filled the apostles. They even began to question Jesus, “Is it I, Lord?” one by one.

In a previous study we learned that Judas had already gone to the chief priests and bargained with them about what they might give to Judas for delivering Jesus to them in the absence of the multitude, which usually surrounded him in the temple.

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7728 - The Last Supper

In our last study together we reviewed how Peter and John had been sent into Jerusalem to prepare the Passover meal for Jesus and the disciples.

Today we find Jesus and his apostles, at the end of the day, reclining at the table for the meal. Day has faded into evening. At 6:00 p.m. the Jewish Friday began, so Jesus is less than twenty-four hours from the grave.

Listen to Luke 22:14-20:

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God."

After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

Notice that this is an intimate setting of only the twelve with Jesus. Many times as they gathered other disciples were also present with them, but this night is devoted to a final night with those whom he had spent so many hours preparing them for the ministry which, Jesus knew was ahead for them.

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7727 - Preparation

We are now in chapter 22 in our study through the book of Luke. We have discussed the busy days Jesus experienced in Jerusalem, which culminated in his completion of busy Tuesday. On this day Jesus silenced the various Jewish groups who questioned his authority and teaching.

Apparently Jesus spent the Wednesday of this week prior to Passover with his disciples in retirement; perhaps in Bethany.

The scene from Luke 22:7-13 occurs Thursday. Bear in mind Jesus will be arrested in Gethsemane late tonight after this day with the disciples.

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Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go, make preparations for us to eat the Passover."

"Where do you want us to prepare for it?" they asked. He replied, "As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, `The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples? He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there."

They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

On this special day the Passover lamb was to be sacrificed by the Jewish people. This was a continuation of the covenant instituted by God with the people of Israel in Egypt. They had spent 430 years (Ex. 12:41) in Egypt ending up as slaves under bitter servitude.

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7726 - Judas, the Traitor

Our study in the book of Luke has brought us to chapter 22, verses 1-6. Listen:

Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.

The political climate in Jerusalem as the Passover time was eminent was a boiling cauldron. The Jewish leaders were plotting to kill Jesus. On the other hand the people believed that Jesus was present in order to establish his Kingdom, thus overthrowing the Romans.

The passage today reveals to us how the plan of God would be fulfilled in this hotbed of feelings.

The parallel gospels tell us that this incident given by Luke in this passage occurs as the disciples and Jesus were in the home of Simon in Bethany where Mary anointed Jesus. Judas was indignant in his perception of Mary’s waste of this costly ointment, so he reproved her for not donating this gift to the poor (Jn. 12). John’s gospel tells us this was not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and being the keeper of the group’s purse he helped himself to what was available for his own personal use.

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7725 - Life With Purpose

As we come to the end of Luke, chapter twenty-one, we grow a step closer to the end of the life of Jesus.

Luke 21:37-38 tells us:

Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple.

Jesus entered Jerusalem on the previous Friday, six days before the Passover (Jn. 12:1). We have no record of any activity on the Sabbath, but Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were occupied as Jesus shared with people.

As Luke tells us in this passage, each day Jesus was in the temple area teaching, healing and interacting with people. All the people came early in the morning to listen to his teaching. The temple courtyard was the place where many of the visitors to Jerusalem would have assembled during these pre-Passover days.

At night Jesus and his disciples hiked across the Kidron Valley to overnight on the Mount of Olives.

Matthew tells us that the blind and the lame came to the temple to find Jesus. He reached out to these needy people and healed them.

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7724 - Be Watchful

Today we are investigating words, which Jesus spoke to his disciples late Tuesday before his arrest on Thursday night. Luke 21:34-36 gives these words:

"Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."

Why would Jesus tell his disciples to be careful not to be caught up in the world’s ways of dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life? This is a present danger in the nature of humanity. But Jesus likely spoke these words for your benefit, and for mine, and for every Christian since the church was born at Pentecost.

Put this in perspective. Jesus would soon be leaving. He had just told them that one day he would return to establish the kingdom of God on earth.

So he warns them that those who are to be future participants in the Kingdom will not be those who fall into habitual sinful living. They should purpose, by the power of the indwelling Christ, to not fall into a worldly lifestyle.

1 John (5:18) tells us: “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God [that’s Jesus] keeps him safe, and the evil one does not touch him.” Eugene Peterson put it this way: “The God-begotten are also God-protected.”

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7723 - Notice the Signs

As we have been studying in Luke 21 we have been impressed that Jesus has shared with his disciples the signs in history and in time, which announce that the return of the Lord Jesus to earth is drawing near.

Let’s investigate Luke 21:29-33 today. They say:

He told them this parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourself and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. "I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

At this time in the life of Jesus he is in Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover. He has come here, along with his disciples, with full knowledge that this is the appointed time to die for the sins of mankind. He is just days away from his death.

After outlining many signs, which would precede his return, he calls attention to the life of a fig tree. Perhaps he mentions a fig tree because it often is viewed as a symbol for the nation Israel. He reminds them that any tree gives a vivid and true announcement that summer is soon to arrive. It does not take many days until the entire tree has a green hue.

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7722 - Christ is Coming

We are presently studying in Luke 21. In this chapter we find Jesus giving the disciples an overview of some future history of Israel and the world.

The passage for study today tells us about the Lord’s return to earth in majesty to set up his glorious kingdom. Listen to Luke 21:25-28:

"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

In previous verses Jesus has given a list of events, which will occur prior to the end of the present order of things.

Now he gets specific. The heavenly bodies — the sun, moon and stars, will be used by God to send a message of coming events.

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7721 - Times of the Gentiles

In our study of the book of Luke we are now in chapter 21, within the last week of the life of Jesus.
The primary subject of chapter 21 is Jesus sharing prophetically about the future of Israel and Jerusalem.
Jesus has been sharing with his disciples for three years that he had come into the world to give his life to save the world. He has told them in plain, direct terms that during this final week the things written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He would be killed, but would rise again on the third day.
In the passage today, Jesus unfolds much information about the Jews and Jerusalem.
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"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
Jesus talks about the city of Jerusalem being surrounded by armies. This was not an entirely new concept to the Jews. Centuries earlier armies had occasionally surrounded Jerusalem. God often spared the city but in 586 BC the Babylonians took the people into captivity and completely destroyed the city, even the walls.

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7720 - Signs of the End

A day or so before Jesus was arrested by the police of the Sanhedrin Jesus entered into discussion about future events with his disciples. Among other things Jesus told them these words from Lk. 21:9-11:

When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away." Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.



Prior to these words Jesus had shared that the beautiful temple would one day be destroyed. The disciples asked Jesus what would the signs that these things would take place? Jesus here shares more with his disciples than information about the temple’s destruction. He gave them what is commonly referred to as the signs of the “End of the Age.”

Jesus tells the disciples that these things would not come about in the near future. Little did the disciples comprehend, as well as the leaders of the church in early centuries, that Jesus would not soon be returning as the conquering king. Even New Testament writers of later decades gave expressions that indicate they expected the Lord’s soon return.

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7719 - Persecution

Let’s look together at Luke 21:12-19. Listen to the words:

"But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. This will result in your being witnesses to them.

But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.

Those words “before all this” refer back to the words of Jesus regarding the coming of the end. In those end times in which we are presently living, many of God’s children are called upon to face persecution for our faith. Some will be brought before governing bodies. Such governing bodies in some countries serve as both the spiritual authority and the civil authority. That’s the way the Jewish synagogues were during the ministry of Jesus.

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7718 - Jerusalem's Future

In our study through the book of Luke we have come to events just a few days prior to his death on the cross. In this last week of the life of Jesus he has invested many hours in teaching the people and sparing with his foes within the courts of the temple.

Perhaps these hours in the temple prompted the discussion in Luke 21:5-9 between Jesus and his disciples. Listen to this passage:

Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, "As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down."

"Teacher," they asked, "when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?"

He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, `I am he,' and, `The time is near.' Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away."


The temple in place during the life of Jesus was not the beautiful temple built by Solomon. Solomon’s temple was the first. It was built to replace the tabernacle which was put together in the wilderness after Israel left Egypt. Solomon’s temple had great splendor. It was destroyed in the seventh century B.C. by the Babylonians.

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7717 - Widow's Offering

In our study of the gospel by Luke we are entering chapter 21.

Luke is the only Gentile writer in the New Testament. He was not a participant in any of these events about which he writes. We have no indication when Dr. Luke became a believer in Jesus Christ, but he first entered the leadership circle of Christendom in the city of Troas during Paul’s second missionary journey. Over an extended period of time Luke gathered facts by observation, reading and interviews with many of those who walked and interacted with Jesus while he lived on earth. After careful investigation, his avowed intention as he wrote, was to give an orderly and accurate account of the life of Jesus. Luke is the only gospel writer who gives many of the insights in his gospel.

Today let’s look at Luke 21:1-4 regarding the widow’s offering:

As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. "I tell you the truth," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on."

This scene takes place in the temple court. Jesus had just warned his disciples and those who were listening, regarding the motivation for doing religious service. The passage tells us Jesus saw the area where the people dropped in their donation to the temple treasury. Scholars tell us there were seven boxes in this area to receive the temple tax from people as it became due. In addition, there were six boxes designated to receive the freewill offerings which people graciously gave.
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7716 - Lord Over David

In our study through the book of Luke we are now in the last week of the life of Jesus. He has come to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover. Soon he will die on the cross.

In Luke 20:41-47 Jesus spoke to the crowd, which surrounded him. Listen as I read these verses:

Then Jesus said to them, "How is it that they say the Christ is the Son of David? David himself declares in the Book of Psalms: "`The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." ' David calls him `Lord.' How then can he be his son?"

While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, "Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely."

This passage has two different subjects. In the first Jesus is seeking to bring understanding into the minds of the people regarding the Christ, or Messiah.

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7715 - The Sadducees

Let’s focus upon Luke 20:27-40 today. Listen:

Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. "Teacher," they said, "Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. The second and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Finally, the woman died too. Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?"

Jesus replied, "The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in this age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection. But in the account of the bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord `the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive."



Some of the teachers of the law responded, "Well said, teacher!" And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Friend, who are these Sadducees who have come to question Jesus?Let’s focus upon Luke 20:27-40 today. Listen:

Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. "Teacher," they said, "Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. The second and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Finally, the woman died too. Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?"

Jesus replied, "The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in this age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection. But in the account of the bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord `the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive."



Some of the teachers of the law responded, "Well said, teacher!" And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Friend, who are these Sadducees who have come to question Jesus?
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7714 - To Ceasar and God

The religious leaders in Jerusalem brought up the subject of paying taxes. Listen as I read Luke 20:20-26:

Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. So the spies questioned him: "Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"

He saw through their duplicity and said to them, "Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?" "Caesar's," they replied. He said to them, "Then give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."

They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.

Friend, these leaders were continuing to seek a way to trap Jesus. They chose the subject of taxation to test Jesus. They thought they had the perfect question. If Jesus said that people should pay taxes then this would drive a wedge between him and the people. They already felt they paid more to Rome than necessary.

However, if Jesus said they should not pay taxes then the Romans would have arrested Jesus for sedition and would have prosecuted him.
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7713 - Parable of the Tenants

Let’s discuss one of the parables of Jesus today. Listen as I real Luke 20:9-19:

He went on to tell the people this parable: "A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out. "Then the owner of the vineyard said, `What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.' "But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. `This is the heir,' they said. `Let's kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. "What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others." When the people heard this, they said, "May this never be!" Jesus looked directly at them and asked, "Then what is the meaning of that which is written: "`The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone' Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed." The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.

This parable is given shortly after the Jewish leaders have confronted Jesus about the authority for his ministry.

These leaders were jealously protecting their power position in Israel. With callused hearts they refused to listen to the message Jesus was sharing regarding the Kingdom of God and its nearness to them. They even rejected the miracles which authenticated the truth of what Jesus claimed about his divinity.
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7712 - Authority Questioned

In our study through the gospel of Luke we have come to the events in the last week of the life of Jesus.

The last week in the life of Jesus is very significant. The space allotted by each gospel to this week indicates this. Luke gives about 23% of its space to this last week. Matthew gives 28%, Mark gives 37% while John gives 45%,

This really should not surprise us since the events of this week — his unjust suffering, his accusation and crucifixion, and then his resurrection, were the very reasons Jesus came to earth.

I pray the Lord will bless each of us as we study the events of this week in detail.

One thing we will notice in these chapters is the increased hostility toward Jesus from the Jewish leaders. They resisted the truth of his life and message from the beginning. They scorned and rejected John the Baptist as he proclaimed Jesus to be the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world. They ridiculed and disdained his miracles and his teaching. Many times the Bible relates to us that they schemed how they could put Jesus to death.

Listen to Luke 20:1-8 about this kind of deal.

Luke 20:1-8 One day as he was teaching the people in the temple courts and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. "Tell us by what authority you are doing these things," they said. "Who gave you this authority?" He replied, "I will also ask you a question. Tell me, John's baptism --was it from heaven, or from men?"

They discussed it among themselves and said, "If we say, `From heaven,' he will ask, `Why didn't you believe him?' But if we say, `From men,' all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet."

So they answered, "We don't know where it was from." Jesus said, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things."

The Temple courtyard was the place Jesus did a great deal of teaching in the last days of his life. The spiritual hunger within the people was satisfied by the teaching of Jesus.
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7711 - Cleansing the Temple

Join us for a study in God’s Word today as we talk about Jesus asserting his authority over the Temple there in Jerusalem.

Let me read Luke 19:45-48.

Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. "It is written," he said to them, "‘My house will be a house of prayer'; but you have made it `a den of robbers.' Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.”

This was not the first recorded incident in which Jesus demonstrated his wrath against those who dared to turn the Temple into a place of business instead of the holy place of prayer and worship.

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7710 - Triumphal Entry

Join us today as we share the record of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. I will read Luke 19:28-44. Listen:

After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, `Why are you untying it?' tell him, `The Lord needs it.'" Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them.

As they were untying the colt, its owner asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?" They replied, "The Lord needs it."

They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace --but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave even one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you."

As Jesus approached Bethany just across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem, he sent a couple of his disciples to fetch a colt which no one had ever ridden. They brought the colt back and placed their cloaks on him so Jesus could ride him. Let’s focus upon Luke 20:27-40 today. Listen:

Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. "Teacher," they said, "Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. The second and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Finally, the woman died too. Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?"

Jesus replied, "The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in this age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection. But in the account of the bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord `the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive."



Some of the teachers of the law responded, "Well said, teacher!" And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Friend, who are these Sadducees who have come to question Jesus?
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7709 - Give Account

At this time Jesus was in Jericho making his way to Jerusalem. We focus on Luke 19:11-27. Listen as I read these verses:

While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.

He said: "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. `Put this money to work,' he said, `until I come back.'

"But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, `We don't want this man to be our king.' "He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.

"The first one came and said, `Sir, your mina has earned ten more.' "`Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. `Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.'

"The second came and said, `Sir, your mina has earned five more.' "His master answered, `You take charge of five cities.'

"Then another servant came and said, `Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.' "His master replied, `I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? Why then didn't you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?'

"Then he said to those standing by, `Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.' "`Sir,' they said, `he already has ten!'

"He replied, `I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away. But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them --bring them here and kill them in front of me.'"

Notice the fact that the people who were following along with Jesus have in their anticipation that Jesus would soon bring in the Kingdom of God there in Jerusalem. Their eyes were focused on the one whom they considered as the conquering King Jesus, and they desired to be a part of this, to see it take place. They would be glad to see the Romans put to flight. They simply did not understand that Jesus was destined to soon die as the atoning sacrifice in Jerusalem.

