important instructions given to His disciples about proper conduct in
this present world with a view to our identity with the world to come;
namely, to beware, be brave, and be true with a look to heaven.
AIM: That we
might ever be in tune to our Lord’s presence and the instructions left
us in His inspired word.
INTR: We are
often given to thoughts of being right doctrinally and well we should.
Much of our Lord’s instruction is to be received as from a true friend,
a term He uses here.
1. This passage is unique to Luke and is in
keeping with Luke’s portrayal of Christ as the Son of Man.
2. It was
as such that He spoke with familiarity with the concern that a friend
might have for another. He knew of that which was not only essential,
but would serve them well in serving Him.
3. We will note that His
disciples are distinguished from the multitude here and that He
addresses them in a very intimate way.
THESIS: The four Gospels characterize Christ in four different
ways and yet we understand that He is one Lord and that all are true of
Him at once. The close friendship is as practical as it is theological.
And, He would have us, as His friends to beware, be brave, and be true.
I. Beware (vv. 1-3)
1. It would have been in the time of His
popularity that these words were spoken with due notation to an
innumerable company – His people are known in name and number.
so, it was to His disciples that He issues a most important warning:
1) This message evidently had special meaning to those nearest Him –
perhaps he might have realized that they would rise to a place of
prominence and the crowds might tempt them to act in the wrong manner.
2) The manner of the Pharisees continues to be an issue among religious
leaders and Christians in general
3) It is characterized as leaven –
often typifying evil (but not always). The emphasis here is that it will
affect everything in the person so leavened!
3. Hypocrisy is a common
thing but is certainly to be feared.
1) So, it is that many
situations are exposed that are awful but more so with leaders so-called
2) It is subtle in its appearance and may deceive us – especially where
we think it to be no big thing – Remember the little foxes that spoil
4. It was a most hateful thing to Christ that external
righteousness was used to deceive men and misrepresent the Holiness of
5. It is for us to note that all will ultimately be exposed and
is not hid even now – I may not know who are hat a man is, but the Lord
does and will eventually bring it to light.
II. Be Brave (vv.
1. It is here that He becomes very endearing in calling them “My
1) A friend is one in whom confidence is registered and
with whom there is mutual trust.
2) He would be to them the “friend
that sticketh closer than a brother.
3) A friend looks to the
welfare, safety, and peace of his friend as our Lord did here.
would later declare that Greater love hath no man than this, that a man
lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
2. It is interesting to
note the contrast that our Lord presents here as an ominous, but true,
picture of God is presented.
3. The words of verse 5 are often issued
forth as a warning to the unbelieving and that is not altogether wrong.
1) The power of life and death is solely in the hands of God and yet men
in the depraved estate will not look to Him for mercy.
2) But, these
words are to friends and so are to be used as an encouragement to be
engaged in the fear of God that is to be desired.
4. He immediately
follows it with two very tender thoughts
1) Individual care in every
detail as seen in the fall of the sparrow and
2) The detailed
knowledge that He has of us. The hairs of our head are not counted –
they are enumerated.
5. Therefore, fear not!
III. Be True (vv.
1. Confession does not bring salvation; it is unto or with
reference to salvation.
2. The “whosever” that appears here is not a
general application; it is an identification of who the Lord’s people
are and they will confess Him before men.
3. It is evident that a
life of identity with Christ will be evidenced in one’s friendship with
Christ and a willingness and practice of confessing Him before men.
4. Blasphemy of the Holy Ghost is attributing the works of the Spirit to
the devil which many in this crowd did.
1) This was not said to
engender centuries of debate as to what the sin is; it to prepare them
to face such blasphemy in their own ministry.
2) This is set in
contrast to the empowering of the Holy Spirit to be maintained in the
way of truth and the Gospel.
5. And so we are encourage to be true to
our ultimate Friend.