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There was nothing wrong with this gift of tongues for it was, after all, from God Himself to His church. What was erroneous was how they were exercising this gift. And for the most part, it was all wrong.
The end times have stretched on, producing generations of speculation about the coming antichrist. From Caligula to Oprah, Christians have tried to identify the great, earthly enemy of God. Unfortunately, predictions have proven wanting. When John warned of antichrist, however, he spoke of a type of person, rather than a particular person. Antichrist denied Jesus and left the church. His congregation suffered the scars of antichrist, and wrote to his readers about orthodox faith and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He encourages his readers to remain teachable in critical times, a lesson as relevant today as it was in his age.
Daniel 2 deals with some of the most amazing prophecy of the whole Bible. It also shows God's power to do things through his people that no other god can do. The current world events and history are working out what God has prophesied centuries ago. We are living in the last kingdom age of this prophecy.
In this letter of corrections, the Apostle Paul raises the caution flag in this chapter and draws our attention to another struggle the church may and will experience.
The very gifts that God Himself gives to the body of Christ can be misused by man. Though from God, a spiritual gift must mix with man and when it does so, it can become tainted and instead of a blessing it becomes a dagger.
We return to the Gospel of John today. Although today is Easter and before us this morning is a very “Easter” text, the message this morning is part of a series of messages that have occupied our attention for several weeks. We began this year considering the 7 miracles of Jesus as told by John. Now, we are considering the 7 “I Am” statements of John. Seven times, John records Jesus proclaiming Himself with the introductory formula “I am.” We have considered the statement “I am the bread of life.” We said that just as bread sustains our lives physically, Jesus proclaimed Himself to be the One that sustains us spiritually and eternally. We have considered the statement, “I am the light of the world.” This statement gives us a radical claim (I am the light of the world) which calls us to a radical discipleship (anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness) which guarantees for us a radical promise (but will have the light of life). Then, there were the statements, “I am the door” and “I am the Good Shepherd” that point to Jesus being the only way to salvation. We are learning that these “I am” statements change who we are. The same is true today.
In contrast to the observations of man stands the assertions of God, who makes one rather concrete announcement here about the supremacy of love!
God’s message of salvation is bittersweet. To the believer, it is like honey to the mouth because it offers hope, forgiveness, fulfillment and eternal life. But the gospel is also bitter because it pronounces eternal judgment punishment upon those who reject it and it causes the hearts of the redeemed to ache. Like John, we are called to prophesy again. We must continue in a steadfast manner to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, regardless of those who may reject it and even reject us. Through the writings of John we see a clear picture of the future, but we still live in the present. Let us commit to declaring God’s Word.
With His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus left no question that He embraced His identity as the long-awaited Messiah. He demonstrated meticulous control of the events leading up to the Cross in such a way that reflected divine design in accordance with OT images and prophecies. It is passages like these that force the reader to take seriously the "Liar-Lunatic-Lord" argument made famous by C.S. Lewis. For, Jesus leaves no room for categories like He was nothing more than a good teacher or a prophet. He believed Himself to be much more than that, and this was demonstrated through His works and works. The only question that remains, then, is, "How will you respond to Jesus?" Will you receive Him as King with praise embodied in the words from your mouth, the faith anchored in your heart, and a lifestyle of service to Him? Or, will you reject Him? Jesus is clear that those who choose the latter will be held accountable for that decision.