Jesus likely wanted to dispel any disappointment that could spring up among his followers when he was crucified on the cross.
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7708 - Zachaeus

Luke 19:1-10 :

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today." So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a `sinner.'"

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount."

Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."

Friend, the focus in this incident is on a man who was successful in the eyes of the business world. He had become a rich man. He had also ruffled some feathers of some Jewish people, because he was a chief tax collector. That meant to them the he was working for the opposition, the Romans; and that wasn’t a popular thing among some Jewish people.

But Zacchaeus had a heart which was not satisfied or fulfilled.

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7707 - The Blind Healed

Jesus and his disciples would soon be in Jerusalem for the Passover. In our passage for today, Luke 18:35-43, they are approaching Jericho, about eighteen miles northeast of Jerusalem.

Let me read the passage:

35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.

36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.

37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."

38 He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"

39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,

41 "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied.

42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you."

43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

Dr. Luke is giving us insights into teaching episodes, or opportunities for healing.

In this passage we observe a blind man who is sitting beside the road begging from the crowds of people who are passing on the road on their way to Passover.

We can tell he knows about Jesus because when it is explained to him that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by, he quickly grasps the situation and calls out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” This blind man had already come to the point that he believed that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the Son of David. This was a term for the Messiah, so this blind man had already had faith to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. This means he likely knew the power of the Messiah to heal the lame, and even to raise the dead.

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7706 - Death Foretold

At this point in our study of Luke’s gospel, Jesus and his disciples are on their way to Jerusalem for his final Passover. Of course the disciples did not know this. In Luke 18:31-34 Jesus shares with the twelve about what is going to unfold in Jerusalem.

31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.

32 He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him.

33 On the third day he will rise again."

34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.

Here Jesus was preparing his apostles for those days in Jerusalem when the very faith of these men would be tested. Jesus had previously talked to some of these men about some of these events on three different occasions. This passage is the most open revelation of these coming events of any previous conversation.

Jesus refers to the prophetic writings, which told of this sacrifice in Jerusalem, and he told them that all those prophesies would be fulfilled.

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7705 - Even the Rich

As Jesus and his disciples proceed toward Jerusalem, people continued to seek his counsel. In Luke 18: verses 18-30 we read:


18 A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good --except God alone.

20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.' "

21 "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said.

22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.

24 Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!

25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

26 Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"

27 Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."

28 Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!"

29 "I tell you the truth," Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God

30 Will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life."

Here a young ruler comes to Jesus. He asks: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”.

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7704 - Little Children

In our study through the book of Luke we are now in Luke 18. Listen to verses 15-17.

Luke 18:15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.

Luke 18:16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Luke 18:17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

The people were bringing their babies to Jesus to have him touch them. The word translated babies may also be translated infants. The parallel passage in both Matthew and Mark uses the term “little children.”

This was a social custom for parents to bring their infants or little children to a holy man for a blessing.

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7703 - Humble Yourself

Our passage is Like 18: verses 9-14. As I read them you will understand that Jesus is speaking about humility.

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: `God, I thank you that I am not like other men --robbers, evildoers, adulterers --or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'

"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, `God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'

"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

We are told that Jesus directed this parable to some who were self-confident regarding their own righteousness. This means that there was a pride factor in some of the people to whom he is talking. In fact their exalted attitude about themselves caused them to look down on everybody else. That description paints a clear picture of a person who is egotistical and who considers himself to be better that everyone else.

They required the people, to whom they ministered, to keep every little detail of the law, and they performed in public to give the image of one who kept the law, but Jesus knew their heart. He knew what happened behind closed doors, and he called them hypocrites because their walk did not match their talk. Most Pharisees would never admit to being a sinner.

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7702 - Persitence

In our study through the book of Luke we are now in Luke 18. Listen to verses 15-17.


Luke 18:15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them.

Luke 18:16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Luke 18:17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."

The people were bringing their babies to Jesus to have him touch them. The word translated babies may also be translated infants. The parallel passage in both Matthew and Mark uses the term “little children.”

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7701 - The Coming Kingdom

Luke 17:20-37 contains statements made by Jesus about the Kingdom of God.

Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, `Here it is,' or `There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."

Then he said to his disciples, "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. Men will tell you, `There he is!' or `Here he is!' Do not go running off after them. For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.

But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

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7700 - Thank You

In our lesson for today we find Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem. This is his last trip to Jerusalem. He’s on his way to Passover. In Jerusalem he will soon be crucified.

Today we will look at Luke 17: verses 11-19:

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"

When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him; and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"

Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

In these last few months Jesus has chosen to minister outside of Jerusalem. He has ministered to many crowds in the area of Perea, east of the Jordan.
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7699 - Obedience is Normal

Human pride is an attribute warned against in Scripture, but the flesh is prideful indeed. Listen to Luke 17:7-10, then we will talk more.

"Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, `Come along now and sit down to eat'? Would he not rather say, `Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'? Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?

So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'"

In the culture surrounding Jesus many had servants who lived on the master’s place. They not only worked the fields and tended the herds, but they had duties in the house as well. These duties all blended into the job description.
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7698 - Faith

As Jesus was teaching his apostles one day, they expressed their desire for Jesus to increase their faith.

Listen to Luke 17:5-6 and then we will discuss this.

“The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, `Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.”

The apostles had progressed in their relationship with Jesus to the point where they understood that faith was an attribute needed by every follower of Jesus.

They had just heard from Jesus that they were to forgive any offending brother who came and repented.

They knew that forgiveness is a matter from the heart and not just the lips. The heart must be set straight. There must be no left over bitterness or resentment.
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7697 - Don't Cause SIn

In our study through the book of Luke we are now in the later months of the life of Jesus. Because of the intense plotting by the Jewish leaders to put Jesus to death he has withdrawn from Jerusalem to the region of Perea, which is east of the Jordan. In that region crowds have come to hear him teach and to experience his healing touch.

In Luke 17: verses 1-4, Jesus is teaching about sin. Listen:

“Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. So watch yourself. "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, `I repent,' forgive him."

Jesus is straightforward with his disciples as he tells them that temptations to sin are bound to come. That has been the pattern since the sin of Adam in the garden of Eden. There, the devil tempted Adam and Eve, and they yielded to sin. Since that time the devil has continued his destructive mission to steal and kill and destroy. He wants to steal from believers those grace gifts which are bestowed upon every Christian. The most common theft from God’s children is to rob us of the peace which Jesus has given us. The devil does that by lying to us about God’s promises and our own weakness. He brings fear and he distracts us from the truth that we are totally dependent upon Christ for strength, guidance and resources as we live day by day. If we continue to listen to the devil then he destroys our witness, killing the fruit which the Holy Spirit desires to bear through us.

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7696 - Rich Man and Lazarus

Only in Luke 16 do we find the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. We learn much about life after death in this passage. It reads:

Luke 16:19-31 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

"The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, `Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.'

"But Abraham replied, `Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.'

"He answered, `Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'

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7695 - Pharisees

May God shine the light of His Word upon our path today.

In Luke 16 Jesus is talking to his disciples; however, some Pharisees were listening to the conversation.

Jesus had been teaching that no one can serve both God and money.

Listen to Luke 16: verses 14-18:
The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourself in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight. "The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law. "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

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7694 - Stewardship

Join us for a study in God’s Word today.

In Luke 16, let’s look at some words by Jesus about stewardship.

First, I will read Luke 16:1-13 then we can discuss it:

Jesus told his disciples: "There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, `What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.'

"The manager said to himself, `What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I'm not strong enough to dig, and I'm ashamed to beg-- I know what I'll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.'

"So he called in each one of his master's debtors. He asked the first, `How much do you owe my master?' "`Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,' he replied. "The manager told him, `Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.' "Then he asked the second, `And how much do you owe?' "`A thousand bushels of wheat,' he replied. "He told him, `Take your bill and make it eight hundred.'

"The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.
I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?

"No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."
In this story, which Jesus relates to the disciples the chief financial officer of a rich man was fired. He was told to close out the books and prepare to depart.


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7693 - Self Righteous

We’re told God’s Word is sweeter than honey and drippings from the honeycomb. Together let’s taste a portion of His Word today.

In Luke 15, as the Lord Jesus was teaching, he came to the climax of the parable about the lost son. This son which was dead in relationship to his father had returned. In humility he had repented of his sin and failure. But even as he spoke the father was pouring out acts of love upon him. There was reconciliation. A celebration followed this joyful reunion.

Then Jesus continues with the parable by telling about the eldest son who had remained on the homeplace which now belonged to him.

Let me read Luke 15:25-32 and then we’ll talk more:
"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. `Your brother has come,' he replied, `and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'

"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, `Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'

"`My son,' the father said, `you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'"

This passage about the older brother symbolizes the Pharisees and the teachers of the law. They had the same attitude toward the sinners who surrounded Jesus as the attitude of the older son toward his young brother.

The older son who had been working in the fields heard the sounds of festivity when approaching the house. There were sounds of music and dancing.

After getting a report about what was taking place this older son became angry. There was no joy, no compassion over the return of the younger son.
In the same way the Jewish leaders were angry with the message which Jesus was proclaiming throughout the land. They were offended that Jesus had extended the message of repentance and new life to people who were not Jewish. Pagans and Gentiles were being prepared for entry to the Kingdom. To the Jews this was unthinkable. Just to touch a Gentile rendered them unclean. How could they accept their entry into the family of God?

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7691 - Lost Son

Its such a joy to have you join us today as we consider the parable of the lost son, found in Luke 15.

Listen as I read Luke 15 verses 11-24.

Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, `Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.

"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

"When he came to his senses, he said, `How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.'

So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

"The son said to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. ' "But the father said to his servants, `Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.

Although an inheritance is not usually received until the death of the parent, in this parable the younger son impulsively asks the father for his portion while the Father is healthy and productive.

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7690 - Lost Coin

In Luke 15 Jesus tells the crowds of people who swarm around him three parables about items which are lost to their owners.

The first is about a lost sheep. Only one out of 100, but it was worthy to be sought out, rescued and brought home. We previously looked at that parable.

Today we look at the second parable. One of ten silver coins was lost.

We’ll discuss the third parable in our next Bible study together.

Listen as I read Luke 15 verses 8-10.
"Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, `Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

In the parable about the lost sheep Jesus spoke about a subject familiar to most men in the crowd. Keeping sheep was a common practice and the men would have been familiar with the smells, sounds and challenges of a flock of sheep.

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7688 - Lost Sheep

The crowds around Jesus usually had two sub-groups.

The first sub-group was made up of the poor, the sick, the crippled, people along with the blind and lame, the leper and many known to be living impure lives. These were the people eager to hear of the hope Jesus offered, and perhaps experience his healing touch.

The second sub-group was made up of Pharisees and teachers of the law. These were the “in crowd.” They were in charge of Jewish affairs, both religious and governmental. They made great effort to outwardly show a good life; but inside they were scheming and greedy. They had hardened their hearts against Jesus and his message.

The second group scorned the first group and avoided touching or associating with them because that would make them unclean. They thought of the people in the first group as sinners.

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7687 - Count the Cost

We rejoice when you join us to study a portion of God’s Word.

We are now in Luke 14. These events occur as Jesus is teaching in Perea, east of the Jordan. It is now about three months until the crucifixion.
Crowds came to hear Jesus and to be with Him. Jesus is saying to the people “count the cost of discipleship.”

Listen to Luke 14:25-35:
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters --yes, even his own life --he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, `This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'

"Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.

In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. "Salt is good, but if it’s lost its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?

Friend, Jesus Christ is the only source of fulfillment, joy, peace, love, and all those qualities, which the heart is designed to long for. Hungry hearts account for the great crowds of people who came to Jesus.

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7685 - Great Banquet

Join us as we hide God’s Word in our heart that we might not sin against the Lord.

Today we continue our study in Luke 14. Jesus was in the home of a prominent Pharisee having a meal.

Listen to Luke 14:15-24:
When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, "Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God."

Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, `Come, for everything is now ready.' "But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, `I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.' "Another said, `I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.' "Still another said, `I just got married, so I can't come.'

"The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, `Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.'

"`Sir,' the servant said, `what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'

"Then the master told his servant, `Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'"

The man who addressed Jesus regarding the feast in the Kingdom of God speaks from the prevailing attitude of the Pharisees who assumed they were on their way to heaven because of their outward righteousness based on good works.

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7684 - Humility Honored

Today let’s dig into a portion of God’s word together, and we’ll notice that Humility is to be honored.

Listen to Luke 14:7-14:
When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: "When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, `Give this man your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, `Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

This scene flows out of the previous verses which tell us Jesus was the guest of one of the leaders among the Pharisees and that several other Pharisees and experts in the law were also guests at this meal.

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7683 - Silent Resistance

In our study through the book of Luke we have progressed to those passages, which are given only by Dr. Luke. The region in which these events took place was Perea, a large geographic area east of the Jordan. The time period for these events was about three months. Jesus went from here to Jerusalem for the final week of his life on earth.

Today we look at Luke 14:1-6. Listen:

1One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 2There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. 3Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?" 4But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away.

5Then he asked them, "If one of you has a son or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull him out?" 6And they had nothing to say.

This is not the first time that healing on the Sabbath had brought conflict between the Pharisees and Jesus. The unfolding of the record of this meal declares the hard-heartedness of the Jews, especially the religious leaders, toward Jesus. After a great many miracles, which fulfilled passages of prophecy and pointed to the Messiah, most Jewish leaders scoffed and denied the work and teaching of Jesus.

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7682 - Matter of Will

Our study for today gives us an intimate picture of Jesus in his longing for those Jews in Jerusalem to come to him, to believe in him.

31At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, "Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you."

32He replied, "Go tell that fox, 'I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.' 33In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

34"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 35Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"

This passage opens with a bit of intrigue. A group of Pharisees came to Jesus with a message. On the surface this appears to be a group of Pharisees who are concerned for the welfare of Jesus, but the actions and words of Jesus show this to be an attempt to get him out of their area, further from their affairs which often were unjust and evil.

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7681 - Narrow Door

Today we consider the most important topic in life, the topic of salvation. The topic is introduced by a question from one of those in the crowd following Jesus in Luke 13.

Listen to Luke 13:22-30; then we’ll have more discussion.

22Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. 23Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?"

He said to them, 24"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.'
"But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.'

26"Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.'

27"But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!'

28"There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. 29People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 30Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last."

Jesus and his disciples are on their way to Jerusalem. As they journey along he continues to teach the truths of God. Someone asks the question, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”

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7680 - Kingdom of God

In today’s study Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God.

Listen to Luke 13, verses 18-21:

18Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches."

20Again he asked, "What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough."

The Kingdom of God is generally understood to be a comprehensive term used for the wide scope of all created, intelligent beings in heaven and on earth, who have willingly embraced allegiance and faith to God; thus, have become subjects of His Kingdom.

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7679 - Stand Straight

We pray God will give us discernment that we may understand how His statutes apply to our lives.

In today’s study we see Jesus releasing a woman from physical infirmity, which was caused by an evil spirit. Jesus caused her to stand straight.
Listen to Luke 13:10-17:

10On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity." 13Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

14Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, "There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath."

15The Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Doesn't each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?"

17When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.

Notice, this event occurred in a synagogue. The synagogue was the hub of life for Jewish people in every city where at least ten Jewish males resided.

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7678 - Repent or Perish

The passage for study today in Luke 13 finds Jesus emphasizing to the people that every person needs to repent and bear fruit of righteousness.

Listen to Luke 13:1-9

1Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."

6Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. 7So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?'

