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The Word Of God Has Visited Us

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February 3, 2023 1:00 am

The Word Of God Has Visited Us

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February 3, 2023 1:00 am

“Well, I have my own spirituality.” This sentiment doesn’t account for God’s voice and purpose, coming from outside us. In this message, we encounter the Word of God, not only written but also come in the flesh as the Lord Jesus Christ. When Jesus reveals the God who is near, it puts everything else in its proper place.

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The Word of God has been given to believers in two forms. We have the written Word in the Bible, but we also have the Word made flesh, as Jesus reveals to us the Father in Heaven. He was sent by the Father to change the lives of all who come to Him for salvation.

Stay with us. From Chicago, this is The Moody Church Hour, a weekly service of worship and teaching with Pastor Erwin Lutzer. Today, Dr. Lutzer brings the last in a six-part series he's calling Changed by the Word. After our music, we'll turn to John chapter 1 to find out how the Word of God has visited us.

Here now is Dr. Lutzer. We welcome you to The Moody Church today. We're so glad that you have come to worship. We also hope that you've taken out time to quiet your heart in God's presence, that we might be able to worship with one mind, one heart, giving praise to our Lord. At this time, we are going to pray and to give ourselves to the Lord here at The Moody Church.

We are the body of Christ together. Would you join me as we pray? Father, we pray today that we might dedicate ourselves to you. Let us crown Christ Lord in our lives, and we pray that you will get glory as a result of our being together here today.

Thank you for the many who have joined us by way of Internet and perhaps other means of communication. We welcome all who hear for your glory. In Jesus' name, amen. Great Church, here we go. Praise in heaven, ye heavenly host. Great shoulders, sound and holy host.

Amen. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation. O my soul, praise Him for He is my health and salvation. On He who reigns, now to His temple draw near. Join me in glad adoration. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation. Condor anew what the Almighty can do, if with His love He be friendly. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation.

Good in the night when I talk of His praises, He told me, Lord, that He will send some of His people from heaven and earth. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation. Amen. Amen.

Amen. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation. How unfair a foundation He saves on the Lord, in His faith for your faith, in His excellent Word. What more can He say than to you He has sent to you for refuge to Jesus our friend.

The soul that I'm Jesus had Thee for He rose. I will, not Thy will, I deserve to His close. As although I'll never should endeavor to share, I'll never, no matter, I'll never forsake. As although I'll never should endeavor to share, I'll never, no matter, I'll never forsake. Holy words long preserved for our walk in this world.

Maybe He's loud with God so high. Oh, let the ancient words impart. In His name, as we go, in this world, wherever we roam, ancient words will guide us home. Ancient words ever true, changing me and changing you. We have come with open hearts, so let the ancient words impart.

Ancient words ever true, changing me and changing you. We have come with open hearts, so let the ancient words impart. We have come with open hearts, so let the ancient words impart. I invite you to follow along with me in your bulletin as we read together from Hebrews chapter 4.

Please read aloud with me on the bold print. This is God's holy word. The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Since then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God. Let us hold fast to our confession, for we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with us in our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, here I am to say that you're my God. You're altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me. King of all days, oh so highly exalted, glorious in heaven above.

Only you came to the earth you created, all for the sake became poor. Here I am to bow down, here I am to say that you're my God. You're altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me. I'll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross.

I'll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross. Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, here I am to say that you're my God. You're altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me. Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, here I am to say that you're my God. You're altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me. For here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, here I am to say that you're my God. You're altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me.

You may be seated. Light of the world, you stepped down into darkness. Open my eyes, let me receive. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him, nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness did not comprehend it. There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the light. He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light.

There was the true light who, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world came into being through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him, but as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God, even to those who believe on His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified about Him and cried out, saying, This was He of whom I said, He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, because He existed before me, and of His fullness have we all received, and grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth was realized through Jesus Christ.

