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November 16, 2021 7:00 am
Johnson, Dr. Tony Evans is Jesus didn't just come to visitors came to live in an action on celebrating this is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans mother speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship Dallas, Texas, president of the urban alternative. It can be dangerous. Walking around in the dark because of all the hazards that wouldn't be hazards if you could only see where you're going with Dr. Evan says the same is true spiritually and today will tell us how to shine some heavenly light on the subject. Let's join one of the hoaxes perpetrated in our day and our hero and progressively over the last couple of centuries is the hoax of evolution. Evolution is not merely about how things got started. Although it is that but it's about the implications of that worldview. Today we want to look at the name of Jesus who is called the word in Revelation chapter 19 verse 13 it says in Jesus's name shall be called the word of God that concept of Jesus being the word is given to us in more detail in the first chapter of the book of John. In the beginning was the word of the word was with God and the Word was God. The Greek word for the word word is that is a very important word tied to my introduction.
You see, that was a very powerful word in the day that Jesus was living. So when John writes his epistle, he takes the word God uses it with a number meaning he takes the word that they already knew that was already understood to be this powerful force that was behind everything in creation and he injects it, which and when it does, he repeats the low cost number of times in this passage 1 the word was the beginning.
Whatever the word is it was at the start of things not only was it in the beginning but end up. It was in the beginning as a once not as a means so were preceded the beginning. So what the word is preceding when things got created so that is the preexistence of the word.
The second thing we are told is that the word was with God. The word not only preexisted it coexisted that word with means face-to-face, so what this word is it was in high communication with God. It was face-to-face with God. They looked into each other's eyes so to speak, they stared at each other. So the word was prior to the beginning. The word was in communion, coexisting with God back in the beginning, and prior to it that were told that the word was God. So what the word is it was preexistence coexisting and self existent because God is the only person who does not need anything out of himself to be himself. Nothing else in creation can be what it is without depending on some and so he says the word is self existent that is self-contained. He says all things came into being through him. Verse three and apart from him nothing came into being that has come into being the word whoever the word is because word is, is responsible for creation.
Let's get this straight wrap up the world is responsible for creation because nothing came into being, that did not come into being through the word. At this point solution has been canceled because pollution is dependent upon personal forces at work, not a person but forces creation is tied to ID not creation is tied to a person, not some scientific principle. Nothing has come into being. That was not brought into being by the word that was in the beginning with God that wants… He so when your children are you, whether in elementary school or junior high or high college are taught the evolutionary theory as an evolutionary fact that they give false religion because they been called to a belief system of an impersonal force that is responsible for all creation.
It is not only on biblical it is in logical so I would challenge anybody to go home and empty your garage of everything just take everything out of your garage was an empty space and weight as many years as necessary for Rolls-Royce to drive up and you can wait for Apple but you not get something poorly coming into empty space, but evolution would have you believe that that is how the world expanded all mirrored reviews Understand why they want you to believe that they want you to believe that because then you're not accountable to the creator so it's big and how the world got started. I don't want have to answer to somebody who will control me and override my decisions. I want to be my own God.
So I need an impersonal force to explain cleavage.
So much of the chaos you're seeing in society today is due to a system of evolutionary thought that removes God so that man could be independent and it's showing up in crime is showing up in personal conflict.
It's showing up in abortion because there is no God.
