Believing Is Seeing (Part 6)
June 7, 2020 / 14:
Make A QUIET COMMITMENT:
- QUIET your mind and soul before the LORD — “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
- COMMIT to obedience: Commit to doing whatever God will say to you in this message — “to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22)
Here in John 14, Jesus is in the process of preparing His disciples for His death and departure. He has told them that He would be taken and crucified; that one of them would betray Him; another would deny Him; and all of them would forsake Him.
Here in the first half of John 14 we see Christ’s message of comfort as He seeks to prepare His followers for the trials of life.
I. Jesus’ Message of Comfort (John 14:1-14)
II. Jesus’ Message about the (John 14:15-31)
Here in the second half of the chapter we will see Christ’s message about the Comforter. He continues His message of comfort with a message filled with promises. These promises are part of a Biblical principle of genuine discipleship. They can be enjoyed when this precept is obeyed.
A. The Precept to be (John 14:15)
The precept within this Biblical principle of supreme love for God is a command to obey. Our supreme love for Christ is displayed in obedient sacrificial love for others. We must understand that a growing love for God is dependent upon our gazing love toward God which will be displayed in our glowing love for God which is a sacrificial love for others.
B. The Promises to be (John 14:16-26)
The promises within this Biblical principle of triumphant Christianity is to be enjoyed by those who fulfill the precept of loving obedience which displays a genuine Christianity.
1. The promise of a (John 14:16-18)
It is important to note that Christ did not lay out for His followers a life of rigid instructions for them to obey. It isn’t primarily about religious behavior. He is explaining that the life of one who follows Him is characterized by a loving relationship that results in loving obedience.
a. Marked by His (John 14:19)
(John 10:10-11; John 11:25-26; 1 John 5:11-13)
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh [physically] I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.
b. Marked by their (John 14:20)
2. The promise of a (John 14:21-24)
Within this promise, Jesus reiterates the previously mentioned precept of loving obedience.
a. Marked by His (John 14:21)
b. Marked by (John 14:22-24)
i. An important (John 14:23a)
Jesus’ commands (Matthew 22:37-40; John 15:12-13; John 13:34-35)
The Apostle John’s teaching on loving others with God’s love (1 John 4:7-11)
1 John 4:20-21 If a man say, “I love God,” and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
ii. An important (John 14:23b)
Psalm 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart [speaks of great humility]; and saveth such as be of a contrite [meek] spirit.
iii. An important (John 14:24)
POINT OF ACTION: Jesus’ message about the comforter continues with promises to be enjoyed within a loving and obedient Spiritual relationship. The presence of the Holy Spirit enables the believer to live a life of loving obedience. This promise is marked by the Spirit’s encouraging and continual presence, along with His guiding and comforting presence.
What Is My Next Step?
Hearing — Giving attention to God’s Word with the intent to obey it – James 1:21-25
Doing — Making application of God’s Word to be more like Christ – Ephesians 4:22-24
- What did God show me that I must confess and forsake because it does not reflect Christ and hurts my relationship with Him and others? (Put OFF SIN)
- What did God show me about Himself in this text? (Renew your mind)
- What is He like?
- What does He like?
- What does He dislike?
- What does God say to me in this text? (Renew your mind)
- What command to obey?
- What promise to claim?
- What principle to apply (If I do ____, then God will do ___)?
- What example to follow?
- What verse(s) should I memorize and meditate upon through-out this week to help make my change lasting? (Renew your mind)
- In light of what I have heard from God, … (Put ON CHRIST)
- What character quality of Jesus must I demonstrate with God’s help this week?
- In what situations will I most likely be tempted not to respond in a Christ-like way?
- How can I get ready for those situations? (If I don’t have a plan for change, it probably won’t happen.)
OUR MISSION: Supremely love GOD, Sacrificially love others—ALL to the GLORY of GOD!