Jesus Intervenes For Thomas

December 5, 2016

Summary

Jesus Intervenes For Thomas Sermon John 20:24-31

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John 20:24-31 NKJV 

 

Lord – Kurios – 747 times, (703 = Lord), sir, master

God – Theos – 1,344 times – (1310 = God), gods, godly

 

  • When used together, always – “Lord God”
  • Passage with Lord God
  • Satan says bow down and worship me

 

Matthew 4:10 NKJV 

 

  • Jesus rebukes Satan
  • If Jesus is NOT God He must reject Thomas!
  • God is one, there is only one God
  • Praise honor and glory is ONLY given to God
  • DOES JESUS REBUKE THOMAS???
  • NO!!!!!!!!
  • He affirms it. “You have believed”

 

John 20:29 NKJV 

WORSHIP

 

 

Philippians 2:10 NKJV  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

 

Isaiah 45:23 – Every knee bows to the LORD (YHWH)

 

 

Revelation 19:10 The Angel said worship ONLY God!  YET

 

Revelation 5:13 NKJV  … “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

 

  • The Son is honored as the Father

 

John 5:23 NKJV 

THE CREATOR

 

Colossians 1:16 KJV 

John 1:1-3 NKJV 

IDENTIFICATION

PAUL – …our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

PETER – 2 Peter 1:1 NKJV  …our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

JESUS  John 14:9 He who has seen Me has seen the Father

JESUS – Revelation 22:13 KJV  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

 

  • Jesus raised Lazarus – THIS – Should be proof enough!
  • More proof, 1 MORE —

 

John 2:19 NKJV  Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

 

  • How can Jesus being dead claim to raise himself?
  • ONLY – God can do this!
  • Jesus is telling us HE IS GOD!

 

Matthew 1:23 NKJV 

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  • Thomas starts the day NOT BELIEVING
  • Thomas ends the day BELIEVING
  • Why?
  • Jesus Christ
  • Even if one sheep goes astray, He will go after the one

 

  • A week ago 0 believed
  • That evening 10 believed
  • A week later, all 11 believe

 

 

Is it possible for someone to see the pierced hands and side and NOT believe???

 

I believe, YES

 

  • Evidence of the Trinity – Not all believe
  • Evidence of a creator – Not all believe in God
  • Evidence of the resurrection – Not all believe
  • Plagues against Pharaoh – He should have worshiped God
    • His heart was hardened
  • The religious leaders – Plenty of evidence

 

Isaiah 6:9 NKJV 

Matthew 16:17 NKJV 

John 18:9 NKJV 

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HOW DOES GOD WORK?

 

  1. God sees who will come and these are His chosen?
    1. God knows all things
    2. He knows the various combinations
    3. Equal call to all
    4. Passive participation
  2. Or does God effectually calls those who come?
    1. Jesus went after Thomas
    2. Thomas had a week to come on his own
      1. He didn’t
    3. Does Thomas come against his will?
    4. Did Jesus call everyone the same way?
      1. Did he appear to the High Priests?
      2. The Sanhedrin?
  • The government?
  1. No, to a locked room with the disciples
  1. Why not appear today???

 

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  • DO YOU BELIEVE IN CHANCE?
    • The Bible does not teach CHANCE!
    • REPEAT – The Bible does not teach chance!
  • Huge PROBLEM today!
  • By chance the world was created
  • By chance someone is sick
  • By chance someone is well, on and on…

 

Proverbs 16:33 NKJV 

  • Worse than chance!, I will fight this battle and win
    • I will go and do this or that
  • You abandon chance AND adopt self-determination
  • Self-determination – A good word???? – god’s??

 

James 4:15-16 NKJV 

  • ANOTHER EXAMPLE (weekly reading)

 

Genesis 24:12-14 NKJV 

  • Abraham’s servant is tasked with finding a wife for Isaac
    • Drink and I will water your camels also.
    • Let her be the one
  • Before he had finished speaking!
  • Rebekah shows up!
  • Rebekah does exactly this!

 

  • How can this happen with ONLY God’s foreknowledge?
  • Can God’s foreknowledge affect Abraham’s servant’s prayer?
  • Can God’s foreknowledge affect Rebekah’s response?
    • No, this requires divine intervention!
  • Did Abraham’s servant willing pray this prayer?
  • Did Rebekah willingly do all the things in the prayer?
    • Was she forced by God to water the animals?

 

  • God intervened in Thomas’s life
  • God intervenes in our life
  • How?
    • In salvation by the GOSPEL!
    • By the WORDS of GOD!

 

John 20:31 NKJV 

  • You have the evidence
  • You have been shown the truth
  • You have listened to the words of Christ
  • I pray:
    • Your heart becomes a heart of flesh
    • Being shown, you will see
    • In listening, you will hear

 

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John 20:30 NKJV 

 

 

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170 Total

 

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John 21:25 NKJV 

 

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