Prophetic Promises and Purposes
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John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
Job 24:13 There are those who rebel against the light; They do not know its ways Nor abide in its paths Ps 56:13 Isa 2:5 Eph 5:8 1Jn 1:7 Jn 8:12;11:9;12:35
Jn 3:19 this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
I. God doesn't want His people to take a blind leap of faith into the dark, but intelligent steps into the Light
A. Jn 1:6 man sent from God..John 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world
B. Mal 2:17 Where is the God of justice? 3:1 Behold, I send My messenger (Mt 11:10) and he will prepare the way before Me. and the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts 3 He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness...pleasant to the LORD, as in the days of old 5 And I will come near you for judgment...Because they do not fear Me," Says the LORD of hosts. 6 For I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob 7...Return to Me, and I will return to you
II. God wants to forgive and free us from sin and its consequences, so He can dwell with us forever.
A. Jn 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the power to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth
B. Jn 11:27 She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ/Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."
C. Mt 1:20...angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins." 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which is translated, "God with us." Isa 7:14
III. God's Plan is that all people can live in the light of His rule in their lives
A. Jn 1:16 of His fullness we have all received, grace for grace 17 For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came thru Jesus Christ
B. Ps 26:3 Your hesed is before my eyes, I have walked in Your truth. Ps 40: I have not concealed Your hesed and Your truth from the assembly
C. Jn 3:16 God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Jn 12:46 "I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. Jn 10:10 life & abundantly
Isa 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment
D. Mt 12:17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah (42) the prophet, saying 18 My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, He will declare justice to the Gentiles 21 and in His name Gentiles will trust.
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