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Why John is My Favorite Apostle – pt.2
Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s slices will come from many places.
Today’s message will be part 2 of a series of messages we began last week titled: Why John is My Favorite Apostle
Last week we discussed the differences between the Gospels of: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Matthew’s writings centered on the Israelites being around the Tabernacle. Mark brings us into the outer court. Luke passes us into the Holy Place.
Among other things we discovered was that John’s was the only Gospel that began with… “In the Beginning…” Emphasis being on the fact that Jesus was the “beginning;” referring to His being “the Word.” Here John begins to speak of “God’s Word” in power.
We discussed the many attributes of the Apostle John, as selected for Apostleship by God; including his parentage, being humanly first cousin to Jesus.
John’s book truly is a book of Love.
I also mentioned last week That I would discuss the subject of “Law and Grace,” or you might say, “Old Testament and New Testament.” So… let’s look at the contrast between them.
First, law addresses men as members of creation; grace makes us new creation
Second, Law shows what is in men- sin. Grace manifests what is in God- love.
Third, Law demands righteousness from men- Grace brings righteousness to men.
Fourth, Law sentences a living man to death – Grace brings a dead man to life.
Fifth, Law speaks of what men must do God– Grace tells what Christ has done for us
Sixth, Law gives the knowledge of sin- Grace puts away sin.
Seventh, Law brought God out to men- Grace brings man in to God.
I must give credit for that contrast to a book titled: The Gospel by John – by A.W. Pink
I also said when I ended last week, that Jesus was God-the-Father’s communication with mankind. I may have referred Him to being the “Devine Transmitter”
We all know Him as the Savoir who suffered and died for us; but may not dwell enough on the fact that His purpose was here to reveal God’s perfect and holy character; to confirm The Father’s love and wisdom.
This is told us in the book The Gospel of John.
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