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Lesson # Luke 3:15-18
Study Material - Luke 3:15-18
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15 Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were wondering in their hearts about John, as to whether he might be the Christ, 16 John answered and said to them all, 'As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 'And His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.' 18 So with many other exhortations also he preached the gospel to the people.
Now we will wrap up the study of John in these next few verses. Shortly John will be removed from the scene and Christ will take center stage. And even in this transition there wil be those loyal followers who will reject Christ in their zeal for John. Misplaced loyalty, and misplaced understanding of what John has been teaching.
People were not listening to what John was teaching. John taught that the Kingdom of God was at hand and more important, that the King was on His way as well. That people should prepare themselves for Christ's arrival. This is exactly what you presumably are doing now in your study as you read these notes in supplement to whatever other study you have, if any.
Those people waited in expectation of something miraculous happening. Just as they did in the desert for those 40 years after leaving Egypt centuries earlier. The people complained and were never satisfied despite all that God provided. Here the general population was waiting for that miracle, to be impressed. Much like we like to be entertained when we attend some kind of show, or play, or movie. We expect something great, and we expect to come away with a good feeling. But this is all emotion with no substance. These people were emotional and they had no substance in their soul. Their hearts were wondering. The heart, or soul should have knowledge in it with which to draw conclusions. But they had nothing, no basis with which to comprehend the events of the day.
Was John the Christ? No. Again they were not listening. John states that he is not the Christ, not a prophet, not fit to untie the sandals of Christ. Teaching that we all are in that same boat, and unfit, unworthy.
The point of this whole passage as well as the passages we have been reviewing in the other gospel books, is stated in verse 18. John was teaching not only the gospel, but the entire realm of doctrine. John had been teaching for 6 months. And he had been teaching over and over the same doctrines to help those who were interested, to understand. Some did, most did not, nor did they care. They kept expecting something else to happen. Like the stones would be turned to bread, or water would come gushing out of a rock. This was a common occurrence and had not happened for many hundreds of years. Time for a good show!
Instead they find John, clad in rather rugged clothes, baptizing people, in the Jordan river, occasionally snacking on locusts and honey. More of an oddity than anything else. But John teaches and warns. He teaches of the way of salvation and the way of the spiritual life afterwards, and he warned of impending doom for negative volition toward God and the gospel.
Repetition was the key. No one has an excuse. Doctrine is always before us, as close as a positive mind. But too often people get lazy, get their expectations beyond the reasonable realm. They look for quick fixes to their problems thinking that if only the problems would go away, then all will be well with their world. But problems don't go away. Other problems come riding in close on the heals of their former problems. This is the Devils world, an imperfect world. This world will never solve anything, but we are stuck in it for the moment of our life. We only need to understand this and know that preparation for our next life, which is the eternal one, should be a priority. You spend time every day feeding your body, and in personal hygiene presumably, so you should spend time feeding your soul, which is the foundation of your life. What you think is what you are.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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