The Perfect Potter & The Imperfect Clay

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Dr. Allen Mabra. Sunday July 16th, 2017.

The Perfect Potter And The Imperfect ClayThe Perfect Potter And The Imperfect Clay
Isa 29:15Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?”Isa 29:16You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, “You did not make me”? Can the pot say to the potter, “You know nothing”?
Isa 45:5I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me,Isa 45:6so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me. I am the LORD, and there is no other.
Rom 9:20But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ”Rom 9:21Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?
1. Idolatry v2 (even sacrificing their own children – Jer. 19:5)
2. Wealth and materialism v3
3. Self-centeredness v5

 

Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?

 

Jeremiah 18:1-6 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2″Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

5Then the word of the LORD came to me: 6″O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

I. THE POTTER’S PURPOSE. (18:1-3)
Jeremiah 18:1-6 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2″Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel.
The great Divine Potter also has a purpose for the lives He has created.
Jer 1:18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.
Jer 2:11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.

 

God wanted to bless the world through Israel.
a. God worked hard on His people to bring them to the place they worshipped Him properly.
b. God’s presence was with the people of Israel.

 

God wants to bless the world through the church today.
a. God surely has to work hard on His people, the church, today to bring them to a place of proper worship.
b. God’s presence will be with the church when it obeys Him.

 

2Co 4:6For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.2Co 4:7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
2Co 4:8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;2Co 4:9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed 2Co 4:10always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.2Co 4:11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal
1Ti 5:17Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.1Ti 5:18For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”Tools specific to 1Ti 5:191Ti 5:19Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses.
II. THE POTTER’S PROBLEM (18: 4-7)

 

4But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. 5Then the word of the LORD came to me: 6″O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

Jer 18:7 If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed,Jer 18:8 but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned.
Eph 4:16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.Eph 4:17So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.
Eph 4:18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.Eph 4:19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.Eph 4:20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned

Eph 4:21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.Eph 4:22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;Eph 4:23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
III. THE POTTER’S PATIENCE (18: 8-17) especially v.8

 

Jer 18:7If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed,Jer 18:8but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned.Jer 18:9And if I announce that I will plant and build up a certain nation or kingdom,
Jer 18:10 but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless it as I said I would.Jer 18:11 “Therefore, Jeremiah, go and warn all Judah and Jerusalem. Say to them, ‘This is what the LORD says: I am planning disaster for you instead of good. So turn from your evil ways, each of you, and do what is right.’”Jer 18:12 But the people replied, “Don’t waste your breath. We will continue to live as we want to, stubbornly following our own evil desires.”

Jer 18:13So this is what the LORD says: “Has anyone ever heard of such a thing,even among the pagan nations?My virgin daughter Israelhas done something terrible!Jer 18:14Does the snow ever disappear from the mountaintops of Lebanon?Do the cold streams flowing from those distant mountains ever run dry?
But my people are not so reliable, for they have deserted me;they burn incense to worthless idols.They have stumbled off the ancient highwaysand walk in muddy paths.TJer 18:16Therefore, their land will become desolate,a monument to their stupidity.All who pass by will be astonishedand will shake their heads in amazement.

Jer 18:17 I will scatter my people before their enemiesas the east wind scatters dust.And in all their trouble I will turn my back on themand refuse to notice their distress.”Jer 18:18 Then the people said, “Come on, let’s plot a way to stop Jeremiah. We have plenty of priests and wise men and prophets. We don’t need him to teach the word and give us advice and prophecies. Let’s spread rumors about him and ignore what he says.”

A. He did not throw the clay away; he worked with it some more.
1. He crushed it; then began a new work in it.
2. He worked with it again, to make it into something else.
B. God, the Master Potter, does not throw us away; he works us over.
1. He may have to destroy what has been made with us before but He can remake us into a new or better vessel.
2. He does have the patience to work with us until we develop into what He has planed for us.

 

IV. THE POTTER’S PROCLAMATION (19:4-13)

 

A. Defeat by enemies v. 7
B. Death by enemies v.7
C. Plagues v.8
D. Famine v.9
E. Shattering v.10-12
V. THE POTTER’S PERSISTENCE (18:6)

In The World

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Jordan Wilson. Sunday July 9th, 2017.

