Jesus' Existence Before He Came to Earth
 
TEXT: JOHN 1:1 -4; 14-18
 
INTRO: Many people know something about Jesus. This might result from early S. S. teaching
or perhaps the yearly celebrations observable by most. Jesus Christ are two words used here
often as they should be in our Christian homes. Unfortunately these two words are also used
when parents are feuding or when people are angry with another.
I’m convinced that some of us know a lot and some of us know a little about Jesus, but
nobody knows it all.
 
I wish to use three weeks to talk about the Jesus story, beginning today.
 
I) THE JESUS STORY IS ABOUT A PERSON WITHOUT A BEGINNING AND END!
 
A) Regular Human History Is Summed Up On A Headstone: Born- Died- Dates
 
1) “Man that is born of woman is of few days an full of trouble”-Job
 
2) “Our life if but a vapor that appears for a little while then vanishes away”-James
 
B) Jesus Is Truly From Everlasting To Everlasting
 
1) We mean that His life did not begin in Bethlehem and end in Jerusalem!
 
2) His is not a “womb to tomb” existence. He always was!!!
 
C) But Where And How Did He Exist? What Form Did He Have?
 
1) Philippians 2:5-7
 
2) He had God’s form. God is a spirit(John 4:24)
 
(a) Spirit is one without an outward form or body
 
(b) The word spirit is the same as breath or wind. It is there but without a visible form.
 
3) He shared equality with God cf John 5:18
 
(a) Remember God is God is God
 
(b) The Jesus we know is God period!
 
II) BECOMING MORE FAMILIAR WITH THE FIRST STAGE OF STUDY
 
A) John 1:1 -4; 14-18
 
1) We’ll read verse 1, 14, 18 for clarification
 
2) Jesus represented God, so the “word” is used:
 
(a) Could refer to spoken word with emphasis on meaning conveyed
 
(b) Told of creative power- Psalm 33:6-“by the word the universe was made.”
 
(c) Hebrews thought of Logos God’s divine personality
 
(d) Greek, it was a formula for the rational mind that ruled the universe
 
(e) John is asserting that “the word” is the source of all that is visible and came before the totality of the material world.
 
(f) John was trying to bring out the full significance of the incarnation to Gentiles.
 
3) When the beginning was the Jesus was already there!!! “The Word”
 
4) He was with God (now we know where Jesus was)
 
5) He was God!!! (now we know who Jesus is)
 
6) ILLUST: Pillowed Up
 
7) He Created All things
 
(a) Genesis 1:1 - God is plural
 
(b) Genesis 1:26- God said, “Let us make man in our image…” =plural
 
(c) The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit were there.
 
8) He had LIFE and was the Light of men
 
9) He became flesh -1:14 – hence “Immanuel”- God with us- Matt. 1:23
 
10)He possessed visible glory-14
 
11)He was full of grace and truth-14
 
12)John the younger, declared Jesus of “higher rank” and “he existed before me.”-Jn 1:30
 
13)He possessed all the fullness of God cf Col.2:9
 
14)We know about God because Jesus explains Him.- 18
 
B) John 17:1 -5
 
1) Jesus is the center of all things
 
(a) Every other person’s life began at birth; not so with Jesus
 
(b) See time line and eternity
 
2) He is even the center of the universe!
 
(a) Man used to think the earth was the center of the universe- Geocentric
 
(b) Then man began to believe that the sun was the center- Heliocentric
 
(c) We should believe that we live in a Christocentric universe
 

ILLUSTRATIONS USED IN THIS LESSON

 
PILLOWED UP. In ancient times, when a host dignitary entertained and fed others of equal rank he made sure they spoke “eye to eye” with fellow equals. This was accomplished by “pillowing up”shorter people.
 
Jesus saw God the Father, “eye to eye,” without pillows! They were equal!
 

