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Pursue the Light And Live!

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Jesus reveals the divine formula for both salvation and sanctification.

Text: Luke 11:33-36
Date: 09/03/2023, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 119

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Jesus turns to the familiar biblical metaphor of Light to consummate our discussion of spiritual warfare and His Cosmic Initiative to liberate His "Bride" from the forces of evil. In the process He will reveal the heavenly formula for both salvation and sanctification. We will carefully define the meaning of "light" and the various metaphors and similes Jesus uses to vividly make His point. We will pay particular attention to the subtle difference in the interpretation of "the eye" when applied to either the redeemed or unregenerate soul. We will consider the devastating effect that spiritual darkness has upon both the unbeliever (leading to damnation) as well as the believer (leading to stagnation). Ultimately we will realize that for all people, Jesus' pithy words stand as a comprehensive formula for spiritual survival, as if to say: "The darkness breeds destruction. Pursue the Light and live!"

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 11:33-36.
A. Context
B. Filling your house with Light.
1. A familiar proverb, vs. 33.
a. A repeated proverb, Luke 8:16, Matt. 5:15.
b. The meaning of the proverb, John 1:5.
2. A powerful analogy, vs. 34.
a. The eye as a portal.
i. The physical analogy.
ii. The condition of the portal.
1) The meaning of "healthy".
2) The meaning of "light", John 1:14,17, 8:12, 12:35, 14:6, 17:17.
3) Another analogy.
b. The spiritual interpretation.
i. Explaining the analogy.
ii. Tweaking the analogy.
3. A comprehensive warning, vs. 35.
a. The nature of the warning, 2Cor. 11:14, Psa. 139:12.
b. Two truths.
i. The culpability of unbelief, John 3:19-21, Rom. 1:19-20.
ii. The danger to the elect, Matt. 24:24.
4. The ultimate objective, vs. 36.
a. Fulfilling the "Cosmic Initiative", John 1:9.
i. Obliterating darkness.
1) The pristine redemption of the soul.
2) The recalcitrance of the flesh, Rom. 8:30, 7:22-25.
ii. Setting the captives free, Gal. 3:23, Matt. 4:16, Rom. 7:23, Eph. 4:8.
iii. Basking in the love of the Father, Matt. 23:9.
b. An illustration of the significance of Light.
c. Interpreting the illustration, Luke 11:28.
III. Application
IV. Conclusion

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