Mark's Gospel
Who do you say that Jesus is? What is your response to who Jesus is and what He has done?  CS L...
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Who do you say that Jesus is? What is your response to who Jesus is and what He has done? CS Lewis sums up it best: He is either a lunatic, liar or Lord. Where is this scene taking place? ( In a house) Where else in Mark's Gospel has Jesus been in a house? Is this a common theme? Jesus works and teaches in the House of God, the house of Men and by the lake - Synagogue (Mark 1:21; 3:1) Homes (Mark 1:30-33; 2:1-12; 2:15-22) Who is present? (Jesus', Disciples, crowds, Jesus' family, Who did his family say that he was? Who is that is seeking Jesus? Most likely His brothers and sisters for fear of reputation or protecting Him. Why did they seek to seize Jesus? What did they hear that would cause them to respond with "He is out of His mind?" Did Mary think that he was out of His mind? No, I don't think so see Luke 1:26-56, where she is told by Gabriel whom she would give birth. Application: In what ways do you try to seize or protect God so that your reputation is not harmed by your association with Him? Is your Jesus too safe? Are you embarrassed of God? That He is a God that will utterly destroy sinners. What about the truth that God does everything for His Glory? Are we ashamed to confess this truth before others because it make God sound selfish? When you evangelize, what ways are you tempted to put forth a manufactured version of God that minimizes who He actually is? (i.e. do you downplay His hatred for sin, His Holiness, His Wrath) Who did Jesus say that His family is? What was Jesus' response to his family that had come to get in 3:31? (He asks a question) The obvious response is that His family outside the house, but Jesus answers with those inside the house. What are those people doing that are in the house with Jesus? (Seated in a circle) What is the ground for someone being in the family of God? (v.35) What is the will of God? John 6:40 is an example. The will of God is to sit at the feet of Christ and bask in His glory. Application: Christian, are you sitting at the feet of Jesus? Are you basking in His glory? Do you revel in who He is as the preeminent Son of God who radiates the Father's Character and reigns from the right hand in full glory? Are you meeting with Jesus in prayer, in Bible reading and contemplation? Texts concerning the glory of Jesus: Hebrews 1-2,7,9 Psalm 19:7, Romans 1-8, Colossians 1-2 This week I want you to pick 2 of the four passage listed above and sit at the feet of Jesus and rejoice in His great name! Who did the teachers of the Law say that he was? Who did they associate with Jesus? Beelzebub - quick note: OT term this can be translated to mean "lord of the dung" - This is a term can also translated to be prince of demons What has Jesus done up to the point in Mark's Gospel that would warrant such an accusation? What significance is there to whom is saying this? - These are the teacher's of God's law. (False teachers) We cannot downplay the atrocity of what these men have done. What have the teacher's of the law done? They have commited the unpardonable sin How do we know that they have committed a sin which will not be forgiven? Jesus concludes on their Judgement: whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin" for they were saying, "He has an unclean spirit." So what is the Unpardonable Sin? I want us to be very careful with this, as it's not defined clearly in Scripture as a commission of this or that. I want us to look at in on the level of the heart. Biblically speaking, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is something that is evidence of heart that won't be changed, not a specifically a sin that hardens a heart past God's repair. (Restate that) Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit JC Ryle puts it: "The most probable view is, that it is a combination of clear intellectual knowledge of the Gospel, with deliberate rejection of it, and willful choice of sin. It is an union of light in the head and hatred in the heart......In absence of any definition in Scripture, we shall not get near the mark than this. ..The limits which knowledge combined with unbelief must pass, in order to become the unpardonable sin, are graciously withheld from us. It is mercifully ordered of God, that man can never decide positively of any brother, that he has committed a sin which cannot be forgiven. However, I do think there are some examples, not definitions, of this sin in Scripture: Acts 7:51, 1 John 5:16, Hebrews 6:4-8, 10:28, 12:25; Application: We should leave this to God, as it He who knows the hearts of men. We cannot know. We should intercede for all, unsaved or saved. It honors God to leave ultimate