JESUS IS THE CENTRE OF OUR UNIVERSE

 
(a) Man used to think the earth was the center of the universe- Geocentric
(b) Then man began to believe that the sun was the center- Heliocentric
(c) Scientists now believe there may be 12 quadrillion solar systems
(d) (Quadrillion= 1,000,000,000,000,000)
(e) We should believe that we live in a Christocentric universe
 
Hebrews 9:15
Reading: Hebrews 9:11 -15
 
INTRO: This is part two of a must-do way of living. We must live in harmony with the New Covenant. Last week we looked at prophecy and its fulfilment (Jeremiah 31 and Hebrews 8). We saw that the first covenant was one of LAW while the second one was of GRACE – See John 1:17. Two different ways of living are required to meet demands of each one.
 
Please be impressed again with God’s prediction and completion: Deut.18 and Acts 3:22
 
  1. I) JESUS IS THE MEDIATOR OF A NEW COVENANT
    1. A Mediator Has Certain Identifying Marks:
      1. Always implied is two or more parties who have some controversy.
      2. There is some obstacle that needs reconciliation.
      3. The parties, of themselves, are incapable fixing the problem.
      4. We think of Colossians 1:21, 22.
      5. He must be friends of both parties in order to affect a change.
    2. Moses Was Suitable In All Areas- Deut. 5-“Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I am speaking today in your hearing, that you may learn them and observe them carefully. The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. The LORD did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, with all those of us alive here today”
    3. But Last Week We Learned That There Was a Second Covenant-Jeremiah 31
      1. It too would need a mediator
      2. Hear Moses: Deut. 18:15- “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you,from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.”
      3. Jesus is that mediator. Hear Peter in Acts 3:22
    4. This Topic Receives Lots Of Press In The New Testament Letters
      1. Galatians 3:19,20; I Timothy 2:5
      2. Hebrews makes it central- Hebrews 8:6; 9:15 and 12:24
  2. THIS IS PLAIN BUT IMPORTANT FOR US TO KNOW AND FOLLOW- Heb.9:15-17
    1. (Jesus) Is The Mediator Of A New Covenant-15
      1. “For this reason” sends us backwards
        1. Read vs 6-10
        2. Read vs 11 -14
      2. “Since a death has taken place” Now we go way backward in time.
        1. Every sin ever forgiven came as a result of Jesus on the cross!!!
        2. ILLUST: She Gave A Hand
        3. Here(15) and Heb. 11:39,40. Also Rom. 3:23-26
    2. This New Covenant Became Effective At The Death Of Jesus
      1. The one who made the covenant or testament must die first!-v.16,17
      2. Most of Matthew through John is still under the Old Covenant(some don’t know this!)
      3. When we are dealing with God we must go by book, chapter and verse.
      4. ILLUST: When Our Instructions Are From Man
    3. To Follow The New Covenant Means:
      1. Recognizing the burden of keeping law is gone, while grace and faith have come.
      2. We don’t ask “What would Moses do?” but “What would Jesus do?”
      3. There is no demand now for clothes, times, material sacrifices to consume us.
      4. We remember Jesus in both preaching Him and partaking of the emblems of communion.
      5. The burden is to live a high “Jesus” standard every day, not just on one day a week.
      6. We are ALL responsible for telling the good news of Jesus, in word and deed. G.C.


CONCLUSION: ILLUST: The King’s Ransom

 

ILLUSTRATIONS USED IN THIS LESSON

SHE GAVE A HAND

 In another story that came from the Crusades, Norman Lord Grimbald de Pauncefort was captured by the Saracens. When asked the ransom price for his release the Turkish prince demanded the severed right hand of de Pauncefort's young bride, Eleanor. In a tremendous act of courage and sacrifice, Lady Eleanor complied, and had her left hand amputated and sent to ransom her husband. In a sense, that's what Jesus did for you, but He didn't just give His hand--He gave His life.

THE KING’S RANSOM
In 1193, the English King Richard I, also known as Richard the Lionheart, was returning from leading a Crusade to the Holy Land. As he returned through Europe, Leopold V captured him in Austria. The Holy Roman Emperor demanded a ransom for Richard's release. The price was to be 150,000 marks, equal to three tons of silver. This was an enormous ransom demand. But the people of England so loved their king they submitted to extra taxation, and many nobles donated their fortunes for Richard's release. After many months, the money was raised and King Richard returned to England. That's where we get the expression, "a king's ransom."
But to us, the term "a King's ransom" could better be applied to the tremendous price Jesus, the King of Kings paid for our sins on the cross. This King wasn't being ransomed; He paid the ransom so we can be set free. It is the most expensive ransom in the history of mankind.
 
