Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 5 Study # 19
February 17, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<416> Thesis: There is enough grace available to address any, and all, of our moral failings. Introduction: When Jesus insisted that the disciples of the Kingdom were to function by a kind of love that reached as far as their enemies, when He insisted that His disciples were to be people of integrity who would sacrifice both possessions and pride in order to keep their commitments, and when He insisted that those who were to follow Him would set up the key question "Is that how I would like for others to treat me?" over all of their behavior, He set before us an extremely high standard of conduct. Was He serious? Did He not know that it was the experience of John the Baptizer that the filling of the Spirit even from his mother's womb was not a sufficient provision to make John feel "worthy" to loose the thongs of Jesus' sandals? Did He not know that there are undercurrents of Sin in the lives of all men that pull them first one way and then another? Did He not know that no matter how hard a person "determined" to overcome those sinful impulses, man's strength of determination would only provide a very temporary dominance before he was pulled under once again? Of course He knew, and yet He was absolutely serious about the behavior of His disciples. The question is "how"? How could He be serious about expecting His disciples to live in godly love when He knew the reality of Sin's dominance over them? The answer is given in the text before us today: Luke 6:32-34.