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The Gospel According to John - Jesus' Extraordinary Grace - Part 1

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August 11, 2021 6:39 am

The Gospel According to John - Jesus' Extraordinary Grace - Part 1

Moments of Hope / David Chadwick

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August 11, 2021 6:39 am

In the Gospel of John we hear about a woman caught in adultery. Was this a real event? How did Jesus respond? In today’s message, David unpacks this powerful section of Scripture. Part 1.

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We have more evidence or scholarship to have us depend upon the absolute reliability of the Bible being the word of God. God in his profession were imperfect human beings to write the perfect word of God's can we trust the Bible. This is moments of hope with Dana Chadwick in the Gospel of John we hear about a woman caught in adultery is a powerful example of grace that is impacting believers through the centuries. So was this a real event today. David continues our in-depth study of the gospel of John in a message called Jesus is extraordinary grace. Why bring you God's word that he was laid on my heart, John the chapter verse 111 a very familiar story. Let me just make a couple a quick announcement. Hope kids. Please note June 22 for rising first through third graders go to moments of a online to register their great chance to get to know some other kids have a great time and hope form.

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What a joy it is to share with you. God's word. I love God's word so much and I believe this book is true.

Jesus said in John 1717. Lord, sanctify them with your truth.

Your word is true. So let me introduce today's message in a different way. I want to talk to you about the reliability of God's word you this book put together in 66 books 39 in what's called the old covenant the Old Testament 27 in what's called the new covenant.

The New Testament was written over a period of about 1500 years by 40 different authors in several different languages on three different continents Africa to Europe and Asia, and amazingly over time. It is seen as the word of God and its unified message is salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord.

If you go from Genesis 11 through the book of Revelation. You'll see the story of Jesus unfolding, and it is truly something that only could have been written by the Holy Spirit. One of the Scriptures strong self attestations is second Timothy chapter 3 verse 16 where it says that all Scripture is inspired by God. All of the Scripture, every verse that's in this book, which by the way is interesting to note that it was in the 1200s that the chapters were added to the Bible and it was in the 1500s that all the verses were added in the Bible in the original autographs, which we don't have the photographer on those first writings by the inspired men who wrote the Scripture again which we don't have. There were no chapter in verses they were added in the 1200s. The chapters in the 1500s. The verses to help us be able to find different Scripture passages, and thus the Bible is given to us as we know it today on these men specially chosen by God were the authors of the Bible, starting with Moses in the first five books of the Bible than other authors as well and what we believe as Christians is that this book is divinely inspired, that it's a bit of a miracle that the Holy Spirit would come upon human authors, and even in their sinfulness. Give them the necessary insights they needed in order to pin the exact words of God. Now again, if we had the original autographs. The first versions of every authors hearing from the Holy Spirit and writing down what they needed to write down we would have the exact immutable word of God. But we don't have that what has happened through the centuries. Is there would be scribes and editors who would write down what the previous person had written down all the way back to the original author himself, and you can well imagine how without electric light bulbs but only by candlelight.

These scribes had the painstakingly copy every single word from the previous text because the text written on papyri they would. After some period of time start to crumble into dust and they had write down the next words on the next papyri in order to preserve the Scriptures from generation to generation. That was very important for the Jewish people, especially in as these words were written down. You can imagine that there were times that there would be scribal errors where somebody would mistakingly do mispronunciation or not have punctuation marks exact correct.

I mean we all are fallen.

We don't every way. Write down exactly what were copy but whenever it was discovered by an editor of scribal errors that whole piece of paper that whole papyri would be destroyed, crumpled up, burned up and they'd start all over you can imagine, for example, writing the book of Isaiah in your at the 66th chapter, and you make a mistake in the editor comes in and sees the mistake he crumbles it up, throws it away.

And you gotta start all over again. Will this would happen.

