THE GOSPEL ACCORDING
Address to His Disciples. [1 - 12]"
This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location
is provided by http://www.theseason.org/
We will see within this twelfth chapter, the unpardonable sin addressed. So now we are going to document exactly what the Word is talking about. It doesn't matter what people say it is, we are going to see what that sin is from Jesus Christ's own mouth.
Luke 12:1 "In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, He began to say unto His disciples first of all, "Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy."
There were thousands of people coming together to hear what Jesus had to say. With all these people around, Jesus turned to His disciples and warned them,; "Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy." In the Greek text, "hypocrisy" meant play acting. Acting out to be something that you are not. In Matthew 16:11 we have this same report, but explained a little differently. "How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?"
Matthew 16:12 "Then understood they how that He bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."
Any time you bring together many people into a group, there will be many doctrines that are present also in that group. Many of those doctrines, just like the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees, is false with no sound basis of truth from the Word of God. When someone is teaching a false doctrine, one thing for sure, and that is that those promoting that false doctrine actually believe it to be true, and they want you to believe them. So what Christ is saying here, is for us to be aware that this will happen, and don't allow it to come into the group. Be careful what you pick up and just don't accept anything unless you can document it from the Word of God. Those doctrines of men make void the truth from the Word of God.
Jesus was speaking this to His disciples, those that will be in charge of maintaining the stability within the group. The doctrine from the Word of God is not to be compromised in any form; for it is not available for a give and take arbitration between men. The Word is from our heavenly Father, so just stick with what is written. Those instruction are the only thing that shall come to pass just as it is written in the Word.
Luke 12:2 "For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known."
Many times the real truth of a subject is hard to understand, but in the end the truth will come to the surface, and it will point out those that teach their false doctrines. What this will be leading up to, is that fact that there is only one true Christ, yet we will see that there will be two christs: one will be false, and the other latter One will be the true Christ. Many will be deceived by the first christ to come, thinking he is the true Christ, but he will be a fake. Man's false doctrines will deceive many into following that false Christ. Do you know that the false Christ comes first, and the entire world will worship that christ [Satan] before the coming of the true Christ at the seventh and last trump.
Luke 12:3 "Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops."
The watchmen sat on the housetops looking out for the enemy. Those that are watching and searching the scriptures for the truth will be aware of the enemy when he comes near. They will not be taken by the enemy. The Watchmen are God's elect, those men and women, boys and girls that have the truth sealed away in their mind, and are ready for when Satan comes disguised as the Christ. Sure Satan will say the things people think Jesus will say, and do many wonderful miracles in the eyes of the entire world, but he still will be a fake. God knew that Satan will use any platform that will reach out to people and present his false doctrine to them. It is up to the watchmen to be on guard, and sound the alarm when these events start to unfold before our eyes.
Luke 12:4 "And I say unto you My friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do."
Jesus is calling his disciples "My friends". Jesus is telling his disciples not to be afraid of those people that could harm your physical body, for after they take you physical life, there is nothing else that they can do with you soul and spirit. Why, at death you soul and spirit goes to its rewards to be with our heavenly Father. If they arm you and your soul goes to the Father, it will be there waiting on that soul to give account of the life it took here on earth. You can sent that murdering soul straight to hell, and that is why we have capital punishment under the law. There are no unsolved mysteries in heaven, and God is the judge of all murder cases.
Luke 12:5 "But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him."
We said in verse four that man can claim your physical body, but only God has the power to cast a soul into hell, and blot that person out of existence, even from the memory of them in the minds of their loved ones. Just as we now have no memory of the details of what happened in that first earth age, when Satan's pride caused his fall, and one third of all souls followed him in rebellion: The memory of every soul that rebels against God in this earth age, and refuses to discipline themselves in Christ's kingdom here on earth in the Millennium will be destroyed in hell fire.
Matthew 10:28 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him Which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
This makes it a double witness that we are not to fear them that can harm our flesh body, but Him, our Heavenly Father that can cast all those rebellion souls into hell fire. He controls who's name goes in, and those name left out of the book of life. Jesus instructions to His disciples are that we please God, and hope that that pleases men. If it doesn't, that's to bad.
Luke 12:6 "Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?"
This two farthings is about one eighth of a penny. In commerce the sparrows are the least valuable of all animal life, yet God remembers and values each of the sparrows that are living their lives in this earth. God is the creator, and in His creation there is a plan for everything that has life. God is the life giver, and He is worthy to receive honor, and praise, and glory.
Luke 12:7 "But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows."
So what Christ is telling us, is that we are not to worry. If God has account of every sparrow, and every hair on your head is numbered, surely those problems that you face are will within the power of our Lord to take care of. God loves you, and when you love Him, He will take care of you. Don't worry, for worry will not add one moment to your life, but it sure will take away from your life.
Luke 12:8 "Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:"
This word for "confess" in the Greek text is "homolegeo", and it means to bind in a covenant. By your acknowledgement to men and women around you that you are of Christ, a believer, that binds Christ to you even in heaven. Jesus is telling you that when you testify before men that Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life, He is binding Himself to you before the angels of God in heaven. You cannot tell others about Christ without stating your belief in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. When you talk about Christ crucified, you must talk about why He was crucified, where He was crucified and who crucified Him. This also identifies that you know the key of David, and can identify who the Kenites are and what they did to our Lord. Jesus is telling you, if you confess Me to men, I will confess you to the angels of God in heaven.
