Words of Jesus Part 33


Words of Jesus is the bold letters.

  • Luke 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
  • Luke 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
  • Luke 10:3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
  • Luke 10:4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.

I will not comment too much on their mission to preach because it has already been covered in the other gospels except to notice how the Lord asks us to pray for more laborers in the harvest of souls. Even today more than ever we need laborers that will be faithful to the truth and not change the word or ignore the true doctrine taught in the word to attract more people hoping that the gospel will rub off on them. The gospel has to be preached along with repentance just like Jesus and the apostles preached it. We cannot water it down to please the crowds.

Jesus said that the apostles were lambs among wolves. That showed clearly that they didn't preach a watered down gospel but commanded hearers to repent, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

I notice also that Jesus asked them to pray that God would send more to labor. He uses us to pray. If that doesn't tell us our prayers have significance, I don't know what does.

  • Luke 10:5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.
  • Luke 10:6 And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.
  • Luke10:7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.
  • Luke 10:8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:
  • Luke10:9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
  • Luke 10:10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,
  • Luke 10:11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
  • Luke 10:12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
  • Luke 10:13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
  • Luke 10:14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you.
  • Luke 10:15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.

Jesus taught a literal hell and we should not try to change that in order to make us feel better when someone dies.

  • Luke 10:16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

To accept a true and I emphasize true, minister of the gospel is the same as receiving Christ, to reject one that brings the true word of God is the same as rejecting the savior.

  • Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
  • Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

This is what is to happen to Satan and those that follow with him. If we choose his way, we might profit temporarily in this life but in the long run our souls would spend eternity in hell. Its just not worth it. To forsake all and follow Christ guarantees a place in eternity, forever. This life is short and passes quickly. Eternity is forever.

  • Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
  • Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Again a reminder that our rejoicing should not be in having the evil spirits in subjection to us but rejoice that our names our written in heaven. Jesus puts the emphasis squarely on the saving of souls above the casting out of devils. Healing and casting out devils were done when needed to prevent the gospel from being hindered and as a compassionate act for those suffering and in bondage to Satan. It was never done to put on a show to make the disciples look like they were the ones doing the healing.

Preaching the gospel and saving the lost was the main emphasis and Jesus didn't even allow them to rejoice over the fact that they had power over the enemy. We are not to rejoice over spiritual power but over the fact that names are written in heaven when one becomes born again by the spirit of God. That is the goal.

Signs follow true believers but those true believers are never to stop preaching the gospel that saves the lost. We are to also preach the truth and teach the word to exhort the ones already saved to disciple them to go forth and share the gospel to even more. The gifts of the spirit for healing and such are to edify the church and convince the lost that Jesus is the Christ. They are to glorify Jesus Christ at all times.

The true Holy Spirit comes into our midst when we glorify and emphasize Jesus Christ. No human being is to believe that he has certain power to show off and glorify himself as being more spiritual than others. Certain ministers and evangelists do not have anything more than any one of us can have as believers in Jesus Christ. No one has a monopoly on the gifts of the spirit and they are not to be used to puff one up above another. We are to walk in humility and be willing to repent if we make mistakes and we will make them. We've got to get our eyes off men or women who claim to have power with God. They don't have anything more than anyone can have if they are faithful to God.

Some believe the gifts are given to the church as a whole and not to individuals. If that were the case then any of the nine gifts could be used at certain times of need and not one person would be doing all the healing, prophesying, etc. If a group of people are praying instead of just one, then perhaps we wouldn't know which person God was using to heal the sick. That way only God gets the glory. The emphasis should be on the one being helped, not on the one doing the praying. 

  • Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

We can never figure out God. Who we would pick to do a certain task may not be His choice. He knows the hearts and we do not know.

  • Luke 10:22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.

We will only know what God reveals to us. To know these things, we need to ask and seek.  God is not going to give us understanding if we do not desire it. So many say, "I can't understand the KJV bible." We can understand the KJV translation if we desire to understand and God begins to reveal it to us precept upon precept and line upon line. My dad only had a sixth grade education. Yet, He understand the KJV very well. He understands it because he wanted to understand and sought God for understanding. When he was younger, they didn't have the other versions yet except maybe the Revised version.

Only the spirit of God can show us who God is. When one is saved from sin it is by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin and saves the soul. We cannot do it or make it happen.

That is why the forced conversions done in the Middle Ages was so dumb. Forced conversions can't save a rabbit much less a person. It is a complete idiotic waste of time. You baptize someone by force and he will go down a dry sinner and come up a wet one. It is stupid. Only God can change a heart and cause one to be saved from sin. We got to get it out of our heads that we personally can change a person by coercion  It can't be done. We can urge, help, preach, encourage, pray etc. but we can't force anyone to be saved and have eternal life. 

