April 3, 2022 9AM Service(Audio/Video)
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Delivered By
Pastor Lynn Spoon
Delivered On
April 3, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Central Passage
John 10:14-42
Subject
Trust Training for Jesus
Description

All Relationships are fueled by trust. That’s especially true in our relationship with The Lord.

  1. I can trust Jesus because he has the Character of the shepherd.
  2. I can trust Jesus’ because of His Power.
  3. I can trust Jesus’ because of His Promise for my eternal security.

“I am the good shepherd. I know My sheep and My sheep know Me. Just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep.” Verse 14-15

Jesus is saying, I can have that high-quality relationship with Him.

“I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them in also. They too will listen to My voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down My life - only to take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have the authority to lay it down and the authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” V. 16-18

“Put the sword back in its place” Jesus said to him “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” Matt. 26:52-53

“You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore, the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” John 19:11

Verse 16 maybe one of the most misunderstood verses in the entire Bible.

“I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them in also and they will listen to My voice and they will be one flock and one shepherd.”

It’s simple when you keep it in the proper context with the rest of scripture.

The real point is Unity under one shepherd.

At these words the Jews were again divided. Many of them said, “He is demon possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” vs. 19-21.

There are three reasons why Jesus is not a madman.

The words of Jesus aren’t the words of a madman. The deeds of Jesus were not the deeds of a crazy person. He healed people. He cared when no one else did.

It’s not a matter of proof. It’s a matter of trust.

“Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem.” v. 22

The Feast of Dedication is also called the Festival of Lights.

We know it as Hanukkah.

“And Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. The Jews gathered around him, saying, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” vs. 23-24

They attached ideas to the word “messiah” that the messiah was never meant to be.

“How long will You keep us in suspense?...“Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for Me, but you don’t believe because you’re not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice; I know them and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand. vs. 25-28

Jesus gives us three great promises:

1. I give them Eternal Life.

2. They shall Never Perish.

3. No one can snatch them out of My Hand.

It’s not a matter of my holding on. It’s the matter of me being held by Him.

All three promises are saying our salvation is absolutely secure in Jesus Christ. This is why it’s called Eternal Security.

There are also three types of security we may have in Jesus.

A. False security.

Jesus said “There will be people who even cast out demons in My name and do miracles, but the truth is I never knew them. They even call me Lord, but they never had a relationship with Me.” (Paraphrased) Matt. 7:21-23

B. Conditional security.

There have been many creative things, people have conditioned our security in Christ on. If you have conditional security, something many believers have it will affect your relationship with God. It’s going to affect the way that you grow in your Christian life.

C. Eternal Security!

Some think this is like a license to sin for believers? The believers who allow themselves to get caught up in a lifestyle of sin are not getting away with something. They’re giving away something. They’re giving away their joy, security and the significance of salvation.

Most of us realize as a believer our eternal security can’t be based on whether we sin or not. Because we all sin.

 

“God will help you endure to the end.” 1st Cor. 1:8

My endurance is based on God not on me.

The idea of eternal security, once saved always saved, impacts the way I relate to God. And the way I grow as a believer.

“Again, the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me? We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’? If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came – and the Scripture cannot be broken – what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father. Again, they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp. Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. Here he stayed, and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true.” And in that place, many believed in Jesus. vs. 31-42

There are three reasons I can trust Jesus, three promises of my security, three indications of what a true believer actually does! Jesus said…

True believers are people who listen to My voice.

Those who are truly My sheep are the ones who belong to Me, they know Me.

My sheep are the ones that follow Me.

It’s the genuine desire to be obedient to God.

 
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