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That My Sinful State Is Burning Me (10 of 11)
Series: I can see clearly now
Luke 16: 20-31
Intro: The greatest tragedy of not "seeing clearly", is for a person to find themselves in hell. Hell is at the end of a godless life. The rich man in our text does so correctly and thoroughly picture the average person in our society today. Most people place hell on the level of Santa Claus, in that they believe hell to be a myth. Common sense, which most people do not have an adequate amount of, would tell anyone that if you wanted to know the truth of whether a place exists, and what that place is like, then ask someone who has been there. I have never been to Rome, and if I wanted to know if it really is there, and what it is like, the I would search out someone who has been there, and ask these questions of them. On the subject of hell, our text records the only conversation that is recorded in history, of a person who is experiencing hell, and can communicate with us. His facts coincide with all previous statements made in the Word of God concerning hell. They also match all the statements that were made after this text was written. It should be duly noted, that our Lord Jesus told this account to, and in the presence of the Pharisees. Also, this passage was on the heels of our Lord's statement in verse 15, which was also addressed to the Pharisees. He said, "Ye are they which justify yourselves before men, but God knoweth your hearts, for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God". With this backdrop as a stage and a platform, our Lord sternly gives the account of this rich man that wound up in hell. Some would declare that this count was only symbolism, but they better hope they are wrong because symbolism is only used when there are no words to adequately describe something. From these verses we can further glean that:
I. DRIVEN BY THE GUSTO WAS THE MANNER OF HIS LIFE
A) In His lifestyl ...
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