Friday, August 7, 2020
As we conclude our supplemental study of John 5 this week, I want to challenge you to consider what Jesus is saying in the following verses. Sorry, no stories today, just spiritual application of Divine principles.
John 5:36-38 For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, 38 and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent.
Here are some important truths for us to carefully consider.
- There has been and continues to be sufficient evidence to believe that Jesus Christ was sent by God the Father to accomplish the great work of redeeming mankind from their sin and its eternal consequence of death.
- It is not possible to hear the voice of God unless we believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our Savior.
- It is not possible see the activity of God or ultimately to be in the presence of God unless we believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our Savior.
- It is not possible to have the Word of God abide in us and influence our thoughts and actions unless we believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our Savior.
Far too many people claim to know God but have no belief in Jesus Christ. They are deceived.
Far too many people claim to have heard God speak to them and give direction to their lives but have no belief in Jesus Christ. They are deceived.
Far too many people who claim a knowledge of God seek to obey the commands of God yet continually fail. It is because they do not have the Word of God abiding in them because they do not believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. They are deceived.
Jesus was very clear when He spoke to the religious leaders around Him. You do not know the Father because you do not believe the One the Father sent. That One is Jesus, and our ONLY hope of salvation from sin and eternal life with the Father is to believe on Him.