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June 8, 2020 12:00 am
“For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me” (John 17:8).
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Secondly, after looking at the chosen of God we see the ministry of Jesus.
He said that he had manifested the father's name and old testament times, the people would not even speak the name of God. They held in such reference would not dare to speak his name but Jesus has manifested his name, not just his name. But this implies his character who God is detailed on the previous messages about the various aspects of the character of God revealed in the person of Jesus Christ back his life by what he taught his death we look at some eight verse nine, the Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth.
How excellent is thy name some five verse 11 but let all those that put their trust in the rejoice, let the member shout with joy because now defendants them. Let them also that love thy name be joyful in the way of prophetic reference. We look at Psalm 22 and the 22nd verse, I would clear my name on the my brethren in the midst of the congregation I will praise the this is a messianic reference.
This is a prophecy concerning Jesus Christ was fulfilled when he came I will declare thy name on the my brother in the midst of the congregation I will sing praise Jesus Christ at the appointed time the fullness of time he manifest the perfections of God. He revealed God that these were given to him by the father making God known to them and that he taught them to use the word father. The thought in Old Testament times of an individual being able to call God. His father was on her some Old Testament references to God being the father but it's done in a general way of them being the father of all of this, but no one would ever have thought that I as an individual could approach God and call him my father but Jesus used the name father repeatedly. That's what the passage in John 17 verse one. These works make Jesus and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said father is he speaking to his father in heaven. Verse five and now father, glorify thou me verse 11. Now I'm no more in the world.
These are in the world I come to the only father I'm coming to the five verse 21, that they may all be one, as now father art in me. Verse 24 father. How will that they also thou hast given me, be with me where I am. Verse 25 righteous father that were not knowingly Jesus is regularly speaking to his father in that endearing intimate way.
My father, I don't think Jesus use that terminology. But he taught his disciples to use it in the sermon on the mount Matthew chapter 6 verse nine he says here's how to pray our father which art in heaven how long the nine you give thought about what a great privilege it is to be calling God father we think about God as the create tour the God who spoke the world into existence said, let there be lights in the once white created man and breathed into his the breath of life he became a living soul. Think of God reigns upholding all things, the word of his power, the great expanse of the universe. The stars and the planets all great mighty glorious God is with him to think you as a poor needy unworthy creature are given the privilege of calling upon him and addressing him as father. How we don't thank God for such mercy, not talking to one who is at such a distance and I would have great concern as to whether he would ever hear. We are paying attention to, or if he did he would be so demanding and I hallucinated failures at respondent but when I can call my father. I know he has a vital interest in me. I know that he loves me and nobody cares about me.
I know that he was concerned for my situation at the present that he's interested in my future is my father, our father which art in heaven is your father is ready to hear you. He provides for you will forsake you even when you failed sometimes find your little reluctant to go to the Lord in prayer because you see your own faults your own failings as I don't get used to me to pray. Why would God hear me anyway. I faltered and failed so many times, but we have a beautiful example in what happened with the apostle Peter. Here he wants on this intimate circle not only a part of the apostles intimate group Peter James and John that accompanied him on the Mount of Transfiguration and Peter could only say Lord. Others may forsake you know who is no mistake Jesus loved, we don't look at that with the idea that sin can be excused.
Failures can be defended. C. Peter is actually cursing and saying I don't Jesus, what a beautiful display of love and grace. Jesus said, go tell the disciples and Peter. Be sure to tell him I've come out of the gray, Jesus knew Peter would be overwhelmed with grief because of his sin, even when we have seen so far short and with? He would hear us here. He tells us in first John chapter 1 verse nine if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all problems, what hope Satan is described as the chooser of the breath anyway. Work overtime. In your case, just all kinds of accusations and causing you to remember seeing the distant past on many failures of the present continue get discouraged and ready to despair but here is the promise of our heavenly father you confess your sins and the nurses are writing to you that you said that men seem to have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ the righteous. Yes, what a blessing privilege to be able to: our father and then it says that he gave them the words that the father gave to him now. This is according to a prophetic reference from the Old Testament. Deuteronomy chapter 18 of the 15th verse, the Lord thy God will raise up unto the prophet from the midst of the of my brother Mike on the me on to Kim check you to this, the special profit in days to come.
The motor raised him up from among the people, and as he speaks. You should hear him first 18 I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren unto the end, will put my words in his mouth and he shall speak on the them all that I shall command this is that special, unique, Jesus Christ. Of course, is profit priest and king. He says when that profit comes I will put my words in his mouth, bringing some new doctrines a message of his own is going to come bringing back which is given to him by the father.
Jesus repeatedly made it clear that that's exactly what he was doing. John chapter 7 in the 16th verse Jesus answered them and said, my doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.my.something that I have devised. It's the doctrine of him that sent me. I've come to speak the words were given to me by my he gave them those words in John chapter 12 verse 49 for I have not spoken to myself but the father which sent me. He gave me a commandment which I should say and what I should speak I'm speaking what the father gave me to speak. John 14 verse 10.
Believers found 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 dwells within me. He do languages plain Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of that prophetic reference that there would be the special profit that would arise and he would speak to the very words that were given him the father speak that question then may come to mind what kind of words is you referring to what in fact did Jesus speak look at a couple of ones that I think are tremendously important.
John seven verse 37 in that last day in the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying he lifted up his voice, the people and come on this feast occasion many people together there in the city and he says if any man first, delete and drink good news is the gospel message of any man first met income on the brink you have a desire to come, you come first or you come and drink. John chapter 6 verse 35 Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life he that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believes on me shall never thirst very inviting to come in each of the first are invited to come and drink these the words were given him by the father. These the words that he is speaking. This is the message that he's delivering throughout his ministry. The 14th chapter in the six verse eight says I am the way the truth and the life no man cometh under the father but by me. Hear the words of Jesus. I am the way, not one of many ways I am the way, I am the truth I am the life.
