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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Jesus Speaks Today

By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
I.  Introduction.
    A.  Jesus is Lord of lords and King of kings. 
    B.  "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time
        past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days 
        spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all 
        things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the 
        brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, 
        and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had 
        by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the 
        Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as 
        he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than 
        they.  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou 
        art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?  And again, I will 
        be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?  And again, 
        when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he 
        saith,  And let all the angels of God worship him" (Hebrews 
        1:1-6).
        1.  Jesus is "heir of all things."
            a.  "I will tell of the decree:  Jehovah said unto me, 
                Thou art my son: this day have I begotten thee.  Ask 
                of me, and I will give thee the nations for thine 
                inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for 
                they possession" (Psalms 2:7-8).
            b.  "The eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ 
                Jesus" (Ephesians 3:11).
            c.  "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power 
                is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye 
                therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in 
                the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the 
                Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things 
                whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with 
                you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen" 
                (Matthew 28:18-20).
            d.  "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ 
                Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not 
                robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no 
                reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, 
                and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found 
                in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became 
                obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  
                Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given 
                him a name which is above every name:  That at the 
                name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in 
                heaven, and things in earth, and things under the 
                earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus 
                Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" 
                (Philippians 2:5-11).
        2.  Jesus is creator of all things.  Through him God "made 
                the worlds."
            a.  Particularly significant is the role in creation 
                assigned to the logos, who is incarnate in Jesus (John 
                1:14) in the prologue of the fourth gospel.  It is not 
                immediately obvious why a man sent from God, even the 
                Messiah of Israel, should have played such a role.  
                Yet Jesus Christ figures as the mediator in creation 
                not only in John, but also in such New Testament books 
                as 1 Corinthians 8:6, Colossians 1:15-17, and 
                Hebrews 1:2, although the term logos is not used. 
                (Interestingly enough, in 1 Cor. 1:24, Paul calls 
                Christ 'the wisdom of God,' using the Greek term 
                sophia, mentioned above, that has close connection 
                with logos.)  This development in the doctrine of 
                Christ becomes immediately intelligible in light of 
                the use of logos as God's creating and revealing 
                mediator in Philo and the role played by 'wisdom' in 
                ancient Jewish wisdom literature.  Yet an 
                unprecedented step is taken by New Testament writers, 
                especially the fourth evangelist, when it is claimed 
                that the one who has played this role can be identified 
                with a historic figure, Jesus of Nazareth (Achtemier, 
                Paul J., Th.D., Harper's Bible Dictionary). 
            b.  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with 
                God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the 
                beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and 
                without him was not any thing made that was made.  In 
                him was life; and the life was the light of men" (John 
                1:1-3).
        3.  Jesus is "the brightness" of the Father's glory.
            a.  Jesus is to Jehovah what the sun's rays are to the 
                sun.
            b.  "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead 
                bodily" (Colossians 2:9).
            c.  "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father" (John 
                14:9).
        4.  Jesus is the "express image" of Jehovah's person.
            a.  "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30).
            b.  Jesus, Jehovah and the Spirit are of one essence, but 
                different in person and substance.
        5.  Jesus "upholds all things by the word of his power."
            a.  If he ceased to exercise his will in the support of 
                the universe, it would immediately sink into 
                annihilation.
            b.  Consider the immensity of the universe and then ponder 
                the staggering thought that Jesus upholds it all 
                simply because it wills that it should be upheld.
        6.  Jesus was made purification for sins.
            a.  "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of 
                goats should take away sins" (Hebrews 10:4).
            b.  "For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them 
                that are sanctified" (Hebrews 10:14).
            c.  "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his 
                own blood he entered in once into the holy place, 
                having obtained eternal redemption for us.  For if the 
                blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an 
                heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the 
                purifying of the flesh:  How much more shall the blood 
                of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered 
                himself without spot to God, purge your conscience 
                from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 
                9:12-14).
            d.  "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, 
                and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of 
                the kings of the earth.  Unto him that loved us, and 
                washed us from our sins in his own blood" (Revelation 
                1:5).
    C.  The authority of Jesus.
        1.  The authority of Jesus is absolute.
        2.  The kingdom of heaven exists wherever humans bow before 
            the Lamb who is a Lion and submit to him totally.  This is 
            worship in spirit and truth.
II.  Jesus Speaks Today.
     A.  "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the 
         things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let 
         them slip.  For if the  word spoken by angels was stedfast, 
         and every transgression and disobedience received a just 
         recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so 
         great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the 
         Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God 
         also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and 
         with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according 
         to his own will? (Hebrews 2:1-4).
     B.  "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the 
         knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for 
         sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery 
         indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.  He that 
         despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three 
         witnesses:  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall 
         he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of 
         God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he 
         was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto 
         the Spirit of grace?  For we know him that hath said, 
         Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the 
         Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.  It is a 
         fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" 
         (Hebrews 10:26-31).
     C.  "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he 
         that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in 
         righteousness he doth judge and make war.  His eyes were as a 
         flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a 
         name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  And he was 
         clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is 
         called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven 
         followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white 
         and clean.  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that 
         with it he should smite the nations:  and he shall rule them 
         with a rod of iron:  and he treadeth the winepress of the 
         fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  And he hath on his 
         vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND 
         LORD OF LORDS" (Revelation 19:11-16).

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email: had@worldnet.att.net
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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