I. Opening Video. Click on the arrow; the video will play.
A. Hunger For Holiness | Music Videos | Carman. May 23, 2016. Carman Licciardello.
B. As you listen to Carman in the video, consider the Holiness of God. Consider the need that we have of seeking Him, and of drawing into worship of our Lord. The following passages of Scripture tell of such a relationship that is present between God and those who seek Him. (HCSB. You may have heard a song that is taken from #3.)
1. Psalm 63:1
God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You.
I thirst for You;
my body faints for You
in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.
2. Isaiah 26:9
I long for You in the night;
yes, my spirit within me diligently seeks You,
3. Psalm 42:1-2
1. As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God.
2. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God?
II. The Testimony Of John The Baptist Concerning Jesus. John 1:15-18.
1. Consider the words of Dr. John F. Walvoord. 1
2. The ministry of John the Baptist as a forerunner of Jesus was prophesied in Isaiah 40:3-5; Matthew calls attention to this (Matt 3:3; Isa 40:3). Luke quotes the whole passage of Isaiah 40:3-5 (Luke 3:4-6). John claimed that he was that prophet in connection with the baptism of Jesus (John 1:23). John had predicted, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me’ ” (v. 15). John traced grace and all the blessing of God through Jesus, stating, “From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth through Christ” (vv. 16-17). John, in effect, announced that a new dispensation would be brought in by Jesus in which grace and truth would be its central feature. These statements are compatible only with the concept that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the promised Messiah of Israel.
B. Scriptures. New American Standard Bible.
1. John 1:15-18.
2. 15 John *testified about Him and called out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who is coming after me has proved to be my superior, because He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; God the only Son, who is in the arms of the Father, He has explained Him.
1. 1:15. He was before me: Jesus was born after John the Baptist (see Luke 1:36) and began His ministry later than John the Baptist. Yet, John the Baptist said Jesus was before him, meaning that Jesus’ existence is from eternity past (v. 30). (NKJV Study Bible)
2. 1:16. Most people take the words of v. 15 to be John the Baptist’s. Probably the words of vv. 16–18 are those of John the writer of this Gospel, although they too may be John the Baptist’s. Grace for grace means grace piled upon grace. The background of this doubled term, as well as the use of the term in v. 17, is found in Ex. 32–34. Moses and the people had received grace, but they were in tremendous need of more grace (Ex. 33:13). (NKJV Study Bible)
3. 1:17. Throughout the NT, grace is God’s favor expressed to sinful humankind apart from any human works or worth. Though there was abundant grace and truth expressed by God through the Law He gave Moses, it is in the person of Jesus Christ that grace and truth are realized to the fullest. (NKJV Study Bible)
4. 1:18. “No one has seen God at any time.” I.e., since God is Spirit (4:24), no man has ever seen God in His essence, His Spirit-being. Yet, He assumed visible form, which men saw in the OT times (Gen 32:30; Ex 24:9-10; Jud 13:22; Isa 6:1; Dan 7:9), and in Jesus men could see God (14:8-9). Christ gives life (v. 12); He reveals (vv. 14, 18); He gives grace and truth (vv. 16-17). (Ryrie Study Bible)
A. Consider “Grace.”
B. Consider the comments of Drs. Scofield and Ryrie.
1. Grace is “the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man.. . not by works of righteousness which we have done” (Titus 3:4; Titus 3:5). It is, therefore, constantly set in contrast to law, under which God demands righteousness from man, as, under grace, he gives righteousness to man (Romans 3:21; Romans 3:22; Romans 8:4; Philippians 3:9). Law is connected with Moses and works; grace with Christ and faith (John 1:17; Romans 10:4-10). Law blesses the good; grace saves the bad (Exodus 19:5; Ephesians 2:1-9). Law demands that blessings be earned; grace is a free gift (Deuteronomy 28:1-6; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 4:4; Romans 4:5). 2
2. As a dispensation, grace begins with the death and resurrection of Christ (Romans 3:24-26, Romans 4:24; Romans 4:25). The point of testing is no longer legal obedience as the condition of salvation, but acceptance or rejection of Christ, with good works as a fruit of salvation, (John 1:12; John 1:13; John 3:36; Matthew 21:37; Matthew 22:24; John 15:22; John 15:25; Hebrews 1:2; 1 John 5:10-12). The immediate result of this testing was the rejection of Christ by the Jews, and His crucifixion by Jew and Gentile (Acts 4:27). 2
3. Grace has a twofold manifestation: in salvation (Romans 3:24) and in the walk and service of the saved (Romans 6:15). 2
4. The dispensation of Grace will end at the second coming of Christ since, as suggested, the tribulation period itself is not a separate dispensation but is the judgment on those living persons who are Christ rejecters at the end of this present dispensation. The Scripture involved is Acts 2:1 to Revelation 19:21. 3
IV. Sources Of Information. I will put this statement of sources of information on each of my articles.
A. Credential information for named individuals in this article can be found on my Theologians website Page.
B. The following sources of information provide great teaching ideas; I encourage everyone to purchase these materials. The following study Bibles are two of the ones that I most often consult, both of which are key to the study of eschatology.
1. Ryrie Study Bible.
2. Scofield Study Bible.
C. Everyone reads something that someone else has written. Therefore, it is important to choose authors whom have proven to be knowledgeable of the things that they have written, and who also have a high degree of acceptance from their peers. In addition to the sources of information that are noted in the above paragraph, there are many other theologians for whom I have great respect, and whose works I use for reference in the articles that I write. A list of such theologians, along with their credentials, can be found on this website’s Page of my sources of information. On that sources page you can also find linked information that tells of the ministry works of many of those trusted theologians.
1. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy of the Bible, pg 403, Chariot Victor Publishing, 1990.
2. Scofield Study Bible, John 1:17 note.
3. Charles C. Ryrie, Dispensationalism, pg 64, Moody Publishers, 1966.
V. Closing Video.
A. Revelation Song/Holy, Holy, Holy – FBC Jacksonville, FL. videosofblessings. Mar 26, 2012.
B. Revelation Song (Worthy Is the Lamb Who Was Slain) and Holy, Holy, Holy. Performed by Daniel Crews with the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL. (Pastors’ Conference 2012)
C. It is my prayer that as you watch this video, you will sense an experience of true praise and worship of God, (“Father, Son and Holy Spirit; John 14:8-21; 16:5-11), through a deep and intimate relationship with Him (John 17:3).
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