Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 2 Study # 1
September 6, 2009
Lincolnton, NC

<556> Thesis: Luke used Herod to establish the legitimacy of his claims regarding Jesus so that Theophilus might have strong encouragement to believe. Introduction: It is an obvious reality that few people think alike. It is just as obvious that the vast majority of people do not think correctly. And it is the claim of the Bible that it is because these obvious things are true that God made a significant effort to reveal the Truth. In the text before us this morning, the overwhelming theme is divine revelation through prophetic utterance. Then, under this "overwhelming theme" there are two contrasting facts. First, there is the fact that God's revelation is "as clear as clear can be", and, second, there is the fact that clarity of revelation only helps those who have an inner desire to walk in the Light. Paul said it this way in his letter to Titus: "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled" (1:15, KJV). For our edification this morning we are going to take Luke's focus upon Theophilus as the focal point for the organization of the facts of our text.