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John 1:4 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 

MONTHLY LESSONS DESIGNED TO CONVERT.

 

FEBRUARY, 2016 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

Come and See!

The Lord used parables, to teach spiritual lessons to the children of Israel, in His work for the coming of the kingdom of God. His disciples asked Him why He taught using parables; His response:

Matthew 13:13Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.”

To say that Jesus taught in parables to make it easier to understand His message is in fact the opposite of this statement. Even His disciples (to whom it was “given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God”Luke 8:10), did not always comprehend His teaching.

The fact remains that the majority of those to whom the Lord came, did not want to see Him for who He truly was. This would be the testament of the majority; however, even among the masses that did not comprehend or acknowledge Jesus as the Christ, there were the exceptions.

John 1:45-46 “Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

Where all others had failed to see, Philip had seen and comprehended. Soon after, and with a little help, so would Nathanael. What we want to try to grasp in this lesson, is how to achieve the sight of Philip and to avoid the lack of vision by the Jews that Jesus came to!

Having a vision or goal, is good and gives us direction; however, without the concept of understanding and drive, the goal alone is vague and limited. So, just having a goal will limit the individual on what can be done and will be to general, and leave one without any chance of making his goal reality.

Our vision of what God would have us know and do may likewise be inadequate!

This is usually the result of a vision or goal that someone else gives us; a vision or goal that we did not verify for ourselves, and trusted an unsubstantiated source. Based on this understanding, here are two questions to contemplate:

  1. If our vision is motivated by what someone else has told us, will it match what God really wants?
  2. If our goals and vision is limited by trusting a source other than God, will we be shocked to learn the details of God’s instruction too late?

As the Jews murmured against Jesus for His teaching and denied Him as the Son of God, the Lord would make an important statement, note:

John 6:44-45 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.”

As God prophesied through Jeremiah, that He would give a new and universal covenant (un-like that of the Law of Moses, which was just for the children of Israel), He stated through Jeremiah that this covenant would be written on the hearts of men (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:8-13). This is the concept of instruction! Instruction then leads to understanding of specifics and gives clarity.  Note:

Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Mark 16:15-16 “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

1 Corinthians 1:21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”

When this Gospel was preached for the very first time, those that heard this message were given specifics, and clarity. Note the result:

Acts 2:41 “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

Clarity and specifics are vital to a clear picture of what God wants from us; however, it is not enough to know! We are expected to do!

Since it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that was commanded to be preached, so that we could have clarity and specifics from God; we should also appreciate that it is also the power of God to salvation.

Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

It is TRUST in this power that is at the heart of the faith that redeems us!

Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

We must learn that once we have been enlightened by the instruction of God, we must put aside all outside influences that may muddy up the water (so to speak).

Acts 17:11 “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”

Hebrews 10:39 “But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.”

Come and See with Us!