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Jesus In Every Book Of The Bible

Part 32 - 1,2,3 John & Jude

December 1, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian

JESUS IS… “THE SEED” IN GENESIS “THE LAMB” IN EXODUS “THE HEAD COVERING OF THE PRIEST (MITRE)” IN LEVITICUS “THE FIRE” IN NUMBERS “THE WORD” IN DEUTERONOMY “OUR FLAG OF VICTORY” IN JOSHUA “THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE” IN JUDGES “OUR KINSMAN-REDEEMER” IN RUTH “THE MOUTH & PROPHETS” IN 1, 2 SAMUEL, 1,2 KINGS & 1,2 CHRONIC “OUR RESTORER” IN EZRA & NEHEMIAH “OUR MEDIATOR” IN ESTHER “A REVELATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS” IN JOB “THE SON OF GOD” IN PSALMS “WISDOM” IN PROVERBS “THE GREAT SHEPHERD” IN ECCLESIATES “THE LOVER OF OUR SOULS” IN SONG OF SOLOMON. “THE SIGN” IN ISAIAH “THE BRANCH” IN JEREMIAH “THE MAN OF SORROWS” IN LAMENTATIONS “THE LORD IS THERE” IN EZEKIEL “THE GREAT STONE” IN DANIEL “OUR HUSBAND” IN HOSEA “THE BAPTIZER IN THE HOLY SPIRIT” IN JOEL “THE PLUMB LINE” IN AMOS “RULER OF THE NATIONS” IN OBADIAH “THE RISEN PROPHET” IN JONAH “THE BETHLEHEMITE” IN MICAH “THE LORD OF HOSTS” IN NAHUM “SALVATION” IN HABAKKUK “THE RETURNING KING” IN ZEPHANIAH “JESUS IN THE TEMPLE” IN HAGGAI “THE PIERCED ONE” IN ZECHARIAH “THE MESSENGER” IN MALACHI “THE LION” IN MATTHEW “THE OX” IN MARK “THE MAN” IN LUKE “THE EAGLE” IN JOHN “THE CHURCH/BODY OF CHRIST” IN ACTS “THE BUTTERFLY” IN ROMANS “THE SANCTIFER” IN 1st CORINTHIANS “THE YES AND AMEN” IN 2ND CORINTHIANS “THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST” IN GALATIANS “RAISED & SEATED WITH HIM” IN EPHESIANS “THE MIND OF CHRIST” IN PHILIPPIANS “OUR HOPE OF GLORY” IN COLOSSIANS “THE BELIEVERS SALVATION” IN 1 & 2 THESSALONIANS “THE MAN, THE MEDIATOR” IN 1 TIMOTHY “OUR MILITARY LEADER” IN 2 TIMOTHY “OUR BLESSED HOPE” IN TITUS “OUR RANSOME” IN PHILEMON “HE IS THE BEST” IN HEBREWS “THE WISDOM OF GOD” IN JAMES “THE CHOICE CORNERSTONE” IN 1 PETER “THE LORD IS PATIENT” IN 2 PETER (54 PICTURES) 1 JOHN THEME; FELLOWSHIP IN THE FATHERS FAMILY GOD BEING LIGHT AND LOVE OUR PICTURE OF JESUS IN 1 JOHN IS “THE CHRIST” 1 John 2:22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. JOHN USED THREE THEMES THROUGHOUT THE FIVE CHAPTERS; OBEDIENCE, LOVE AND TRUTH. A SPIRIT CONTROLLED MIND KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS TRUTH, A SPIRIT CONTROLLED HEART FLOWS IN LOVE, AND A SPIRIT CONTROLLED WILL INCLINES US TO OBEDIENCE; THERE ARE BASICALLY THREE MOTIVES FOR OBEDIENCE; WE MUST OBEY, WE NEED TO OBEY, WE WANT TO OBEY A SLAVE OBEYS BECAUSE HE MUST... AN EMPLOYEE OBEYS BECAUSE HE NEEDS TO OBEY... BUT A CHRISTIAN OBEYS HIS FATHER BECAUSE HE WANT TO OBEY... A CONNECTION WITH THE 3 LEVELS OF MATURITY MENTIONED IN 1 Jn 2:12-14 2:12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. THREE TYPES OF CHRISTIANS, ACCORDING TO THEIR MATURITY LEVELS. THE “LITTLE CHILDREN” WHOSE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE AND EXCITEMENT REVOLVES AROUND THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THEIR SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN. THE 2ND LEVEL OF CHRISTIAN MATURITY IS THE YOUNG. THEY ARE STRONG IN GOD’S WORD AND HAVE OVERCOME THE DEVIL (Vs 14). THE LAST GROUP IS THE “MATURE” WHO KNOW CHRIST. THESE PEOPLE, WALKING IN CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. THIS BOOK DEALS WITH WORLDLINESS. WORLDLINESS IS NOT SO MUCH A MATTER OF ACTIVITY AS IT IS AN ATTITUDE. WORLDLINESS NOT ONLY AFFECTS YOUR REPSONSE TO THE LOVE OF GOD, BUT IT ALSO AFFECTS YOUR REPONSE TO THE WILL OF GOD. 1 Jn 2:17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. JOHN EXPOSES THE WORLDS SYSTEM WHICH USES THREE DEVICES TO TRAP CHRISTAINS. LUST OF THE FLESH, EYES, AND PRIDE OF LIFE. FIRST, FRIENDSHIP OF THE WORLD DEVELOPS: James 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. THEN THE CHRISTIAN BECOMES SPOTTED BY THE WORLD: James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. THIRDLY, THE BELIEVER BECOMES CONFORMED TO THE