|Luke 13 |
1 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.
2 And Jesus said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered such things?
3 I tell you, no. But unless you repent, all of you will also perish.1 [These times of ignorance God has overlooked; but now he commands all men everywhere to repent, Acts 17:30. For of this you can be sure, that no sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person (who is an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Eph 5:5. Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 1 Cor 15:34.]
4 Or those eighteen upon whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them — do you think they were worse sinners than all other men who lived in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you, no. But unless you repent, all of you will also perish." [The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, ...but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Pet 3:9. From the Word of the Lord within: "Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, who stand forth without repentance!"]
6 He also spoke this parable: "A certain man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he came to look for fruit on it, but found none.
7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, 'Behold, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and found none. Cut it down. Why should it cumber [use up] the ground?'
8 But answering him he said, 'Lord, leave it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it.
9 And if it bears fruit, fine. But if not, then after that cut it down.'"2
10 Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
11 And behold, there was a woman there who had been crippled by a demon for eighteen years. And she was bent over and could not straighten herself up.
12 So when Jesus saw her, he called her to him and said to her, "Woman, you are free from your infirmity."
13 And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 But the ruler of the synagogue, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath day, said with indignation to the people, "There are six days in which men should work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day."
15 Then the Lord answered him, and said, "You hypocrite, does not each one of you loose his ox or his ass from the stall and lead him away to watering on the Sabbath?
16 So should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound these eighteen years, be freed from this bond on the Sabbath day?"
17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed, and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
18 Then said he, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?
19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden; and it grew and became a great tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches."
20 And again he said, "To what shall I compare the kingdom of God?
21 It is like leaven [yeast], which a woman took and mixed in three measures of flour until it was all leavened."
22 Then he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and traveling toward Jerusalem.
23 And someone said to him, "Lord, are there only a few who will be saved?' And he said to them,
24 Strive to enter in at the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter, and will not be able to.3
25 And once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, you will stand outside and knock at the door, saying: 'Lord, Lord, open to us.' But he will answer and say to you, 'I do not know you or where you come from.' [You can call Him Lord; you can call Him Master; but so did Judas. Calling Jesus Lord does not make Him your Lord. He is your Lord only if He has freed you from all sin, if he has destroyed your carnal mind, if He has purified you, and if He supplies all your words to speak, all your thoughts, and all your actions to be done; Jesus said, "If you are still sinning, you are a slave to sin," John 8:34; and if you are still sinning, Jesus cannot be your Lord because He said, "you cannot serve two masters," Mat 6:24. So, as Jesus said, "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?" Luke 6:46. From the Word of the Lord within: "If you are still sinning, you belong to sin and not to Me. All men are without excuse; if I were silent, they would have an excuse. All men have heard the call to repent. People must stand the price for their very brazen behavior." Several scriptures identify those who belong to Jesus; and in several other scriptures, Jesus has told us that we must repent, we must sin no more, or else we will be banned from heaven.]
26 Then you will say, 'We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.' [This fits very well with those who think communion or the "Eucharist" is eating and drinking in his presence, and their "streets" was just another street in Babylon. Jesus denies them ever eating and drinking in his presence and denies their origin as valid. Of course He knows everything, including their continued sinning till death; his denial is a denial of knowing them by their eating and drinking in his presence, and he denies having taught in their streets, (their origin), both of which they thought had occurred and entitled them to enter heaven.]
27 But he will say, 'I tell you, I do not know you or where you come from; depart from me, all you workers of iniquity [wrongdoers, still sinning]!'4 [Every man is judged by their words and works, including those who claim to be Christians; God shows partiality to no man. From the Word of the Lord within: "Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master. If you are still sinning, you belong to sin and not to Me. See myself — thus no sin has a place in me. Everyone is expecting Jesus to be their excuse. I've warned them and given them the requirements and preached the exclusions; they should not expect anything else or conclusion. All men have heard the call to repent. People must stand the price for their very brazen behavior." My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27. If you don't hear his voice and follow (obey) Him, He doesn't know you; and if you die while still sinning, you will be banned from heaven. If you haven't seen Him and listened to Him, neither do you know Him. Unless cleansed and purified by the Lord's Spirit that destroys sin within man, every man's heart starts filled with evil, filled with sin, defiled, and disqualified for heaven. ]
28 And there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrust out.
29 For they will come from the east and the west, and from the north and the south, and will sit down in the kingdom of God.