Luke 12:9 "But he that denieth Me before men shall be denied before the angels of God."
This now is approaching the unpardonable sin. There is only one unpardonable sin, and it is give in several places in the bible. However this is probably the most complete teaching on the subject. If you deny Christ before men in this flesh body, He will deny you in heaven.
Luke 12:10 "And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: But unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost [Spirit] it shall not be forgiven."
Jesus is saying that even though you deny Him, in time, through the Millennium age, there can be forgiveness. So get it straight from the beginning: "But unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Spirit it shall not be forgiven." The Son of man is Jesus Christ our Lord. This is talking about God in the flesh (anthropos), before men in the their flesh bodies. While God was in the flesh, you could talk against Him, and upon repentance you would be forgiven. When Jesus ascended into heaven on the fiftieth day after His resurrection, God the Father sent the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was sent for a special reason, and that was to open your eyes to the truth, and guide you in your path through life.
So after your spiritual eyes have been open to the truth, and you have tasted of the truth of God Word with understanding, and then you blaspheme the Holy Spirit then that is unforgivable. So what this is saying, is that not every one can commit this unforgivable sin. Why? Because only God's elect can commit this sin.
Luke 12:11 "And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:"
This time shall come, and it is not very far off; and when it does happen, don't think for one moment what you shall say when you stand before these critics.
Luke 12:12 "For the Holy Ghost [Spirit] shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say."
Note that this is speaking about a specific time when this shall happen. That hour will be a time when it is not important what comes out of your mind, but what the Holy Spirit is trying to say, according to the plan of God. That is why you are not to premeditate on what or how you should say those precious words from God. This is the only time that the unpardonable sin can be committed.
The Son of man is the title for Jesus the Christ, the Messiah; and when you read in verse ten, when you sin against Jesus the Christ, at repentance there is forgiveness. Psalms 8 deals with this subject, for Christ was made a little lower than the angels in the flesh, and it that chapter speaks of Christ, as he walked the earth as man. Denying Christ before man could be forgiven; He may not confess you before the angels, but at repentance there is forgiveness.
However at that moment that you will be delivered up for a specific trial before the synagogue of Satan and his magistrates; if you deny the Holy Spirit of God the privilege of speaking through you in that hour, that rejection is called "blaspheme", and it is not forgiven at any time. So lets identify that hour we are speaking of here, beyond any doubt, and it will help us understand what that sin is, and just who can commit it. In Mark 13:9-11 this unpardonable sins is explained a little more in detail.
Mark 13:9, 10 "But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them."  "And the gospel must first be published among all nations."
This talks about the same place, the same subject and the same hour as we were reading in Luke 12. Let this be a warning to you, the elect; for they shall deliver you up to "Sanhedrin" Councils. These are the councils of the synagogue of Satan, of the Kenites. Remember that they shall be ruling the world at that hour in time. The only reason that you will be delivered up is for the sake of allowing the words of the Holy Spirit to be spoken at that moment in time. Get it?
You are the mouth piece for the Holy Spirit to you. If you have a loud speaker to be used so that many people can hear, and that speaker doesn't work, you get rid of it. That is the way that God is telling us that He looks at of the elect that refuse to be the mouth piece of the Holy Spirit. The noise and words coming over a loudspeaker are made by the one making the the speech. In that hour, God does not want your thoughts, but only His own words spoken through you. You are not there in that Sanhedrin council for your sake, but for Christ's sake you will be delivered. God is going to use your mouth to speak the truth against that council, and to be heard by the entire world.
The reason that this message or gospel can't be hidden or removed, when you speak it will be going around the world. So what is the purpose of your being delivered up? "So that the gospel must first be published among all nations." This has to happen before the return of our Lord Jesus Christ at the second advent or coming. Remember from Mark 13 that the disciples asked Jesus what it would be like at His return, and this is one of those seven things that must happen before His return. They are exactly as the seven seals, and the seven trumpets, only Christ is giving it here in detail.
Mark 13:11 "But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost [Spirit]."
So we see by all these verses that this time spoken of is directed to one specific hour. That hour is the hour that we stand before the councils of the synagogues of Satan, after the Satan has returned to earth in the role of the Antichrist. We will be covering this subject later in this book again. That is just prior to the hour of the second advent of Jesus Christ. Revelation 17 gives us the detail as to what brings this hour into existence.
Revelation 17:11 "And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition."
Satan is the only one sentenced to perdition, and everyone else will be sentenced on the day of Judgment. Satan was and is not, but will be here again at the sixth trump.
Revelation 17:12 "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast."
Remember we are talking about a certain hour. The ten horns that John say are ten men, ten kings right here on this earth. These men are going to be rulers for that short time that Satan will be here on earth. No they haven't received a kingdom as of yet, for their power will not come until Satan is here sitting in person presenting himself as Christ. These ten kings or horns of power will receive their power when Satan comes and when Satan's time is over, so is theirs. When that deadly wound of the Political system is healed, after Satan's coming, The religious system of Satan's rule will be for that one hour spoken of here. That is when these ten kings rule.
