The Truth, The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth
I Timothy 1:12-16
I. This Is A Declared Truth
A) Declared And Reliable
1. It Is Foundationally Reliable
2. It Is Functionally Reliable
3. It Is Factually Reliable
B) Declared And Recognized
C) Declared And Receivable
1. A Warranteed Transaction
2. A Wholehearted Transaction
3. A Weighty Transaction
II. This Is A Divine Truth
A) He Came Through The Birth Channel
B) He Came Through The Blood Channel
C) He Came Through The Bloody Cross
D) He Came Through The Borrowed Cave
III. This Is A Directed Truth
A) Directed To Us By A Standard
1. The Proof
2. The Plea
3. The Pardon
4. The Pattern
Intro: If we were to declare that there is one nine word sentence in the Word of God, that totally and dogmatically defines the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, most people would laugh us to scorn. But that is just exactly what the words, "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" does. This statement is the definition, the summation and the evaluation of the entire life and ministry of Jesus Christ. This statement is the crowning expression of God's love, the defining wonder of the incarnation of Christ, the solid foundation of the church's message and the witness and testimony of ever born again, blood washed child of God. This is the heart beat of the gospel, the good news of the gospel, the pulse of the gospel, the fuel of the gospel and the power of the gospel. On one hand, this is the most mind boggling statement ever recorded, but on the other hand, this statement is so simple that a small child can comprehend it's meaning. This also is the most descriptive and defining explanations of our Lord's ministry, in that it settles once and for all which doctrines are true and which are false. Did Jesus come into the world to teach situational ethics? The answer is no. Did Jesus come into the world to perform miracles? The answer is no. Did Jesus come into the world to promote a social gospel? The answer is no. Did Jesus come into the world, so that men could appoint themselves Lords over God's heritage? The answer is no, and that silences the legalists. The Bible still says, "Let God be true and every man a liar". As we examine these verses, may we rekindle the fire and passion for lost souls. We see:
I. This Is A Declared Truth (verse 15)
A) Declared And Reliable ("faithful")
This word "faithful" means "trustworthy", and is only used four times in the epistles, and can be found nowhere else. Each time it is used, it is used to introduce a statement about salvation or faith. This word has legal implications, which in that day refers to the oath that was taken in a court proceeding, for one to tell the truth. It is as if Paul were saying, "I do solemnly affirm to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God". This saying is reliable, faithful and trustw ...
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