SHARPER THAN A SWORD

SERMONS

Hebrews 4:12-13 "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."

All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

"JESUS, THE WAY TO GOD!"

In the last lesson, we saw that by His death on the cross, Jesus made possible the forgiveness of our sins.

1.  When our sins are forgiven, we are no longer the objects of God's wrath.

Romans 5:9 “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”

2.  As wonderful as being justified by the blood of Jesus may be, we need more than this….we need the kind of close friendship that existed between God and Adam before the “Fall.”
3.  But if a close relationship is to exist between God and ourselves, we must understand God and feel comfortable in approaching Him.

 

[When we contemplate the difference between God and man, we can see that this is not easy]

 

I. The Difference Between God and Man.

A. Consider the Difference

1. When we consider the nature of God as revealed in the Bible and nature, we see:

a. One with unlimited power, unlimited wisdom, unlimited holiness.
b. One who is the creator of all things, the sustainer of all things, who knows all things.
c. One who is eternal, immortal, and invisible.

d. Indeed, this Supreme Being fills the entire universe with His presence.

Jeremiah 23:23-24 "Am I a God near at hand," says the Lord, "And not a God afar off? [24] Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?" says the Lord; "Do I not fill heaven and earth?" says the Lord.”

 

2 . On the other hand, man is:

a. Mortal, limited in knowledge and understanding.
b. The created one, sustained by God who supplies all his needs.

Acts 17:24-28

c. The Difference is Overwhelming:

1. The difference between God and man is so great, it ought to overwhelm man with awe.

2. Note the reflections of David as expressed in Psalms 139:1-12.

3. In the Bible, whenever man came even close to approaching God in His Glory, it was terrifying!

a.  When God first spoke to Moses, he was afraid –

Exodus 3:6 “Moreover He said, "I am the God of your father--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.”

b.  The Israelites at Mount Sinai were terrified

Exodus 20:18-21 “Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, the trembled and stood afar off. [19] Then they said to Moses, "You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die." [20] And Moses said to the people, "Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin." [21] So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.”

 

4. How then can man hope to comprehend God and approach Him in a close

relationship during this life?

5. This difficulty was experienced and expressed by Job .

Job 9:32 -33 "For He is not a man, as I am, That I may answer Him, And that we should go to court together. [33] Nor is there any mediator between us, Who may lay his hand on us both.”

 

[But what may have been true in Job's day (that there is no mediator) is no longer true today! Jesus is the means by which man can comprehend God and also approach Him in such a way as to enjoy a loving relationship with Him! Let's see how….. ]

 

II. How Jesus is the Way to God.

A. By Helping Us Comprehend God……

1. In coming to this earth, Jesus declared or manifested God to us.

John 1:18 “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.”

 

2. How was Jesus able to “declare” (manifest) God?

a. For one thing, He came to this earth from God, and is the only one who has truly seen Him.

John 6:46 “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.”

 

b.  But also, He is God Himself?

John 1:1-2 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] He was in the beginning with God.”

c.  Who is this “Word that was with God and was God? The One who came in the flesh!

John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” The Word Was Jesus!

 

3. Therefore, it is in seeing Jesus that we are able to comprehend the Father.

a. Just as Jesus told His disciples

John 14:7 "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."

 

b.  In similar fashion, the apostles of Jesus proclaimed that He was the complete manifestation of God .

Colossians 2:9 “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;” also in Hebrews 1:1-3.

 

4. Yes, it is in Jesus that God is revealed in terms that mortal, limited man can

comprehend and personally relate.

a. Therefore, as we study the gospels, we see Jesus and His attributes (power, wisdom, holiness ,love, mercy, divine wrath).
b. As we see Jesus, we see God and His attributes!

 

[But Jesus also provides the way to God………]

 

B. By Helping us approach God …..

1. This is touched upon in our previous lesson

2. How that by offering Himself as a propitiation for our sins Jesus has made it

possible for a sinful man to approach God who is supremely holy and just.

3. Jesus helps us to approach God in yet another way, as our High Priest in

heaven.

a.  Though Jesus was truly God (as stated by John and Paul), by becoming man He fully understands our difficulties-

Hebrews 4:14-15 “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. [15] 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.”

b.  With such a wonderful high priest, One who is both God and has been man, Jesus makes it possible for us to approach God with great confidence.

Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may Obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

 

[Yes, through Jesus we can both comprehend God and approach God, making it possible to have a close relationship with our Heavenly Father, enjoying all the blessings such a relationship provides.]

 

[To better appreciate the beauty of this relationship available with God through Jesus, let's briefly notice some terms used in the New Testament to describe this relationship]

 

III. Terms Used to Describe Those Who Are in Jesus.

A. A Special Relationship with Our Heavenly Father…..

1. First, there are terms, we are called the “ children ” of God, Galatians 3:26;

4:6-7.

2. Also, we are called the “ House ” (family)) of God.

1 Timothy 3:15 “but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

 

B. A Special Relationship with a Holy, Supreme Being…..

1. One term describes us as a special dwelling place of God: the “ temple ”of

God.

2 Corinthians 6:16 “And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people."

 

2. Another speaks of our role in service to God; a “royal priesthood”.

1 Peter 2:5 “ you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

 

Conclusion :

What a wonderful relationship it is! One that offers promises that overwhelm

you; for example, this one where God Promises:

Hebrews 13:5 “ Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

 

1. But let us be clear in our understanding…. Jesus is the Way, the ONLY way to God.

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.”

2. Only those in Jesus have the assurance of enjoying this wonderful relationship with God!

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.”

 

Next: “Jesus, The Way Out of Religious Confusion