Unchangeable Truths

John 12:29-48

April 8, 2017 • Steve Schell

Truth doesn’t change, especially spiritual truth. The spiritual world is not a myth. There are lots of myths and fairy tales, invented stories about gods, goddesses and how the world was created. But that doesn’t change spiritual truth; it only makes it harder to find. The fact that there are people who say wrong things doesn’t mean right things don’t exist. And the truth is: There is a God who made us; He’s holy, and He’s going to hold us accountable for our words, thoughts and actions, unless we choose His path to salvation, whether we believe those facts or not.

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The Teacher Within

John 16:12-21 • October 8, 2017 • Steve Schell

There are spiritual truths that you cannot understand, no matter how smart you are, until God reveals them to you. Once you finally understand, the meaning seems so obvious you find it hard to believe that you never saw it before. But the fact is, until God explained it to you, it never made sense. This is what Jesus was explaining to His disciples that evening when He said to them, “I still have many things to tell you, but you cannot bear [them] now…” (literal) (v12). In other words, He told them, “You don’t have the spiritual capacity yet to comprehend what I want to teach you.” No matter how carefully Jesus might try to explain those things, He would only confuse them. But the next statement He made was a promise that the obstruction that prevented them from understanding spiritual truth would be removed when they were baptized in the Holy Spirit. Listen: “…but when He, the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth…” (v12). He was pointing to the new gift of the Holy Spirit they would receive on the Day of Pentecost. When that promise arrived, which Jesus’ death and resurrection would make possible, the Spirit would dwell inside them and empower their minds to comprehend spiritual truth. In the future they would always have a Teacher to guide their learning until they understood God and His ways with no deception or distortion.

The Plan

John 16:5-11 • October 1, 2017 • Steve Schell

What Jesus was about to do would change everything. All that God had done with the human race, from the time of Adam and Eve onward, looked forward to this moment. Even before He made the world, God peered into the future and saw everything. Listen to how Peter explained this, “…knowing that you were ransomed, not with corruptible silver or gold from your futile conduct [which was] given to you by [your] fathers, but with precious blood, as from a lamb without blemish or spot (stain), [the blood] of Christ, [who], having been foreknown from the foundations of the world, but revealed [for who He truly is] in the last times because of you who, through Him, believe in God who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God” (literal) (1Pe 1:18-21).

Recognizing God

John 15:18-25; 16:1-3 • September 24, 2017 • Steve Schell

If you met God, would you recognize Him? You might say, “Well, of course I would. He’s an old man with a long white beard, sitting on a throne with a brilliant light shining around Him. And there are angels who worship before Him day and night.” But that’s only the way people picture Him, it’s not the Person Himself. What if there were no beard or throne or light or angels, could you still recognize Him? What if He took on the form of a normal man, and you met Him one day standing on a street corner, would you know it was Him? If His voice were normal and there were no supernatural signs taking place around Him, what would you look for? What would tell you that there was something about this Person that was different from any other man you’d ever met?