30 And indeed, there are those who are last who will be first, and there are those who are first who will be last."
31 Now that same day some of the Pharisees came to him, saying, "Go out and leave here, for Herod wants to kill you."
32 And he said to them, "Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I will cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall finish my course.'
33 Nevertheless, I must continue my journey today and tomorrow and the day following; for it will never do for a prophet to die outside of Jerusalem.
34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to you!5 How often would I have gathered your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you would not!
35 Behold, your house is left to you a desolation. Truly I say to you, you shall not see me again until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"
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1 Repent or perish! Christendom arrogantly ignores this severe warning of Jesus and all of the many others too.
We must repent from all evil: lusts, anger, envy, pride, drunkenness, profanity, theft, lying, partying, foolishness, greed, sexual immorality, pride, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, arguments, jealousies, rage, selfishness, divisiveness, evil thoughts, etc. Twice he tells us that we must change or lose our soul.
In the past God overlooked ..ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. Acts 17:30
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Rev 3:19
This was John the Baptist's simple message of beginning repentance:
——Repent: think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct. Matt 3:2
——Share from your excess with those who are without the necessities of life.
——Be honest in all your dealings, never exaggerating or overreaching anyone.
——Don't oppress people or frighten anyone, don't lie, don't want more, don't complain. Luke 3:10-14
Therefore, in all things, whatever you desire that others should do to you, you do the same to them; for this is the law and the prophets. Mat 7:12
(This is another way of saying: love your neighbor as yourself.)
And before you can hear the Word of the Lord within your heart to further guide you to being free from sin, the inner law on the heart of every man, which includes moral core of the outward law, is your schoolmaster.
The moral core of the law is: love your neighbor as you love yourself; and don't steal; and don't commit adultery; and don't lie; and don't covet; and don't murder; and honor your father and mother.
These commandments are included as a part of the inner law that is written on every man's heart, their conscience bearing witness as their thoughts accuse or else excuse them;
God will judge the secrets of all men's hearts, according to this law, from which no man is excused. Rom 2:13-16
Clearly to observe these moral commandments as best we can, while waiting for the Spirit's direction, is not doing works of the law.
The moral lawa remind us of our shortcomings and motivates us to go to God to receive his heart and soul purifying grace,
— to become free of all sin, even the desire to sin,
— to be able to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might, and
— to be able to love your neighbor as yourself.
In addition there are works, not done by the will of man, but works of faith;
works that you hear from Christ within your heart command you to do, when you go to wait on him, listen in silence, hear him, believe him, and then obey him.
These are not works that you decide to do; these are works that God wills you to do, and when you do them, you are doing his will on earth as it is done is heaven.
These are works of faith done in loving obedience to the commands you hear God speak to you from within your heart.
The first works you are commanded to do are works of repentance, which occurs by hearing the Spirit and obeying his commands to you.
The words you hear Him speak to you are Spirit and impart the life of God, John 6:63;
more words, more spirit, until you have so much of His life, that you become pure.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Faith within purifies."
2 The fig tree is the symbol of Israel. When the Jewish state produced no more fruit, the state was dispersed among the nations.
Likewise all Christians are required to produce the fruit of the spirit: love, peace, joy, gentleness, faith, goodness, patience, etc. Those who do not produce the fruit of the spirit are to be cast into the fire.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine,
neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches.
He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; (love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.)
If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out like a branch, which withers; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified,
and, you show that you are truly my disciples [true followers]. John 15:8.
(without the fruit of the Spirit, your faith is only lip service).
(and beware of false prophets who promise a false salvation; you will know them by their fruits)
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
Even so, every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Therefore by their fruits you shall know them. Mat 7:15-20.
3 When asked if many would be saved, Jesus said few would be saved, for the gate is narrow and the way is difficult; many would seek to enter and be unable. Mat 7:13-14, Luke 13:23-24; and then he warned them about false prophets with a false salvation (see above footnote). Further he warns us by telling us that when he shuts the door to heaven, many thinking they have been saved and entitled to heaven will say to him: "Lord, Lord, open to us." But He will answer: 'I do not know you or where you come from.' And they will say: "We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets." And He replies: "I do not know you or where you come from; depart from me you workers of iniquity (sinners)." Many will say to me in that day, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name cast out demons? And in your name done many wonderful works?" And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you who work iniquity' [sin, lawlessness, or wickedness]. Mat 7:22-23.
