This Week's Sermon ( 4-11-17 )
" Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. " John 14:1-6
" And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. " Revelation 13:8
" The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. " Revelation 17:8
" Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, " 1 Peter 1:20
" For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. " Hebrews 4:3
" According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: " Ephesians 1:4
" Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. " John 17:24
Notice Jesus said;
" that where I am, there ye may be also. "
As I sit on the back porch and marvel at God's creation, I know that at one time there was literally nothing here.
God was all alone. There was no one and nothing but Him.
I often wonder what He did before He created the angels, the universe, the mountains, the earth, the plants and trees...and everything else.
I marvel at how vast God is and was still able to create an insect so small that I can hardly see it and even give it a brain, feelings, and a body to get around.
Notice in the verses how many times reference is made to;
" before the foundation of the world,"
My friend, God knew us long before He created anything.
" Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. " Jeremiah 1:4-5
While God existed by Himself, He had no need for anyone, nor anything.
God is sufficient in Himself.
However, God likes company.
This is why He created those of us who will believe in His Son, Jesus.
This is why Jesus said;
" ye believe in God, believe also in me. "
God wants those of us who will believe in His Son, Jesus, to spend eternity with Him.
Notice John said;
" ...the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. "
Before He created anything, God had already determined in His mind that He would come and take on human flesh and be one of His own creation and die for us so we could be saved from eternal hell and spend eternity with Him...that is, if we believe in His only begotten Son, Jesus.
" For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. " John 3:16
Always believe in Jesus.
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