Scripture Reading: Luke 6:20-49
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
Dug deep—dug through sand, and went deeper into the rock for a firm base. Could not shake—it had no power to shake it.
Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?
16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
17 If any man will [is willing to] do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
Vincent’s-- if it be one's will to do; if his moral purpose is in sympathy with the divine will. Sympathy with the will of God is a condition of understanding it.
JFB-- A principle of immense importance, showing, on the one hand, that singleness of desire to please God is the grand inlet to light on all questions vitally affecting one’s eternal interests
--Digging deep has to do with doing what God says. As we seek to do what God says, we will understand what He says. If you don’t desire to do it; you will never understand it.
--Faith is more than an intellectual exercise; it is obedience to God’s word that results in character reformation.
--In order to understand the Gospel, the person of Christ, the doctrines of the New Testament, one must begin with a determination to live the Gospel, the person of Christ, and according to the commands of the NT.
1 Peter 1:10-12
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.12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves,[they did not reveal this for themselves] but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
Searched diligently—like miners seeking after ore. Grace to come—the coming of Christ and His gospel, only in shadow in the OT. Debate among Jews whether Messiah was prophesied to suffer; Peter says yes! Desire—intense longing, word used to describe the Prodigal Son’s desire to eat the husks given to pigs he was so hungry. Look into—to bend over to examine, a strained attention.
This is deep stuff, it consumed the prophets and intrigues the angels.
1 Peter 1:13-16—how does Peter suggest we understand it?!
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;14 As obedient children, not fashioning [conforming] yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Wherefore—because of the intense desire of the prophets and angels, do the same! Gird up—cinch up the belt for action. Children of obedience—a humble attitude ready to learn and obey. Children in terms of relationship, not age.
--If you don’t want to live it, you will never search it out and learn it.
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Right doctrine obeyed from the heart results in righteousness. You cannot separate doctrinal purity from righteous action. They go together.
--“Going deep” in doctrine isn’t simply Bible Study and reading big books; it’s living out the Gospel. It’s not merely an intellectual pursuit, but a life-changing, whole hearted devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ.