River Rock Baptist Church
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
All To The Glory of God

John Lesson #21

 
John Lesson #21

 

John 6:53-58

 
Last time:
 

Churches put a lot of emphasis on drawing a crowd. Jesus did not. 

 

Jesus had His big attendance days, but His overall trend was advancement through decline.

 

"A faith that fizzles before the finish was faulty from the first."

 

You know there's a lot of preachers today teaching forgiveness without real repentance and I have to point out that they draw quite a crowd!

 
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Ladies, next week is Mother's Day, and I'd like to take a survey. Raise your hand if you know what 'selective hearing' is. You can say, "Take out the trash" or "Pick up your clothes" and a man cannot hear it. You can use the same tone and volume and say, "Would you like some ice cream" and be heard, no problem. "Would you like to go upstai...YES!"

 

Unfortunately, many who claim to be followers of Christ have selective hearing...they hear only what they want to hear...things they agree with, that don't challenge them too deeply. A man of God can preach two truths from the same Bible but one is heard and the other is ignored...selective hearing.

 

The crowd in chapter 6 has selective hearing. It was a big crowd who came to see miracles and be fed, and join in the 'hip' trend of the day. But Jesus wanted to see who was serious and so He preached on commitment and many departed. It doesn't mean they weren't saved, though undoubtedly many of them were only in it for what they could get out of it.

 

vv. 53-54        This is so contrary to the 'easy-believism' which is so common today. What does the Bible really mean when it tells us to 'believe' and be saved?

James 2:19
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

Believing in the head is called 'mental assent.' It is just believing the facts. Like the demons in...

Matthew 8:29
...What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? 

Even the demons know Jesus to be who He claims to be, but they certainly aren't saved. It is demonic faith.

 

And James tells us faith without works is dead...a dead faith. Works give evidence of salvation. It's not the root, but the fruit...and Jesus said we are known by our fruit. The person with dead faith has only had an intellectual experience. In his mind he knows facts about salvation, but in his heart he has never truly applied these things with a personal commitment. He knows the right words, but cannot back them up with works. True faith brings life, and the characteristics of life are growth and fruit!

 

Matthew 7:21-23
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

This is a deceptive faith, when you do works and think you are saved because of that.

 

We need the real thing -- a dynamic faith. This touches the complete man... mind, heart, and will. It must go from the head to the heart, and on to the hand. This happens thru making a real commitment -- which means true repentance being part of your faith in Christ. You are turning FROM sin and TO Jesus!

 

Demonic faith only affects the mind, understanding the facts of salvation. You know ABOUT Jesus but don't know Him personally. It has nothing to do with the heart.

 

A dead faith may involve the heart but doesn't reach the hand. You may have prayed a prayer for salvation, and may have even cried as the decision affected you emotionally. It reached the heart but not the will. If there's no surrender and commitment involved it isn't full, dynamic faith.

 

Deceptive faith does works, so the will is involved. The hand takes action, but it is not real and rooted in the heart. It's motive is doing works in order to be a good person and earn salvation instead of being rooted and grounded in the heart.

 

'Believe' and 'commit' are synonymous in the Biblical sense. A person may say they have decided to be saved, but if it results in no change, no fruit, and no desire to go in the right direction the Bible gives us little encouragement about the reality of that decision.

 

Vance Havner, "I didn't understand much about trusting Jesus, but I understood one thing, and no theologian had to explain it to me. I understood that I was under new management. That was perfectly clear. I had a new Lord. I believe that the sad state of Christians in churches today is due to a cheap believism that doesn't believe and a cheap receivism that doesn't receive. After all, the word Savior is found only 24 times in the NT, and the word Lord is applied to Jesus 433 times."

 

If the elements became literal flesh and blood, then what we would have would not just be a symbolic remembrance, but a sacrifice, and that would be heresy and blasphemy against our once smitten Savior.

Hebrews 10:12, 14
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

There is no saving virtue in the elements. It's a symbolic remembrance of the once and for all sacrifice Jesus made and then He said, It is finished, and it is indeed finished, and He's no longer on that cross...the crucifix is grotesque, Christians are to live in the light of the empty tomb!

 

Transubstantiation was invented by Catholic leaders in around A.D. 1200. So for more than a millennium the church got along fine without it. Martin Luther said in 1520, it's a monstrous word for a monstrous idea.

 

If Jesus was talking about the Lord's Supper in this passage, then it would mean you have to partake in order to be saved, and you do not.

 

Also, Jesus makes it clear that He is speaking spiritually, not literally.

v. 63       
 

Further, 'eat my flesh' and 'drink my blood' are in the aorist tense, which means, "Do it one time." It's a once and for all partaking, not to be repeated.

 

As we partake, it is a time of reflection. We are looking back and looking forward.

1 Corinthians 11:26
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death [looking back] till he come [looking forward].

As we look back we remember that though salvation is free, it was not cheap. The bread symbolizes His broken body and the cup is picture of His blood shed for us.

 

We not only look back but forward. "Till he come"

        At the last supper Jesus told the disciples I won't partake of this with you again until we are together in my kingdom.

 

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the next time we partook it was in heaven with Jesus?

 

Did you know you can find communion in your OT? Passover! And that first time the children of Israel partook they were in slavery in Egypt and they were told to receive it with their coats on, because they needed to be ready to vacate! We need to live the same way!