Bible study ‘Gospel of Luke’ – Chapter 3
Before reading this blog/Bible study, please start your time with first praying to God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and through this Bible study. Ask God to give you insight and knowledge to understand the secrets and treasures He has stored for us in this chapter of the Bible. Also I ask to read (even more then one time) the chapter first before proceeding with reading this Bible study. God knows what you need to learn, not me .. I just write what get from the Holy Spirit.
Dear brothers and sisters,
Today we will be talking about Chapter 3 of the Gospel of Luke. Welcome to this new Bible study serie in which we will undergo a journey through the Gospel of Luke.
This chapter tells the following stories:
- John the Baptist prepares the way
- The Baptism and Genealogy of Jesus
John the Baptist prepares the way
An important part of this story is the fact that JBap was living in the desert for a long time, before his ministry started. This shows that we should never think that if God doesn’t call us at this moment for His ministry, that we are not called at all. At the contrary, God has already decided the exact moment that He will call you for your work in His ministry. It is therefore very important that you keep praising God and continue to grow as a Christian to prepare yourself for that moment that your work for God will start.
As soon as God told Him to start his ministry, JBap immediately went to work. For us it is also important not to stall, but to carry out everything that comes on our path immediately. But make sure that you are lead by the Holy Ghost. This is not only for the work we will do for God, but for everything.
JBap told everyone not to rely on the fact that we are children of Abraham and that for that reason we are saved. No, we need to come before God and ask repentance for all our sins. Also, we need to be close to God to enable ourselves to go to Heaven through faith and not through our works (or lineage).
Furthermore, JBap tells us that we need to do good to others. If you have something that you don’t need, but someone else does, than always be willing to help another person with it. Also, make sure that you do good. Don’t extort or mistreat or abuse others. If you really want to go to heaven, than you should love and be willing to do good to others and let your actions be according to Gods will.
At the end of this story we also see that if we follow God, than some people will become our enemies. But never let any hostility from people make you afraid to do Gods work. If you have to die to follow God, than you should also be ready and willing to do so. And know that God will reward you for this!
Something very important we can learn from JBap is his humbleness. With the attention he got it would have been very easy to get arrogant and to allow yourself to become very influential and important. But not JBap, he knew very well why he was on earth: to prepare the way for Jesus! We should be eager to have the same humbleness as JBap.
The baptism of Jesus
Before Jesus (at the age of 30) started His ministry, God made sure that He was first baptized. JBap was sent before Jesus to prepare the crowds for His coming. But also to baptise Jesus in the name of God. If we want to work for God, then we need to be baptized. If you are not already baptized than I urge you to become part of a God-fearing church were you can be baptized. By being baptized God will also let the Holy Ghost become your guidance, and this guidance is vital if we want to follow God!
Again we see how important Luke finds it to be thourough! He list the full genealogy from Abraham to Jesus. This is to make sure that we, as readers of his gospel, are aware of the fact that Jesus was not just a man. No, God made sure that He was from the lineage of Abraham. This also shows that God already has planned everything even before we were even born. God has a plan for your life, so let God carry out His plan in your life!
God bless you all!