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John 14:12-19

Pastor/ Teacher Roger Redmond

Jesus was urging His disciples to believe He and The Father are one.   And to believe the works that Jesus did were done by the Father Who dwelleth in Him, Joh 14:10  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

I recently listened to a panel of three (3) preacher discussing faith as being a work and they uses this reference.  But this reference does not say faith is a work.  Rather it says to believe that the Father and Jesus were One or believe Jesus on the basis of His works,  14:11  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.

We are to be a vessel through whom He can Work.

He said We could do a greater work

 

It is not that our works are more remarkable than those of Christ or any such work is greater than His.  But by the Holy Spirit, who Christ would send, (John 16:7  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. ) would make the grace of God that brings salvation know to all men.

The greater work is because the Holy Spirit has come into the world.

The Holy Spirit points people to Christ and exalts Christ to man

He is the One who convicts, draws and enlightens

Christ was yet to die on the cross and yet to be resurrected from the dead and the Holy Spirit was yet to be sent into the World "... because I go unto my Father. John 14:12. What happened when Christ went to the Father, John 14:16-18. The Holy Spirit was sent. So the greater works are because of Christ death on the Cross, His Resurrection and the sending of The Holy Spirit into the World. 1 Tim. 4:10. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. 1 Tim. 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. John 16:7  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. John 16:8  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:9  Of sin, because they believe not on me; John 16:10  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; The Holy Spirit is in the world exalting and convicting people. Act 26:27  King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. The Holy Spirit will give birth by the Word of God.

He Came to indwell, empower and Send

His Work is to become our work

Should not take lightly the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

We need to aware of Who is living in us.

 

 

He that believes on Christ stands in Christ stead to be used of God, He that believeth on Christ is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. Should not take this lightly for we have The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit dwelling in us.  When the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us the Father and the Son dwell with us also and we dwell with the Father and the Son.

Where He leads we can follow because of His presences with us, Psalm 46

-God’s Present help is Promised from verse: 1

-LORDs Personal Presence is Promised from verses:4-7 ...The LORD of hosts is with us...

-God’s Powerful Peace from His promise and presence from verses 10:11

...be still and know that I am God

By this union, of being in Him and He in us, we actually stand in Christ stead.  We ask in His name because we are one with Him. 2Co 5:20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

The Power of Praying for the Work

Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name is related to Work,  John 14:12-13

Joh 4:34  Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Joh 4:36  And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. Joh 4:38  I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

Christ came to finish the work of the Father - Christ sent the Holy Spirit to finish the work through us.

It is important to see this Work is our LORD's Work and it is His power that performs the work.  Just as the Father was in Christ, (look back at verse 10 ".....: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.). I believe all that Christ did He did by the same power that is available to us.  That power that is available to us is the Holy Spirit, John 14:17   Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you

Here in this scripture, the prayer request is about the work to be done, John 14:12-13 now go to John 16:13. "What does He hear..." He must hear The Father and The Son.  In essence, He does the bidding of the Father and Son. John 16:14, He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. How did Christ bring glory to the Father? By doing the works of the Father - His obedience to the Father's Will. 14:13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. So we can begin to see the types of players that are guaranteed to be answered.

Just as Jesus did not speak independently of the Father, The Holy Spirit will not speak independently of Christ.  What He hears from the Son He will tell the disciples.

The work is for people to be saved.  The interest of the Father is for people to know Him, to be saved - The very reason Christ came, died, and the Holy Spirit was sent. Titus 2:11   For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, The grace of God hath now been embodied in Jesus, “the brightness of the Father’s glory,” manifested as the “Sun of righteousness,” “the Word made flesh.”

The prayer is made about the work and is heard and the Spirit enacts the Will of the Father here on earth.  What else would the Spirit hear except the bidding of the and Son?  It is important that we are a vessel fit for the Master to use.

We have an obligation to mankind and an obligation to our Saviour.

