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Gospel of Grace

2 main types of legalism. Both stem from performance and external-ism and produce either pride or self hatred.

Type#1 Self Degradation – Deconstructing ones self worth by attaching their personal value to their failed life experiences and sin patterns. This type of Legalism keeps the believer bound in a unhealthy state of Mind. The thought process here is that  they are never good enough and have to earn the favor of God through ritualistic practices, often distorting the exhortations of Jesus, Paul and the other biblical authors into a “to do” list that earns them favor, love and acceptance from God. Some of the ritualistic practices can be biblical (prayer, fasting, reading the word) While some practices can be created by the individual through personal belief (spiritual probation or timeout). It is nearly impossible for this type of believer to live as salt or light, because their lens of Christianity does not produce a sense of confidence before God. With a lack of confidence (Hebrews 4:16) in Gods love for them, it is impossible for them to see other humans as God does. Their lack of self love, strips them of the ability to love other humans and see them as redeemable.

Type#1 Self Righteous – Believing ones works have the power to earn love and favor from God. This type of believer evaluates their life based on what they believe they are doing correctly before God and Men and by their evaluation they believe they are hitting all the marks (Matthew 6:3). This produces the wrong type of confidence and a damaging pride. It’s success by external-ism. This type of behavior also creates an attitude based in arrogance that crushes other believers under the weight of failure. It lacks mercy, compassion and humility and disregards the meaning of poor in spirit. The type of “help” that is offered to believers in bondage is to modify external behavior until it models a form of biblical living.

For instance the Sermon on the Mount is achieved and measured through effort instead of first commandment love (Matthew 22:37-38). The sermon on the Mount and other biblical exhortations become a measurement system instead of a helpful guide. A guide where Jesus is leading our hearts. Jesus says some extremely challenging things, but the lens in which we interpret Jesus teachings makes all the difference. We can view Jesus teachings a long list of issues that we need to correct in our lives through self effort. Or Jesus is giving us the information that we need to overcome in the deepest recesses of our hearts, and to live in the fullness of the first commandment. John 17:23. A proper understanding of Jesus teaching must be filtered in a healthy way. If he exhorts us in an area of a weakness he is committed to be with us and help us in the process. It’s when we obey his exhortation’s without asking for his help that we fall into un-biblical striving. The reason it’s un-biblical is because it skips the relational side of the equation and achieves its goals on its own strength.

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Eternal Rewards

Any biblical teaching that is not actively taught, defaults to the secular narrative in the believers mind.

1 Corinthians 2:9, Isaiah 64:4 Amplified Bible (AMP)
but just as it is written [in Scripture],

“Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed].”

https://www.openbible.info/topics/rewards_in_heaven

Revelation – 18 eternal rewards

“Overcomes” is from the Greek word developed from nikh “nika” which means “conquest, victory” to be the victor, to gain a victory, to be victorious.

  1. The right to eat from the tree of life.
  2. crown of life
  3. will not be hurt by the second death
  4. Hidden Manna
  5. White Stone
  6. New Name
  7. Authority over nations
  8. A scepter
  9. The morning star
  10. be dressed in white
  11. Never blot out his name
  12. Acknowledge his name before the father and angels
  13. Be made a pillar in the temple
  14. Write on him the name of my God
  15. Write on him the name of the city of my God
  16. Write on him a God’s new name
  17. The right to sit with Jesus on his throne

Many of these promises are found in Jesus’ teachings and the NT epistles.
None of these teachings are radically new here.

7 Principles of Eternal Rewards

 

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Jesus’ Arrest, Death and Resurrection: Notes

A. 4 Attitudes and Actions of a Disciple (Leadership training accelerated)

2-3 months before the cross Luke 17. Jesus teaches on the road to Jerusalem.

Leadership principle #1 Luke 17:1-2 Resist temptation and resist tempting others.
Leadership principle #2 Luke 17:3-4 Be proactive to heal and restore relationships.
Leadership principle #3 Luke 17:5-6 Use your little faith and in time it will grow.
Leadership principle #4 Luke 17:7-10 Serve without entitlement.

B. One week before the cross.

Saturday – John 11:55-12:22 Jesus arrives in Bethany for a Dinner in his honor. Mary anoints him.
Sunday – Luke 19 Triumphal entry. Cleanses the temple for the second time
MondayMatthew 21:19, Luke Luke 20-21 Curses the fig tree, teaches in the temple
Tuesday – Matthew 23 Luke 21 Openly rebukes the pharisees. Teaches on the end of the Age
Wednesday – Matthew 26:1-5, Matthew 26:14-16 The religious leaders plan to kill Jesus
Thursday – Luke 22 Last supper, Prayer on mount of Olives and Arrest
Friday – Luke 22-23 Brought before Sanhedrin on trial, goes to Pilate, goes to Herod, back to Pilate.

C. Arrest Trial and Resurrection Luke 22-23

Judas agrees to betray Jesus Luke 22:1-6, Matthew 26:14-16
Related verses: Zechariah 11-12, Jeremiah 19:1-3, 32:6-9

The Last Supper – Luke 22:7-38, Matthew 26:17-35, Mark 14:12-26
Related verses: Revelation 19:6-9, Matthew 10, Luke 9:46, Mark 9:33-36, Matthew 18:1-4, Isaiah 53:12, Luke 9:3

Prayer at the Mount of Olives – Luke 22:39-46, Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42
Related verses: Matthew 6:9-13

Jesus is Arrested – Luke 22:47-52, Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-51, John 18:1-11
Related verses: John 18:10, Zechariah 14:4

Peter Disowns JesusLuke 22:54-62, Matthew 26:69-75, Mark 14:66-72, John 18:15-18, John 18:25-27

The guards mock and beat Jesus – Luke 22:63-65, Mark 15:16-20

Jesus goes to Pilate – Luke 22:66-71, Luke 23:1-7, Matthew 27:11-25, Mark 15:1-15, John 18:28-40