8" 'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. 9If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.' "

Some people questioned Jesus over a concern for a group of Galileans who had been murdered by Pilate’s soldiers. There is no historical record of this event; however, Pilate was a harsh ruler over the Jews. His authority did not include Galilee. Many people in Galilee were opposed to Roman rule and some were openly militant. It is possible that when Pilate was informed about Galileans being in the Temple he had them killed thinking they were plotting a revolt.

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7677 - Read the Signs

At the end of Luke 12 Jesus censures those in the crowd who were listening to his words, but who had not made a decision about how they should respond to him. Time was growing short for people to respond. Soon he would give his life as an atoning sacrifice on a cross in Jerusalem.

Listen to the words of Luke 12:54-59:
54He said to the crowd: "When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, 'It's going to rain,' and it does. 55And when the south wind blows, you say, 'It's going to be hot,' and it is. 56Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don't know how to interpret this present time?

57"Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right? 58As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled to him on the way, or he may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. 59I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny."

Some of the people in the crowds which came to hear Jesus had been showing up during the past two years or so to hear him. There was a magnetism in what this man Jesus said. He wasn’t selling anything. He didn’t ask for money. But what he said was food for thought. Some came back time & time again, but had never made a decision about what to do regarding this man or his message.

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7676 - Division

Today we come to a passage in Luke 12 which brings surprise to many.

Ordinarily people think of Jesus as one who is the source of overwhelming love and unity — and he is.

But there is another facet to people’s response to the truth regarding Jesus. Of course, Jesus knew this and told his followers how some would react to His offer.

Listen to Luke 12:49-53:

49"I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed! 51Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."

In these words Jesus relates to his disciples a truth they needed to know. These were to be leaders in the infant Church, soon to be founded in Jerusalem during the Feast of Pentecost.

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7675 - To Peter

In Luke 12 Jesus has been talking to his disciples about being ready for future opportunities. But Peter asks Jesus whether he is talking to all the people or to the disciples only.

Listen to Jesus’ reply in Luke 12:41-48:

41Peter asked, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?"

42The Lord answered, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? 43It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45But suppose the servant says to himself, 'My master is taking a long time in coming,' and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.

47"That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Notice that these words from Jesus are in the singular, to a servant; whereas the previous paragraphs are spoken to servants, in the plural. It seems like Jesus could have been speaking directly to Peter, although the other disciples were privileged to hear these words from Jesus.

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7674 - Be Ready

In Luke 12:35-40 we are studying words which Jesus speaks to his followers. Listen to these verses:

"Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night.

But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."

In these verses Jesus is talking to those who are disciples committed to Him. They are to be ready and diligent for the unfolding of future events.
It adds to the urgency of the words Jesus speaks to his disciples and other receptive people when we remember that in about four months or so He will be crucified in Jerusalem.

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7673 - You Are Valuable

We are now in chapter 12 of the book of Luke. In this chapter Jesus clearly sets before us the priority for life.

Listen to Luke 12:22-31:

Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!

And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.

But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

These verses are addressed to the disciples of Jesus — those who trust and follow Him. They focus upon those supplies we often call necessities of life — food, clothes and such things. And the emphasis has to do with our attitude toward them. The command is not to worry about these things. That means we are not to be uneasy or troubled regarding securing these in our life.

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7672 - Rich Fool

Today we focus upon Luke 12:13-21 in which the Lord reveals the life of a rich fool.

Listen:

Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."

Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?" Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."

And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, `What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.' "Then he said, `This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." ' "But God said to him, `You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'

"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."

Oh friend, let us burn into our minds the principle Jesus conveys: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

That word ‘consist’ expresses the thought of gluing together. The desire is to gain strength and usefulness.

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7671 - Fear Eternal Judgment

May God open our eyes and our hearts to the wonders of His Word.

In Luke 12 we hear Jesus giving grave warnings to those who refuse to accept the truth that He is sharing about judgment and the Kingdom. Such rejection results in indescribable, eternal agony.

Listen to Luke 12:1-10.

1Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.

4"I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies[a]? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

8"I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. 9But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God. 10And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

Hungry people flocked to hear Jesus teach & preach. This passage opens with a description of thousands who came to hear, and so many that they trampled upon one another. These were not the religious leaders, these were common people who had heard about Jesus and came to see and hear. They had spiritual needs in their hearts and Jesus gave them hope.

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7670 - Six Woes

We rejoice when you join us to study a portion of God’s Word.

One day Jesus was invited the home of a Pharisee. Pharisees are declared to be hypocrites in the Bible. This is a word used in the Greek theatre. It literally meant one of the actors who wore a mask and played a part. The part they portrayed on the stage was not related to their lifestyle. These religious leaders taught one thing and lived a different way.

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7669 - Lamp of the Body

As Jesus taught the crowd one day he talked about the eye being the lamp of our body. Let’s explore this truth today.

First, let me read Luke 11: 33-36:

Luke 11:33 "No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.

Luke 11:34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.

Luke 11:35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.

Luke 11:36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you."
Jesus emphasizes more than once that no thinking person would light a lamp and then hide it away under a bucket, or in a closet, because the purpose of light is to enhance sight. Light helps people to see more clearly, and often prevents people from falling and breaking bones or causing pain.

One truth involved in this passage is that Jesus is the light of the world.

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7667 - Sign of Jonah

Today let’s consider a portion of God’s word together. In Luke 11:29-32 Jesus warns again about the evil of unbelief.

These verses say:

Luke 11:29 As the crowds increased, Jesus said, "This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.

Luke 11:30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.

Luke 11:31 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here.

Luke 11:32 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here.

In this chapter Jesus is teaching about God’s truth, but among the Jewish people he was experiencing hostile attitudes. Jewish tradition was all-consuming in the minds of many Jewish people. It wasn’t that they obeyed the traditions, but they subscribed to them. Therefore, when they heard truth that contradicted their established traditional religious customs, then they rejected what they heard.

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7666 - Blessed Are The Obedient

In Luke 11 Jesus is confronted by several of the antagonistic religious rulers. In belligerence, they were seeking to turn the people away from Jesus. Other passages share how the Jewish Counsel were seeking to devise some way in which they could destroy Jesus, get Him out of the way. John, chapter 11 (v48) tells us that they were afraid that everyone would believe in Jesus, and then the Romans would come and take away the leadership positions of these men, and then put an end to the Jewish nation.

In less than six-months they would succeed in killing Jesus, but they did not wipe out the work of God in giving spiritual hope and life to the people of the world through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Listen to Luke 11:21-28.

"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils.

"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters. "When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, `I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first."

As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you."

He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."

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7664 - A Divided Kingdom

I’m so glad you’re with us today. In our Bible passage for this study we again see Jesus refer to contemporary events to bring spiritual enlightenment.
Let me read Luke 11:14-20; then we can discuss it.

Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed.

But some of them said, "By Beelzebub, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons."

Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.

Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.

If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebub. Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.

But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.

There was a group of people, especially the political leaders among the Hebrews, who sought to discredit Jesus by any and every means they could devise.

Beelzebub was a heathen deity, believed to be the prince of evil spirits. Some thought this evil one was the prince of all moral impurity, so he was despised and abhorred by good people.

Perhaps these accusers agreed with the school of thought that if a statement was made in a factual manner and repeated often enough that people will believe it to be true.

In their minds they felt if they could convince the people that the mighty work of Jesus in exercising authority over demons and casting them from people in whom they were bringing pain and brokenness, was indeed a work of Beelzebub, then they would turn the people against Jesus.

Thus they were accusing Jesus of using evil powers to overcome the demon spirits.

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7663 - Persistence

God’s Word is spiritual food for the soul. Let’s feast together on a portion today.

After Jesus gave instructions to His disciples regarding prayer, He expanded their grasp of the nature of Father God a bit by talking about persistence.

Let me read Luke 11:5-13, then we can discuss it.

Then he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, `Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.' "Then the one inside answers, `Don't bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.' I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man's boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

"Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

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7661 - Prayer

Let’s talk about prayer. Jesus had some words for his disciples on this subject in Luke 11, verses 1-4.

Listen to these verses:

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples."

He said to them, "When you pray, say: "`Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.

Give us each day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. '"

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7660 - Martha and Mary

We pray God will give us discernment that we may understand how His Word applies to our lives.

As we continue our study through the book of Luke we come to Luke 10:38-42. In this passage Jesus visits in the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, although he is not mentioned.

Listen to these verses as I read:

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said.

But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"

"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

This scene in the life of Jesus occurs less than six months before the crucifixion. Many scholars of the Word point to the familiarity described and conclude that this could not be the first encounter between Jesus and this family. Likely they knew each other from some previous contact.

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7658 - My Neighbor

Jesus told us quite clearly that we should love our neighbor as ourselves, even those that we might least expect.

Today we want to look at the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37.

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

"What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" He answered: "`Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' ; and, `Love your neighbor as yourself.' " "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.

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7657 - A Reason to Rejoice

It can often be encouraging and challenging to listen to a report from a missionary.

In our last Bible study we looked at the record of Jesus sending seventy-two of his disciples on a ministry mission. The pattern of authority established earlier by Jesus as he sent out the twelve Apostles in Galilee was applied with the seventy-two, as they were sent out in Judea.

Today we read about the return of these seventy-two. In Luke 10:17-24.

The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name." He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

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7655 - The Seventy-Two

Let’s consider the first large sending out of what were essentially missionaries.

Luke chapter 10 opens with Jesus sending out seventy-two disciples to prepare the villages ahead of them for the ministry of Jesus.

This is a similar directive to Luke 9 when Jesus sent the twelve apostles out on a similar mission in Galilee.

Luke 10:1-16:

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

"When you enter a house, first say, `Peace to this house.' If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.

"When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, `The kingdom of God is near you.' But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, `Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.' I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

"Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths.

"He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me."

Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. These seventy-two were being sent into the homes of Judea, whereas, the twelve went into homes in Galilee.

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7654 - Follow Me

We all must let go of our own desires to follow Jesus.

As we have read and studied the Gospel of Luke, we should remember that Luke was not Jewish. God graciously used this doctor to research and record the facts and incidents of the Gospel of Luke as well as the book of Acts. Being trained in science and medicine, Luke was well suited to gather, organize, and save his many notes so that what he recorded is orderly and accurate. Furthermore, we often see the perspective of a Gentile mind instead of a Hebrew one. As we read his writings it really seems that Luke was in the crowd observing the events firsthand, even though the first few verses of Luke prove otherwise.

We really must thank God for this man who was used to give us these two crucial books of the New Testament, the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.

As we look at Luke 9:57-62, remember that this gentile doctor, Luke, appears to have left much behind in his dedication to the work of Jesus.

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go."

Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."

He said to another man, "Follow me."
But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."

Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."

Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family."

Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."


These conversations follow closely the response of an inhospitable rejection by a Samaritan village, of the traveling party of Jesus while on their way to Jerusalem.

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7652 - Least Is Greatest

Often our pride will get in our way and blind us towards what we should be focusing on.

Even the apostles of Jesus struggled with their pride, and had to be reminded of their loss of focus. From Luke 9:48:

An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all - he is the greatest."

At this time in their lives — approximately six months before Calvary, the apostles still did not understand the true mission of Jesus. They continued on occasions to demonstrate they were flesh with human attitudes. Although they were living along side of Jesus, listening to His words, seeing His miracles, they did not yet comprehend the radical and eternal change, which Jesus was going to accomplish through His atoning, sacrificial death; and His miraculous resurrection from the dead which would declare with power that He was truly the Son of God. Along with many others they were looking for Jesus to restore an earthly kingdom for Israel (Acts 1:6).

Perhaps this frame of mind contributed to their prideful argument among themselves regarding who would be the greatest in the heavenly kingdom. They likely guarded against Jesus hearing this argument, but Jesus knew.

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7651 - Demonized Son

The peak of every mountain top experience is followed by a descent back down towards the valley.

Consider what happened to Peter, John and James along with Jesus after the transfiguration.

In Luke 9:37-43 we read:

The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. A man in the crowd called out, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not."

"O unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here."

Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil[a] spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.


As they descended, a distressed man cried out to Jesus. His only child, a son, was inhabited by a demon spirit. From the parallel accounts we learn that this demon spirit cast this boy into seizures. Sometimes the boy fell into the fire or into the water. It made him foam at the mouth and grind his teeth.

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7650 - Transfiguration

What an amazing sight it must have been to see the transfiguration of Jesus and Him speaking to Moses and Elijah.

In Luke 9:27-36 we observe Jesus, along with three disciples, in a spectacular supernatural event.

I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God."

About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters - one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." (He did not know what he was saying.)

While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him." When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves, and told no one at that time what they had seen.

Many see this experience as a preview into the glory of the kingdom of God.

Notice this all comes out of a time of prayer by Jesus. His face changed and his clothes became brilliantly radiant. A demonstration of future happenings to occur in the end times.

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7649 - Your Cross

If we are going to follow Jesus, we must take up our cross.

As we consider taking up our crosses, remember that at the time these who were carrying crosses in reality were on the way to their own death. And each of us in following Jesus must be ready to have our desires die so they may be replaced by the Lord’s desires.

In Luke 9:23-26 we see the serious instruction Jesus has for us.

Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

These words follow closely the first united declaration from the disciples that Jesus was indeed the Christ of God.

After this statement of faith from these disciples, Jesus then lays out the cost of following Him. “If anyone would come after me...” Notice that Jesus does not close the door to anyone. How gracious is the invitation — to ‘anyone.’ Male or female, rich or poor, without regard to nationality or tribal heritage. Jesus invites anyone to come to Him.

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7648 - Time Together

It should be interesting for us to note that even Jesus spent time praying in solitude.

In Luke 9 we see Jesus investing time with disciples who will soon be the leaders of the new church.

Today let’s look at Luke 9:18-22. This is a glimpse into an intimate moment with these disciples.

Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say I am?"

They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life."

"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
Peter answered, "The Christ of God."

Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And he said, "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life."


We find in Scripture that Jesus often spent time in prayer. On some occasions there were long periods of conversation between Jesus and Father God. At other times Jesus offered up short prayers for the particular occasion. I find it interesting to see Jesus, fully divine himself, entering into prayer with the Father who indwelt Him.

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7647 - Multiplication

In his earthly ministry Jesus performed many miracles today we look at one that impacted the lives of thousands of people.

In our study through the book of Luke we come to the passage about Jesus feeding the five thousand from Luke 9, verses 10-17:

When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, "Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here."

He replied, "You give them something to eat."

They answered, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd." (About five thousand men were there.)

But he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each." The disciples did so, and everybody sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.


When the twelve apostles returned from their teaching and training mission, they accompanied Jesus to an area near the town of Bethsaida.

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7646 - Herod's Fear

In His earthly ministry, Jesus impacted the lives of countless people, including a king or two.

Today we will study a passage that pertains to the inner turmoil within Herod Antipas as he heard about the work and ministry of Jesus and his apostles.

Let me read Luke 9, verses 7-9;

Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed, because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. But Herod said, "I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?" And he tried to see him.

Some months prior to this Herod had caused John to be arrested and imprisoned in the fortress of Machaerus on the east side of the Dead Sea. John had great sway over the people who flocked to the area of the Jordan River to hear John’s powerful messages about repentance and forgiveness of sins in preparation for the coming Messiah. It has been written that Herod was afraid John would stir up a rebellion.

Herod had yielded to the jealous bitterness of his wife Herodias and had reluctantly ordered John the Baptist beheaded.

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7645 - Sent Out

Every Christian is called by the Lord to a task, including the twelve apostles.

Let’s look at Luke’s record of Jesus sending out the twelve apostles to serve and minister to people.

Let’s read Luke 9:1-6.