Once we lived in darkness blinded by unbelief and thereby we know what it is to be lost, without hope unable to find our way.  If we don't go who will? If we do care who will? If we don't suffer for the gospel's sake who will? If we don't bring light to them who sit in darkness who will?  I will! the answer must be I will! Isaiah said, Isa 6:8  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

(Tit_3:2). To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. Tit 3:3  For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. Tit 3:4  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Tit 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Tit 3:6  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; Tit 3:7  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

We are to be used of the LORD, John 14:12. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

We stand in Christ stead to be used of God to take His Gospel to where He sends us.  We have an obligation to our Saviour and to all men to be able to take His message.  According to Titus 2:2-11 all ages are to answer Him.  So many times a question is ignored.  but you can't ignore the word from the Lord, Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Our response requires the measure of our mind and heart.  In the  Widows giving He did not measure the quantity of gift but it was measured by her mind and heart. Mar_12:44  For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. Luk_21:3  And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:

Luk_21:4  For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

"Another Comforter".

“But why did not the Spirit come immediately after the Resurrection?” In order that being greatly desirous of It, they might receive It with great joy. For as long as Christ was with them, they were not in tribulation; but when He departed, being made defenseless and thrown into much fear, they would receive It with much readiness."John Chrysostom. (1889). Homilies of St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, on the Gospel of St. John. In P. Schaff (Ed.), G. T. Stupart (Trans.), Saint Chrysostom: Homilies on the Gospel of St. John and Epistle to the Hebrews (Vol. 14, p. 274). New York: Christian Literature Company.

"Another Comforter" 14:16 It means One just like Him (Christ) Joh 14:16  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; A couple of things in this verse calls for comment. First, what does it mean to ask ‘in Jesus’ name’? It cannot mean to use Jesus’ name to gain access to the Father, for, as the next verse (14) makes clear, prayer in Jesus’ name is addressed not to the Father but to Jesus himself. To ask something of Jesus in Jesus’ name is best understood to mean to ask something for Jesus’ sake (see Additional note: ‘In my name / in his name’, pp. 298–299). What is for Jesus’ sake in this context is made clear in the reason he gave for making this promise: ‘so that the Son may bring glory to the Father’. Asking for Jesus’ sake is asking for things that will enable him to bring glory to the Father.

Second, how is glory brought to God? In this Gospel the things that bring glory to God include (1) the raising of Lazarus (11:4); (2) Jesus’ obedience in going to the cross (12:28; 13:31–32); (3) fruit-bearing in the life of Jesus’ disciples (15:8); (4) Jesus’ completing the work the Father gave him to do on earth (17:4); and (5) Peter’s martyrdom (21:19). All this suggests that what brings glory to the Father is our obedience in carrying out the Father’s will, i.e. playing the part assigned to us in God’s redemptive plan. If this is the case, we can understand better the sort of prayer for which answers are guaranteed. It is certainly not wrong to pray for other things (e.g. our own needs), but the promise of answered prayer attaches primarily to our part in God’s plans. No wonder Jesus taught us to pray, ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done …’ A concrete example of prayer in Jesus’ name is found in Acts 4:29–31, where the early Jerusalem church, threatened by their Jewish leaders, prayed, ‘Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.’ This was a prayer to the Sovereign Lord for Jesus’ sake and was answered forthwith: ‘After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly’ (Acts 4:31).14. This verse makes explicit what was only implicit in 14:13, viz. prayer in Jesus’ name in these verses is prayer directed towards Jesus himself: You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. This repeats the promise made in 14:13. Prayer in Jesus’ name is a prayer for Jesus’ sake, and when Jesus answers the prayer, as he promised, he brings glory to his Father."Kruse, C. G. (2003). John: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 4, pp. 297–298). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

 

 

 
God Delights to be Believed | Print |  E-mail

 

February 26,2017

Pastor/Teacher Roger Redmond

Numbers 27:12-14   And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.

Numbers 20:1-13, Exodus 17:1-7

What exactly took place at Meribah with Moses and why did he fail to obey the LORD. First, let's get a firm understanding of all that happened at Meribah in Kadesh.

Moses was caught up in the diffidence of the Congregation.

In the midst of their testing, they put aside their faith and chose to doubt God's character.  How many times had they experienced the faithfulness of God?  Why do we hesitate to believe God when the way gets tough or dark or when we can't see how it is possible.

The Bible says Moses rebelled against the LORD's commandment to sanctify Him at the waters before their eyes. What Moses did prevent the people from seeing the Character of God.

He intervenes in our Life according to His Purpose

Now God establishes this water from the previous water experience.  You notice the LORD put the place as "in the strife of the congregation" The people were complaining, blaming Moses, finding fault with God.  Saying things like: Why didn't You leave me alone?  Why didn't You provide for me?  You know all the things we say to keep from being obedient to Him.  See Numbers 20:1-12.

