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John Helps Us See Jesus in the Flesh

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John Helps Us See Jesus in the Flesh

There’s another reason God sent His Son in the flesh.

God sent his son, Jesus, so we could see God, we could touch Him, we could hear His voice and feel His love for us.

So John writes, The Word of life existed from the beginning. We have heard it. We have seen it. We observed and touched it. This life was revealed to us. We have seen it, and we testify about it. We are reporting to you about this eternal life that was in the presence of the Father and was revealed to us. This is the life we have seen and heard. We are reporting about it to you also so that you, too, can have a relationship with us. Our relationship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing this so that we can be completely filled with joy (1 John 1:1-4 GW).

By the time John wrote his letter to the churches, some were already following a false doctrine that claimed Jesus wasn’t really human. They believed that Jesus did come and appear as a man, but He was not in really human. He was a Spirit. He ate with man: he suffered with man: he even experienced death, but it was for appearances only.

They doubted the gospel narratives and mocked the supposed miraculous conception and birth of Jesus, questioning whether He was even on earth before His ministry began at the presumed age of 30.

Even in this very day, there are many people who seek to to discredit both the divinity or humanity of Jesus, or flatly deny His existence on earth.

In John’s letter to the churches, his passion was to show Jesus as fully God and fully human. John wants us to know that Jesus lived life in the flesh, so we could live victoriously over the flesh.

John says, “We saw Him. We touched Him. We heard Him.”

In fact, even though Jesus is not here, we still see him! The truth is, we still touch Him! Jesus is still changing our lives, still helping us to overcome the brokenness around us and in us.

And nothing has changed! We too can experience Jesus. He touches our hearts. He speaks to our minds. He fills us with joy.

Watch or listen to the complete message here.

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The Fruit of the Spirit is Your Evidence

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The Fruit of the Spirit is Your Evidence

 

Ephesians 5:18 is written in something called the “present imperative” which means to do something over and over, and over again. It’s not a “one and done!” So this verse could read; “Be filled again and again and again and again with the Spirit. Don’t run out! Don’t run without the Spirit’s power.

That verse in the Message Bible says, “Drink the Spirit of God, drink huge draughts of Him.” In the Amplified Bible, it says to “Be ever filled and stimulated by the Spirit.”

Jesus told a parable in Matthew 25 about ten women. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. Read the story here. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A1-13&version=GW

How do we know if we are full of the Spirit? There must be evidence!

If we were tried by a jury of our peers, would they be able to point to any clear evidence that we consistently live filled with the Spirit? What would that evidence be?

One strong evidence is the Fruit of the Spirit. In Galatians 5 the Apostle Paul gave us a list of the fruit of the Spirit. These qualities are clear evidence that the Spirit is living within us. The fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.[1]

Paul didn’t call them fruits of the Spirit. We shouldn’t think of them as nine fruits of the Spirit. It’s not like we might get six out of nine of them. No, if we live filled with the Spirit then all nine fruit will clearly be seen in us.

If I’m truly filled with the Spirit I will consistently exhibit genuine love, authentic joy, true peace, real patience with others, kindness for all, a gentle spirit, a faithful heart that shows up, can be counted on, and I maintain control over my body and my fleshly desires.

That’s how I can know if I’m full of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is obvious in my life—the same is true for you. Take a moment and think about it—what evidence do you see in your life?

You can listen to the complete message here.

[1] Galatians 5:22-26.

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