Revelation 17:13 "These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast."
When the church world sees then ten rulers over that religious system, most people that call themselves Christ will be completely taken in by them, and expect these men to take them out of their expected tribulation. The false doctrines that are being taught today, are preparing the people to accept Satan as the Christ, and when they do of course it will be done in ignorance. There is no where in this hour that indicates that anybody flies anywhere. This final hour is set up to allow all of God's elect to fulfill their final duties as this dispensation comes to a close. This is why God is telling you, that at such an important time He is not relying on you to do anything, except to be willing to have the Holy Spirit use you to speak through. For you to deny Him that right is unforgivable.
Revelation 3:7 "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; "These things saith He That is Holy, He That is True, He That hath the key of David, He That openeth, and no man shutteth, and shutteth, and no man openeth;"
The key of David is understanding who the Kenites are, what they did, and what they will do in these final days of this earth age that we are in today.
Revelation 3:8 "I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not denied My name."
These are the ones that did not deny Jesus name by chasing after the false christ, as most of the church world will do.
Revelation 3:9 "Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee."
This synagogue of Satan exists in that hour we are speak of, and those of that synagogue are the Kenites. The time is coming when Satan will be in the pit, and these Kenites and those that follow them will come an worship at your feet, because you will be at the feet of Christ. Every knee on the face of the earth will bow to the true Christ on that day, including Satan's kids, the Kenites.
Revelation 3:10 "Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."
"The word of My patience" is the Word of God. This hour of temptation is when Satan is here on earth ruling over his religious system. The hour of temptation may be tempting for those that do not have the Word sealed in their minds, but for you as one of the elect, who know the truth, there is no temptation. You will be able to see the fake christ for what he truly is; a fake. Sure you will be living in that hour, but the thing that will keep you from being tempted is the truth from God's Word. As we look upon Satan, he will appear to us as the abomination that he truly is. This time of allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through us should be a glorious day for each of us. The entire world will be pulled into the lies and deception of this fake, Satan, but God will protect us by and through the knowledge that we have through His Word.
Revelation 3:11 "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."
This hour is a time of trial, and all the people of the earth that are looking to fly away will fail this test. Jesus is spelling out what He expects of you, but if you close your ears to this warning, you will be deceived by Satan in that hour. Is it a time of guns, bombs and tanks? no, the battle field is in your mind, and it is fought with words and ideas that go against God's Word; His warning to you about this hour of temptation. The unforgivable sin then can only be committed by those that know the truth, know the events and have identified Satan for who he really is, and then refuse to allow the Holy spirit to speak through them. That is unpardonable. I don't see how anybody could be tempted when they know exactly who Satan is and the hour that they will be in.
In Acts 2 we are given an example of how that "unknown tongue" of the Holy Spirit will be; and it will be quite the contrary to what many believe and teach today. For the evidence of that tongue by the Holy Spirit will be that every person that hears it, will hear it in the very dialect that he or she grew up in. There will be no mistake or interpreter needed for that tongue, for all mankind will understand the words clearly. It will not be the man speaking but the Holy Spirit speaking through the man, just as Peter and the other disciples spoke coming out of the upper room on the day of Pentecost. That is the evidence of the Holy Spirit, and it is not the garbled and twisted tongue that is accepted today. Do you believe God, or listen to man. This event that happened on Pentecost day is going to happen again when Father's servants are delivered up, just as it did then. Do your believe it? Analyze your answer, for it can tell you a lot of where you stand today in your understanding of the Word, and with the Father.
To summarize what we have just said, first of all, only God's elect can commit the unpardonable sin because that person has to know that the Holy Spirit wants to use them and speak through them. This sin is not done by accident, but that person commits this act knowingly and willingly. This person that commits this sin knows the events of that moment in time, and is aware that he or she is living in that hour spoken of where it can be committed. Once he or she of the elect are delivered up to give account, they are looking forward to this, for he knows why and for what purpose he or she is standing before that council of religious leaders. This will be covered again in the twenty first chapter of Luke.
Luke 12:13 "And one of the company said unto Him, "Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me."
This man wants Jesus to step into his family affairs, and help divide the inheritance of the man's family.
Luke 12:14 "And He said unto him, "Man, who made Me a judge or a divider over you?"
This loses a bit in the translation, but Jesus is saying; "I didn't come come here to teach law." Jesus came to fill the law, not to teach the law. To divide the spoils of the inheritance is the place of the judge, and the probate court.
Luke 12:15 "And He said unto them, "Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth."
Jesus is telling us that real life has little to do with the wealth of this earth age. The end of this earth age is not very far off, that time when the seventh trumpet shall sound and the thing of this earth age will be over and done with. However when we follow the Word of God, we will be prosperous and successful in our personal lives. It is no sin in enjoying the riches that God has given you as His blessings to you for following His Ways. But if your wealth is built up by the riches from the ways of the world, then those riches are not of God's blessings. Seek first the kingdom of God then He adds on the blessings of the things you need; a car; your house; and so on. However being rich with ill-gotten gains is a curse in your life, and you will not keep those riches. The only true riches comes from knowing the Father and receiving the peace of mind only He can give.
