Having His Word (10-29)

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John 16:33 -17:26 – Words can change your life

Out of His love for them Jesus has told the Disciples of the Father’s Love for them because of their love for Him, “For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved me and believe… (John 16:24). How did they show their love? Through their obedience to the Word, see John 1:1-5, 14.

Jesus has just gotten done telling the disciples that they would all desert Him: that they would soon would be scattered and leave Him alone (Vs. 32).

Even knowing that these men would fail and desert Him in His hour of need, He still loved, and most of all, trusted them to fulfill their Ministry warning them that in this world you will have trouble/tribulation.

But that they were to take heart because He had overcome the World…

Human society organized without God, Man rule, verses God, Darkness verses light, selfishness verses selflessness. Which brings us to chapter 17

The last thing said in chapter 16 was that in this world you will have trouble… and down through the years there certainly has been trouble for those who were not of this world, for those set aside for God…

Today we remember and many celebrate reformation Sunday. The Reformation was brought about by the writings of a pious monk who stood against the world and man rule in the church. Troubled times…

On Oct 31, 1517; 500 years ago, this Tuesday, Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the door of the Castle church in Wittenberg Germany. This practice, in his day, was the way to invite others to debate subjects of importance. No one took up his challenge, but his Thesis was taken, copied, and handed out without his permission, the issue of Salvation by faith alone in Christ alone became the topic of discussion throughout the country and it continued to travel until it reached the pope.

And while this is considered the birth of the Protestant Reformation it was not His intent to cause division. But to bring people back to the Truth. Luther vigorously spoke out against the practice of buying freedom from God’s punishment of sin with the purchase of indulgences. An indulgence was a piece of paper that was given for money to free you or a loved one from eternal punishment. It was granted by the head of the church and promoted by Johann Tetzel.

Luther apparently at first expected the pope to agree with his position, on salvation by faith alone in Christ alone, since it was based on Scripture. But in 1520, the Pope issued a decree condemning Luther’s views. Luther publicly burned the papal decree. And with that act, he also burned his bridges behind him.

Over the next three years Luther continued to preach against the practices of the Church of his time. His main points were that salvation was a free gift of God’s grace, through faith in Christ, and that the Bible was and still is the sole source of divinely revealed knowledge not the church or it’s human leader.

If you belong to Christ and are putting into action His Words then “In this world you will have trouble”! but Jesus said that we are to take heart because He has overcome the World!!!

And right after he said that He prayed for all of His disciples! John 17:1-26

We have been given the very knowledge of God in His Word and He tells us in Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to Me.

“We can spare everything except the Word.” Luther The Word

Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. – James 1:21-22

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. – Romans 15:4

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

As we take in God’s Word it teaches us and gives us hope: it equips us for every Good work and set us apart. Vs. 17 it changes us…

Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God. – 1 Peter 1:23

The Word that we take in sanctifies us-sets us apart and makes us different and the world does not like that… but Jesus has overcome the World. See Romans 8:31-39.


Further Reading:

The Word: John 1:1-5, 14, 5:24, 7:16, 12:48, 14:24, Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12, Revelation 1:16 then James 1:21-22, Psalm 119:9-11

Man Rule (the World): Matthew 20:24-28, Mark 7:5-8, Acts 4:18-19, 5:29

God’s Love: Romans 8:31-39

New Life: John 3:3, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Ephesians 4:22-24, 1 Peter 1:23

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