Pastor’s Letter – September 22, 2020 – A Powerful Parenthetical Statement

And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

Luke 7:29

Dear Church and Friends,

In the middle of Jesus’ explanation of John’s ministry, Luke gives us his commentary on its effect on the hearers. This commentary is perfectly placed in the center of the passage and prepares us for the second half. But the power of Luke’s words should not be missed.

The people listening to Jesus were those baptized by John! The Baptist had done his work in preparing hearts to receive Christ. They “justified God” or as the CSB translates it, “they acknowledged God’s way of righteousness.” Once Jesus puts the pieces to the puzzle in place the people realized they were a part of God’s work. What praise must have filled those hearts.

However, there was a group there who had no praise. The Pharisees and Scribes withstood John’s ministry, were not baptized by him, and so now when Jesus reveals the role John played realized they had, “rejected the plan of God for themselves.” It was God’s plan for everyone but some reject it.

The gospel is still God’s plan for salvation. Don’t reject Christ and miss heaven’s best for your life.

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Prayer Request: Please pray for the following.

  • Jason Spurlin, Portland, Ore., Jason is a church planting team member for Garden Church in Portland, Ore. “I am asking for prayer for the city of Portland. My hope is that we as the church will stand with the oppressed and help the helpless. Portland is hurting, and Jesus is the answer to the pain. Also, please be praying for the salvation of my parents and three brothers. None of them follow Jesus yet.”


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Yet He is called the First-begotten among many brethren?

That is in regard to His fellowship with us.


Why is He called our Lord?

Because He bears rule over us, and is Head of men and Angels.


Why was He conceived by the Holy Spirit?

That He might be without sin, and so sanctify us.


What if He had been a sinner?

Then He could not have delivered us.

The Pastor’s Letter is coming to an end. The last one will be published on September 28, 2021.

Watch the Bible Bistro blog for an announcement on a new project for Fall of 2021.

All my best.

But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.

Luke 7:30

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Published by David B. Smith

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