“He [‘Christ’] suffered these things, not for His own sake but for ours. ‘Thou has made Thy wrath to rest upon me’ [Psalm 88:7, 16] . . . He suffered for us, and bore in Himself the wrath that was
the penalty of our transgression”
—Athanasius, Letter to Marcellinus on the Interpretation of the Psalms
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God’s Promise of Eternal Life
LifeWay Bible Studies for Life
Week of September 13, 2015
Bible Verses: 1 John 5:6-15.
The Point: You were created for eternal life in Christ.
Life Only in the Son: 1 John 5:6-15.
 This is he who came by water and blood–Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.  For there are three that testify:  the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.  If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son.  Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.  And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.  And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
The Three Witnesses 6-9
Water and blood are to be seen as the means by which Jesus came into the world to accomplish His mission of salvation. There have been different ideas of what this might mean: Some say the “water” refers to his punctured side that released “water” and the blood that was shed while on the cross. Others teach that “water” of Baptism and the “blood” or wine that was consumed during the Last Supper and what we now call the “Lord’s Supper”. The most common is the “water” of our Lord’s Baptism (Mark 1:9-11) and the “blood” that He shed on the cross which atoned for our sin.
The last option was the the public beginning of Jesus’ ministry, and it was a witness to His identity. The Holy Spirit came down upon Him like a dove, and Gods voice could be heard saying that Jesus was His beloved Son with whom He was well pleased. And here we have the Trinity in full view. The water points to and testifies to the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, the shed blood also points to and testifies to His death so that we can have life, and the Holy Spirit who testifies of the truthfulness, reality, and validity of who Jesus is. All three are witness to the Son of God who gives us eternal life.
Eternal Life Is Belief In The Son Of God 10-12.
Here John explains that the Son’s testimony is in the individual believing Christian because he or she is believing in the Son of God. The opposite of belief is unbelief which rejects what God has said making Him into a liar. Thus who ever has the Son has eternal life and who ever doesn’t have the Son doesn’t have eternal life.
You Can know That We Have Eternal Life 13-15.
Verse 13 is the main point that the previous chapters have been moving toward. In the beginning of this letter John said his purpose in writing is so that our joy may be complete [1:4]. Here John says that he writes so that we can know that we have eternal life. There is joy that comes from knowing that we have eternal life.
The threefold misery of men introduced by sin–ignorance, guilt and tyranny and bondage by sin–required this . . . threefold-office [of Jesus Christ]. Ignorance is healed by the prophetic ; guilt by the priestly ; the tyranny and corruption of sin by the kingly office [of Christ]. Prophetic light scatters the darkness of error; the merit of the Priest takes away guilt and procures a reconciliation for us; the Power of the King removes the bondage of sin and death. The Prophet shows God to us; the Priest leads us to God; and the King joins us together and glorifies us with God. The Prophet enlightens the mind by the Spirit of illumination; the Priest by the Spirit of consolation tranquilizes the heart and conscience; the King by the Spirit of sanctification subdues rebellious affections (Institutes of Elenctic Theology, 2.393).
Deuteronomy 18:14-22English Standard Version (ESV)
“14 for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.
A New Prophet like Moses
15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16 just as you desired of theLord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or[a] who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’—22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.”
Psalm 110:1-4English Standard Version (ESV)
Sit at My Right Hand
A Psalm of David.
110 The Lord says to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”
2 The Lord sends forth from Zion
your mighty scepter.
Rule in the midst of your enemies!
3 Your people will offer themselves freely
on the day of your power,[a]
in holy garments;[b]
from the womb of the morning,
the dew of your youth will be yours.[c]
4 The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever
after the order of Melchizedek.”
Psalm 2 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed
2 Why do the nations rage[a]
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break[b] them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
“The life of Christ has been too long hidden from the people. I shall preach … according to the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, without human commentaries, drawing solely from the fountains of Scripture, sounding its depths, comparing one passage with another, and seeking for understanding by real and earnest prayer.” First sermon preached in Zurich 1519