But even with that painstaking oversight of written documents, there would still be errors that would happen from one generation to another. So with the New Testament Greek manuscripts. For example, we have around 5800 of them and they have been written over several centuries and they have been passed down through the generations, and you would have a scribal error that might occur and then the next scribe would then copy down that scribal error and you would then have what's commonly held by some critics of the Bible. Today you have 25,000 in accuracies and errors in your manuscript. Well, if you have 5800 different manuscripts and you have those errors copy down and all those manuscripts you can see it doesn't take long to get the 25,000 errors will you need to know is that in those errors, there is nothing, absolutely nothing that affects any doctrinal statement or sound biblical commitment that we Christians hold dear. In fact, scholars have gotten together and said if you had 100 manuscripts that 99 of them would be exactly the same you would have one that would have some of those differences in the scribal errors, but 99 would be the same LME ask you something I would never recommend you do this, but if you went to Las Vegas as a betting person and I don't ever think that's a good idea because I think God wants us to work for our money, not gamble for money but nevertheless you were guaranteed a 99% success on anything that you bet on you take those odd. I certainly would.

99/100 manuscripts would be exactly as God intended. So we have all of these different just in the Greek manuscripts alone, 5800, and many others in other manuscripts and here's what's so fascinating. For those who are severe critics of the Bible. If you did a comparative study of the reliability of the biblical manuscripts and looking at all the different errors and sing with her mostly in punctuation or in word or something that changes nothing of the doctrinal intent whatsoever and and you look at that and you then look at other pieces of literature of, for example, in Homer's Iliad. There was a 400 year distance between when he wrote that, and when we have the next possible manuscript 400 years of difference are you have. For example, Julius Caesar in his writings. You have a 950 year difference between when Caesar actually wrote it down and we have the first manuscript that shows us what he wrote down you have this and other polar trees that we have in our existence. And here's my point.

With the New Testament. You can place these manuscripts in such exactness within 40 years of the actual life death and resurrection of Jesus and then compare that to 400 years with the Elliott 950 years with Caesar and other 400 years parentheses between writers and what we actually have is manuscripts. If you took the same kind of attitude that some critics have toward the Bible and sale we just can't trust it because the manuscript evidence and the errors that are there in and you use that same kind of discipline in poetry and literature and history. You would have to eliminate practically every poetry and literature and history department at every major university in America today. The point being that we have more evidence and more scholarship to have us depend upon the absolute reliability of the Bible being the word of God that the Holy Spirit works through human authors somewhat miraculously, but God did that. I mean what's more miraculous than Jesus being perfectly divine and perfectly human. At the same time, God in his perfection work through imperfect human beings to write the perfect inherent, infallible word of God. So one of the reasons I deeply believe in this book is because of the historical accuracy, but the academic disciplines that it can be placed under and also the fact that again over 1500 years, with 40 authors on three different condos with many different writers, all those kind of things we come up with one unified theme about Jesus Christ coming into the world to save us from our sins and giving us the gift of eternal life. Now why did I go through that very brief historical overview of the Bible. It's because of John VIII chapter, verses one through 11.

For those of you who have your Bibles and I encourage you to open your Bibles.

Anytime I preach.

Please bring them when I preach in public we come back together.

I'm not sure exactly where that's going to be on June 13 will let you know as soon as we know, but if you have your Bibles with you, you can make note you can remember what I said and it's so important to study God's word if this word is true. As Jesus said in John 17 verse 17 so as you open your Bibles you're going to see a little parenthesis at the top that might say something like mine says the earliest manuscripts do not include 753 through eight, 11, they don't include what we read last week when it says after Jesus cried out out of your innermost beings. I'll give you streams of living water, and there was debate about him in the vision about him and everybody went home. That's verse 53 that's not in the earliest manuscripts, nor is John eight verses one through 11, so I just find the Bible fascinating.

The cost the scholars who use this book are trying to tell us the accuracy of the information that they have other holy books have things hidden from us.

We can get to them because the scholars will receive them well.

Let us at them as a people ask me all the time which Bible should I read and you have biblical interpretations and translations that are word for word on those are the ESV that's this one. The English standard version.

I teasingly called the extra spiritual version is the one I use and I love the most, because the scholars portal the many who have put this book together. I did so trying to give an exact interpretation of the words in the Greek of the Hebrew were there. Make into our English language so the ESV does that the NASB does that the new King James version. Does that the King James version benefit that was written so much old English I don't quite think it's as good in a literal word for word translation.

