The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 6

To: The Church Family of God. (12/6/18) His 9th month, Kislev 28th day, 5779, until sunset.

Let’s review Jesus’ hometown teaching about healings during Elijah’s day. (Luke 4:20-30) First He reminded them of the proverb “Physician heal yourself.” then He let them know their thoughts. They were saying, “do here in your hometown what you did in Capernaum.” Jesus added, (Luke 4:24; “I tell you the truth, no prophet ’teacher” is acceptable in his hometown. But in truth I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s days, when the sky was shut up three and a half years, and there was a great famine over all the land. (26) Yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to a woman who was a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, yet none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”) When they heard this, all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, forced Him out of the town, and brought Him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw Him down the cliff.”) But He passed through the crowd and went on His way.”) Jesus point is, “God chooses whom to bless.” The people felt insulted, they heard of His healing many in Capernaum. He slipped through the crowd and went back to there where He taught in their Synagogues.

We’re born naïve followers of what seems right to our inherited instinctive nature. “I will decide for myself” nature: born sinners, we inherited Adam’s nature, it’s our inherited nature to practice what’s lawless in God’s view. Sin is “Lawlessness toward God. Jesus’ apostle John explained.

 

(1John3:4-5; “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness. And you know that Jesus was revealed to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin.”) The purpose of God the Father’s revealing Jesus to us is; “to take away our sins.” That is, “change our inherited nature.” From our Genesis study, we learned “all except those God revealed Himself to, practiced a way that seemed right.” That record is clear, “God called, revealed Himself to Noah and descendents of choice.” All others, “practiced the way that seemed right to themselves.” (Later He revealed Himself to Abraham and made covenant promises that included followers of Himself, to whom He made binding promises and a covenant. Pointing followers to His Way, admonishing for lawless practices and blessings for turning to Him.) Review Judges 2:11-14.

 

The historical record of all people groups is; they usually follow the way of their ancestral traditions. Traditionally people look to those whose charisma attracts them. It’s idolatry and the worldly way! We studied Jesus’ prophetic words through Isaiah, recorded in chapter 61. We are given to understand “a large portion of that prophecy is for the millennium when Jesus rules as King of Kings with His Saints.” When Satan is bound, unable to deceive and divide. In our study of Jesus’ gospel through Luke, we see that after Jesus overcame Satan’s temptations, debating the meaning of God’s word with him, Jesus went to a synagogue and read from Isaiah 61:. (Through our inherited nature we can’t understand God doing the “choosing, healing, calling, and granting understanding to whom He will.”)

 

Generally Christendom teaches, “a saved by grace theology” but think they can choose when to obtain or choose that grace! The people said to Jesus, “we heard what you did in Capernaum, so do the same for we hometown folks.” Review v 23 above. Jesus explained “God did the choosing through Elijah.” “Physician heal yourself” is what Jesus knew He would hear at His crucifixion. The people of Galilee, “where Jesus grew up” were amazed, saying; “isn’t this Joseph’s son.” When Jesus related how Elisha was sent to selected people, “true to their inherited nature the people got angry.” Also saying, “this fellow citizen we grew up with is claiming to be a prophet.”

 

(Luke 4:31-37; “So Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee; on the Sabbath He began to teach the people. They were amazed at His teaching, because He spoke with authority. (33) Now in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Ha! Leave us alone, Jesus the Nazarene. Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him: “saying” “Silence! Come out of him!” Then, after the demon threw the man down in their midst, the demon came out of him without hurting him. (36) The people were all amazed and began to say to one another, “What’s happening here? For with authority and power Jesus commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” So the news about Jesus spread into all areas of the region.”) Satan and demons not only recognized The Son of God they recognize people imputed with God’s spirit.

 

Jesus’ presence and through His apostles we have a glimpse the Kingdom of God on earth. A time when all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Study Joel) This age is likened to when Elijah was God’s prophet.

 

(Luke 4:38-39; “After Jesus left the synagogue, He entered Simon’s “Peter’s” house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So He stood over her, commanded the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them.”) Peter was blessed with a wife and a mother in law. He was never a pope, nor was he ever commissioned to assign a successor to himself. The idea of a pope comes from the depth of paganism.