The Crucifixion – Luke 23:26-43, Matthew 27:32-44, Mark 15:21-31, John 19:16-27

Jesus Death – Luke 23:44-55, Matthew 27:45-55, Mark 15:33-41, John 19:28-37
Related verses: Matthew 27:46 , Mark 15:34, My God, Why have you forsaken me?, Psalm 22, Isaiah 53

Jesus Burial – Luke 23:44-55, Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, John 19:38-42
Related verses: John 19:39

D. Jesus Resurrection and 10 Appearances

  1. Sunday Early Morning – Appears to the women with the burial spices Matthew 28:1-10,
  2. Sunday Early Morning – Mary Magdalene Mark 16:9-11, John 20:11-18
    1. “Dear woman, why are you crying?”
    2. “Who are you looking for?”
  3. Sunday midday – Appears to the Disciples on the Road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-32
  4. Sunday midday – Appears to Peter Luke 24:34, 1 Corinthians 15:5
  5. Sunday Evening – Appears to the Disciples  Luke 24:36-43, John 20:19-25
  6. 8 Days after the crucifixion – He appears to the entire apostolic company Mark 16:24, John 20:26-31
  7. 32 day period – Appears to the seven disciples fishing on the Sea of Galilee John 21:1-2
  8. 32 day period – Appears to the eleven disciples on the mountain of Galilee Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-16
  9. 32 day period – Appears to more than 500 and James 1 Corinthians 15:6-7
  10. 40th Day – Ascension from the Mount of Olives Luke 24:44-49, Acts 1:3-8
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Jesus’ Arrest, Death and Resurrection

A. 4 Attitudes and Actions of a Disciple (Leadership training accelerated)

2-3 months before the cross Luke 17

Discipleship training curriculum

Leadership principle #1  Luke 17:1-2 Resist temptation and resist tempting others

  • It’s better to have your life cut short(milestone) than to continue as a leader that leads people into sin.

Leadership principle #2 Luke 17:3-4 Be proactive to heal and restore relationships

“Take heed” – Pay special attention! This is a common violation of relationships in the kingdom. Don’t hold a grudge!
Don’t avoid
Don’t slander – Creates division (Whispering)
Get the courage (rebuke) straight forward talk to him/her Galatians 6:1
If you don’t take heed, the issue will fester like a sore in your heart.

Leadership principle #3 Luke 17:5-6 Use your little faith and in time it will grow.

Many avoid the process of their faith growing.

  • Drawing back
  • Fretting
  • Complaining
  • Venting

Growing by faith is

  • Speaking the word over our circumstances and situations Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing…
    Hear it (written), believe it, and speak it.
    Luke 4: Temptation of Jesus
  • Exercise your faith in small acts. 10 second prayers
  • Deliver us from temptation (Matthew 6:13) Get help from the helper
  • Invite the holy spirit to help in every circumstance
  • Consistent small acts of faith equip us with a robust history to tap into full of life and testimony

Leadership principle #4 Luke 17:7-10 Serve without entitlement

  • Serve with selfless gratitude
  • We scream at each other what our rights are (politically, socially, economically) and why we should be offended that our rights are being violated. It produces a sense of entitlement.
  • God does not owe anyone special treatment because of diligence, hard work or service. This attitude creates a huge offense in our hearts.
  • Cultivate a lifestyle of serving without a sense of entitlement or offense.
  • Attitude of entitlement will steal your vibrancy, steals your ability to grow in faith.
  • Never focus on the measure of the payback you get from serving

B. 1 week before the cross.

Saturday – John 11:55-12:22 Jesus arrives in Bethany for a Dinner in his honor. Mary anoints him.
SundayLuke 19 Triumphal entry. Cleanses the temple for the second time (His message didn’t change)
MondayMatthew 21:19, Luke Luke 20-21 Curses the fig tree, teaches in the temple
TuesdayMatthew 23 Luke 21 Openly rebukes the pharisees. Teaches on the end of the Age
Wednesday – Matthew 26:1-5, Matthew 26:14-16 The religious leaders strategize a plan to kill Jesus
Thursday Luke 22 Last supper, Prayer on mount of Olives and Arrest
FridayLuke 22-23 Brought before Sanhedrin on trial, hes sent to Pilate, then to Herod and  then back to Pilate and condemned by 9:00am

C. Arrest Trial and Resurrection Luke 22-23

Judas agrees to betray Jesus. Luke 22:1-6, Matthew 26:14-16,
v1-3 Religious leaders want to kill Jesus but were afraid of the public reaction
v4-6 The Religious leaders needed an insider because they could not find Jesus Zechariah 11-12, Jeremiah 19:1-3 ; 32:6-9

The Last Supper. Luke 22:7-38, Matthew 26:17-35, Mark 14:12-26
v7-13 Jesus sends Peter and John to make preparations for Passover
v14-20 Jesus and the Disciples eat Passover
v16-18 Jesus will not eat or drink until the Kingdom comes (Marriage supper of the lamb) Revelation 19:6-9
v19 Do this in remembrance of me (Life, Death, Resurrection and Betrothal)
v21-24 Jesus reveals there is a betrayer which sparks a debate of who is greatest Matthew 10, Luke 9:46, Mark 9:33-36, Matthew 18:1-4
v25-26 Jesus describes poor leadership “Lord it over them” and compares true greatness to one who serves
v27-30 Because the disciples were faithful to Jesus in trials they will be on thrones (service)
v31-32 Jesus warns Peter of Satans sifting, Jesus has prayed is faith will not fail and to strengthen his brothers upon his return
v33 Peter is more confident (false bravado) in his commitment to Jesus than he is in Jesus’ commitment to him.
v34 Jesus tells Peter that he will deny him 3 times
v35-38 Jesus tells them to take a bag, purse and sword. This fulfills Isaiah 53:12 opposite of Luke 9:3

They would now be considered enemies of the state

Prayer at the Mount of Olives. Luke 22:39-46, Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42,
v39-40 Jesus and the disciples go to pray on the mount of olives. Jesus exhorts them to pray that they will not fall into the temptation to quit Matthew 6:9-13
v41-v44 Jesus prays by himself and receives strength from an angel
v45-46 Jesus finds the disciples sleeping and exhorts them to wake up and pray so that they will not fall into temptation

Jesus is Arrested. Luke 22:47-52, Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-51, John 18:1-11

v47-48 Judas betrays Jesus with a Kiss
v49-51 Peter cuts off the servants right ear John 18:10

Does peter believe this is the moment that Jesus begins to rule as King? Zechariah 14:4

v51 Jesus heals the servants ear
v52-53 Jesus asks chief priests why the arrest him with clubs and swords and why they did not arrest him in the temple.