Luke 12:16 "And He spake a parable unto them, saying, "the ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:"
Luke 12:17 "And he thought within himself, saying, `What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?'"
As God blessed this man, he looked around himself and saw that the blessings were greater than he was able to handle. He needed more barn space for storage to handle all the increase in the harvest.
Luke 12:18 "And he said, `This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods."
Stop and take notice and compare these two examples given by Jesus. In the first case the man came to ask advice about the law, and Christ did not come for that purpose, but to fulfill the law. The law is given in that case to give order, and there was a court system to handle that.
Now in this next case or parable, God was blessing this man with extreme wealth, and yet "he thought within himself" what he would do with his added blessings. Anytime a man thinks within himself a serious problem, without seeking God's advise, he is heading for trouble. This second man was not reaching out for guidance in his problem.
Luke 12:19 "And I will say to my soul, `Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.' "
So now in this parable, Jesus is bringing in the spiritual side of the picture, the eternal side. This man had closed both his physical and spiritual eyes to those that were around him. Many people were involved in the gaining of that wealth, yet when it came time to divide the spoils, he hoarded it all to himself. He closed his eyes to others, and all he could think of was having that good time and making it last.
Luke 12:20 "But God said unto him, `Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?' "
When this fool closes his eyes to God, and God claims his soul back to heaven; then whose wealth will all these good of the flesh life belong to. It becomes a matter for the courts, and many that hands will step in to divide up his spoils.
Luke 12:21 "So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
Though seventy or a hundred years may seem like a lot of years, it isn't when compared with the span of time by our heavenly Father's time clock. To the Father, a day is as a thousand years. In comparison to the eternity, it isn't a wink of the eye: Then when it is over, it is over. So if you haven't built your life on that eternal foundation, and you enter that eternal life after death, what do you have. Nothing, Zero, Naked as a Jaybird as you enter your heavenly life. This is why it become important to start that relationship between you and God, and start building for the real future, that eternal life.
It is time now to beware of He that can control your soul, and don't focus so much on those that can control these physical bodies. When we follow God instructions from His Word, these physical bodies will be taken care of. Mankind can kill these flesh bodies, but only God determines the outcome of your soul, and really, you are the one that directs Him as you make your choices of Christ or Satan: God or evil. Your soul is your "self", so you had better be careful how your "self" thinks with itself. Put God in your thinking as you try to determine what you shall do on a daily basis. Thank Him for this day, and ask for one more, so that you may serve Him.
We see from Revelation 14:13 "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, "Write, `Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.' " Did you get that? Your works are the only thing that follow you into the eternity. Sure you are saved by faith and in repentance under the blood of Christ, and that is how you receive eternal life, but you are clothed by your very works. Your works declares the rewards that you will receive, that will be your throughout eternity, and the kind of life that will be your once you get there. Are you a responsible person, or one that can't be counted upon? That is what the Millennium is all about, analyzing a person by his works, not grace for Christ will be there and there will be nothing done that is not know or seen. This earth age is for grace, the Millennium a test of your works. Are you fit for the eternal kingdom?
Revelation 20:12 "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works."
This time is speak of the Millennium age that time which starts at the sounding of the seventh trumpet. At the seventh trump, all souls that are living in these flesh bodies are changed instantly into their new incorruptible bodies, as the angels have. It is judgment time at the close of the Millennium age.
Revelation 20:13 "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works."
Works are important both in this age of flesh man, and in the Millennium age to come. Now for our rewards, and in the Millennium age, for the salvation of their soul, for those that fells short in this age of flesh man. God loves each of His children, and He wants to help you with your needs in this life, if you but ask.
Luke 12:22 "And He said unto His disciples, "Therefore I way unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on."
The word for thought as used here, is worry. Why do you take no heed for your life, and what you eat? Because if you are following the Word, and the health laws, you will be directed in the same course as you life your life. You do what you can and leave the rest to the Lord. God's Word is very specific as to what to eat and what not to eat, then why would you worry about your food, diet, cloths or housing. It is a lack of faith to worry.
Luke 12:23 "The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment."
So after talking about the sin that is unforgivable, Jesus is now going to address the person that likes to sit and worry. Jesus had just addressed this man that thought within himself, that he needed more barns to store the added crops that God blessed him with. Remember his mistake was that "he thought within himself." He left God completely out of His plan. Jesus is telling you here that there is more to life than just feeding this body, and putting cloths on it. Within that body of yours is the home of your eternal soul, and spirit, when you have the faith to trust and believe Him. Remember that Jesus is addressing His disciples, and when you are one of them today, this is addressed to you. This is addressed to those discipline in the Word, and living for Christ.
Luke 12:24 "Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap: which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: How much more are ye better than the fowls?"
The ravens are a wild bird that lives of the dead carcasses of other birds and animals. God feeds each of them and each of their needs are met. God feeds them through his natural forms, through nature and the the life span of other creatures. If God takes care of each of them, think of how much more he cares for you, his child.
Luke 12:25 "And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?"
Which one of you by worrying about any or your thoughts can add one day to your overall life. Stature as given here, should read "age", and the cubit in the Greek text is a moment in time. For you can't even add one second to your life worrying over your problems. If there is a difference to your life span, worry would shorten it by quite a bit.
Luke 12:26 "If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest."
