[ANALYSIS] Luke 12: 8-10

Luke 12: 8-10

8 “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 
9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. 
10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. (New International Version)
A firm belief in the doctrine of God’s universal providence and the extent of it would satisfy us when in peril, and encourage us to trust God in the way of duty. Providence takes notice of the meanest creatures, even of the sparrows, and therefore of the smallest interests of the disciples of Christ. Those who confess Christ now shall be owned by him in the great day, before the angels of God. To deter us from denying Christ, and deserting his truths and ways, we are here assured that those who deny Christ, though they may thus save life itself, and though they may gain a kingdom by it, will be great losers at last; for Christ will not know them, will not own them, nor show them favour. But let no trembling, penitent backslider doubt of obtaining forgiveness. This is far different from the determined enmity that is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, which shall never be forgiven because it will never be repented of. (Matthew Henry)


The Gospel According to Luke also called the Gospel of Luke, or simply Luke is the third of the four canonical Gospels. It tells of the origins, birth, ministry, atonement, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Luke is very positive in nature and is doctrine-oriented.
Who is Luke?

Luke is only mentioned by name three times in Scripture, and all three references are in Paul’s letters: Colossians 4, 2 Timothy 4, and Philemon 1. Most biblical scholars support Luke as the author of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. We can come to this conclusion because of the similarity of writing styles and vocabulary in both books; another reason is that Luke used the term “we” several times to refer to his missionary travels in the book of Acts. Though Luke was not present with Jesus during His ministry, and likely was not a believer until after Jesus’ resurrection, Luke’s attention to detail and abundant eyewitness accounts serve him as a credible historian for the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.

Luke’s gospel contains several parables and eyewitness accounts that are only in his gospel, such as a pre-birth account for John the Baptist, the story of the two men who met the resurrected Jesus on the road to Emmaus, as well as stories of miraculous healing. His gospel is the longest of the 4 gospels and includes the most healing stories, showing his interest in and compassion for the sick. His gospel also has the most detailed birth account and a more descriptive death and resurrection account for Jesus. The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts total 52 chapters, making Luke the author of 1/3 of the New Testament, just like Paul.

It is most likely that Luke wrote his gospel in 63AD before the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem since he does not mention it. As a detailed and observant writer, it would be odd for him to leave out such a historic event, but there are still some scholars who argue for a later date.

8 “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 
This is a direct indication for the believer to promote the message of God in a way that proclaims the believers’ steadfast belief in God. The reward for doing this that God will pass it along to the angels of God. In this context “angels of God” could referrence those that have done this in the past and have resin into heaven or, a literal organization of angels in heaven to show what you’ve done for the cause of God. 
9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. 

This counteracts and covers those that will not publically proclaim God as the Son of Man. However, there is a minor discripency here; what would occur if an individual disowns God and then wants to reprent? Is that an option? The most common translation of “repent” is “turn” or “return”. Two requisites of repentance included in sub are “to turn from evil, and to turn to the good.” Most critical theologically is the idea of returning to God, or turning away from evil. If one turns away from God, apostasy is indicated. Three times Ezekiel included God’s call to the people of Israel: “Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!” “Repent! Turn away from all your offenses”, “Turn! Turn from your evil ways”. Such a call was characteristic of the prophets. Interestingly enough, Luke mentions repenting directly in Luke 24:46-47:

Luke 24: 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Therefore, according to verses 46-47, we clearly see that The Messaiah has suffered in order for repenting to be possible. 

The second question would be to ask if “disowning God” is under the weight of sin as any other sin? This would also imply that there are levels of sin. If this is true, how does one know what level of sin is being committed? And, how do you know whether or not you can repent and be forgiven for it. At the onset, this would contradict the very message of Christ that all sins have been forgiven due to Christ paying for the sins of the world when he died on the cross. 

