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LOVE, TRUTH AND WAR
1 John 5:6-20 – "The Testimony of Jesus"
April 21, 2019 / Dr. Jason Kennedy
All Scriptures from English Standard Version
1 John 5:6-15
6 This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. 9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
Creation, Fall, the Flood: Expresses our need for a Savior, Jesus
The Giving of the Law: Lays the foundation for Jesus
The Land, Kings and David: Prepares the way for Jesus
The Wisdom and Psalms: Expresses a deep longing for a Savior, Jesus
The Prophets: Provides an expectation of Jesus
The Gospels: Shows the coming of Jesus
Acts and the move of the Holy Spirit: Shows the continuation of Jesus’ ministry
The Letters (like John's): Teaches the commands of Jesus
Revelation: Reveals the consummation of Jesus
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Historical facts we know about this man named Jesus:
• He was a man from Nazareth and had a ministry primarily around Galilee.
• He was arrested in Jerusalem around the Passover celebration.
• He was tortured and crucified.
• He was buried in a tomb.
• The tomb was empty on the third day.
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
Consider what Paul is saying:
1. If Christ is not who He says He is, then our preaching is WORTHLESS.
2. If Christ is not who He says He is, then your faith is POINTLESS.
3. If Christ is not who He says He is, then we are DECEIVING people about God.
4. If Christ is not who He says He is, then your faith has NO POWER and you are LOST IN YOUR SINS.
1. If Christ is who He says He is, the preaching about him is primary.
2. If Christ is who He says He is, then your faith is essential.
3. If Christ is who He says He is, then we are telling people the truth about God.
4. If Christ is who He says He is, then your faith is powerful and you are rescued from your life of sin.
5. If Christ is who He says He is, it changes everything.
The Cross is about forgiveness
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
1 John 2:1
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
The Word of Salvation
41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.
41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ” 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
The Word of Victory
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
1 John 5:12-13
12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.
Taking it home ...
What was the most impactful thing that you took away from this message?
Read Matthew 26:69-75, Acts 1 and Acts 2.
What difference do you see in the disciple Peter?
How has your life changed since you met Jesus?
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
1 John 3:16: By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
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