THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 9-15-19



LESSON TITLE: THE HALF WAS NOT TOLD ME - THE WAY



WELCOME

WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORD'S DAY. WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS TO HAVE YOU WITH US TODAY, AS WE TOGETHER GIVE THIS TIME TO GOD. I KNOW THAT WE WILL ALL BE ENCOURAGED AND UPLIFTED BY OUR TIME TOGETHER THIS MORNING. SO, LET'S GIVE OUR BEST TO GOD SO THAT HE MAY BE PLEASED WITH OUR OFFERING. FURTHERMORE, LET'S DO ALL THINGS ACCORDING TO HIS WILL SO THAT OUR WORSHIP WILL BE RECEIVED BY HIM IN A GOOD AND PERFECT WAY. NOW, LET'S APPROACH HIS THRONE IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR YOU AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE; THE GREAT PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR SON. FATHER, WE ARE THANKFUL THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO BE CHILDREN IN EACH AND EVERY DAY TO SHINE FORTH AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD. FATHER, WE ALSO ARE THANKFUL FOR JESUS KNOWING THAT ALL GOOD THINGS COME FROM ABOVE WHETHER THEY ARE PHYSICAL OR SPIRITUAL AND WE KNOW THAT TODAY WE ARE FOUND JUSTIFIED ONLY THROUGH HIM AND WE THANK YOU FOR HIM FATHER AND THE GIFT THAT HE GAVE. AND FATHER, HELP US THIS DAY TO GIVE OUR VERY BEST TO YOU THAT WE MIGHT IN ALL THINGS PLEASE YOU. NOT ONLY TO KNOW THAT WE'LL RECEIVE WHAT WE NEED TODAY AND TOMORROW BUT ALSO THAT WE WILL RECEIVE WHAT WE NEED ETERNALLY. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN..

ISN'T IT HARD TO KEEP FROM SINNING IN THIS LIFE? ESPECIALLY WHEN WE HAVE SO MANY TEMPTATIONS AND SNARES ON ALL SIDES WHICH CAN CAUSE US TO TURN AWAY FROM OR FORGET GOD. THE GOOD NEWS IS, GOD IS THERE AND WILL HELP US TO ENDURE THESE TRIALS. IN FACT, AS HIS FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS HE WILL ALSO PROVIDE FOR US A WAY OF ESCAPE, SO THAT WE MAY FLEE THESE TEMPTATIONS BEFORE SINNING. SO THIS MORNING, LET'S SING A SONG THAT TEACHES US THIS VERY IMPORTANT BIBLICAL LESSON. THE NAME OF THE SONG, "HE IS ABLE TO DELIVER THEE!"



