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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 2 Message Outlines

Luke 2:21-39 (9)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 3 Study # 9
July 3, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:God builds up the souls of those who walk with Him by means of periodic manifestations of the truthfulness of His Word.

Introduction:As we have considered Luke's record of Simeon's announcement in the Temple on the day Jesus was presented to the Lord, we have seen that God is particularly interested in "piling on" the evidence that Jesus is His "Christ". [It has been a major issue in all that Luke has said to this point in his record that Jesus is the "Lord's Christ".] In our last two studies of this record we have seen that this "piling on" is particularly significant in the light of the fact that it is clearly Luke's intent that Theophilus see how critical it is that the Holy Spirit be involved in the issues of this identification. [When Peter identified Jesus as "the Christ" after an extended time of witnessing His teaching and actions, Jesus pointedly said that Peter had not drawn that conclusion as a result of his mental facilities, but, rather, as a result of the Father's illumination of his heart/mind complex.] This raises the question of why God goes through all of the trouble of "piling on" evidence if men are only convinced by the ministry of the Spirit to them. The answer is that, even for the Holy Spirit, the condition of man's bondage to Sin is no small matter and it is His "method" to "pile on evidence" to the point of bringing great clarity into the darkness. [The need for this is obvious from the example of Mary's own bondage to Sin as revealed by the rather significant failure of Mark 3 after having all the evidence in the world that her Son was the Lord's Christ.] In other words, even the Holy Spirit does not "convince" in a vacuum of mental activity. Indeed, He is revealed to work, in bringing men to enlightenment, according to the principle of "highlighting the content of the Word" and then "buttressing that Word with confirming experiences".

This morning we are going to look into Luke's record of Simeon's attitude in order to see this principle of the divine process. The "principle" is our thesis. It is my contention that Luke wanted Theophilus (and us) to understand how God works to meet the needs of the souls of His people by means of experiences that are rooted in the revelation of His Word.


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