Peter Disowns Jesus. Luke 22:54-62, Matthew 26:69-75, Mark 14:66-72, John 18:15-18, John 18:25-27

v54-57 Peter follows Jesus to the high priests house and denies him in the court yard
v58 Peter denies him a second time a little while later
v59-62 After another hour Peter denies Jesus a 3rd time, Jesus turns and looks at him. Peter leaves the court yard and weeps bitterly.

The guards mock and beat Jesus. Luke 22:63-65, Mark 15:16-20

Jesus goes to Pilate Luke 22:66-71, Luke 23:1-7, Matthew 27:11-25, Mark 15:1-15, John 18:28-40

v66-71 The council asks Jesus if he is Christ the Son of God, he says they are right in saying this and they use it to accuse him.
23 v1-2 The council accuses Jesus before Pilate as one who subverts the nation of Israel and opposes taxes
v3-7 Pilate finds no basis for Jesus guilt, the council further presses Pilate, revealing the Jesus was a Galilean. Pilate sends Jesus to Herod
v8-12 Herod stands before Jesus and remains silent. Herod, Soldiers and teachers of the law mock him and send him back to Pilate
v13-16 Pilate calls the religious leaders to a public council of Jesus, declaring his innocence
v18-19 The religious council stirs up the people (Mark 15:11) to release Barabbas instead
v20-25 Pilate appeals to the Jews again wanting to release him, but the crowd shouts louder. Pilate releases Barabbas and sends Jesus to be crucified.

The Crucifixion Luke. 23:26-43, Matthew 27:32-44, Mark 15:21-31, John 19:16-27

v26 Simon the Cyrene, is assigned to carry Jesus cross
v27-31 Jesus warns woman that a worse time is coming. If they respond like this to my mercy, how will they respond to my judgement. 70AD Hosea 10:8
v32-33 Jesus is crucified at the place called the Skull with two other criminals
v34 Jesus prays for the forgiveness of his accusers
v35-39 The leaders, the soldiers and the thief on the cross all mock Jesus
v40-43 The other criminal on the cross rebukes the mockery and repents, Jesus tells him he will be with him

Jesus Death. Luke 23:44-55, Matthew 27:45-55, Mark 15:33-41, John 19:28-37

v44-45 From the sixth to ninth hour darkness covered the land. Estimated to be from noon to 3pm. The curtain in the temple is torn in two.
v46 Jesus commits his spirit to the father and takes his last breath Matthew 27:46 , Mark 15:34, My God, Why have you forsaken me?
Psalm 22
v47-49 The centurion, the crowd and the women express grief over Jesus Death

Jesus Burial Luke 23:44-55, Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, John 19:38-42

v50-52 Joseph of Arimathea was a disciple of Jesus but also a part of the Sanhedrin Asked Pilate for Jesus body for burial.
v53-54 Joseph of Arimathea takes Jesus body down and is accompanies by Nicodemus to prepares Jesus body for burial John 19:39
v55 The woman that accompanied Jesus from Galilee follow Joseph to the tomb and then prepare burial spices.

D. Jesus Resurrection and 10 Appearances

Jesus appears 5 times on Easter Sunday

  1. Sunday Early Morning – Appears to the women with the burial spices Matthew 28:1-10,
  2. Sunday Early Morning – Mary Magdalene Mark 16:9-11, John 20:11-18
    1. “Dear woman, why are you crying?”
    2. “Who are you looking for?”
  3. Sunday midday – Appears to the Disciples on the Road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-32
  4. Sunday midday – Appears to Peter Luke 24:34, 1 Corinthians 15:5
  5. Sunday Evening – Appears to the Disciples  Luke 24:36-43, John 20:19-25
  6. 8 Days after the crucifixion – He appears to the entire apostolic company Mark 16:24, John 20:26-31
  7. 32 day period. To the seven disciples fishing on the Sea of Galilee John 21:1-2
  8. 32 day period. Appears to the eleven disciples on the mountain of Galilee Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-16
  9. 32 day period. To more than 500 and James 1 Corinthians 15:6-7
  10. 40th Day Ascension from the Mount of Olives Luke 24:44-49, Acts 1:3-8

Jesus appearance chapters
Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20-21, Acts 1

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Discipleship training and sending

Review

  • Final Six months before the cross. Jesus is focused on training his disciples.
  • Jesus puts a major emphasis on leadership and discipleship.
  • Luke 10 Tells the leaders what they should do and in Luke 11 he teaches them what not to do.

Jesus Teaches on Prayer Luke 11:1-13

“how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

  • v8 Jesus emphasizes that he releases increased power of the Holy Spirit to those who ask persistently
  • v13 We are not asking for the holy spirit. We are asking for increased activity. When we pray it increases the activity of Angels and the Holy Spirit.
  • If Jesus releases more Holy Spirit activity there will be a greater attack of the enemy against you. Luke 11:15

Jesus accused of driving out demons by Beelzebub Luke 11:14-28

  • v15 Some people in the crowd accuse Jesus of driving out demons by the power of Beelzebub. Because of the delegation from Jerusalem. Mark 3:22
  • v22 Jesus says it takes a stronger man(himself) to drive out the strong man
  • v26 It’s worse than before for a man who does not respond appropriately to the activity of the Holy Spirit in his life.

The Sign of Jonah Luke 11:29-32

  • v31 The queen of Sheba and the v32 men of Nineveh would stand in Judgment against the generation that rejected Jesus (Gentiles!)

