Do You See The Light? by James Merritt

DO YOU SEE THE LIGHT?
DR. JAMES MERRITT
ROMANS 1:16-20
OCTOBER 29, 2000

INTRODUCTION

1. FROM THE TIME YOU GET UP IN THE MORNING UNTIL YOU GO TO
SLEEP AT NIGHT YOU SEE MANY THINGS. YOU SEE COMPUTER GRAPHICS,
SUNRISES AND SUNSETS, A BLUE SKY WITH WHITE CLOUDS, SPARKLING
STARS, MAYBE EVEN A RAINBOW OR TWO. YOU LOOK INTO THE MIRROR TO
MAKE SURE YOU ARE PRESENTABLE. YOU SEE A BEAUTIFUL DIAMOND RING
ON THE FINGER OF SOME LADY. BUT DID YOU EVER STOP TO THINK THAT
WHEN YOU LOOK AT ANY OF THOSE THINGS WHAT YOU ARE REALLY SEEING IS
LIGHT. LIGHT THAT SOMEHOW HAS LEFT THOSE OBJECTS AND REACHED
YOUR EYE. BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS THE ONLY THING YOUR EYE CAN
REALLY SEE IS LIGHT.

LIGHT IS AN AMAZING PHENOMENON. IT IS THE FASTEST ENTITY IN THE
UNIVERSE TRAVELING 186 THOUSAND MILES A SECOND. IT COMES IN A
VARIETY OF SIZES, FREQUENCIES AND ENERGIES, ON A CONTINUUM KNOWN
AS THE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM. IN THAT SPECTRUM THERE ARE ALL
KINDS OF LIGHT WAVES AND LIGHT RAYS. THE VISIBLE LIGHT THAT WE
CAN SEE REPRESENTS ONLY ONE ONE THOUSANDTHS OF A PERCENT OF THAT
SPECTRUM. BECAUSE THERE ARE RADIAL WAVES, MICROWAVES, INFRARED
WAVES, ULTRAVIOLET WAVES, X-RAY WAVES, AND GAMORAY WAVES OF LIGHT
THAT WE CANNOT SEE.

2. BUT THE POINT IS WITHOUT LIGHT WE CAN SEE NOTHING. WHAT
IS TRUE OF OUR PHYSICAL WORLD IS ALSO TRUE OF THE SPIRITUAL WORLD.
YOU SEE, THERE ARE REALLY TWO WORLDS WE LIVE IN. ONE IS
VISIBLE. ONE IS INVISIBLE. ONE IS NATURAL. ONE IS
SUPERNATURAL. ONE IS PHYSICAL. ONE IS SPIRITUAL. WITH ONE
YOU SEE IT BY THE EYES IN YOUR HEAD. WITH THE OTHER YOU SEE IT BY
THE EYES OF YOUR HEART.

3. BUT THE INCREDIBLE THING ABOUT BOTH WORLDS IS THIS. YOU
CAN ONLY SEE EITHER ONE BY THE POWER OF LIGHT.

4. IN THIS PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE PAUL IS DEALING WITH A VERY
THORNY QUESTION THAT HAS BEEN ASKED OF PROBABLY EVERY PREACHER IN
HISTORY AND MANY CHRISTIANS. AND THE QUESTION IS WHAT ABOUT
PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD TH ...


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