|Luke 4 |
1 Then Jesus, being full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
2 Where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. He ate nothing during those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry.
3 And the devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread."
4 And Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, "man does not live by bread only, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord."1
5 Then the devil took him up on a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said to him, "All this power I will give you, and their glory, for it been given to me, and I give it to whoever I wish.
7 Therefore if you will worship me, it will all be yours."
8 And Jesus answered and said to him, "Get behind me, Satan. For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'"
9 Then he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the highest point of the temple and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw [jump] yourself down from here.
10 For it is written, "He shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you;
12 And Jesus answering said to him, "It is said, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'"
13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee; and the fame of him went out through all the surrounding regions.
15 And he taught in their synagogues, being praised by all.
16 So he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read.
17 And there was delivered to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor [in Spirit]; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted [who mourn due to their slavery to sin], to preach release to the captives [of sin], and recovery of sight to the [spiritually] blind, to deliver [free] those who are oppressed [in slavery to sin],2 [The gospel is the ministry of the Spirit to totally free you from sin, as you repent from your old ways of selfishness on the inward cross of self-denial; to be washed, cleansed, and purified; to then be translated into kingdom of Christ; and then to live in union with Christ and God, on earth and forever.]
20 And he closed the book and he gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all those who were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21 And he said to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
22 And all spoke well of him and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, "Is not this Joseph's son?"
23 Then he said to them, "Surely you will quote this proverb to me, 'Physician, heal yourself. Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in your country.'"
24 And he said, "Truly I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own town.
25 But I tell you the truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up for three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
26 But Elijah was sent to none of them, except to Sarepta, a city of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them were cleansed, except Naaman the Syrian."
28 Now when they heard these things, all those in the synagogue were filled with rage,
29 And they rose up and drove him out of the city, and led him to the top of the hill upon which their city was built, so that they might throw him down the cliff.
30 But he passed through the middle of them and went his way,
31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days.
32 And they were astonished at his doctrine, for his word was with power.
33 Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a foul spirit of a demon; and he cried out with a loud voice,
34 Saying, "Leave us alone! What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are — the Holy One of God."
35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him." And when the demon had thrown him down in the middle of them, he came out of him and did not hurt him.
36 Then they were all amazed, and spoke among themselves, saying, "What a word this is! For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits and they come out."
37 And the fame of him went out into every part of the surrounding country.
38 Then he arose and left the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was suffering with a great fever; and they requested his help for her.
39 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her; and immediately she arose and served them.
40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any sick with diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.
41 And devils also came out of many, crying out and saying, "You are Christ, the Son of God." And rebuking them, he did not allow them to speak; for they knew that he was the Christ.3
42 Now when it was daylight, he departed and went into a deserted place; and the people were looking for him, and they came to him and tried to keep him from leaving them.
43 But he said to them, "I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also. Because for this purpose I have been sent."
44 And he continued to preach in the synagogues of Galilee.
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1 man does not live by bread only, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. When man humbly waits in silence to listen and watch for God to speak to him from within his heart, those words that he hears God speak to him impart the life of God to him.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63
Do not labor for food that perishes, but [instead labor] for the food that endures to everlasting life. John 6:27
I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me shall never hunger; and he who believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35
He who hears my word, and believes in [depends on, trusts, obeys] him who sent me, has eternal life, and shall not come into condemnation; but has passed [past tense] over from death to life. John 5:24
We are dead to the life of God that Adam lost in his fall in the garden, when he was cut off from the tree of life. When you hear Him speak to you, his words become engrafted into your heart; those words in sufficient quantity cause you to pass from death to life and to enter paradise to once again eat from the tree of life, being translated into the Kingdom of Heaven while on earth to live in union with Christ and the Father. All this is to be experienced, not presumed in high notions.