No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. And this same John, who explains to us the Word becoming flesh at the first coming of Christ, also explains to us the coming again of the Word in power when Christ comes to earth again. He says this in Revelation 19, 11-16, And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! And He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many crowns, and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except He Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, clean and white, were following Him on white horses. Out of His mouth comes a sharp sword, that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron. And He treads the winepress of the fierce wrath of God the Almighty.

And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This is the last in a series of messages entitled, Changed by the Word. We're all hoping and praying that the impact of these messages and our emphasis on being changed by the word will take us all the way to eternity. We're so glad for the many who have been listening to the New Testament or reading the New Testament, for the hundreds of people here who have taken that on as a challenge, and what a transforming challenge it has been. In many respects today is the most important message in this series because we are going to be introduced now, we're going to move from an emphasis on the written word to the personal word, Jesus. Jesus is really the hub and everything that we've been doing are the spokes that feed into that hub and that point toward it. If you ask me what the purpose of this message is, I can tell you very clearly it is to bring you and me into the very presence of God, so that we encounter the Almighty, unchangeable, eternal God.

That's where this message is going. I want you to engage with me as we move through certain texts, because I believe that at the end we'll see the importance of the written word and the word of God made flesh. You know, there are parallels, by the way, between the Bible and Jesus, and we should note those because it really does help us to understand.

It would be wonderful if I had time to preach a whole message just on those parallels. For example, both Jesus and the word were conceived by the Holy Spirit. Jesus, when he took upon himself flesh, he was conceived of the Holy Spirit. The Bible, holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. Both are conceived by the Holy Spirit. Both are both God and man.

This is very helpful. People look at the Bible and they see it as a purely human book. It has certain styles, it has certain human characteristics, and they're right. And other people looked at Jesus and said to themselves, well, you know, Jesus is a mere man. Unfortunately, they use the word mere because he is a man. He's also God, just like the Bible is also human and divine.

Really helps us understand it. And both, of course, are filled with authority. There's no division in the Bible between the words of Jesus. You know, sometimes there are Bibles that have red letter additions, as if to say these words are really authoritative. Jesus spoke them, all words in the Bible, whether red letter or not are authoritative, equally so. And we can't get to Jesus without going through the written word. And both are eternal. Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.

The flower fades, but the word of our God shall stand forever. Well, all that is setting us up for John chapter 1. If you have your Bibles, please turn to it. And if you happen to have a Bible, but you just forgot to bring yours, you could look in the pew in front of you, and I think you'd be pretty close if you were on page 886. 886, that's at least what my Bible says, and I think the Bible that you have there says the same thing. And, of course, it can be found on your cell phone.

So that's another way that you can access it. Now, in the beginning was the word. And it's too interesting for me to go into this in the beginning phrase because I hope to preach an entire message on the eternality of God in the near future. But this is the beginning before any other beginnings. And what it means is that in order for something to exist, something had to exist for all eternity because out of nothing, nothing comes. And that's why it is so rational to believe in God, not the eternality of matter, but God.

More of that in a future message. John uses the word word now. In the beginning was the word.

He's thinking of the Old Testament because in the Old Testament, the word word created by the word of the Lord were the heavens made. In the Old Testament, you have the word causing revelation. The word of God came to Isaiah or Jeremiah and other prophets. You also have the word bringing deliverance.

The scripture says he sent his word and he healed them. Paul says the preaching of the cross, the preaching of the word of the cross. It's not the cross as a word, but rather the message of the cross. So John begins here by saying, in the beginning was the word.

And now notice how he nuances the Trinity. In the beginning was the word. The word was with God. And the word was God. What an amazing text. The more I meditated on that this week, I realized this has to be inspired.

Wish we could go through it phrase by phrase, but we must hurry on. He says, for example, all things verse three were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made. Dr. Don Carson of Trinity Seminary says that eventually when you're witnessing to people, somebody might say, well, you know, that's your religion, but I have my own God.

Maybe I'm into crystals or something else. And because we all are spiritual. At some point, what you need to do is to say, you know, I can't just let this lie because I'm talking about the God who created you and you owe him.

You owe him. And your whole life is based upon his will and his purpose. And it's prudent for us to investigate and to find out how we can connect to this God, which is, of course, what John's prologue is all about and what my message is about today. So he is the creator.

He's also the revealer. In him was life, and the life is the light of men. John is speaking about creation, but he's also speaking about moral light that God reveals. God is light.

In him is no darkness at all. Well, all this sets us up for the verse I really want to get to, and that is verse 14. I believe that verse 14 is the most explosive verse in the whole Bible. John 3.16 is the best known, but this verse is explosive because of Gnosticism. Gnosticism, you remember, is a synthesis between Greek thought and Christianity. And so Gnosticism, being influenced by Plato, believed that all matter was evil. Plato, you remember, believed that the forms of the mind are eternal and perfect. Best example might be mathematics. Two plus two is equal to four.

That's true even if you have a fever. Two plus two is still equal to four. But in addition to that, Plato taught that all matter was evil. And therefore, in the Platonic mind, and God became evil, the Word became flesh. But of course, in the New Testament, it's very clear that not all matter is evil, and the Word in becoming flesh became something it wasn't, without in any way diminishing anything that it's always been. I hope that you are able to grasp that statement because it lies at the heart of the Christian faith. Now, we're going to continue on though. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. That's what your translations say. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

Everybody stop now. Now it's time to grasp this. That what we have here is actually a word that means it tabernacled among us. And what John is doing here is he's alluding now to the Old Testament, and it's the story of Moses that we need to grasp to put all this in context. And then what we're going to see is how Jesus leads us all the way to the Father.

Remember the story? Moses is up on the mountain. Aaron convinces the people to make a golden calf. It's a tragic story.

And they are willing to do that. Moses comes down from the mountain and he's angry. God is angry.

God judges the people. And now it's time for Moses to lead the people one more time and to continue on to the Promised Land. But Moses is uncertain. The nation has been judged by God.

Aaron has been compromised because of his leadership. And Moses says, I don't know if I want to go, and God, you had better go with us. God says, my glory, my Shekinah glory, will no longer go with you. And Moses said, look, if your glory isn't going, I'm not going. Moses was saying it is better to be in a wasteland with the presence of God than to be marching into a Promised Land without the presence of God. And you and I might say it is better to be poor and to have God's blessing and to be able to say that we have God's presence.

It's so much better than to be rich without God's blessing. Moses says, unless you go, I'm not going. God says, OK, I'll go. Moses said, show me your glory. What Moses evidently was asking for is to see the very essence of God. And God said, OK, Moses, you've found favor in my sight.

I'll show you my glory, but my face you can't see. Now, this is very important because in the previous chapter, it talks about the fact that Moses spoke to God face to face. Clearly, what the text means is this, that there's no contradiction. God is saying, you cannot see my essence. You cannot see me as God because it says there in the 33rd chapter, no man can see me and live. Nobody has ever seen God as God, but plenty of manifestations. In the Old Testament, God has shown up in different ways, veiled, and even the light, the Shekinah glory, was a manifestation of God.

It was not the very essence of God, which no man can see. And Moses says, OK, all right, I want to see more of you. And God says, I'll hide you in a rock and then I'll let my glory pass by and you cannot see me directly, but you can catch a glimmer. And Moses was there and he caught that glimmer. And Moses was there in the tabernacle administering sacrifices and everything else later on. And that's the imagery that's behind here.

Now with that background, let's read this now with new eyes. And the word became flesh and tabernacled among us. He becomes the sanctuary and we beheld his glory. What John is doing here is having a replacement motif. What he's doing is he is showing that Jesus now is going to replace the whole Old Testament system.

And that system was set up for this reason. How can men have fellowship with God without God contaminating himself and compromising his holiness? And now Jesus is going to do it and do it completely.

How fortunate we are to live in this era. Now, first of all then, Jesus reveals the presence of God. By the way, Moses said to God, he said, God, how else will we be distinguished among all the other people of the earth if you don't go with us, if it's not your presence? And this is confirmed in the New Testament. How can we as The Moody Church exist without the presence of God?

