JESUS THE WAY TO THE FATHER

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will knowmy Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. – John 14:1-14

INTRODUCTION

The phrase “MY FATHER’S HOUSE” clearly refers to heaven, the place to which Jesus was returning to prepare a place for his followers. God’s eternal home has many “rooms” (implying permanent “dwelling places”). Members of “God’s household” now on earth will one day transfer to their eternal home with God. “For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come” – Hebrews 13:14.

I WILL COME BACK – JOHN 14:3

As surely as Christ went to heaven, He will return to take His followers to the place prepared for them. This was the hope of New Testament Christians, and it is the hope of all Christians today.

1. The ultimate purpose of the Lord’s return is that His faithful people may be with Him forever.

2. The words “take you to be with me” refer to the rapture, when all followers of Christ (those who are still alive at that time as well as those who have already died) “will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever” – 1 Thessalonians 4:17. This will take place suddenly and at an unexpected time.

3. Christ’s coming for His faithful followers will enable them to escape the future “hour of trial” and judgement that will come on the world in the end times.

4. The expectation of this glorious and eternal reunion should be a comfort to all who desire to “be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words” – 1 Thessalonians 4:17b-18

I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE – JOHN 14:6

Jesus is “the Way” – He is not simply one among many ways; He is the One and Only Way to God the Father. No one other than God’s perfect Son could have paid the full price for our offenses against God and opened the way for a renewed relationship with Him. In the early days of the church, Christianity was sometimes referred to as “the Way”. This is because they recognized that Jesus provided the only way out of a life of spiritual darkness, lostness and slavery to sin and condemnation. In doing so, He provided the only way for us to find our highest purpose and fulfillment in the life and to receive eternal reward in heaven. It has never been popular – certainly not today – to claim that there is only one way to God, but that is the reality according to Jesus’ own words. There is no other way to have a relationship with the true God except through faith in Jesus Christ.

Jesus is “the truth” – not just part of the truth, but the whole truth. As the living Word, everything about Christ and His message is true. And His truth is absolute (total definite, unconditional, unchanging, conclusive) and universal (true for all people in all situations for all time). The fact that supreme truth is revealed through Christ is a key theme in John’s Gospel.

Jesus is “the life” – true and lasting spiritual life is available only through His life, death and resurrection. His perfect life provided the only permanent and enduring sacrifice for our sin against God. Those who accept His life and sacrifice for themselves – willingly yielding their lives to His leadership – receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life with Christ.

GREATER THINGS – JOHN 14:12

The “greater things” include spreading His message, leading people to faith in Christ and performing miracles as Jesus did. Through Jesus’ followers, an even greater number of people would come to Christ and receive ne life, healing and supernatural help. “The greater things” would not happen because of the disciples’ own efforts or spirituality. Their work would still be Jesus’ work, done only in the power of the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus would send once He returned to His Father. Jesus’ followers could then pray in His name, and God would respond in powerful ways through His Spirit. As a result, the disciples’ works will be “greater” in number and scope, as Christ’s message and power continue to reach people throughout the world.

ASK IN MY NAME – JOHN 14:13

Asking for something in Jesus’ name means being completely aware of who He is, what He is capable of doing and what His purposes are. It means acting as His representative, with His power and authority. For this reason, our prayer in Jesus’ name must:

A. Reflect Jesus’ character and be consistent with His desires and purposes.

B. Demonstrate faith in Him and His authority.

C. Reveal a sincere desire to honour both the Father and the Son.

There is no limit to the power of prayer when it is addressed to Jesus or the Father with sincere faith and according to His desire.

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SACRIFICE TO BRING OTHERS TO CHRIST

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “So please don’t lose heart because of my trials here. I am suffering for you, so you should feel honored.”–Ephesians 3: 13(NLT) 


Why should Paul’s suffering make the Ephesians feel honored? If Paul had not preached the Good News, he would not be in jail—but then the Ephesians would not have heard the Good News and been converted either.

Just as a mother endures the pain of childbirth in order to bring new life into the world, Paul endured the pain of persecution in order to bring new believers to Christ. Obeying Christ is never easy. He calls you to take your cross and follow Him; “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me”(Matthew 16:24 ) —that is, to be willing to endure pain so that God’s message of salvation can reach the entire world. We should feel honored that others have suffered and sacrificed for us so that we might reap the benefit.  

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HOW CAN I HAVE ASSURANCE OF MY SALVATION?