2 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor [in Spirit]; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted [who mourn their slavery to sin], to preach release to the captives [of sin], and recovery of sight to the [spiritually] blind, to deliver [free] those who are oppressed [in slavery to sin]. The gospel is the ministration of the Spirit — grace, which separates man from sin. From the Word of the Lord within: The Spirit of Grace both charges and removes, just like Jesus said 'repent,' and also healed. To receive this ministration of the Spirit, you must go to Him daily: silently sit and wait on him, watch, listen, hear, and obey the command you hear; this is picking up your cross, the inward cross of self-denial.
to preach the gospel to the poor — what poor? The poor in God's Spirit; those who lack sufficient Spirit from God to walk without sin.
he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted — This part of the verse appears to have been added by scribes, (see Footnote 4 in Net Bible link), in later manuscripts to make it more compatible with the prophecy of Isaiah, which should match — the brokenhearted are those who have sought God and have been shown the secret sins in their heart by the Holy Spirit; and when they see their slavery to sin, they mourn. They wish to be clean and righteous but realize they can do nothing themselves to correct their condition, and so their heart is broken. True Christian religion is about a change of heart. Your heart and spirit must be broken by God, before you can receive his powerful change by grace to a new heart.
The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart and saves those who are of a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18
(Contrite means: feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses.)
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17
For thus says the high and lofty one, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy;
“I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isa 57:15
"Cast away from you all your transgressions, by which you have transgressed; and get a new heart and a new spirit.
For why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him who dies," says the Lord GOD.
"Therefore turn [from you evil ways] and live!" Eze 18:31-32
I will also give you a new heart , and I will put a new spirit within you. Eze 36:26
To preach release to the captives, .. deliverance to those who are oppressed. Captive and in slavery to what? Free from what? Sin! Every man is a slave to his passions, pleasures, anger, lusts, envy, greed, pride — and that is sin. Every man is a selfish, grasping, wanting, creature. Some men realize they are helplessly enslaved to their habits, anger, lust for things, lust for sex, lust for drink, envy, greed, etc. To these men, the good news that he came preach was: the time has come, you can be released from the power that sin has over you, you can be purified by faith, you can enter the Kingdom of Heaven, which is in you and around you —to live free from lusts and rage, to have control of your emotions — and enjoy everlasting peace.
This is what the Lord read in the synagogue, and as he finished, he rolled up the scroll of Isaiah and sat down; and eyes of all those who were in the synagogue were fastened on him because they could hear the Spirit speaking through him; Jesus had just fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah 61:1-3, to begin the ministry that was foretold to be the following:
There are other verses in Isaiah that speak similarly of bringing the prisoners (captives) out of darkness and out of the prision where they sit in darkness:
- to open blind eyes: The Net Bible translators wrote in Footnote 1 to this verse: "This does not refer to literal physical healing of the blind. As the next two lines suggest, this refers metonymically to freeing captives from their dark prisons where their eyes have grown unaccustomed to light."
- to release prisoners: The Net Bible translators wrote in Footnote 2 to this verse: "This does not refer to hardened, dangerous criminals, who would have been executed for their crimes in ancient Near Eastern society. This verse refers to political prisoners or victims of social injustice."
YET GOD SAYS IN ISAIAH 42:6 AND 49:7, THAT HE IS GIVING CHRIST, (the New Covenant of Light), AS A COVENANT TO THE PEOPLE, (the preserved of Israel and to the Gentiles...to the ends of the earth), not "to political prisoners or victims of social injustice;" the new covenant is announced by the gospel. The translators of the Bibles and the leaders of Christianity are clueless to the gospel, clueless to sin, ignorant of darkness, ignorant of light, and ignorant of salvation; these merchants of Babylon, (those, who from their carnal minds and evil imaginations, erroneously interpret and preach the scriptures, making a living doing so), do not understand that all men are in a cursed, fallen nature — in bondage, (slaves), to sin — walking in darkness, cutoff from walking in the light of God that would guide them in words and deeds of righteousness — blind to what is rightousness, blind to what is light, blind to what is the gospel, and blind to what is the truth; they do not understand that every man has in them the spirit of Satan, a carnal mind that is enmity with God, and an evil imagination thinking evil thoughts continually, all which must to be destroyed, killed, mortified, and crucified so that man can come out of darkness to walk and see by the light; and this must occur while man still lives on the earth so that when he dies, he is fit for the company of heaven.