Text: Daniel 1:1-7
Topic: Identity, God’s Kingdom, & The World

Big Idea of the Message: Though held captive in a foreign, pagan land, Daniel was able to stay committed to God’s purpose for his life because he knew who he really was.
We must know who we are in Christ – citizens of another kingdom – in order to live effectively for God on earth.

Daniel 1:1-7 (NLT)

1 During the third year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 The Lord gave him victory over King Jehoiakim of Judah and permitted him to take some of the sacred objects from the Temple of God. So Nebuchadnezzar took them back to the land of Babylonia and placed them in the treasure-house of his god.

3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief of staff, to bring to the palace some of the young men of Judah’s royal family and other noble families, who had been brought to Babylon as captives.

4 “Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said. “Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon.” 5 The king assigned them a daily ration of food and wine from his own kitchens. They were to be trained for three years, and then they would enter the royal service.

Defining Enemy In This Message: The World, The Flesh (or our thoughts), & The Devil.

#1. The Enemy Wants To Make Us Forget God.

Verse 2b, “So Nebuchadnezzar took them back to the land of Babylonia and placed them in the treasure-house of his god.”

a. The people of Israel were attacked and defeated by their enemies, the Babylonians (v. 1). The enemy army carried off many captives back to the nation of Babylon (v. 2). Among these captives were young Israelite men like Daniel and his friends, who were then surrounded by Babylonians, given a Babylonian education, and trained to serve the Babylonian king (vv. 3-5). Although he remained in Babylon for the rest of his life, Daniel never forsook his God and his faith. He remained a Hebrew despite his location and surrounding pagan culture.

6 Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were four of the young men chosen, all from the tribe of Judah. 7 The chief of staff renamed them with these Babylonian names:

Daniel was called Belteshazzar.
Hananiah was called Shadrach.
Mishael was called Meshach.
Azariah was called Abednego.

 

#2. The Enemy Wants To Brainwash Us Into Believing Lies About Ourselves, God, And Others.

4 “Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said. “Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon.” 5 The king assigned them a daily ration of food and wine from his own kitchens. They were to be trained for three years, and then they would enter the royal service.

a. This was an attempt to raise up only those who were physically free from bodily defects or handicaps – handsome, i.e., a pleasing appearance in the public eye:

V. 4 “Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,”

b. Only people seen as “mentally sharp” or “wise” in their day. V. 4 “Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon.”

c. They started targeting the age group of 14-17. An age group that for the most part had not decided yet what they truly believed.

#3. The Enemy Is Trying To Confuse Our Identity.

6 Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were four of the young men chosen, all from the tribe of Judah. 7 The chief of staff renamed them with these Babylonian names:

Daniel was called Belteshazzar.
Hananiah was called Shadrach.
Mishael was called Meshach.
Azariah was called Abednego.

 

a. The Babylonians gave Daniel and his Israelite friends new Babylonian names that defied the God of Israel by naming pagan false gods, just because they were called something different didn’t diminish who they young men really were.

Their Hebrew names all had significant meanings:
Daniel – God Is My Judge
Hannah – The Lord Shows Grace
Mishael – Who Is Like The Lord?
Azariah – The Lord Helps

Their New Babylonian Names Attempted To Destroy Their Meaning:
Daniel – Belteshazzar – Bel protect his life!
Hananiah – Shadrach – Command of Aku (moon-god)
Mishael – Meshach – Who is what Aku is?
Azariah – Abednigo – Servant of Nebo/Nego

b. Just like Daniel and his friends were transplanted from their nation into a foreign one with different beliefs, people who are born again find themselves belonging to another kingdom – a heavenly country. Ephesians 2:19 “So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.”

Spiritual Body

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Dr. Allen Mabra. Sunday, June 25th, 2017.

Spiritual BodySpiritual Body

1 Cor. 15:45-58
I. How are the dead raised
II. What kind of body will they have?
1Co 15:1Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,1Co 15:2by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.1Co 15:3For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,1Co 15:5and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.1Co 15:6After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
1Co 15:7After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.1Co 15:8Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.

