Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 2 Study # 8
March 26, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<236> Thesis: The "Kingdom" is absolutely opposed to the reign of any King but Jesus. Introduction: Last week we considered Luke's purpose in bringing John's instruction to the tax-collectors into his record for Theophilus. I made the claim that the tax-collectors fit into John's thesis of "men are snakes" at the "poison" level. The tax-collectors were, in some ways, the most unrighteous elements in the kingdom of the fang. They, more than any others, put the focus of "life by the fang" solidly upon the issue of material wealth. It was my claim last week that man's fixation upon material wealth as the root of life is the poison by which men are destroyed by the kingdom of the fang. This week, we are going to turn again to the question of Luke's choice of material for Theophilus as an eager consumer of the Truth about our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Why did he deliberately focus upon the soldiers who came to be baptized by John?