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



HOW OFTEN DO WE FIND OURSELVES IN THE "GETTING BACK AT OTHERS" BUSINESS? I KNOW THIS IS TOUGH AND IT IS SOMETHING WE ARE ALL FACED WITH, BUT THE REALITY IS WE OFTEN ARE NOT GOOD AT TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK OR IN DOING GOOD TO THOSE WHO DO BACK AGAINST US. HOWEVER, AS CHRISTIANS WE HAVE GOT TO LEARN TO LEAVE THE FINAL JUDGING AND VENGEANCE TO THE LORD. IN FACT, THE BIBLE HAS ALWAYS MADE THIS CLEAR TO THE FOLLOWERS OF GOD. IN ISAIAH 35:4-5, THIS GREAT PROPHET RECORDS, "SAY TO THOSE WHO ARE FEARFUL HEARTED, 'BE STRONG, DO NOT FEAR! BEHOLD, YOUR GOD WILL COME WITH VENGEANCE, WITH THE RECOMPENSE OF GOD; HE WILL COME AND SAVE YOU.' THEN THE EYES OF THE BLIND SHALL BE OPENED, AND THE EARS OF THE DEAF SHALL BE UNSTOPPED." YOU SEE THE JUDGING AND VENGEANCE IS TO BE LEFT UP TO GOD WHO KNOWS ALL THINGS AND WHO HAS ALL POWER. ON THE OTHER HAND HE MENTIONS SOME BLESSINGS WE HAVE WHEN WE LET GOD DO THE CONDEMNING. THE VERSE SAID "HE WILL SAVE US." YOU SEE, WHEN WE OBEY GOD HE WILL NOT ONLY BE THERE FOR US AND HELP US BUT HE WILL REWARD US IN THE END. GOD CAME TO DO GOOD AND TO HELP THOSE WHO NEED HELP. THIS IS FURTHER EVIDENCED IN VERSE 5 WHICH WE READ, WHERE HE SAID, "THE BLIND SHALL SEE AND THE DEAF SHALL HEAR!" GOD TRULY IS A LOVER A MANKIND AND WANTS TO HELP THOSE WHO WILL HEAR AND OBEY HIS WILL. FINALLY, LOOK AT WHAT THE HEBREW WRITER SAID IN CHAPTER 10, VERSE 30 OF THAT BOOK. THERE GOD IS RECORDED AS SAYING, "'VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,' SAYS THE LORD. AND AGAIN, 'THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.'" AGAIN THIS NEW TESTAMENT WRITER CONFIRMS FOR US THAT FACT THAT GOD WILL HANDLE THOSE WHO DISOBEY HIM AND DO EVIL TOWARDS OTHERS ON THIS EARTH. NOW LET ME ASK YOU, "DO YOU THINK THAT PEOPLE ARE MORE AFRAID OF WHAT YOU CAN DO OR WHAT GOD CAN DO TO THEM?" WELL THAT IS EXACTLY WHY THE WRITER GOES ON TO SAY IN VERSE 31 OF THE SAME PASSAGE. THERE WE READ, "IT IS A FEARFUL THING TO FALL INTO THE HANDS OF THE LIVING GOD." SO LET'S LEAVE THE ULTIMATE CORRECTION AND DISCIPLINE IN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT TO GOD, THE ONE WHO TRULY CAN MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS AND EXECUTE THE BEST PUNISHMENTS AND REWARDS. ARE YOU LETTING GOD HANDLE THE VENGEANCE SURROUNDING YOUR LIFE?

AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL BE LEADING OUR LESSON THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. THIS MORNING WE WILL BE CONSIDERING THE NEXT LESSON IN OUR SERIES ENTITLED, "THE HALF WAS NOT TOLD ME." OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH, "THE WAY?" SO, PLEASE STAY WITH US FOR THIS IMPORTANT STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD. NOW IT'S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING THE HYMN, "I LOVE THY KINGDOM LORD."



LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS



WE'RE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU HAVE CONTINUED WITH US THIS MORNING AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER ANOTHER LESSON IN RELATIONSHIP TO REALLY THOSE IDEAS THAT ARE FOUND IN THE BIBLE THAT SOMETIMES WE UNDERSTAND TO AN EXTENT BUT REALLY UNTIL WE REALLY DIG IN AND STUDY IT LITTLE BIT DEEPER - REALLY THE HALF HAS NEVER BEEN TOLD. SOMETIMES WE DON'T REALIZE JUST HOW MUCH DEEPER THEY ARE AND HOW MUCH MORE WE CAN KNOW ABOUT CERTAIN THINGS BECAUSE MAYBE WE HAVEN'T LOOKED AT THEM IN CERTAIN WAYS. AND THEREFORE, WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT THIS SERIES TOGETHER AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND SUCH THINGS. IF YOU GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME YOU FIND THAT MAN, WHETHER YOU LOOK IN A SECULAR SENSE OR A BIBLICAL OR RELIGIOUS SENSE, HAS ALWAYS DESIRED REALLY TO FOLLOW SOMETHING OR SOMEONE. IN FACT, IN RELATIONSHIP TO SPIRITUAL THINGS WE SEE THAT MANY NATIONS AND PEOPLES OF ALL AGES AND ALL CORNERS OF THE GLOBE HAVE DESIRED TO FOLLOW A HIGHER BEING; A GOD. AND WITH THAT IN MIND THEN WE UNDERSTAND THAT THEY HAVE FOLLOWED GOD IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. IN FACT TODAY DIFFERENT PEOPLE FOLLOW DIFFERENT GODS. AND THEREFORE THEY PROCLAIM THEIR GOD TO BE THE ONE WHO IS REALLY THE TRUE GOD. THAT'S ALL WE STRIVE TO DO THROUGH THE OLD BOOK THAT WE HAVE THE; BIBLE - THE BIBLE THAT HAS REALLY STOOD THE TEST OF TIME. NOT JUST FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE NEW TESTAMENT BUT REALLY FOR SO MUCH LONGER INCLUDING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS THE BOOK OF BOOKS - THE BOOK FROM GOD HIMSELF INSPIRED OF GOD. IT IS WITHIN THE PAGES OF THIS BOOK THAT WE BEGIN TO LEARN ABOUT THE TRUE GOD AND THEREFORE AS WE THINK ABOUT THAT TRUE GOD THAT WE ALSO OURSELVES DETERMINE WHAT IT IS THAT WE SHOULD DO TO REACH THAT GOD, TO DO WHAT IT IS THAT WE NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO PLEASE HIM THAT WE MIGHT IN SOME WAY HAVE ACCESS TO HIM. I THINK BACK EVEN TO SOME OF THE BIBLICAL STORIES. FOR INSTANCE THE TOWER OF BABEL. DO YOUR REMEMBER THERE THEY WERE BUILDING THE HIGH TOWER. AND WHY WERE THEY BUILDING THE HIGH TOWER? TO REACH THE HEAVENS - TO REACH GOD - TO HAVE ACCESS TO GOD. YOU SEE THEY KNEW THAT MAYBE THERE WAS A CERTAIN WAY OR CERTAIN THINGS THEY COULD DO IN ORDER TO FIND GOD OR FIND THE PROPER PATH. AND CERTAINLY IN A SENSE WE HAVE THE SAME NEED TODAY. TO KNOW WHAT IT IS - THAT IS THE PROPER WAY OR PATH - THAT WE MIGHT SEEK OUT GOD AND FIND OUR GOD.

