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Series: Behold the Lamb
Ernest L. Easley
Now on this first Sunday of the year 2001... we are beginning a new series of messages through the gospel... the good news according to John! Sunday by Sunday... chapter by chapter... we are going to BEHOLD THE LAMB!
In fact... if you will turn to John 20 you will find the purpose of John's gospel. Verse 31, ''but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.''
Here is John's purpose: ''...that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ...'' You see... Bible faith... saving faith begins with your mind! But it takes more than just intellectual conviction! I mean... you may believe in your mind that Jesus is the Christ and yet not be saved! And yet... you cannot be saved without first being convinced that Jesus is the Christ... the anointed One!
First comes intellectual conviction! You must first believe that Jesus is the Christ! First comes intellectual conviction... then comes personal surrender! Once you have the facts about Jesus... then you can put your faith in Jesus!
John 20.31, ''but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.'' And what kind of life can we have ''in His name?'' Abundant life! Everlasting life! Jesus said in John 17.3, ''And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.''
Now we have five books in the New Testament that came from John: Revelation, First John, Second John, Third John, and Big John!
Somebody asks, ''Why are there four gospels anyway?'' Well... Matthew says: ''Behold your King.'' Mark says: ''Behold your Prophet!'' Luke says, ''Behold your Priest!'' But John says, ''Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.''
And so... for the next few months... Verse by verse... chapter by chapt ...
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