We can't. Without the presence of God, we might as well become a social club. Without the presence of God, we might as well become the arm of a political movement. Without the presence of God, we can expect nothing eternal to happen here. If God is not with us, we're not distinguished from all the other people of the earth. It is God's presence.

And now notice what the text says. We beheld his glory. The glory came to us in Jesus. Oh, it was veiled.

That's why we sing at Christmas. Veiled in the flesh, the God had seen. And Jesus performed a miracle in John chapter 2, and it says that the people saw the miracle, but the disciples saw the glory. They said Jesus manifested his glory to them. At the resurrection of Lazarus, Jesus Christ glory is seen. At the cross, Jesus Christ glory is seen. In John chapter 12, he says, when I be lifted up, this is the hour in which I'm glorified.

David Bryant, who's going to be with us on Saturday, speaks about the cross in this way. The cross was the definitive display of God's sovereignty, and we might add his glory. Because of it, slaves of the fall are liberated. Because of it, Satan's minions are bound. Because of it, death is destroyed, sin is demolished, judgment is absorbed, and fear is banished. Because of it, all who believe are conquered by grace and transferred into the empire of his son. That's what happened on the cross, and Jesus was thereby glorified. And you know what it says in John 17? I'm not making this up. You should always make sure that whoever preaches here, that he's not making stuff up.

Now, if he is, he ought to tell you that he is. The Bible says this in John 17. Jesus is praying to the Father, and he says, the glory which thou gavest me I've given to them.

And he's talking about the disciples, and he's talking about us. Jesus replaces the glory of the Old Testament, which was localized, that Shekinah glory. And now, because he's in heaven as our high priest, he is giving that glory and sharing that glory, as we shall ultimately understand it, in his blessed presence. There we shall see the glory of God to the extent that human beings can. So Jesus, you'll notice in the text, he replaces the glory of God.

We saw his glory. He also replaces the sacrifices, doesn't he? The Old Testament, there was no end to these sacrifices. The priests had to stand in shifts, eight hours a day, three shifts.

And continually, why? Because there was no permanent sacrifice for sin, and God wanted to illustrate that. The Bible says in the book of Hebrews, Jesus, having offered one sacrifice for all time, sat down on the right hand of God. Why could he sit? Because it was all finished.

It was all completed thanks to his perfect work. And that's why we don't offer sacrifices anymore. We don't come, you know, with our animals to be sacrificed, because Jesus is our sacrifice. Later on in John chapter 2, he's going to say, destroy this temple, and in three days I'll raise it up, and the Jews are saying, hey, look at this big temple that Herod built us.

I'm going to destroy it and raise it up in three days. But then John adds, but he was talking about the temple of his body. He is now the temple.

He is the sacrifice. He also is the place of worship. We now come to him, and we worship in spirit and in truth, no longer having to go to Jerusalem in the temple, no longer having to go to a place of worship, though we thank God for those places of worship, and many of you are in one right now. We thank God for that, but we don't have to go there, so to speak.

Why? Jesus said, from now on, you can worship in spirit and in truth anywhere. As he was speaking to the woman at the well who thought that they had to worship, the Samaritans worshiped in Mount Gerizim, but Jesus said, anywhere, because Jesus Christ has come. So he reveals the presence of God. He also reveals the person of God. You'll notice it says, verse 16, and from his fullness we all received grace upon grace.

The law was given through Moses. Grace and truth comes by Jesus. Oh, how tempted I am to camp there for a while to discuss grace and truth, but the beautiful blend of both. Today in some churches there's so much grace, you'd get the impression that God was never mad at anything, that everything was okay with him.

The balance between grace and truth comes to us in Jesus. And then notice also the very person of God is revealed. No one has ever seen God. As I explained, no one has ever seen the essence of God as God. But the only begotten God or the only begotten Son who is at the Father's side, he has explained him. Jesus explained God. The words of Jesus are the words of God.

The acts of Jesus are the acts of God. Finally, the invisible God. The mysterious invisible God comes to us visibly in Jesus so that Jesus can say, whoever has seen me has seen the Father.