If worry won't add one second to your life, then why do you take any thought for those things that you can do nothing about? Why worry about the big things when you can't even change the smallest of time? This shows each of us the value of worry. Worry documents that you do not have faith in God, and trust God to handle those things that are beyond you.
Luke 12:27 "Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
When we stop and look at the beauty of the lilies, and see how they grow to maturity. It seems so slow and simple as they fill out and come to age, yet they do nothing to bring their full glory into being. Solomon in all his glory simply cannot compare to just one of these lilies. Jesus is telling us to do our best and leave the rest upon the Father, just as the lilies are left in the field to complete their maturity. God is saying that He created that lily to be self sustaining within itself, and I can take care of the lily, just like I can take care of you. The condition that exists here though is that we must be disciplined in His Word, then He can take care of you. "Consider" means to just think on the matter, but don't over-concern yourself on those problems.
Luke 12:28 "If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?"
To doubt is a form of worry, and shows absolutely no faith. If God created the grass and vegetarian life to take care of our needs, don't you think God will protect you also? God will take care of you.
Luke 12:29 "And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind."
Jesus is telling us not to spend all of our time trying to set aside what we are going to eat and drink, and forget to discipline ourselves in the Word of God. Our spiritual growth is just as important as our physical growth. There should be a balance in the time we allocate to each. We are all guilty in one way or another of putting to much weight on the things of our physical life, and in turn bypassing time that should be spent in the Word of God. If you know these end times are upon us, why would you worry for one moment on the shortage of food. God addressed this in Amos 8:11; "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the word of God." Remember that Jesus is talking to His disciples, His elect, whether standing before him or in our end generation. This message is to be passed on through His Word to you and I, and with all the bad information flowing from the false prophets of today, God has told you exactly what the shortage will be over. Not food, but the truth. If you have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, there is no room for a doubtful mind.
Luke 12:30 "For all these things do the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. "
This prophecy has come to pass today, for there is a great void in the truth of God's Word taught chapter by chapter and verse by verse, rightly dividing the Word of God. The worry that mankind is facing today has its foundation in the minds of men, and away from reality. Satan is banking on the people of our generation becoming filled with doubt and worry, so he can step in and fill that void at the sixth trump. Sure he will give you freedom from that doubt and worry, but it will be at a dear price, the sale of your soul to him. Now is the time to prepare your mind for that day, and build your faith in the Word, and the assurances that our heavenly Father gives you in His Word. "...your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things." Father knows even the needs that you are unaware of, and His protective hand is always upon you, when you are one of His disciples; His elect.
Luke 12:31 "But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you."
When all your problems and worry come upon you, this is what you do. "But rather seek ye the kingdom of God." First of all, "the kingdom of God" is Jesus Christ and His dominion. Christ's dominion is this earth, but Satan is given the authority to test God's children in this dominion, to see what they are made of. Are they fit for the kingdom to come, or not. So we are to seek to be a citizen of our King Jesus the Christ's dominion, which is eternal. Then this verse is telling us that when you work in that kingdom or for a wage, the things that are rightly due you, shall be given or added to you. It's yours because you earned it. This is not you ticket to live a lazy life-style, you work first, and then comes the good things to you. Whether on the job at the factory, or spreading seeds of truth in witnessing in the work for our heavenly Father. There are no free tickets, for even your salvation was paid for with a real high and dear price, the precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is addressed to all those that discipline themselves in the Word, as we read in verse 22.
Luke 12:32 "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
The point to this verse is to give God His good pleasure first, then He will give you what is due you. It pleases God to take care of His little children. This is not written to everyone but to His little flock, those disciplined ones. This isn't limited to any certain people, but to who-so-ever-will, to all those that chose to join themselves to Christ's flock in discipline and faith. God wants you to have everything that is available to you in His kingdom, and all those promises are listed within His Word. He wants you to have it but it is up to you to reach out and take it, to seek it and do it first. Salvation only gives you Salvation, the kingdom and being a servant within that kingdom takes a disciplined and educated from God's Word, servant that knows what is going on around him. He or she seeks to please God because you love Him. You do your part, and it gives God pleasure to give good things to you.
Luke 12:33 "Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth."
This verse has a two fold meaning, for at the time of this writing the disciples of Christ did this. It wasn't like it is today, with all the modern travel and communications. But the deeper meaning to this verse is that if you have a lot of wealth, and those worldly goods cause you to worry and lose focus of the important things in life; then get rid of it and put that worry aside as you go traveling in the ministry. Sure that was good for that time, and the point today is that we plan our lives and wealth to where it will cause no worry in the first place. We are to take in enough of God's Word so that we can handle what ever God gives us, to use it wisely. God will never give an individual more than what he can take care of. Friend, if you can't take care of your wealth and property, somebody will come along and take it from you.
Luke 12:34 "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
God wants you to enjoy the riches from the blessings He has given you, whether spiritual or physical. If those treasures are in the heavenly kingdom, you will find it if you seek it. But if your mind is set only on the wealth of this world, sure you may find that also, but it could be at the cost of your soul. There is nothing wrong with seeking to better yourself, but don't let that treasure. Your best treasure should be "He from whom all blessings flow." Be wise in the selection of your treasures.