The beautiful thing about this story is this, in spite of the false narrative they are putting forth by their unbelief; He was going to meet their need.  But He wanted them to learn a great truth about Him and His provision not only for them but for all of the mankind.

There is the Bible doctrine of Salvation and of daily cleansing taught at these two water experiences.   When unbelief is practiced in our life, we send forth the wrong message about God.

The Love, Grace, and Mercy of God does not depend upon man's Faithfulness

"He never grows weary of ministering to the needs of His people" from C.H. Machkintosh page 393, "Notes on Numbers".  And He wants that to be known!  That is why it is necessary for you to exercise faith in Him before others.

We have no merit on which to demand or expect anything from our Great God and Saviour but yet He loved, He gave, He provided.   Now, look what He said in Numbers 20:13 "This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them." Moses and Aaron did not sanctify Him but He was sanctified.  You may choose not to serve the LORD but that will not change the Purpose of the LORD.  Your unbelief will not alter His Character.  When you choose to practice unbelief it is you that will lose the blessing.  The point is that Moses lost sight of the Faithfulness of God.  In spite of their doings, He provided them water and brought them to the Promised Land.

It is not up to us to find fault with God or to be His counselor.  Moses called them "rebels".  Rom_9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

He gave the Gospel for the World to know Him.

Definition of Sanctify" OT:6942 qadash (kaw-dash'); a primitive root; to be (causatively, make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally): KJV - appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy (-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify (-ied oneself,), wholly.

(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

Moses failed to speak out the Word of The LORD.  He failed to enact God's will.

There was a previous encounter with the Rock and water, Exodus 17:1-7

The strife of the congregation was the people's conflict with the LORD:  They tempted the LORD and chided with Moses and the LORD.  In blaming Moses, they were tempting God, saying He was not among them. (The Antonym for chide is praise)

This second encounter with the Rock and water, Numbers 20: 1-12 takes place many years later.  A different group of people but still the same issue, quarreling with God and blaming Moses.  Moses and Aaron are getting old, their sister Miriam has just died.  Num 20:3 And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!  Num 20:4 And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?  Num 20:5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.

God's Word to Moses

Num 20:6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.  Num 20:7  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  Num 20:8  Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. There was nothing said in this encounter about striking the rock.

The Rock Points to Christ

He was to speak to the Rock this time.   First time Moses was to strike the Rock.  I believe the Rock speaks of Christ 1 Cor: 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. This is a type of Christ smitten for us.  Striking the Rock speaks to His death on the Cross. Heb 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.  Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 9:28. He can only die one time.  Speaking to the Rock goes to our daily fellowship with Christ: our life as one who is saved.  1John 1:9; 2:1. This is one of the lessons taught in John 13:1-10 i.e. 10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet,"

Why did Moses disobey God?

He knew the Gospel, Hebrews 11:24-28.  There seems to be some hesitancy, indecision in obeying God.  If you don't believe God you fail to sanctify Him.  There must be a sense of urgency.   Moses did not assert himself at this time.  He did not speak out the Will of God.  He spoke inadvisably Psa_106:33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.  You can't pass the buck!  Can't play the blame game!  Moses failed to assert his leadership.  He failed to declare the LORD: His Word, His purpose, His grace, His faithfulness.  There was no one to speak for the LORD.  There was no one to present the truth about the LORD.

What lesson do we learn from Moses?

We must exert our leadership.    This requires a sense of urgency for Christ to be served, honored by each of us.

 

  • · His word is to be announced.   It is not about saying His Word with our lips but hearing His Word speaking to us. Eph. 4:20-21
  • · His intentions are to be pronounced.  Every good and perfect gift is from Him. Eph. 3:8-9
  • · His will is to be done on earth as it is in heaven.  It means to know His Will - It is done in heaven!  His Word is His Will! 1 Cor. 2:10
  • · Everything is to be done unto Him, and for Him.  This does require that one would die to self, deny their self, take up their cross and follow Christ, Romans 13:11
  • · The LORD is our life.  He is above all, Col. 1:18

 

We are to be ready always to give the answer for the faith that is in us.  Delayed obedience may be disobedience, Duet 1:39-42.  There was some hesitancy, indecision in obeying God.  If you don't believe God you fail to sanctify Him.  That means His character can't be seen by those who need Him, 2Co 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

You sanctify Him by how you serve Him.  Halfhearted won't get it done.  Others know when your hearts not in it.  Illustration:  A leader and he were never prepared, never on time, always left a question mark about his place before the Lord.  Later he was convicted as a pedophile.

