Tuesday Night Bible Study | Friday, June 5, 2020
In today’s study, we have clearly portrayed before us in the life and response of John the Baptist, an encouraging example of trust and rest in the truth that had yet to be revealed to him. In other words, John believed in Christ and in his calling as the forerunner of the Christ, yet he had never had Jesus revealed to Him as the Christ. That was yet to come. But it didn’t matter. John learned how to trust and abide in Him, no matter what, come what may. His faith in something not seen was still just that, faith in something not seen. And this faith was reminiscent of what we see in Hebrews 11, where it states:
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. (Hebrews 11:13)
And what was the object of John’s faith? The sovereignty of God.
John believed and rested in the fact that God is Sovereign and he belonged to Him. In Scripture, we are called His slaves, His servants, and His children. Therefore, it is His job to take care of us, in every area of our life. And it is our job to love and obey Him, to trust and abide in Him, in every area of our life.
This is known as the Great Exchange.
How to Trust and Abide, Come What May
The text we will be looking at again today is John 1:24-25:
Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
We will look more deeply at the Great Exchange and see if our faith will grow by remembering what Christ has given to us in exchange for what we have given Him. And I think you’ll see how imbalanced the scales are in our favor. We definitely get the better deal. Praise Him!
Spend some time with Him today and learn to hear His voice and think His thoughts. After all, “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).
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