Thursday, October 4, 2012

Harmony of the Gospels

101. The unclean spirit- Matt. 12:43-45, Luke 11:24-26


-This is a haunting passage that relates spiritual truths of the enemy and their way of attacking in the realm of humanity. When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and when it doesn’t find any (because demons can have no rest), it returns bringing along seven other spirits more evil than itself making the state of that man worse than at the beginning (Luke 11:24-26). The clean up on man’s own efforts is useless and leaves him susceptible to further infiltration from unclean spirits and deeper trouble. Let the reader understand this spiritual truth. *Application* Any clean up without the indwelling Holy Spirit replacing the unclean is doomed to ultimate failure. Many times we hear stories about people who have cleaned up their lives without really giving credit to God or His transforming power. These are self-help systems that may work for the short term, but can give no eternal peace. Be wary of schemes designed to give you the answers to all your problems without the work of the Lord, His Word, and His Spirit. This in the long run could leave you with more problems and confusion than you started with in the first place. Turn away from man’s answers and let God do His healing work as only He can (Acts 3:19).


Verse to Memorize- Luke 11:26


102. The foolish rich man- Luke 12:13-21


-Be rich toward God without any hint of greed is the theme of this biblical illustration. Jesus points out in this parable that it is useless to be “at ease” and store up treasures for yourself. Your soul is where the real deal is. Store up “for yourselves treasures in Heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21).” The things of earth are passing away with all their glory. God’s glory lasts forever. *Application* Don’t be foolish. Greed will leave you bitter, angry, frustrated, and depressed in the final analysis. “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed, for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions (Luke 12:15).” Remember Scrooge in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens?


Verse to Memorize- Luke 12:15


103. The faithful servant- Luke 12:35-48


-This passage parallels Matthew 24:36-51 with the themes of being alert and ready for the return of the King. The emphasis is on doing the faithful and steady work of a good steward (slave, servant) in expectation of the reward that is coming when the Master finds excellence in preparation rather than complacency, apathy, and laziness. The later will be cast out and assigned a place with the unbelievers (Luke 12:46). *Application* We do not know the day or the hour of Christ’s return to this earth. Our preparation must be consistent, alert (vigilant), and faithful. Stay ready and toil as a good soldier and steward of His Kingdom in progress. You will have great joy, reward, inheritance, and authority in the world to come! Wait and watch expectantly while you work hard. The night cometh when no man can labor (John 9:4). To whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48)!


Verse to Memorize- Luke 12:48

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