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. – 1 John 5:11-13

INTRODUCTION

Eternal life is not only a future hope, but also a present reality that is based on our faith in Christ and the opportunity to experience personal companionship with Him. All people should hear the message about Jesus Christ because eternal life comes through faith I God’s Son and cannot be received or possessed in any other way. Jesus Christ is the only “way and the life”. “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever” — John 14:16.Eternal life is Christ’s life in us. We have this life as we maintain a continuous and active faith relationship with Him.

That you may know that you have eternal life” as we read in 1 John 5:13 is one of the primary purposes for writing this letter: to provide God’s people with a Holy Spirit-inspired, proven and authoritative standard by which we can be certain of our salvation.

1. Many followers of Jesus Christ look for the assurance of salvation in the wrong places.

We tend to seek assurance of salvation in the things God is doing in our lives, in our spiritual growth, in the good works and obedience to God’s Word that is evident in our Christian walk. While these things can be evidence of salvation, they are not what we should base the assurance of our salvation on. Rather, we should find the assurance of our salvation in the objective truth of God’s Word. We should have confident trust that we are saved based on the promises God has declared, not because of our subjective experiences.

2. If we have Jesus, we have life. Not temporary life, but eternal.

God wants us to have assurance of our salvation. We should not live our Christian lives wondering and worrying each day whether or not we are truly saved. That is why the Bible makes the plan of salvation so clear. Believe in Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Acts 16:31). “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” – Romans 10:9.

Have we repented? Do we believe that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and rose again from the dead (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21)?

Do we trust Him alone for salvation? If our answer to these questions is “yes,” we are saved! Assurance means freedom from doubt. By taking God’s Word to heart, we can have no doubt about the reality of our eternal salvation.

Jesus Himself assures those who believe in Him: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” – John 10:28–29. Eternal life is just that—eternal. There is no one, not even yourself, who can take Christ’s God-given gift of salvation away from you.

Let’s take joy in what God’s Word is saying to us: instead of doubting, we can live with confidence! We can have the assurance from Christ’s own Word that our salvation will never be in question. Our assurance of salvation is based on the perfect and complete salvation God has provided for us through Jesus Christ.

CONCLUSION

Some people hope that they will receive eternal life. John says we can know we can have it. Our certainty is based on God’s promises that He has given us eternal life through His Son. This is true whether we feel close to God or far away from Him.

Eternal life is not based on feelings but on facts. We can know that we have eternal life is we believe God’s truth. If we are not sure that we are Christians, let’s ask ourselves: Have we honestly committed our life to Him as our Saviour and Lord? If so, we know by faith that we are indeed children of God.

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COME TO HIS PRESENCE WITH CONFIDENCE

This week we focus on the study of Ephesians chapter three. This letter refers to the Church as a body to illustrate the unity of purpose and show how each individual member is a part that must work together with all the other parts.  I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.”–Ephesians 3: 12(NLT) 


It is an awesome privilege to be able to approach God with freedom and confidence. Most of us would be apprehensive in the presence of a powerful ruler.

But thanks to Christ, by faith we can enter directly into God’s presence through prayer. We know we will be welcomed with open arms because we are God’s children through our union with Christ. Don’t be afraid of God. Talk with Him about everything. He is waiting to hear from you. 

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DRAW ON GOD’S POWER TO DO HIS WORK

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, He graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ.”–Ephesians 3: 8(NLT) 


When Paul describes himself as “the least deserving of all God’s people,” he means that without God’s help, he would never be able to do God’s work. Yet God chose him to share the Good News with the Gentiles and gave him the power to do it.

If we feel that our role is minor, we may be right—except that we have forgotten what a difference God makes. How does God want to use you? Draw on His power, do your part, and faithfully perform the special role  God has called you to play in His plan.

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SHARE THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST WITH OTHERS

This week we focus on the study of Ephesians chapter three. This letter refers to the Church as a body to illustrate the unity of purpose and show how each individual member is a part that must work together with all the other parts.  I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.”–Ephesians 3: 7(NLT) 


When Paul became a servant of the Gospel, God gave him the ability to share the Gospel of Christ effectively. You are not an apostle, and you may not be an evangelist, but God will give you opportunities to tell others about Christ. And with the opportunities, He will provide the ability, courage, and power. Make yourself available to God as His servant whenever an opportunity presents itself.