Wow, takes your breath away. Whoever has seen him has seen the Father. And Jesus takes us into God's presence. Now I promised you that this sermon could be transforming.

I hope it is. It is to me and I hope it is also to you as a reminder of what we have in Christ. But what I'd like to do is to nail this down for us so that we understand its implications. And I nail it down first of all by saying that our greatest need is always a fresh vision of God. Maybe you came here and you thought something else was your greatest need.

You thought your greatest need was your crumbling marriage. It was all kinds of other things that may have happened and those may be needs, but your greatest need is always a fresh vision of God, a fresh vision of Jesus. I marvel at Moses. You know, in Exodus 33 when he said, show me thy glory, I read the text and I say, Moses, come on, you've been in the mountain, up in the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights with God and you still don't have enough? I mean, there are people who think they have enough if they go to church once a week and you've been up there with 40 days and 40 nights and Moses said, I still don't have enough. Before I move, I need another revelation of God.

That's always our greatest need. And then the interesting thing is, you know that Moses can't go into the land, you know that story because of his disobedience, but he shows up in the land on the Mount of Transfiguration and what in the world, and it is in the world, some of us are going to be at the Mount of Transfiguration in a couple of weeks. What in the world is he doing? He's getting more of the glory of God.

He just can't get enough. You think that heaven is going to be boring? We're going to begin at the first song in the hymnal, sing our way through, and then when we're done, we re-sing it again. Is that your view of heaven? Some of you are being too quiet here today. Are you listening?

Are you with me? I'll tell you, heaven is going to be getting more of God throughout all eternity. That's what it's going to be. And our biggest need always is to see God in a new way.

Look at the text here. Of His fullness, we have all received, I'm in verse 16, from His fullness, we have all received grace upon grace. Inexhaustible supply of grace for inexhaustible problems. For inexhaustible doubts, for inexhaustible situations. There is Jesus supplying us grace upon grace, and it's all in Him because in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and we are complete in Him.

If only we understood that better. We find that there is grace for every need. There's corresponding grace. Our greatest need always is a fresh revelation of God, a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ, who reveals the Father to us and explains Him to us. Second, it's very important to realize that our need for Christ, let's take this slowly, our need for Christ has to be shown to us by God.

Christianity here is the only religion like this. In order for us to understand the statement I just made, let's back up a little bit. It says in verse 10, He was in the world, the world was made through Him, yet the world didn't know Him. By and large, the world rejected Him.

This is the big world. And He came to His own people, verse 11, the Jews, and they didn't receive Him. But verse 12, to all who did receive Him, who believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God who were born not of blood, nor of the will of flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Let's take that a little bit more slowly. What the text is saying is that though Jesus was rejected for those who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be called the children of God. First of all, why is it that more didn't receive Him? Because they were walking in darkness and got used to the darkness and didn't recognize the light. Tons of people like that today. Walking in darkness, they don't recognize the fact that they are in darkness. They wonder why they're constantly stumbling, why life is empty, but they don't recognize that there is light in Jesus.

But now, here's the point. For those who did receive Him, these people were born, let's take this slowly, not of blood. You're not a Christian because your parents were. You're not a Christian because you have a Christian genealogy. You're not a Christian because you somehow are in a church.

You know, Billy Sunday, who was an evangelist who used to preach here and somebody who was still alive when I became pastor said that he used to jump from that platform to this platform without using the stairs because, you know, Billy Sunday was into baseball and he carried over some of his abilities to the pulpit. And Billy Sunday used to say, putting a car into a garage doesn't make it excuse me. I got it wrong. Can we just back up and we redo it?

All right. Like a man who likes to watch his wedding videos backwards, he loves to see himself back out of the church a free man. I'm sorry, that just happened to come to mind to get me out of my dilemma. Billy Sunday said that to put a wheelbarrow into a garage does not make it a car.

I finally said it correctly. Attending church does not make you a Christian. It's not a blood, it's not by the will of man, and it's not saying, well, I'm going to become a Christian and I'm going to become living the Christian life.

