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Sat. Dec. 09, 2017

Did Jesus Tell His Disciples to Buy Swords?

Category: General
By: Paul Carter

But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment. (Luke 22:36–37 ESV)

However, before we all go out and start a Christian arms race, it might be worth noting that about an hour later Jesus said to the disciples: “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword” (Matthew 26:52 ESV).

So which is it? Swords good or bad? Keep reading...


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