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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 4 Message Outlines

Luke 4:14-30 (7)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 2 Study # 7
September 10, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:There can be no true "sight" as long as a solid commitment to "self-respect" exists.

Introduction:In our study last week we zeroed in on the claim that Jesus came to restore sight to the blind. This seems to be Luke's "core" focus in respect to the ministry of Jesus. As we said, even if Jesus does everything that Justice demands for the forgiveness of sins, there will be no forgiveness of sins for those who "just can't see it".

God founded the forgiveness of sins upon the vicarious propitiation of the requirements of "Justice" by the Innocent in the place of the guilty, but He exclusively reserved that forgiveness for those who "believe" in His Son. The foundation served to retain the principles of justice and righteousness in the God of the Kingdom, but the reservation serves to retain those principles in the Kingdom of God. In other words, not only must God's "glory" be maintained in the face of the reality of sin, but the heirs of His Kingdom must have that same "glory" if there is to be a Kingdom. And that same "glory" cannot be possessed by anyone who does not "believe" everything that He says.

But, how does one come to "believe" what God says when one's thinking is hopelessly corrupt? This is the issue of the restoration of sight to the blind. Just as the "problem" of the physically blind is the total inability to see, so also the problem of the spiritually blind is the inability to understand any truth in terms of its contribution to a godly life.

If, as Luke seems to be insisting, the point of Jesus' life on this earth is to bring both sight to the blind and the blessings that restored sight provides, it seems that he would give clear indication of just what the issue(s) of "sight" are. And he does... . This morning we are going to look into Luke's record in order to see just what is involved.


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