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.

"Finding Jesus, The Way"

1. In this series, I have attempted to present Jesus as The Way to many blessings:

Indeed, He is the source of every spiritual blessing that God has to offer Ephesians 1:3.

2. But how can we be sure that we have found the true Jesus and are truly His disciples?

a. Jesus made it clear that simply believing in Him does not constitute true discipleship.

John 8:31 “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.”

 

b. How can we be sure that we are not actually following some impostor?

1) A misrepresentation of Jesus, presented to us in error by others?

2) By those sincerely mistaken themselves (such as our parents, preachers, churches)?

 

3. To be sure that we have truly found Jesus, The Way, we must begin with the only reliable source of information about Him: The Bible! Starting in the Old Testament!

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 I. Finding Jesus in the Old Testament.

A. It contains Many Things About Jesus.

1.  Though completed hundreds of years before He came.

2.  As stated by Jesus on at least two occasions:

Luke 24:27 “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”

Luke 24:44-47 “Then He said to them, "These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me." [45] And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. [46] Then He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, [47] and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”

 

3.  It imparts wisdom that leads to salvation in Jesus :

2 Timothy 3:14-15 “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, [15] and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

 

B. We See Jesus Through The Eyes of Prophecy……

1. For example , from Isaiah we can learn things regarding:

The Birth of Jesus

Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”

 

The Suffering of Jesus - Isaiah 53:4-6.

The Sovereignty of Jesus - Isaiah 9:6-7.

2. Many more prophecies could be taken just from Isaiah alone (one reason why he is commonly called “The Messianic Prophet”).

3. Other prophets have much to say about Jesus. It has been estimated there are more than 300 prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament.

[So we should read the Old Testament in our efforts to find the true Jesus~ But as important as it is in helping us to find Jesus, its purpose was predictive, to prepare people for Jesus]

Galatians 3:24-25 “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. [25] But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”

 

Therefore, to find Jesus more fully, we must come to the Gospels.

 

 II. Finding Jesus in the Gospels.

A.  Four Records with a similar Goal…… Four accounts of His life.

Matthew emphasizes the “teachings” of Jesus (especially in regards to the Kingdom).

Mark features the “Miracles” of Jesus, sowing His power.

Luke underscores the “humanity” of Jesus (without detracting from His Divinity).

John stresses the “Divinity” of Jesus (without detracting from His humanity).

 

1.  The goal as expressed by John: to create faith

John 20:30-31 “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; [31] but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”

 

a. To see Jesus through the eyes of fulfillment
b. As they carefully document how He fulfilled prophecy.

 

B. Revealing What He Actually Taught …..

1. No one can know Jesus without reading these gospels carefully.

2. We may often be surprised to find out how different the real Jesus is and what Hid actually taught, from the one imagined by many!

3. For example , many feel that they are going to heaven when they die.

a. Jesus taught that most will not –

Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. [14] Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

 

b. Many will be surprised at the Judgment Day –

Matthew 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. [22] Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' [23] And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

 

4. Contrary to the “simple beliefs” many think is what is involved in following

Jesus…..

a. The real Jesus taught self-denial -

Luke 9:23-25 “Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. [24] For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. [25] For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?

 

b. The real Jesus expected disciples to “observe all things” Matthew 28:18-20.
c. Does this sound like the “Jesus” proclaimed by many today?

 

[By reading the gospels, then, we come much closer to finding Jesus. But Jesus did not reveal the complete truth while on earth

John 16:12-14 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. [13] However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. [14] He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.”

He left it up to the Holy Spirit to complete the work of guiding the apostles into all the truth. Therefore, to truly find Jesus and what His will is for us Today, we must also turn to the rest of the books of the New Testament]

 

 III. Finding Jesus in the Acts and the Epistles

A.  In the Book of Acts …. We see the fulfillment of Jesus' promise to send the Holy Spirit who would guide them into all the truth.

Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

 

1. We see the Holy Spirit:

a. Guiding the apostles and early church in its formative stage.
b. Guiding them into all the truth –

Acts 15:28 “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:”

 

c. Revealing things taught during Jesus' ministry not recorded in any of the four gospels –

Acts 20:35 “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "

 

B. In the Epistles….

1. The words of the apostles (the epistles) were to be received as if

from Jesus Himself.

a. As Paul wrote to the church at Corinth

1 Corinthians 14:37 “If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.”

 

b. And to the church at Thessalonica

1 Thessalonians 2:13 “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard From us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.”

 

c. As Jesus said it should be

John 13:20 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me."

 

2. The Holy Spirit did in fact guide the apostles into all the truth -

John 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

 

a. With the gospels, the book of Acts and the epistles (including Revelation) we find the teachings of Jesus and about Jesus completely, fully, and finally revealed!
b. No more revelation is needed!

1) We have all that is needed to live godly lives -

2 Peter 1:2-3 “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, [3] as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,”

 

2) We have all that is needed to be complete -

2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, [17] that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

 

3) Not even an angel from heaven appeared with new doctrines.

Galatians 1:8-9 “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. [9] As we have said before so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”

 

 IV. Finding Jesus in Obedience .

A. As Emphasized by Jesus….

1. We must abide in His word to be His disciples –

John 8:31-32 “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are my disciples indeed. [32] And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

 

2. Jesus abides with us as we keep His commandments -

John 14:23-24 “Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. [24] He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me.”

 

3. This is how we truly know Him.

B. As Illustrated in Baptism.

1. This is especially true when we come to Jesus in faith and repentance, and submit to His command to be baptized.

Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

 

2.  Having received (put on) Christ in baptism, we are now in Christ, where all things are “new” - 2 Corinthians 5:17 .

 

Conclusion: Yes, all things are “new”, for in finding Jesus by keeping His commands we find…. A better life, Forgiveness of our sins, Reconciliation with God our Father, The privilege of being in the Lord's church (and not some denomination begun by men), And the assurance of eternal life.

 

Have you found Jesus?