Luke 12:35 "Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;"
First of all lets get an understand of what this verse is talking about. At this time men wore skirts, and when it came time to work or do a lot of walking, they would reach back under their legs, grab that lower hem of their skirt and pull it up through their legs and fasten it in their belts. In this manner, that skirt would not hamper them in getting the job done, or in their fast walking. By girding yourself up, means that you are well disciplined. Be instant in your service to God, and you are ready for what ever work needs to be done. To be girded to teach the Word, means that you must first study to know what you are teaching, that it is the truth. God's Word will prepare you for what ever comes against you, it sets the lights burning in your mind and heart. The truths from God's Word is the oil that keeps the lantern burning, and when that fire has no oil, it goes out. Keeping your lights burning is continually; faithful study habits that keep a flow of truth, keep your light shining.
Luke 12:36 "And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately."
The point to this verse is that it is just the opposite to what we do today. Today we have the wedding then cut the cake and have the good time. At the time of this verse's writing you cut the cake, had the party then had the wedding. So with this in mind, The groom's family provided the wedding food, and all the feast time was over with, then came the bride. The food for Christ's wedding feast is His Word, and it is up to us to prepare ourselves for that wedding that follows.
Luke 12:37 "Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them."
Pay special attention to this verse, for blessed are those servants, that are watching and ready, when our Lord Jesus Christ comes. Are you ready for that day, or are you all tied up in some fly-away doctrine that has you discounting much of the Word of God. We are to be watching for the events of our time, so that we are not deceived when the false christ comes first. Those warnings are given to us through out the entire Word, in the Minor Prophets, as well as in Revelation. They are stated from cover to cover, and if you have thrown out have the bible, you are not watching, for you don't know what to look for.
Spiritually speaking now, you don't even have to wait for the wedding to be ready for this. If you gird yourself in the Word, and take the full meat of the Word in your mind and heart, then you are ready for action at all times. If you are seeking the meat of the Word, all the truths of the Word, the Holy Spirit will open your mind to that understand-ing. Then you will be a valuable servant that can be used in His service in these end times. Satan and his fallen angels are coming shortly to this earth, and when they arrive you will be ready to fight that spiritual war that will cover the earth. The battle field at that time is in people's minds, and it will be fought with words, doctrines, ideas filled with lies and deception. That is why we are to sit down to the meat of the Word, and prepare or seal our minds now. You make ready before you go into the battle, for at the time of the battle it is to late. If you ask the Lord for the truth, the Holy Spirit will come to you today and feed you that meat.
Luke 12:38 "And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants."
Speaking as a soldier on duty at his watch, he is ready at nine at night or three o'clock in the morning. When ever the enemy come against the camp, they are ready to take the enemy on and defeat them.
Luke 12:39 "And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through."
Did you get what this verse is saying? You are not only to watch out for yourself, but you also are to watch out for your family. Don't let Satan rip off the children, if there is a open mind between you all. If they are in the Word with their spiritual eyes open, keep them open to the truth and the events of our time. We will see later in this chapter that this is not always possible.
Luke 12:40 "Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not."
This is a very interesting verse, for the time that most people will be unprepared for Jesus Christ's return, is when they think that Christ is already here. When they are deceived into thinking that the first chirst is the True Christ. This again goes back to the unpardonable sin. That time when they are delivered up before the false christ, for their doctrines of the rapture will think that Satan is the true Christ.
God makes it clear in Ezekiel 13:18-20 that He is against those that teach souls to fly. "Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; `Behold, I am against your pillows [doctrines], wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly."  Yet they continue to do it because they hold the traditions of men over the Word of God.
When you do your best to study His Word, and prepare yourself, you are ready for that hour when Jesus Christ returns, because you know the events that are taking place, and where you are within the God's over all plan for these end times. You discipline yourself to do what you can, and let the Lord take care of the rest.
Luke 12:41 "Then Peter said unto him, "Lord, speakest Thou this parable unto us, or even to all?"
Sure Jesus was speaking these words to His disciples standing before him, yet it is written and given to all his disciples in every generation to the end of this earth age of flesh man. These verses are given to prepare all disciples, and get them ready to go out to preach the Gospel.
Luke 12:42 "And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?"
In response to Peter's question, the Jesus asked Peter this back. So this goes back to verse 37, and Jesus asked; "so who am I talking to?" Then He said, it is those that have been blessed and are trying to do our heavenly Father will. Jesus is talking to all those that are faithful watchmen. Watch for the signs as given in God's Word, for the event to come, marking the time of Christ's return. Why? so they will not be deceived by the false christ that comes first. Do you know the signs that are coming to pass in our lifetime? Can you identify them? Do you even know where to look, or how to look? If you answer positive to these things, then Jesus is talking to you in this chapter.
Luke 12:43 "Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing."
Blessed is that servant that is prepared and sealed with the truth, and remained true to the Lord, at the time of our Lord's coming.
Luke 12:44 "Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath."
