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Luke Chapters 13 Parable of Barren Fig Tree and Other Parables

Jul 1st, 2009 | By | Category: Luke, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

The two parables tie in with these subsequent verses. The nominal Church will seem to be very large, but in the final analysis, few will get life as a result of the Gospel Age. The disciples got the point and one asked, “Lord, are there few that be saved?” The answer was yes in regard to the high calling—and even in regard to the Great Company compared to the vast majority of tares in the nominal Church. The disciples realized the mustard seed and the leaven were unfavorable.

Jesus was en route to Jerusalem when this question was asked. He replied, “Strive [agonize] to enter in at the strait [narrow] gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” Athletes who excel agonize in their sport because they push themselves to the very limit. The “many” who will not be able to enter in are the majority. This is especially true in principle in the beginning when the Adversary tries to discourage consecration and entering the race for the prize of the high calling.

Verses 24-30 are a reminder of the Wise and Foolish Virgins Parable. Jesus did not answer the question (verse 23) directly but gave a parable, implying that few would be saved. If the question and parable are considered from the standpoint of the feet members and the end of the Church’s course, the entering in would pertain to the marriage. There is a hard test in the beginning of our consecrated walk as well as toward the end. For example, Abraham had to leave his home country in the beginning, and later he had a severe test with Isaac.

An agonizing attitude is necessary to get through the narrow gate or aperture and thus make our calling and election sure. Jesus was referring to getting the prize of the high calling, to the marriage—to glory, honor, and immortality. The agonizing attitude must be maintained and preserved.



Apr 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Doctrine

Bible Study/Discourse: Doctrines are a scriptural teaching or understanding. Not all doctrines carry the same weight of importance. For instance, there are fundamental doctrines such as: the Ransom, Baptism, Righteousness, Repentance, Salvation. Then there aredispensational doctrines that are relevant to different time periods. The doctrine “truth” that a great flood is coming to destroy everything is notrelevant to today, but it was of the utmost importance in the days of Noah. It was a matter of salvation!There are also doctrines of demons (universal salvation) and also unsound doctrine. A thing can be true, but is not edifying, such as “endless”genealogies.

As a Christian it behooves us to weigh and discern doctrines. 1) is it a fundamental doctrine–that is not open to interpretation and if not taught correctly will affect salvation? 2) is it a prophetic doctrine? Being that it has to do with future events, it by nature can be open to interpretations because the light is not yet clear on the matter. 3) Is it a doctrine of demons which will lead a Christiandown a very dangerous path of denying scripture or causes divisions (because of a bad heart motive not in accordance with the Word.), orunprofitable in that it does not edify anyone?

Once we categorize the doctrine what do we do? There is a time to speak and a time to keep silent, there is a time to embrace adn a time to refrain from embracing. This Bible study explores many different scenarios that a Christian may come up against and how to judge what one should do in that instance.