judgement and salvation to Him. We are not to make ultimate or final judgements. Tremble. What is your heart's response to this passage? Does it make you fearful and cry out for mercy? Or does it leave you slightly indifferent. With regards to committing the unpardonable sin, lack of contrition might mean commission. How then can we have assurance that we haven't or won't commit this sin? Who does Jesus say that He is? How does Jesus respond to the accusations of the Pharisees? Jesus responds with simple logic. What examples does His give to show the foolishness of the Pharisees claim? Why is it foolish to say that Satan is driving out Satan? What literary device does Jesus use after his series of illustrations in v. 23-26 Who is the parable about? Who is the strong man? What does the house represent? What are the goods? What must happen for the goods to be plundered? If you were going to rob somebody what would you do? And how would you do it? Q: How does Jesus rob Satan's house? Through the incarnation. He humbled in Himself in the form of the servant and was obedient. Where else can this language of plunder/spoil be found in the OT? Isaiah 53:12 - The suffering servant passage. Hebrews 2:14-18, God came in the flesh and bound over Satan and defeated him not through the sword, but through the Cross. And when God poured out the wrath on His Son, He made provision to pour out His Spirit on people. So, How can we have assurance that we won't commit the unpardonable sin? - If you are in Christ, God has given you His Spirit and what we have learned from Jesus is that even Satan won't drive out Satan; therefore, we know that Spirit won't blaspheme the Spirit. God cannot sin and it is impossible to lie. Our assurance as Christians that we won't commit the unpardonable sin is that God won't allow those who are His to do such. If you question that, take heart fear of commission is evidence of remission. If one has fear that they have committed this sin, remember Jesus' claim to be God again in v. 28, where he says "all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them." If you desire to repent, you probably haven't committed such a sin. Go to Jesus and ask for forgiveness and see if the Great Shepherd Himself won't welcome you back with open arms of mercy. Application: Read John 10 and listen for your Savior's voice Read John 6 and feast on your Savior's life giving bread Cling to Jesus.
11391273347378 1391272207632 Notes 2014-02-01 16:49:07 2014-02-02 21:45:56 Who do you say that Jesus is? What is your response to who Jesus is and what He has done? CS Lewis sums up it best: He is either a lunatic, liar or Lord. Where is this scene taking place? ( In a house) Where else in Mark's Gospel has Jesus been in a house? Is this a common theme? Jesus works and teaches in the House of God, the house of Men and by the lake - Synagogue (Mark 1:21; 3:1) Homes (Mark 1:30-33; 2:1-12; 2:15-22) Who is present? (Jesus', Disciples, crowds, Jesus' family, Who did his family say that he was? Who is that is seeking Jesus? Most likely His brothers and sisters for fear of reputation or protecting Him. Why did they seek to seize Jesus? What did they hear that would cause them to respond with "He is out of His mind?" Did Mary think that he was out of His mind? No, I don't think so see Luke 1:26-56, where she is told by Gabriel whom she would give birth. Application: In what ways do you try to seize or protect God so that your reputation is not harmed by your association with Him? Is your Jesus too safe? Are you embarrassed of God? That He is a God that will utterly destroy sinners. What about the truth that God does everything for His Glory? Are we ashamed to confess this truth before others because it make God sound selfish? When you evangelize, what ways are you tempted to put forth a manufactured version of God that minimizes who He actually is? (i.e. do you downplay His hatred for sin, His Holiness, His Wrath) Who did Jesus say that His family is? What was Jesus' response to his family that had come to get in 3:31? (He asks a question) The obvious response is that His family outside the house, but Jesus answers with those inside the house. What are those people doing that are in the house with Jesus? (Seated in a circle) What is the ground for someone being in the family of God? (v.35) What is the will of God? John 6:40 is an example. The will of God is to sit at the feet of Christ and bask in His glory. Application: Christian, are you sitting at the feet of Jesus? Are you basking in His glory? Do you revel in who He is as the preeminent Son of God who radiates the Father's Character and reigns from the right hand in full glory? Are you meeting with Jesus in prayer, in Bible reading and contemplation? Texts concerning the glory of Jesus: Hebrews 1-2,7,9 Psalm 