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The lamp of the Whole Body (Photo by Pastor Davis)

What a bold statement to make, however, this is not one that I made, but one that Jesus made.  Jesus wanted you to understand the pure simple operating powers of one of the tools that the father gave to you to help you function in this universeJesus often used bold language to describe the powers God had already invested in us.  Jesus wanted us to understand that if we learned how to use this one great tool, we could achieve the supernatural in our lives that otherwise would be lost to us.

Now listen to how Jesus describes the use of this tool for us.  He says, “No one lights a lamp, then hides it in a drawer. It’s put on a lamp stand so those entering the room have light to see where they’re going. Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning, so you don’t get musty and murky. Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room.”  (Luke 11:33-36 MSG).

In our previous lessons we described to you how Jesus used parables to help you understand the truth of His teachings.  This simple message of the lamp and eye is a powerful truth for those who take the time to understand what it means in their own lives.

Let me explain, when Jesus used the word “lamp” he was referring to the person who hears His message, responds to it, and spreads it to others.  In this teaching situation, it seems that Jesus was describing his own ministry and message as lighting a lamp that was not hidden or put under a basket, but was done in public with a message available for all to accept.

The lamp is Christ’s message, and “light” is the truth of his revelation and guidance; the eye represents spiritual understanding and insight that is filtered through the “good” or the “bad” in a person.  When a person’s eyes are pure, that is, when they are operating properly, the illumination makes it easy for the body to function.  Those with “pure eyes” are those true disciples who listen and respond to Jesus guidance.  By contrast, when eyes are evil, that is, when they are not operating properly, the result is impaired functioning for the rest of the body.  Those with “evil eyes” are those who reject Jesus words; all they have is the darkness and futility of their own evil ways.

To have the light within actually be darkness would be a dismal condition.  That would mean that no goodness would be left, for even what might have been light would actually be dark-what good should have been there would actually be evil.  But with Jesus, and with the filling of the Holy Spirit, a person can be filled with light, with no dark corners.  This cannot happen from within–for the light does not originate there.  It has an outside source, as though a floodlight is shining on you.  That outside source is Jesus himself.  Jesus is truly the light of the world and your eye should always remain focus on that light, because in Jesus there is truly no darkness.  Now watch this short video clip which summaries what it means to keep your eyes on Jesus.


Father in the name of Jesus, as your servant, I seek pure eyes that I may listen, be obedient, and respond to your son Jesus’ guidance.  I seek to do your will as you would have it done.  My eyes have been open to the truth of your teaching, and I will go forth into the world and carry out your mission, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN!


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  2. Thank you for including an article of mine in your related links.
    Can I make one suggestion on your website (not to criticise) and that is not to underline text because that confuses it with a hyper-link.
    If you want to emphasize important bits it is better to do it in bold which also scores it higher for search engines.
    Keep up the good work,


      Greetings Peter my friend, thanks for the visit and your wisdom in your comments. Constructive criticism is always good, and I truly do appreciate yours. I will take your advise into and see how it works out. Keep in touch and I will let your know. May God bless you and keep you in all that you do.

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