Tag Archive: salvation


Although there are four Gospels in the Bible, the events they usually talk about are the same events told by four different people. Each Gospel has a tone and purpose. In short, Matthew was written to the Jews to prove through the Old Testament that Jesus was the Messiah. Mark was written to the Gentiles, Romans in particular, to prove through miracles and teaching, that Jesus is the Son of God. Luke was written to Theophilus and was meant to give a detailed and orderly account of everything that happened to Jesus from birth to death and resurrection. Finally, John writes so that we might “believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30-31). Because these Gospels tell the same story in slightly different ways it’s easy to read one account and think it’s the same account in other Gospels. Until today, I had assumed the Parable of the Ten Minas (Luke 19:11-27) and The Parable of the Bags of Gold (Matthew 25:14-30) were basically the same incident until I realized one parable had ten servants while the other only had three.

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“All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.

Luke 18:21 (NIV)

Three out of the four Gospels contain the account of a young man who asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 18:18). In each account, the young man acknowledges that Jesus knows what is morally correct and pure. In Mark and Luke, the young man refers to Jesus as the “good teacher” while he asks Jesus, “What good thing must I do to get eternal life?” in Matthew. In addition, Mark and Luke contain Jesus’ statement that, “‘No one is good—except God alone'” (Mark 10:18). Although Matthew has the young man asking about the “good thing” he must do, Jesus’ response is basically the same as in Mark and Luke: “There is only One who is good” (Matthew 19:17). In all three Gospels, Jesus tells the young man he has to obey the commandments, and the man tells Jesus he’s obeyed all of the commandments since he was a boy. However, only the Gospel of Mark includes this descriptor, “Jesus looked at him and loved him” (Mark 10:21 NIV). I noted today, while reading Luke, that this phrase was missing, so I looked into this conversation between the young man and Jesus.

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Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Luke 3:8 (NIV)

I love my pastor. He’s an awesome man of God, and he’s funny too. He cares a lot about his flock and wants to make sure everyone under his care goes to Heaven. When I read this verse today from Luke about John the Baptist and his response to all of the people coming to be baptized I thought of something I’ve heard my pastor say about going to church, “Going to church doesn’t mean you’re saved any more than standing in a garage makes you a Buick.” I think there are two types of people who go to church. People who want to be there and people who don’t. I wonder then, why do people go to church if they don’t want to be there?

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Sometimes when I’m reading the Bible I pause and wonder why the scripture I’m reading is in there. I know “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV) so when I’m reading one of those scriptures I ask the Lord, “What about this? How is this useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness?” I believe in the word of God so when I’m asking God this question I really want to understand. This was the case today when I read through most of Ezekiel 40 and 41.

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