  • Luke 10:23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:
  • Luke 10:24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Some of us do not realize the privilege we have. We think we might want to be a great prophet like Isaiah, Daniel or Jeremiah but we have the privilege they didn't have while they were walking the earth. We have seen the salvation of the Lord, we have heard of the Lord's death, burial and resurrection, and we have access to the gifts of God of salvation, being filled with the Holy Spirit and inheriting eternal life. That is why we sometimes see converts from other religions, especially those that are taught to hate anyone that is different, make the best workers and preachers for the Lord. They are very enthusiastic about their new found faith.

  • Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
  • Luke 10:26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
  • Luke 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
  • Luke 10:28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

Some take these verses lightly. Look at them for just a moment.

If we love God with all our hearts, we would not desire to sin against Him, ignore His word and live a selfish life leaving Him out until we get into trouble. If we loved our neighbor as ourselves we would not steal from him, murder him, commit adultery with his wife or her husband, whatever the case may be. We would not covet their goods or tell lies about them which is bearing false witness. Neighbor does not just mean our next door neighbor.

Those that claim to love God and put everything else first, do not love Him.

  • Luke 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
  • Luke 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
  • Luke 10:31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

A priest was supposed to care for the suffering but he pretended not to see and passed by.

  • Luke 10:32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

Surely a religious man like the Levite would help but he too passed by.

  • Luke 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

A Samaritan was not considered to be religious but a sinner, yet he had compassion and helped the one who was suffering.

It is sad when those we call sinners show more compassion than the ones who claim to be Christians. Yet with tears we read of this down through the ages. Some even put to death any that tried to correct the false teaching of the churches Catholic or Protestant. Some used torture and did horrible things to dissenters and Jews. Is it any wonder that the Jewish people have had a hard time recognizing their Messiah when those that claim to follow the Messiah do such evil things.

Thank God Jews are coming to Christ now by the thousands but it is no thanks to the average Christian churches. There was no time that God made the church so exalted as to replace the Jewish people. We are to preach the gospel to all. All have come short of the glory of God and all need to be saved from sin. Jew, Greek, Christian, and every human being on the face of the earth needs to be saved from sin. Preaching the gospel is telling the truth. It is not using torture, harassment and force of any kind to make converts to a church.

The church does not save. Being born again by God's spirit is the only thing that saves us from our sins. We have to be saved from sin to have eternal life. The above verses can't be kept unless the spirit of God is in our innermost being. We can't love without God within us. In order to have God's spirit within us, we have to get the sin out.  They do not dwell together.  WE can't get our own sin out by will power so we need a savior and a deliverer from sin. This is Jesus. This happens when we repent or turn from sin and become born again by God's spirit which comes when we believe the one God sent to save us, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. There is no other way of salvation. We must believe Jesus and believe in who He is.

Only when we believe in Jesus can we be born again. Sin has to be cleansed and we have to be changed by God's spirit before we can inherit eternal life.

  • John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

We can begin seeking God for the fruits to follow us once we come to Him for salvation. Then the gifts so that we can minister to others the message we received.

  • Luke 10:34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
  • Luke 10:35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
  • Luke 10:36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
  • Luke 10:37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Go and do likewise. Have mercy, have compassion and exercise ourselves to true godliness. This is not threatening people, torturing people and not speaking to them if they disagree with us.

  • Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
  • Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

I love the Mary and Martha story. I realize its not an excuse for laziness but its always been hard for me to work in some kitchen if someone is teaching the word of God in another room. Forget the food. I want to hear what is being taught.

  • Luke 10:38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
  • Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
  • Luke10:40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
  • Luke 10:41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
  • Luke 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Most of the sermons I've heard over the years have absolutely reversed this passage and commended Martha rather than Mary. I guess most of us love the Martha types, especially the men. If we go to visit someone we would rather have a Martha fuss over us rather than a Mary that just wanted to study the word of God and talk about the bible.

No matter what our flesh desires though, Jesus commends Mary, not Martha. God bless our Marthas that work to make food and feed the hungry. I love them too, but we must remember that the Lord did not commend her but Mary. Mary wasn't lazy or neglectful of duties. I'm sure when Jesus wasn't around, Mary would help her sister. Mary just recognized the right priorities. Mary saw that the word of God was the most important thing even above food and necessary things we think are important.

I know that if a good bible teacher anointed by the Holy Spirit, was in a certain room, I would not want to be in any kitchen preparing food. I would want to hear the speaker.

We could just order pizza.

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