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: "Take nothing for the journey --no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that town, as a testimony against them."

So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.

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7644 - Daughter of Jairus

The power of God in Jesus was revealed to us in so many ways, but one of the most exciting things to see is someone being raised from the dead.

Today let’s review the story about the daughter of Jairus as found in Luke 8.

(Luke 8:41-42, 49-56) Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowd almost crushed him.

While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," he said. "Don't bother the teacher any more."

Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed."

When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child's father and mother. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. "Stop wailing," Jesus said. "She is not dead but asleep."

They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up!" Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

A synagogue leader, a lay person elected by the people, was a highly visible and respected person. These leaders were administrators over the affairs of the Jewish community. The synagogue was the hub of life in their society.

Giving no attention to his position, Jairus humbly fell at the feet of Jesus and entreated him to come and minister to his dying daughter who was about twelve years of age. Jesus went with him.

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7643 - Power Over Spirits

As Creator of everything, God has power over everything, including spirits.

At this time in our study through the Gospel of Luke, Jesus is involved with his disciples in what some call the Great Galilean Ministry. The big purpose of this time together was to train these disciples in the things of God. These men around Jesus would be the early leaders in establishing and nourishing the Church in its infancy.

It’s hard to grasp the immensity of this task. There were no seminaries, no Bible schools — in fact, no Bibles. But God’s plan was to reveal Himself in and through His Son, Jesus Christ; so that faith might spring forth and grow as they learned the nature and character of God through him.

Then at Pentecost the Holy Spirit would come and inhabit and empower these men and every Christian in a way, which had never occurred before!
These men were caught up in totally new expectations, in a new empowerment, for a new age — the age of the Church — the body of Christ.

Already they had observed that Jesus had power and authority to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and to raise the dead. Jesus had also revealed his authority over nature, and even over sin.

But they had to have more time, more experiences, and even some practice in trusting God.

In the passage for today, Luke 8:27-39 they would observe Jesus breaking the heavy shackles of sin and demonic slavery of a man in the area of Gadara.

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7642 - The Wind and the Waves

As God over all creation, Jesus commands power over everything.

The power of Jesus over natural events is clearly demonstrated in Luke 8:22-25:

One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!"

He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him."

This miracle occurred on the Sea of Galilee, which is located about 700 ft below sea level and in a depression surrounded by hills. Because of the geographic situation of this lake, storms were known to appear quite suddenly and with great violence.

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7640 - Mothers and Brothers

Frequently, the family of Jesus is overlooked.

Today, we will look into Luke 8:19-21. These verses talk about the family of Jesus.

Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you."

He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice."

In this short passage we may have the key to understanding why so little mention is made to the family of Jesus in the Bible.

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7639 - Light in a Lamp

As we continue our study in the book of Luke, we want to examine Luke 8, verses 16-18. These verses speak of light and a lamp. Listen as I read these verses.

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.

In these verses Jesus speaks of a lamp, which at the time would have typically been a small clay dish containing olive oil and a wick. Most had handles so the lamp could be carried from one place to another.

His words did not convey a new principle to these people or His disciples. They knew about lamps, and knew best how to make the most out of the small light they produced. Remember that at this point in history lamps like this would have been the most common available source of light on a dark night. On a moonless night, a lamp would be the source of light to walk by, or the source of light indoors for anything that occurred after night fell.

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7637 - The Parable of the Sower

In our study of Luke today we will be looking at the parable of the sower from Luke 8:5-15:

"A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown."
When he said this, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
"`though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.' "

This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

The setting of this parable is in a field in the countryside with a well worn path running through it, and the thing that’s being explored in this parable is not the sower or the seed, but the soil which represents people.

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7636 - Women Involved

Lets consider today the many women that played important roles in the Bible.

Today we enter the eighth chapter of Luke in our Bible studies. In this chapter Jesus begins His second trip through Galilee. This time the twelve apostles accompany Jesus as He continues to mentor them in preparation for their work in establishing the future Church. This all culminates in perhaps less than a year at Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit is sent to take up permanent residence in each believer, and the infant Church is born.

Let’s look at Luke 8, verses 1-3:
After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod's household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

In a culture where women played behind the scene roles, it is significant that Dr. Luke mentions three women as being participants in this trip through Galilee and in general.

The Bible shares with us some impressive records of strong women of faith, and in general, Luke mentions women more than any other gospel.

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7635 - Much Love

In the life of Jesus, there were many important and wonderful moments, but this is one of the most beautiful.

There is a beautiful picture of Love in Luke 7:36-50.

Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is -- that she is a sinner."

Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you."
"Tell me, teacher," he said.

"Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?"

Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled."
"You have judged correctly," Jesus said.

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven --for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."

Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."

The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"

Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

This scene of life contrasts a Pharisee and a known sinner.

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7634 - Playing Games

Today we’ll get to study what Jesus had to say about His cousin, John the Baptist.

We will explore Luke 7:24-35 today.

After John's messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: "What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces.

But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written:
"`I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.' I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."

(All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus' words, acknowledged that God's way was right, because they had been baptized by John. But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God's purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.)

"To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:
"`We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.' For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, `He has a demon.'


Friend, in this passage Jesus seeks to set straight the perspective regarding John the Baptist.

Jesus asked if the crowds had journeyed into the desert to see a common reed swayed in the air by the political pressures of the day? (The heads in the crowd denied this implication.) John was a fiery man of God declaring truth about sin and righteousness.

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7633 - Assurance for John

So often we see people in the Gospels not quite fully understanding who Jesus is; even John the Baptist.

Today let’s study Luke 7:18-23:
John's disciples told him all these things. Calling two of them, he sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?"

When the men came to Jesus, they said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, `Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?'"

At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."

This event unfolds while John the Baptist is imprisoned at Machaerus. There is no sure way of knowing how long John had been in prison.

John’s ministry was to prepare the people for the coming Messiah. Very possibly John, like most of the Jewish people, was expecting Jesus to be the conquering Messiah who would overthrow the Romans and reestablish the kingdom of Israel.

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7632 - The Widow's Son

Jesus demonstrated great compassion towards a widow who had lost nearly everything.

Let’s look at an event that demonstrates the compassionate nature of God from Luke 7, verses 11-17.

Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out --the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."

Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!" The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

They were all filled with awe and praised God. "A great prophet has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people." This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

Many people do not understand the compassionate nature of God. They perceive God as a harsh disciplinarian, ready to thump them on their head when they cross the line.

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7631 - Centurion's Servant

A general has authority over his troops, but Jesus has authority over everything.

Let’s study Luke 7, verses 1-10.
When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue." So Jesus went with them.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, `Go,' and he goes; and that one, `Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, `Do this,' and he does it."

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel." Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.


Dr. Luke, as a gentile, was sensitive to the ethnic conflict between Jew and Gentile. At the same time he was keenly aware that all people need to have a faith relationship with Jesus Christ.

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7630 - Wise and Foolish Builders

Sometimes that which is familiar to us eludes our notice.

In our study of Luke we come to a passage today that is known by many boys and girls from Sunday school lessons. It is a passage that most Christians are familiar with, but one that deserves a bit more consideration. From Luke 6:46-49:

Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.

This is the same lesson that many of us have heard before, and is a nearly identical telling of the same illustration that Jesus gave in his Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7:24-27. Many might be more familiar with the text of that passage, but in Luke we gain some additional insight.

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7629 - Bad Fruit

The only thing that rotten fruit is good for is to be thrown out and used for compost.

In our study of Luke we have come to chapter 6 and an illustration from Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain about fruit, both good and bad.

From Luke 6:43-45:
No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

The principle here is communicated through the illustration that good trees produce good fruit, and bad trees produce bad fruit. This would have been an example that was clear to his audience of people that were closely connected to agriculture and raising and eating fruit.

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7628 - Judge Not

Each of us is to be very careful to apply the same standards and expectations of behavior to ourselves as we do to others.

Jesus taught us very clearly the danger of judging others. Lets look at Luke 6:37-42.

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

He also told them this parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, `Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.”


This passage continues the words of Jesus as He delivered the “Sermon On The Plain.” He extends his teaching about attitudes that would permeate his followers.

Judge not! The principle given says that a believer does not take over God’s role and judge either an outsider or a fellow Christian. This is not the role for a believer. We are never called upon to pass sentence upon another person. Such an action would be sin.

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7627 - Ethics of Love

Jesus spoke of many things in His ministry on earth, but what He taught us about Love is particularly important.

Is the definition of love, as viewed by the world system, the same as God’s definition of love? Listen to Luke 6:27-36 and we’ll talk more.

"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even `sinners' love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even `sinners' do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even `sinners' lend to `sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.


This discourse by Jesus came from his lips during what some people call ‘The Sermon On The Plain.’ Many people were listening, including the twelve men Jesus had appointed to be His apostles a short time before these words were spoken.

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7626 - Blessings and Woes

In His Sermon on the Plain, Jesus taught us that things are not always how they appear to be.

Today we will be studying Luke 6:17-26. Pay attention to the contrasts in this passage:

He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coast of Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by evil spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.

Looking at his disciples, he said:
"Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when men hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.

"Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.
"But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort.
Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
Woe to you when all men speak well of you,
for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.


We notice that at this time the crowds continued to seek Jesus. All kinds of people thronged to Jesus, from near and far.

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7625 - Twelve Selected

God has a plan for all of us, and today we look aat His choosing of 12 men and His plans for them.

In our study of Luke’s Gospel, today we study about Jesus appointing twelve disciples to be apostles.

Listen as I read Luke 6:12-16.
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Matthew, Mark and Luke all give a list of the names of the twelve men Jesus appointed to be apostles. The first chapter of Acts also has a list.

This is an awesome act in history. First we find the Son of God, in perfect fellowship with His Father, setting aside twelve men to be trained for the task of being used to establish and nurture the Church — the body of Christ — and to be leaders in this first century work of God.

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7624 - A Withered Hand Restored

Jesus and the Pharisees never really got along, because the Pharisees were too focused on obeying their outward tradition, but Jesus was focused on love and people’s inward condition.

Today we study the fifth confrontation of Jesus with the Pharisees in this section. In the first confrontation (Lk. 5:17-26) the Pharisees objected to Jesus forgiving sin. The second time (Lk. 5:29-32) found them accusing Jesus of associating with sinners. In the third conflict (Lk. 5:33-39) the Pharisees objected to the fact that Jesus and his disciples did not fast. Number four (Lk. 6:1-5) was the accusation by the Pharisees that the disciples were unlawfully working on the Sabbath by picking heads of grain, cleaning them and eating.

Let’s look at Luke 6:6-11 and we will talk more.

On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Get up and stand in front of everyone." So he got up and stood there.

Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?"

He looked around at them, and then said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He did so, and his hand was completely restored. But they were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.

Since Jesus could read their hearts He knew their thoughts and motivations. He knew they were prideful and oppressive. In John’s Gospel (7:19) He boldly announces that even though they taught obedience to the Law and required others to keep it strictly, that not one of them kept the law. This is why He would call them hypocrites.

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7623 - The Lord of the Sabbath

We can often get attached to our traditions of the conventional rules of society, but God’s rules are the ones we need to pay attention to.

In our study of the Gospel of Luke we are now entering the sixth chapter. The passage for today presents yet another effort by the Pharisees to discredit Jesus. He did not fit into their expectations of a conquering Messiah who would overthrow the Romans and establish the kingdom of God on earth.

But let’s read Luke 6:1-5; then we can discuss it:
One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grain fields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

The underlying problem was the restrictive rules, which had been imposed upon the Jewish people for observance of the Sabbath. In this way the Pharisees had become Lord of the Sabbath. These traditional rules went far beyond the requirements of the Mosaic Law.

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7622 - Something New

Jesus often used parables to bring large ideas within the grasp of His audience.

In our study of the book of Luke we are in Luke 5:33-39 today. I’ll read this passage and then we can discuss them.

They said to him, "John's disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking."

Jesus answered, "Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast."

He told them this parable: "No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, `The old is better.'"

This passage is yet another confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees.

The word Pharisee comes from the term ‘separated.’ They practiced keeping a distance between themselves and the people, for they did not want to become defiled. The Pharisees were ‘proud’ people. They lived to make a good appearance. They kept conspicuous habits that were meant to ‘call attention’ to their holiness. Jesus kept pointing out that even good things done with wrong motives were empty.

In this passage the Pharisees have raised the issue of fasting. A fast was meant to be a time of refraining from food in order the pray.

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7621 - The Call of Matthew

Jesus calls people from all walks of life to follow Him. Even those professions that are scorned by society.

In our study today Jesus calls a Jewish man by the name of Levi to join his followers.

I will read Luke 5:27-32. Listen:
After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.

Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and `sinners'?"

Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."


In those days some people had Roman names in addition to their Jewish name. Levi was also known as Matthew as he’s called in the book of Matthew, which he authored under the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

Levi was a Jew who worked for the Romans as the area’s tax collector. Capernaum was an important custom post on the caravan route between Damascus, in the northeast, and the coast of the Mediterranean. Most Jews had no respect for these collaborators with the Romans, since some overcharged the people and kept the profits.

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7619 - A Paralytic Walks

We all generally understand the value of good friendships, and in this study we consider a man who had very good friends.

Our Scripture portion for study today is Luke 5:17-26. It relates how Jesus healed a paralytic who then walked away carrying the mat on which he had been so helpless.

Listen as I read the scripture: Luke 5:17-26:
One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick.
Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."

The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Get up and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. . . ." He said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, "We have seen remarkable things today."

We are told that many Pharisees were around Jesus in this passage. This is the first use of the word ‘Pharisee’ in Luke’s gospel. The name Pharisee literally comes from the term ‘separated.’

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7618 - Leper Healed

Jesus was never one to avoid interacting with the outcasts of society.

In the fifth chapter of Luke we see the authority Jesus had over illness and disease clearly demonstrated. Two different miracles of this nature are given there.

Today we will investigate how a leper was healed by the power of God as expressed through Jesus Christ.

Let me read Luke 5:12-16:
While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell on his face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" And immediately the leprosy left him. Then Jesus ordered him, "Don't tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them." Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

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7617 - Call of Four Fishermen

As we consider the call of four fishermen, remember that all of us have been called to something.

We are now in Chapter 5 in the Gospel of Luke.

Today we’ll talk about Jesus calling his first four disciples. Listen as I read Luke 5:1-11:

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, he saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."

Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men."

This interaction between these fishermen and Jesus was not their first meeting. Jesus had met these four men during the first year of his ministry, when he visited John the Baptist in the region of the Jordan.

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7616 - Jesus Prayed

Jesus’ example of quiet prayer and conversation with God the Father should serve as a strong reminder of its importance in our lives.

In our study through the Gospel of Luke we have come to Luke 4, verses 42-44. They tell us:

At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, "I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent." And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

The events in this portion of Scripture occurred about a year and one-half after Jesus began His ministry. These scenes are from the beginning of the first tour of Galilee, which Jesus made with the four fishermen whom He called to follow Him. Two sets of brothers, James and John, and Peter and Andrew, were chosen by Jesus to be mentored by Him.

The thing we notice in this passage is that at daybreak Jesus sought a lonely place. The parallel passage in Mark 1 (35) tells us he rose in order to have time for prayer. If you recall, at this time multitudes of people sought Jesus to help solve their particular problem or heal their diseases. So Jesus needed some quiet time to prepare for meeting and ministering to people.

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7615 - Authority Over Spirits

Jesus demonstrated that he had authority over spirits and sickness.

Today we are searching Luke 4:31-40 (edit: not verse 41). Let me read those verses:
Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to teach the people. They were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority.

