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Oct 22, 2017
Hear Him - See Him
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"Hear Him - See Him"

Heb_12:14 -15, Mark 9: 1-10,

Matthew 17:1-8, Luke 9:28-36.

October 22, 2017

Pastor Roger Redmond

Most preaching and teaching about holiness is that you achieve it by self effort.  The teaching says, it is achieved by looking to yourself and putting away sin by your will power.  Even some teach that you keep yourself saved by not sinning, in keeping the law. And this is a verse used to support this teaching.  "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Hebrews 12:14. And it will be pointed out that this verse says, "...without which no man shall see the Lord." But if you read that verse slowly taking in the words of God you will notice that this thought does not end with verse 14.  There is no period but a colon.  Therefore you must read verse 15 to get the complete thought.

"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;  Hebrews 12:14-15. To futher grasp the truth let us go to Galatians 3:1-5.  Why had they not continued with Christ was the question being asked.  If Christ is the source of your salvation, then He must also be the source from whom you conduct your life. Gal. 3:3, Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Col_2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

Holiness is grace based and not works based.  It is achieved through our understanding of Christ, 1 Cor. 1:30. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: Eph_1:18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

1.  Christ fulfilled the Law and the Prophets, Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Act_10:43  To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

"Transfigured" Christ was seen as He would be after His resurrection.  He was changed before their eyes.

A.  The first thing to mark down is this:  God, the Father said, "Hear Him".  Peter had said, Mar 9:5  And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. Moses and Elijah.  Moses represents the law - Elijah represent the prophets: Christ is the end of the law and fulfilled all the Prophets.

We are not to look to the law; we are to look to Christ.  Nor are we to adhere to another prophecy; Christ fulfilled all the prophecies.  We are not to receive another gospel because there s not another.

Why did Christ take, these three men: Peter, James and John?

  1. Peter: (Greek: Petros meaning ‘Rock’) – Peter was one of the most prominent of the 12 disciples. He was a natural spokesperson and also the leader of the early Christian church. His original Hebrew name was Simon, a common popular Hebrew name. Jesus gave him a name ‘Kephas‘, an Aramaic name. John translated into it Greek ‘Petros‘ meaning Rock. (John 1:42 – “you will be called Cephas.”) Peter was a native of Bethsaida (John 1:44), was the brother of Andrew, lived in a fishing town- Capernaum. (Mark 1:29) He was a fisherman by occupation on the Sea of Galilee. He was a married man. (Mark 1:30, 1 Cor 9:5)
  2. John:(Meaning – God is gracious) John was originally the disciple of John the Baptist(John 1:35), and  was introduced to Jesus in John 1:35-39. He was the brother of James and the son of Zebedee. He lived in Capernaum in Galilee, but most probably a native of Bethsaida. He was a fisherman on the Sea of Galilee along with his brother and father. (Mark 1:19-20). He was one of the three disciples, closest to Jesus, the others being Peter and James.
  3. James:(Greek Iakobos– the English word for Jacob meaning Israel or he who supplants his Brother). James was the son of Zebedee (Mark 4:21), the older brother of John (Mat 17:1), by occupation a fisherman along with his brother and father at the Sea of Galilee, in partnership with Peter and Andrew. (Luke 5:10). He was the first disciple (apostle) to be martyred. (Acts 12:2).  from:  http://bibleseo.com/gospels/jesus-disciples-names-meaning-occupation

Peter means stone, Joh 1:42  And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone. Christ builds His church with "Living stones": people who trust /believe on Christ (The chief corner stone) for salvation.  What did Peter say?  Mat 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

James was so devoted to Christ that he died for the testimony of Christ. Acts 12:2

John was close to Jesus.  He was the disciple Jesus loved, John 21:20, Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?

It is Christ we are to hear!  The Father said, "...Hear Him".

B.  The second thing to mark down is this, Mar 9:8  And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves. They saw only Jesus. You better get your eyes on Jesus!

2.  The Gospel is about the Person of Christ. The gospel, the good news, the message of how God saved you is not about a philosophy, or idea or any man made religion; it is the Person of Christ.  Any form, of the doctrine of salvation other than the Gospel of Christ (death, burial, resurrection),in this age of Grace is man - made.  Christ is the Son of God promised before the world began, Titus 1:2.

There is no other way of Salvation promised, Acts 4:12. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Col 2:7  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

"Rooted" is in the past tense referring to your conversion experience - the time when you were saved.  "built up in him," is in the present and means you are continuing in Him. And that confirms you, gives you confidence in Christ.

So how can you taste of the grace of God in salvation and then seek to please God by the works of the flesh or the law?  That is not what you heard in the preaching of the truth of the gospel.

"...as ye have been taught..."  So how are you taught?

  • · You are taught by the hearing of the Gospel.  Somebody must preach the gospel.  Ephesians 1:12-13,  i.e. 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
  • · You are taught by the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit convicts you, draws you, makes known to you your need of salvation, Christ.  John 16:8-9 i.e. Joh 16:9  Of sin, because they believe not on me; He convicts you that you lost have not believe on Christ to be saved
  • · You are taught by your own desire to be saved.  1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

3.  He is the Power that lives within us, Col. 2:11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:  Eph 3:20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

He is speaking of spiritual circumcision which is the work done internally by the Holy Spirit.  for what purpose you ask?  In getting rid of the sins of the flesh.  Therefore sin/sins are done away by the circumcision of Christ or the death of Christ on the Cross.   In His body he took our sins and gave us His righteousness.  A circumcision made by the law is done by the hands of man.  A believer in Christ as their Saviour has already been circumcised in Christ.

"Made without hands" is the New birth done by the Spirit of God  and the circumcision continues by the Spirit of God through the Word of God in you putting off the sins of the flesh.  It could be called Spiritual Surgery.

My question to all of us? Do you hear Him? Do you see Him? Has the Holy Spirit performed spiritual work in you? Eph 2:1  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Eph 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Do you hear Him and do you see Him, of course I am not speaking of natural hearing or seeing but the spiritual battle that wars within us.  I would surrender to the Holy Spirit and believe on Christ through His Word.

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