WORLD: Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. FOURTHLY, HE BECOMES CONDEMENED WITH THE WORLD: 1 Cor 11:32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world. GOD WAS WARNING HIS FAMILY ABOUT CONFLICT BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARKNESS, LOVE AND HATRED, AND TRUTH AND ERROR. THEME VERSE 1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 2 JOHN 2 John HE IS GOING TO HIGHLIGHT TRUTH AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE TO WALK IN. John USES THE WORD TRUTH FIVE TIMES IN THE FIST 4 VERSES. ABIDING AFFECTS OUR LIFESTYLE THE WORD NEEDS TO BECOMES NATURAL IN ACTION... JOHN’S SPECIAL BURDEN IS THAT CHRISTIANS LOVE ONE ANOTHER. OUR PICTURE OF JESUS IN 2 & 3 JOHN IS “TRUTH AND LOVE” 6 And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. THEME VERSE 2 John 5 Now I ask you, lady, not as though I were writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. 3 JOHN JOHN USES “BELOVED” WHICH IN THE GREEK APPEARS TEN TIMES IN THESE THREE EPISTLES. “The one Whom I love in the truth” (Vs 1) HE KICKS OFF THE IMPORANCE OF KNOWNG GOD’S WILL TO PROSPER AND BE IN HEALTH AS OUR SOUL PROSPERS (2) I BELIEVE SOUL PROSPERITY IS GROWING IN THE WISDOM OF GOD Prov 3:16 Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. JOHN EXHORTS THE READER TO “imitate what is good, not what is evil” (Vs 11) THEME VERSE TPT 3 John 2 Beloved friend, I pray that you are prospering in every way and that you continually enjoy good health, just as your soul is prospering. JUDE JUDE WAS THE HALF BROTHER OF JESUS. HE CALLS HIMSELF A BOND-SERVANT OF JESUS AND BROTHER OF JAMES (Vs 1). JUDE’S GREAT DESIRE WAS TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM FALLING SPIRITUALLY; HE WAS CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH (Vs 3) JUDE TALKS ABOUT BACKSLIDING OR APOSTASY THERE ARE THREE MAJOR CHARACTERISTICS OF AND APOSTATE HE IS UNGODLY (Vs 4) HE TURNS GRACE INTO LASCIVIOUSNESS (Vs 4) HE DENIES THAT JESUS IS LORD (Vs 4) ENOCH PROPHECIES ABOUT THE DOOM AND JUDGMENT ON THE UNGODLY. 14 It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” HE GIVES THREE THINGS THAT CAUSE PEOPLE TO BACKSLIDE. HE USES 3 PEOPLE AS EXAMPLES TO TEACH US. (MEN ENOCH REFERED TO) (Vs 11) THE WAY OF CAIN, THE ERROR OF BALAAM, AND THE REBELLION OF KORAH. CAIN, HIS HEART WASN’T RIGHT... HE WOULD NOT CORRECT IT. 1 John 3:11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; 12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. DOCTRINE KEEPS HEART RIGHT. WHEN WE ARE ASLEEP TO THE TRUTH WE ARE IN TROUBLE. BALAAM... HE SOLD OUT FOR MONEY... HE SACRIFICED HIS FAITH TO GET MONEY... MONEY BECAME MORE IMPORTANT THAN GOD’S WILL. KORAH... HE GOT INTO PRIDE. HE WANTED TO BE THE LEADER. THE REBELLION WAS A LUST FOR POWER. Vs 12-13 HE USES FIVE WORD PICTURES FOR THIS APOSTASY. THE EARTH – “LIKE HIDDEN ROCKS – UNSEEN DANGERS” THE AIR – LIKE CLOUDS WITHOUT WATER – OFFERING FALSE PROMISES AND CARRIED BY THE WIND OR EVIL SPIRITS. THE TREES – “LIKE TREES THAT ARE DEAD TO THE FRUIT OF PROFESSION AND DEAD TO THE ROOT OF POSSESSION THE SEA – “LIKE WILD WAVES – PUTTING FORTH WASTED EFFORTS THE STARRY HEAVENS – “LIKE WANDERING STARS—AIMLESS IN THEIR COURSE. THE CONTRASTS ARE; THAT INSTEAD OF DANGEROUS ROCKS, WE CAN BE LIVING STONES; INSTEAD OF WATERLESS CLOUDS, WE CAN BE A SOURCE OF LIVING WATER; INSTEAD OF DEAD TREES, WE CAN BE TREES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS; INSTEAD OF RAGING WAVES, WE CAN BE LIKE PEAEFUL RIVERS; INSTEAD OF WANDERING STARS, WE CAN SINE AS THE STARS FOREVER AND EVER. OUR PICTURE OF JESUS IN JUDE IS “OUR SPIRITUAL ANCHOR” WE CAN KEEP OURSELVES IN THE LOVE OF GOD. WE CAN BUILD OURSELVES UP ON OUR MOST HOLY FAITH BY PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT. (Vs 20-21) WE CAN LET THE WORD OF GRACE BUILD US UP, AND WE CAN KEEP LOOKING FOR CHRIST’S RETURN. THEME VERSE Jude 3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.

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Transformation

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