As you focus on the other person and his or her needs, God will communicate your caring attitude. Your words will be natural, loving, and compelling

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THE BIBLICAL NAMES AND TITLES OF JESUS CHRIST

INTRODUCTION

Throughout Scripture, we discover that names hold significant value and meaning. They tell us something specific about someone’s character. The name of Jesus is significant. We see this in the angel’s message to Mary in Luke 26:31-32a; You will become pregnant, give birth to a son, and name Him Jesus. He will be a great man and will be called the Son of the Most High.

By looking closely at the labels used throughout the Bible to describe Jesus, we can discover a new appreciation for the ways Jesus ministers to us. A wealth of information concerning His person and work can be obtained from studying the names and titles ascribed to Him. Some of them are:

1. ADAM; “So it is written: The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. – 1 Corinthians 15:45

2. ADVOCATE; My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. – 1 John 2:1

3. ALMIGHTY; I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty. – Revelations 1:8

4. AMEN; To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. – Revelations 3:14

5. ANOINTED; The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, – Psalm 2:2

6. APOSTLE; Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our Apostle and High priest. – Hebrews 3:1

7. AUTHOR; fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2

8. ALPHA; “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty. – Revelations 1:8

9. BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHETR; The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14

10. BISHOP; For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. – 1 Peter 2:25

11. BLESSED; which God will bring about in His own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, – 1 Timothy 6:15

12. BELOVED; To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. – Ephesians 1:6

13. BRIGHT MORNING STAR; I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give youthis testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star. – Revelations 22:16

14. CARPENTER; Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t His mother’s name Mary, and aren’t His brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? – Matthew 13:55

15. COMMANDER; Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. – Isaiah 55:4

16. CORNERSTONE; built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” – Ephesians 2:20

17. CHRIST; And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. – Matthew 2:4

18. DAYSPRING FROM ON HIGH; Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, – Luke 1:78

19. DELIVERER; The deliverer will come from Zion; He will turn godlessness away from Jacob. – Romans 11:26

20. DOOR OF THE SHEEPFOLD; Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.” – John 10:7

21. EMMANUEL; Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. – Matthew 1:23

22. EXPRESS IMAGE OF GOD; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high – Hebrews 1:3

23. FAITHFUL WITNESS; “and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.” – Revelations 1:5

24. FIRST FRUITS; But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when He comes, those who belong to Him. – 1 Corinthians 15:23

25. FOUNDATION; See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. – Isaiah 28:16

26. FOUNTAIN; On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. – Zechariah 13:1

27. FORERUNNER; where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. – Hebrews 6:20 

28. FRIEND OF SINNERS; The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ – Matthew 11:9

29. HEAD OF CHURCH; And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.”Colossians 1:18

30. HIGH PRIEST, Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. – Hebrews 3:1

Source: Culled from Willmington’s Guide to the Bible

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CHRIST UNIFIES US IN ONE BODY

This week we focus on the study of Ephesians chapter two. This letter refers to the Church as a body to illustrate unity of purpose and show how each individual member is a part that must work together with all the other parts.  I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “For Christ Himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in His own body on the cross, He broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.  He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in Himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of His death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.“–Ephesians 2: 14-16(NLT) 


Before Christ’s coming, Gentiles and Jews kept apart from one another. Jews considered Gentiles beyond God’s saving power and therefore without hope. Gentiles resented Jewish claims. Christ revealed the total sinfulness of both Jews and Gentiles, and then He offered His salvation to both. Only Christ breaks down the walls of prejudice, reconciles all believers to God, and unifies us in one body.

Christ has destroyed the barriers people build between themselves. Because of Christ’s death, we are all one; our hostility against each other has been put to death; we can all have access to the Father by the Holy Spirit; we are no longer strangers or foreigners to God; and we are all been built into a holt temple with Christ as our Chief Cornerstone.

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BECOME A FRUIT-BEARING CHRISTIAN

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. ” – John 15:1-2

INTRODUCTION

A vine is planted solely for the sake of its fruit. There are many sorts of vines, each with its different sort of fruit. When a vinedresser plants a vine or a vineyard, he selects the type that produces the desired fruit. The fruit will be the manifestation of his purpose. When God planted the Heavenly Vine, it was that its fruit might bring life and strength to dying men. The very life of God, which man had lost by the fall, was to be brought back to him by Christ from heaven; Christ was to be to us the True Tree of Life. In Him, the True, the Heavenly Vine, in His Word and work, in His life and death, the life of God was brought within reach of men; all who should eat of the fruit should live forever.

More wonderful still, Christ’s disciples should not only eat and live, but in turn become fruit-bearing branches. The Divine life entering into them should not only dwell in them, but so assert its life-giving power that it should show itself in the fruit they bear for their fellow men. As truly as the Heavenly Vine, all its branches receive the life of God.

