The Good News according to Luke, chapter 6

To: 36,782 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 6/25/22, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 26, 5,782, (The Sabbath until sunset.)

  (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, demonstrated respect for priest duties and customs while He was serving as the Lord God of Israel.

   The priesthood was changed when Jesus ascended to His previous position, now as mediator of a new and better covenant. When willing Jesus can still heal sicknesses completely and miraculously as He did in this Luke 5 account. In this account, Jesus was healing all who came asking. Likewise, after Jesus’ ascension, He healed many when Peter’s shadow passed over them, demonstrating His power over the physical. Jesus’ New Covenant doctrine regarding healing and our practices are spelled out in Hebrews. We must note the result of people’s practicing apostasy “that is yielding to pagan practices as well.” We take liberty to expound. (From Heb 5:13-14; For everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 6:1-4 “Therefore we must progress beyond the elementary  instructions about Christ and move on to maturity: (that is from the practices that discern good and evil ‘the law’ to belief’s we need to grow in) not repeating this foundation again: (but move on to the following) (1) “repentance from dead works” first we’re led to turn from the old fleshly practices) (2) “and Faith in God” (The called are led to trust in God’s Word, not religions.) (3) “Heb 6:2; Teaching about baptisms,” (Understand that water baptism foreshadows our being immersed in Jesus and that the unrepentant will ultimately be baptized with fire.) (4) “Laying on of hands (A spiritual transfer demonstrating covenant obedience at baptism, at ordinations and when asking for faith healing.) (5) “Resurrection of the dead,” (Believe in the resurrections of the dead as promised, the first to spirit like Jesus‘ and second to physical, restoring Israelites. (Born again is likened to a resurrection, in that minds are renewed.) The unrepentant will die a second death. See Rev 21:8.) (6) “Eternal judgment.” Judgment on the last day is final.) (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 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 changes our nature, it is not likely He’ll lose even one.

   (Luke 5:17-20; Now on one of those days, while He was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting nearby (who had come from every village of Galilee, Judea and Jerusalem) and the power of the Lord was with Him to heal. Just then some men showed up, carrying a paralyzed man on a stretcher. They were trying to bring him in and place him before Jesus. But since they found no way to carry him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down on the stretcher through the roof tiles right in front of Him. When Jesus saw their faith He said ‘Friend your sins are forgiven.’) (Action demonstrated total reliance and belief in which is life.)

   (Luke 5:21-26; Then the experts in the law and the Pharisees began to think to themselves, “Who is this man who is uttering blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” When Jesus perceived their hostile thoughts, he said to them, “Why are you raising objections within yourselves? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? But so 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, stand up, take your stretcher and go home.” Immediately he stood up before them, picked up the stretcher he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God. Then astonishment seized them all, and they glorified God. They were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen incredible things today.”) 

Jesus Calls Levi

   (Luke 5:27-32; After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax booth. “Follow me,” He said to him. And he got up and followed him, leaving everything behind. Then Levi gave a great banquet in his house for Jesus, and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. But the Pharisees and their experts in the law complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.) (The Pharisee mentality was self- righteous, not realizing they too were sinners.) 

A Question About Fasting

  (Luke 5;33-39; Then they said to Him, “John’s disciples frequently fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours continue to eat and drink.” So Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? But those days are coming, and when the bridegroom is taken from them, at that time they will fast. He also told them a parable: “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old garment. If he does, he will have torn the new, and the piece 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 and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. Instead new wine must be poured into new wineskins. No one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’”)   Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

(Luke 6:1-5; Jesus was going through the grain fields on a Sabbath, and His disciples picked some heads of wheat, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them.  But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is against the law on the Sabbath?” Jesus answered them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry – how he entered the house of God, took and ate the sacred bread, which is not lawful for any to eat but the priests alone, and gave it to his companions? Then He said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” (Jesus isn’t Lord of the sixth or first day, but of the Sabbath.)

  (Phil 2:5-11; You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! As a result God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.) (Jesus never regarded or thought to change the Sabbath, He gave it to Moses on Mt Sanai for the people’s good, and made it holy as stated in the fourth commandment.)  



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