In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, "Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are --the Holy One of God!"

"Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly. "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.

All the people were amazed and said to each other, "What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!" And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.

Jesus left the synagogue and went to the house of Simon. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.


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7613 - Rejection at Nazareth

Let’s consider the message that Jesus brought to the people of his hometown.

We are now studying in Luke 4. Listen to verses 14-21:
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."


In the first sentence we find that Jesus was “in the power of the Spirit.” This truth characterizes the years of ministry of Jesus Christ. Jesus lived in the dynamics of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and also of Father God living in and through Him. In the Gospel of John, Chapter 14 (v.10) Jesus told His disciples that “it is the Father living in me, who is doing His work.” This accounted for the continual flow of divine power through Jesus.

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7612 - Third Temptation

Temptation was something that even Jesus experienced.

In our study through the Gospel of Luke we have progressed to Luke 4 where we are told the devil tempted Jesus for forty days. Scripture then gives us three examples of the devil’s temptation.

We have already studied the first two. To review: The first came when Jesus was hungry. In a deceitful way the devil challenged Jesus to prove He was the Son of God by creating bread from a stone.

Satan’s question regarding the deity and position as God’s Son sought to drive Jesus to show pride and prove this fact. They both knew Jesus was the Son of God, but Satan was prodding Jesus to pridefully prove this fact. If Jesus had become prideful that would have been sin, and the sin would have destroyed Jesus as well as God’s plan of redemption for mankind. Jesus calmly rebuked the devil and continued to look to His Father to provide His every need.

Temptation two was a brazen invitation for Jesus to join Satan’s rebellious campaign against Father God.

True to form, the devil deceitfully offered Jesus a short cut to power over kingdoms on earth. This would be given to Jesus by the devil if Jesus would worship him. That’s an invitation for Jesus to become a part of his evil, rebellious forces, to turn against Father God. Again Jesus stood firm in the power of God and rebuked the devil.

Today we examine the third temptation of this series.

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7610 - Second Temptation

Resisting temptation is so important in each of our lives, and it was even more important in the life of Jesus.

In our study of Luke we are carefully looking at the temptations which the devil laid before Jesus, seeking to compromise his sinless, perfect character. Today we will focus on the second of this series of three battles. Listen to Luke 4:5-8:

The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours." Jesus answered, "It is written: `Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.' "

This passage is an awesome display of the devil and his evil character in stark contrast to Jesus and His yielded, trusting character.

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7609 - First Temptation

Our struggles with temptation are not easy, but Jesus has demonstrated how we ought to stand firm.

We are studying the book of Luke and are now in Chapter Four which tells us about the devil’s temptations of Jesus early in His ministry.

Today, let’s to focus upon the first in this series of three testings.

At this early point in the public ministry of Jesus, God arranged for Jesus to demonstrate to a sinful, hurting world, as well as to Satan that although Jesus was fully human and was subject to human temptations just like all of us.

Equally important was that Jesus – the Son of Man – was able to demonstrate to all men that God had a plan and had provided resources so that men and women could victoriously stand against the devil while living here on earth. You see, God knew that there would be spiritual battles, and He did not leave us helpless.

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7607 - Temptation

It can often be a comfort to remember that even Jesus fought against temptation.

Today we want to get an overview of the temptations of Jesus as recorded in Luke 4, verses 1-13:

Jesus had been baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, then was led by the Spirit into the desert, where, for forty days, he was tempted.

Hebrews 4:15 tells us that Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. It is important for us to comprehend that Jesus was fully human, and that he faced these temptations there in the wilderness using the same spiritual weapons we are encouraged to use when we are tempted.

What we are saying is that Jesus used none of his heavenly divine powers in confronting the devil during these temptations.

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7606 - Genealogy

Genealogies in the Bible can sometimes be tedious, but they are there for a reason.

Today we complete the third chapter of Luke as we talk about the genealogy of Jesus as recorded by Dr. Luke. We won’t read all the names but we do want to examine certain points of interest.

Luke’s record of the blood-line of Jesus goes all the way back to Adam. Perhaps in a way to emphasize that Jesus is related to all human beings born on earth.

Matthew, also gives a genealogy of Jesus, but his goes from Abraham up to Jesus. Luke’s list begins by saying that Jesus was the son, or so was the perception, of Joseph, and then proceeds back through time to Adam. In the eyes of the world Joseph was Jesus’ legal father, but in truth Joseph never had intimacy with Mary until after Jesus was born. The true father of Jesus was of course God.

Let us note some difference in the parallel of names in Matthew’s and Luke’s lists. The careful student will see that Matthew omits names which Luke includes. This is explained by Matthew’s omitting some names in order to achieve a symmetry of three sets of names with fourteen generations in each set. Some scholars note that not every name must be given in a genealogy. To the Hebrew the words “son of” paralleled “descendant of” so one name might be the grandson, or great-great-grandson of the previous name.

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7604 - John the Baptist Imprisoned

It was with great tragedy that the courageous life and ministry of John the Baptist came to an end.

In Chapter 3 of the Gospel of Luke we are given much insight into John the Baptist. It is interesting that Luke, being the only Gentile writer in the New Testament, is the one who gives a great deal of insight into the conception, birth and early life of both John the Baptist and his cousin Jesus.

Today we want to focus on the ending of John the Baptist’s public ministry which, came about by his imprisonment.

Luke records this event in two brief verses in Chapter 3:19 and 20.

But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of Herodias, his brother's wife, and all the other evil things he had done, Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.

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7603 - Baptism of Jesus

What an amazing sight it must have been, to be present at the baptism of Jesus.

In Luke 3:21-23 we find a short mention about the Baptist of Jesus by John the Baptist. Let me read these verses:
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."

Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph,


As we discuss this topic of the Baptist of Jesus we will also make use of John 1 and Matthew 3 to get a larger picture.

Matthew tells us (3:13-17) that Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan where John the Baptist was carrying on his ministry for the explicit purpose of being baptized by John. Notice, this intent was already in the mind of Jesus. Being baptized was not something Jesus did in the emotion of the moment.

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7601 - Foretelling Jesus

John the Baptist helped prepare the people of Israel for something greater that they could understand.

We have been studying through Luke, Chapter 3. We have been looking at the ministry of John the Baptist. Even before birth, God had destined John to be the prophet who would come before Jesus.

Even before he was conceived an angel told Zechariah, his father, that this son of his would be the one to go before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah. His task was to prepare the hearts of the people to recognize and respond positively to the coming Messiah.

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7600 - John Baptist's Message

John the Baptist’s message that he delivered was s simple one that rings true today as well.

When John the Baptist gave up his seclusion in the wilderness and began his ministry, he preached a message of repentance

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7599 - John Enters Ministry

The last prophet of the old Testament time and covenant never appeared in the Old Testament.

In our previous studies in chapters 1 and 2 of Luke’s record of the gospel, we have followed the birth and life of Jesus until age 12. As chapter 3 opens we fast forward for about 18 years; as we find the beginning of the ministry of John the Baptist.

Keep in mind that John the Baptist was a cousin of Jesus, and was approximately six-months older than Jesus. He is understood to have started his public ministry before Jesus started his, as such is the last prophet before the New Testament and new covenant.

Luke, the only Gentile writer in the New Testament, gives some historical details, which shows the time frame of some events. This is true with the beginning of John’s ministry early in chapter 3.

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7597 - Glimpse Into Childhood

Let’s consider an account of a 12 year old boy and his devotion to his Father.

Luke’s information about the early history surrounding the life of Jesus is well appreciated. Luke is sometimes called an historical writer because of the careful and detailed research he carried on for an extended time before God tapped him to write the third gospel and the book of Acts. His stated intent was to make the gospel clear so that people could know the truth.

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7595 - Honor Before Egypt

Today let’s consider some unlikely visitors who bring unusual gifts for a baby.

We are now engaged in a study of the book of Luke. We find that Luke omits some scenes included by other authors, but that’s true of each writer. Because Luke omits the account of the visit of the wise-men, we turn to Matthew 2 today.

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7594 - In the Temple

Today we consider the joyous fulfillment of a promise made to an aging man.

God is opening our eyes to some wonderful things in the early chapters from Luke’s Gospel. Many of the events of the first two chapters of this book are not found in the other Gospels, and they give us insight into Mary and Joseph and a glimpse into the scene of the birth of Jesus and his early days.

Today we have arrived at the scene when Jesus is eight days old.

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7593 - Let's Go See

There was nothing particularly special about the group of shepherds in Luke chapter 2, but they saw something no one else ever had or would.

First, let’s consider the words of 1 Peter 1:18-20; they relate to what we’ve been studying in Luke. Listen:
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.

What wonderful news. These verses tell us that before Jesus was born people were living empty lives. But God, in His omniscience, knew all this even before Adam was created, so in heaven the plan of redemption was formulated. The beginning of the fulfillment of the earthly dimension of this heavenly plan is the very things we are studying about in these early pages of the Gospel of Luke.

Today we will look at the shepherds who heard this good news one night as they were keeping their flocks safe out in the fields near Bethlehem.

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7590 - The Christ Born as Jesus

The entrance into this world of the Son of God in human form was a humble one.

We have previously discussed how the angel Gabriel had appeared to a young virgin, perhaps around 16 years of age, named Mary who lived in Nazareth, and delivered God’s message to her that she had been chosen to be the human link in bringing God to mankind in human form. Her son would be the Son of God, the Son of the Most High. In faith Mary had responded favorably, in spite of the many possibilities for scandal, harassment and even the possibility of being rejected and stoned to death.

We have also discussed how God sent an angel to the father-to-be, Joseph, and instructed him to take Mary to his home in Nazareth as his wife. The two of them, although man and wife in legal terms, never had union until after Jesus was born.

Today’s passage comes about nine months after the angel appeared to Mary.

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7587 - Instructions for Joseph

Today, let’s look at Joseph, the man who had the difficult task of playing the role of Jesus’ earthly father.

In recent programs we have looked at the details preceding the birth of Jesus from the book of Luke. We have studied the visit the angel Gabriel made to virgin Mary , and not let’s look at Joseph, the man whom Mary was pledged to be married.

Today let’s turn over to Matthew 1, verses 18-25 and read of the struggle which took place in his life.

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7586 - The Parents of Jesus

Today we will take a look at the background of the family of Jesus, primarily Mary and Joseph.

We have been studying through the book of Luke for the past few weeks, and to give us some better understanding of Jesus and his earthly family, we will look at what we know about Mary and Joseph.

From Luke 1:27-28 we can see that Mary was a young girl, a virgin, and was probably in her early to late teen years. Not much is known with certainty about Mary before the time the angel Gabriel appeared to her, but we do know one thing for sure, Mary had found favor with God. We may not be able to determine how Mary had favor with God, but we know she was a very special young woman.

One thing to bear in mind though, some have sought to exemplify Mary as sinless in some way, they have put forth an idea of this “immaculate conception” of Mary, and have tried to say she was born without sin, and died without sin. This idea is not supported biblically, and should not be given any further consideration. The Bible tells us very clearly that everyone except Jesus has sinned.

Mary was a woman. She sinned as we have, but in some way the Lord saw her as being special, and blessed her with the privilege of being the earthly mother of Jesus.

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7585 - Zechariah's Song

Today we will study the first words of a mute man.

At the end of the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke, we find Zechariah’s song of praise. We’ve been studying together through Luke.

Let’s read chapter 1, verses 67-80:
His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us - to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."

And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.

We should keep in mind that Zechariah was a descendant of Aaron and a priest, serving in the Temple.

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7584 - Birth of John the Baptist

Today we look at the birth of the prophet, John the Baptist.

In our study of Luke’s gospel we have come to verse 57.

Listen as I read Luke 1:57-66:
When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.

On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, "No! He is to be called John."

They said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who has that name."

Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, "His name is John." Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God. The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, "What then is this child going to be?" For the Lord's hand was with him.

To those who have followed this unfolding drama in this chapter, it is no surprise that Elizabeth gave birth to a baby boy.

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7583 - Mary Visits Elizabeth

Today we will look at Mary’s visit with Elizabeth.

Let me read Luke, chapter 1, verses 39-45:
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"

God was surely working in this continuing saga. Mary, the one the Scripture calls a virgin, who has just received from the angel Gabriel the message that the Holy Spirit would fertilize an egg within her body so that she would bring forth a child; this Mary had been informed that her elderly relative Elizabeth was now six months pregnant.

We know nothing of their prior closeness, but the work of the Holy Spirit is drawing these two women, who are so different in age, into a very close and personal experience in both of their lives.

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7582 - The Chosen Maiden

Let’s look today at the life of a special young woman.

We have been studying the amazing events of Luke 1.

First God gives to Zechariah and Elizabeth the marvelous story of a child, which was born to this couple after much prayer and perseverance. But God also gave the world the news that this son John was sent by God to prepare the way for the Lord.

Six months later the same angel by the name of Gabriel made another appearance in behalf of God to prepare a young virgin, both emotionally and spiritually for an event unique in history. This virgin, who had never had sexual relations and who had lived to please God was told by Gabriel that she would indeed become pregnant.

But let me read a portion from Luke 1:26-35:
In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

We can imagine the turmoil caused within a young virgin by such an experience. Having a visit from an angel would be trauma enough, but such a message.
In the Hebrew culture of Mary & Joseph, ‘pledged to be married’ meant that both families had agreed to the union; and, that the groom had settled the price of the bride with her family. At this point the relationship could only be broken by divorce or death. They were considered linked, but sexual relationship was not permitted. After a waiting period, often up to a year, the couple would be married and begin to live together.

Mary faced the stigma of pregnancy before marriage. She would be a tainted woman. What would her family say? How about Joseph and his family? It would take God’s intervention to prevent a divorce from occurring.

But the angel gave Mary some positive reinforcement. She was highly favored by God. That means that God cared a great deal for Mary.

Her composure in this passage is impressive. Here she is, perhaps about 16 years of age, and she is not broken up by all this turmoil. God extended peace to her heart along with this startling message.

Notice this was not a request. Mary was not asked whether she would be willing to serve God in this way. God was in charge.

The profound news that this baby Jesus would be great and would be called the Son of the Most High would be understood by this Hebrew woman that He was to be the Messiah. He would reign on David’s throne over the house of Jacob forever, this son which she was to bear.

Mary did have a technical question. How can a virgin bear a child and never have sex? The angel assured her this was no problem with God. The Holy Spirit would complete this miracle of fertilization so that God would be His father.

With faith and confidence Mary responded: “May it be to me as you have said.” In her heart she accepted that nothing is impossible with God. The Sovereign God could take care of all the needed miracles, even to protecting her purity and reputation. Mary passed the test, and was blessed forever.

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7581 - Digging Ditches for the Lord

Today we will look at the importance of digging ditches

I would like to share with you some insight into a passage of scripture from 2 Kings chapter 3. It is not a very well known passage, but I would like to share how this passage has been an encouragement to me in my recent work here at SONlight.

At the time of these events in 2 Kings 3, about 845 BC, the nation of Israel was split into a northern kingdom of Israel, and a southern kingdom of Judah. The northern kingdom was notorious for their ungodly and wicked kings, while the southern kingdom of Judah had at least many good kings amongst the bad.

Now, in the northern kingdom of Judah, Jehoram, the son of the wicked king and queen Ahab and Jezebel, had become king, and at that time the king of Moab decided that since Ahab had died, he didn’t really feel like continuing his tribute payments. So he stopped.

Jehoram was not really pleased with this rebellion from this subject nation so he went to the king of Judah, Jehoshaphat, and requested him to go with him to fight against Moab.