Warning the Pharisees Luke 11:37-53

  • v42 Woe#1 Practiced externalism but rejected the first(Love God) and second commandment(Neglecting Social Justice) Isaiah 3:15
  • v43 Woe#2 You position yourself in places of honor outside of Gods will. (Demanding position and stature)
  • v44 Woe#3 Unmarked Graves. Don’t touch a dead body and “the traditions of men”. Numbers 19:11-13 (Confusing people with poor doctrine)
  • v46 Woe#4 Heavy Burdens (legalism and unnecessary works) Isaiah 29:13
  • v47 Woe#5 Hypocrisy, false honor and blood of the prophets (Associating with the prophetic message while being guilty of rejecting it)
  • v52 Woe#6 Taking away the key of knowledge. The key of knowledge is Gods plan of Salvation in the person of Jesus. The religious leaders had religious and legal power. (Manipulation)
    Example: Obscuring the truth about Jesus, his authority as God, who he says he is and the authority of his words.

Warned multitudes against hypocrisy of Pharisees Luke 12:1-12

  • v1 identify and reject false doctrine and practice
  • v2-3 Both the positive things (friends) and negative things(Pharisees) will be exposed over time.
  • v4-7 Do not be afraid of what men can do. But live in fear (high respect) of God.
  • v8-10 God acknowledges those who acknowledge him, disowns those who disown him and but does not forgive blasphemers of the Holy Spirit (Attributing works of the spirit to demons)

The rich fool Luke 12:13-21

  • v15 Possessions and money can destroy your heart and walk with the Lord if a biblical perspective is not kept Matthew 6:19-23
  • v19-21 Reject a life focused on possessions and presumed comfort. Jeremiah 23:28-29 and Ezekiel 13:5

Do not worry Luke 12:22-32

  • v22 “Therefore” links what he will say in the following verses to the previous teaching about finances, possessions and position related to other men.

Parable of the watchful servants Luke 12:35-48

  • v35-40 Live with the fullest commitment in your heart that the Lord has revealed to you, always prepared and never presumptuous Matthew 5:48
    “It will be good” (3x) for those who are v37 Watching 38 are ready v39 doing
  • v45-48 The results of living in presumption of a delayed return. Those who live a lifestyle that is abusive to the grace of God.
    The servant that knows his masters will and doesn’t obey it will be beaten with many blows. But the ignorant that disobey will be beaten with few blows. Jesus is not talking about beating people. He is using an analogy that was relevant to the culture at that time with the political hierarchy and system of slavery. Paul refers to it as suffering loss 1 Corinthians 3:15

This week: Luke 12-13
Next Teaching: The Cost and Rewards of Discipleship Luke 13-16

 

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True Discipleship and Overcoming Hardheartedness – Notes

A. Gennesaret – Mark 7:1-23 The religious leaders confront Jesus in about hand washing.

  • v6 The heart changes the behavior the behavior doesn’t change the heart. Isaiah 29:13
  • v10 Corbin vow – Give money to God. Moses says to honor your father and mother.
  • v14-15  Nothing that goes into a man makes him unclean, but what comes out of a man.
  • v17-21 Jesus begins to train his disciples, its the darkness in your heart that defiles you. Matt 5:3-11

B. Tyre – Mark 7:24-30 Jesus leaves Gennesaret and goes to Tyre

  • v26 The woman was a Greek (unclean) begged Jesus.
  • v27 He wants her to stick with it. (Bread now becomes the topic of conversation)
  • Jesus uses the woman as an example of faith for his disciples Matthew 7:7-12
  • v28-29 she wants the crumbs. and because she responds in this way Jesus heals her daughter.

C. Decapolis – Mark 7:31-36 Jesus passes through Sidon then goes to Decapolis

V32-37 Jesus heals a deaf and dumb man

  • It’s no coincidence that Jesus declares all food clean Mark 7:15  and people are clean Mark 7:26.
  • Peter is still going to struggle with these topics in Acts 10:34

Mark 8:1-10 Jesus feeds the 4000 in Decapolis

  • In Mark 6 Jesus feeds 5000 mostly Jewish people. Compassion has no favoritism
  • v2-3 “I have compassion for these people, some have traveled a long way”
  • v4 “Where can we get bread?” The disciples show their hardheartedness and unbelief
  • v5 He asks the same question he did when he fed the 5000 in Mark 6:38
  • v8 The disciples picked up seven baskets
  • v10 Jesus goes back across the sea of Galilee to Dalmanutha

E. Delmanutha – Mark 8:11-13 The Pharisees demand a sign from Jesus

  • v11 the Pharisees want a sign in the heavens.They are asking for a sign from Joel 2:30
  • v12 Jesus gives them the sign of Jonah Matthew 12:38-42, Matthew 16:4
  • The sign will be me coming in the clouds and the people of Nineveh will judge you
  • v13 Jesus heads back to the other side of the sea to Bethsaida

Mark 8:14-21 Jesus confronts the disciples hardheartedness

  • v14-15 the disciples forget bread and Jesus warns them of the bread of the Pharisees
  • v16 His disciples think he means not to buy bread when they get back 
     Mark 8:17-20
  • “V18 Don’t you remember?” V21 “Do you still not understand?”
  • Review your God story, cynicism and doubt are not the right response for a true disciple

F. Bethsaida – Mark 8:22-26 In Bethsaida Jesus heals the blind man with spit.

G.Philippi Ceasarea Mark 8:27-30 Peter confesses Jesus is the Son of God.

  • v27 Jesus Asks “Who do people say I am?”
  • v28 Elijah, John the Baptist, A prophet
  • v29 Peter declares “You are the Christ”

Mark 8:31-38 Jesus predicts his death, rebukes peter and teaches selflessness.

  • v31 That Jesus must suffer and die is a brand new teaching. Isaiah 53, Psalm 22
  • v32 Peter says “I rebuke you for that negative thinking”
  • v33-38 Jesus rebukes Peter and tells the crowd to live a life of self denial

Mark 9:1-12 Jesus brings Peter, James and John up a mountain for the transfiguration.