The second kind of translations you have out there are ones that look at the different divisions of the Bible like poetry and the wisdom literature of the Psalms were worship songs written in poetry and acrostic spy the Jews and so when you interpret them you need to try to understand the poetry the day and other factors. While there are different versions and try to look at the context of all of the different stories and try to give you a helpful insight into what may have happened.

It's not an exact word for words kind of an idea to idea and it would be like the NIV, the new international version and the new English Bible that would fall into those particular styles that the third style is the paraphrase and that is mostly a lot of times individuals who are giving a paraphrase of the text to try to make the understanding just understandable that they're trying to take the big ideas and make them certainly understand we have like the living Bible with Ken Taylor, you have the message with Eugene Peterson and those are fine to read. You need to read them. Alongside ESV in the world for Lord ones because they can help you understand what they're trying to say that indeed there's a text you don't completely understand, but you don't believe in them as much as you do like the ESV were multiple scholars are get together to decide it because there are individuals trying to give you that particular interpretation. So again, that's the living Bible of the message. The amplified version. Those are more paraphrases that are helpful, but they're not translation. So again, I use the ESV and in every major Bible that is trying to help you understand the scholars plural try to give you an imperfect interpretation of the text are always honest.

So here they're saying to you as we begin. John eight verse one that in the earliest manuscripts of those 5800 Greek manuscripts that we have in the earliest ones that get close to Jesus life, death and resurrection euros and 4050 60 or hundred years.

This is an in those earliest manuscripts and, in fact, the early church fathers did not include this story.

So the question is will. How did the story get in our Bibles to reasons of first of all, August, and said the reason that a lot of people early on took the story out the gospel context and is not in earliest manuscripts is because it's a story about adultery and if they left it in the church thought you would be giving licentious permission for people to be promiscuous, and so August and concluded that John eight verses one through 11, was taken out in the early church.

Because of that fear of people doing adultery and living lives of sexual promiscuity and then Jerome then comes in and says you know he's another translator of the Bible in the Latin and he comes along and says you know what this story is not doctrinally unsound. There's nothing in it that is refuted any other place in Jesus life and teachings and it's so much like him. I think it should be included.

So in the fifth century.

The story started to get included but it's not in the earliest manuscripts but it's so much like Jesus. And it's a love story that many of us know.

For those of us who feel condemned by the enemy.

For those of us who feel like were under the pressure of accusations, always feeling like were not living up we failed verse centers and all those kind of feelings that come upon us.

This story is for us.

I want to give you a message today that is rooted in Romans 81 were Paul said there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. No condemnation for those of us who are in Jesus Christ and I am in Christ and he is in me out of our innermost being.

Flow streams of living water for those of us who know Jesus intimately, personally, we should never ever feel accusation or condemnation. Let's look at the story.

Everybody went to their own house. But Jesus went to the Mount of olives after last week's message on to John seven people went home to their own houses.

But Jesus went up to the Mount of olives and Jesus have a hold. The Bible says that Jesus had the whole, the foxes have places and birds have nests, but Jesus had no place to lay his head so he went to the Mount of olives in Maryland.

I have been their guts out when they moments of church can take a group over to Israel. You'll see the Mount of olives there where Jesus spent the night in this particular occasion, probably resting his head against an olive tree and getting a nights sleep so early in the morning the next morning he came again to the temple.

Remember the day before he been in the temple in the feast of the Buddhist teaching people about how living water can flow from their souls.

All the people came to him.

Dear friends, if you remember John 71 you see that the Pharisees, the religious leaders. The J Jews were plotting to kill Jesus. Why later on will see that one of the major reasons they wanted Jesus dead was in the jealousy difference would you let the Holy Spirit go deep in your heart and see if there's anything in the jealousy it needs to be a blessing to moments of hope dated something turning up. Dana joins me in the studio conversation about this morning even though send living right. This is the ministry minute, focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community. I Mark McManus and with me today is Bart Noonan with West Boulevard ministry bar. Tell us about West Boulevard ministry of taken versus up to speak about was for ministry is more important about Jesus Christ was Boulevard ministry serves the spiritual physical news. The families of communes with the was Boulevard, to the glory of Jesus Christ. Whether were doing neighborhood outreach cookouts galleries will bring people outside of their apartments their homes into fellowship with one another forward doing Bible study bingo the first Wednesday of every month Little Rock apartments and we gather anywhere from 50 to 70 children that we share the gospel with play bingo after a Bible study portion of the night and couple weeks ago. The young man who walked without close to three years came in if he forgot something. Like a lot of young kids do. He forgot some in the space came back in and the praying out myself and all the other volunteers for the gospel ministry to gather there for the night and let us all in prayer close valve fishermen particular church every every Sunday for the past year and 1/2 and and that's what it's all about us, about providing opportunity for Jesus Christ working side someone's heart. Encourage the Mormon that sounds great no bar. If any of our listeners want to get in contact with you how they do that the best way to do is either myself and parked at West Bard ministry.board boarding call me strengthen myself and it always is some sort of doctor.