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7580 - Announcement to Zechariah

Join us today as we learn about the father of John the Baptist.

It’s often very interesting to notice the events included in scripture, which God considered significant by including their record in Scripture.

Early in Luke 1, God introduces us to the priest Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth. Both were descendants of Aaron, so they were of the priestly line. Verse 6 tells us: “Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly.” But they had no child, and prospects were bleak because they both were advanced in years; however, they had been praying for a child.

Many Christians find themselves in similar situations at some point in life. They are devout in their faith and they have lived in obedience to the Lord’s desires; yet, they have an area of heaviness in their life in which it seems God has not heard or else has not paid attention to their longing. Take heart in this excerpt from the lives of Zechariah and Elizabeth.

Rest assured God hears your prayers. More importantly He knows the longing of your heart and He cares. However, God answers according to His omniscience — His all- knowing nature. He knows and plans events to bring them to converge and bless in ways, which bring glory and honor to His name.

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7578 - The Gospel of Luke

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Today, lets look at the history and context of the book of Luke.

This is our second study in the Gospel of Luke. Through the Word of God many in the world have come to a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ. They have seen that Jesus is the only hope for today and for eternity. The four gospels in the Bible are the primary source of the story of Jesus Christ.

There are many testimonies of people who have had no other introduction to God than to have been privileged to read through certain portions of His Word and to come face to face with Jesus. Many invited Him to perform in their own life the miracle of “new life” about which they had read.

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7577 - Dr. Luke

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Today we begin a series on a book written by a gentile doctor.

I’m so glad you’re with us today as we begin a study through the Gospel of Luke.

Let me read chapter 1, verses 1-4 before further comment.
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

Notice that Luke’s name is not mentioned in this preamble paragraph, but he is widely affirmed as the author of both this gospel and the book of Acts. But who is this man referred to as Dr. Luke?

We are first introduced to the person called Luke in Scripture in Acts 16:10, and his name is not used in that paragraph. Rather, we find the writer of Acts had been writing about Paul and his mission trip. He had been using the term ‘they’, but in verse 10 he writes: “After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready...” Did you notice the change of pronoun from ‘they’ to ‘we’? Thus Luke must have joined the traveling party of Paul on this, his second missionary journey. After this Dr. Luke is often involved with Paul in ministry, and his use of ‘we’ and ‘they’ give us clues of the many times when they worked together.

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7575 - Backward Glance - Highlights of 1 John

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God’s Word is so valuable. Its compared to gold and silver. Let’s examine the riches of the Word together today.

During the past months we have been engaged in a verse by verse study of the First Epistle of John. In our last study we completed this detailed examination. Today let’s take a backward glance at the major points of truth which John shares.

We have commented how the book of 1 John is so different. In this book John often circles back to a topic which he has discussed before for the purpose of adding an additional truth about that subject, or just to re-emphasize a point of truth.

The major focus is expressed in 1 John 5:13. John says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit John is seeking to bring every believer to the point of absolute certainty regarding their possession of eternal life.

It’s important to have this confident assurance that we are indeed children of God. Only from this base of confident assurance is a believer able to live the radiant, exciting life in Jesus. Only with these attitudes is the Holy Spirit free to flow from each believer as streams of living water to bring encouragement and refreshment to brothers and sisters, and to bring enlightenment of the truth into the lives of outsiders who do not have a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

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7573 - No Idols

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Today we complete our verse by verse study of the First letter of John.

This last verse in 1 John is chapter 5 verse 21, which says:
“Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.”

At first glance this seems like a strange thought for John to use as he ends his Epistle. He has not mentioned the word idol in any other place in this book. In fact, the only other place where John speaks of the worship of idols is in Revelation (9:20). In that verse John is writing about the independent, rebellious people during the tribulation period who will not repent or stop worshipping... idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood. He observes that such idols cannot see or hear or walk. In other words, they have no life & no power. Yet people worship them.

In this last verse of 1 John the Apostle John is warning these people about any attitude of tolerance or worship of such lifeless objects. The fallacy of idolatry is explained in Romans one. We are told that God has revealed Himself to every person through the intricate and marvelous design of creation. In the many beautiful and complex objects, which were created by the wisdom and power of God, He has revealed His invisible qualities, his power and character to all men everywhere. So no person on earth can say, “I didn’t know.”

Romans 1:21 says, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” You see, people have not responded to the revealed God. We do not even have an appreciative attitude. So God took His mighty protective hand from over us, so that our rational minds have turned to foolishness and darkness.

This passage goes on to say (v25), “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator...” It is almost unbelievable that people would turn away from the awesome, invisible, Creator God, and start worshipping the objects which He created –– Oh how foolish we are.

Some define an idol as anything, which is worshipped and adored, and this extended to anything which takes the place in our life which is intended for God.

In modern society the idols are things like riches, power, prestige, pleasure –– anything which takes the place of God in our lives.

As I observe the slippery downward slope on which society is joyfully skiing today, my mind searches through history and the Biblical record; and I conclude that the two greatest obstacles to godliness and holiness are prosperity and being carefree. The wide road of time is littered with demised cultures and nations, as well as corpses of hopes and dreams of well intentioned people destroyed by opulence and indulgence.

God warned Israel of this danger before they entered the promised land. In Deut. 28:47 (RSV) He said: “Because you did not serve the lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, by reason of the abundance of things.” He points out the punishment will be captivity and slavery. This is exactly what happened to Israel.

Egypt, the Roman Empire, the splendor of Greece and many other cultures testify to this principle. The prophet Isaiah tells us (44:10-11), “Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit him nothing? He and his kind will be put to shame.”

The Apostle John’s exhortation is timely for the children of God in a society, which is largely composed of unbelievers. We must not fall into the devil’s trap.

So let us keep ourselves from idols.
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7571 - Secure in Jesus

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As John closes out his first letter, he reviews three affirmations meant to strengthen the heart and walk of believers.

Today we focus on the third of these. 1 John 5:20 tells us:
“We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true –– even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”

The first foundational truth in this verse is that we know that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, came to this earth as the Bible states.

A second truth follows close behind, and that is John’s assurance that this Holy One, Son of God, who came to earth has done a marvelous work within our comprehension. The visible, human life of Jesus Christ unwrapped the character and nature of God to mankind in an understandable way. He visibly demonstrated God’s character to us through His life. Thus the concept of a God who is removed from mankind, who is a distant God, was shattered as Jesus touched people, laughed with them, cried with them. Jesus made God known to the human race (John 1:18).

The purpose for which the Son of God came to earth to reveal God, was that mere human beings might actually experience a close, intimate relationship with the true God. By the work and life of Jesus we are afforded an opportunity to personally know the one who encompasses eternal Truth.

This revealed truth relates to what 2 Corinthians 4 (vv 3,4,6) tells us. “...even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness.” made his light shine in our hearts to give us “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

So we see that it’s necessary for the Holy Spirit to make truth known in the heart of any unbeliever so that he may comprehend the truth of this glorious gospel message. Only then may they choose to accept a personal relationship with Triune God.
The next truth is that every believer knows that he abides in God the Son, and that He is personified truth. That’s the only foundation upon which a Christian may live the Christian life so that others see and desire what is available.

Then John affirms for the last time in this Epistle that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Oh friend, we must know that we know this truth. This is a point John affirms many times in these pages. He is so strong in this truth that he has previously said (2:23) that, “No one who denies the Son has the Father.” And (4:15) “If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.”

This links up with the sixth point of this verse: namely that Jesus is true God himself. Here again John emphasizes that we know this as believers.

Yes, this is another point of truth which the false teachers through the centuries have sought to cast doubt Let us stand firm in knowing truth.

The final point in this verse is to re-emphasize that Jesus Christ is eternal life. Jesus is the only source of eternal life. As we’re told in Acts 4:12, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” John refutes the error that ‘all roads lead to heaven.’

With affirmations such as God gives us through the Apostle John, we should be very secure in Christ.
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7570 - Contrast

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Friend, it’s great to see you today.

We near completion of our study of 1 John. John closes his letter with three affirmations. Today we want to examine the second of these affirmations. It’s found in verse 5:19.

This verse reads, “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”

There is a great contrast in this verse. First, notice that those to whom this book has been directed are children of God. This combination of words refers to God’s family.

Any person who has come to a trusting faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is a member of this group. We see the tenderness of God in His use of this term for those who have been reconciled to Him.

God recognizes and points out in the Scripture (Rom. 3:23) that every person who has had residence here on earth is sinful in nature and in action. They have failed to live up to the perfection of Jesus. This condition has caused a separation between God and human beings. Adam was the first person in this long line of people to be separated from God.

But God did not create man for this alienation. God created men and women, boys and girls to have a loving, obedient relationship with Him. However, God is Holy and cannot endure a close relationship with sinful people.

So God sent His only Son, fully the essence of God, to enter earth and share in the humanity of man. He became flesh and blood. He was tempted like everyone else. One big difference –– He never sinned. Thus, he was qualified to become the atoning sacrifice to pay the penalty for the sin and failure of humanity. And that’s what He did when He died on the cruel cross.

However, Jesus did not automatically make everyone righteous. But He became the means of reconciliation between Holy God and sinful man. Any person may receive forgiveness and cleansing by calling out in faith for Jesus to be the Lord and Savior in and over their life. But it’s a matter of choice. Each person must decide to place their will and life under the control and direction of Jesus Christ. And when one does this, they become a child of God. They enter His family. The Bible calls this being born again (John 3:3), but it is also referred to as adoption (Eph. 1:5) into His family.

Back in 1 John 3:1, we read, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”

That means we receive all the benefits of sonship. God loves us enough to discipline us and train us so that we will become like His beloved Son, Jesus (Rom. 8:29). Furthermore, He gives us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3.) Our filthy garments have been removed and we are now clothed in garments of righteousness. And we have open doors of communication. Although He is King of Kings He invites us to come talk with Him any time.

And one day, every child of God will join Him in His home in heaven and we’ll spend eternity together.

But there’s another phrase to verse 19. It says that we know that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

This is a truth which the enemy, Satan, seeks to hide. He does not want people to recognize that the world system is really His domain. However, it’s important that Christians know this truth so that we don’t become enamored with his kingdom. The glitter and dazzle of the world system is like a carnival. It promises pleasure and fun, but it is superficial, and behind the scenes lies evil and decay. There is no eternal value. In fact, the end of the world system is called the second death (Rev. 20:14,10) where torment lasts forever.
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7568 - 1 Kings 17 - The Faith of Elijah

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Over the past year, here at SONlight I have filled a number of different roles: editing, writing and recording messages, graphic design, fixing toilets, repairing database code, networking, upgrading computers and newsletters, and designing a new website.

The Lord has truly prepared me ahead of time for the work He had here at SONlight for me to do, but it is only through the Lord’s grace and strength that I have been able to do any of what he has called me to do. There has just been too much for me to have done everything on my own or according to my own knowledge.

But really, isn’t that our true role in life? Because if we think the Lord will only call us to do things we are capable of under our own strength, then we will find ourselves in positions where we don’t acknowledge our true, great need for God.
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7567 - Kept by Jesus

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We are approaching the end of our study of 1 John. As John brings his letter to a close he gives three final affirmations, then concludes with an exhortation.

Today we will consider the first of these three affirmations. 1 John 5:18 tells us, “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.”

“We know”; these words express the idea of the Greek, that we have positive, absolute knowledge. There can be no doubt. The thought of this verse as well as the next two, represent a final, authoritative summary statement of the truths that have been shared and reviewed in these five chapters. John wants every believer who reads this letter to have a positive, forever assurance regarding the riches that the Christian has by abiding in Christ and having Him live in and through each Christian.

Now, what’s the content of this first assurance? No less than the truth that anyone born of God does not continue to sin.
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7566 - Intercessory Prayer

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We continue our study in 1 John chapter 5. In our last Bible study we dwelt on assurance of prayers being answered as given by the apostle John in chapter 5, verses 14 and 15.

Today we continue some thoughts about prayer as we look at the following two verses, 16 and 17. Here John talks about intercessory prayer.

Let’s read the verses from the NET Bible, “If anyone sees his fellow Christian committing a sin not resulting in death, he should ask, and God will grant life to the person who commits a sin not resulting in death. There is a sin resulting in death. I do not say that he should ask about that. All unrighteousness is sin, but there is sin not resulting in death.”

This is a much debated passage without any final agreement. Let’s focus on those explanations which are consistent with other scripture.
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7565 - Assurance in Prayer

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We continue our study of 1 John. In this book God openly declares His love for His children in these pages. The encompassing message is that God wants His children to know that they live in Jesus and He lives in each one of us to give us an abundant, eternal life to those who habitually obey.

In 1 John 5, verses 14 and 15, we have some assuring words regarding prayer. Let’s read these verses from the NET Bible, “And this is the confidence that we have before Him: that whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from Him.”
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7563 - You May Know

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Studying through the First Letter of John the word ‘know’ is used 33 times. Spend a few moments in this study and you will understand that the Apostle John has in mind the objective of bringing these first century Christians to a firm assurance of their faith in Jesus Christ. Of course 1 John is written so Christians of any century can be convinced that they truly abide in Christ and are on the way to heaven.

One of the reasons for John’s concern over the Church was the large number of false teaches who were teaching heresy in the last part of the first century. This was a very real threat to the Church. As God prompted those who wrote the New Testament books, seven of the nine authors gave warning of these false teachers and their erroneous doctrines.
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7561 - Eternal Life

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We have profited so far in our study of 1 John. The early part of chapter 5 talks about the testimony God has given to mankind. In the Bible we see that God has given consistent and varied witness to all men about His nature, and His love and grace, which He has poured out upon mankind.

Psalms 19, verses1-4 tell us:
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”

And in Romans 1 verses19-20 we read:
“What may be known about God is plain to [all men], because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities –– his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
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7559 - Do You Believe

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In our study of the First Letter of John we are now in chapter 5. This is one of the most forthright passages in the Bible regarding God’s appeal to people to surrender their will, to accept God’s testimony about His Son Jesus, and by faith receive a new life in a new relationship.

So, today let’s look at 1 John 5, verse 10 which reads, “Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has made about his Son.”

Notice that two groups of people are differentiated clearly in this passage. The first is made up of all those people who have heard and believed God’s testimony about Jesus Christ, his Son.

The second group is comprised by all those people who have heard God’s testimony regarding His Son and then refused to yield their will, all those who stubbornly rejected the message from God. These are the two groups under the spotlight.
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7558 - Testimony of God

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Let’s look at 1 John 5:9. It says, “We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.”

To Christians this verse may be superfluous, because to be a Christian we must believe and trust Jesus Christ. Actually, this is an expression of faith in God Himself, since Jesus and God are one.

However, to a seeker or an unbeliever this verse is very important. It examines the plausibility of believing God. To say it another way, “Why should I believe God?”

John starts by reminding the reader that most men accept the testimony of other men. In a court room the testimony of a witness is accepted and believed unless reason to do otherwise is presented.

Under the Old Testament Law a fact of law was established as true by the testimony of two or three witnesses who agreed.
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7557 - Three Who Testify

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In our study of the first Letter of John we are now in Chapter 5, verses 7 & 8. Listen as I read them, “For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.”

The one of whom these three testify is none other than the person and work of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man and Son of God.

We should keep in mind the times in which the Apostle John is called upon to write. It’s thought that John could be past 90 years of age as he writes.

