On Account of My Name - Luke 21:5-19
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On Account of My Name Luke 21:5-19 Michael McNally Nov 12, 2022 The Olivet Discourse (Credit:The Gospel Coalition,Canada) Port Charolotte,after Hurricane Ian (Credit:https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/) One man’s questions “I’ve worked all my life this house and landscape - put years into it. I’ve been a good Christian I’ve taken care of my neighbors And for what? … One man’s questions …Everything I’ve build has been swept away. My neighbors, my neighborhood, it’s all gone. Why did God let this happen to us?” God wants something better for us, than we could want for ourselves We go through trials to participate in Christ: sharing his name to others, and receiving the benefits of his name place upon us. 1 Cor 3:12-15 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. Discussing the end time Luke 21:5 Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, 6 “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.” Luke 21:7 “Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?” Jesus wasn’t preaching a timetable He was turning his disciples world right side up! Is the end time soon? War in Ukraine Talk of “armageddon” Putin’s threats Biden’s remarks A US Navy nuclear test on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. FPG/Getty Images The end time test: “the Day will bring it to light” When is the end time? How about – when is your end time? You’ll be tested, and for what? Luke 21:8 He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.” C.S. Lewis, writing on: Matt 24:34 ‘this generation shall not pass till all these things be done.’ Said: It is certainly the most embarrassing verse in the Bible. Matt 24:36 But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.. ● Preterism – all Olivet and Revelation prophecies ere fulfilled in the 1st century ● Futurism – all of the prophecies are for a much later end-time ● Moderate preterism – some were for the 1st century, some for the future CGI holds to “Moderate preterism” ● The temple’s ruin came to pass ● His second coming is future, at a time “no man knows, not even the son” For a more full writeup, see http://thesurprisinggodblog.gci.org/2021/05/on-matthew-24-signs-of-jesus-comings.html Luke 21:10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. Luke 21:12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Romans 10:13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” John 14:13 “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Acts 3:6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” Luke 21 you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me. Matt 16:15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 … on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. A complete confession of Jesus as messiah includes: ● Birth ● Sacrificial death ● Resurrection ● Ascension Isaiah 7:14, Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Luke 21: 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. Luke 21:16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life. Stand firm ⇒ Matt 16:24 ● Take up your cross and follow me. And you will win life ⇒ John 17:3 ● Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. Phil 3:7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Phil 3:10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Wrap up Wrap-up ● We all have our own personal end-time. ● What is it all for? ● We go through trials to participate in Christ: sharing his name to others, receiving the benefits of his name place upon us.