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The Gift of His Word (3 of 3)
Series: The Gift of His Word
2 Timothy 3:15-17
INTRODUCTION: When people take God seriously they inevitably realize that His Word is not only something to be studied, not only something to be read, not only something to be written about; it is something to be done.
In John 5 the Scriptures record a 4-fold witness; in truth it was a 5-fold witness, but the first witness was not believed.
'''If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. But I have a greater witness than John's; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish - the very works that I do - bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.'''
2. John the Baptist
3. Jesus' Works
4. Father Himself
In 2 Timothy 3 the New Testament clearly, concisely, and compellingly speaks of the nature and work of God's Word. Here we see magnified the truth of how to KNOW CHRIST and how to GROW IN CHRIST. The text deals with our GREAT SALVATION and our GROWING SANCTIFICATION. It breaks down how this powerful, penetrating truth has spiritual transforming power.
I. HOW TO KNOW CHRIST. 15
This speaks of the INFLUENCE of God's Word.
''able to make you wise for salvation, through faith ...
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