A congregation of the PCA in Franklin, NC

Author: David Izquierdo (Page 2 of 7)

The Importance of a Door December 3, 2023

John 10:1-6 (ESV)

The Authority of Access

1: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber.

The Nature of Recognition

2: But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

3: To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

The Trust in Submission

4: When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

5: A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

The Grace of Understanding

6: This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

Foils and Aids for Our Faith November 12, 2023

John 9:8-23 (ESV)

The Neighbors: Doubt

  • 8 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?”
  • 9 Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.”
  • 10 So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?”
  • 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.”
  • 12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”

The Pharisees: Accusation

  • 13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.
  • 14 Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.
  • 15 So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”
  • 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them.
  • 17 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”

The Parents: Fear

  • 18 The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight
  • 19 and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”
  • 20 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind.
  • 21 But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.”
  • 22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.
  • 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

Of Purpose, Work, and Glory November 5, 2023

John 9:1-7 (ESV)

The Glory of God’s Work

1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.

2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.

The Completion of God’s Work

4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.

5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

The Trial of Obedience

6 Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud

7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.

True Freedom and True Bondage, October 15, 2023

John 8: 31-38 (ESV)

Freedom and Truth

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,
32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Freedom and the Son

33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.
35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.
36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Bondage and the slave

37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you.
38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”

The Laws Letter and Its Spirit September 24, 2023

John 7:53 – 8:11 (ESV)

“The Law Enforcer”

53 They went each to his own house, 8:1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.

3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst

4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.

5 Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”

6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.

“The Law Keeper”

7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground.

9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.

10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

A Portrait of Reprobation September 17, 2023

John 7:40-52 (ESV)

Division

40 Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, said, “This really is the Prophet.”

41 Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee?

42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?”

43 So there was a division among the people over him.

Deception

44 Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

45 The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?”

46 The officers answered, “No one ever spoke like this man!”

47 The Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived?

48 Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?

49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.”

Derision

50 Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them,

51 “Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?”

52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”

A Picture of Redeemed Refreshment. September 10, 2023

John 7:37-39 (ESV)

The Well of the Heart

37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.

38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

The Fruit of Completion

39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Faith Before Knowledge August 27, 2023

John 7:25-31 (ESV)

An Incorrect Knowledge

25 Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill?

26 And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ?

27 But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.”

An Incomplete Understanding

28 So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know.

29 I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.”

A Hopeful Faith

30 So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come.

31 Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, “When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”

The Grace of Redeemed Wisdom August 20, 2023

John 7:14-24 (ESV)

Teaching and Understanding

14: About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching.

15: The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?”

16: So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.

17: If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.

Law and Judgement

18: The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.

19: Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?”

20: The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?”

21: Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it.

22: Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath.

23: If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man’s whole body well?

24: Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

The Messiah’s Way. August 13, 2023

John 7:1-13 (ESV)

Jesus’ Priority

1 After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him.

2 Now the Jews’ Feast of Booths was at hand.

3 So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing.

4 For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.”

5 For not even his brothers believed in him.

6 Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.

7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil.

8 You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.”

Jesus’ Approach

9 After saying this, he remained in Galilee.

10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.

11 The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?”

12 And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.”

13 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

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