You get to define life you get to define robotic you get in a fight because you have no God and evolution is impersonal been you get to make your own decisions you get to know your own truth. You get to run things the way you want to run up because there is nobody you must be ultimately the beginning was the word and the Word was with God and the Word was God and the word was responsible for creation. Hebrews chapter 1 verse two puts it this way in the last days he has spoken to us through his son, the word, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the world so God made the world through his son. Colossians chapter 1 verse 16 and 17. I will repeat so that you can know what you can read it, your children, you can help them to understand why this is so critical. Verse 16 says by him by Christ. All things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or authorities all things have been created through him and for him. The world is responsible for creation not only make it throw him cremated for him. Okay now this just everything the world was not just made for you. The world was made for the word Jesus is the word. So when God created the world throw Jesus. He gave it back to him as a present for Jesus. When you read Genesis chapter 1 verses 1 to 3, and since God created in the beginning the heavens and the earth and the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep and God said, let there be light. He says in verse four in him was life, and what's this, and the life was the light of men. Stay with me were going to and it was life, and his life was the light in order to have like you got a C Street light helps you to see in him was life and life came to light reverses. If there is no life there will be no light because people reject the life they live in darkness. That's why he says what he says in verse four. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not comprehend because when Jesus Christ is rejected, you walk in darkness, the world walks in darkness because this rejected the only thing that gives life and the one that gives life also gives light, so if youStreet if because his life is not the lightning you up. He says I will delight you up, but I can only write you up with my life.
That's why whenever Jesus was doing is giving people life they could see now they can walk.
He was trying to say bring a life with me. But if you reject me.
You will now have to make your way in the dark about light always overcomes darkness, no matter how dark it is.
You put on a candle upon a flash like everything changes. Jesus says if I get in the middle. Everything will change because I am the light and I bring with me. Life. Many people today, even Christians are functioning in spiritual darkness because they won't let Jesus be the light equipment using this work comes work civil principal. I just read it to the people by him all things were created that have been made. Once this and they were created through him and for him, so nothing in creation is designed to work right without creek him and was created for him. So it's designed to work right without him because he gives life to it.
So when Jesus Christ is excluded.
Darkness seeps in to any area of creation.
Dr. Evans will come back in a moment with more on Jesus Christ connection to every area of our life first so longtime listeners to this broadcast know that Tony is hosted a number of teaching trips to the holy land throughout the years. Whether or not you've traveled to Israel with him in the past we have a wonderful opportunity for you to bring home much of the engaging spiritual perspective. Dr. Evans has been able to share from the actual locations where Jesus walked. Our team members have documented his tours and others photos toxin insights are beautifully presented in a large high quality photo book called experiencing Israel 20s current teaching series is all about developing personal intimacy with Jesus to get to know his names and their meanings and this book will help you grow closer to him as you see and learn about the places the Lord visited during his time on earth for a limited time were making both resources experiencing Israel and the comprehensive 11 part audio series encountering Jesus names available to you as our gift when you make a contribution toward Tony's ministry to get all the details just visit Tony Evans.org or call our resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 again that's Tony Evans.org or call 1-800-800-3222, where resource team members are standing by to help you around the clock all have that information for you again after part two of today's lesson. Let's rejoin Dr. Evans now is touch no place to go.
That's not something he created. When you can't get this to still exist. You can go down around us does not exist. Everything in your call is borrowed from something that's been created so the only way you get the drive home today because Jesus created the raw materials that could make the call so you didn't have to walk day when you get the best brick bath glass bottle from something Jesus may now you get excited about the house but the Bible says only made it made it which made the moment you what do you think from Jesus Christ will go dark. The car will go dark and worst of all, our lives will go dark because in him you live you will and you have your. Put another way, when you leave church the day you leave Jesus on the pew why you got to the parking lot you leave you now on the darkness because it was all made for you the car you drive was made for him. The house you live. It was made for the job. Work was made for you all may fail. That's why the Bible says whatever you do, word or deed, to all its glory was all made to blow the rank back to him. So the more it will write back to him. More light is infused in the board like that you like you get from it. So things begin to make sense. You become more because the life-giving person gets back what he made for himself in the first place.
It was all designed to combat to his concept that we have to get them all life revolves around Jesus Christ and his centerpiece being the centerpiece of life.
Now comes down to verse 14 and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the father full of grace and truth. This could be a whole series of sermons on his wonders were begotten means uniquely one-of-a-kind. That's with me. It means one-of-a-kind nobody like him there.