If you can remain true to Christ in this earth age of flesh man, when the entire world will be flocking and bowing to Satan in his role as the false christ; then Jesus is telling you that you will rule with him in the kingdom that comes at His return. Those duties are given in detail in Ezekiel 44. If you remain true, you are the ones called the Zadok, the Just. You are the servant that was working in this earth age, and you will be one of the ruler on Christ's kingdom that comes at the sounding of the seventh trump. Keep in mind that the Elect, the watchman, the Zadok, the faithful servant and many more names are giving to that person that knows the truth and remains true to to the sounding of the seventh trump, when Jesus returns and his feet touch down on mount Zion. In that Millennium age, the Zadok will not receive an allotment of land, for the reason that it is all their in the first place.
Ezekiel 44:28 "And it shall be unto them [Zadok] for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession."
Jesus owns it all and what ever exists is jointly held by the Zadok. You have to have the mind of understand of the elect before that statement is clear. God's Zadok will always respect the lessee of what ever partial of land will be given for that soul for that Millennium period.
Luke 12:45 "But and if that servant say in his heart, `My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;"
This is saying that if God gives you a truth for the end times, and you ignore it for your spiritual life, but you use that knowledge to advance yourself in this world age of flesh man; God is telling you that you are in trouble with him. The Word will give you a definite advantage in the world.
Luke 12:46 "The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers."
Many that call themselves Christian today, servants of the Lord, have no idea when or how Satan will come on this earth. The just don't care. Why? They have been taught that they will not be here when Satan comes with his fallen angels, as written in Revelation 12:7-9. Satan will be cast out onto the earth and his angels with him, that's right, all of his angels. And spiritually speaking, when they arrive those that are not sealed in their minds with the truth from God's Word of those times will be turned over to Satan and his realm to test them. God will turn them over and "appoint them their portion with the unbelievers" because they would not prepare themselves for that hour. The hour of temptation is written of throughout the Scriptures, yet many today chose to be "not aware" of what is going on around them.
There are many today that think that they are strong in the faith by their church attendance, or what ever, but once Satan arrives and they bow that knee to him, they are unbelievers. A unbeliever is one that does not believe what God says will happen in his Word, and why you put your faith in the traditions of men and discard the warnings God gives, that makes you a unbeliever. When Christ returns and sees you, you will be a total stranger to him, one that was defiant, and reject all the warning that he gave in His Word (through Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, Revelation, and all the other portions of Scripture). The Lord Jesus will tell you, I don't need you, nor do I want you, and Jesus will tell you right to your face; "I never knew you". Does that rapture doctrine still look good to you?
Luke 12:47 "And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes."
Now we are looking at another type that is very popular today. This is the type of many that claim to be Christians today. This is the person that has studied for many years and knows the Scriptures well, only the accept only what they want to accept, and feel that by their own reasoning they can pick and choose what applies to them-selves. When the Lord returns, they are going to be severely punished. No, you are not going to get away with playing church. If God gives you a truth from His Word, you had better share that truth, and pay attention to what is said.
Luke 12:48 "But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given [committed], of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed [entrusted] much, of him they will ask the more."
The more God commits to your wisdom and knowledge, the more you are required to use that knowledge to advance the will of God. Do you sit on it? Hardly, for that is a sure way of bringing God down on your neck fast. God expects dividends from His investment, and when He invests heavily in your mind and life, there better by results from what He committed in you. No matter how much you know of the Word, that is the amount you are personally responsible for. What ever God places in your mind, that is what you are to share with other around you.
Luke 12:49 "I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?"
Did you get that? Jesus is telling you that He has come to send fire on the earth. This is what the truth does, it brings fire on the earth. The Holy Spirit of God is that fire, a consuming fire [Hebrews 12:29]. That same fire that burns the nonbeliever, warms the hearts of those that seek the truth. The truth from the Holy Spirit starts controversy between Christ and Satan, between believers that know the truth, and those following traditions. When they get together, there will be some spiritual sparks fly. When Jesus returns that fire has already started [kindled], for it was started by the watchman who is ready for Satan's lies, and goes on the attack. He has the meat of the Word in his mind and will stand against anyone.
Luke 12:50 "But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!"
The baptism represents the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Jesus is telling his disciples that he is ready for that baptism when ever it takes place. Did Jesus fear going to the cross? Of course not, that was His purpose for coming to this earth, and it was planned before the foundations of this earth age were set. Jesus did not hang on that cross by accident, no, even from the Garden of Eden, the detail of that crucifixion were given. By going to the cross and giving His life, He defeated death, which is Satan, and put him on notice that Satan's time of destruction is right on course.
Luke 12:51 "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:"
People like to say that Jesus came to bring peace on earth, however Jesus is telling us here that He did not come to bring peace on earth, but division. It is very common to hear some Christian say, I just don't understand why all the Christians can't get together, and get along. Jesus is telling you in this verse, that's not the way it works. Remember way back in the first verse in this chapter; "Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy." Anytime you get a crowd together, you will have the leaven of the Pharisees present. The "leaven" is the doctrine of those play actors, those false teachers with their hypocrisy. They like to cover over the truths of God's Word with the traditions of men. Focus on God's Word and don't allow false teaching to pull you off course. The truth from God's Word will cause division in any group.
Luke 12:52 "For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three."
This means from 33 A. D. to this day, there will be division when ever even five people get together to study God's Word. It will happen, so expect it. Jesus is telling you here, and five is grace, and though there is division in this earth age, the five will be in the millennium, and then they may get along with each other.
Luke 12:53 "The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; The mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law."