WHEN OUR INSTRUCTIONS ARE FROM MAN
 
The doubleheader train was bucking a heavy snowstorm as its steam engines pulled it west. A woman with a baby wanted to leave the train at one of the little stations along the route. She repeatedly called, “Don’t forget me!” to the brakeman responsible to call out the stations they approached. Her husband was to meet her.
The train slowed to a stop, and a fellow traveler said, “Here’s your station.” She hopped from the train into the storm. The train moved on again.
Forty-five minutes later, the brakeman came in. “Where’s the woman?”
“She got off at the last stop,” the traveler said.
“Then she got off to her death,” the brakeman responded. “We stopped only because there was something the matter with the engine.”
They called for volunteers to go back and search for the woman and child. When they found her hours later, not far from the track where they stopped, she was covered with ice and snow. The little boy was protected on her breast. She had followed the man’s directions, but they were wrong—dead wrong.
Paul declares Christ is the one Mediator between man and God. Peter emphasizes “there is no other name given under heaven whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
 
I wish to speak about “He is the mediator of a new covenant…” Mediator- Gal 3:19, 20; 1Ti 2:5; Heb 8:6; 9:15; 12:24
Covenant=Diatheke - 33x in 30v - Matt 26:28; Mark 14:24; Luke 1:72; 22:20; Acts 3:25; 7:8; Rom 9:4; 11:27; 1 Cor 11:25; 2 Cor 3:6, 14; Gal 3:15, 17; 4:24; Eph 2:12; Heb 7:22; 8:6, 8, 9, 10; 9:4, 15, 16, 17, 20; 10:16, 29; 12:24; 13:20; Rev 11:19
 
Additional Info: Diatheke was a commonly used in the Greco-Roman world to define a legal transaction in settling an inheritance and would correspond with our modern term of a "final will and testament" which defines how that which belongs to the owner (the one who makes the will) will be divided among the heirs. Obviously a prerequisite of its effective disposal requires the death of the disposer.
 
In reference to the divine covenants, such as the Abrahamic covenant, diatheke is not a covenant in the sense that God came to an agreement with fallen man as if they were signing a contract. To the contrary, when God entered a diatheke with Abraham it involved His declaration of His unconditional promise to make Abraham and his seed the recipients of the covenant blessings.
 
18 For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, 19 and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them. 20 For they could not bear the command, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it will be stoned.” 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, “I am full of fear and trembling.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of [h]angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.
“there is one mediator between God and man the man Christ Jesus”-I Tim. 2:5
15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your [j]countrymen, you shall listen to him. 16 This is according to all that you asked of the Lord your God in Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, let me not see this great fire anymore, or I will die.’ 17 The Lord said to me, ‘They have [k]spoken well. 18 I will raise up a prophet from among their [l]countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. Deut. 18  acts 3:22ff
The doubleheader train was bucking a heavy snowstorm as its steam engines pulled it west. A woman with a baby wanted to leave the train at one of the little stations along the route. She repeatedly called, “Don’t forget me!” to the brakeman responsible to call out the stations they approached. Her husband was to meet her.
The train slowed to a stop, and a fellow traveler said, “Here’s your station.” She hopped from the train into the storm. The train moved on again.
Forty-five minutes later, the brakeman came in. “Where’s the woman?”
“She got off at the last stop,” the traveler said.
“Then she got off to her death,” the brakeman responded. “We stopped only because there was something the matter with the engine.”
They called for volunteers to go back and search for the woman and child. When they found her hours later, not far from the track where they stopped, she was covered with ice and snow. The little boy was protected on her breast. She had followed the man’s directions, but they were wrong— dead wrong.
Paul declares Christ is the one Mediator between man and God. Peter emphasizes “there is no other name given under heaven whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 Hebrews 9:14
Cleaning Out The Files
A certain businessman was notorious for saving almost everything that came across his desk— especially correspondence. Consequently, the files in his office were bulging. One day his secretary asked if she might dispose of all the old, useless material. The man was reluctant, but finally said, “Well, all right, but be sure you make a copy of everything before you throw it away.”
 