The phones always on.

That's not a 029890270 encourage folks to also get our website which is West Boulevard and there you can see some of her photo galleries and system of logs, a lot of things we do throughout the was Boulevard, to the glory Jesus Christ. It is great having you with us today. Thank you very much James Easton listening today. Joining me in the CL is our pastor dated side lactated. Thank you so much for being with us today. Thank you, Jen. It's great being with you as well dated you are in the middle of processing and grieving the passing of your brother Howard and you really have some powerful insights to share with us today will I thought it would be helpful maybe for me alone, and also for our listeners to let me process my grief right now, for he was my five year older brother loved him dearly. My idol growing an incredible person, a booming baritone voice that earned him a voice scholarship to college, so he had so many gifts and he would call me regularly and encourage me. So it's been hard to process how quickly he went got a call about a week ago after you been in the hospital for a week with Kovic that he passed away had kidney failure and I just miss him so much. I'm trying to figure out all the feelings and emotions I'm going through right now, but something hit me when I got the phone call from his wife Ramona that he had passed away that he passed away on a Friday at 4:17 PM now that doesn't seem unusual to any listener I know, but he was born on April 17. Back in 1944 and that's 417. Wow his birth and he died at 4:17 PM now and it hit me. Jen that that's like a bookends on his life and he reminded me of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verses one and two for everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.

A time to be born and a time to die.

God is sovereign God oversees his world. When Howard passed away. God wasn't in heaven going although Howard passed away. She noted he was very aware that Howard had a time to be born and a time to die.

And when you think of 417 you think God surely knew the absolute time when it was appropriate for Howard to die.

And as I thought about Lord why is only 77. He was overseeing a really dynamic ministry in Daytona Beach Florida why I'm reminded of Isaiah 57 one where it says sometimes God takes the righteous to spare them from evil and I've always read that verse when giving comfort to other people, but suddenly good comfort to me that it could well be with Howard's diabetes and the other physical conditions that he had with Covidien could have had a stroke or been paralyzed or something that would've been far worse than him dying and going to be with Jesus out so he is well right now he has a pure perfect healthy body in heaven and he is whole in every possible way he doesn't have to worry about diabetes or covert or anything else.

He is alive.

Howard, Kenneth Chadwick, the second has never been more alive than he is right now. John 1125 and Jesus said I am the resurrection and the life ever believes the me, though he dies lives.

That's my brother Howard right now so I just pause and realize God is sovereign over everything. He knows the ins and outs of every part of our lives.

No dark corner of our lives isn't seen by him. He shines light into it gives us hope and that gave me comfort as I realized the total absolute sovereignty of God in his oversight of my brothers life and death. This is an amazing God has such mysterious ways that are just beyond ice and I love this. I love the connection at 417 and you know you Santa and friends if your daughter Bethany and she said it. He is now in an amazing booming voices in your cloud and the heavenly choir just got a lot better with my brother graduation and I have and he has an incredible voice, a lot of my dad's voice was a lot like Howard's that heavenly baritone section is unmatched. I learned that this is so wonderful.

Thank you so much for sharing that. That's today. Thank you Jen and all, if you'd like to get these daily written moments of hope from me this week's about Howard and my love for him. Please go to moments of hope,, you can subscribe there free of charge will arrive in your inbox every morning at 7 AM to give you a daily moment of hope and moments of hope with David Southbank, senior pastor of moments of hope charts, we would love to have you join us for worship this Sunday morning weenie prodding state school located at 5800 Sardis Rd. in South Charlotte 10 AM. You can find more information on our website known as again.

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