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When Jesus Says, "Truly, Truly, I Say to You"...
TUESDAY, JULY 08, 2014
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Every word of Jesus recorded for us in Scripture is equally truthful, important, and essential for us to embrace, believe, and pattern our hearts and lives accordingly. Indeed, that is true of all of Scripture. So this post is not about establishing degrees of truth in Scripture. All Scripture is truth. However, there are those occasions when He says, “Truly, truly, I say to you…” What is Jesus conveying in this language, and how are we to respond?

When Jesus says “truly”, He means for us to know that what follows is unquestioned divine revelation to man. He is about to speak absolute, propositional truth, ultimate reality. When He says, “truly, truly”, there is no doubt that He is placing emphasis on what follows and means for every listener/reader to pay special attention. When He says, “truly, truly, I say to you”, He is indicating that He is directly addressing the following truth statement to His listeners/readers. He is not placing truth out in the open in some abstract way for us to ponder or debate. He is calling us to a decision about Him! We should feel the weight and force of those words every time we read them, for as all Scripture is inspired by God, when we read those words, Jesus is directly addressing us, the readers, with absolute, certain truth. Truth that will bear massive consequences in light of how we respond to it.

For example, in John 5:25,28-29 Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live…for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear His voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgement.”

Massive, absolute truth given to us by Jesus as recorded in God’s sacred word. How are we to respond? Jesus actually tells us exactly how we are to respond in another absolute, truth claim in the previous verse. In v24 Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life.”

We are to believe, and in believing, we are among those who “hear” and in hearing have eternal life! Jesus leaves no room for the nonsense of postmodernism’s rejection of absolute truth or the so-called streams of Christianity that deny, reject, or refuse to affirm the absolute truth claims of Scripture. Refusing to “hear” is unbelief. Refusing to embrace the propositional truth claims of Scripture are evidence that one remains spiritually dead.

Life, abundant and eternal, is found only in Jesus Christ. He not only made this claim, but He proved this claim in His life, death, and resurrection. When Jesus says, “truly, truly, I say to you”, we are to hear; we are to believe. In so doing, we have saving, everlasting life in Him! He means for us to do more than merely pay special attention; He means for us to believe and be saved from sin by trusting in Him!

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The Good News Comes from Good Friday: A meditation on John 3:16
MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014
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In Jesus' own words He explained the purpose and meaning of His life and death. For God - the Greatest Being so loved - the Greatest Affection (God is love, 1 John 4:8, so there can be no greater affection than the love of the greatest Being)...
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The Cure for Dread and Fear
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2014
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Do you struggle with fear, anxiety, worry, hypothetical scenarios? Does fear of man, death, or illness grip you and paralyze your spiritual life? Are you living life under a fog of dread rather than enjoying the joy of Christ? If you answered yes...
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The Sanctifying Power of Corporate Worship - Hebrews 10:24-25
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014
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And let us consider how to stir one another up to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25 v25 contains a...
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The True Meaning and "Extra" Joy of Christmas, Matt 1:21
MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2013
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She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 “for He will save His people from their sins.” Note the specificity as it relates to Matthew’s Gospel as a...
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You Were Made to Marvel - John 5:20
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2013
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For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all that He Himself is doing. And greater works than these will He show Him, so that you may marvel. John 5:20 The “For” at the beginning of v20 is important. Here Jesus explains...
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The Gospel Knows No Boundaries!!!
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2013
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We are currently studying through the Gospel of John at CEFC. It is striking to observe the extent and reach of the Gospel as demonstrated by the Nicodemus and Samaritan woman narratives in chs. 3 and 4. The Gospel is for the Pharisee (ch3) and...
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Why Didn't John the Baptist Know Jesus was the Christ?
MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013
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If anyone should have known that Jesus was the Son of God, the Messiah, it should have been John the Baptist! Right? He had more reason to know than anyone else. His mother Elizabeth knew (Luke 1:43). His first encounter with Jesus, although in...
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New Birth as the Foundation for Faith; John 1:12-13
MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013
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But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13 A cursory reading of John 1:12-13...
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If God is Sovereign, Why Do We Pray?
MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013
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In our study on prayer yesterday from Matthew 9:35-38, the theological tension of prayer became evident. It is a question all of us have probably pondered from time to time, even if we did not consider it a “theological tension.”...
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