Faith Is Blind Assurance -Thomas, The Least Of All Doubters -John 20:19-29

Posted by Calvary Baptist Church on Mar 17, 2014 in Sermons |

Sermon on Sunday, March 16, 2014 by Pastor Thomas Tate

 

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FAITH IS BLIND ASSURANCE

THOMAS, THE LEAST OF ALL DOUBTERS

JOHN 20:19-29

  • So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
  • And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”  But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
  • After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.”  Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”
    John 20:19-29

Jesus Appears With Peace

  • So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

–      John 20:19-20

And Now For The Rest Of The Story…

  • And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them, saying,  “The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon.”  They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread. While they were telling these things, He Himself stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be to you.”   But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit.

–      Luke 24:33-37

Our Troubles Are Often Due To Doubts

  • And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?   “See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”  And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.

–      Luke 24:38-40

Our Resurrected Body Can Eat

  • While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?”   They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and He took it and ate it before them.

–      Luke 24:41-43

Doubting Disciples

  • Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”   Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,

–      Luke 24:44-45

We Are To Witness The Death, Burial & Resurrection

  • and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  “You are witnesses of these things.

–      Luke 24:46-48

Thomas, The Least Of All Doubters

  • But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

–      John 20:24-25

Thomas Was Willing To Die For Jesus

  • Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”  The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone You, and are You going there again?”…

–      John 11:7-8

  •  Therefore Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, so that we may die with Him.”

–      John 11:16

Jesus Gives Thomas Some Evidence

  • After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

Thomas Believes Right Away And Makes The Most Profound Statement

  • Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”

–      John 20:28-29

 

Faith In The Resurrection Assures Our Place In Heaven

  • Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

–      1 Peter 1:3-5

Faith Is Refined With Trials

  • In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

–      1 Peter 1:6-7

Purified Faith Produces Inexpressible Joy

  • And though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

–      1 Peter 1:8-9

Faith Is Blind Assurance

  • Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. For yet in a very little while, who is coming will come, and will not delay. But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.  But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

–      Hebrews 10:35-11:1

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