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Luke 24. Selective Grace.

Posted: December 1, 2011 in Luke

This chapter, detailing the resurrection of Jesus and His appearance to some disciples, contains within further proof that God can and will reveal Himself to whom He wills, how He wills, when He wills.

Remember in the previous chapter the two thieves who were crucified with Jesus? They both at first mocked Jesus, yet before he died one of the thieves finally saw Jesus as the Savior that He is. What changed within him?

I think the answer to that is here in chapter 24 as we see Jesus supernaturally prevents Himself from being recognized. Then, on His own terms and time, He reveals Himself. Now, Jesus doesn’t have to actively blind men’s eyes to His identity now, because our own inherent depravity does this for us. But as Jesus said in Matthew 11, no one knows the Father except those shown by Jesus, and in John 6 we see that no one comes to Jesus unless drawn by the Father.

It all comes back to unmerited, unconditioned grace given by the Father to whomever He wills. But…if it were merited, if it was conditioned, it wouldn’t be grace, now would it?

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Luke 23. Someone Else’s Problem

Posted: November 27, 2011 in Luke

In reading this chapter, it dawned on me that not all of Jesus’ enemies set themselves in firm opposition to Him. Pilate wasn’t out to kill Jesus. Nor did he find any reason for Jesus to be condemned in the first place. In fact, all he wanted to do was let Jesus be someone else’s problem, let them deal with Him.

Here’s the thing, though…if you aren’t affirming the Lordship of Jesus and following His way of life as your Savior, you might as well be the one leading the rebellion against Him.

There is no such thing as a half-hearted follower of Christ. It’s all in or it’s nothing.

Luke 22: Divine Mystery

Posted: November 25, 2011 in Luke

Luke 22:22

“For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!”

This passage most clearly affirms two important truths. One, nothing happens that is not predestined to occur. God does not have to “adjust” to our will or actions. We in fact do nothing that isn’t part of His sovereign will.

However, our compliance to God’s decree does not absolve us from being morally responsible for our actions. Though everything, including sin, is preordained by God, we should be and are held accountable.

Here is a great article for further reading: http://www.frame-poythress.org/frame_articles/1993FreeWill.htm

Luke 21. All Means Some.

Posted: November 22, 2011 in Luke

A lot of time in theological debate, particularly between monergists and synergists, the statement “all means all, all the time” comes up.

I gotta ask, though…when Jesus said “you will be hated by all,” did that mean all mankind?

Luke 20. Would you like fries with that?

Posted: November 21, 2011 in Luke

In chapter twenty of his account of the gospel, Luke shares with us some of the many times that the scribes and pharisees tried to trap Jesus with their words, only to have the tables turned by Jesus. It struck me as sad that the only time these men actually listened to Jesus was while they were trying to trap Him.

Unfortunately, many people boasting the label “christian” do the same thing with God’s word. They’re all about “judge not!” yet they abhor “be holy.” They know “eye for an eye” and ignore “love your neighbor.”

Friends, the word of God isn’t a buffet. We do not have the “luxury” of picking and choosing the portions that we care for and discarding the rest. True satisfaction is found only in reading, disecting, and applying all of it.

Luke 19. Wee Little Man

Posted: November 20, 2011 in Luke

I appreciate the picture of repentance shown to us in this chapter. While the text doesn’t record for us the entirety of Zacchaeus and Jesus’ conversation, we know that something happened which led to a total and complete shift in Zacchaeus’ way of thinking. Sorta like Paul on the road to Damascus. Though he began his journey in opposition to this Jesus of Nazareth, by the time it.was over he was in complete surrender to the same Jesus.

The biblical pattern seems to be like this: any encounter with Jesus leaves you one of two ways: in submission to his Lordship and authority and seeking to please him, or in utter rebellion against Him.

Have you encountered Him yet? If so, what was your response?

Luke 18. Wake up!

Posted: November 19, 2011 in Luke

In this chapter Jesus gives sobering reminders that many who believe themselves righteous will find themselves on the wrong end of God’s judgement. We simply cannot trust in our own goodness, because we have none. Salvation is solely by grace, and it is received through repentance towards sin and faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. When we have truly experienced this reality, we will display utter dependance upon God for our salvation, because we will live in the mindset that we will never, ever, be able to save ourselves. Is this your reality?