Vol. 19, No. 3 – January 19, 2020
IV. The Repudiation of the Son of Man by Men, Luke 9:51-19:27.
C. Commissioning of the Seventy, Luke 10:1-24.
3. Lessons on humility in victory, vs. 17-20.
Luke 10:207, “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”
This verse tells the believer that our true rejoicing should be based on being made a victorious overcomer positionally because we are eternally saved with eternal security of our salvation.
In addition, Jesus is cautioning us not to rejoice at the outwardly spectacular that so many often do, but to rejoice in the solid ground of our salvation: i.e., that our names are written in the Book of Life. As such, our greatest joy should be in the assurance that our name is written in the Book of Life, and that we have eternal salvation with eternal security.
The Book of Life, Ex 23:33; Psa 69:28; 139:16 Dan 12:1; Phil 4:3; Rev 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27.
The “Book of Life,” Phil 4:3, also known as the “book of life of the Lamb who has been slain,” Rev 13:8, is a great registry that our Lord keeps in heaven that begins with the names of every member of the human race, Psa 139:16. It is predominately talked about in the book of Revelation, where it will be the final registry of all believers only who are able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, Dan 12:1; Phil 4:3; Heb 12:23.
Dan 12:1, “Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.”
Phil 4:3, “Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”
It appears from Scripture that the names of every member of the human race are entered into the “Book of Life” from the foundation of the earth, but as people leave earth through death, if they have not believed in God’s plan for their salvation, not believed in Jesus Christ, their names are erased or blotted out of the Book of Life, Ex 32:33; Deut 29:20; Psa 9:5; 69:28; Rev 3:5.
Psa 9:5-6, “You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever. The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins, and You have uprooted the cities; the very memory of them has perished.”
Rev 3:5, “He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the Book of Life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”
Comparing Rev 13:8; 17:8, the language their seems contrary to the principle that everyone starts out in the Book of Life, but these verses are viewed from the finality of the use of the book, when at the Great White Throne Judgment of Jesus Christ in Rev 20:12, 15, the final roll call will show that the unbelievers name has been blotted out of the book as if it were never entered. So, these passages are speaking from God’s viewpoint of eternity. And because their names did not remain in the book, due to their rejection of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, as Savior, they will be cast into the Eternal Lake of Fire, and not be allowed to enter the Kingdom of God, Rev 21:27.
Rev 21:27, “And nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”
As such, God is speaking from His omniscience and speaking from eternity. Just as Jesus was slain before the foundations of the world, Heb 4:3: 1 Peter 1:20, with John 8:58, even though it literally did not occur until His First Advent on earth, so too are those who are and will remain unbelievers. They are known by the Father from eternity past. Therefore, in God’s omniscience, they are not in the Book of Life from “the foundation of the world,” even though they are literally in the book until their death, at which time they are blotted out.
Therefore, being recorded in the Book of Life is a source of motivation and encouragement as the Lord personally reminds the overcomer not only of the safety of his heavenly citizenship, but of the special acknowledgment the Lord Himself will give him before the Father and before His angels, Rev 3:5; Heb 12:23.
Heb 12:22-23, “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect.”
Rev 3:5, “He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”
“Even as Jesus rejoiced with the disciples, celebrating their victory over evil, He lifted their eyes from the immediate to view everything with an eternal perspective. Their ability to command demons to depart is but a temporal triumph. The victory of eternal consequence is their eternal life in the kingdom of God. Moreover, their significance in the kingdom doesn’t come from their accomplishments in ministry, but that God has claimed them as His people.” (Swindoll’s Living Insights New Testament Commentary – Luke.)
4. Praise to the Father for victory, vs. 21-22. This is paralleled in Mat 11:23-27.
Luke 10:21, “At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight”.”
In this passage, we see our Lord rejoicing as a result of: 1) The tactical victories of the disciples on the missionary field, and 2) For the soon to be strategic victory over sin and Satan that would be won upon the impending Cross. Both are part of God the Father’s great plan. In our Lord’s rejoicing He does something wonderful, He praises the Father in a prayer like hymn with thanksgiving.
The word for “rejoiced” here is the Aorist, Middle, Indicative of the Verb AGALLIAO, ἀγαλλιάω that means, “rejoice, be overjoyed, rejoice exceedingly, or exult.” It denotes “rejoicing” to the fullest extent. We noted this word in Luke’s first and only other use in Luke 1:47, which was Mary’s great praise after finding out she would give birth to the Savior, called the Magnificat. This type of rejoicing may accompany singing. Therefore, this praise of the Father may have been sung by Jesus.
