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June 18, 2017

"SEEING IS BELIEVING"

TEXT: Luke 10: 17-24
READING:  Psalm 91: 1-16

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SUBJ: The experiential basis of believing.

AIM: That we should see and believe that which we see in Jesus.

INTR: It is well that we note what they did not know concerning the Gospel that would only be revealed after the resurrection of Christ and yet they had good news of the Kingdom.
1. The account before us relates a wonderful display in the life of His disciples. This is not mere curiosity; rather it is for inspiration to claim it.
2. How amazed are we when we read of such things? Or does it seem to us they didn’t really happen?
3. We see what they saw through their witness. When spiritually discerned we see with them.

THESIS: Faith is not a substitute for sight, rather it enables true sight and brings the things of Christ into view. To see is to believe!

I. Seeing the power of God (vv 17-20)
1. Consider the reference to the fall of Satan and his power.
2. It was realized as they went
3. The awful power of the enemy
4. These are graphic pictures (serpents, scorpions, etc) and see Ezekiel 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
5. Compare: Romans 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
6. With reference to true identity: 1 Corinthians 13:2-3 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
7. See further: Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. AND Revelation 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

II. Seeing the purpose of God (vv 21-22)
1. The Son declares agreement with the purpose of God. – “even so.”
2. Consider Christ giving thanks, here and at the tomb of Lazarus.
3. Babes: Psalms 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. AND Psalms 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. – Given exclusively See Matthew 13.
4. Seeing, they see not And S.F. John 3:35-36 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
5. Simeon would see the Lord’s Christ; We see the Kingdom. We see Jesus: Hebrews 2:8-9 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

III. Seeing the Christ of God (vv. 23-24)
1. A poignant picture: John 9:35-38 35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? 36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? 37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. 38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
2. Consider the word to Thomas: John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
3. Of Abraham: Genesis 22:4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
4. And compare: John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
5. The vision of true faith is 20/20.
6. Behold the Lamb of God and:
“I saw one hanging on a tree
In agony and blood.
He cast His languid eye on me
As by His cross I stood.
O can it be upon a tree
The Saviour died for me
My soul is thrilled my heart is filled
To think He died for me.
7. See 1 Peter 1:10-11 10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.