Wondering About Judgement John 8:12, 15-18, 23, 42-47 Nov. 03-2013
It is sad to me to ask different people if they know they are going to heaven and hear them say no one knows for sure they are going to heaven. I always quote or show them 1 John 5:13. I tell them God wants them to know and not to go around Wondering about Judgement.
1. Wondering About Judgement and Our . . Walk. 8:12, & 15-18
A. Judgement of Our Walk and Witness in The . . Light. 8:12
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again: "I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk
in the darkness but will have the light of life."
B. Judgement of Our Walk and the Witness in The . . Law. 8:15-18
15 You judge by human standards. I judge no one.
16 And if I do judge, My judgment is true, because I am not alone, but I and the Father who sent Me judge
together. Matt 7:23
17 Even in your law it is written that the witness of two men is valid.
18 I am the One who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me
The Old Testament tells us “people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. (Isa. 9:2) We know that light as Jesus. Jesus said you can know His followers because they walk in light. For several years I have tried to pick out Christian people with whom I have dealings . Usually I can because the light of Christ shows through them. The light of Jesus lets us know we can not be righteous because we have tried ti keep the Law.
I like the Scripture verses where Jesus talks about a self righteous man who stands before the judgement and claims he should get into heaven because of the works he has done. Jesus said, “I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!”(Matt.7:23) How can a person do good work for the Lord if they don’t have a relationship with Him? Two witnesses were required in the Jewish legal system. Jesus said He and the Father made the two witnesses for His Claims and authority.
2. Wondering About Judgement and Our . . Walk. 8:12
A. Judgement of Our and the Witness in The . . Light. 8:23
23 "You are from below," He told them, "I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
B. Judgement of Our and the Witness in The . . Light. 8:23
42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, because I came from God and I am here. For I didn't come on My own, but He sent Me.
43 Why don't you understand what I say? Because you cannot listen to My word.
44 You are of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of liars.
45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.
46 Who among you can convict Me of sin? If I tell the truth, why don't you believe Me?
47 The one who is from God listens to God's words. This is why you don't listen, because you are not from God."
The Christian Life Committee of Missouri has scheduled a World View Conference for the past several years. This year it will be held at Hannibal University. If you can, please attend it. In our text Jesus said He was not of this world. When He lives in us we are no longer of this world. We may live here but our mind set in different. It is different because we walk in the light of Jesus. The Word of God makes a difference in an individual believer. The attitudes and actions of the Jewish leaders clearly identified them as followers of Satan. In a number of places Jesus intentionally challenged His listeners. He welcomed those who wanted to question his claims and character as long as they were willing to follow through on what they discovered. Jesus' challenge clarifies the two most frequent reasons that people miss when encountering him: (1) They never accept his challenge to test him, or (2) they test him but are not willing to believe what they discover. If these people would do as Jesus challenged they would have less Wondering About Judgement.
Amen? Amen! (For a more detailed outline go to: http://www.preachhim.org/SundaySchoolIndex.html)