Although John has not written of Biblical truth in the early years of the Church, he is now called upon by God to write from his extensive experience with Jesus Christ while he was here on earth. He was to share what Jesus had said and what he did. Emphasis of Spiritual truth is the bottom line as John writes his five documents.
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7555 - Psalm 34 - He Keeps His Own

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Are you aware that one of the primary purposes for which the Lord created people is that we might give praise to Him.

Ephesians (1:12) says: “We who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of His glory,” and Isaiah (43:21) tells us: ‘the people who I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.”

Today let’s give praise by looking at Psalm 34.
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7554 - By Water and Blood

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Let’s seek to understand the meaning of 1 John 5; verse 6. It says, “This is the one who came by water and blood –– Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.”

This is one of the highly debated verses from the Bible. The scholar Dr. Plummer calls this first phrase the ‘most perplexing’ in the letter.

The difficulty is to understand what is meant by the terms water and blood.
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7553 - Faith in Whom

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In our study of 1 John we are now in chapter 5. Let’s read verses 4 and 5 since they overlap in thought.

“For everyone born of God has overcome the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

In our last study in God’s Word we discussed verse 4, which tells us that our victory over the world comes by reason of our faith. The requirement of faith was emphasized.

Today we want to expand on that thought by finding in whom we must place our faith?
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7551 - Faith Required

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In our study of the First Letter of John we are in chapter 5 verse 4. Listen as I read it, “For everyone born of God has overcome the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”

The use of the words ‘overcome’ and ‘victory’ brings up the mental picture of a conflict or warfare. Let’s seek to understand what God is saying.

Let’s start with the world ‘world.’ In the Bible this word does not just mean this planet. More often it is talking about the network of systems on this planet. The economic system, and system of power over the peoples of the world are all included in this word. Often times it is referred to as the world system or the Kingdom of the World.
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7549 - Commands not Burdensome

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In this study we’ll be talking about “His commands are not burdensome.”

This subject comes up as we look at 1 John chapter 5, verse 3. It reads, “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.”

Many Christians would agree with the first thought in this verse, “This is love for God: to obey his commands.” Many people tell us that they want to obey, but as often as they try, they often meet failure as they compromise. To them they carry heavy loads and they have stumbled over sin more than once.

But this verse has good news. It says God’s commands are not burdensome.

Let’s open God’s word and find God’s plan for keeping his commands from being burdensome.
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7547 - How We Know

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The human mind is such that it relishes the assurance that we’re on the right track or that we have the right answer.

Gain some assurance from God’s Word that we are on the right track as we discuss 1 John 5, a portion of verses 1 and 2. Which read, “Everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.”

The central issue about which assurance is being given is “how can we know that we love the children of God?”

The answer is that the proof of our love for the Christian brothers is that we love and obey God.
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7546 - Born Of God

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In this study lets talk about being “Born of God”.

With this study we enter chapter 5 of the First Letter of John. Verse 1 says, “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves his child as well.”

John begins this chapter with another truth designed to cut the rug out from under the false teachers. The Greeks were famous for stressing the use of intellect. These false teachers had trouble accepting the spiritual dimension regarding Jesus. They denied the deity of Jesus and rejected the truth that He was the anointed One of Old Testament prophesy.

John boldly speaks that Jesus is the Christ and that everyone who believes this truth is born of God. This is a statement of faith and not intellect. There is no evidence to be gained by experiment or observation, which proves that Jesus is the Christ to the intellect.
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7544 - A Command

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Let’s look at a command from God in the First Letter of John.

1 John 4: 21 tells us, “And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

To many this seems like an impossible command. In our human resources this really is an impossible command. Love is not an emotion we can produce by self-effort, particularly the kind of love, which is mentioned here.
Rest assured if God gives a command to His children He is the one who supplies all the resources to bring the action about.
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7541 - False Claim

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1 John 4:20 says, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.”

God says that the person who says with his mouth, “I love God,” and holds bitterness and hate in his heart toward a brother in the body of Christ, simply is lying. These two emotions are not compatible. Let’s look at the inconsistency.

The spotlight is on a person who openly declares “I love God.” We may understand better if we know that the word ‘love’ comes from the concept of “agape” love, godlike love. In other words this person is saying that I have received God’s supernatural, sacrificial, unselfish love into my heart, and it forms a reservoir, which flows out through me and from me to others. The totality of this description is wrapped up in “agape” love. God’s love is a life-changing experience. It becomes ours when the indwelling Holy Spirit takes up residence in the heart of a person as a part of the salvation experience.

Anyone who walks in the Spirit in daily life is a living dispenser of this love from God, which, is meant to be poured out on others.
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7539 - God Loved First

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In this study we will be looking at God’s love.

In the past weeks we have enjoyed several studies regarding the subject of love — both God’s and ours. Today we focus on 1 John 4, verse 19. It says, “We love because he first loved us.”

By nature God is loving. He has always been loving. Even when mankind did not respond to His love.
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7537 - No Fear In Love

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We’re so glad you’ve joined us today for a short study in God’s Word. Let’s talk about “No Fear In Love.”

This subject comes from 1 John 4:18, which reads, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The man who fears is not made perfect in love.”

We need to get the picture in our mind of what the word ‘fear’ means. Fear comes from the Greek word ‘phobos’ which carries the picture of dread or terror.
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7535 - Our Confidence

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In this study we continue our study of 1 John, chapter 4. We’ll be learning about the character of the word ‘love.’

In verse 17 we read, “Love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.”

Now, let’s focus on the concept of ‘our confidence’ as mentioned in this verse. Each of us who know and trust the Lord Jesus as Savior desire to stand before His seat of judgment without fear, but with confidence.
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7534 - Live In Love

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Join us as we talk about how to “Live In Love.”

We are engaged in a study of 1 John chapter 4, looking closely at the love of God and how that applies to us.

Today we’ll focus on 1 John 4:16. It says, “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”
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7532 - God Lives Within

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Today let’s consider the statement: “God lives within us.”

Our consideration of this truth that God lives within each Christian comes from our study of 1 John, chapter 4, verse 15: “If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in Him and he in God.”

The statement that Jesus is the Son of God is a bold statement. Yet, declaring this truth, according to this verse, testifies that God dwells within that person, and that person dwells in God.

This is an underlying theme of the book of 1 John. The apostle John, writing under the inspiration of God begins this epistle with a declaration about the Father God and His Son Jesus Christ, and has throughout this book continued to press the issue that Jesus is the Christ and He truly is the Son of God. At least nineteen times direct or indirect reference is made to the Son of God in this letter and He is identified as Jesus.
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7527 - Personal Testimony

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In 1 John, chapter 4, verse 4, God inspires the apostle John to give a short personal testimony which reads: “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.”

Keep in mind the concern, which God has for the young church, now about 60 years of age. False teachers have invaded the church bringing false doctrines, which undermine the faith of some believers. So God has called upon the Apostle John, now perhaps approaching age 90, to write. John, who has not previously entered into writing, is called upon to share from the years of his personal relationship with Jesus and the apostles, his personal observations, which would expose and refute these false teachings.

Notice that John uses the word ‘we.’ This calls attention to the fact that all of the apostles have joined together in giving testimony to Jesus the Christ, the Savior sent from God. Remember also that John now joins Peter and Matthew, apostles who have previously given written record regarding Jesus the Christ, Son of God.
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7525 - Indwelling Spirit

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We’re so glad you’re with us today as we talk about; the “Indwelling Spirit.”

In our study of the First Letter of John we have come to chapter 4, verse 13, which says: “We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.”

In this verse, once again, John circles back to a truth he has previously affirmed in the letter. In 1 John 3:24 John wrote: “Those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them, and this is how we know that He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit He gave us.”
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7523 - Love Made Complete

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In 1 John 4 we have been learning about love — God’s and ours. Today let’s talk about “Love Made Complete.” This thought comes from verse 12. Listen:

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love each other, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.”

Do you like to cook? Perhaps you like to eat? Well, neither the cook nor the gourmet is particularly blessed when a cake or a batch of cookies are removed from the oven before they are done. You know the scene. The cake is like a sponge and the middle is still uncooked dough. The process of cooking has not been finished. The goal has not been accomplished.

We might conclude in keeping with this illustration and from this verse that God often looks down upon His children and He sees that the process of maturity in Christ has not been completed in some of His children. His goal of bringing us to be like Jesus has not yet been accomplished in many lives. How can He tell? Because as He views us He sees that His love is not yet perfected or made complete in us.
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7522 - What We Ought To Do

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Let’s talk about “What We Ought To Do.” as we see in 1 John 4:11 which reads:
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we ought to love one another.”

This command follows verses, which tell us about the ultimate love showered upon us by God. God’s love is an unselfish, sacrificial love, which is bestowed upon undeserving subjects. That’s what happened when God loved us by sending His Son Jesus to pay the penalty of death for our sins, even when we were alienated from Him, we were bitter enemies of His.

So this command is given upon the basis that we have accepted the gift of life offered by Jesus to all who would believe and trust Him. Keep in mind that when Jesus bestows this new life He enters our life to live His life in and through us. That’s the only way we can love as God loves — sacrifically.

When God says we ought to love one another he is not talking about being nice to one another or helping someone when we expect to get something in return. Previously in this book (1 John 3:18) we were told that we were not just to say encouraging words to someone who had a need, but we were to demonstrate love through our actions.

A story by Rebecca Pippert, which appears in Multnomah’s book Stories for the Heart Illustrates this principle. Its called “Lessons from a Young Nurse.”
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7521 - Ultimate Love

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We are now in 1 John, chapter 4 considering the subject of love. In this passage we repeatedly find reference to the Greek word, “Agape” love. It seems that the meaning of this word has been enhanced and elevated from its previous use in Greek writings. In fact, this word was infrequent in Greek usage, but when God poured out His love upon mankind through His Son Jesus, the word became the very description of the love of God.

Innately all people desire acceptance and love, and they seek it out. Many people go to great efforts to earn love.

To me it seems God placed verse 10 of 1 John 4 in this place, at this point in His discussion of this phenomenon called love, so as to raise our vision toward Him. Listen to 1 John 4:10:

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

In the lines just before this verse we have found the declarations “God is love” and “love comes from God.”
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7518 - God Showed Us Love

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Verses 7 through 21 comprise one of the most intimate passages dealing with love in the Bible. Today let’s focus on verse 9. It says:

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”

In verse eight we find this forthright statement: “God is love.” That means the very nature of God is love. God must love because that’s His nature.

The beauty and bountiful supply which God showers upon this earth is motivated by His nature of love. Matthew (5:45) tells us that God sends the sun to rise on the evil and the good – upon all mankind.
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7517 - Strangers to God

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In our last study we entered a portion of Scripture laden with definitions and expressions of love: That would be 1 John 4, verses 7 through 21.

This next passage opens by telling us that love comes from God. God is the source of unselfish, sacrificial love. Those who have been born of God and know God have experienced this “agape” love –– unselfishly bestowed upon undeserving people.

Today let’s look at 1 John 4:8: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Now those last words affirm what was discussed in the previous verse –– God is the source of love. You see, God’s very nature is love. And the word from which love is translated is “agape”, which in the understanding of people, received a great upgrading from the love demonstrated by God as He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die for the sins of men and women, boys and girls.

It is true that the Greek word “phileo” is translated by the English word love, but in the original language it expressed a lesser degree. It implies that the one who expresses this love sees some value or worth in the one who is being loved. So “phileo” does not carry the deep meaning of dedication and sacrifice, which the “agape” lover lays on the line as he loves.
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7515 - The Source of Love

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We now come to 1 John 4:7 in our study. This verse begins one of the most revealing passages in the Bible regarding love.

“Dear friend, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”

Listen, the word “love” in this passage, in every case, comes from the root word “agape” in the Greek.

Let me explain the four commonly used words expressing some idea of love in the Greek language. Two of these, namely: “storge” which carries the idea of family affection, and “eros”, which was used for a sensual, possessive love, never appears in the New Testament. Another word: “phileo”, was used in Greek literature to express friendship, and is the most commonly used word for love in prebiblical Greek; however, the Greek noun “agape” and its verb form “agapao” is the most frequently used word to express love in the New Testament.
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7513 - From God

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In our last study we explored 1 John 4:5 which gives a very clear but sobering view of the people who are from the World System. They are from the world and speak the language of the worldly culture.

Today we examine the contrast found in the very next verse 1 John 4, verse 6:

“We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of falsehood.”
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7511 - From the World

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In 1 John 4, verses 5 and 6 we see a contrast between two types of people:

“They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”

Today lets focus on verse 5, which vividly gives truth about those who have not yielded to the Lord Jesus Christ. They have refused to embrace the truth in order to be saved from death and darkness, and to receive light and life.

Notice this insight into the life of the unbeliever is contrasted in verse 6 with a glimpse into the life of a person who is from God – one of God’s children.

But in verse 5 we return to those who are identified by the word “them.” This reference looks back to those in verses 1, 3 and 4 who are controlled and dominated by the spirit of antichrist – those who are against Christ.
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7510 - Overcoming

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Let’s consider 1 John 4, verse 4, which says:

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Perhaps we first need to identify the players in the drama laid out before us. Those words, “you, dear children”, refer to those who are alive in Christ. If you are a Christian, that’s speaking about you.

Next, notice those words, “[you] have overcome them.” To whom does the word “them” refer? Glance back at the previous verses and you’ll see they are talking about people in the world who are false prophets; people who deny Jesus Christ and war against him by their speech and by their lifestyle. Those who are dominated by the spirit of antichrist.

Then we come to those words, “the one who is in you.” Who fulfills these words within the believer in Christ? The answer is the Holy Spirit, and we’ll talk more about that.
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7508 - Spirit of Antichrists

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In our last study we noted that John bids Christians to be aware of how to ascertain whether the teaching or statement of certain people is indeed a message from God’s Word is so valuable. It’s compared to gold and silver. So, let’s examine the riches of a section of the Word together today.

John was concerned for the young Church, which was about sixty years old and was beset with false teachers. Let’s get a picture of the false prophets, who may sometimes be called false teachers or antichrists.

First, let’s look at 1 John 4, verse 3: “but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.”

Notice that John relates false teaching to the influence of false spirits or evil spirits. This alerts us to the truth that evil spirits from Satan’s domain may influence, come upon or indwell certain men to use them to oppose the Kingdom of God in all its broad extension.

John tells us here that any spirit which does not acknowledge Jesus, is truthfully the spirit of antichrist.
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7506 - Test of Good Spirits

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In our last study we noted that John bids Christians to be aware of how to ascertain whether the teaching or statement of certain people is indeed a message from God or whether the declaration is another guided missile from the devil aimed to disturb or shoot down the faith of a weak or lame inquirer about the Son of God. John tells Christians that they are to know how to test the spirits to discern the truth in this matter.

How can we really tell if a statement is true, or whether the declaration is another thought from the intellect of man, which does not have the ring of truth?

Let me read 1 John 4, verse 2; then we can examine it.

“This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit which acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.”

If this test is positive then we can be sure that the Holy Spirit is the stimulating power behind the utterance or writing of a doctrinal statement.

The test is this: Does the message acknowledge that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh?
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7505 - Test the Spirits

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In our study of the first epistle of the Apostle John we have now completed the first three chapters. It is impressive to me that God waited until John was likely near 90 years old before the Holy Spirit inspired him to write his three epistles, the gospel of John and Revelation. Many people believe that all five books were written in the decade of the 90’s.

John’s concern was for the spiritual health and vitality of the Church. He was deeply concerned about false doctrines and beliefs which were luring many away from the sound foundation taught by Christ and then by those who knew Him.