  • V1 “Some will not taste death… 2 Peter 1:16-18 “…coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power
  • V2 The three that saw Jesus in power (transfigure) were Peter, James and John. His inner circle.
  • V4 Elijah (prophets) and Moses(Law) are present and discussing Jesus death (Exodus) Luke 9:30-31
  • V7  The glory cloud comes “This is my Son, Whom I love. Listen to Him”

Mark 9:14-29 Jesus heals boy with a demon

H. Galilee Capernaum Mark 9:30-32 In Galilee Jesus predicts his death a second time.

  • 3 times in the final 9 months Jesus tells his disciples he is going to die

Mark 9:33-36 Jesus Disciples argue who is the greatest in Capernaum

Mark 9:38-50 Using Jesus name and maintaining the qualities of salt(beatitudes)

  • Mark 9:49-50

Next weeks readings: John 7,8,9,10 1. Think of one practical application 2. What did the holy spirit highlight 3. How can I put this into action?

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True Discipleship and Overcoming Hard Heartedness

A. Gennesaret – Ceremonial hand washing
B. Tyre – Woman at the table asking for scraps.
C. Sidon
D. Decapolis – Heals the Deaf Man, feeds the 4000
E. Delmanutha – Pharisees ask for a sign
F. Bethsaida – Yeast of the pharisees, heals the blind man
G. Philipi Ceaserea – Peters confession, the transfiguration healing of the demonic boy
H.Capernaum – Who is the greatest, accept all who come in Jesus name, Refuse sin.

3 main points to defining true discipleship Mark 7,8,9

Jesus is pointing out that Christianity is a relationship and not a religion.

  • True discipleship is not religious rituals or external ism. A disciple makes costly responses based in love. It’s a heart exchange with a real person.
  • Jesus really wants us to see his works and grow in expectation of his intervention in our life. We must resist apathy and cynicism.
  • All people are accepted by God and he wants all of his people to accept all of his people. Jesus wants us to take a radical position agains racism.

Jesus ministry years

  • Year 1 and 2 Jesus ministers to the people.
  • Year 3 Jesus focuses on his disciples and gets them on the fast track for the book of Acts leadership.
    • He’s the messiah ( Savior of humans)
    • He’s the son of God (He is God)
    • He’s going to die and then be resurrected (Savior)

Hardness of heart

  • One of the primary negative issues the disciples had was hardness of heart. When Jesus did a miracle the disciples didn’t take the implications of it seriously in their own life.
  • Jesus defines hardness of heart as unbelief.

Mark 7

A. Gennesaret

Mark 7:1-23 The religious leaders from Jerusalem confront Jesus in Genesarret about the ceremonial hand washing.

  • v6 The heart changes the behavior the behavior doesn’t change the heart.
  • Jesus exposes the externalism in the religious leaders (tradition of the elders)

    Isaiah 29:13
    “Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service,
    But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,

  • preoccupied with the ritual but not their heart posture toward God.
  • The old testament rituals were pointing to Christ.
  • People often confuse policy with ritualism or legalism. Use the word required, watch heads explode.
  • v10 Corbin vow – Give money to God. Moses says to honor your father and mother.
  • v14-15 Jesus makes a big announcement. Nothing that goes into a man makes him unclean, but what comes out of a man. Partners with v6
  • v17-21 Jesus begins to train his disciples, its the darkness in your heart that defiles you. How to change your heart? Matthew 5:3-11

B. Tyre

Mark 7:24-30 Jesus leaves Gennesaret and goes to Tyre (modern day Lebanon)

  • All food is clean and all people are clean. All people who come in his name must be received.
  • v26 The woman was a Greek (unclean) begged Jesus.
  • v27 “It’s not good to take the children’s bed and toss it to the dogs”. He wants her to stick with it. (Bread now becomes the topic of conversation)
  • Jesus seemingly ignores her but she wont let go. Jesus uses her as an example of faith for his disciples (training). Matthew 7:7-12 – Ask, seek, knock
  • v28-29 she wants the crumbs. and because she responds in this way Jesus heals her.
    • 2 LESSONS in discipleship displayed
      1. Fully accepting of all people 2. Fully expecting of miracles (faith).

C.Decapolis

Mark 7:31-36 Jesus passes through Sidon then goes to the sea of Galilee in Decapolis.

V32-37 Jesus heals a deaf and dumb man

  • It’s no coincidence that Jesus declares all food clean Mark 7:15  and people are clean Mark 7:26 and then goes to the Greeks in Decaopolis. He’s living out his message by example.
  • Peter is still going to struggle with these topics in Acts 10

    Acts 10:34
    Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism
     35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 

Mark 8

Mark 8:1-10 Jesus feeds the 4000 in Decapolis

  • In Mark 6 Jesus feeds 5000 mostly Jews. The message is that his compassion has no favoritism. ALL PEOPLE.
    • 2 LESSONS in discipleship displayed
      1. Fully accepting of all people 2. Fully expecting of miracles (faith).
    • True discipleship doesn’t reject people who don’t do Christianity the way we do. Accept EVERYONE that comes in my name
  • v2-3 “I have compassion for these people, some have traveled a long way”
  • v4 “Where can we get bread?” The disciples show their hard heartedness and unbelief. They maybe didn’t think he would do for the greeks what he did for the Jews. Jesus has already also walked on water so their faith should be at an all time high.
  • v5 He asks the same question he did when he fed the 5000 in Mark 6:38 “How many loaves do you have?”
  • v8 The disciples picked up seven baskets.
  • v10 Jesus goes back across the sea of Galilee to Dalmanutha.