1Co 15:13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.1Co 15:14And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.1Co 15:15Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise.
1Co 15:16For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.1Co 15:17And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!1Co 15:18Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.1Co 15:19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
1Co 15:30And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?1Co 15:31I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.1Co 15:32If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”
Phl 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.Phl 1:22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.Phl 1:23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.Phl 1:24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.
Phl 3:7But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.Phl 3:8Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
Heb 11:9By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;Heb 11:10for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Heb 11:24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,Heb 11:25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,Heb 11:26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
Heb 11:36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. Heb 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted,were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—Heb 11:38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
Apostles
COMPARING BODIES AND SEEDS
35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?”
This of course raised questions such as: can God really reassemble the ashes of those cremated and scattered to the wind or sea and how can God resurrect a body that was partially eaten by animals? Since numerous resurrection theories were common in the Greco-Roman world, it is even possible that his debate partner is none other than the church of Corinth who might have been confused as to which theory was indeed correct, if any!

 

36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.

 

To those who view resurrection as an impossibility, Paul finds the skepticism of such questioning to be from “fools” and without merit. “Fool” echoes Psalms 14:1 with the implication that the skeptics of resurrection have failed to consider the power of God to form a body as He chooses.
Psa 14:1To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
The fool has said in his heart,“There is no God.”They are corrupt,They have done abominable works,There is none who does good.
39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

 

The first analogy focuses on the various kinds of flesh as found in the sixth, fifth and fourth day of creation. Can there be any doubt that the body or flesh of people, animals, birds and fish differ radically from one another in both composition and splendor?
The second analogy that Paul uses is heavenly bodies. As earthly bodies have their own kind of splendor so do heavenly bodies who emit light. Are not the bodies of the sun, moon and various stars different from that of people, animals and plants?
42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

 

To finish answering question number two of the skeptic, “what kind of body will we get upon resurrection?,” Paul uses a series of couplets in antithetical parallelism to accentuate how radically different the resurrected body will be from that of our current ones.
When Paul says “the body that is sown is perishable” he is not only referring to the dead corpse in the ground but also to the qualities of the body prior to death such as perishability, dishonor, weakness and the animated power of the human soul. “Perishability” is a reference to the death of the physical body as a result of the Fall (Genesis 3:19).
Gen 3:19In the sweat of your face you shall eat breadTill you return to the ground,For out of it you were taken;For dust you are,And to dust you shall return.”

Dishonor” for Paul could either mean how poorly the world treats Christians (1 Corinthians 4:10-13) or the dishonor sin has brought to humanity.
Weakness” is most likely a reference to physical or moral shortcomings (2 Corinthians 11:30; 12:5) of our natural bodies. 2Co 12:5Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities.
(2 Corinthians 1:22; 5:5, Ephesians 1:14) the Holy Spirit, will be fully manifested in and through us as it is in Christ Himself! The resurrection body then is to be seen as a “glorious body, just as far surpassing the present body as the beautiful plant surpasses the seed from which it sprang.”

 

SUPERIORITY OF THE SPIRITUAL BODY
45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man
Paul who had personally met Christ who was the first to have received this new resurrected body (1 Corinthians 15:20), testifies that the new body will be powerful, glorious and wholly spiritual. Even though they have a deposit guaranteeing this new life, Paul reminds the church of Corinth that their current earthly bodies count for nothing (John 6:63)
John 6:63“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
VICTORY OVER DEATH
50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
The restoration of the land to an Edenic condition “now finds its ultimate consummation in the resurrection of the dead and the complete renewal of creation that accompanies it.” The resurrection of the dead into new spiritual bodies is necessary for it is the vehicle in which God choses to transform His children back into His likeness so that they might be able to dwell in His kingdom.

 

51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

 

The moment Christ returns with the “voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17) the moment that the mortal with be clothed with immortality and those sown in dishonor and weakness will be clothed in the glory and power of God Almighty!