AGAIN WE THINK ABOUT THAT IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE GREAT SERMON ON THE MOUNT. YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THERE IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 7 WHEN JESUS HIMSELF SAID: ENTER IN BY THE NARROW GATE FOR WIDE IS THE GATE AND BROAD IS THE WAY THAT LEADS TO WHAT? TO DESTRUCTION. AND MANY THERE GO BY THIS WAY. VERSE 14 SAYS: BECAUSE NARROW IS THE GATE AND DIFFICULT IS THE WAY WHICH LEADS TO LIFE AND EVERY THERE BE FEW WHO FIND IT. IT SPEAKS HERE OF TWO DIFFERENT ROADS OR PATHS OR WAYS. AND IT SAYS YOU KNOW THERE'S A WAY THAT WOULD LEAD US TO WHERE WE WANT TO GO TO THE OUTCOME WE WANTED TO ACCOMPLISH THE THINGS WE DESIRE BUT THERE'S A WAY THAT WE MIGHT GO THAT WOULD LEAD US IN THE COMPLETE WRONG DIRECTION AND EVEN COST US AS THIS IMPLIES OUR VERY SOULS. SO WITH THAT IN MIND THEN WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES - SO WHAT IS THAT PATH? WHAT IS THAT ROAD? WHAT IS THAT WAY? AND WITH THAT IN MIND IT IS ALSO VERY SIGNIFICANT TO KNOW THAT THE BIBLE ITSELF GIVES US THAT ANSWER. IN FACT, NOT ONLY DO WE UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF THE WAY IN A GENERAL SENSE AS MAYBE A PATH OR A ROAD BUT REALLY JESUS GOES FURTHER. IN FACT, IF YOU MIGHT TURN WITH ME TO A VERY FAMILIAR VERSE IT IS FOUND THERE IN JOHN CHAPTER 14 RIGHT AFTER JESUS WAS TRYING TO CHALLENGE HIS DISCIPLES AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO KNOW THEY'RE NOT LEFT ALONE AND HE IS PREPARING FOR THEM A PLACE TO JOIN HIM IN HEAVEN. NOTICE NOW WHAT HE SAYS IN VERSE 6. I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME. THE WAY THAT THE CONCEPT OF WAY IS USED HERE, SUCH AS A ROAD OR A PATH, IS MUCH DIFFERENT IN THIS TEXT THAN WHAT WE LOOKED AT EARLIER IN MATTHEW SEVEN. IN MATTHEW SEVEN IT REALLY WAS REFERRING TO A DIRECTION OR A CROSSROADS OR A PATH IF YOU WILL. BUT HERE WHAT IT'S ACTUALLY DONE IS IT'S A SPECIFIC THING. THERE IS WHAT WE WOULD SAY IN ENGLISH IS A THE WORD OR AN ARTICLE WHICH IN GREEK ARTICLES ARE ONLY DEFINITE WHICH MEANS THAT THIS IS A SPECIFIC WAY. JESUS ISN'T SAYING THAT I AM ONE WAY OR THAT I AM A WAY OR THAT I AM A PATH - JESUS IS SAYING I AM THE WAY. THE SAME WAY HE IS ALSO INDICATING HERE, OF COURSE WE WON'T LOOK AT THAT IN DEPTH FOR OUR STUDY THIS MORNING, BUT HE ALSO SAYS - I AM THE TRUTH. AND THEN HE SAYS - I AM THE LIFE. THESE ARE NOT GENERAL OR GENERALITIES THESE ARE NOT THINGS THAT OTHERS CAN BE. THESE ARE WHAT HE HIMSELF ALONE IS. IF YOU WANT LIFE THEREFORE YOU HAVE WHAT? TO GO THROUGH HIM FOR HE IS THE LIFE. IF YOU WANT TO HAVE THE TRUTH OR KNOW THE TRUTH YOU GO THROUGH HIM FOR HE IS HIMSELF THE TRUTH AS HE OFTEN IS REFERRED TO AS THE WORD OF GOD. BUT THEN ALSO IF YOU WANT THE WAY THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY. AND IN FACT THIS VERSE ACTUALLY TELLS US THAT. NO ONE CAN COME TO THE FATHER GOD EXCEPT THROUGH ME. SO WHO IS THE PATH? JESUS ALONE. THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUR WAY TO THE TRUE GOD AND FATHER. THAT'S THE CLAIM THAT JESUS MAKES OR HE IS A LIAR. THE FACT IS HE'S NOT A LIAR AND HE IS THE ONLY WAY. THERE IS NO PROPHET BEFORE HIM, THERE'S NO PROPHET AFTER HIM THAT MEETS THIS STANDARD OR QUALIFIES FOR WHAT HE CLAIMS HERE. AND YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE JESUS IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAME TO THIS WORLD, LIVED AS A MAN, DIED AND SUFFERED, EVEN THE CRUEL DEATH OF CALVARY FOR YOU AND FOR ME. THAT'S WHY HE IS QUALIFIED. HE ALONE IS THE WAY. IF I WANT TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE FATHER HE ALONE IS THAT PATH. HE IS THE WAY BY WHICH I HAVE ACCESS.

