Well What Do You Know? (15 Of 15) by James Merritt

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I JOHN 5:18-21
'WELL WHAT DO YOU KNOW?"
JAMES MERRITT

INTRODUCTION

1. ONE OF THE MOST AGGRAVATING THINGS IN THE WORLD
TO ME IS TO READ A BOOK PARTICULARLY A LENGTHY
BOOK AND THEN COME TO THE END OF THE BOOK AND NOT
KNOW HOW THE PLOT TURNS OUT. FOR EXAMPLE THOUGH
GONE WITH THE WIND IS CERTAINLY A GREAT BOOK I'VE
ALWAYS WONDERED DID RHETT BUTLER GO BACK TO SCARLET
O'HARA OR NOT. YOU NEVER KNOW. YOU' RE JUST LEFT
WONDERING. BUT AS YOU END THE BOOK OF I JOHN YOU
ARE NOT LEFT WONDERING ABOUT ANYTHING. JOHN ENDS
HIS BOOK ON A POSITIVE HIGH NOTE.

2. JOHN ENDS THE BOOK USING HIS FAVORITE WORD
KNOW . FOUR TIMES IN THESE 4 VERSES JOHN USES
THAT POWERFUL 4 LETTER WORD. JOHN IS THE APOSTLE
OF ASSURANCE. CONTRARY TO THE ATHEIST WHO SAYS
"I KNOW THERE IS NO GOD." JOHN SAYS "I KNOW THERE
IS A GOD. CONTRARY TO THE AGNOSTIC WHO SAYS
"I CANNOT KNOW IF THERE IS A GOD." JOHN SAYS I
CAN KNOW AND DO KNOW THAT THERE IS A GOD. I KNOW
WHO HE IS AND I KNOW HE LOVES ME."

3. NOW IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANYBODY TO KNOW EVERY-
THING. WE LIVE TODAY INCREASINGLY IN AN AGE OF
SPECIALIZATION WHEN MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE
NARROWING THEIR FIELDS OF KNOWLEDGE TO LESS AND LESS
THINGS. SOMEONE HAS SAID A SPECIALIST IS A PERSON
WHO KNOWS MORE AND MORE ABOUT LESS AND LESS UNTIL
FINALLY HE KNOWS ALL THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT NOTHING.

4. IN SOME CASES THAT MAYBE TRUE. BUT IN A REAL
SENSE A CHRISTIAN IS A SPECIALIST. HE IS A SPECIAL?
IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. EVEN A CHRISTIAN CANNOT
KNOW EVERYTHING BUT JOHN SAYS HE MAY KNOW THE MOST
IMPORTANT THINGS. HE CLOSES THE BOOK BY GIVING
2
US A TRINITY OF CERTAINTY. NOW JOHN HAS TOLD US
THROUGHOUT THE EPISTLE THAT WE CAN KNOW MANY
THINGS. IN CHAPTER- HE TELLS US WE
CAN KNOW THAT WE HAVE COME TO KNOW GOD. IN
CHAPTER 2 VERSE 5 HE TELLS US THAT WE CAN KNOW
WE ARE IN GOD. IN CHAPTER 3 VERSE 14 HE TELLS US
THAT WE CAN KNOW THAT WE HAVE PASSED FROM DEATH
INTO LIFE. IN CHAPTER 4 AND VERSE 16-,HE TELLS US
THAT WE CAN KNOW THE LO ...


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