 

1Th 4:13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.1Th 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.1Th 4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.1Th 4:17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.1Th 4:18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: Death has been swallowed up in victory. 55 Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
APPLICATION
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

 

If the physical body is not transformed from perishable to imperishable, mortal into immortal, weak into powerful, dishonorable into the glory of God; then death still has the victory and building one another up in the faith is futile. Praise be to God labor in His kingdom is never done in vain for His truly is the kingdom, power and glory; forever and ever Amen!

 

Commentaries used:Leon Morris, 1 Corinthians: An Introduction and Commentary, vol. 7, Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1985).C. K. Barrett, The First Epistle to the Corinthians, Black’s New Testament Commentary (London: Continuum, 1968).Roy E. Ciampa and Brian S. Rosner, The First Letter to the Corinthians, The Pillar New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2010).Marion L. Soards, 1 Corinthians, Understanding the Bible Commentary Series (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011).Douglas J. Moo, “The Letters and Revelation,” in NIV Zondervan Study Bible: Built on the Truth of Scripture and Centered on the Gospel Message, ed. D. A. Carson

Independence Day

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Dr. Allen Mabra. Sunday June 2nd, 2017.

Independence Day

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Introduction: IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
… That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.
…We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; …for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
I. The Prescription for Freedom (31)
Jesus offers real freedom to every man. This freedom may be realized by believing in Jesus. What are the elements of belief?
a. Assent to the truth
What do I mean when I say that belief includes an assent to the truth? It means that we agree that God is the source of all truth and we agree with God about the scope of the truth. It is the truth about us, “for all have sinned” and that “the wages of sin is death,” and that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 

b. Acceptance of the truth
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Implicit in the idea of assent or agreement is that when we truly agree with the truth we will also apply the truth.
John 14:21“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
c. Abiding in the truth

 

John 15:3 “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 15:4 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
John 15:6 “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.15:8 “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
John 15:9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 15:10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

Heb 3:14For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,
Parable of the sower
It is not enough to receive God’s truth – we must retain and walk in it. And it is only when we receive the truth, love it, keep it, and walk in it, that we are the genuine disciples of Christ. Adam Clarke’s Commentary

 

II. The Person of Freedom (32a)
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
In the Bible, the Greek word to remember is aletheia. Aletheia literally means to “not forget.” And in the King James Version and many other translations of the Bible, the word aletheia is also translated as “truth.”So truth, in the Bible, literally means to not forget. To know the truth means to remember.

So truth, in the Bible, literally means to not forget. To know the truth means to remember.

 

a. The truth proclaimed
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
b. The truth personified
John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
c. The truth perceived
John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

 

III. The Promise of Freedom (32b)
John 8:32“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
No matter how many freedoms our nation gives us, it can not give us the freedom from the shame and guilt imposed upon us by our sins.
Hazel Felleman wrote a poem about this:”I wish there were some wonderful placeCalled the Land of Beginning AgainWhere all our mistakes, and all our heartachesAnd all our selfish griefsCould be cast like a shabby old coat at the doorAnd never be put on again”
a. From the penalty for sin
There is a place called the land of beginning again and it is the place that Jesus has bought and paid for with His own life’s blood and you can have title to a plot, when you believe on Him. When you do you will be freed from the guilt and shame of your sins, you will no longer be under the penalty of sin but you will have the peace that only Jesus can give. The penalty is “death” but the gift is “life!”
b. From the power of sin
No man is truly free, but he in whose heart the power of sin is destroyed, and who has received the Spirit of adoption, through which he cries, Abba! Father! Adam Clarke’s Commentary of the Bible

 

Rom 6:16Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
Rom 6:17But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.Rom 6:18And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
c. From the presence of sin
Is there ever going to be a time when sin is not going to be a problem, when we will be totally and completely free from all of the consequences of sin? The answer is yes.
But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.Rom 7:18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
Rom 7:19For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.Rom 7:20Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.Rom 7:21I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.
There is not sin in heaven my friend and that means that all those who love Jesus and have already passed on have entered a place where there is no hint, hurt or haunt of sin and they wait and worship for all those who will join them by faith in Jesus.

