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LESSON 14

THE GOSPEL 5

LUKE 1

By Rev. G. E. Newmyer


INTRODUCTION TO LESSON 14

This first part of Luke will open the door to denying the self and picking up our cross. Luke is the only Gentile writer (scribe) of the New Testament, and really... he was the only Gentile scribe in the entire Bible; however, it doesn't take away from the importance of his account. Rather, it proves that the Promise was opened to the Gentiles. The irony of Luke is, how he, as a Gentile, is writing to a Gentile teacher about Jewish mannerisms. Luke was with Paul, meaning that he was privy to knowledge regarding Jewish rites; yet to many Gentiles, the Jewish ways were a mystery, making it hard to teach the Gospel without knowing about them. Thus we find God using a Gentile to teach a Gentile about the Jews.

To the Gentile, self-righteousness had nothing to do with the Law, which can be a clue to those of us who have Gentile backgrounds. Paul said that God (the Sower) gives the Seed, and we in turn, "water it"; but the growth is dependent on the condition of the Ground, whether the ground is Jew or Gentile. We also know God gave the Law to Israel, yet He also gave the "measure of faith" to all. Why then, do we use any of these, and think we've done some great and righteous thing? There would be no “step of faith”, without the measure of faith. There would be no "deed under the Law," without the Law. There would be no "good thing," unless God gave us the "Good Gift." Self-righteousness is... using anything from God, and then taking credit for the doing. Abraham believed God, not to gain right standing, but simply because he knew that God was faithful. Abraham didn't brag in his belief, he held it. Belief is the foundation for our faith, it is not "the unseen," but nonetheless, without a sound belief, our faith has no direction: let us begin.

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LESSON 15

THE GOSPEL 6

LUKE 2

By Rev. G. E. Newmyer

 

INTRODUCTION TO LESSON 15

We begin to move into areas dividing, yet joining. The title Holy Spirit only appears seven times in the Bible, three of those in the Old Testament as prophecy regarding the New, then four in the New. Here in Luke we will find the first time the title is used in the New Testament, as well as what it relates to. We will also begin to take a closer look at the title Holy Ghost; although Peter says the Holy Ghost moved on the saints of Old to write, we also find the title never appears in the Old Testament. The Holy Ghost was not yet given (known to man, or gave the Gift), until Jesus was glorified, but He was nonetheless behind the scenes preparing the path for the Spirit of Christ.

We know Luke is the only Gentile writer in the New Testament, he was also Paul's scribe, yet he was not a Jew, nor was he a converted Jewish priest, but being the only Gentile with two books in the New Testament proves how the New Testament was the Door opening to the Gentile. Don't forget there are only two groups of people in the world, the Jew and Gentile; one group not of the world, the Christian. The Arab is classed as a Gentile, since they come from Ishmael, as Ishmael came from Abram and Hagar, not Abraham and Sarah. Luke holds importance, yet we never read about him casting out devils, healing the sick, or raising the dead, yet without God using him we would not have the Book of Acts, or the historical importance of Jesus as a youth. God uses whom He will, but we must always pay attention to those He does use.

We are now about half way through Luke, but a long way from being done. Let's pick up where we left off, shall we?

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LESSON 16

THE GOSPEL 7

JOHN 1

By Rev. G. E. Newmyer


INTRODUCTION LESSON 16

Some of us have looked at John's account as some obscure document, or it may seem out of place in comparison to Matthew, Mark and Luke; however, we have A Gospel, not four separate views of the Gospel, nor do we have four separate gospels. John speaks to the Full Corn In The Ear, the one who is seeking to maintain the concept of “shall be saved”. John's account was written by John the Apostle, who was referred to as, "the disciple whom Jesus loved" (Jn 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7, 21:20 & 21:24). When he wrote this he was the last of the original apostles, his account clears up many issues.

John's account is the first one to bring in the concept of "Born Again", explaining the Born Again experience, it's the place where one changes from a child known of God into a child of God. Our approach in this study is to firm up our foundation by securing more knowledge in order to believe.

The traditional view on the date of John's account is around 85 to 90 AD; therefore it was written after the temple was destroyed, yet history shows it was written just prior to the Book of Revelation. John's account is often termed the Faith Account; however, the word Faith never appears in the entire account, but the word Believe in one form or another appears more times in John than in all of Paul's writings including the Book of Hebrews. John's account is not really a  faith document, it’s so we might Believe.

This same John wrote the Book of  Revelation, by most accounts also wrote I, II & III John; although his hand scrolled the words, we know the Holy Ghost guided him. Without any further comment we will begin our venture into John's stirring exciting account.

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