Today let’s focus on 1 John 4, verse 1. It says:

“Dear friend, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
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7503 - We Know

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In our study of God’s sacred & valuable Word we are now in 1 John 3, verse 24. Let me read it before our discussion:

“Those who obey his commands live in Him, and He in them. And this is how we know that He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”

First let’s focus upon that last sentence. Did you notice that anyone can know beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are indeed the temple of Jesus Christ. That means that He abides in us – that He lives His supernatural life in and through us. How can we be so sure? It says, “we know it by the Spirit He gave us.”
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7501 - Proof of Abiding

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In our study of 1 John we now are in 1 John 3:24. Today we want to focus upon only the first sentence, which reads:

“Those who obey his commands live in Him...”

Here we notice again that we are given proof that we have life in Trinity God. The proof given here is the fruit of obedience to God’s principles as found in His Word.
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7499 - God's Command

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In 1 John 3:23 we read, “And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.”

This is one of the important verses in the Bible. Young Christians sometimes voice the question, “What does God want me to do?”

In this verse we find two answers to this question.
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7498 - Obedience Rewarded

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Today we will look at 1 John 3; verses 21 and 22.

“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God (22) and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.”

That phrase, “if our hearts do not condemn us,” does not mean that we have reached sinless perfection. Some people have interpreted those words in that manner; however, a better understanding could be that these words represent the attitude of the heart of a Christian who has diligently sought a pure heart and has confessed the known sins in his life. Following Scripture he has asked God to search his heart and reveal any obstacle between himself and God, so that it might be confessed and dealt with. The desire is to live habitually in an obedient, yielded fellowship with the Lord. When a Christian has this humble, yielded attitude then we have assurance and confidence before God.
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7495 - Heart at Rest

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Have you ever been troubled by guilt feelings or even a sense of uneasiness about your Christian life? Today we want to talk about setting our hearts at rest.

Our passage for consideration today comes from 1 John 3, verses 19 and 20:
This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence (20) whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Notice these considerations about a restful heart follows thoughts about how Christians should be helpful to our brothers and sisters in Christ. The principle which precedes this passage states that our actions of help and support for those in need should go beyond words of encouragement or even prayer. We should enter into helpful support, even sharing what we have with those less fortunate.
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7494 - Love Expressed

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In 1 John we read about the love, which God has for people and how this was forcefully demonstrated through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We also see the love Christians should have for God and how we demonstrate our love by being obedient to God’s commands and instructions.

But there is a third facet of love, which is clearly presented in 1 John also, and that is the love that a believer should have for his Christian brothers and sisters. This emphasis is the focus of today’s study.
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7493 - Love Demonstrated

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In this message we discuss how love was demonstrated to those on earth by God.

In 1 John 3:16 we can explore this idea: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”

God is a loving God. He is patient & long-suffering with His creatures. You see, God created men & women in order that there could be a mutual loving, pleasing relationship between them. People would certainly benefit by coming under the authority of God. They would experience His protection, guidance and steadfast love. God would be pleased by the praise and delight which men and women, boys and girls would choose to express toward Him.
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7491 - I Am the True Vine

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In our Bible studies we have been in a series looking at the seven “I Am” statements of Jesus in the Gospel of John.

To close out our ‘I Am’ series, we now look at the last of these seven sayings– I am the true vine. Jesus is in the room of the ‘last supper’ with his disciples, before going to Gethsemane. Listen to John 15 (1,2,4,5):

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful....Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Here we have the description of a grapevine growing from fertile ground under the watchful eye of a gardener. Jesus is the vine, and supplies everything needed to the branches for life and health.
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7489 - I Am the Way, Truth and the Life

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In our series of Bible studies of the seven "I Am" statements made by Jesus in the Gospel of John, we have now come to the sixth statement--I am, the way, the truth and the life.

The night before His crucifixion Jesus was with His disciples preparing them for His departure and encouraging them about the future. Keep in mind, Jesus fully intended to leave the work of the Kingdom in the hand of these eleven apostles. He knew what was ahead--He would be betrayed and crucified. These apostles would be scattered and desert him under the pressure. And Peter would deny Him.

Yet, He did not flinch. You see, He also knew that He would send the Holy Spirit to strengthen and empower them. He knew their fear and timidity would be superseded by boldness and power--even to the point of working miracles as a sign for unbelievers.
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7487 - I Am the Ressurection & the Life

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God’s self-existence is assumed and established from the beginning of the Bible (Gen 1:1): “In the beginning God...” Note that God is only introduced.

One of those passages in which we see the self-existence of God very plainly is Exodus 3. God sent Moses to Pharaoh and to the Nation of Israel to tell them they would be freed. When Moses asks how he should respond to the question, “Who sent you?” God told him to say “I Am has sent me....I Am who I am.” This is an expression of underived existence. Nothing created God, for in essence to be created is to be subordinate to the creator. God has always been and will always be.

As Jesus Christ ministered, He uttered in the Greek language, thirty-six times an echo of this “I AM” from God. Twenty-three of these expressions are in the book of John. At times this was only an expression which mean “It is I,” but at other times Jesus was openly declaring His deity.
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7486 - I Am the Good Shepherd

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We are in a series of studies looking at the seven "I am" sayings of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John. This is now the fourth of the series and we will be looking at Jesus' statement, "I am the good shepherd."
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7485 - I Am the Door

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Today we are studying the phrase uttered by Jesus, "I am the door (KJ) or the gate (NIV). Thirty-six times in the Greek New Testament Jesus Christ uses the phrase "I am" in various statements. Twenty-three of these occur in the Gospel of John. Sometimes Christ simply meant "It is I," but other times He was stating His deity, because "I am" is how God describes and names himself in the Old Testament.

In Exodus (3:13) when Moses asked God His name, God said to Moses, "I am who I am. That is what you are to say to Israel: 'I Am has sent me to you.'" God says His name is "I Am," and this name is a form of the Hebrew "to be". God's name tells us that He is, He exists. He is eternal and has always been and will always be. He is sovereign and will be what He will be. He is faithful and will always be what He has always been, the same yesterday, today and forever.
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7482 - I Am the Light of the World

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In the Gospel of John there are seven metaphorical statements picturing our Lord Jesus Christ. They are:
• I am the bread of life
• I am the light of the world
• I am the door (or gate)
• I am the good shepherd
• I am the resurrection and the life
• I am the way, the truth and the life
• I am the true vine

In each of these Jesus seeks to open the mind of the hearer, and those who now read His Word, to the truth that Jesus is the one and only source of life which God intended people to experience.
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7481 - I Am the Bread of Life

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During the next few weeks we are going to be looking at seven distinct announcements which Jesus made in the book of John, all of which are introduced with the words 'I Am'.

He said:
• I am the bread of life. (John 6:35)
• I am the light of the world. (8:12)
• I am the door. (10:9)
• I am the good shepherd. (10:11)
• I am the resurrection and the life (11:25)
• I am the way, the truth and the life. (14:6) and
• I am the true vine. (15:1)

Today let's focus on the first of these statements: I am the bread of life.
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7479 - Love of Brothers - 1 John 3:14-15

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Today we’re talking about loving the brothers & sisters in Christ. We read initially about love of the brothers in chapter 2 of 1 John, where John tells us: “Whoever love his brothers lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.”

In chapter 3, verses 14-15 John added a new facet to this message for us. Listen:

“We know we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in Him.”
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7477 - Hated by the World - 1 John 3:13

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We’re so glad you have joined us for a short study in a portion of God’s Word.

Today we are focused on 1 John 3:13 which reads:
“Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.”

During the first century many Christians were arrested, persecuted and killed. Jesus was killed because the officials perceived that the Romans might come and take away both [their] place of worship and [their] nation (John 11:48). Throughout the centuries this hostility against Christians has continued. It is a battle of ideology. Not necessarily directed to an individual but toward the group. It is the clash between the two kingdoms which exists among us.
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7475 - Not Like Cain - 1 John 3:12

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Today we continue our study in the book of 1 John. Let’s focus on chapter 3, verse 12, which reads:

“Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.”

Let’s put this verse in perspective to the greater passage. In this passage John has talked briefly about the two kingdoms which vie for acceptance and dominance in the life of every person on earth.
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7474 - Love One Another - 1 John 3:11

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Today let’s dig into a portion of God’s Word together.

Our study today will center on 1 John 3:11. Listen:

”This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.”

Check it out and you will see that chapter 2, verses 7-11 also convey this message in similar words. This is just one example of the Apostle John circling back to a subject which he has introduced in a previous passage. He may add to what he said previously, or draw a new conclusion to emphasize to the church. John is so intent on getting these points across in ways the people will understand, remember, and then fulfill in their lives.
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7472 - Children of the Devil - 1 John 3:10

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In 1 John chapter 3, John gives two contrasting lifestyles.

We have discussed the expected lifestyle of those who have been born of God. These people are expected to live obediently to what Jesus taught and to what God has shared through the New Testament writers.

The contrast to this lifestyle is given four times in verses 4-10 of chapter 3, but verse 10 seems to summarize his words. Verse 10 says:

“This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; neither is anyone who does not love his brother.”
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7470 - Praise – Psalm 148

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Do you know why you are here on earth? Do you know what your deep underlying purpose is? Let's answer those questions today.
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7469 - Restrained From Sin - 1 John 3:9

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1 John 3:9 reads:

“No one born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning because he has been born of God.”

This verse tells us that God restrains His children from sin. How does He do this?
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7467 - To Destroy the Devil’s Work - 1 John 3:8b

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In 1 John we have come to chapter 3, the last part of verse 8. There we find these words:

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”
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7465 - Conduct Comes from Character - 1 John 3:7b-8a

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As the adage goes, “a righteous character expresses itself in righteous conduct.”
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7463 - To Lead You Astray - 1 John 3:7

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1 John 3:7, says, “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.”
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7462 - Contrast - 1 John 3:6

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A contrast of the relationship which two different groups of people maintain with the Lord Jesus Christ.
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7459 - Sinless - 1 John 3:5b

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We are now engrossed in a study of the book of 1 John. The Apostle John, the last living apostle of Jesus Christ, this sensitive man of God, now in his late 80’s or early 90’s, was used by God to repute & rebuke the false teachers who were being used by the devil to bring hurt & pain into the early church. Human philosophies sprang up to deny many of the basic doctrines which were first taught by Jesus Christ, and later were proclaimed by those whom Jesus had taught & prepared so carefully.
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7458 - Take Away Sin - 1 John 3:5a

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Today we come face to face with one of the most encouraging statements in the Word of God. In the first part of 1 John 3:5 we read:
“But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins.”
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7457 - What is Sin? - 1 John 3:4

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Join us as we investigate “what is sin?”

This question is prompted from 1 John 3, verse 4. That’s where we are now as we study through this first epistle of the apostle John.
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7455 - Purified Lives - 1 John 3:3

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Today we are investigating 1 John 3:3: “Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
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7453 - To Be Like Him - 1 John 3:2

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In our study through the book of 1 John we are now in the 3rd chapter, verse 2. It reads:
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
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7452 - Jesus, The Messiah - John 1:29-51

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Today we’ll be taking a brief look at some events in the early life of Jesus. In the first chapter of John we see Jesus in Bethany beyond the Jordan.

Listen to John 1, verses 29-34:
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:30 This is the one I meant when I said, `A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'
John 1:31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."
John 1:32 Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.
John 1:33 I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, `The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.'
John 1:34 I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God."
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7451 - Lavish Love - 1 John 3:1

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In our study of 1 John, today we are beginning chapter 3. The first verse reads:
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
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7450 - His Righteousness - 1 John 2:29

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We are engaged in a study of the book of 1 John.

In closing out Chapter 2, we see John’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and his love for Jesus, his Savior. Consider that Jesus had ascended more than 60 years prior to this writing, terminating their close one-on-one physical relationship. Nevertheless, the writings of John in the 90’s clearly carries the language and tone of deep love for Jesus. John was one of the last remaining figures who had known Jesus personally.
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7449 - Confidence - 1 John 2:28

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Join us today in a study of a portion of God’s Word.

The first epistle of John in which we are now occupied in study, is filled with golden stepping stones paving the daily walk of the children of God. This book is not easily outlined because in it the elderly Apostle John, the last living apostle keeps circling around to one of the many mentioned foundational truths, in order to look at it from a new perspective, or to make application of a basic truth in the lives of his readers.
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7446 - Anointing - 1 John 2:27

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In our study of 1 John we have been carefully walking through those verses in chapter 2 in which John is strongly warning the believers in the church –– the body of Christ –– regarding the false teachers which have appeared in the Church near the end of the first century.

Today lets seek the deep meaning of 1 John 2:27. Let’s read this verse and then we will discuss it.

1 John 2:27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit --just as it has taught you, remain in him.
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7445 - Those Leading Astray - 1 John 2:26

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God’s Word is so necessary in the life of His children. George Mueller, a man of faith said: “The vigor of our Spiritual Life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts.” (Halley’s, p5)

So, today let’s consider one verse from 1 John, chapter 2. Let me read verse 26. Then we can discuss it.
“I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.”
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7443 - The Promise - 1 John 2:24-25

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In our study through 1 John we are now in Chapter 2, verses 24 & 25.

“See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us --even eternal life.”

In the previous paragraphs John has been putting his measuring rod on the false teachers of his day. He has discussed that anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ is filled with the spirit of antichrist. In other words he is anti-God.
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7441 - The Liar - 1 John 2:22-23

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We are now in a close study of the first Epistle of John. This book was written by John late in life –– in the decade of the 90’s. In it he is repudiating the false teachings which were coming forth in the church.

Today we are examining 1 John 2, verses 22 & 23.

“Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist --he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”
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7439 - You Know - 1 John 2:20-21

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1 John, along with the gospel of John, and the short epistles called 2 & 3 John, along with Revelation were written by John late in his life. He ministered in Asia Minor and was particularly influential in the church in Ephesus. It was during these years in the decade of the 90’s that John was touched by the attack upon the Church by false teachers. To counter these teachings of heresy the Holy Spirit used John to write the five books of the New Testament mentioned earlier.

Today let’s look at 1 John 2, verses 20 & 21.

1 John 2:20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.
1 John 2:21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.
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7438 - Antichrists - 1 John 2:18-19 & 22

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In our study through the book of 1 John, we have come to chapter 2, verses 18-19. Listen as I read them as well as verse 22.

“Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.” (22) “Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist --he denies the Father and the Son.”

Let’s discuss this expression ‘antichrist’ today. Literally it means one who is against Christ, or an opponent of Christ.
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7436 - Eternal Life - Obedience - 1 John 2:17

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Today we want to contemplate “eternal life.” The verse which prompts this thought is 1 John 2:17.

“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”
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7434 - Reject Love for the World - 1 John 2:15-17

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In our study of 1 John we are now in chapter two, verse 15-16. There is a warning message for Christians in these two verses.

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world --the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does --comes not from the Father but from the world.”

In these verses John gives us one of the most instructive & honest appraisals of the world system as any in the Bible.
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7433 - Young Men - 1 John 2:12-14

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We are now focusing on 1 John 2:12-14, a passage where John gives words of encouragement to his readers.

It seems that John groups every Christian, young and old, male and female, in one of three groups; these are called dear children, fathers and young men. Some view these groups as spiritual levels through which each has passed or through which they will pass before entering the heavenly kingdom.

Let me read these verses, then we will speak about them.

“I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.”
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7432 - My Rock of Refuge

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Today we want to share together in a Psalm of comfort and assurance. Psalm 31, has been a great source of blessing in my life right now. When it seems like everything in the world is against me, I turn to my Rock of Refuge. So today let’s focus on the first seven verses and the last six verses of Psalm 31.
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