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September 25, 2012

God's Plan, Our Obedience

By Tony V. Hammack

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Thesis:
Jesus desires for us to hit critical mass in the spirit so we can correctly duplicate Him in the world.

John 17:6-12
6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

Jesus is the perfect representation of God.
Obedience to God’s word demonstrates love and opens up revelation to the follower of Christ. Without revelation knowledge the Church has lost connection with the voice and direction of God. Building will be hindered or things built won’t stand.

v. 6 Jesus revealed God to his disciples. Jesus is able to reveal God to people because He is the prefect representation of God.

Colossians 1:15
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Jesus in the Father and the Father in the Son

John 14:9-11
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.

John 10:30
I and the Father are one.

We, like the disciples and Jesus, are called to be in the world but not of the world. (John 17:14-16) v. 6 The disciples belonged to God, God gave them to Jesus and they obeyed God’s Word. These three steps caused everything to happen. Leave out any one of the three steps and the disciples are just ordinary people.

God can only be revealed to us if God chooses to reveal Himself to us.

John 6:44a
44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them,

God’s sovereignty / Our Choice

Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

If we obey

John 8:31,32
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 14:15
If you love me, keep my commands.

John 14:23,24
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

The word “now” in v. 7 indicates that because of this, now that. With prolonged obedience comes revelation knowledge.

Ephesians 1:17
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

Because God gave the disciples to Jesus and Jesus taught them the Word of God and they obeyed it, Jesus prayed that the disciples would know “that everything God had given Him comes from God.” This is important because of the foundational importance of having revelation knowledge regarding the identity of Jesus Christ.

Everything Hinges on Revelation

Matthew 16:17-19
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Many in the Church today have traded a pursuit of revelation for a pursuit of theology. Instead of wanting to know God many have decided to learn about God. Theological study has value however it shouldn’t be elevated above knowing God personally.

v. 8 in some ways mirrors v. 6 Jesus got the Word from the Father and delivered it perfectly to the disciples and they accepted it. The disciples knew with certainty that Jesus came from God the Father and they knew that Jesus was sent into the world by God.

v. 9 Jesus specifically mentions that he’s not praying for the World. Why not? He goes on to say that He’s praying for those God had given Him. Evidently God hadn’t given Jesus the world. However, I believe Jesus was believing that the disciples had hit critical mass in the spirit and would also continue to obey and thus perpetuate the ministry into the world.

What’s critical mass?
A size, number, or amount large enough to produce a particular result. What’s critical mass in the spirit? The disciples had enough revelation coupled with obedience to produce a good expression of God’s kingdom through their lives. They were ready to represent Jesus to the world.

I believe Jesus' deliberate strategy was to take over the entire planet with the Gospel. His plan was to have disciples mentoring others in the same way Jesus mentored His disciples. Jesus had His eyes on His disciples and them carrying on His ministry. (John 17:20) Jesus loved the world but realized that His disciples and their disciples etc. would have to be the ones to reach to the uttermost parts of the Earth.

v. 10 Jesus starts talking covenant talk here also between Himself and the Father. In the context of this covenant talk He brings up His disciples. He further mentions that the obedience of the disciples will bring glory to Him. I think of this in a similar way a well behaved or successful child brings honor/glory to the parent of that child.

v. 11 Jesus knows that He’s going to be leaving the world by His sacrificial death, burial and resurrection. He also knows that the disciples have more work to do so He asks God to protect them by the power of his name.

v. 11 (cont.) Jesus prays for the Church to be one. The unity is already given, it’s not achieved. The literal meaning is “that they continually be one”. The unity in the disciples is to resemble the unity between God the Father and Jesus the Son. It’s much more than unity of organization. I believe it’s God’s plan for Church individuals to be in covenant with other church individuals. Committed and deeply loving one another. Not back biting and flippant about their commitments.

The Church Universal
   
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September 19, 2012

Don't Become Weary in Well Doing


By Tony V. Hammack

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Kingdom Dynamics

The Enemy attacks the hardest when God is Loving the greatest.

Thesis:
Difficulties and attacks can be the strongest right before God moves in the miraculous. Don’t become weary in well doing…(Gal 6:9; 2 Thes. 3:13)

Our Text
John 13:1-5
It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. 2 The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

John 13:1b
Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.

When I read this I was like, “Wow, what could be getting ready to happen?” The FULL EXTENT of his love.  Awesome.

In verse 2 of John Chapter 13 we see immediately following the full extent of the release of Jesus' love, the devil is prompting Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus.

Right with the greatest release of God’s love is satan himself! The enemy will fight against the people of God receiving God’s love. When we receive God’s love, satan knows we’ll never be the same.

Our love for God will increase (We Love Him because he first loved us 1 Jn. 4:19) as well as our obedience to the Father. This love motivated obedience will be powerfully used against the satanic agenda.

The Secure Christian
V. 3 Because Jesus knows who he is, he serves his disciples. Christians who don’t know who they are, where they came from, or where they are going, won’t have a servant’s heart for the people God has entrusted to their care. They can be dominated and controlled by insecurities. They can also overcompensate by being domineering.

