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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.

 

July, 2017 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

“Preaching Jesus!”

Philip was one of the first-fruits of the Gospel as it began in Jerusalem. As many of the disciples remained in Jerusalem to learn from the Apostles, we know that after several years, persecutions came to these early Christians. They were scattered everywhere preaching the Gospel. In Acts 8:26-39; we have an illustrative presentation of the preaching of the Gospel. Philip is divinely instructed to move himself southward from Samaria to the road between Jerusalem and Gaza (a deserted place). As Philip executes his instructions, he comes into contact with an Ethiopian of great authority who is returning from Jerusalem, where he had been to worship. What unfolds is a precedence setting case that needs to be observed in order to practice the accurate process of preaching Jesus today.

The instructor must first ascertain the level of understanding each individual has in order to best instruct that individual. Philip finds the Ethiopian reading from Isaiah (the Ethiopian was obviously a proselyte into Judaism); it is here that Philip will demonstrate the act of determining the knowledge level of this potential student.

Acts 8:30-31 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.”

This process is not random, nor should it be dismissed as unique to the work of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. This is, in fact, exactly the process that God intended for His message concerning His Son to be distributed; as explained clearly by the Apostle Paul, note:

Acts 26:17-18 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’”

Romans 1:1-5 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God 2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. 5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name

1 Corinthians 1:21 For 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.”

Having ascertained the level of understanding the Ethiopian possessed; Philip began where he was reading (Isaiah 53:7-8); and began to preach Jesus as the Christ. It is at this point that we need to discover everything that preaching Jesus as the Christ entails.

To Preach Freedom from Sin –

 Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”

Paul demonstrated in his statement to Herod concerning his commission by the Lord (Acts 26:18 – above), that he was sent to “open eyes” and to turn men from “From darkness to light”; “From the power of Satan to God”. This is the foremost purpose of the good news of Jesus as the Christ; specifically, the removal of sin. Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4); and it has little to do with whether or not men think we are good or bad by our own standards, but whether we acknowledge our Creator and keep His commandments (lawfulness, also referred to as righteousness, being right with God). To preach Jesus is to preach God’s grace for the reconciliation of men whose sins have separated them from their Creator (reconciliation – to buy us back at a price).

The very first time Jesus was preached as the Christ; it was instructed that all who heard and learned that in fact, He was both Lord and Christ, must:

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

 

To Preach the Need for Salvation –

 Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”

The process of physical entropy has every man in its grasp (the certainty that this physical body will perish). As such the scriptures often refer to death as not the certain physical end all men will know; but a death that occurs in separation from its Creator. This was a process explained by the great preacher, who weighed the value of all things against the true nature of man as created by his God, note:

Ecclesiastes 12:6-14 Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, Or the golden bowl is broken, Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, Or the wheel broken at the well. 7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it. 8 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “All is vanity.”

9 And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. 12 And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh. 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. 14 For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.”

 

The certainty of physical death is followed by the certainty of a return to our Creator, and that return is for certain judgment. To preach Jesus as the Christ, is to preach the need to repent and prepare for the beneficial outcome of this certain reunion with our Maker.

Acts 2:40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”

Acts 2:47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

Acts 17:30-31 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

 

To Preach the Need for Citizenship –

 Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”

Not only did Jesus come in order to become the Way out of sin; but additionally, He came to establish a kingdom whereby which the “called out” would exist as a holy spiritual house to God.

Ephesians 2:19-22 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

Colossians 1:13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love

 

The process by which the Gospel calls men out of darkness into light additionally provides a citizenship in the Divine kingdom of Jesus Christ; His very Body (Ephesians 1:22-23). Preaching Jesus includes this unique understanding, that we are baptized into Him, and thus His Body, the kingdom.

Galatians 3:26-27 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ”

 

To Preach Continued Mediation –

 

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”

 

All those who have their sins forgiven and become citizens of the kingdom of heaven; no longer serve sin! However, when temptation overtakes a child of God through Jesus Christ, they have a unique benefit that is a provision only to those “IN” Christ Jesus; the continual rejuvenation from sin. Does this continued rejuvenation allow a child of God through Jesus Christ to sin willfully?

Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”

1 John 2:1-2 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”

 

Our Savior, the Jesus preached as the Christ, ever lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25), and to provided us with both mercy and boldness to make the transformation into His image.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

Hebrews 2:17-18 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”

Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.


This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that Paul was not ashamed of and knew to be the power of God to salvation and righteousness (Romans 1:16-17). This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we must teach without denying its power (2 Timothy 3:1-5). This is the Jesus that was preached to the Ethiopian, with this result:

Acts 8:36-39 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” 37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” 38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.”

 

Jesus has been preached; will you rejoice?

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