[This is the sermon summary from 6/7/15’s Sunday service]

John 5:30-­47

30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. 31 If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. 33 You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35 He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36 But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, 38 and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. 39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. 41 I do not receive glory from people. 42 But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

Band Aid

How many of us would use this for critical illness like cancer or heart attack?

Today we get to hear from Jesus how we cannot internalize the gospel just as we cannot heal cancer with bandages, but Jesus internalized the gospel for us to the Father’s glory.

Jesus internalized the gospel for us to the Father’s glory.

5:44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

You Do Not Have His Word Abiding in You (v. 38)
“and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent.”

The bad news is that we do not and cannot internalize the gospel.

1. We do not internalize the gospel because we follow and learn from popular or great Bible teachers or pastors who we think are great witness to Jesus (v. 35)
He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.

2. We do not internalize the gospel because we think that having eternal life is being religious like “searching the Scriptures.” (v.39)
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; ​and it is they that bear witness about me,

3. We cannot internalize the gospel because we do not have the love of God. (v. 42)
But I know that you do not have the love of God within you​.

4. We cannot internalize the gospel because we receive glory from one another. (v. 44)
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another​ and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

I Can Do Nothing On My Own (v. 30)

“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

The good news is that Jesus internalized the gospel for us to the Father’s glory.

1. Jesus internalized the gospel by not seeking his own will but the Father’s will. (v. 30)
“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

2. Jesus internalized the gospel for us by doing the works the Father has given him to do. (v. 36)
But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing​, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me.

3. Jesus internalized the gospel for us by embodying the Word (v. 35).
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,

John 1:14
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Luke 24:25­-27
And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

4. Jesus internalized the gospel for us to the Father’s glory by coming in the Father’s name (v. 43).
I have come in my Father’s name​, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.

How Will You Believe My Words? (v. 47)
But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words​?”

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)

You will believe Jesus’ words when you are born of water and the Spirit.

Baptism is the outward sign of what happened inside.

Communion is the outward sign of what you received inside.

Fellowship is the outward reflection of the reconciled relationships.

Witness is the outward rejoicing in what God has done.

Worship is glorifying God for who he is.


Community Group Questions

1. What are some examples of external gospel application like bandages? In what area of your life are you applying bandages when what you really need the Holy Spirit?

2. How does the good news that Jesus internalized the gospel for you to the Father’s glory help you understand the Scriptures?

3. How do you show that you believe Jesus’ words in your life?

 

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