The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 26

To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, & scattered Israelites (1/6/19, God 10th month, Tevet 29 until sunset.

We don’t know Jesus until He reveals Himself and we see Him as Paul describes at Colossians 1:15-20. His followers love what He loves and hate abominable practices He hates. (Heavenly Father: thank You for those, You’ve called, minds You’re opening, understand and repentance You’re gifting. Help us know, repentance is, “a turning from the inherited from Adam nature, to Jesus’ gifted nature.” We seek Your revelations in the nature of Jesus. AMEN.)

Jesus’ so called “prodigal son” parable, his humbly returning to his father, asking to be treated as a servant, is a perfect attitude depiction that called and repentant people are led to, it’s our attitude too. Each apostle referred to themselves as Jesus’ slaves, an example to all Believers. Paul expressed his service mentality and spoke on behalf of the other apostles when he penned the following. (2Corinthians 1:18-22; “But as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes and “No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the One who was proclaimed among you by us, “we apostles, Silvanus and Timothy” was not “Yes and “No,” but it has always been “Yes in Jesus.” For every one of God’s promises are “Yes in Jesus” therefore also through Jesus the “Amen” is spoken, to the glory we give to God. But it is God “the Father” who establishes us together with you in Christ and who anointed us, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment.”)

In Jesus’ “prodigal son” parable, “the son was first and always his father’s son.” Its the portrayal of each called out child of God in relation to the Father. Its spiritual, its the attitude forgiveness inspires. People blessed with much are less likely to think of themselves as servants, attitude is more likely to be, “I deserve what I have, including blessings.” Such was the mentality of the prodigal son’s brother. (Luke 15:25-32; “Now his older son was in the field. As he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the slaves and asked what was happening. The slave replied, ‘Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he got his son back safe and sound.’ But the older son became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, but he answered his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet you never gave me even a goat so that I could celebrate with my friends! But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your assets with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours. It was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’”) We’re each under the sin penalty, “death” until God called revealed Himself and granted His gift of repentance. Like the prodigal parable, we have life in Christ. Let’s not forget why Jesus spoke in parables. (see Matthew 13:10)

(Luke 16:1-9; “Jesus also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who was informed of accusations that his manager was wasting his assets. So he called the manager in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Turn in the account of your administration, because you can no longer be my manager.’ Then the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking my position away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m too ashamed to beg. (4) I know what to do so that when I am put out of management, people will welcome me into their homes.’ So he contacted his master’s debtors one by one. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ The man replied, ‘A hundred measures of olive oil.’ The manager said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ The second man replied, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ The manager said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ The master commended the dishonest manager because he acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their contemporaries than the people of light. (9) And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by how you use worldly wealth, so that when it runs out you will be welcomed into the eternal homes.”) Wealth, prestige and acceptability of, “people of worldly light” will diminish: we need to be careful with worldly associations. The world knows it’s own.

(Luke 16:10-13; “The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you haven’t been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will entrust you with the true riches? And if you haven’t been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you your own? No servant can serve two masters, for 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 God and money.”) This world’s order of things pulls people to it’s entertainment binges, it’s way of economics and pagan practices. Most professing Christians put much effort into showing the world that they are indeed with them, “one of their own.”

(Luke 16:14-15; The Pharisees (who loved money) heard all this and ridiculed Jesus. But Jesus said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in men’s eyes, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly prized among men is utterly detestable in God’s sight.”) We should ask ourselves, “what worldly entertainment and life practices do I get enthused about?

(Luke 16:16-18; “The law and the prophets were in force until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is urged to enter it. (Remember the law was our schoolmaster until John, “now believing IN obedience supersedes the law.” See Galatians 3:24-25) But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter in the law to become void. “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.”) Priority is now “believing IN Jesus” being obedient to His call, which gives us citizenship in God’s family, “making us servants to The King, but His commandments will always identify sin!”

Jesus’ parable about a rich man, Lazarus, hell, Abraham and being saved, has bottom line conclusions. The point of Jesus’ parable is, “even though one comes back from the grave and teaches, people will not believe.” (‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’) People respond to the heaven, hell controversy much like they do politics.

Admittedly God’s use of transformations, such as Jesus being transfigured before Peter, James and John (See Mark 9: & Matthew 17:) and Saul contacting the witch of Endor, who pulled up Samuel. (See 1 Samuel 28:, aren’t necessarily for our total understanding: “all things are possible with God.” Likewise with Jesus’ parable conversation with the rich man. To consider the whole word of God regarding judgment we need to know the foreshadowing meaning of “the Last Great Day” and Rev. 21:8. (We need to remember, why Jesus spoke in parables. “Less they NOT understand.”)

(Luke 16:19-31; “There was a rich man who dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. But at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus whose body was covered with sores, who longed to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs came and licked his sores. (22) “Now the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. And in hell, “Hades” Greek term Hades stands for the Hebrew concept of Sheol. It is what many translators call hell today. “Sheol” Where the dead were gathered (Ps 16:10; 86:13). In the New Testament Hades has an additional negative force of awaiting judgment (Rev 20:10, “And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.” (Rev 21:8; “But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.””) (LUKE 16: And in hell the rich man was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. So he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in this fire.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us, so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ So the rich man said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus to my father’s house (28) (for I have five brothers) to warn them so that they don’t come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to them.’ Then the rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ (31) He ‘Abraham’ replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”) We’ll ultimately be judged by our deeds! The called have a duty to grow in the grace and knowledge of God, love as Jesus loved and overcome to the end. To followers of Jesus, Paul writes.

(Romans 2:6-16; “He will reward each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness. There will be affliction and distress on everyone who does evil, on the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, for the Jew first and also the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. (12) For all who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these who do not have the law are a law to themselves. (15) They show that the work of the law is written in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend them, on the day when God will judge the secrets of human hearts, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.”)

Though Jesus is resurrected from the dead and revealed Himself; “do people turn to God’s way and abandon the old pagan world practices.?” Though Jesus is resurrected, ascended to God the Father and teaches, immortality is gifted through Him, do NOT worldly religions hang on to, “born with an immortality of the soul doctrine?” Teaching that everyone is born to live forever someplace. (Support that demonic lie, “an on going burning hell fire is taught by a majority, rather than the resurrections.” Demonic lies are stumbling blocks to the many that might otherwise seek God’s truth.

(Luke 17:1-4; “Jesus said to His disciples, “Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come!” It would be better for him to have a millstone tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. Watch yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. Even if he sins against you seven times in a day and seven times returns to you saying, ‘I repent’ you must forgive him.”) “IF a BROTHER sins, rebuke him!” Our brothers and sisters in Christ are, “the others” God chooses to father! People He chooses to put in His church! (People who don’t repent, “aren’t led to Believe IN” are described by Jesus to John at Revelations 21:8. Read it thoughtfully again.

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