 

(Luke 4:40-41; “As the sun was setting, all those who had any relatives sick with various diseases brought them to Jesus. He placed His hands on every one of them and healed them. Demons also came out of many, crying out, “You are the Son of God!” But Jesus rebuked them, and would not allow them to speak, “continue speaking” because they knew that He was the Christ.”) Professing Christians practicing pagan customs don’t know “the Jesus manifested in the old and new Testaments is The Christ.” Imagining a baby in a manger or an image on a cross isn’t recognizing Jesus the Creator, Re-creator, Healer, Deliverer, Savior, Mediator and coming King of Kings. One who said, “why call Me Lord, Lord and not obey My Word.” The Jesus that’s coming with power to rule. Demons know Him, “the many denominations calling themselves Christian do not.” (The current pope that said he could not judge homosexuals, does not know Jesus!) Followers of Jesus are led to recognize sin, “from Jesus’ point of view.” We must all turn from what’s sin in His View, or be destroyed.” An assembly or individual practicing or condoning what God considers sin shouldn’t call themselves Christian.

 

(Luke 4:42-44; “The next morning Jesus departed and went to a deserted place. Yet the crowds were seeking Him, and they came to Him and tried to keep Him from leaving them. But Jesus said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns too, for that is what I was sent to do.” So Jesus continued to preach in the synagogues of Judea.”) The gospel is NONE other, than, “good news of Jesus’ coming kingdom.” Details include being called, fathered by God, the resurrections, final judgment and New Jerusalem coming down etc.

 

(Luke 5:1-11; “Now Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, (Another name for the Sea of Galilee.) See the parallel at Matt 4:18) and the crowd was pressing around Him to hear the Word of God. He saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. Jesus got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then Jesus sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing! But at Your Word I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets started to tear. So they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they were about to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, He fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For Peter and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s business partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” So when they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.”) To the fleshly minded, believing IN what all the holy scriptures teach about Jesus’ activities is foolishness.

 

(Luke 5:12-16; “While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came to Him who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed down with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” So Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. Then Jesus ordered the man to tell no one, but commanded him, “Go and show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” But the news about Jesus spread even more, and large crowds were gathering together to hear Him and to be healed of their illnesses. Yet Jesus Himself frequently withdrew to the wilderness and prayed.”) Jesus set up the temple system under Moses and demonstrated respect of the priest duties and the customs while He lived in the flesh. The priesthood was changed when Jesus ascended to His previous position and as mediator of a better covenant. When willing, Jesus can heal sicknesses completely and miraculously as He did in this account. In this Luke account, Jesus healed all who came asking. Likewise after Jesus’ ascension, He healed many when Peter’s shadow passed over them. All demonstrating His power over the physical. The New Covenant doctrine regarding healing and our practices are spelled out in Hebrews. We must note the result of people’s practicing apostasy “yielding to pagan practices” as well. We do take liberty to expound.

 

(Hebrews 6:1-4 “Therefore we must progress beyond the elementary instructions about Christ and move on to maturity,” (The foundational doctrinal beliefs follow, and we need to grow from this foundation.) not repeating this foundation again: (1) “repentance from dead works” (First we’re led to turn from old practices, which are dead works) (2) “and Faith in God,” (Secondly, the called are led to trust in God’s Word, not religions.) (3) “Heb 6:2; Teaching about baptisms,” (Thirdly, we need to understand that water baptism foreshadows our being immersed in Jesus and that the unrepentant will be baptized with fire.) (4) “Laying on of hands, (Fourth, a spiritual transfer demonstrating obedience, at immersion, ordinations and asking for faith healing should be a practice.) (5) “Resurrection of the dead,” (Fifth, resurrections are promised. The first is to spirit like Jesus‘. Second is physically restoring Israelites. Born again is likened to a resurrection in that minds are opened. The unrepentant will die a second death.) See Rev 21:8. (6) “Eternal judgment.” (Sixth, judgment on the last day is forever.) (7) “Move on to maturity. Heb 6:1. We are commanded to overcome to the end, always maturing in Christ.

 

(Hebrews 6:3-6; “This is what we “Christians” intend to do, if God permits. For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age, and then have committed apostasy, to renew them again to repentance, since they are crucifying the Son of God for themselves all over again and holding Him up to contempt.) Only God can enlighten, open a mind and father with His spirit. Only through “Christ Jesus” can we taste the good word of God and believe IN the miracles of the coming age. Once God has changed our nature, it isn’t likely He’ll lose one.

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