Lamp of the Body

I’ve been reading the gospel according to Luke and there is a part in chapter 11 that I’m not understanding.

The Lamp of the Body:

“No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, that those who come in may see the light. The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore when your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light; but when it is evil, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore see whether the light that is in you isn’t darkness. If therefore your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly full of light, as when the lamp with its bright shining gives you light.”

Is Jesus saying that our eyes are literally “the lamp of our body”? It seems so to me, but what would that mean?

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Joshua

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  1. Is this scripture similar? Saying the same thing in a different way?
    I had trouble with that scripture also.(You did a great job defining it Timothy Luke.)
    To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. Titus 1:15

  2. lookinforacity says:

    Hi Josh

    In regard to your question about the light of the eye, notice that there are three places in the bible which speak the same things. (Luke & Matthew). I suggest you get a bible with a center reference, it would be of great help to you in (Studying) the bible.
    I will attempt to explain the verses for you.
    Starting with Luke.

    Luk 11:33
    33) No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.

    This reference to the candle, is actually a reference to us (Christians), we have been lit as it were by God.

    Mat 5:14-16
    14) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
    15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
    16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

    Notice the next thing spoken about is the (Singleness) of the eye. How is that achieved?
    These statements are in relation to our lives.

    Luk 11.34-36
    34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
    35) Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
    36) If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.

    This is the darkness of when thy eye is evil

    Gal 5:19
    19) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
    20) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
    21) Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

    We are told to not seek the things of the world.
    This is speaking about the differences between the worlds treasures, (wealth, possessions, position, fame) and the heavenly treasures (knowledge, understanding, wisdom, fruit of the Spirit)

    Mat 6:19-21
    19) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
    20) But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
    21) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

    Gal 5:22-24
    22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
    23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
    24) And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

    The singleness of our eye will determine the amount of light people will see in our lives.
    We will be either Light, or Darkness.

    Mat.6:22,23
    22) The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
    23) But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

    24) (NO MAN CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS): for either he will hate the one, and love the other;
    or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. (YE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON).

    I hope this will clear things up for you
    JIM

    • Joshuagm1991 says:

      I am starting to understand…
      So the eye is our fruits? The good things about us. (But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
      23) Meekness, temperance)

      So we have to see to it that we be good examples for the rest of the world and not participate in bad things: (Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
      20) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
      21) Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like)

      Thanks I am getting the gist of it.

  3. Joshuagm1991 says:

    Okay makes sense that way, thanks for the help Tim. This scripture sums up how important the word of God is then.
    be blessed Joshua

  4. Timothy Luke says:

    It lights the body from the outside-in. With our eyes we see things physical. We see the light that is in the world. Then Jesus switches to metaphor of spiritual things. Some people's eyes are open to the darkness of the world and Satan's kingdom. They see everything thru this paradigm and are darkened in heart and soul. Some see things clearly through the light of the Gospel, and are filled with light and love and life.

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