In this 7th week after the Epiphany, Pastor Cliff continues to do God’s work at the “Mission de Candellila” in San Miguel, Mexico. Pray for his safety and strength as he uses his skills as a carpenter to build and repair the churches and schools and as he teaches the wonderful words of God to the people in Mexico’s interior. God knows that he never rests.
Our guest speaker was Gideon Larry Smith who told us of the great works of the Gideon ministries in the world, especially in China, Russia and the Philippian Inlands.
Roger Jordan was the teacher for the Adult Sunday School lesson for the last Sunday of the quarter of Dec/Jan/Feb. The lesson was written by Al Truesdale and the scriptures were from John 5:19-57, 36-47.
Of the relationship between the Father and the Son, revealed in John’s gospel, we observe the Son of God, in unbroken obedience to His Heavenly Father, flawlessly fulfilled the mission assigned to Him. The Son’s obedience is summed up on the eve of His crucifixion, “Not what I want but what you want” (Matthew 26:39, ISV). Because of His obedience, the Son opened the way to eternal life for all of us.
In the Gospel of John, the Triune God declares that Jesus Christ is God. That He is the world’s redeemer, and that He is the only Way to the Father (3:16; 15:26-27; 16:12-15; 17:1-5). In the Spirit’s power, the Church proclaims what the Holy Spirit confirms (Matthew 10:19-20). There should be no downsizing of God’s declaration regarding the person and work of Jesus Christ to accommodate other religions.
In one Person, in one place, and in one point in time, the one God definitely acted to reveal himself, and to secure redemption for “the world” (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Ephesians 1:3-14; Philippians 2:5-11). In Jesus of Nazareth, and here alone, the “mystery” of God’s will is revealed (Romans 16:25; Ephesians 1:9;3:4,9). Each member of the Trinity glorifies the other (John 17:4-5).
Jesus is confirmed to be the Son of God by the works or signs His Father authorizes. The signs reveal that Christ is none other than the incarnate “I Am” of Exodus 3:13-15.
The Bible has no glory of its own (John 5:39-47). Jesus says that to understand the Bible’s significance we must see how it leads us to confess that He has “come in [the] Father’s name (5:43). Anyone who seeks to glorify God must also glorify the Son (5:44). Otherwise, they just “don’t get it.” The Scriptures, including Moses (5:46), will judge those who refuse to confess that Christ is the incarnate “I AM” (5:43).