Monday, November 9, 2009

Believe, Or Not

We had a combined Sunday School yesterday, so our study of John will come next Sunday, I pray that our girls will read the entire book. If they can understand the first three verses, our job will be much easier:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-3 KJV)

It is here, upon this concept, that most unbelievers stumble. They cannot fathom the oneness, that Jesus is God, a singularity, the echod heard since God told Israel to hear and observe to do it:

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: (Deuteronomy 6:4 KJV)

They forget that this stumbling was prophesied:

And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. (Isaiah 8:14-15 KJV)

And the stone was described:

The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. (Psalms 118:22-23 KJV)

Jesus knew He was this cornerstone:

Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. (Matthew 21:42-44 KJV)

It is in John that Jesus boldly stated I and my Father are one. (John 10:30 KJV)

For that, He was to be stoned, and He asked them to clarify the reason:

Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. (John 10:32-33 KJV)

His answer rings today. Believe, or don’t believe. Then take responsibility and live with the results of that decision, eternally:

If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. (John 10:37-38 KJV)

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