The LORD is looking for someone who is dedicated to Him. For someone who will take a job and do it unto Him.  That is acceptable behavior in the church

 

 
"Life's Greatest Concern" | Print |  E-mail

 

April 2,  2017

Pastor/Teacher Roger Redmond

The most important subject of our life is how this question can be answered:  Have I been saved and am I living for Christ?  This is the one concern of life that matters most. My Dad's favorite song was " I am a Child of the King".  I can hear his voice singing that song!  It is most important to be able to say, " I am a Child of the King"!

Our theme in the month of April is about the Resurrection, a Living Saviour.  Jesus told, the Samaritan Woman,   "Ye worship ye know not what...." John 4:22. You should know who you worship.  We have a Living Saviour.  Jesus said in Revelation 1:18    I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

We have a living hope,  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3

We have the Living Word,  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.    Heb. 4:12

We are a living Body. 1Ti 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

We are living stones, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 1Peter 2:5

The more you value eternal things the more tangible things you do for Christ

If you are a part of His Body,  If you are saved, you should honour Him with tangible acts  done unto Him.  Tangible means: real, solid, touchable, concrete and such.  So the more you value eternal things the more tangible things you do for Christ.  That is why we are told by the Bible to see the things that are eternal, 2Co 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Seeing the Eternal should translate into doing solid things for Christ: definite things.

1.  As much as possible it should be secret - between you and the Lord. The LORD which seeth in secret rewards you openly. Pro_5:21  For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. Mat_6:2  Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Mat_6:5  And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Mat_6:16  Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward

2.  It should involve a sacrifice.  The cost is real.  The bible says we are to count the cost and then make the choice and make the sacrifice.  If there is not a sacrifice, then there is most likely no reward. Luk 18:30  Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting. One of the best illustrations I have ever seen was given by David Johnson.

3.  It should be done unto the LORD, Col 3:22  Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: Col 3:23  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Col 3:24  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Col 3:25  But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

You wonder why verse 25 is put in the context of the previous verses.  If you don't know who you are serving, you will quit when something goes wrong. If you want to be recognized by others you will quit if recognition it is not given.  Also, He is saying you must leave your wrongs received from others in the hands of God. If you want vengeance for all the wrongs done toward you, you will quit.

5.  It is always something you can do.  I have heard this: If I could win the lottery, I would give so and so to the LORD.  It is not giving to the LORD what you don't have but rather giving to Him according as He has given you.   It is never about what I can't do but rather about what I can do.  It is about today!  His name is not: I was or I will be but rather His name is "I AM"

Mat_16:26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

A pastor was sharing this story:  He said, I received a call requesting prayer. (He did not share the details)  But in the story, he said, " I felt so helpless.  Not because the LORD cannot answer prayer but because prayer was not the answer.  He went on to say, the answer is Christ and people must be saved to receive help.   Multitudes of people never come to the point of asking am I in Christ?

The Word of God declares man need of Salvation

John3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 1Pe 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. Being Born again and being saved mean the same, Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Rom 10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Consider the walls of unbelief that Jesus had to tear away from the Samaritan woman before she could believe on Him for eternal life.

Keep in mind the master deceiver is satan, 2Co 4:3-4  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  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.

1.  She was prejudice, 4:9.  She was above being preached too by a Jew.  Keep in mind this is the LORD, the Son of God that is talking with her. Look at all He did before she could receive any spiritual help.

2.  She is spiritually blind, 4:10. Salvation is in Christ and you get in Christ by being born into Him, John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Jesus told her she did not know Him.