 

Conclusion: True freedom and independence comes when we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. He is the source of truth. All truth resides in Him. There is no truth besides Him. He is God and if you want to know God you must come to Jesus for “no man comes to the Father but by Him.”

 

Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Max Lucado tells the story about the boy who was shooting rocks with a slingshot. He could never hit his target. One day when he was in his Grandma’s backyard he spied her pet duck. On impulse he took aim and let fly. The stone hit, and the duck was dead.

 

Planting And Harvesting

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Jordan Wilson. Wednesday June 21st, 2017.

Planting And Harvesting

Galatians 6:7-10 “7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.”

#1. Don’t Allow Yourself To Be Misled.

Many times we deceive ourselves by believing what we’re doing is “okay” because “God will always forgive us.”

This is called, “Abusing God’s grace.”

In this passage, it implies that we are mocking God if we continue to act like this.

We allow ourselves to believe that there will not be consequences of our sins, bad behaviors, or negative influences of others over us…

Proverbs 1:10-19

Proverbs 1:10-19
“10 My child, if sinners entice you,
turn your back on them!
11 They may say, “Come and join us.
Let’s hide and kill someone!
Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent!
12 Let’s swallow them alive, like the grave;
let’s swallow them whole, like those who go down to the pit of death.
13 Think of the great things we’ll get!
We’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take.
14 Come, throw in your lot with us;
we’ll all share the loot.”

“15 My child, don’t go along with them!
Stay far away from their paths.
16 They rush to commit evil deeds.
They hurry to commit murder.
17 If a bird sees a trap being set,
it knows to stay away.
18 But these people set an ambush for themselves;
they are trying to get themselves killed.
19 Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money;
it robs them of life.”

Consider Your Ways
Consider Your Friends
Consider The Outcome

#2. We Harvest What We Plant.

This law, like laws of nature is an example that God gives us to show that no matter how hard we try to “out-wit” God, His ways will always come to pass. This is a law we cannot run from. The consequences will be felt, whether good or bad.

Ex. Gravity

“Planting To The Party Life”
Belshazzar – Daniel 5:22-30

Daniel 5:22b-30 “you have not humbled yourself. 23 For you have proudly defied the Lord of heaven and have had these cups from his Temple brought before you. You and your nobles and your wives and concubines have been drinking wine from them while praising gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone—gods that neither see nor hear nor know anything at all. But you have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny!”

“24 So God has sent this hand to write this message.
25 “This is the message that was written: Mene, mene, tekel, and Parsin. 26 This is what these words mean:
Mene means ‘numbered’—God has numbered the days of your reign and has brought it to an end.
27 Tekel means ‘weighed’—you have been weighed on the balances and have not measured up.
28 Parsin means ‘divided’—your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
30 That very night Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, was killed.”

#3. The Flesh Reaps Destruction.

Galatians6:8 “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature.”

Decay, Death, Destruction, & Corruption are all words that can be translated here: in the Greek context of their day, it was often used to describe the decaying of food. Which is what our Christian life will look like after prolonged consumption of the world and the flesh.

Sin ALWAYS corrupts. And when we begin to care less about our sin, it makes our character worse.

#4. The Benefit Of Being Spiritual.
(Doing what the Bible says from the heart)

We will start to live EVERLASTING life here now! When Paul speaks of reaping (harvesting) eternal life, he’s not just talking about heaven in the future. Eternal life is about quality of living now. Which ultimately leads to living with Christ forever!

Galatians 5:22-23 “22 but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

Do we want everlasting life?

Galatians 5:25 “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the spirit.”

“I want God’s word to change my heart and my mind”

#5 Don’t Give Up!

J-Dub’s notes:
Don’t get frustrated and give up! Obey God in every season of life. You may not see the reward yet, but the “law of sowing and reaping” will come to pass.

Let’s spend next week at camp sowing to the spirit. don’t just see it as a fun time away from home eating snacks, staying up late, etc. Also see it as an opportunity to experience Jesus. And let it be a time that you sow to your spiritual life – letting God change your heart next week…. Let’s be in awe of Him… Amen.