We also see that Jesus was being led by God the Holy “Spirit,” (HO PNEUMA) in this rejoicing praise. So we see all three members of the Trinity in this passage.
This “praise,” EXOMOLOGEO, ἐξομολογέω means, “to confess fully, acknowledge, praise, or promise,” is acknowledging God the “Father,” PATER, and His wonderful plan of salvation that would defeat sin and Satan. Notice that this word is also used in the promise Jesus makes to the believer whose name is written in the Book of Life, in Rev 3:5, “He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”
Here, we see three aspects of Jesus’ praise of the Father.
1. The first part of Jesus’ praise of the Father, is that He calls Him “Lord, KURIOS, of heaven, OURANOS, and earth, GE.” He is the Sovereign of the angelic realm, the human realm, and all of creation. He is the ultimate decision maker for all of His creation.
2. In the second part, Jesus praises God’s Sovereign plan of salvation by stating, “that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.”
“Hidden,” is the Aorist, Active, Indicative of the Verb APOKRUPTO, ἀποκρύπτω that means, “keep hidden from, hide from, conceal, or hide from sight.” It is used 6 times in the NT. Here, Jesus is praising the Father for making His plan of salvation so simple that even “babes / infants,” NEPIOS, could understand it. Yet, we also see a condemnation towards the arrogance of the unbelievers who are “wise,” SOPHOS, and “intelligent,” SUNETOS, “understanding, discerning, prudent or wise.” These are both used in a demeaning sense here, in that these people may have some worldly wisdom and understanding, but they have failed to grasp the things of the spiritual realm. This is similar to why Jesus said He spoke in parables; the believer would understand them, while the unbeliever would not. Therefore, the good news of the gospel is easily understood by the simplest of minds, and the good news is so simple that wise people sometimes overlook it.
As such, the wise and intelligent in this passage are those who are wise and intelligent in the ways and things of the world, (i.e., Satan’s cosmic system), yet, they are infants when it comes to knowing God and His plan for salvation. On the other hand, those who are wise and intelligent regarding the things of God and His plan for salvation are considered to be childish in their thinking by those of the world.
Paul stated it another way in 1 Cor 1:17-31, where the foolishness of God is greater (or better) than the wisdom of man.
“Revealed,” is the Verb APOKALUPTO, ἀποκαλύπτω that means, “to reveal, uncover, or disclose.” In reality, the Father has not hidden anything from the unbeliever. Everything has been made available, “revealed,” for them to come to salvation and believe. Yet, because of the unbeliever’s negative volition, they will not come to understand the things of God, especially the Cross of Jesus Christ.
This word was prior used by Luke in Luke 2:35, speaking to what the name of Jesus would do to Mary and all the people, “And a sword will pierce even your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
As the sovereign God, He has made the final decision as to who will be in the Book of Life and who will not be. Yet, His sovereign decision includes the free will He has given to both angels and man to make their own decisions. This is the “thoughts of many,” noted in Luke 2:35. But, because God is also omniscient, “all knowing,” He has taken man’s and angels’ free will into account. Therefore, knowing of man’s and angels’ negative volition toward Jesus and His Cross, God has decide to exclude them from the final entries in the Book of Life, while including the names of those He knows will accept Jesus as Savior. In perfect righteousness and justice, allowing for the free will of man and angels, God the Father is able to make the final decision on each creature’s fate.
3. The third part of Jesus’ praise states, “Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.” Here Jesus praises the Father for satisfying His own righteousness and justice, therefore being propitiated and well-pleased.
“Was well-pleasing,” is the Verb GINOMAI, “to be, come to be, be done, etc.,” with the noun EUDOKIA, εὐδοκία that means, “goodwill, favor, good pleasure, wish, desire.” It was God’s good pleasure to establish the plan of salvation in this way, i.e., through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Luke uses this word only here and in 2:14, at the birth announcement of our Lord by the Angel to the shepherds in the fields. That announcement spoke to God’s good pleasure to bring peace/salvation to mankind through His Son.