That’s the way some Christians handle their sins. They know that Jesus paid the penalty, but somehow they can’t let go of the guilt. It’s as if Christ’s suffering were not enough, and they must contribute some of their own anguish by continually lamenting their failures. They want to keep copies of everything they’ve done. How foolish!
The apostle Paul wanted nothing of this. He accepted as an accomplished fact the removal of all his guilt before God because Christ’s death had marked PAID IN FULL over his account. The memory of earlier days remained vivid, but it didn’t weigh him down.
 Everything that happens to us is retained in that remarkable filing system called “memory.” A wise forgetfulness based on Christ’s atoning sacrifice can keep all guilt feelings from cluttering up our life.
—Dennis J. De Haan
 
The Lord forgives our sins because of Calvary,
And He Himself remembers them no more;
So let us not be burdened with their memory,
But look ahead to all He has in store. —Hess

Guilt is a burden God never intended His children to bear.
 

LESSON:  THE AMAZING BENEFITS OF BIBLE BAPTISM

THESIS: TO EXAMINE WHAT WE GET WHEN SCRIPTURALLY BAPTIZED

READING:  Romans 6:1-7

INTRO: Let’s use this time to find out about and rejoice in the many benefits of being baptized according to the New Testament pattern. First, let me say, this will NOT be dwelling on the negatives of counterfeit baptism. Let’s get out of the way what we are NOT speaking about today.

1)Not identifying infant baptism, not even when a second act, like first communion, takes place

2)Not speaking about immersion in water in order to become married to someone who so insists

3)Not talking about being baptized for those who have died.

 

  1. BAPTISM PLACES US IN CHRIST cf Eph. 1:
    1. Two Sets Of Verses Make It Clear That This Happens Through Baptism
      1. Rom. 6:1-7
      2. Gal. 3:26,27
      3. The preposition “into” points to movement while “in” identifies place of being.
      4. ILLUST:  Making Oatmeal Raisin Muffins(have to put them in the mix)
    2. This Is Where We Find “All Spiritual Blessings.”-Eph. 1:3
      1. Blessings are the things that benefit us or make us feel good
      2. In this case they are “spiritual" speaking of our soul not our body.
      3. ILLUST: Loaded Car= All Physical Blessings
      4. So, all who wish to be “in Christ” and have “all spiritual blessings” must be baptized.
    3. If You Are ‘In Christ’ You Have Been Made New- II Cor. 5:17
  2. AT BAPTISM WE RECEIVE A COMPLETELY CLEAN SLATE
    1. Sin Nailed Jesus To The Cross And Made Pardon Possible!
      1. The Bible word for sin means “to miss the mark.”
      2. All of us do that and the Bible says so- Romans 3:23
      3. Sin breaks both God’s Law and God’s heart! But- “John 3:16”
    2. Sin Condemns Us Totally- Romans 6:23a
      1. Before the cross Jesus forgave sins one way- cf. Mark 2:5
      2. On the cross Jesus begged His Father to forgive those who killed him- Lk. 23:34
      3. After the cross Jesus does it another way. See Acts 2:22-24; 36-38
      4. Hear Ananias speak to Paul- Acts 22:16
    3. Like Seeing “Paid In Full” Marked Across Our Life Sentence!
  3. EACH ONE OF US RECEIVES THE HOLY SPIRIT TO INDWELL US AT BAPTISM
    1. God’s Plan Included Constant And Continual Help
      1. To His followers, Jesus was a Shepherd, Mediator, Helper and more
      2. Making arrangements for life after His departure, He said,
        1. “John 14:15-18”
        2. He would be with them… in the Holy Spirit
    2. Here is His plan for us.
      1. II Tim. 1:14; I Cor. 6:19,20
      2. Acts 2:38; Acts 5:32
    3. If You Have Been Scripturally Baptized, You And God’s Holy Spirit Go Everywhere Together

 

CONCLUSION:  The “Plan of Salvation” is the “Man of Salvation” who left heavenly bliss to join the earthly mess. Then he taught things that were so radically different, many did not receive Him. But some did. To them he gave the blessing of being in His family. Today, you should think carefully about the place of baptism in God’s plan of salvation.

