The Word and the words (2): Lord, speak Your Word to us and through us.

This is the second of a series of posts on John's Gospel. The first post was based on John 1:1,14. We noted that Jesus was more than a preacher and teacher of God's Word. He is the Word of God. We move on, from there, to John 2:22 - "After he was raised from the …

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The Word and the words (3): Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

"For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit" (John 3:34).  Jesus, the living Word of God, was sent by God, the Father, to our world. From the heart of Jesus, the living Word of God, flows the spoken Word of God. The words that came …

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The Word and the words (4): The sower, the reaper and the Lord

"Don’t you have a saying, “It’s still four months until harvest”? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying …

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The Word and the words (5): We give our testimony – and Jesus speaks through us.

"Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony ... 41 ... because of his words many more became believers" (John 4:39,41). We read, here, about the woman's testimony - and we read about the words of Jesus. When we preach and teach God's Word, there are two things happening. …

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The Word and the words (6): Taking Jesus at His Word

"‘Go,’ Jesus replied, ‘your son will live.’ The man took Jesus at his word and departed" (John 4:50). Here, we focus our attention on the words, "The man took Jesus at his word" - and we read on, in verses 51-53 - "While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that …

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The Word and the words (7): Come to Jesus, and receive eternal life.

"‘Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life" (John 5:24).  "The Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 nor does his …

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The Word and the words (8): You have the words of eternal life.

"On hearing it, many of his disciples said, ‘This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?’ 61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, ‘Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The …

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The Word and the words (1): We preach and teach the Word of God. Jesus is the Word of God.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ... The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:1,14). This is …

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