The 5 Love Languages
  • Words of Affirmation
  • Quality Time
  • Receiving Gifts
  • Acts of Service
  • Physical Touch
It seems from the above passage in John 13 that Jesus speaks the love language; “Acts of Service”. Or more specifically acts of obedient service prompted by love.

V. 4 starts off with the word "so". This means because of verse 3 now verse 4 happens. Jesus begins to humble himself and wash his disciples feet.

Jesus, by washing the disciples feet is establishing a culture for the early Church. The culture is to include humble, selfless service for one another.

Jesus washed his disciples feet and then said, John 13:14,15 “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

Foot washing to me is representative of being willing to do the lowest menial task for someone. Only secure people can do this.

In order to be a humble servant to others we need to know where we come from, who we are, and where we are going. We also need to know and be secure in knowing that doing acts of humble service doesn’t diminish us in any way. If anything, it does the opposite.

After telling the disciples to wash one another's feet in John 13:16 Jesus says “I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.” So when the person in charge serves the people who have a lower title, they are still in charge. But still serve!

There is a blessing associated with humble service. v. 17 says, “You will be blessed if you do them.” Notice the conditional promise. Knowing this is not what brings the blessing, it’s doing this.

In John 13:26,27 we see again a contrast between the Love of Jesus and the influence of satan. Jesus takes the bread and dips it into a dish. As soon as Judas takes the bread satan himself literally possesses Judas.

The gesture by Jesus with Judas sitting close to Jesus indicating false fellowship.

Evidently the critical moment when Judas received the bread may have been a final appeal by Jesus which Judas did not accept.

It’s also an interesting side note that Jesus' words to Judas/satan indicate that He is still in control of the situation. “What you are about to do, do quickly.”

Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

MT. 13:24-30
In the middle of a crop of born again people there will be seeds of God that will be spread causing Christian growth to happen. Growth in depth of heart as well as numeric growth. However, when the enemy sees this growth he will sow weeds into the mix. The wheat and the weeds will grow side by side until the harvest.

Where Sin Abound does God’s grace that much more abound.

Romans 5:20b
But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,

So, be encouraged if you are going through a difficult time in your life. Difficulties and attacks can be the strongest right before God moves in the miraculous.

Galatians 6:9
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

2 Thessalonians 3:13
13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

Come to the altar today to receive strength for living an overcoming life. We know that when the enemy comes in like a flood God is able to raise up a standard against it. Isaiah 59:19

It may not be the enemy outside but the enemy of self that has gotten us into the spot we're in. Even so, God’s grace is available to turn your situation around for God’s glory.
   
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September 12, 2012

Why Jesus Came

By Tony V. Hammack

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John 10:10b (KJV)
I am come that they might have life, (zoe) and that they might have it more abundantly.

John 10:10b (NIV)
I have come that they may have life (zoe), and have it to the full.

John 10:10b (Amplified)
I came that they may have and enjoy life (zoe), and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).



John 10:10b (MSG)
I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

Thesis:
The abundant life that Jesus offers us in John 10:10 will cause the believer to very closely resemble the life that Jesus lived on the Earth; including godly character and Holy Spirit manifestations.

I don’t believe John 10:10 is talking about the American dream.

The American dream is a national ethos of the United States in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work.

I’m pro freedom, opportunity, prosperity, success, and rewarded hard work.  I believe these are national opportunities due to the type of nation we live in.  I do see a distinction, however, between the abundant life Christ offers and achieving “The American Dream.”

Outline:
1. Jesus came to give us life to the full.
2. Jesus came to destroy the works of the evil one.
3. Jesus did not come to bring peace but polarizing truth that creates division.

Zoe life includes the idea of the present sojourn of man upon the earth with reference to its duration.

Zoe Life

John 1:4
In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.

One of the great concepts of the Gospel of John is life.  The Greek word for “life” is found 36 times in John, while no other NT book uses it more than 17 times.  Life is Christ’s gift and He is “the life”.

I. Jesus Came to give us life to the full.

What exactly does abundant life (zoe) look like?

A. Zoe
Zoe is used in the New Testament as life as God has it, that which the Father has in Himself, and which He gave to the Incarnate Son to have in Himself.

John 5:26
For as the Father has zoe in Himself, so He has granted the Son also to have zoe in Himself.

The believer, by abiding, remaining, and putting their roots into Christ, can stay attached to this life source and flourish spiritually.

John 15:5
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

B. Darkened understanding caused by ignorance from a hard heart cuts people off from this life.

Eph. 4:18
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life (zoe) of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.

The enemy blinds the minds of unbelievers keeping them from the truth.

2 Cor. 4:4
4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

C. People can become partakers of zoe (life) through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

John 3:15
15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life (zoe) in him.

Faith is the key that unlocks zoe life for the individual.

Believing, trusting, and placing your hopes in Christ opens the channel of flow from God to you so you can receive this abundant life God promises.

D. Jesus Christ is the author of (zoe) life.

Acts 3:15
15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.

E. Jesus Christ is the life of the believer

Colossians 3:4
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Christ is the example of zoe life. Christ is to be our lives.

F. The Zoe life that Christ gives, He also maintains.

John 6:35,63
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.

Colossians 1:17
17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

G. There is a false life and a true life.

By taking material possessions and being generous, we can take hold of the life that is truly life.

1 Timothy 6:19
In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
 
 
 
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