Summary: Those who follow Confucius or Buddha or Krishna or Muhammad walk in darkness. The end of their road is the darkness of death. The person who follows Jesus walks in the light, and the end of that road is the light of life.
“THE FRUITS OF SPIRITUAL COMPREHENSION”
By: Dr. Dennis Deese - www.dennisdeese.com
John 1:4-9 Jesus the light
John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
SEE 1 Corinthians 2:6ff Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
“Light is a characteristic of God (1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.). It was the first thing God created (Genesis 1:3-4). “He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, “ Jesus said, “but shall have the light of life.” Those who followed the Pharisees, the priests, and the scribes walked in darkness. Those who follow Confucius or Buddha or Krishna or Muhammad walk in darkness. The end of their road is the darkness of death. The person who follows Jesus walks in the light, and the end of that road is the light of life.” John Phillips
Thus, their blindness was leading them to an escalated conflict with Jesus. Jesus confronts them with the truth and they would not listen: They were going to Hell 8:23-24; They were the children of Satan 8:41 & 8:44; The were liars 8:55
1. FOLLOWING 8:12
2. BELIEVING 8:24 & 30
3. CONTINUING 8:31
4. GROWING 8:31-33
V. HEARING 8:43 & 47
VI. LOVING 8:42
VII. OBEYING 8:51