 

E. Delmanutha

Mark 8:11-13 The Pharisees demand a sign from Jesus in Dalmanutha (Galilee)

  • v11 the Pharisees want a sign in the heavens not a miracle. they are asking for a sign from Joel 2:30
  • v12 Jesus wont give them a sign right now accept for the sign of Jonah Matthew 12:38-42, Matthew 16:4
  • The sign will be me coming in the clouds and when every eye sees me, you will see me and the people of Nineveh who repented will stand with me in judgment of you. That will be your sign in the heavens.
  • v13 Jesus heads back to the other side of the sea to Bethsaida

 

Mark 8:14-21 Jesus confronts the disciples hardheartedness due to their lack of faith related to bread

  • v14-15 the disciples forget bread and Jesus uses it as an opportunity to warn them of the bread of the Pharisees
    • Externalism
    • Hardheartedness
    • Hypocrisy
  • v16 His disciples think he means not to buy bread when we get back 
     Mark 8:17-20
    17 
    Knowing this, Jesus asked them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you don’t have any bread? Don’t you understand or perceive yet? Are your hearts hardened? 
    18 Do you have eyes, but fail to see? Do you have ears, but fail to hear? Don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the 5,000, how many baskets did you fill with leftover pieces?” 
    They told him, “Twelve.” 20 When I broke the seven loaves for the 4,000, how many large baskets did you fill with the leftover pieces?” They told him, “Seven.”
  • The disciples are not taking the implications of Jesus doing something miraculous seriously. Hardness of Heart!
  • “V18 Don’t you remember?” V21 “Do you still not understand?” He’s is telling them their faith at this point should be increasing. To remember how faithful he has been in their time together. Doesn’t Jesus follow through? Financially, relationships, hard endeavors? Look at your testimony and believe. Your faith should be increasing, you should not b living in doubt. Jesus considers this hardheartedness.
  • Review your God story, cynicism and doubt is not the right response for a true disciple. Hardness of Heart! You have a string of pearls in your history.

 

F. Bethsaida

Mark 8:22-26 In Bethsaida Jesus heals the blind man with spit and warns him not go back to the village

G.Philippi Ceasarea

Mark 8:27-30 In Ceasarea and Philippi Peter confesses Jesus is the Son of God.

  • 9 months from the cross.
  • v27 Jesus Asks “Who do people say I am?”
  • v28 Elijah, John the Baptist, A prophet
  • v29 Peter declares “You are the Christ”

 

Mark 8:31-38 Jesus predicts his death, rebukes peter and teaches everyone to take up their cross.

  • The disciples still have an incomplete understanding of what Messiah is.
    • Most anointed man ever He is messiah (king)
    • He is son of God (God Himself)
    • He must die and be resurrected
    • He will be resurrected as a human. And I’m going to resurrect you.
  • v31 That Jesus must suffer and die is a brand new teaching. Isaiah 53, Psalm 22
  • v32 Peter says “I rebuke you for that negative thinking”
    • Peter, you want a cross less Jesus
    • Man doesn’t want a messiah that goes to the cross
    • Man doesn’t want a messiah that leads us to our cross
    • Man doesn’t want history to go to the cross.
    • Letting go and denying our dark desires and obey Jesus leadership, that’s taking up our cross.
  • v33-38 Jesus rebukes Peter and then turns to the crowd and tells them they must live a life of self denial and take up their cross.

 

Mark 9

Mark 9:1-12 Jesus brings Peter, James and John up a mountain for the transfiguration(Mount Hermon).

  • V1 “Some will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God come in power”
    • When? The next verse. See Also 2 Peter 1:16-18 “…coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power
  • V2 The three that saw Jesus in power (transfigure) were Peter, James and John. His inner circle.
    • Jesus is showing Peter James and John the aftermath of his death and resurrection. That he will walk in full glory. Death does not equal defeat
  • V4 Elijah (prophets) and Moses(Law) are present and discussing Jesus death (Exodus) Luke 9:30-31
    • The presence of Elijah, Moses and the transfiguration is God validating what Jesus said about his death and resurrection.
  • V7  The glory cloud comes “This is my Son, Whom I love. Listen to Him” Listen to what he says about his death and resurrection.

 

Mark 9:14-29 Jesus heals boy with a demon

H. Galilee Capernaum

Mark 9:30-32 In Galilee Jesus predicts his death a second time. the disciples don’t understand.

  • 3 times in the final 9 months of his Life Jesus tells his disciples he is going to die, all 3 times they do not get it.

 

Mark 9:33-36 Jesus Disciples argue who is the greatest in Capernaum

Mark 9:38-50 Using Jesus name and maintaining the qualities of salt(beatitudes)

Mark 9:49-50
49 Everyone will be salted with fire. 50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

Next weeks readings: John 7,8,9,10

 

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Jesus’ power and commissioning the 12: Notes

A. Jesus Family intervention and public rejection by Jewish leaders

Mark 3:20-30

  •  His rejection from the religious leaders is now public, national and official.
  • v21, 31 Jesus family plans an intervention and walk 25-20 miles from Nazareth to Capernum.
  • v33-35 Jesus makes the declaration that all who believe in him are his mothers and brothers.
  • v22 The Jewish leaders send an official delegation from Jerusalem with an official statement that he is working in cooperation with demons Beelzebub.
  • v23  Its illogical to believe that demons are casting demons out. Jesus is the one with power to bind the strong man to liberate his captives.
  • v29 “whoever Blasphemes the Holy Spirit is guilty of eternal sin.” Do not live in fear that you blasphemed the holy spirit. Blasphemy attributing Gods power to Satan.
  • Jesus performs 4 miracles in a row as a response to his public rejection. These reveal his true identity. Power over Nature, Demons, and Sickness.

B. Miracle #1 Crossing the sea and calming the storm

Matthew 8:18-28, Mark 4:35-5:1, Luke 8:22-26

  • v35-37 Jesus is headed to Decapolis and commanded in Matthew 8:18. That they would go to the other side. A storm comes in while Jesus is sleeping
  • v38  “Do you not care that we are perishing?” The disciples questioned Jesus’ authority and it was really wrong.
  • v39 Jesus rebukes the storm and stills the sea.
  • v40 “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
  • v41 Jesus disciples fear shifts from the storm to Jesus “Who are you?”
    • The outward storm cannot create an inward storm.
  • Jesus calms the storm for the disciples to show them he has the power to calm the emotional storm in us.