So this verse spells out the five individual of that family. The father, the son, the mother, the daughter, and the mother in law: Five individual all of the same family. Again, back in Ezekiel 44:25, we are told exactly what would go on in the millennium age of Christ's kingdom, when the elect or Zadok was allowed to go to their family for the sake of instructing.
Ezekiel 44:25 "And they [the Zadok] shall come at no [spiritually] dead person to defile themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves."
This is talking about our own kin folks that are hell bound if something doesn't happen to wake them up from their spiritual condition. Even in the Millennium age you have not lost out to those members of your family that are spiritually dead. The are so spiritually blind that they don't understand a word that you tell them. So don't give up on them now, there is still a time coming when their minds will be clear, and Satan will not be around to mess them up with all the false doctrines. In the spiritual body, you will recognize each of your family. When you approach them in the Millennium it will not be a time to play church, for at the end of the Millennium comes judgment and hell fire. The point that we are trying to make here is that we are to be patient with our relatives that do not have spiritual eyes to see the truth with understanding. The Millennium age will be a time of discipline and teaching.
Luke 12:54 "And He said also to the people, "When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, `There cometh a shower;' and so it is."
Jesus is saying that most people are wise enough that when they see clouds in the sky, and by the brightness and direction know that a shower is coming.
Luke 12:55 "And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, `There will be heat;' and it cometh to pass."
When the wind comes from the north, we know that the temperature will fall, and when it comes from the south, of course it will rise. We know this because it always happens, and we have learned to trust our instincts over a period of time. Jesus is telling you that His Word is just that simple, and the signs that He gives us within His Word, are just as easy to follow. It is just as simple as knowing that if there is a snow storm in Nebraska, and the wind is blowing from the north, it is going to be cold in Kansas: so get your heavy coat on. God's Word is full of wisdom and common sense, so don't let some joker cloud it over for you.
Luke 12:56 "Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?"
Sure they can discern the times of the weather, and the winds of the earth, but how is it that you do not discern the time spoken of in His Word. The time of the signs that bring about the time of the end: The time of that final hour; The time of that one world system, and the four hidden dynasties that are written in His Word: These are the times that the watchmen are to be watching for to alert the others that the enemy is coming. Jesus is talking to you living in our generation, where the signs of our time, are the sign of the end times. The trumpets are sounding, and the Christians are sound asleep. We are living in that generation of the fig tree, for the Jews are back in Jerusalem. The one world system has ruled for the past 50 years, and our nation, that great mountain has gone into the sea. Prophecy is going on all around us, and most Christians can't see beyond the next paycheck.
Luke 12:57 "Yea, and why even of yourself judge ye not what is right?"
Why is it so hard for you to see for yourselves what is right and just. It's right there before your eyes, yet you refuse to see it with your own eyes.
Luke 12:58 "When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison."
So what is this verse talking about? Jesus is talking about that hour that has been the subject through this entire chapter. In that hour the false Christ comes to this earth, Jesus is telling you to keep your head and wits about you. Don't go out in that hour and try to convert anyone, for it will not do a bit of good. Why? because your time to teaching is before Satan come, for when he arrives it is to late. Lets review a few verse in Revelation 9. First of all God is going to give Satan the key or authority to do what he does in that hour of temptation. Satan will have the authority to release all his fallen angels and bring them here to earth with him.
Revelation 9:4 "And it was commanded them [Satan and his angels] that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads [minds]."
The seal of God is the truths from Gods Word as to the events of these end times.
Revelation 9:5 "And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man."
When a scorpion strikes a man, the man is left with no ability to defend himself, and the scorpion can do what ever it pleases. That is how it will be with Christians that know not the truths or seal of God in these end times. We are to go for the serpents head only, not his heal. When Satan arrives that is the time to be wiser than the serpent, than Satan, you don't go out and spout off all that you know. First of all, nobody will believe anything that you say. In the word "diligence" means that you are to be shrewd in the manner that you allow the wisdom that God has put in you, to come out. Sure to the elect there is only one Christ, but to those that have delivered you up, they believe that Satan is that Christ. They just can't understand why you have allowed yourself to be rebellious against Jesus, when all the time they believe Satan is Jesus. So if they say, "Isn't Jesus wonderful!" agree with them, for you are talking about the true Christ, and they are talking about Satan all the time. Be smarter than the serpent and those that have not the seal of God in their minds.
Luke 12:59 "I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite."
Jesus is telling you to be wise, and don't get involved in the things of this world when Satan's religious order is controlling the world. You are a priest for the true Christ, and your time has not come yet. When Satan is here, it is not a time of revival for Christ, but for Satan's revival. We keep our mouths shout unless we open it to allow the Holy Spirit of God to speak through our mouths. No. We don't even premeditate what we say, but just submit ourselves to be used of the Holy Spirit.
If you are a child of God, then you are a watchmen, and as such pay attention to the events in the heavens, in government, in the elements, in all areas of the world, but especially keep your eyes set on Jerusalem. That is where the false christ Satan will come, and he will do the exact same things that the church world expects our Lord Jesus Christ to do. You don't have to argue with Satan or any man in these day, just have patience and wait on the Lord. His Spirit will use you when it is necessary for Him and fits into His plans.
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