Uh-uh. Now that won't do it. It says you're born not of blood nor of the will of man. You don't have enough willpower to become a Christian.

You don't have enough righteousness to be a Christian. But it says those who are born of God. And that's the uniqueness of the Christian faith, is the fact that God works in our hearts in such a way that we are born of God as is explained later in John chapter three, the story of Nicodemus. I'm asking you today as you're listening to this, by whatever means you're listening to it, have you been born of God?

And if you aren't sure, you probably aren't. Those who are born of God have the deep settled assurance that they personally belong to God and they belong to him forever. And so it is that Jesus Christ brings us to the Father. And finally, only in Christ, only in Christ can we recover all the hope we are meant to have. In Christ alone do we uncover or recover all the hope we were meant to have. We were meant by God to live this life in hope, in hope of eternity, in hope of God's glory, in hope of the fact that the God whom we have come to know is the God with whom we shall forever be. You know, Augustine, that great theologian, apparently said, oh God, your word says, no man can see thee and live. Lord, help me to die that I might behold thy glory. The desire of a soul for God eternally.

Recently in another place, I preached a message which I'm not sure I ever preached here. It was on the stoning of Stephen. And you remember as the stones were flying, Stephen looked into heaven and the first thing the Bible says is he saw the glory of God and Jesus standing in the midst. Listen, if Stephen saw that while he was still alive, while he was feeling the pressure of the stones and the pain. And being stoned must not be a very, very comfortable way to die. But he saw the glory of God and Jesus standing there.

If that was already true before his soul left his body, now imagine what he saw after he died. It is unimaginable in its beauty, in its holiness, and in its fulfillment and satisfaction. I've quoted before the words of Johnny Erickson Tada who has lived about 45 years in a wheelchair. I don't know of anyone whose testimony has so inspired me, so humbled me, convicted me as hers. The joy that she has in the midst of constant pain. But she said this, the reason she looks forward to heaven is not just because she can put her wheelchair somewhere else, park it at the door, or as she humorously says, put it somewhere else really low beneath heaven. It is at that moment, she said, that I'll finally be able to behold God to the extent that we as humans can, without any sin ever coming in between. Only Jesus can do that, and I bring you to him today, wherever you are, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you come to Christ who replaces the Old Testament, the glory of God, the sacrifices, the worship of God, the closer we get to him, the more we please the Father, and then we discover the words of scripture, Christ in you, the hope of glory.

It can't get any better than that, can it? Father, today we say in sincerity, may we be led to Christ. May we be led to the one who reveals the Father full of grace and truth.

No man has seen God at any time, but the only begotten Son in the bosom of the Father, he has explained him. Help us to rush to him for forgiveness, for fellowship, for our own joy that he promised us, and find in him everything we need in this life, and it'll take us to the next, we pray. Before I close this prayer, if you need to talk to God right now, and I would think that many of you do, just talk to him. For some of you, receive the forgiveness that Jesus offers. For some of you, make it a moment of thanksgiving and worship.

For some of you, may it be a sense of commitment, a new commitment beyond your present relationship. Do in our hearts, Father, whatever you desire, we ask in Jesus' name, amen. O breath of God, come fill this place Revive our hearts to know your grace And from our slumber make us wise On today's Moody Church Hour, Pastor Lutzer told us how the Word of God has visited us, the last in a six-part series on our being changed by the Word. We hope you now have a renewed confidence in how the Bible can fundamentally redirect our lives for both time and eternity.

Changed by the Word can be yours on CD. We'll send the entire series as our thank you for your gift of any amount to The Moody Church Hour. Call 1-800-215-5001. Let us know you'd like to support Moody Church's ministry. Call 1-800-215-5001 or you can write to us at Moody Church Media, 1635 North LaSalle Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, 60614. Online, go to moodyoffer.com. That's moodyoffer.com. Join us next time for another Moody Church Hour with Pastor Erwin Lutzer and the Congregation of Historic Moody Church in Chicago. This broadcast is a ministry of The Moody Church. ... ...
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