C. Miracle #2 Healed Gadaren demoniac

Mark 5:2-20 Luke 8:27-39

  • v1 Jesus sailed from Capernum to Gergesa
  • v2-5 Jesus immediately confronts a man with an unlcean spirit in the tombs, no one could tame him or bind him with chains, the man was tormented screaming day and night cutting himself. Matthew 8 describes this event with 2 men
  • v8-10 Jesus commands the demons to leave and asks their names.
  • Mark. 16:17-18 Signs and wonders follow those who first believe.
  • v11 Jesus casts the demons into a heard of about 2000 swine. and the swine run into the sea and drown.
  • v14-17 The Greeks come and see the demon possessed man in his right mind and the 2000 dead pigs. They ask Jesus to leave.
  • v18-20. Jesus gets back in the boat and heads back to Capernum after telling the healed man to tell your friends about the compassion of the Lord.
  • The demons completed in the pigs what they had started in the man. Jesus saved these men from their own physical destruction

D. Miracle #3 & 4 Healed woman who touched His garment

Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:22-43, Luke 8:41-56

  • v21 Jesus arrives back in Capernaum and the crowd is waiting for him.
  • v22-23 Jarius begs Jesus to come to his house to heal his sick daughter before she dies.
  • v24 Jesus is on his way to Jairus house because Jairus daughter is sick and dying.
  • v25-28 The woman with the issue of blood pressed through and touched Jesus garment.
  • v29 the woman is healed of a 12 year blood issue.
  • v30 Jesus asked “Who touched My clothes?”
  • v31-35 Jesus stops and tells the woman it was her faith that made her well.
  • v35 A report then comes that Jairus daughter had died while Jesus was on his way.
  • v36 To Jarius “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
  • v37 Jesus then takes Peter, James and John (his inner circle) into Jarius house and raised her.
  • v38-40 The mourners mocked and ridiculed Jesus because he said she was not dead
  • v40 Jesus kicked the mourners out (paid mourners)
  • v41-42 Jesus heals the girl who is 12 years of age
  • v43 He commands that they tell no one.

E. Commissioned and sent out the 12

Matthew 10:1-42, Mark 6:7-13, Luke 9:1-6

  1. v7 Preach the message of the Kingdom (Jesus reign and Matthew 5,6,7)
  2. v8 Pray for the sick, cast out demons.
  3. v9 Travel light don’t take unnecessary items.
  4. v11-14 Bless those who accept you with peace.
  5. v15-22 Beware of the danger of men.
  6. v23 No false confidence or bravado. Flee persecution.
  7. v24 If they say I’m demon possessed. They will same the same of you.
  8. v26-v31 Speak the truth of God with Boldness and fear God above men.
  9. v34-37 The message of the kingdom will bring division among men.
  10. v40-42 Jesus rewards those who receive the message and that are faithful.

Studies in the life of Christ Part 8 readings. Mark 6,7,8,9

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Jesus’ power and commissioning the 12

Review

  1. Centurion’s servant healed (Capernaum) Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:2-10
  2. Multitudes to Nain (25 miles from Capernaum) Luke 7:11 September
  3. A widow’s son raised from the dead (Nain) Luke 7:12-17
  4. Woes upon Chorazin, Capernaum (Galilee) Matthew 11:20-30
  5. Second tour of Galilee with the 12 Luke 8:1 autumn AD 28
  6. Women support Galilean tour Luke 8:2-3

Preview

  1. Friends and family call Jesus “crazy” Mark 3:20-21
  2. First public rejection by Jewish leaders (Galilee) Mark 3:22-30
  3. Crossed the sea and calmed a storm Matthew 8:18-28, Mark 4:35-5:1, Luke 8:22-26
  4. Healed Gadarenes demoniac Matthew 8:28-34, Mark 5:2-20 Luke 8:27-39
  5. Healed woman who touched His garment and raised Jarius’ daughter raised (Capernaum?) Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:22-43, Luke 8:41-56
  6. Final visit to Nazareth (20 miles from the sea) Matthew 13:54-58, Mark 6:1-6a
  7. Third (final) tour of Galilee; pray for laborers Matthew 9:35-38, Mark 6:6
  8. Commissioned and sent out the 12 Matthew 10:1-42, Mark 6:7-13, Luke 9:1-6

A. Jesus Family intervention and public rejection by Jewish leaders

Mark 3:20-30

  • Mark 3-5 is a picture or a model of what it is like when a human being operates under the holy spirit in fullness.
  • The rejection Jesus experiences goes to another level. His rejection from the religious leaders is goes public, national and official.
  • v21, 31 Jesus family plans an intervention and walk 25-20 miles from Nazareth to Capernum. They go to lay hold (seize) of Jesus and take him away against his will.
  • v33-35 Jesus makes the declaration that all who believe in him are his mothers and brothers. “For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”
  • v22 The Jewish leaders send an official delegation from Jerusalem with an official statement that he is working in cooperation with demons Beelzebub. Not just any demon, but Beelzebub a high ranking demonic being. Matthew 12, Luke 8 (Matthew 12 The kingdom of God is in your midst if demons are cast out.)
  • v23 Jesus points out, like always the contradiction in their accusation that it is not possible for a kingdom to stand if it is divided. Its illogical to believe that demons are casting demons out. Jesus is the one with power to bind the strong man to liberate his captives.
  • v29 “whoever Blasphemes the Holy Spirit is guilty of eternal sin.” Do not live in fear that you blasphemed the holy spirit. Blasphemy attributing Gods power to Satan.
    • v28 All sins will be forgiven
    • v29 Except for a final complete hardness and rejection of Jesus that does not want his forgiveness.
    • The enemy is relentless to getting us on track with being bitter with people and with God.
  • Jesus performs 4 miracles in a row as a response to his public rejection. These reveal his true identity. Power over Nature, Demons, and Sickness.