“In your sight,” uses the Preposition, EMPROSTHEN, ἔμπροσθεν that means, “in front of, before, or ahead,” with the Pronoun SU, “you.” The translators turned it into an idiom rather than saying literally, “In front of You.” It speaks to the foreknowledge of God the Father, who knows the free will volition of every member of the human race. And in this usage, speaks to the Divine Decree of God for the history of mankind, including the Father’s plan for salvation.
The Doctrine of Divine Decree is another method of assigning to God the position of “first cause of all that exists.” Divine Decree means there is one comprehensive plan in which all things have their place and by which they proceed. The Westminster Shorter Catechism asserts that it is “His eternal purpose, according to the counsel of His will, whereby, for His own glory, He has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.”
The term Divine Decree is an attempt to gather up into one designation that to which the Scriptures refer by various designations. For example:
- The Divine purpose, Eph 1:11.
- Determinate counsel, Acts 2:23.
- Foreknowledge, 1 Peter 1:2; 1:20.
- Election, 1 Thes 1:4.
- Predestination, Rom 8:30.
- The Divine will, Eph 1:11.
- The Divine good pleasure, Eph 1:9, as also in our verse.
With God there is one immutable decree embracing in itself every detail of human and angelic history, even the falling of a sparrow. Yet, to understand it, we put it in terms of order or linkages like a train as it were. That is why Acts 15:18 (KJV) says, “Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world.” Divine Decree is then the doctrine describing the predetermined plan of God for the creation and continuation of man and has application to angels as well. It states the fact that God originates and executes “whatsoever comes to pass.”
The Decree of God is His eternal and immutable will, regarding the future existence of all events which will happen in time and the precise manner and order of their occurrence, including angelic and human history. The definition emphasizes that the omniscience of God knew simultaneously in eternity past everything that would happen in human history, (the thought, action, and decision of every person in his life), furthermore, everything in relation to all of the things pertaining to it.
In relation to God’s good pleasure in providing salvation to man, the Bible reveals there are 5 aspects of God’s Divine Decree that rightly define His Plan of Salvation for all of mankind. They are called the Divine Decrees of God and this order of the five decrees is called in theology “Infralapsarianism.”
- God Decreed to create all Men.
- God Decreed to permit man to fall.
- God Decreed to provide salvation for men, (the Cross of Jesus): unlimited atonement.
- God Decreed to elect those who would believe in Jesus and leave in just condemnation all who do not believe.
- God Decreed to apply salvation to those who believe.
This order correctly places election (#4) after the provision of salvation (#3) for all men and then, based on God’s election, salvation is applied to the elect who have freely believed (#5). In comparison, Supralapsarianism, also called “Ultra Calvinist,” begins the decrees with Election (#4). This means there is Election for some to be saved and for all others to be elected to eternal condemnation even prior to being created, falling, and being provided a Savior. They say that God elects the believer to His Kingdom and elects the unbeliever to be condemned to the Lake of Fire regardless of their free will volition. By putting Election first, they remove man’s free will, which the Bible clearly does not teach. Compare John 15:19; Rom 11:5-7; Eph 1:1-15; 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:1-2.
John 15:19, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.”
Rom 11:5-7, “In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice. 6But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. 7What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened.”
Eph 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
1 Peter 1:1-2, “To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen 2according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.”
Infralapsarianism rightly understands the Bible and God’s election based on His foreknowledge of man’s free will, not excluding it. Therefore, God elects the believer after He knows a person will believe in Jesus. Likewise, God never elects a person to go to the Lake of Fire. In fact, because all are born into this world spiritually dead, we are all born destined to the Lake of Fire.
But, God has provided His Son as Savior for all the world, and allows man to choose for or against His Son. That is why the names of the unbeliever are first recorded in the Book of Life, and then after their death, if they remain as an unbeliever, their name is blotted out or erased from the Book of Life, as we have noted above.
As such, “God’s good pleasure” or that which is, “well-pleasing in His sight,” regarding His plan of salvation for mankind, would not be possible if He predetermined a man’s destiny before creating him, allowing him to fall, and providing salvation for him. But because God did those three things first and then elected the believer and left the unbeliever in their sinful state destined to the Lake Fire, His righteousness and justice are satisfied and He is pleased to have provided His Son for salvation to all. “While humanity seeks wisdom from centers of higher learning to give us answers and lead the way, and while earthly leaders recruit only the brightest and the best, Jesus chooses the least qualified, unworthy individuals to achieve supernatural victory.” (Swindoll’s Living Insights New Testament Commentary – Luke).