3.  She is religious, 4:11-12.  Everybody is religious - some form of religion.  He made her face her religion, 4:13

4.  She thought her religion could satisfy, 4:14-15.

5.  She did not see her need to be forgiven.  (She is a sinner and needs forgiveness), 4:16-18

6.  She thought worship was a place - Jesus explains true worship, 4:19-22.  Worship is about a person.

7.  She thought salvation was by earthly knowledge, 4:23-24.  (Must be born from above)

8.  She did not know that Jesus was the Son of God. 4:25

Illustration:  My Mother.   One morning as I was driving back from Pennsylvania, it was several years ago, Mother called very early in the morning and talked about her experience with the LORD the night before.  She related that now she knew Jesus is the Son of God and her Saviour.  She went on to say, I always knew as a historical fact Jesus was the Son of God; but last night I understood, while reading the bible, He is Son of God my Saviour.  You could feel the excitement in her voice. (There is more to the story but time space does not allow for more at this time)

You cannot help anyone spiritually until they are saved, John3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 1Co_2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The Value of the Words we speak:

Mat_12:37  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned

We are to speak in agreement with God, we are to speak His Words. Proverbs 18:20-21 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Pro 18:21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Our words affect the quality of our life. The fruit of your mouth is your words.  What you sow with your lips you reap.  According to verse 21 you will eat the fruit of your words.  We speak blessing or death every day over our life.   Psa. 107:20  He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. He is saying are you in agreement with life or death.

Between God and man is a great gulf called sin.  He sent His Word, His Son, and healed us.  He bridged the separation between us and Him.  We walk across that bridge by faith, Romans 10:8-10. explains it this way.  It is the belief in your heart that is confessed with your mouth, Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. The tree is your heart and the fruit is your words.

Christ spoke the worlds into existence - He is the Word of God John 1:14. But we don't have creative powers!  It is not that God is to agree with our words - but the point is our words are to agree with His Words.  Our words must agree with  His plan.

Look again at Pro. 18:20 -21  A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Remember,  I said this morning that in Col 3: 25 seemed out of place with the context:   Col 3:22  Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: Col 3:23  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Col 3:24  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Col 3:25  But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

You wonder why verse 25 is put in the context of the previous verses.  If you don't know who you are serving, you will quit when something goes wrong. If you want to be recognized by others you will quit if recognition it is not given.  Also, He is saying you must leave your wrongs received from others in the hands of God. If you want vengeance for all the wrongs done toward you, you will quit.

So you read in Proverbs 18:20  A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Pro 18:21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.  Pro 18:22  Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

He is saying you better speak words of life into your home, to your marriage, and about your wife.

Also, should always speak words faith, the promises of God, words of life about the work left to us, His Body. How can one speak words praise about Christ and at the same time make disparaging remarks against His Body (His people) who are engaged in His Work?  Have you believed on Him for Eternal Life?  Are you engaged in the work He left you to do?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Following Christ is not Automatic" | Print |  E-mail

 

February 8, 2017

Pastor/Teacher Roger Redmond

 

Luke 9:23   And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Luk 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Discipleship is the expected result of being saved (born again); the initial experience of salvation, but it is not forced on us.  There is freedom of choice involved.  The LORD brings pressure to bear through His Word, The Holy Spirit on our spirit, chastisement: Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. "Exercised" means trained by - produced a righteous effect in life.  So important to always walk by faith, to believe God.  You cannot see what God is doing in the midst of trials, tribulations but "afterwards" your obedience to God in the midst of... yields peaceable fruits righteousness. 2 Timothy 2:11-13. Verse 13 points out the danger of unbelief as a saved person. If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

"If we believe not.."  ἀπιστέω apisteō - Thayer Definition: 1) to betray a trust, be unfaithful

"If we believe not" (εἰ ἀπιστοῦμεν). Better, are faithless or untrue to him. Comp. Rom. 3:3. In Pastorals only here.

"Faithful" (πιστὸς). True to his own nature, righteous character, and requirements, according to which he cannot accept as faithful one who has proved untrue to him. To do this would be to deny himself.

Vincent, M. R. (1887). Word studies in the New Testament (Vol. 4, p. 300). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

The Conclusion to what is being taught:  Christ is faithful to His character and will hold the unfaithful accountable in the same manner as He rewards the faithful.  He cannot deny Himself.

The essence of discipleship is certainly to come after, follow Christ.  You cannot be a disciple of Christ and live indifferently. Does this indifferent life have consequences?   Yes! See 1 Cor. 3:9-15, Hebrews 5:11-14 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

The Words of Christ,

If any man will follow Christ, He must deny himself.  This is more than just denying your sins; it involves denying self.  In other words, you cannot be self-centered. Taking up your cross is the utmost in self-denial.  , Luk 9:23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself...."