It has never been, nor will there ever be another Jesus because he's uniquely one-of-a-kind, were all sons and daughters of God without the got when not uniquely one with the wind not the word in flesh. Jesus Christ according to Colossians 2 verse nine is the fullness of deity dwelling and bodily full, the fullness of God resides in Jesus Christ.
So initially one of the passage Philippians chapter 2 the passage we continually go back to your side works. Verse six who, although he existed in the form of God, Jesus get moody theology here. Although Jesus existed in the form of God, so there was a time he did not exist as a man, although he existed in the form of God, it says he did not read God quality with God just said Jesus is equal to God.
He did not regard God as a thing to be grasped or held onto it all cost. In other words, he was able with God, but he didn't keep him from carrying out his responsibility. While man got it while I still have a role to play in, play it.
So we did not regard equality to be lost just because he had a role to play. Same thing in a family. A woman is equal to a man in the family, but their different roles that have to be play so equality must always be recognized and roles must always be played and if equality is recognized, but roles apply progress is made in history is the job of the devil to even cancel out equality mixup roles. The reason why Satan went to even the God before he went to Adam was to get Adam and Eve, the switch roles you get to take responsibility and take his responsibility to conflict well and therefore bring chaos. Jesus is equal to God, but he knows his role and so he did not regard equality as something that he could not give up and they could not limit the independent use of his attributes regarding so what did he do but he emptied himself. We call this in Greek the commences he put on his deity into humanity. He himself, taking the form of a bondservant, do nonsettling sleep and being made in the likeness of men.
Remembering in flesh being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross. What I'm trying to say is when we Jesus, you are dealing with the word and when you're dealing with the word you're dealing with God.
And when God speaks and acts easy to miss what I just said God, not just will fit not just talking smack just talking noise. His speech is tied to his action.
The reason why you want to embrace the living Christ and his living word is when embrace life comes when his life comes like, when his life, and like homes and we ask you see a movie.
One of the reasons more Christians do not see the movement of God is because they will not allow Jesus Christ to Ray and to roll over all of his creation is good for church babies left in church is good for the morning but left the house, you can go probably will want to take on the public were ashamed of it when he is the one to give you the life I give you the action got somebody give me life and action going everywhere with me and leaving about anyway give me life, though now as much of Jesus as I can get my hands on because I did not expect my life and accident whole night night and accident the findings of the night and actually my relationships and expect light, light and action because I live in church on Sunday. If you limit Jesus to the church on Sunday. The church on Sunday is the only time you will experience because he created everything for himself. When you get in your car. You have a reason to praise it when you're driving down the street. You have a reason to praise it when you get back home. You have a reason to praise if we are going to your job.
You have a reason to pray for your family a reason the price of you got a reason to praise it because he is the wire that is in flash that gives life like maniacs. The word is God Dr. Tony Evans is understand who Jesus is, as we explore his many names and their meanings found in the Bible. A quick reminder that today's teaching is part of Tony's 11 lesson series encountering Jesus names and it's available right now on CD or digital download. With our thanks when you make a contribution to support Dr. Evans ministry along with it will include the giftware the hardcover picture book experiencing Israel but I talked about earlier this special combo offer will only be available for a short time so we encourage you to contact us right away.
I'll have her contact information for you after this short reflection from Dr. Evans so many ways God demonstrated his faithfulness to me into this ministry over these 40 years, you know, there were times when we just weren't sure we were going to make. We got down to our last paycheck for our staff. After that there was no money to pay anyone.
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I praise God for 40 years of his favor on us your support of the urban alternative makes possible the important work we do here. So be sure to contact us at 1-800-800-3222 and let us say thanks for your help by sending you the complete audio collection encountering Jesus names and Tony's engaging coffee table style book experiencing Israel again that's 1-800-800-3222 or you can make the arrangements firstname.lastname@example.org in the Old Testament people offered crops and sacrificed animals to make up for the things they done wrong tomorrow.
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