Luke 10:21, “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Cf. Mat 28:18; John 3:35; 10:15; 17:2; Heb 1:2.
John 3:35, “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.”
Mat 28:18, “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth”.”
In the first part of this verse, we see that in the humanity of Jesus Christ, He has received all things from God the Father. As God, Jesus has always possessed “all things,” but now, based on His completed work upon the Cross, the future point of which Jesus is speaking, in His humanity He will receive all things from the Father. This is in fulfillment of Dan 7:13-14, “I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. 14And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed.”
This also goes back to Jesus’ comment about the demons being subjected to the disciple in His name. It goes back to Jesus “seeing Satan falling like lighting from heaven.” It speaks to the authority the humanity of Jesus will receive upon completion of God’s Plan for Salvation where everything will be in subjection to Him.
1 Cor 15:27, “For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him.”
Eph 1:22, “And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church.”
Heb 2:8, “For in subjecting all things to Him, He left nothing that is not subject to Him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him.”
These quote Psa 8:6, that along with Psa 8:5 reads, “Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown Him with glory and majesty! 6You make Him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under His feet.”
Among many other things, it includes the defeat of sin, Satan, and his cosmic system that are once and for all under the God-man Jesus’ authority. And, because of the great humility of Jesus, along with His love for the Father, and His praise of the Father’s great plan of Salvation, Jesus will immediately give His authority to the Father.
1 Cor 15:28, “When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.”
Next, we have a message of the relationship between Jesus and God the Father who intimately know each other. “And no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son,
The Lord rejoices in the oneness He and the Father share. In fact, all the three Persons of the Trinity are always in harmony with each other and know each other intimately, since all are of the same nature, the one true God.
The word “except” comes from two Greek words, EI and ME, that literally reads, “if not.” This gives a better understanding of what Jesus is saying, in that who knows the Son or Father, if not each other. It does not mean that they are the only ones to know each other. It says that they know each other best, or better than anyone else. Then in the following point, “and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal (APOKALUPTO) Him,” tells us that we can also know the Father. But, to know Him we must know Jesus, because Jesus is the one who “reveals” who He is. That is why Jesus could say to Thomas in John 14:6b “No one comes to the Father but through Me,” and, to Philip in John 14:7-11.
Jesus said in His high priestly prayer in John 17:26, “And I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Jesus’ statement highlights that the revelation of God’s grace is in Jesus Christ. Further, mankind comes to the Father through the Son. There is only one door by which to enter. In God the Father’s great plan of salvation, He has designed His Son to be the conduit for salvation and the conduit to know Him. Therefore, when we believe in Jesus for salvation, we can know who Jesus is. When we know who Jesus is, we know who God the Father is.
“The Greeks, which were Luke’s primary audience, taught that it was impossible to know God. They thought that man’s intelligence was incapable of discerning who God is. And even if a man were able to understand God, he would be unable to explain God to someone else. Yet, the major flaw in this aspect of Greek philosophy was that it focused on man’s limited intellect. However, because God is spirit, He must be spiritually discerned, 1 Cor 2:6-14. Intellectual pursuit and “natural revelation” only brings one to a knowledge that God exists. The Holy Spirit must reveal the person of God to each individual. When Jesus came He taught that we could know God. In essence He said, “If you want to see God, look at Me.” Jesus embodied all the divine characteristics. He is fully God and fully man.” (Complete Biblical Library Commentary – Luke).
We also see in this passage, the sovereign authority of Jesus to reveal the Father to mankind, “anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal.” “Wills,” is the Verb BOULOMAI, βούλομαι in the Present, Middle Deponent, Subjunctive that means, “will, be willing, desire, incline, or intend.” It speaks to the sovereign decision of Jesus to make known God the Father to others, just as the Father had the sovereign decision as to whether Jesus would go to the Cross or not, Luke 22:42, “Saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done”.” These two verses are the only times Luke uses BOULOMAI. So, we see that in our verse it represents the sovereign will of Jesus, yet this too takes into consideration God’s Divine Decrees, as Jesus desires to reveal who the Father is to all of mankind, but will only reveal it to those with positive volition; those who have faith in Jesus.
