The Final Word on Judas Iscariot
April 18, 2004
INTRODUCTION: It is incredible truth that God being sovereign and omnipotent (all-powerful) works His will through ordinary people that have been changed by His power and are submissive to His will. His providential control over events takes into consideration all the acts of human wills, even those opposed to Him, such as Haman (book of Esther), Herod, and Judas. The Bible is a book filled with examples of God using humans to accomplish His purposes.
Even in God's work of bringing the word of the Cross to the world, He has called certain people to significant participation. Men have been used throughout the unfolding drama of the Kingdom of God.
After His earthly ministry, the Lord Jesus Christ chose the apostles to set down His truth and to continue His work of evangelizing the world.
John 15:16, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit"
In Acts 10:39-43 Peter described both God's choice and mission of the apostles
Acts 10:39-43, "And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins."
As the book of Acts opens, Jesus equipped the apostles with the necessary resources to launch the completion of His unfinished work of gathering the bride for the Kingdom.
I. THE OBEDIENCE OF HIS DISCIPLES. 12-15
A. Ascension is Past. 12
Return from the Mt. Of Olives, which rises to overlook Jerusalem fro ...
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