No man can come to the father except by me. That absolutely refutes the thinking that is popular among many today, that is not necessary to go through Jesus. The person disbelieves in the supreme power. They believe in a God that you have free access to the middle have to believe in Jesus. This says there's no other way no other access is only through Jesus Christ.
And then we consider the response of the chosen. They were the chosen of God. They heard the message that Jesus delivered they heard these wonderful words that he spoke with him throughout the years of his ministry that not only heard his public discourses that heard the teaching money call them aside privately and talk to them as a group and talk to them individually. Course the company. All that they saw his miracles is always way of life.
They saw the pattern viewed in him as the perfect Lamb of God, and they it says received his word.
They knew that Jesus came from the father and they knew that the thing was given to Jesus were from the father. The power the ability that he demonstrated in the miracles he performed the effectiveness of the message that he delivered at the conclusion of the journal about the people were astounded because he spoke not as described what spoke as one having authority. All this had been given to him of God the father. Now they obviously did not understand some of the things that Jesus had said that was going to the gospel of John. We looked at a number of those instances where their response was incredible how could they have come to the conclusion that they drew, which was so far off so they didn't have all the answers. I didn't understand everything but what they didn't understand they believe very strongly that were committed to see the example that the six Of the gospel of John 464 Jesus says, but there are some of you that believe not for Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believe not and who should betray him, and he said, therefore set out unto you, that no man can come to me, except it were given to him of my father. From that time many of his disciples went back and walked no more with you that doctrine of God's sovereignty is not popular with multitudes of that in the chart.
One popular with Jesus. The fact that they heard what Jesus said. They turned back to walking more with him. Then Jesus said of the 12. We also go away. Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go thou hast the words of eternal life, but others might go back.
Others might turn away no place to go. You have the words of eternal life wished playing with you and we believe and are sure that thou art back Christ, the son of the living God. Yes, they drew the wrong conclusion.
The time yes they were lacking in their understanding on some issues. Yes, they had their moments when things seem to be terribly weak but they did they receive the words that Jesus spoke and furthermore The words that Those words their obedience was not meritorious. In other words, it wasn't that they sound like one of the very best we can in following and serving Jesus and if we are successful, will eventually be sure that heaven is our home know their obedience was not the cause of the salvation which had been given them, but the evidence that they had. It was the result of true faith. Ephesians chapter 2 verses $0.08-$0.10 for by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not of works lest any man should boast in the languages so explicit it's by grace that you're saying is through faith and faith is the gift of God is not of works, you can't boast in it. In the first 10 for we are fusing workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them genuine faith produces works.
James chapter 2 verse 17 says even sold faith if it had no works, is dead being alone faith is dead faith still faith at all.
Person may say I have faith in James is more than you display the fact that you got faith by your works works are the evidences that you have grace and that you have faith and was displayed in the lives of these disciples who receive the words of Jesus and then Jesus comments about them saying that they obeyed.
They followed him. They continued in these words that they had received acts chapter 6 of the seventh verse and the word of God increase in the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly and a great company of priests were obedient to the faith.
True conversion involves being obedient to the faith that these individuals receive the words of Jesus. They believe them and they obeyed them out as he was not saying that they obeyed perfectly but they believe the basic truth was that he had presented them. They believe he was the son of God, they believe that the works that he performed were done about half of the power that God had bestowed upon him. I don't of churches that felt it necessary to lay down some hard rule's about how much a person would have to understand to become a member of the church on the basis of some of those strict rules, the disciples of Jesus could not of been admitted.
Would you want to be a member of the church and say brother Peter, you might make it someday but right at this point I don't think we receive you think that in spite of all of their stumbling and failures. You'd be delighted to have anyone at 11. There's your church when Philip baptized the unit out the desert. He didn't ask him to give a complete list of all the fundamental doctrines that he understood. He said do you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ said I do the baptized. Let's not put stumbling blocks in the way of the lambs of God require more than what Scriptures themselves require Jesus said these disciples had followed him. I manifested thy name under the man that thou gavest me gave them to me because you chosen them out of the world they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of the I have given under them.
The words which thou gavest me they work left in darkness and ignorance. They were taught he used words and speaking to them, addressing them, instructing them, guiding them and they have known sooner that it came out from the and they have believed that thou didst send. Sometimes question is asked as we talked in the initial part of this message and you can't go through John 17 and Ruth at this high priestly prayer of Jesus without immediately encountering the doctrine of election that God made choice of the people the questions and sometimes asked how could then can I know how then can I know that I'm one of God's elect. We see here that the evidence of salvation as it was in the case of these disciples that you receive and believe the words of Jesus and that you continue in his words, the continuance of the perseverance is not the cause of the salvation but the evidence that you have come to him.
He says I was in the wise cast, how is it with you today you received his words had who embraced his gospel.
Do you believe wanting. He says he that believe is on the son everlasting life. She you you you and see you in spite of the fact the disciples had struggled in many periods times had miserably failed to stand as they should. There was indeed evidence of grace having been bestowed upon Jesus love in spite of their weaknesses, how encouraging to know that his love continues, having loved his own.
He love them on to the in they receive his word. How is with you today.
Have you received the word spoken of cheese are you encouraged your love and mercy promise is he that believe it's on the son hath everlasting life. Hope you will write a letter so that you listen to the program and until next week. At the same time, but the Lord richly bless you all and she is