Luke chapters 17 thru 19. There appears to be 10 Essential Elements to The Real New Testament Message. Do you see that yet? Try removing any one, and see what happens. From chapter 17, we start with #2, sin and the consequence of #3, judgment in the first 3 verses. As a #9, New Life teaching, we learn of our necessity to forgive those who #2, sin against us if they #6, repent. This comes from verses 3 and 4. The Apostles, being moved by this requirement, ask Jesus to increase their #7, faith in verse 5, to which He replies that their faith will increase as they engage in the #9, New Life teaching of humbling themselves, in verses 6 thru 10. The healing of 10 lepers, in verses 11 thru 19, was about #7, faith, as verse 19 states. 17:20+21 is powerful, as it speaks of #10, the Kingdom as being within a person, obviously pointing to #8, the New Birth! Jesus then makes a thinly veiled reference to #5, the Gospel in verse 25, but ends with a lengthy warning of #3, judgment, from verse 26 to the very end of the chapter.
Out of chapter 18, we begin with a #9, New Life teaching concerning prayer, and its link to #7, faith, in verses 1 thru 8. We have a valuable insight into #1, righteousness, in verses 9 thru 14, and what it is and isn’t! Real #1, righteousness comes to #2, sinners who humble themselves before God in true #6, repentance. Verses 15 thru 17 teach that entrance into the #10, Kingdom has to do with #7, trusting like a toddler! From verses 17 thru 30, catch how that #10, the Kingdom is related to eternal life v.18, heaven v.22, and being saved v.26. We know these are all synonymous, as verses 29 and 30 make clear, equating #10, the Kingdom with eternal life.
With chapter 19, we commence the Passion Week. But first, on His way to Jerusalem, we meet Zacchaeus of Jericho. He was #2, a sinner, but he clearly #6, repented and Jesus spoke of his #8, New Birth of salvation, all in verses 1 thru 10. Note Luke’s Key Verse, similar to those of Matthew 20:28 and Mark 10:45, that Jesus said that He, “came to seek and to save what was lost,” referring to Himself as #4, the Savior! Thoughts of #10, the Kingdom arose among His hearers, and He taught them a #9, New Life teaching to watch, wait and be serving while He would be gone, in verses 11 thru 27; with a stern warning of #3, judgment upon all those who would not. Passion Week then commences with the Triumphal Entry in verse 28, and Jesus is proclaimed as Israel’s Messiah and #4, Savior by the people… at least on this day. All that will change very quickly. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell