Kingdom Parable of the Vineyard
May 31st, 2010 | Kingdom | No Comment
The kingdom Parable of the Landowner, also called The Parable of the Vineyard is spoken in the last week of Christ's ministry before His death. It was spoken on the occasion of the opposition to Christ's teachings by the Pharisees. The Lord has just warned them that the tax collectors and harlots entered the kingdom of God before they did, citing as proof the events occurring with John the Baptist. At that point, he invites them to hear another parable. He describes a landowner who planted a vineyard, hedged it in and dug a winepress in it and built a tower. ...
Kingdom Parable of the Dragnet
May 26th, 2010 | Dispensationalism | No Comment
Paul writes that the "children of the flesh" i.e. those born of Abraham's physical lineage are not what constitute the "seed" of Abraham. (9:6-8) Rather, the children of "promise" are counted for the the seed. "And if you are Christ's then are you Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise." (Gal. 3:29).
Kingdom Parable of the Tares and Wheat
May 21st, 2010 | End of the World 2012 | 1 Comment
The kingdom parable of the tares and wheat follows the parable of the sower. As in the former, we have both the parable and its application and meaning. The text is found in Matthew 13: 24-51. In the parable of the sower, the kingdom was likened to the sowing of seed. In this parable it is likened to the "growing" of the seed and the weed, no pun intended. There are a few facts that should readily be apparent. Seed grows incrementally over time. It is important not to miss that part of the parable. Secondly, while seed is growing, it ...
Parables of the Kingdom
May 19th, 2010 | Parables | No Comment
Parables of the Kingdom The parables of the kingdom, are some of Jesus' most memorable teachings. One, because of they form short, memorable stories taken from the culture of His day. Secondly because of the clarity in which He expressed their simple truths. Another reason is that they engage the curiosity forcing one to contemplate and to think deeply about them. Matthew chapter 13, contains many of His parables. They all are focused on the imminent arrival of the kingdom of God. One of the most well known is the parable of the sower. This story definitely focuses on the responsibility one ...
Spiritual Gifts Discernment
May 18th, 2010 | Eschatology | 5 Comments
Spiritual Gifts Discernment In Paul's list of spiritual gifts discernment of spirits is among those listed, (1 Cor. 12:10). What is this particular gift of the Spirit and how was it used? Clarke's commentary says it is a gift by which the person so privileged could discern a false miracle from a true one; or a pretender to inspiration from him who was made really partaker of the Holy Ghost. It probably extended also to the discernment of false professors from true ones, as appears in Peter in the case of Ananias and his wife. (Adam Clarke, First Corinthians, p. 259, ...