Knowing Jesus to Know self
October 4, 2009
21 FELLOWSHIP – SBC
I. Not knowing Jesus makes life miserable and unfulfilling – vv. 22-26.
a. Life without Jesus is HELL.
b. Life without the right understanding of Jesus’ identity is hard – v. 26.
i. When we think that Jesus is there to serve our needs, we will be disappointed – v. 26
ii. When we think that we are more important than Jesus, we will get frustrated – v. 26
iii. When we fail to understand Jesus’ proper role, life gets out of focus – v. 26
II. Knowing Jesus and understanding who He is, helps us to understand who we are and what we are to do on this earth – vv. 27-30.
a. An awareness of God’s providential involvement in our lives adds purpose and purposefulness to everything that we go through – v. 27.
b. Understanding who Jesus is helps us to understand our proper position and place in life – v. 28-29.
c. The right perspective on Jesus yields heavenly perspective on our earthly progress – v. 30.
III. Know Jesus or go to hell! – vv. 31-36.
a. Jesus came from God – divine origin – v. 31.
b. Jesus taught the words of God – divine teaching – vv. 32-34.
i. What He taught, Jesus had seen and heard – v. 32.
ii. The world’s depravity kept it from accepting His message – v. 32.
iii. Acceptance of Jesus’ testimony is an affirmation of God’s truthfulness – v. 33.
iv. God was the originator of His mission – v. 34.
v. God was the designer of His words – v. 34
vi. God was the giver of Spirit without limit – v. 34.
c. Jesus was given control over all by God – divine authority – vv. 35-36.
i. ETERNAL LIFE W ITH GOD CAN BE OUR PRESENT REALITY ONLY BY FAITH IN THE SON – v. 36
ii. Rejection of the Son robs you of eternal life and makes you the subject of God’s wrath – v. 36.
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