Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Day 19 ~ Luke 7-9

I want to be like the centurion!  Wouldn’t it be great to have faith that Jesus was amazed by?!!! (7:9)

7:30 really says a lot!! “But the pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.”

All sorts of people went out to Palm Desert to hear music……wait, I mean, went to the desert to hear what John had to say.  When many of them chose to be baptized, they were showing a willingness to repent (remember, Mark 1:4).

God has a purpose for all of us; to be in a right relationship with him.  The first step to that relationship is to repent/believe.  In the words of one Biblical scholar, those two words can’t be separated.  They are two sides of one coin. You can’t have one without the other.  Genuine faith includes repentance and genuine repentance includes faith.  The Greek word, metanoia, can be translated as both believe and repent.  
Keep that in mind when reading verses like Rom.10:9 and Acts 16:31.  These verses say, “believe and be saved”  the translation could read “believe/repent and be saved.”
We will read soon that the book of Luke ends with Jesus saying this, “repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations” (24:47).  The message has never changed after 2000 years.  Yet, people today are getting confused, thinking it’s just a matter of “believing” to be right with God.  They are missing a key part to the definition of the word. If they don’t look at “believing" as a combo word, “repent/believe”, than they have what James 2:20 calls a “useless faith” 😣.The start of a relationship with God is to repent and turn from the sinful lifestyle.

Having all this in mind, it makes sense that the very next parable is placed there in the teaching.  It illustrates the point of repent/believe being one word.  Simon has a type of “belief” because, after all, he invited Jesus over for dinner.  He knew something was special about him. However, he didn’t truly repent/believe because he didn’t treat Jesus very well; he didn’t show belief with his actions.  Yet, the lady who lived a sinful life truly repented/believed and showed it with her actions.  What a lesson for us!

The point Jesus made to Simon when he quotes the little saying about the children in the market (7:31-34) is, “There will be people, you included, Simon,  that aren’t happy one way or the other- no matter how you hear truth. The fact is you just don’t want to repent/believe” & “the proof is in the pudding” (vs. 35)! (paraphrase by Anita 😛)

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