THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 2-24-02
LESSON TITLE: EXAMINING GOD: "GOD THE SON"
What a privilege we have this morning to join together in the study of God's Living Word. We welcome you to our program and we thank God that you have chosen to be with us today. We are excited about this opportunity we have together this morning to glorify our creator. May we each do our part to make this time acceptable in His sight and according to His Will. Now, let's approach our Father's throne in prayer.
This morning we want to start our songs of praise with a hymn that reminds us of the magnificent God we serve. Wont you join in with the congregation at this time as we together sing, "The Lily Of The Valley!"
(SONG # 1)
When is the last time you thought about how great it would be if you were rich? We often think that if we were just rich then everything would be better! Money would allow us to buy whatever we wanted of this worlds goods. Money would also allow us to go where ever we wanted, at any time! "Oh, to be wealthy," we often think!
Because of this great desire to have money to buy more, we often do or try many "get rich quick" schemes. Think about it for a moment, how many of us have filled out those sweepstakes forms and mailed them in? Or, how many of us have stopped to fill out that form to win that free car or trip? The fact is we all would love to get something for nothing, but really the odds are way against us.
Even when a contest is legitimate, we are only one in millions trying to beat the odds. The chance of us winning is usually so slim that it really doesn't even exist. We would actually have a better chance of being struck by lightning, on a clear day, when there is not a cloud in the sky - than in winning most of these contests.
I mention these things this morning to bring us back into reality. Happiness is not really found in money or in the things of this world. Paul told timothy, "for the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows" (1 Tim. 6:10). Here we see that a love for money is the foundation to be involved in evil, thus causing one to stray from their faith in God. Does this sound like money can buy happiness?
Are we as followers of God supposed to be caught up in the things of this world? Notice what John said in 1 John 2:15, "do not love the world or the things in the world. if anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him." Here we see that if we love of the world or the things of it, more than God - we do not love him.
The fact is, money and the things of this life will not bring us true happiness or contentment. True happiness can only be found in Jesus Christ. When will we learn that we will not really gain anything from this world or the things of it, except maybe physical enjoyment or self gratification? Have we forgotten that we will die some day and that we will not be able to take any of these things with us?
Why not focus on the truly important things in life? Such as living soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, Titus 2:12. I believe this is also what Solomon was trying to say in Proverbs 22:1, his words were, "a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold."
Truly, the important things in life are those things which pertain to God and His Kingdom. Let's continue to enjoy the things of this world but not at God's expense. We must always put Him first and recognize that every good gift is from Him.
Today we will again study God's Word by focusing on things related to "Examining our God!" This morning our specific topic of study will be "God the Son!" So stay with us after our next song and in a few minutes I will return with this lesson from God's Word. It's now time to join in our second hymn of the morning, the name of the song, "He Loves Me."
(SONG # 2)
Speaker: Ray Sullins
Thank you for continuing with us this morning as we again are able to examine from the Bible who God is and what He's all about. In fact, in our study together, we've been able to look now at many different ideas about who God is and trying to really just get down to the Bible and find out exactly what it tells us about who our creator is. Again, what He's all about, His powers, His abilities and in this, I hope that we are all growing a lot in our knowledge of this God that we serve.
As we began last week, we began to look at the godhead and the idea of who the Father is and the son and then the Holy Spirit. In fact, there's a verse I might read this morning as we continue to look at the concept of the godhead which was found in Romans chapter 1 and verse 20 where it says, "For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and godhead so that they are without excuse." Here we see that things have been revealed to us obviously through the word of God today that reveal all things about the power, the eternal power of God. In other words, that power that is really unable to be controlled. It's just unfathomable by those with human minds. But as we consider that power, we might consider also that who has the power is God and more specifically the godhead. That's why last week when we began to look at the Father God and trying to understand who He was and that He truly is the creator and all that is being done today has been done according to the will of God the Father. And that's why today we want to continue looking at the godhead, that is that concept which also in our day and time is sometimes referred to as the trinity. By that today, we want to look at specifically the son in trying to understand who the son is and what He's all about and then next week we will look at the spirit of God and who God's spirit is.
Now as we've understood that the Father is truly the great part of God as all of those parts of God are very important and significant, but the Father again is that head, that one that seems to be in authority over the godhead just as in our day and time, we would say in a household you would have a father and a son obviously the father would be over and have authority over the son, that is. So the same sense is seen here in the godhead and as we've looked then at the Father and understood who He is in the godhead as we try to fit how the son really aligns Himself in the godhead. He again is a very specific and important being in the godhead. He is an important portion of the godhead that really again stands out all by himself, alone. Again, by scripture. Scripture clearly helps us to know who this son of God is, who this Jesus is.