- I further decry those who make a living preaching the scriptures.
- The leaders of Christianity are dogs — blind, dumb, ignorant dogs; professing to know everything, they know nothing; professing to know everything, they live their lives as fools.
- They want to be sons; they recognize the scripture, "he that is born of God has no sin," but they blithely go on.
- They do everything for show.
Those who preach against perfection have a lack of earnest faith.
- These people are far from me, living in sin and teaching others the inevitability of sin until death.
- Outside the faith, they are teaching an equilibrium between good and evil.
- Those who follow the advice of these unpurified leaders, their life is like a bubble.
The truth frees us from sin. And Jesus makes us free from sin. Freedom from sin: For this purpose the Son of God is revealed [in us], that he might destroy [in us] the works [sin] of the devil. 1 John 3:8. A slave to sin is someone whose master and Lord is sin. If you are still sinning, Jesus is not your Lord. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. 1 John 3:9 So if you are still sinning, you have not been born of God. Do you not know that to whom you yield yourselves slaves to obey, you are the slaves of whom you obey; whether of sin that leads to death, or of obedience that leads to righteousness? Rom 6:16. As Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin." John 8:34.
recovery of sight to the blind — not just the physically blind, but those who are spiritually blind. After the fall of Adam, all men became spiritually blind, walking in darkness, walking in sin, walking without the light of God to guide their thoughts, words, and deeds. Instead men became controlled by the Spirit of Satan, walking in the lusts of their flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts of their mind. The Lord came to restore us to the spiritual image of God so that man again could see the righteous things to do and the righteous words to say, so that man could again walk in and by the light with His guidance, so that man's conduct could again be right, (as in righteousness) — righteous because man would be guided by God's light, not the natural light of the sun and moon. Jesus came to give man the recovery of the light of life, given to those who daily deny themselves and pick up their cross to follow him. This ability only comes after we have crucified our selfish spirit, as sin is destroyed by the Spirit with your obedient repentance, which is to bear the inward cross of self-denial.
"I have come into the world for judgment, that the blind might see; and that those who see might be made blind." John 9:39. Obviously he did not cause people to become physically blind; but he did expose the Jews, who thought they could see spiritually, to rage against him so that they became totally blind to spiritual truths. To recover one's spiritual sight is by his teaching and changing grace, given to those who know they are spiritually blind, poor in spirit, and believe his gospel of repentance with release from the bondage of sin, giving them the light (to see) of life: I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life. John 8:12. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overcome you, because he who walks in darkness does not knows where he is going, John 12:35; walking in spiritual darkness, not knowing where one is going, is walking spiritually blind. I have come as a light into the world, so that whoever believes [depends on, trusts, obeys] in me should not abide in darkness. John 12:46. You who name yourselves Christians, beware if you think you can see because you believe in Jesus; the Lord told the believers of the Laodicean church:
Because you say, 'I am rich and increased with possessions, and am in need of nothing;' and do not know that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked, I counsel you to buy from me gold refined and tried in the fire, so that you may be rich; and white garments, so that you may be clothed and the shame of your nakedness may not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve,* so that you may see. Rev 3:17-18
*Eye salve is a metaphor for the Spirit of the Lord; after purging your heart from the evil desires within it, the Lord replaces your selfish spirit with His Spirit. The Lord purges your heart of evil when you deny yourself and pick up your cross daily to follow him, forsaking all, obeying his will, not your own.
From the Word of the Lord within: "I work with the blind; but if you think you can see, and you are not with me in heaven, I will make you a laughingstock."
3 The demons believe that Jesus is the Son of God, but they don't obey him out of love for him. Do we obey Jesus' commands, or are we like the demons, who believe him to be the Son of God raised from the dead? To believe is: 1) to turn from all evil as best you are able, 2) to open your heart and share from your excess with those lacking the necessities of life, 3) to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness as your first priority in life by waiting in silence to hear him speak to you from within your heart, and 4) to obey in love for him whatever words you hear him speak to you. Obedience leads to salvation — Obedience leads to righteousness.
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