Antipas Of Pergamon Research Paper

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Kamile Kupcinskaite Professor Bayens REL 200 April 28, 2014 Antipas’ Spiritual Journey: From the Man of Material to the Man of Faith "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." - Luke 6:38 Antipas of Pergamon was known as a Roman businesses and believer of many gods rather than one God. He is most famously referred to as the “faithful martyr, where Satan dwells” in the book of Revelation (Revelation 2:13). It is very likely that if Antipas did not meet the apostle Luke who inspired and prepared the businessman for a life changing experience, Antipas would have remained the materialistic…show more content…
Soon after Antipas and Luke’s correspondence started both men realized that they have some similar interests as the writings of Luke writings about Jesus life. The conversation between Antipas and Luke covered both historical and spiritual themes that were popular the their time. The gladiator fights and terrible events coming after that were also deliberated between the two. As the debate flourished to more spiritual level Luke started to tell more and more about Jesus. Antipas replied to Luke saying, “If the goal of your narrative is to demonstrate Jesus’ claim to honor, it will have a lot of ground to cover” (Lost Letters of Pergamum 63). Naturally, curious Antipas was very interested in Luke’s words about Christ, and even though these new ideas were against his faith at the time, and it seemed that it would take eternity to learn all about them, he engaged in the monograph provided by Luke. Luke started to tell first about Jesus and his influence and the kind actions on Earth. The apostle told about how Jesus healed another apostle Peter’s mother in law and many other ill people, how he calmed a huge storm, and how he taught one of the most important lessons, “Ask, and it will be given you,” for people (Matthew 7:7). Luke then continues on teaching how a true believer should live his or her life and how to distinguish who is a real Christian and who just calls him or herself as one. The…show more content…
In Antipas words, “A debate ensued regarding whether these stories of resurrection and ascension simply served to end the narrative with an appropriate closure, as I initially presumed, or whether they have an historical basis, as Demetrius and others argued. I suspect we were not the first to consider this matter, nor the last” (Lost Letters of Pergamum 146). In other words, Antipas challenged the miracle story of Jesus resurrection, as he did not believe it could be possible. However, once he stepped in to take Demetrius place for death penalty, he had all the faith in the world that eternal life and resurrection in the other side was waiting for him. Antipas had unconditional faith in Jesus Christ, and followed his footsteps by sacrificing his life for the life and better of another

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