You might remember even last week that we were able to look some in relationship to the concept of the Father and the Son and how that we are even sons of God, but this morning, we're going to see how that Jesus, the son of God is different from us. He's more than a son of God as we are sons and daughters of God, as followers according to His will. But Jesus is much more. And we want to see that and really clarify these concepts by looking into the scripture to find out what it has to tell us about the Father and about the Son Jesus Christ.
If you'll look then with me this morning, we can go to primarily two places I think that will really give us a clear and crisp picture of who this Jesus is. First of all, we might turn to the gospel account of John. John helped us a lot in his recording of who God was in the gospel in trying to really know or help us to know that is many things about the son and what the son was all about. If you'll look there in the book of John chapter 1, then we'll see here what is said about Jesus in verse 1. He says, "In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God." Here we have clarified for us specifically that there was a word that was with God and not only was He with God but He was God.
Now if you go down in verse 14, notice what "the word" is making reference to. It says there, "The word became flesh and dwelt among us and we being beheld in His glory, the glory as of the only begotten as of the Father full of grace and truth. If you'll notice here "the word" is that part that became flesh. You and I clearly know that that word was Jesus Christ as is stated here. Then again, if we look at verse 1 and it says, "In the beginning was the word and the word was with God..." In other words, He was with the Father. "...and the word was God." Then we know that not only was He with God but He was considered as God Himself.
We might also notice then in verse 2 it says that "He was in the beginning with God." In other words, before all things were created, He was there. We know that further because verse 3 says, "All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made." Here we have even further clarified that Jesus was not only in the beginning and not only was He with God, that is God the Father which would also include God the spirit as we'll see next week, but here we see that He was with God and God and actually the creator according to the will that was being given out be the Father. In fact, the verse tells us clearly that without the word, that is again Jesus, nothing was made that was made. Why? Because He was creating according to what He had been given and lead in the will of the Father.
Now if you'll turn over to the book of Phillippians, we want to look at I think a very clear passage that helps us to further see the picture, the picture of God the Father and God the Son and again how they relate, but more primarily again seeing who this Christ is in relationship to our study this morning. In verse 5 of Phillippians chapter 2, notice what the writer there says, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus who being the form of God did not consider robbery to be equal with God but made Himself of no reputation taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of men, and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death even the death of the cross. Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every other name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and those in heaven and of those on earth and of those under the earth and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father." Here very clearly we have laid out for us who this Jesus is, who this son of God is and notice clearly here that Paul understood as he wrote the church at Phillippi as we see in verse 6 that He not only was with God but He didn't think it was robbery to be considered as equal with God. Notice here if He was equal to then He again considered Himself as Paul considered and knew Him to be God. So the son was not only the son of the Father, but He was considered as God also. Now what did the son do as we learned back in the book of John chapter 1 and verse 14? He was the word that became flesh. That is again revealed to us clearly here because in verse 7 it says, He took on no reputation in order to become a man, to leave the heavenly home as God, with the rest of the godhead in order to become a man and not only did He become a man but He humbled Himself even to the point of death, death on the cross. Verse 8 tells us there that He had enough humility even as the creator, God, to come to the earth to be a man, to experience and suffer as we suffer, as the Hebrew writer tells us and then ultimately to be killed by the very people that His Father had done so much for throughout the period of the Old Testament. In fact, because of that verse 9 and following tells us it is this reason He's been given an exalted name, a name greater than any other. In fact, other places in the Bible tell us how great that name is. In Matthew 28 and verse 18 we find that all power has been given to Christ, all authority. Why? Because He's the Son of God, and He's God that came to the earth and experienced the life of man in order that He might die and save man just as He had become a man.
Further we might find not only there as we look in the book of Matthew but other places that might help us to really know that this Jesus was the son of God. One familiar verse that probably is known by almost everyone that has any knowledge of God whatsoever is John 3:16. That verse tells us that "God so loved the world that He gave... who? His only begotten son." He didn't say just another son or one of His sons. He said, "His only begotten son."
Now as we try again to really understand who this Jesus is and we try to know more about how much He is God, we've got to tie all of these concepts and all of these meaning together to really know then who He is and it's clear to see that He is deity, that He is again not just a son of God, but He is THE Son of God and He is truly the only begotten of the Father because He was God and was in the beginning.
