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The Full-Orbed Gospel

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Exploring the dynamic between judgment and grace in the Gospel.

Text: Luke 7:29-35
Date: 08/07/2022, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 71

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Having answered the question from the disciples of John the Baptist concerning whether He was the "One to come", Jesus turned to the crowd where He was preaching and firmly established His preeminent place in Redemptive history. After a short commentary chronicling the people's reaction to John's teaching, Jesus launches into a scathing discussion of the fickle nature of those rejecting Him. Like pouting children playing games in the marketplace, they have resisted both John's emphasis on judgment and His own emphasis on grace. We will analyze the dynamic between these two aspects of the Gospel and realize that both are essential if our teaching is to remain true to Scripture. Ultimately we will discuss the dangers of following a modified Gospel and that only the full-orbed Gospel truly "justifies wisdom's children"!

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 7:29-35.
A. Context, Luke 7:19.
B. A mixed reaction, vs. 29-30.
1. Overview
2. The positive response, vs 29.
a. A cross-section of society.
b. Hearts prepared for grace, Luke 3:4.
3. The negative response, vs. 30.
a. The religious elite.
b. Hearts hardened to grace.
C. Children in the market place, vs. 31-34.
1. Another rhetorical question, vs. 31.
a. Those alive in Christ's day.
b. A group with similar mindsets and behavior.
2. The parable of the marketplace, vs. 32.
a. The imagery of the marketplace.
i. The ancient marketplace.
1) A place to barter, buy and sell.
2) More than just merchandise, Acts 17:17, Matt. 20:3.
ii. The metaphorical marketplace.
b. The games children play.
i. Understanding the children.
ii. Describing the game, vs. 32b.
1) The intent of the game, Matt. 9:23, Rev. 18:22.
2) The problem with the game.
3) The players of the game.
c. Understanding the metaphor.
i. Converging themes.
ii. Rejecting the truth about Jesus, Luke 7:23.
3. Wisdom's children, vs. 33-34.
a. The asceticism of John the Baptist, vs. 33.
i. Concentrating on eating habits, Luke 1:15, Matt. 3:4.
ii. Deemed demon-possessed.
iii. John's emphasis, Luke 3:7,9,16,17.
b. Jesus of Nazareth, vs. 34.
i. Different eating habits.
1) The Son of Man.
2) Eating and drinking.
ii. Deemed a glutton and a drunkard.
iii. A friend of sinners, Luke 5;29-32.
iv. Jesus' emphasis.
d. Summation, John 10:10, Rom. 1:21.
D. Wisdom's vindication, vs. 35.
1. Analyzing the language.
a. Wisdom and truth.
b. The meaning of "justified", James 2:24.
c. The expansive scope of "wisdom's children", Matt. 11:19, Luke 6:45.
2. Summary
III. Application
A. The modern application.
1. Desiring only judgment.
2. Desiring only grace.
B. The full-orbed Gospel.
IV. Conclusion

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