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John 5:31-47

The Evidence Demands a Verdict

November 15, 2009

Simon Goncharenko

21 FELLOWSHIP – SBC

Outline

 

 Each of us has to decide either for or against Christ, accepting the consequences that come with that.

I.                   The evidence FOR Christ is overwhelming today– vv. 31-33, 36-37, 39, 46-47

a.       Among numerous confirmations of His deity are:

                                                              i.      Christ – v. 31.

                                                            ii.      God the Father – vv. 32, 37.

                                                          iii.      John the Baptizer – v. 33.

                                                          iv.      His own works – v. 36-37.

                                                            v.      The Scriptures – v. 39-47.

II.                Despite God’s remarkable provision, many fail to benefit from it due to their own choices – vv. 35, 37-38, 40-47.

a.       God did everything possible for people to be saved.

b.      To this day people fail to accept Jesus for many different reasons – vv. 35, 37-47.

                                                              i.      The fickleness of man – v. 35.

                                                            ii.      Confusion between knowing about God and knowing God – v. 37.

                                                          iii.      Not letting God’s word remain in them – v. 38.

                                                          iv.      Missing the point of Scriptures – vv. 39-47.

1.      When one misses the point of Scriptures, he cannot be influenced by them – v. 40

2.      When one misses the point of Scriptures, he cannot love God – vv. 41-44.

3.      When one misses the point of Scripture, he stands condemned by the very text he misuses – vv. 45-47.

III.             The evidence demands a verdict

a.       If Jesus is for real, you’d better get saved!

b.      If you’re already saved, you’d better start talking about Him!