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Light Your World (11 of 21)
Series: Joy Book
The Bible abounds in figures of speech, that is, beautiful pictures. In these particular verses the Bible gives us some beautiful pictures about the Christian life and what the Christian life is all about.
Last week we looked at verses 12 through 13 where there is a picture as well. In those verses, the Christian life is pictured like building a beautiful mansion. God is working on the inside of our life to turn our life into a beautiful mansion. The Lord intends to live in that mansion with us. He dwells in our hearts and in our lives, and He is working in us to make us everything He has saved us to be.
In these verses which I have read to you, there are some other beautiful figures of speech and pictures about the Christian life. For instance, you will notice that he says in verse 15 that we are the sons of God. The Christian life is pictured as being a child in God's family. When you are born again, you become a member of the family of God.
Then you notice in verse 17 that he compares the Christian life to being a sacrifice on the altar. Romans 12, verse 1, says, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice." The Christian life is to be like a sacrifice laid on the altar.
There is another beautiful picture here that I want to draw from these verses and talk about this morning. Here, the Christian life is pictured as being like a star in the sky. He says in verse 15, "Among whom ye shine as lights in the world." The word there is luminaries.
You will remember that when God created the sun and the moon and the stars, He said that they were intended to give light on the earth. The Christian life is intended to be like a star in the sky, like a luminary. We are to bring light to our world. We are to enlighten our world, and we are to shine in our world.
Jesus used that same fig ...
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