READNG: JEREMIAH 31:31 -33

INTRO: This is the second lesson on things from the Bible that we MUST adhere to. God does not expect us to start our new lives with 100% Bible knowledge and perfect behavior; but there are some things we must get right. REVIEW HERE One of the areas I have witnessed that many are confused about is the TWO COVENANTS. God has made more than two covenants with His people, but these are considered, by Him, as the defining ones. In the Bible we read of the “first covenant” and the “second covenant” as well as the “old covenant” and the “new covenant.” #1 always refers to the agreement God made with Israel and #2 is the agreement God has made with Christians. John the Apostle declares points out one obvious difference in the two: “the law” (1st covenant) came by Moses, grace and truth (2nd covenant) were
realized through Jesus Christ”- John 1:17


IMPORTANT: GOD GAVE BOTH COVENANTS BUT ONE WOULD REPLACE THE OTHER!

  1. LET’S HEAR FROM GOD ON THIS SUBJECT
    1. Jeremiah 31:31 -34
      1. “The days are coming…” This happened in Jesus’ time.
      2. “I will make a new covenant…” This will be new and different.
      3. “With the people of Israel and Judah.”-
        1. “Salvation is from the Jews” (Jesus-John 4:22)
        2. Peter stood up with the apostles and said, “Men of Israel, hear these words…”- Act 2:22 4) “
      4. It will not be like the covenant…with ancestors…” No, it will be in contrast.
      5. “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel…”
        1. “I will put my law in their minds
        2. I will write it on their hearts
        3. I will be their God
        4. They will be my people
        5. No longer… teach their neighbour,.. Know the Lord
        6. They will all know me from the least to the greatest
        7. For I will forgive their wickedness (h) And will remember their sins no more.”
    2. Hebrews 8:7-13. Since The Text Is Exactly Like Jeremiah 31 We Will Only Note:
      1. That the readers are Jewish Christians whose faith is faltering
      2. That the writer is trying to encourage them in their Christianity
      3. That he prefaces his O.T. quotation with: “For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people and said…”
      4. Then he ends it this way: “By calling this covenant ‘new,’ he has made the first one ‘obsolete;’ and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”
    3. Hebrews 10 Has This Again, This Time The Writer Emphasized The Last Phase- complete forgiveness- and adds “And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.”
  2. THE OLD COVENANT WAS DRENCHED IN RITUAL, CLOTHING, TIMES, SACRIFICES:
    1. High Priests Wore Special Clothing, Offered Special Sacrifices at Special Times
      1. There were three festivals all were expected to attend- Exodus 23:14
      2. But more feasts and special events kept the Priests busy.
      3. Even prayers and physical offerings were done facing east. 
      4. “God created the whole world in six days, but he used forty to instruct Moses about the tabernacle. Little over one chapter was needed to describe the structure of the world, but six were used for the tabernacle.”
    2. Almost All Of This Has Vanished Under The New Covenant!
      1. Now, there are no holy places, holy things or holy days. Only holy people
        1. The High Priest was the top person in the country spiritually speaking.
        2. Yet, today, if you are a faithful Christian, Christ is your H.P. and you have privileges
        3. Hear the Hebrews writer: 10:11 -14, 19-26
      2. Sacred Meeting places, Tabernacle and Temple, are now Christians! (even synagogue)
        1. I Cor. 3:16
        2. I Cor. 6:19,20
        3. N.T. Christians met wherever they could. No special structures were sought after
        4. ILLUST: Architect’s advice for this building.
        5. Today, there is no God authorized Clergy/Laity system. What we see God didn’t give!
        6. ILLUST: The Denominational System
        7. No special attire is demanded by God for Christians


CONCLUSION

Doing Everything By The Book

ILLUSTRATIONS USED IN THIS LESSON

ARCHITECT’S ADVICE. Brother Bob Lyles, sought to make us more acceptable to the public by suggesting we have a small protrusion, even if no real steeple.