Now another verse that might help us with this is there again in the gospels and in fact several records help us to know about the birth of Jesus. But what about when we read in scripture that Mary conceived of the Holy Spirit? Notice here that Joseph was not His father. He was not of an earthly father although that obviously Joseph would have raised Him as his son being as we might call a stepfather. But it says there that the seed of a woman, the seed put into the woman, the seed that we have prophesied about from even back in Genesis chapter 3 all the way through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the way up to the time of Christ. The seed that was placed there was by God Himself and notice there again the concept that is used of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit God, but I don't want to get into that because we'll actually get into what we're talking about in our topic next Sunday together. But Jesus was conceived of God. His father was literally God, God in heaven. Why? Because He was with God even before creation and also because He was God. He was God as we have stated, God who was willing to come to earth, God who was willing to make the sacrifice to leave the glories and the riches of heaven, a perfect home, a perfect home with all power, with all ability to do whatever He had to do and all that He wanted and yet He was willing to give it all up in order that He might be willing to follow us or to help us know how to follow Him and to give us something to follow in our lives as He died for us and gave us the opportunity to be saved.
Yes, as we continue on we might mention some other occasions that Jesus helps us to see clearly that Jesus was His special son. You might recall there when Jesus was baptized in Matthew chapter 3, verses 16 through 17 and it was John there that had baptized Him and afterwards a dove came and lighted on the Son. But notice the voice from heaven that proclaimed that "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased."
Another time we might remember is there at the Mount of Transfiguration when we find that there were three there: Moses, Elijah and also Christ. Now as we see that, they were desiring to build tabernacles to all of these men because Moses represented the great law of Moses, the law that had been followed for many, many years and Elijah was one of the greatest prophets that ever lived. So there the disciples were excited and they wanted to build pillars and altars to all of these men to exalt them. Well you remember what the Father in heaven claimed at that point? He said, "This is my son in whom I am well pleased. This is my beloved son. Hear ye Him." Not Moses anymore. Not Elijah. But the Son. Why? Because the Son is greater. And then if you'll really look at the whole Hebrew letter and we don't have time to get into the whole letter that was written to the Hebrew brethren. But there if you'll go through, you'll find out how the son is compared to angels again and how that He is greater than angels, and how He is compared to Moses and how He is greater than Moses and even priests like Melchizadech and Abraham. He's greater than all, anyone who ever lived. Why? Because He was again God in the flesh. He was the actual Son of the almighty Father in heaven that was willing to come again and to fulfill the will of the Father, that will again that would help us to know that He was willing to die and suffer a cruel death on Calvary. Again why? So that you and I could be saved. So that we might be able to know that Jesus and to follow Him.
Now we see that actually in the New Testament that people really began to proclaim this message. There are many places that we find that faith, well really if you'll remember it is impossible to please God without faith. That faith that we must have is something that must be based on the knowledge of Jesus Christ. You might remember several verses that I might help you at this time with. In fact, in the book of Acts chapter 8 and verse 37, you remember there about the story of the Ethiopian Eunich and that how he made the great confession. In fact, wasn't it Phillip that said to him, "If you believe with all of your heart..." And what was the response of the Eunuch? He said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." What a beautiful statement.
And what a beautiful statement that was similar made to the Roman brethren in Romans chapter 10. If you look there in verses 9 and 10 it talks about how that confession must be made and that confession must be made how? With the mouth. What is that great confession? Well, it's the same great confession that all have made who became Christians or followers of God, the same great confession that we read there even at the very beginning when the kingdom was being spoken about there in Matthew chapter 16, when Peter said that "Jesus Christ was the Son of God" and then Jesus went on to say, "Peter, upon this confession, I will build my church." The confession again that Jesus was the Son of God. Yes, we must understand that Jesus being the Son of God is a great and a mighty and a wondrous God. And not only was He with God, but we must be willing to believe that He was Emanuel. He was God with us or God among us, and as He lived here and He had taken on the complete property of man and He was in the flesh and He suffered and He was tempted, that He still did not sin. Why? Why did He not sin? Because He was God.
So I hope that we'll really begin to see the bigger picture of knowing our mighty God and knowing that yes, God is the Father, but also God had a Son and that Son was Jesus Christ and that Son was also God as we have presented in the word this morning.
I might present a final example. You know I have a son. My son bears my name. My name is Ray Sullins and he bears my last name which again would be Sullins, Trey Sullins. Why would it be any harder for us to understand that God or that Jesus as the Son of God would bear similar names? Yet they are one. They are one as the Bible tells us. They are unified. They are asking and praying that you and I be unified in the same manner as the Father and the Son and the Spirit are one. May we also strive to know that Father and that Son and to follow them as they would have us to so that we might be pleasing in their sight in all things.
(SONG # 3 - "No Tears in Heaven!")
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