And remember, at any time the unbeliever can change their mind about Jesus and His Cross and believe for salvation, with the result of also receiving further revelations about God the Father, if he remains positive towards God’s Word, i.e., the mind of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, as a result of the Father placing all things in subjection to Jesus, because of His completed work upon the Cross, winning the strategic victory of the Angelic Conflict, we see the God-man exercising His sovereign authority in the communication of Bible Doctrine to humanity regarding God the Father. This should bring comfort to His disciples throughout the ages; as Jesus is known, so is the Father.
5. The blessing of being in Christ’s presence, vs. 23-24. This section is paralleled in Mat 13:16-17, after the section where Jesus explained why He speaks in parables.
Luke 10:23, “Turning to the disciples, He said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see”.”
After His public hymn prayer of praise to God the Father, Jesus turned to the 12 “disciples” MATHETES, and “privately,” IDIOS, told them how blessed they were to be alive at this time and to be experiencing these things. Jesus often spoke privately to the 12, taking them aside from the crowds. As their teacher, He wanted the attention and intimacy that privacy brings. That is another good reason for “face to face” teaching if at all possible. The Lord has your full attention without distraction. You are more teachable and able to learn more.
“Blessed” is once again MAKARIOS that is used for the beatitudes in both Matthew and Luke. It means, “blessed, fortunate, happy,” and sometimes even “congratulations,” as here. Yet, here it does not lose the idea of God’s blessings upon someone with the result of inner happiness. So, both are in view.
These disciples are very fortunate to have been born when they were in order to see these things, as Jesus explains compared to OT saints. Likewise, in comparison to Paul, these disciples are very fortunate to be in the presence of our Lord during His First Advent, 1 Cor 15:8.
1 Cor 15:8, “And last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.
Therefore these individuals were very blessed to have been in the physical and visible presence of our Lord. Yet, our Lord later tells us that those who were not in His presence and believe in Him are very blessed, John 20:29, cf. 1 Peter 1:8.
John 20:29, “Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed”.”
1 Peter 1:8, “And though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.”
These disciples were very blessed because they were able to witness the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the Savior, the Messiah, the King of Israel, and participate in it too. This too speaks to God’s Divine Decree in that God is the sovereign decision maker as to when each person is born into the world and what their ministry will be here on earth, Job 10:8-10; 14:5; Psa 139:16; Eccl 11:5; Acts 17:26-28; 1 Cor 12:4-7.
Psa 139:16, “Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.”
Acts 17:26-28, “And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children’.” Cf. Jer 1:5; 29:11; Eph 2:10
Luke 10:24, “For I say to you, that many prophets and kings wished to see the things which you see, and did not see them, and to hear the things which you hear, and did not hear them.”
Our Lord is stating that many OT saints, “prophets and kings,” PROPHETES and BASILEUS “desired,” THELO, to learn from Him directly as the disciples were. These disciples are learning about Jesus and the Father through the eye gate, “seeing,” BLEPO and EIDON, and through the ear gate, “hearing,” AKOUO.
This reminded the disciples that throughout the OT times, people were looking and waiting for God’s promised Messiah, and now He was here. This also emphasizes the blessing these men were receiving, because great and noble leaders were looking for Him, yet He chose fishermen, tax collectors, and commoners to reveal these things to. This should be a great cause for their rejoicing, as it was for Jesus.
Likewise, you and I live in fantastic times, where the revelation of Jesus is seen like never before. The OT saints struggled to see the coming Messiah through various prophecies, but you and I can look with 20/20 hindsight into all the prophecies of His First Advent and see them in complete fulfillment, and view forward through the empowering and enabling Holy Spirit, into the thing yet to come. They looked forward with fragmentary vision. We look backward to the Cross and the full revelation of God in Jesus Christ. We can now know the mind of Jesus Christ and know who the Father is like never before through His Word. We have “insider knowledge,” of Jesus, God the Father, and His great plan of salvation. As members of the body of Jesus Christ, we have been pulled aside privately and intimately by the Lord so that He can give us the glories of the gospel and rejoice in Christ our Savior. As Chuck Swindoll calls this, it is the “beatitude of privilege” that the disciples of Jesus received, just as we continue to receive today in the Age of Grace.
So, let us not take for granted this great privilege we have been given, and instead rejoice in it with the motivation to excel more and more each day in the plan of God the Father, to His glory!
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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us.
Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life.
So right now, you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:
“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ,
died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”
If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!