“Seven Sign Miracles”

Posted: December 18, 2014 in Bible Prophecy, Christian Life, Cults, Gospel, Gospel of John, Reading, Replacement Theology, Resurrection, Salvation

An Introduction To The Gospel Of John

”The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” He also wrote, “It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.” – Mark Twain

Greatest. The Bible is greatest book that has ever been written. It is made up of 66 books. Don’t add to or subtract from it, as the cults do, or face the terrible consequences (Revelation 22:18, 19). It is God breathed and has a purpose (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). One of the primary reasons for trusting it is fulfilled Bible prophecy. Prophecy is history written in advance. “Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’…Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it’” (Isaiah 46:9-11).*

Signs. The Gospel of John contains 7 sign miracles that prove that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31). A miracle has been defined as the circumvention of the normal “laws of nature.” Since God established these “laws,” He can modify them if and when He chooses to do so. Do you know why Jesus and His apostles performed three kinds of miracles (Acts 2:22; 2 Corinthians 12:12)? Do you know when and why the Anti-Christ will be given the power to imitate these three kinds of miracles (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)? What will Jesus say on judgment day to the false prophets and teachers who claimed to do miracles in His name (Matthew 7:21-23; Revelation 20:11-15)?**

Addition. When God the Son added a true human nature (not a sinful nature) and a real body to Himself (Philippians 2:5-11), He lived among men for about 33 years to reveal to us visible evidence of the only true and living God. Contrary to what some cults are teaching, He did not relinquish any of His deity (Colossians 2:9) but simply veiled some of it while He lived and walked among men.

Glorification. In sending God the Son to earth, God the Father wanted the men of this world to know more about the Godhead that consists of three persons, not three Gods (Deuteronomy 6:4). In His high priestly prayer, Jesus said, “And this is life eternal, that they may know You [Father], the only true God, and Jesus Christ [the God-man] whom You have sent” (John 17:3). In response to Philip’s request, “Lord, show us the Father…” Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:7-12). In other words, “If you want to know the Father, look at the Son.” They both have the same essence but are separate persons with a mind, will, and emotions. Yes, Jesus did claim to be God (John 5:18; 10:30). When His disciple Thomas said to Jesus, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28), He accepted his worship. Had Jesus not been God, Jesus should never have allowed that statement to go uncorrected.

“I AM.” Contrary to what some cults teach, with each of the seven “I AM” statements that He made concerning Himself, Jesus was declaring that He was/is the Jehovah God of the Old Testament (Exodus 3:14; John 6:35; 8:12; 10:7, 11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:5). He was/is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17).*** Jesus, the God-man is worthy of our trust and worship. All who believe in/on Him will receive eternal life from Him (John 3:16; 5:24). This life can/should be enjoyed right now. If you’re a Christian, are you enjoying “abundant life” right now?

Helper. While Jesus was on earth, He was subordinate to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 10:7, 9; Matthew 4:1; 12:22, 32; John 8:28, 42). But when Jesus ascended back to heaven with a resurrected, glorified body (one with flesh and bones, but no blood – Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:50) after dying for our sins and rising from the dead on the third day (Acts 1:9-11; Ephesians 1:20), He and God the Father sent God the Holy Spirit to earth to indwell the bodies of true Christians (John 14:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 6:19). Since He indwells all true believers, we are not to grieve or quench Him (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19). If saved, are you doing this? If so, stop and confess your sins to the Father (1 John 1:9).

Salvation. In addition to revealing the Godhead to us, Jesus (God the Son) came to offer salvation to those who had rebelled and who are still rebelling against God (John 1:29; Romans 5:8, 10). All of us have sinned (acted lawlessly) and come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:10-23). We all deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Love. “…God [the Father] loved so the [people of this] world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have [eternal] life” (John 3:16). “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name [person and work] of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). Are you a true believer or an unbeliever? Have you placed your faith in Christ exclusively as the One who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 4:12; 16:31)? Christ had to satisfy God’s outraged holiness and justice against our sin nature and our personal sins before He could offer salvation to us (1 John 2:2; 4:10). Salvation from hell to heaven is not based on any of our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:4). Furthermore, it’s not just offered to some men but to all human beings (1 Timothy 4:10). We don’t believe in “limited atonement.”****

Life. God the Son (Jesus Christ) came to give believers eternal life (i.e. God’s quality of life). All true believers receive this the moment they place their faith in Christ as personal Savior. But not all Christians enjoy the “abundant life” (John 10:10). Contrary to what the “health, wealth, and happiness preachers” are teaching through the misapplication of Scripture,***** this is not referring to material things (1 Timothy 6:8) but to spiritual things that can/should be enjoyed by those who are rightly related to God the Holy Spirit and who are filled with Him (Ephesians 1:3; 5:18). He produces the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23). These Christ like qualities (love, joy, peace, etc) need to be directed properly toward the right objects at the right time. Yes, they can be misdirected toward the wrong things too (1 John 2:15-17). Are you using or abusing the present world system (1 Corinthians 7:31)?

Help. If you have honest questions and are teachable and willing to change when presented with Scriptural evidence (2 Timothy 2:2), we invite you to contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com for more information. If this article has helped you, let us know how it has. Maybe you might want to share it with someone else. Together we can reach more people for God. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

 The Gospel in 30 languages. www.cleargospel.org

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*Recommended: Charting The End Times by Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=charting+the+end+times+lahaye

**Miracles: http://www.compellingtruth.org/miracles-literal.html

Demonic/Satanic miracles: http://www.gotquestions.org/demonic-satanic-miracles.html

***Deity of Christ. Is Jesus God?

http://www.gotquestions.org/is-Jesus-God.html

http://www.gotquestions.org/God-in-the-flesh.html

****Limited Atonement. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger02.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/limited.htm

*****Replacement Theology. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

Message for Jew haters: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/destroy.htm

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