The good News according to Luke, chapter 16

To: 37,693 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/21/22, God’s 4th month, Tamuz 22, 5,782, (Day 5 until sunset.)

   Genuine and true followers of Jesus are led to know The Message and as such can’t be deceived, they’re Jesus’ Elect. He said the world would see demonic, miraculous signs to the degree that “if possible the Elect would be deceived. (Matt 24:24-25; “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect. Remember, I have told you ahead of time.”) Satan has Christendom denominations condoning one another’s doctrine, saying, “we’re all trying to get to the same place,” but Jesus’ apostles desired Jesus’ gifted faith.

    (Luke 17:1-5; 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.”) (People through whom stumbling blocks come, are those teaching assumed doctrines. Denominationalist assuming the law and Moses is done away with for the most part.)

   (Luke 17:5-6; The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” So the Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”) (Jesus’ apostles were asking for an increase in the depth of faith. But Jesus is speaking of gifted knowing faith. To believe IN Jesus faith is from God our Father’s calling.(Revealed faith, ‘knowing God’s will in advance is knowing faith.’ Such knowing faith was gifted to Jesus’ apostles at appropriate times after His ascensionAn example is at Acts 9:39-41.) Peter was in Joppa when Tabitha – ‘Dorcas’ died. They sent for Peter, so he got up and went with them. Peter sent them all outside, knelt down, and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her get up. Then he called the Saints and widows and presented her alive.”) Peter was gifted with knowing faith. Another example is Paul’s; See Acts 20:9-12; where Jesus set the example. (Luke 8:49-56; A synagogue ruler’s daughter died, when Jesus was told He said, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” When Jesus came to the house, He didn’t let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, James, the child’s father and mother. Jesus said “Stop your weeping; she is not dead but asleep.” They made fun of Him, because they knew she was dead. But Jesus gently took her by the hand and said, “Child, get up.” Her spirit returned, and she got up immediately. Then he told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but Jesus ordered them to tell no one what had happened.) (Denominations attempt to conjure up faith; “a belief in images and organizations.” People gifted to know Jesus, know He has power over the physical, disease, life and death.)

   (Luke 17:7-10; (Would any one of you say to your slave who comes in from the field after plowing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal’? Won’t the master instead say to him, ‘Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready to serve me while I eat and drink. Then you may eat and drink’?  He won’t thank the slave because the slave did what he was told, will he?) So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; we have only done what was our duty.’”) So it is with people who’re gifted to be Believers IN Jesus! We’re born with a sin nature inherited from Adam, ‘born mortal inheriting eternal death.’ “When God our Father reveals Jesus and gives His gift of repentance, He fathers us with His nature, making us His Elect and heirs with Abraham.” Jesus’ apostle Paul was gifted to understand and explains to Jesus’ followers.

   (Galatians 3:23-29; ‘Now before Jesus’ faith came (gifted) we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ (was reveled), so that we could be declared righteous by (His) faith. But now that (His) faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through (His) faith. For all of you who were baptized, (immersed) into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are ONE in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)  (Praise God for His love, planning and gifted understanding!)

   Most religions say everyone’s a child of God. (From a physical creative point of view, all belong to God.) However we’re not God’s spiritual children, (members of His spiritual family) until spiritually fathered, (that is until begotten by God the Father, through God the Son.) Such people are God’s church! “Spiritually born from above, recipients of His spirit.” Individuals He chose and imputed with a new nature. People in whom gifted faith is gifted. Before God’s calling, His revealing Jesus and Himself,  all are under the guardianship of His law. Meaning, (“God’s law defines what’s sin in His View.”) When called, God the Father, God the Son revealed and we turn from the way that seemed right to His way “we’re being saved.” A degree of His nature and faith is imputed. A love of God’s Way replaces the old love of self serving ways! A desire to please God replaces the desire to please self! A desire to be Jesus’ slave becomes priority in living practices. SO Jesus’ apostle Paul could exclaim to God’s called out people; “those in whom faith has come” are now, “children of God through faith.” Before our calling and Jesus’ gifted faith imputed, “we’re not God’s children through faith!” Paul explains. (Review Galatians 3:23-29)

   (Romans 5:8-11; “But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by His ‘Jesus’ blood, we will be saved through Him from God’s wrath. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by His life? Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.”)

   In parable form Jesus explained that we servants should expect no special praise for having done our duty. (Luke 17:10-19; “So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; we have only done what was our duty.’” “Now on the way to Jerusalem, Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. As He was entering a village, ten men with leprosy met Him. They stood at a distance, raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When Jesus saw them He said, “Go and show your-selves to the priests.” And as they went along, they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He fell with his face to the ground at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him.    (Now he was a Samaritan.) Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to turn back and give praise to God except this foreigner?) Then Jesus said to the man, “Get up and go your way. Your faith has made you well.”) (Apparently all ten were healed, the Samaritan was more blessed because he was gifted to humbly give thanks, perhaps called.)

   (Luke 17:20-35; Now at one point the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was coming, so Jesus answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst.) (Referring to Himself as is clear in the next passage.) “Then Jesus said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. Then people will say to you, ‘Look, there He is!’ or ‘Look, here He is!’ Do not go out or chase after them. For just like the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in His day. But first He “the Son of God” must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage – right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot, people were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; but on the day Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be the same on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, anyone who is on the roof, with his goods in the house, must not come down to take them away, and likewise the person in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”)

   (Compare this text with Matthew 24:.) Jesus personally made a comparison of the times in both, “life practices in this age, are as before the flood and in Sodom.” No need to look for signs, we’re seeing them in people’s agnostic life practices.

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