Truth Is Not a Right (4)
Somewhat of a review thus far emphasizing the privilege and opportunity of truth.
We have a cause as much as David against Goliath and Peter against the 5,000 that forsook Jesus. God gives truth, and it is a blessing deserving much thanksgiving, and it is an opportunity to be leveraged for further blessings and to avoid His just chastening.
Truth Is Not a Right (5)
We are responsible for truth God reveals, because He blinds and hardens many.
Most Christians will not believe God blinds men or hides truth, but the Bible shows His work over and over. Because of His judgment of men, truth brings a responsibility to appreciate it and obey it. If men neglect or reject the truth God offers, they will be chastened or punished.
God saved you to change you, and your growth and progress should be obvious.
Real Christians change and grow. A lack of fruit and progress is condemning. Those in Christ are new creatures and every part of their lives is new. It is a choice to daily put off the old man and put on the new. Change for God, those depending on you, and yourself. Change!
Truth Is Not a Right (2)
God blinding and deceiving some while converting others is true and profound.
History has many examples of men believing lies, when they could have been saved by the Bible. These include bleeding President George Washington and Ignaz Semmelweis fighting for maternal safely in childbirth. Bible verses are corrupted by some while understood by others.
Truth Is Not a Right (3)
Rightly dividing the word of truth is a gift from God to be carefully protected.
Bible verses have led denominations astray due to their corruption of them, while others can see the right interpretation easily. Truth is a gift from God requiring thanksgiving from those with it and creating the responsibility to learn truth, love it, continue in it, and defend it.
Truth Is Not a Right (1)
Most of mankind has lived believing various lies, which entirely wastes their lives.
Life without truth is not a blessing - it is rather a curse. Most Christians think God wants all men to know the truth - that it is their right to have truth by mere existence. The Bible does not teach such a lie - God hides truth from most men and justly deceives billions as well.
Five verses tell of the personal, emotional, and psychological sufferings of Christ.
There is more to the suffering of Jesus than just the physical. He also suffered emotionally, spiritually (by the devil), and divinely (by God forsaking Him). Appreciate His death more by learning these five verses. Paul wanted to learn the fellowship of His suffering (Phil 3:10).
John 6:70-71 names a man that should not have been born to avoid his judgment.
Jesus introduced this devil when discussing the rarity of true believers. Believers should note that external compliance does not prove heart righteousness. This wicked man is in hell under severe judgment of God, which should cause you to consider if you truly love Jesus Christ.
6:60-66 for Jesus final remarks against a hostile audience in city of Capernaum.
Jews from the feeding of the 5000 finally turn away from Jesus due to His hard doctrine. Jesus explained that the issue was not His preaching but rather their lack of spiritual life and comprehension. It would not matter what He did, they could not and would not believe.
6:67-71 for testimony of apostles for Jesus Christ; He indicated Judas as a devil.
When the multitude of the 5000 finally all left Jesus because they did not want truth or eternal life, He asked His apostles if they wanted to leave. Peter spoke for them with a glorious declaration of their faith. But Jesus identified a devil even among the twelve.
Bible study for men to be better leaders, especially in business management for jobs.
6:44-47 for the needed work of God for anyone to believe on Jesus Christ.
Jesus told His critical audience that the reason they balked at His doctrine was their fault, not His. They were not born again. They had not been drawn or taught by God to come to Him. They were still dead spiritually in their sins and could not think higher than craving free bread.
6:48-59 for Jesus confounding Jews by using bread, flesh, and blood metaphors.
Jesus is the true bread, and eating Him is to have eternal life. He then used flesh and blood symbols for Himself. Jews thought cannibalism; Catholics think transubstantiation; Protestants and others think communion. The truth is faith in Jesus Christ as our crucified Redeemer.
PowerPoint sermon about the character of Joseph mainly for young men to copy.
Count the happy blessings of those that endure (Jas 5:11). Identify perfect men and copy them (Ps 37:37). Joseph has 14 chapters about him; he is one of the great men of the Bible and a hero of God (Heb 11:22). Here is a man that young men (and others) should emulate.
6:37-40 to review salvation truth before Jesus explained their impossibility of faith.
The 5000 men plus women and children that Jesus fed are reduced in number, but they still want to argue and fuss against Jesus and His doctrine of eternal life. All they think about is the next free meal. He taught true salvation doctrine they murmured against and rejected.
6:41-44 for Jesus explaining their lack of faith as a result of not being born again.
Why would these Jews resist and resent Jesus their Messiah? Because they had no spiritual life - they were not regenerated. No man can or will believe on Jesus Christ unless Almighty God makes an incredible change in Him. Only then is a man able to hear and believe truth.
6:37 for the elect coming to Jesus Christ with true faith and being received.
Jesus drew a line. He told His audience that they had seen Him but would not believe (6:36). He explained that all the elect God had chosen for heaven would believe, thus indicating they were not part of the plan. Have you come to Christ for evidence of salvation?
6:38-39 for Jesus coming to do the will of God in salvation and not lose one.
The will of Almighty God is the First Cause of all things, especially salvation. Jesus came to do the will of God, which was to be Redeemer for all the elect. Jesus guaranteed and promised not to lose a single one, and He would raise each one and all of the elect to eternal life.
Bible study to rightly use your three time zones to maximize your life before God.
The Bible has rules for how you should view the past, and it has rules for how you should view the future. Since your past is gone, and your future unknown, all you have is the present. Choices must be wise, or the present is wasted and your future ruined, leaving a worthless life.
6:37a for the glorious doctrine of God electing His children for Christ to save.
Most like the second half of John 6:37 about Jesus never casting any out that come to Him. But it is the first half that introduces the next nine verses about the sovereign grace of God in eternal life and His necessary power to regenerate and draw some to believe on Christ.