B. Miracle #1 Crossing the sea and calming the storm

Matthew 8:18-28, Mark 4:35-5:1, Luke 8:22-26

  • Do you want to do miracle ministry? Prepare yourself for a lot of Criticism, pressure and not a lot of privacy. It’s a bond servant ministry.
  • v35-37 “On the same day” Jesus is headed to Decapolis and commanded in Matthew 8:18. That they would go to the other side. A storm comes in while Jesus is sleeping “Do you not care that we are perishing?”
  • Jesus commanded that they would go to the other side. This is the same voice that commanded the light, moon and stars into existence in Genesis 1
  • v38  “Do you not care that we are perishing?” The disciples questioned Jesus’ authority and it was really wrong.
    • Complaining about our ministries, opportunities, jobs, relationships. Circumstances can be in turmoil and, but the turmoil does not need to get inside of us.
    • Jesus could stand in the face of the storm without letting the storm into his emotions.
  • v39 Jesus rebukes the storm and stills the sea.
  • v40 “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
  • v41 Jesus disciples fear shifts from the storm to Jesus “Who are you?”
  • The outward storm cannot create an inward storm.
  • The problem – Sometimes we falsely believe that Jesus promised us a position or an opportunity he did not. If he did promise it, we live in peace and believe that the time will come for him to fulfill that promise. People, ministries, finance etc can not stand in the way of what God promises, if he says it, it happens. If it seems delayed we must not become bitter or fearful but trust he will do what he said he would do.
  • Jesus calms the storm for the disciples to show them he has the power to calm the emotional storm in us.

C. Miracle #2 Healed Gadaren demoniac

Mark 5:2-20 Luke 8:27-39

  • v1 Jesus sailed from Capernum to Gergesa
  • v2-5 Jesus immediately confronts a man with an unlcean spirit in the tombs, no one could tame him or bind him with chains, the man was tormented screaming day and night cutting himself. Matthew 8 describes this event with 2 men
  • v8-10 Jesus commands the demons to leave and asks their names. The name of the Demon is legion meaning many. Legion was a unit of measurement for counting roman soldiers. A legion would have been considered about 5000 Roman soldiers.
  • We cast out demons in the authority of the name of Jesus.
  • Mark. 16:17-18 Signs and wonders follow those who first believe.
  • v11 Jesus casts the demons into a heard of about 2000 swine. and the swine run into the sea and drown.
  • v14-17 The Greeks come and see the demon possessed man in his right mind and the 2000 dead pigs and ask Jesus to leave.
  • v18-20. Jesus gets back in the boat and heads back to Capernum after telling the healed man to tell your friends about the compassion of the Lord. (This was a message to the gentiles.)
  • Jesus allowed is disciples to observe this event along with others, “You want to fratenize with demons? This is what demons will do to you! They will destroy you.”
  • You can’t play with demons, then say ” I’m done” the demons might say “You might be done, but we are not. We have unfinished business. “Pornography, addictions, lewd lifestyles.”
  • The demons completed in the pigs what they had started in the man. Jesus saved these man from his own physical destruction

D. Miracle #3 & 4 Healed woman who touched His garment

Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:22-43, Luke 8:41-56

  • v21 Jesus arrives back in Capernaum and the crowd is waiting for him.
  • v22-23 Jarius begs Jesus to come to his house to heal his sick daughter before she dies.
  • v24 Jesus is on his way to Jairus house because Jairus daughter is sick and dying.
  • v25-28 The woman with the issue of blood pressed through and touched Jesus garment.
  • v29 the woman is healed of a 12 year blood issue.
  • v30 Jesus asked “Who touched My clothes?”
  • v31-35 Jesus stops and tells the woman it was her faith that made her well.
  • v35 A report then comes that Jairus daughter had died while Jesus was on his way.
  • v36 To Jarius “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
    • You can see how the emotional storm shifts and is provoked in people.
  • v37 Jesus then takes Peter, James and John (his inner circle) into Jarius house and raised her.
  • v38-40 The mourners mocked and ridiculed Jesus because he said she was not dead
  • v40 Jesus kicked the mourners out (paid mourners)
  • v41-42 Jesus heals the girl who is 12 years of age
  • v43 He commands that they tell no one.

E. Commissioned and sent out the 12

Jesus is setting the disciples body of Christ’s expectations on the right trajectory

Matthew 10:1-42, Mark 6:7-13, Luke 9:1-6

  1. v7 Preach the message of the Kingdom (Jesus reign and Matthew 5,6,7) Don’t preach whatever you feel like.
  2. v8 Jesus is now giving authority to his disciples to do what they have observed him doing. Pray for the sick, cast out demons
  3. v9 Travel light don’t take unnecessary items. Don’t burden yourself, and allow God to provide.
  4. v11-14 Bless those who accept you with peace. Do not leave your peace with those who reject you.
  5. v15-22 Beware of the danger of men
  6. v23 No false confidence or bravado. Flee persecution.
  7. v24 If they say I’m demon possessed. They will same the same of you.
  8. v26-v31 Speak the truth of God with Boldness and fear God above men.
  9. v34-37 The message of the kingdom will bring division among men. Some to obedience, others to disobedience.
  10. v40-42 Jesus rewards those who receive the message and that are faithful in small acts of obedience.

Studies in the life of Christ Part 8 readings. Mark 6,7,8,9

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Eschatological time line

Eschatological – Study of the end of the age, death, judgement.

The ultimate message of eschatology is to repent because the kingdom is near.

Eschatological timeline.

Creation of the earth

Genesis 1:1, Psalm 104
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

The fall of man

Genesis 3:7
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

The curse

Genesis 3:14-19
Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.

Gods wrath

Nahum 1:2
The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.

Romans 2:5
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

Romans 1:18
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,

Matthew 12:30
 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

John 3:18-20
but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

The day of Wrath, Gods final judgment

Revelation 6,8,9,11,16
21 judgements of Revelation

Revelation 19:19-21; Isaiah 63:1-6; Psalm 2
Jesus wrath on Nations

Revelation 20
1000 year reign
Defeat of satan
The great white throne judgment

11 And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. 12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave[b] gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Gods redemption

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

1 Timothy 1:15
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

Romans 5:1
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 14
“If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth

John 3:5-6 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

Repentance required

To Repent is to experience a change of the mind’s perceptions and dispositions and purposes. We break our agreement with presumptive thoughts and surrender our mind to Jesus. We hand the holy spirit the leadership of our thought life and actions.

Luke 13:3
But unless you repent, you too will all perish.

Matthew 4:17
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Romans 5:10
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.

Repentance can be admitting that we are not “good” enough on our own, we need Jesus and the cross for salvation. This is “poor in spirit” Matthew 5

Adam
Noah
Abraham
Moses
David
Adam to Jesus 4000yrs