The Lord is warning those who think they are Christians and still sin: 1) he doesn't know you, and 2) he will cast you into outer darkness, banned from heaven at judgment. The Lord only knows those who hear his voice and follow him. John 10:27. To hear you must dedicate yourself to silent listening to hear his voice, and then you must obey. If you listen and obey the word of God in your heart, your soul is purified by obedience to the truth, 1 Peter 1:22; and your heart is purified by faith that obeys. Acts 15:9. Jesus said: "There is only one thing needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her" — to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear his word. Luke 10:39-42... "All your holy ones are in your power. And they sit at your feet, each receiving your words." Deu 33:3. Christendom tells their members they can remain in sin and enter heaven when they die, but this is a lie and shows Christendom is Babylon; come out of her my people.
Regarding the few who would be saved. There are an estimated 2 billion so-called Christians in the world today. Does 2 billion people sound like a few to you? Is saying the sinner's prayer, getting dunked in water, eating bread/drinking grape juice a narrow, a difficult way that many would try to enter and be unable? No, because the presumed salvation of Christendom's deficit sects is a make-believe salvation, fables, lies, deceptions — it is the wide and broad way that leads to destruction. The deficit sects of Christendom have totally lost the narrow, true way that few will find; there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Pro 14:12, 16:25, 21:2. Salvation is to be delivered (freed) from sin. The false salvation of Christendom supposedly frees you from the guilt of sin, but leaves you a sinner to die in your sins; and then to be cast into the lake of fire with all who die in their sins.
Jesus tells us that few will find the narrow way, we know many will try to enter and be unable, we know that you must lose you life to find it, we know that we must suffer like him to reign with him, we know that we must take up our cross of self-denial daily to follow him — but we know it is possible. Possible, providing: 1) we have faith that God exists, that he rewards those who diligently seek him, 2) we have the hope of the true gospel, 3) we know how to seek him and know how to carry our cross. To read the details on how to seek God and carry your cross, see How to Receive the Changing Power of God.
From the Word of the Lord within: "narrow, indeed, is the way. Strive to enter through the narrow gate. Few will find it. Men have stopped trying. They have plunged themselves into iniquity."
4 I do not know you or where you come from; depart from me, all you workers of iniquity [wrongdoers, still sinning]! The Lord did not know them because they had not been listening to his voice and not following his commands, and so were not part of the truth: Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice. John 18:37. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27 If you don't hear his voice and follow him, he doesn't know you. And if he doesn't know you, he will shut the door, refusing to open it, saying "I tell you, I do not know you or where you come from" and at judgment he will say to you "depart from me you who work iniquity, for I have never known you." Mat 25:11-12, Luke 13:24-27, Mat 7:21-23.
Depart from me, you workers of iniquity!
Jesus rejected the people who thought they were Christians, because they still sinned. They did not obey him:
Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Luke 6:46. Truly, Truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. John 8:34. If we are a slave to sin, he can't be our Lord. We cannot serve two masters. Mat 6:24, Luke 16:13. You are the slaves of him whom you obey; whether of sin that leads to death, or of obedience that leads to righteousness. Rom 6:16. Jesus said these so-called-Christians with great faith to perform miracles will be rejected because they were still sinning; they had not crucified the sinful nature on the cross, which is necessary to belong to Christ Jesus. Gal 5:24
The Lord is warning those who think they are Christians and still sin: 1) he doesn't know you, and 2) he will cast you into outer darkness, banned from heaven at judgment. The Lord only knows those who hear his voice and follow him. John 10:27. To hear you must dedicate yourself to silent listening to hear his voice, and then you must obey. If you persistently listen and obey the word of God in your heart, your soul is purified by obedience to the truth, 1 Peter 1:22; and your heart is purified by faith that obeys. Acts 15:9. Jesus said: "There is only one thing needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her"— to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to his word. Luke 10:39-42. Surely he loves the people; all your holy ones are in your power. And they sit at your feet, each receiving your words. Deu 33:3. Christendom tells their members they can remain in sin and enter heaven when they die, but this is a lie and shows Christendom is Babylon; come out of her my people.
5 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you, For Jesus to be killed by the Jews who thought they were doing God a favor, is not without precedent. Many of the Jewish prophets were killed by the ruling class of Israel, who considered themselves to be very religious; those murdered by the Jewish authorities include:
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