I. THE LIFE IN THE VINE

We often speak of receiving Christ, following Christ, of Christ living in us, when our ideas of who Christ is are very vague. Christ gave Himself as a sacrifice to God for men, and in that proved what is the true nobility of man as partaker of the Divine nature. We speak, and rightly too, of the obedience of Christ as the praiseworthy cause of our salvation: “By the obedience of One many were made righteous.” But we do not sufficiently recognize what it was that gave that obedience its redeeming power. It was this—that in it Christ restored that which is the only thing that the creature can render to its Creator, and so rendered to God what man owed to Him. It is because of this obedience He became a Redeemer, and this nature is the very life which as the Heavenly Vine He imparts. “Let this mind be in you, which was in Christ Jesus, who became obedient unto death. Therefore God has highly exalted Him.” The life of God in human nature is obedience to the death.

And with that Christ loved men. In that He fulfilled the will of God. He gave Himself to the mighty Redeeming love of God towards men, and so gave Himself as much to men as to God. There is no possible way of living for God but by loving and living for the men whom He loves and lives for. The human life in Christ could be nothing but a surrender to His love to be used in saving and blessing men. Whether in God, or in Christ, or in us, the Divine life is love to men. This is the life-sap of the True Vine, the spirit that was in Christ Jesus.

II. THE LIFE IN THE BRANCH

The life in the Branch is essentially and entirely the same as that in the Vine. If we are to bear fruit, it can only come as the life and the power that work in the Vine work in us. This alone is the secret of effective service.

In Christian work a great mistake is often made. The difference between work and fruit is overlooked. Under a sense of duty or from an inborn love of work, a Christian may be very diligent in doing his work for God, and yet find little blessing in it. He may think of gratitude as the great motive of the Christian life, and not understand that though that may rouse the will, it cannot give the power to work successfully. We need to see that if work is to be acceptable and effective, it must come as fruit; it must be the spontaneous outgrowth of a healthy, vigorous life, the Spirit and power of Christ living and working in us. And that power can only work freely and effectively in us as our main concern is to maintain the relationship to our Lord close and intimate. As He streams His nature into us, our work will truly be the fruit the Vine bears.

Still another mistake is made. We pray very earnestly for God’s blessing on our work and on those whom we wish to help. We forget that the God who delights to bless ourselves first, to give into our hearts the blessing He wants to impart through us. We are not channels, in the sense in which a lead pipe is when it carries water, and yet does not drink it in. We are channels in the way the branch is. The sap of the vine, before it goes through it to form fruit, first enters to be its life, to give it new wood and strength, and then passes on into the grape. When we preach the love of God and obedience to Him, when we call men to surrender themselves to that love, we must first seek each day to be receiving afresh, in close communion with Christ Jesus, that love and devotion to God into our hearts. When we teach love to man, we should do it as those in whom the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, is manifest in its freshness and beauty.

It is by having exactly the same spirit that was in Christ Jesus, and being possessed of the same mind and disposition that was in Him, that we can bear the same fruit He bore, that He can still bring forth fruit through us. And this spirit we cannot have by any imitation or effort, but only by receiving it fresh from Him every morning and all day. An intense devotion to God and an entire yielding up of ourselves to His service for men, and giving up of our life to live, and love and die for men, as Jesus did, this is the life to which the branches of the True Vine are called, this is the life for which the True Vine will surely prepare us. His words are true: He is the Truth and the Life. He gives all He promises. Count no time too precious and no pains too great, in waiting on Him by His Spirit to reveal to you the wondrous mystery of your being a branch, a partaker of the very Life there is in the Vine.

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ONENESS IN CHRIST

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts.  In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to Him through the blood of Christ.”–Ephesians 2: 11-13(NLT) 


Our salvation is something only God can do. It is His powerful, creative work in us. If God considers us His masterpieces, we dare not treat ourselves or others with disrespect or as inferior work.

Pious Jews considered all non-Jews (Gentiles) ceremonially unclean. They thought of themselves as pure and clean because of their national heritage and religious ceremonies. Paul pointed out that Jews and Gentiles alike were unclean before God and needed to be cleansed by Christ.

In order to realize how great a gift salvation is, we need to remember our former natural, unclean condition. Have you ever felt separate, excluded, hopeless? These verses are for you. No one is alienated from Christ’s love or from the body of believers. 

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