10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
This verse is where a direct contradiction occurs in multiple ways. 1. You can be forgiven ONLY if you speak agains the Son of Man(Jesus Christ) but you can’t if you speak again the Holy Spirit. 2. If the God/Holy Spirit are omnipresent(everywhere all the time)then you have little hope of both; having the ability to reprent and, Sin(becuase humans aren’t perfect and will make mistakes). You are therefore stuck in a perpetual circle of messing, attempting to be sorry; just to realize that you can’t reach the gates of heaven by that method. Unless, of course, you know who you are sinning against. But, can you know? 

PHILOSOPHY: Bibles: 117 Versions?

I was driving in the car recently and a commercial came on to the radio asking for the listeners to call in for their free copy of a new version of the bible. This campaign was being offered by a non-for-profit agency out of Canada for which is widely known for their distribution of bibles and theological literature. After hearing this, and becoming somewhat perplexed as to not knowing of the version of the bible for which they spoke of, I wanted to write a post to you depicting how the bible phenomenon has seemingly gotten out of control.

In the Christian faith it is believed that the “word” is God, and God is in it[the word]. Due to this belief it is sought after by the mass Christian faithians to live out the prophecies and teachings that present themselves in the Bible. Because the Bible is considered to be the word of God, the people of the Christian faith believe that they are living out the word of God – or, living out God himself – through their acting out of the words in the book. How this is justified with everyday happenings, is based(loosely)around the saying “you have all sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God…”. Implying that even though there are rules for a Christian to follow, if one is to break those rules “its okay, because we all sin”. This also rectifies that Jesus(or God) is solidly perfect and set above us, as mortal humans. This presents two paradoxes: 1. For in the Bible Jesus is depicted as human, “a mortal living among men.”. This is usually countered with the argument supported by the a direct quote saying, “For Jesus was the Son of God, not God himself – for whom is all knowing and perfect.” But yet, Jesus, in the accounts in the Bible did no wrong. This is not something that is directly said, but is implied due to the lack of “evidence” that he did anything of inmoral conduct. This sends a subconscience signal to the believers that he was a mortal but yet “perfect in the eyes of God”. This indirect system of covering their tracks, the argument is thereafter said to be that the Bible is just an “account” of what happened and that men are faulty and clouded in their perceptions of events. This is contradictory; for their previous argument in regards to the accounts of the disciples is that their direct accounts of the happenings in the Bible were “inspired by God[of the Spirit]”. This being paradox number 2. So let me break it down for you in the diagram below:

Men have Fallen Short of the Glory


We Are All Sinners


We must follow the examples given to us in the Bible by a mortal man.


These accounts were documented by men that are alleged to be inspired by God, but yet are justified as being human with varying perspectives. 


If we don’t follow these guidelines, then we have fallen short of the glory once again – and must therefore repent of our sins.


Based on the mortal imperfect perspectively varied humanly inspired by God accounts of stories that may or may not be altered, true, or accounted for in any manner other than self imposed outcomes of a celebretised man by men who needed a leader figure at that time in history. 


In this, I reach my final point: After researching the number of Eglishl translated Christian Bibles, I cam up with the number 117 that are currently in print as of 2012. This is astounding for three reasons: 1. The average price for a bible ranges from $1-$25 each. This means, that if one bible from each englishly published version available was sold every day, you make – on average $213,525 a year in Bible sales. This is at the national average of $5 a bible times 117(versions), times 365 days of the year. This does not include holiday and gift sales spikes. If ten bibles of each separate version was bought per-day you would have a sales margin of 2,135,250 a year in bible sales. 2. We are sought after by the Christian fathians that it is our duty to our soul to believe in the words that are written in the Bible. We are to believe in something that has been translated and manipulated so many times by people with skewed perspectives and mortal men. How is this comforting? 3. The things in the bible are taken as literal statements. For just like anything dealing in spiritual realms, we must take in to account that these words were written by mortal men. Honestly and dutiable, maybe… But as they are mortal men subject to error and bias, we must take into account not the accounts themselves, but the underlying good that can come from them. So as I Christian, one should not ornamentate on the actual words that are written, but yet the application and message that is installed in each story telling.


In conclusion:

Find your passion, find your spiritual practice. But remember: “Wisdom not shared, is wisdom lost.”.


By: Thomas McGregor