19:7, Romans 1-8, Colossians 1-2 This week I want you to pick 2 of the four passage listed above and sit at the feet of Jesus and rejoice in His great name! Who did the teachers of the Law say that he was? Who did they associate with Jesus? Beelzebub - quick note: OT term this can be translated to mean "lord of the dung" - This is a term can also translated to be prince of demons What has Jesus done up to the point in Mark's Gospel that would warrant such an accusation? What significance is there to whom is saying this? - These are the teacher's of God's law. (False teachers) We cannot downplay the atrocity of what these men have done. What have the teacher's of the law done? They have commited the unpardonable sin How do we know that they have committed a sin which will not be forgiven? Jesus concludes on their Judgement: whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin" for they were saying, "He has an unclean spirit." So what is the Unpardonable Sin? I want us to be very careful with this, as it's not defined clearly in Scripture as a commission of this or that. I want us to look at in on the level of the heart. Biblically speaking, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is something that is evidence of heart that won't be changed, not a specifically a sin that hardens a heart past God's repair. (Restate that) Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit JC Ryle puts it: "The most probable view is, that it is a combination of clear intellectual knowledge of the Gospel, with deliberate rejection of it, and willful choice of sin. It is an union of light in the head and hatred in the heart......In absence of any definition in Scripture, we shall not get near the mark than this. ..The limits which knowledge combined with unbelief must pass, in order to become the unpardonable sin, are graciously withheld from us. It is mercifully ordered of God, that man can never decide positively of any brother, that he has committed a sin which cannot be forgiven. However, I do think there are some examples, not definitions, of this sin in Scripture: Acts 7:51, 1 John 5:16, Hebrews 6:4-8, 10:28, 12:25; Application: We should leave this to God, as it He who knows the hearts of men. We cannot know. We should intercede for all, unsaved or saved. It honors God to leave ultimate judgement and salvation to Him. We are not to make ultimate or final judgements. Tremble. What is your heart's response to this passage? Does it make you fearful and cry out for mercy? Or does it leave you slightly indifferent. With regards to committing the unpardonable sin, lack of contrition might mean commission. How then can we have assurance that we haven't or won't commit this sin? Who does Jesus say that He is? How does Jesus respond to the accusations of the Pharisees? Jesus responds with simple logic. What examples does His give to show the foolishness of the Pharisees claim? Why is it foolish to say that Satan is driving out Satan? What literary device does Jesus use after his series of illustrations in v. 23-26 Who is the parable about? Who is the strong man? What does the house represent? What are the goods? What must happen for the goods to be plundered? If you were going to rob somebody what would you do? And how would you do it? Q: How does Jesus rob Satan's house? Through the incarnation. He humbled in Himself in the form of the servant and was obedient. Where else can this language of plunder/spoil be found in the OT? Isaiah 53:12 - The suffering servant passage. Hebrews 2:14-18, God came in the flesh and bound over Satan and defeated him not through the sword, but through the Cross. And when God poured out the wrath on His Son, He made provision to pour out His Spirit on people. So, How can we have assurance that we won't commit the unpardonable sin? - If you are in Christ, God has given you His Spirit and what we have learned from Jesus is that even Satan won't drive out Satan; therefore, we know that Spirit won't blaspheme the Spirit. God cannot sin and it is impossible to lie. Our assurance as Christians that we won't commit the unpardonable sin is that God won't allow those who are His to do such. If you question that, take heart fear of commission is evidence of remission. If one has fear that they have committed this sin, remember Jesus' claim to be God again in v. 28, where he says "all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them." If you desire to repent, you probably haven't committed such a sin. Go to Jesus and ask for forgiveness and see if the Great Shepherd Himself won't welcome you back with open arms of mercy. Application: Read John 10 and listen for your Savior's voice Read John 6 and feast on your Savior's life giving bread Cling to Jesus. notes
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