NOTES TAKEN FROM SERMONS BY PASTOR R. BRUCE MILLER
Tim. 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
There should not be any controversy amongst the people of God as to who He is or concerning his deity
We understand from Isaiah 9 that Jesus Christ is God
100% God and 100 man
there are many mysteries, some of which will not be revealed until we see Him face to face.
By the witness of the spirit we know that Jesus is God
“A child is born” – speaks of His humanity
“a son is given” speaks of His divinity
1John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren
He came to take on humanity ? for the sake of the salvation of all mankind
As a substitute, he took on our Sin
With His stripes we are healed.
He shed His blood as an offering for the sins of mankind.
Then he rose and applied his blood to the mercy seat in heaven.
He came as a lamb
Because of the spirit of ‘God and His word, there is no question as to the divinity of Jesus.
God is a spirit, His words are spirit.
The word became flesh
Jesus is God in the flesh, the beginning
The Alpha and omega, first and last
There is none before him or after him.
Jesus was far before the beginning.
He has always been
In the beginning was the Word.
1John 5:7 7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.John 1:4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men in him was life and the life was the light of man
He came to reclaim what belongs to him and to restore order to his creation
God makes manifest, makes what is invisible visible, makes the unseen seen.
Jesus took on the form of a servant.
Phil 2 let this mind be in you,
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
The Son of God became the son of man so that the sons of men can become sons of God!
Our God is a God of love, He is the only God who desires to be with his people.
He came to seek and to save. He laid down his life a ransom for many that he might destroy the works of the devil.
There is a great future for the saints of God
His birth invaded Satan’s domain.
Satan, the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers.
2Cor 4:3 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
God gave Adam and Eve dominion over his creation in garden of Eden and Satan challenged their obedience, their willingness to follow God.
God had given them the power to choose, to willingly serve him. To be desiring to please him and have a close relationship with God.
The devil had authority over man and all that Adam had and Jesus came to restore and reclaim what the first Adam had lost.
Satan had convinced them to disobey his command not to eat of the tree.
In doing this, they submitted themselves to the devil
All they had and all they were had become submitted under Satan’s authority.
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:12-21)
All things were made by him…He was the alpha and the omega, the God of all creation.
All that Adam had was given over to Satan’s authority.
The second temptation Satan offered Jesus:
Luke 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.”
Satan told Jesus, If you will worship me all this will be yours.
Jesus’ response was, “get thee behind me.”
Why do we have all these troubles in the world?
THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE!–
Evil things manifested when Adam fell: confusion… greater intensity and increase in deception. Destructive things come to a climax, condemnation,
Jesus came to restore the creation to himself.
Satan is now the God of this world the prince of the power of the earth.
The work of the devil is to bring deception. Jesus said the devil comes to kill, steal and destroy, but He is come that we might have life.
Many are depressed by the devil
When people hear lies over and over again, they begin to believe a lie.
False evidence seems to be true.
The serpent was more deceitful than all the beasts of the field.
The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy.The devil is a liar and a murderer.
1John 3:8 "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil."
Acts 10:3 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Destruction had been permeating the earth so He laid down his life to destroy the devil.
Jesus brings healing and peace
He sent his word to deliver, save and heal to provide for those who put their trust in him.
Many don’t know the truth of Jesus’ power
He has great demonstration to provide for those who put their trust in him.
Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. no man comes to the father but by me.
Jesus said, “I am the truth”. – Sanctify them by thy word. thy word is truth. Everything must line up with the truth of God’s word.
The truth is absolute, cannot be altered. truth makes you free. Get into the word of God, believe the word of God.
The disciples asked Jesus, “What must we do to do the works of God?” His answer –Believe in God and he whom he has sent.
He led captivity captive
He took away the fear of death when he rose from the dead.
He said, “He that liveth and believeth shall never die.
We go from life to life.
Jesus gave opportunity for all of mankind to be saved
Phil 2:18 He humbled himself - it pleased the father to bruise him.
. He prayed, “not my will but thy will be done.” Because of his obedience many sons came to glory!
Matthew 28:18 Jesus said, “all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
He came to restore order as judge and king of kings.
IN HIS RETURN, He will restore and reclaim his kingdom
Every man will stand at the judgment seat or at the great white throne judgment
He is coming as king of kings and Judge who will reign and pass judgment
Let not your heart be troubled.
Be at peace, believe in God, believe also in me
I Thes 4:12-18 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto The coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
BEHOLD THE BRIDEGROOM COMETH... Mat. 25
10 virgins: 5 foolish with lamps but no oil in vessels, 5 wise with lamps trimmed and vessels filled with oil. The oil represents a relationship with Jesus
The father seeks such to worship him. They that worship him in spirit and in truth.
Keep worldly things cut away, be filled with the Holy Ghost
Keep the word of God, the love of God, the spirit of God.
Be prepared, know that He is coming
He came to reclaim his kingdom, restore all creation to its state before the fall
Thou shalt worship the lord thy god and him only wilt thou serve.
be not conformed to this world. We are in the world but not of the world.
We are to be His ambassadors, representatives.
Speak the language of the kingdom. Speak life, walk in faith and in love.
love, serve, bless.
Rev. 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
The four and twenty elders worshipped the almighty which wast and art and is to come, the almighty
…by thy great power and hast reigned
Rev. 11:18 Saying, We give you thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which are, and were, and are to come; because you have taken to you your great power, and have reigned.
1John 3:1 what manner of love hath the father bestowed on us. now we are the sons of God
when he shall appear we shall be with him
Now we know what we need to know to do what we need to do,
Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as he is pure..
Don’t allow distractions, etc. cause you to lose your true purpose
He came for us to have relationship with him, love him and reign with him forever.