What is a divine covenant and what is the New Covenant in contrast to the Old Covenant? What is a divine covenant? A basic definition of a divine covenant is as follows: A divine covenant is a relational arrangement, initiated by God’s sovereign dispensing of his kindness, goodness, and wisdom toward man. In other words, divine covenants start with God and come to man. They come from him to [ Read More ]
Archive for February, 2014
Jesus grew in wisdom Our Lord Jesus Christ “grew in wisdom” as a boy in such a way that shocked others. Wisdom is the skillful use of knowledge. Jesus grew in the skillful use of knowledge. Notice Luke 2:40 and 52. Luke 2:40 says, “The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus kept [ Read More ]
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Part 6. The Seven Theological Clusters of Luke 15:1-7 1. Failed leadership in Old Covenant Israel This is the Pharisees and scribes. They are bad shepherds. That theme is clear. 2. Free and sovereign grace The sheep offers no service to the shepherd. The sheep does not deserve to be rescued. The rescue mission comes to him as a gift. The shepherd is the seeker; the sheep is the sought [ Read More ]
Part 5. Luke 15:7 – Jesus’ conclusion 7 “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. (Luke 15:7 NAU) Verse 7 is a sort of commentary by Jesus on what he just said. His conclusion ends up being pointed at the Pharisees and scribes. “I tell you” is [ Read More ]
Part 4. Luke 15:5-6 – Jesus’ commentary on the one who left the ninety-nine 5 “When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 “And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ (Luke 15:5-6 NAU) He finds his lost sheep (v. 5a). When sheep get lost [ Read More ]
Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Luke 15:4 – Jesus’ question “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? (Luke 15:4 NAU) First, note that Jesus’ question has cultural parallels with the first century. There were ample examples of shepherds [ Read More ]
GRBC morning worship will NOT be conducted at the Palmdale Hotel. Instead, 10am at 349 Sunrise Terrace, Palmdale, CA 93551. Meal afterward.
Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Introductory thoughts on Luke 15:4-7 4 “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 “When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 “And when he comes [ Read More ]