You lose your life by living for self now.  We can really only keep what we give to Christ.  God has left us with a choice to follow or not to follow.  He does His part we must do our part, Php 2:12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure

Luke 9:23"...will come ...."  That is not future tense but present tense.  He will now deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

"When a man from one of their villages took up a cross and went off with a little band of Roman soldiers, he was on a one-way journey. He would not be back. Taking up the cross meant the utmost in self-denial. This is Luke’s first use of the word cross and it comes with striking effect. Christ’s follower has died to a whole way of life (cf. 14:27"

Morris, L. (1988). Luke: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 3, p. 189). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

If any man will follow Christ, He must take up his cross daily, Romans 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And it is not something you do and gets it out of the way as to never bother with such again.   That is the way most Christians treat discipleship, taking up one's cross is something that must be done daily, "..... I die daily.1 cor. 15:31

Romans 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

If any man will follow Christ, he must count the cost of discipleship, Luke 14:25-33.

You can't give less than your best.  Christ must be in the place of pre- importance, Col. 1:18 ".....that in all things he might have the preeminence."

(‘Discipleship is not periodic volunteer work on one’s own terms and at one’s convenience’, R. J. Karris, cited in Talbert, p. 203).

Morris, L. (1988). Luke: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 3, p. 253). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Serving Christ is not something you do half-heartily or when it is convenient but a way of life that you do every day.

Discipleship is a thoughtful decision made by counting the cost!  Are you willing to pay the price is the question He asks? Luke 14:28-30. The point being made here is you are free to build if you want but it will cost you.  So to save your life at the JSOC you must lose your life now.  However, the choice is yours to make but expect to suffer.  It is not a good testimony to quit to not finishing, to not doing a good job.  To be halfhearted is to fail. To quit is to lose your salt.

The other point made in 14:31-32 you are being invaded by another and you must do something.  The question being can you afford not to meet the demands?  Can you afford not to take up your cross and follow Christ? If you lose your life here you can gain it at the JSOC.

Again, He says, So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Three (3) times from 26-33 we find the Words, ye cannot be my disciples.  "....Cannot be my disciple" condemns half heartedness, faintheartedness, laziness, indifference.  Is this not the same as Paul said in Php 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

"I have suffered the loss (ἐζημιώθην). Rev., better, I suffered; when I embraced Christianity. Lit., was mulcted. See on Matt. 16:26, and cast away, Luke 9:25.

All things (τὰ πάντα). Collectively. All things mentioned in v. 5–7.

Vincent, M. R. (1887). Word studies in the New Testament (Vol. 3, pp. 446–447). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

Paul said it was better to suffer when he embraced Christ than to lose his life at the JSOC.  "...for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord......"  Paul is saying to have this knowledge is greater than having all other things.  It is more than just facts of general knowledge about Christ but rather it is to know Him.  3:10 says That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; Paul is saying there is nothing greater than experiencing this knowledge (which is experiencing Him) in my life.  Therefore, Paul took all things that could elevate itself to rob him of this place with Christ and put it in subjection to Christ.  And he counts it as worthless compared to having this place of closeness he so desired with Christ.

3:7 says, But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. That would be the things listed in verses 5-6.  and then in verse 8, he said, Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss..." This goes to 2 Cor. 5:14   For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: Paul saw something in the love of Christ that allowed him to see Christ in such a way that it motivated him to count all thing but loss that he might suffer for Christ.  That I might be fully consumed by Christ, is what Paul was saying.

He called Christ Jesus his Lord, "...Christ Jesus my Lord..." Knowing Him, Christ Jesus is greater than any other privilege you have ever been given.  It is finer than any advantage you will ever encounter.  There is nothing superior to what you find in the Person of Christ. He is unique in that there is none like Him, nothing to whom you can compare Him; for He is the Son of God/the Son of Man, God clothed in human flesh.

For whose sake I threw away all things, Paul not only counted them but loss he suffered the loss of all things.

" I have suffered the loss of all things - Some translate δι ον τα παντα εζημιωθην, for whom I have thrown away all things - I have made a voluntary choice of Christ, his cross, his poverty, and his reproach; and for these I have freely sacrificed all I had from the world, and all I could expect from it."  Copied from Clarke on e-sword.

In Paul's statements about Christ, you see a warm and direct relationship/fellowship with Christ.  His feeling towards Christ radiates with warmth and faith, 2Ti 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Conclusion:  Have you believed Him for Eternal Life? Do you know Him whom you have believed?  Do you live in the warmth/closeness of that relationship?  Have you given up all things for this knowledge and taken up your cross to follow Him?

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