NOW, AS WE GO THROUGHOUT THE GOSPELS THIS CONCEPT IS ALSO MAYBE INFERRED. SOMETIMES THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS WERE CALLED AGAIN FOLLOWERS, DISCIPLES - THEY WERE CALLED CHRISTIANS IN ANTIOCH AS WE READ LATER IN THE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. BUT THE CONCEPT OF THE WAY IS ACTUALLY EMPHASIZED LATER WHICH SHOWS US THAT THIS WAS A JEWISH APPLICATION OF, NOT ONLY THOSE WHO BELIEVED IN GOD AT TIMES, BUT FOR THOSE WHO DIDN'T BELIEVE IN GOD AND BY GOD HERE I'M REFERRING TO JESUS IN THE FLESH. AND WE KNOW THAT BECAUSE WHEN WE GO OVER TO THE BOOK OF ACTS YOU MIGHT NOTICE WITH ME FIRST OF ALL IN THE BOOK OF ACTS CHAPTER 9 PAUL HERE IS TALKING ABOUT HIS CONVERSION - ONE OF THE THREE PLACES THAT HE GIVES DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT HIS CONVERSION AS HE WAS THERE ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS. AND BY THE WAY YOU MIGHT REMEMBER WITH ME HE WAS GOING TO DO DAMASCUS TO PERSECUTE CHRISTIANS BECAUSE HE DID NOT BELIEVE IN JESUS AT THIS TIME. HIS NAME WAS SAUL AND HE WAS A FOLLOWER OF JUDAISM, A VERY STRONG FOLLOWER EVEN TO THE POINT OF PERSECUTING THE CHURCH; MEN AND WOMEN, IMPRISONING THEM, AND EVEN BEEN INVOLVED IN THE MURDER OF MANY CHRISTIANS. I WANT YOU TO NOTICE AS PAUL DOES THIS A WORD THAT IS FOUND IN VERSE TWO OF THAT PASSAGE. BUT WERE GOING TO READ VERSE ONE AND TWO. THEN SAUL - THIS IS THE ONE WHO LATER IS PAUL - STILL BREATHING THREATS AND MURDER AGAINST THE DISCIPLES OF THE LORD WENT TO THE HIGH PRIEST AND ASKED LETTERS FROM THE HIGH PRIEST TO THE SYNAGOGUES OF DAMASCUS SO THAT IF HE FOUND ANYONE WHO WAS THERE AND THE WAY, WHETHER MEN OR WOMEN, HE MIGHT BIND THEM AND BRING THEM BACK TO JERUSALEM. WHAT DO WE LEARN THAT PAUL SAYS HE WANTS TO DO? PERSECUTE CHRISTIANS. BUT WHAT WAS HE REFERRING TO THEM AS? THE FOLLOWERS OF THE WAY. WHAT IS HE SAYING THERE? THE ONE WHO CALLED HIMSELF THE WAY. AND WHO IS THE WAY? JESUS ALONE. THOSE ARE THE ONES PAUL SAYS (SAUL AT THAT TIME) THAT I WANT TO GO AND KILL. THAT I WANT TO GO AND DESTROY BECAUSE THEY ARE FOLLOWING THIS BLASPHEMER - THIS ONE WHO IS REALLY NOT OF OR FROM GOD. BUT NOW WE SEE THAT HE USES IT BEFORE PROBABLY IN MORE OF THE DEROGATORY WAY. THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE HE WAS THE WAY BUT THIS WAS THE WAY THAT HIS DISCIPLES IDENTIFIED HIMSELF BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT JESUS CALLED HIMSELF IN JOHN 14 VERSE 6. WE DON'T JUST SEE IN THERE - BUT INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH WE CONTINUE TO MOVE THROUGH THE TEXT HERE AND WE CAN GO OVER TO CHAPTER 19 - AND THERE IN CHAPTER 19 WE SEE THAT PAUL IS ACTUALLY AT EPHESUS ON ONE OF HIS MISSIONARY JOURNEYS I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WITH ME WHAT VERSE 9 SAYS SEE HERE AS HE IS DEALING AGAIN AND SPEAKING AND PERSUADING VERSE 8 SAYS THOSE THINGS CONCERNING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. VERSE 9 SAYS: BUT WHEN SOME OF THEM WERE HARDENED AND DID NOT BELIEVE BUT SPOKE EVIL OF THE WAY BEFORE THE MULTITUDE. HE DEPARTED FROM THEM AND WITHDREW THE DISCIPLES REASONING DAILY IN THE SCHOOL OF TYRANNUS. YOU SEE, THERE WERE THOSE WHO WEREN'T BELIEVING IN THE WAY. AGAIN IN ACTS 9 AND IN ACTS 22 WE SEE THAT THE CONVERSION OF PAUL - HE BECOMES A FOLLOWER; A BELIEVER OF THE WAY. BUT YET AS HE IS PREACHING SOME OF THE JEWS ARE NOT BELIEVING. THEY DO NOT FOLLOW THE WAY. AND ONCE AGAIN THE HOLY SPIRIT IDENTIFIES JESUS AND THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS AS WHAT? THOSE OF THE WAY. JESUS HIMSELF BEING THE WAY AND THE FOLLOWERS BEING THE FOLLOWERS OF THE WAY. VERSE 23 LATER WHEN THERE WERE RIOTS IN EPHESUS NOTICE WHAT IT SAYS HERE. ABOUT THAT TIME THERE AROSE A GREAT COMMOTION ABOUT THE WAY. AND IT TELLS SPECIFICALLY OF EVENTS THAT WERE HAPPENING - RIOTS AGAINST THE CHURCH AND AGAINST PAUL, THREATS THAT WERE BEING MADE - THE SAME TYPES OF THREATS THE PAUL HAD BROUGHT AGAINST THE CHURCH WERE NOW UPON HIM BECAUSE HE WAS A FOLLOWER OF THE WAY AND BECAUSE THOSE WHO WERE DISCIPLES OF JESUS OR THE WAY WERE REALLY STIRRING THINGS UP. THEY WERE PREACHING THE TRUTH, THEY WERE CHALLENGING PEOPLE TO KNOW JESUS AND TO COME TO JESUS AND TO FOLLOW JESUS. SEE, YOU MAY NOT REALIZE THAT THIS REFERENCE OR CONCEPT WAS USED SO OFTEN EVEN AFTER THE CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED. GO TO ACTS 22. AGAIN WE FIND THE SAME CONCEPT AS HE IS THERE IN JERUSALEM AND NOW HE IS FACING SOME SERIOUS PROBLEMS BECAUSE THOSE IN JERUSALEM ARE AGAINST HIM. AND IN VERSE 4 NOTICE THAT PAUL NOW AS HE GIVES HIS OWN DEFENSE BEFORE THE JEWS THEMSELVES HE DECLARES - I PERSECUTED THIS WAY. AND IT IS SAYING THIS THE WAY (JESUS) TO THE DEATH; BINDING AND DELIVERING INTO PRISON BOTH MEN AND WOMEN. PAUL IS CONFESSING THAT I WAS WHERE YOU WERE. I REJECTED THE WAY. I FELT HE WAS A BLASPHEMER. I WOULD NOT FOLLOW HIM BUT AFTER THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS I AM NOW A FOLLOWER OF THE WAY.