THE DENOMINATIONAL SYSTEM. You may have come from a church setting that is very unlike this one. There was stained glass, the reverend was dressed in very unique attire, candles burned, maybe incense could be detected, pictures of “Saint somebody” might be noticeable, organ played loud and you felt no need to sing.
Not a word of that came from God’s word!!!

DOING EVERYTHING BY THE BOOK

“WE DO EVERYTHING by the Word of God! The New Testament is our guide for faith and
practice! We live . . . and we die . . . by this Book!” These were the words that thundered forth from the mouth of Pastor Farley as he delivered his Sunday morning sermon. Winchester Spudchecker, a member of Pastor Farley’s church, had heard them dozens of times before. But this time it was different…. (Tell of disagreement the family had before going to worship)

Winchester’s mind continued to race in this direction as he watched Pastor Farley pound the pulpit for emphasis and raise his Bible with his right hand. “We at First Bible New Testament Community Church do everything by this Book! Everything! This is the Word of God, and we cannot stray
from it . . . not even one millimeter!” Suddenly Winchester had another new thought: I don’t remember reading anywhere in the Bible that Christians are supposed to dress up to go to  church. Is that by the Book? This single thought unleashed a torrent of other barbed questions. As scores of frozen pew sitters filled his horizon, Winchester continued to ponder similar new questions. Questions that no Christian is supposed to ask. Questions like: Is sitting in this uncushioned pew, staring at the back of twelve rows of heads for forty-five minutes, doing things by the Book?

Why do we spend so much money to maintain this building when we’re here only twice a week for a few hours? Why is half the congregation barely awake when Pastor Farley preaches?

Why do my kids hate Sunday school? Why do we go through this same predictable, yawninspiring ritual every Sunday morning? Why am I going to church when it bores me to tears and does nothing for me spiritually? Why do I wear this uncomfortable necktie every Sunday morning when all it seems to do is cut off blood circulation to my brain?

Winchester felt unclean and sacrilegious to ask such things. Yet something was happening inside of him that compelled him to doubt his entire church experience. HAVE REALLY BEEN DOING IT BY THE BOOK?

As startling as it may sound, almost everything that is done in our contemporary churches has no basis in the Bible. As pastors preach from their pulpits about being “biblical” and following the “pure Word of God,” their words betray them. The truth is that precious little that is observed today in contemporary Christianity maps to anything found in the first-century church.

  1. JESUS IS TO BE RECEIVED BY FAITH; [To those who believe His name]
    1.  Faith Involves believing In the unseen. John 20:29
      1. Faith can come by reading OF Jesus- John 20:30,31
      2. John promises wonderful things to believers-1:12,13
      3. Eternal life is in the picture- I John 5:13
    2. Believing in the “name of Jesus” places Him with God
      1. So the first thing our ureoared hearts must believe is that Jesus is
        God in the flesh.
      2. He does not simply represent God or teach about God. He is
        Immanuel.
  2. WE ALSO MUST ACCEPT THAT HE IS OUR ONLY SAVIOUR
    1. (This requires real faith in a day of many religions)
    2. He is simply our hero.
    3. So we must prepare ourselves to place Jesus in a category alone.
    4. ‘Jesus’ is the topic of EVERY message of salvation in the N.T
      1. Not only Paul- we preach Christ crucified”
      2. But all others. Esample Philip- Acts 8
  3. WE ARE DUTY BOUND TO BELIEVE HE IS OUR SIN OFFERING
    1. This is O.T. Language for an animal being considered as payment
    2. PPT
    3. This captures the essence of what Jesus really did and what we must believe
  4. WE MUST BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD
    1. To believe in rhe name of Jesus,” is to envision God
    2. To say “son or’ had deeper meaning that meets the eye
      1. Barnabus= son of encouragement
      2. Judas was “son of destruction”
      3. James and John were “sons of thunder’
    3. Saying this got Jesus in the most trouble:
      1. John 5:17,18-
      2. John 10:30,31
    4. So we must believe that Jesus is God with rights, privileges and powers


CONCLUSION:  We must open our hearts and minds to receive Jesus by faith, which is ‘trusting fo the point of commitment, “it we would expect Jesus to dwell with us. Cf. Rev. 2:10.

Now see Heb. 11:6- Since Jesus is God in the flesh, does this not apply?
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