The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 24

To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, & scattered Israelites  (1/3/19, God 10th month, Tevet 26 until sunset.

In parable form, Jesus gave two examples of, “what we may compare the kingdom of God to?” Both parable examples demonstrate faith beginnings that keep growing. Abraham’s heirs in the world are prime examples. While the whole world moves to the beat of their inherited instinctive nature, coached by Satan, God calls a few He refers to as people, “born from above” “born again” “fathered” “the Saints” “heirs with Abraham” etc. (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses, “likened to savior, prophet, with Jesus and His apostles are our faith foundation.) Jesus’ church foundation rest on these. To the gentiles “Ephesus Church of God” Paul wrote, “to you who had been foreigners concerning the house of God and whose practices were pagan.”.

(Eph 2:19-22; “So then you “gentiles” are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. In Jesus the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”) Individually we who are made temples in the Lord are being built. This small beginning is to fill the earth! This foundation of spiritual Israelites, “people God fights for” is to fill the earth! After conversion to this foundation, all people become, “spiritual Israelites!” One in Christ. (See Galatians 3:29)

(Luke 13:22-29; “Then Jesus traveled throughout towns and villages, teaching and making His way toward Jerusalem. Someone asked Him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” So Jesus said to them, “Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, let us in!’ But he will answer you, ‘I don’t know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will reply, ‘I don’t know where you come from! Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves thrown out. (29) Then people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table in the kingdom of God. But indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.””) Not able to? No one is saved, because they think they’re ready! Remember who gives the desire? Review Philippians 2:13.

(Luke 13:31-33; “At that time, some Pharisees came up and said to Jesus, “Get away from here, because Herod wants to kill You.” But Jesus said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Look, I am casting out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete My work. Nevertheless I must go on My way today and tomorrow and the next day, because it is impossible that a prophet should be killed outside Jerusalem.’) Jesus considered Himself a prophet, for It was through His inspiration. that each prophet wrote about the future! Jesus’ work was and is preplanned to the moment of His sacrificial death and afterward beyond when New Jerusalem comes down. He came to willingly die for the sins of the world. He, “the Creator, ReCreator, Sustainer, Mediator and coming king of kings “is more valuable than the sum total of all living!”

(Luke 13:34-35; “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it! Look, your house is forsaken! And I tell you, you will not see until you say, ‘Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!’” (A quote from Ps 118:26.) God’s judgment will not be lifted until Jesus’ returns. (See Luke 19:41-44;) “Now when Jesus approached and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. They will demolish you, “you and your children within your walls” and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”) Grasp what’s being prophesied here? Things that make for peace are hidden from Israelites, “they paid no attention, they’re surrounded by enemies.”

(Luke 14:1-6; “Now one Sabbath when Jesus went to dine at the house of a leader of the Pharisees, they were watching Him closely. There right in front of Him was a man suffering from dropsy. So Jesus asked the experts in religious law and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” But they remained silent. So Jesus took hold of the man, healed him, and sent him away. Then Jesus said to them, “Which of you, if you have a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” But they could not reply to this.”) Professing Christians in this age, look at these Pharisees in a condescending manner, thinking they would have considered Jesus differently. They would not have, nor do they! Professing believers have a “Cain” mentality. “Surely God will be pleased with this other way.” (What seems right to my church and the dictates of my conscience.”) Think on that! Is that not putting God on a level with organized religion and one’s fleshly intellect?

(Luke 14:7-14; “Then when Jesus noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, He told them a parable. He said to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, because a person more distinguished than you may have been invited by your host. So the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place.’ Then, ashamed, you will begin to move to the least important place. But when you are invited, go and take the least important place, so that when your host approaches he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up here to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who share the meal with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted. Jesus said also to the man who had invited Him, “When you host a dinner or a banquet, don’t invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors so you can be invited by them in return and get repaid. But when you host an elaborate meal, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”) Totally opposite our fleshly instinctive nature, is it not? Only a miraculous nature change can alter our outlook to fit this spiritual characteristic. It’s the nature changing spiritual characteristic, we must inherit through Jesus in order to become heirs with Abraham!

(Luke 14:15-24; “When one of those at the meal with Jesus heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is everyone who will feast in the kingdom of God!” But Jesus said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time for the banquet he sent his slave to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ But one after another they all began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ (19) Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going out to examine them. Please excuse me.’ (20) Another said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’ So the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ Then the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ So the master said to his slave, ‘Go out to the highways and country roads and urge people to come in, so that my house will be filled. For I tell you, not one of those individuals who were invited will taste my banquet!’”) The principle? “many of the first will be last and many last will be first.” Claiming to be Christian doesn’t make it so! In fact Jesus said, it’s likely to be the opposite.

(Revelations 2:8-11; “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write the following: “This is the solemn pronouncement of the One who is the first and the last, the One who was dead, but came to life: ‘I know the distress you are suffering and your poverty (but you are rich). I also know the slander against you by those who call themselves Jews “Christian” and really are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. The devil is about to have some of you thrown into prison so you may be tested, and you will experience suffering for ten days. Remain faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown that is life itself. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers, “overcomes to the end” will in no way be harmed by the second death.’) (See also Rev 20:6, 20:14 & 21:8) Once Jesus is revealed, His kingdom tasted and people still commit apostasy, they’ll experience a second and permanent death.

(Luke 14:25-33 “Now large crowds were accompanying Jesus, and turning to them He said, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate “love less by comparison” his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down first and compute the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? (29) Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, all who see it will begin to make fun of him. They will say, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish!’ Or what king, going out to confront another king in battle, will not sit down first and determine whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot succeed, he will send a representative while the other is still a long way off and ask for terms of peace. (33) In the same way therefore not one of you can be My disciple if he doesn’t renounce all his own possessions.”) HATE? Operates on a relative scale. God is to be loved more than self. This is impossible in and of our own volition! Only Jesus’ setting us free from our sins, “lawlessness” at the cost of His own blood can give us an inherited love likened to His. Study Revelations 1:4-6;

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