WHAT IS HE CHALLENGING THEM TO DO? TO JOIN THOSE WHO ARE OF THE WAY. AND THEN AS WE MIGHT GO OVER EVEN TO CHAPTER 24 ONCE AGAIN IN VERSE 14 WE FIND AS PAUL IS DEALING WITH FELIX THE GOVERNOR HE MAKES THE STATEMENT IN VERSE 14: BUT THIS I CONFESS TO YOU FELIX THAT ACCORDING TO THE WAY WHICH THEY CALL A SECT I WORSHIP GOD - THE GOD OF MY FATHERS BELIEVING IN ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE LAW. PAUL SAYS I'M A FOLLOWER OF THE WAY NOT BECAUSE JUST OF JESUS BUT BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT I HAVE LEARNED BY THE FATHER THAT IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE OLD LAW. HE IS SAYING I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEE WHAT MY JEWISH BRETHREN HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SEE. THAT JESUS IS THAT MESSIAH, HE IS THAT CHRIST, HE IS THE WAY - THE ONLY WAY TO THE FATHER - THE ONE THAT WAS PROMISED FROM THE FATHER. SO DO YOU SEE HOW ALL THESE THINGS COME TOGETHER? AND THEN EVEN LATER IN CHAPTER 24 AND VERSE 22 WHEN FELIX NOW IS BEGINNING TO CONSIDER JESUS AND THE THINGS OF JESUS - DO YOU REMEMBER THIS STATEMENT IN VERSE 22? WHEN FELIX HEARD THESE THINGS HE SAYS - HAVING A MORE ACCURATE KNOWLEDGE NOW OF THE WAY HE ADJOURNED AND PROCEEDED AND DESIRED THEN LATER AS WE WELL KNOW TO SAY - HEY MAN, IF I WAS IN A DIFFERENT TIME OR I MIGHT EVEN FOLLOW THE WAY, THE MAN JESUS. YOU SEE AGAIN - JESUS IS NOT A WAY. JESUS IS THE WAY! AND HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS TO SEE THE COMPLEXITY OF THIS CONCEPT AND HOW IT STRENGTHENS OUR BELIEF IN JESUS THAT HE IS THE ONE AND ONLY SAVIOR THAT WILL GIVE US ACCESS TO THE FATHER, NOT ONLY TODAY IN THIS LIFE, BUT ULTIMATELY TO GIVE US ACCESS TO THE FATHER IN RELATIONSHIP TO THAT WHICH IS ETERNAL LIFE TO COME. THE QUESTION IS - ARE YOU A BELIEVER? ARE YOU A FOLLOWER OF THE WAY TODAY? AND IF NOT MAKE SURE YOU DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO BE ONE.



CLOSING COMMENTS

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