Notes from a talk at Nueva Vida
- Is it possible to find real satisfaction, meaning in life?
- How do we properly obey God?
- Can I be sure that I am saved and that I will not lose my salvation?
All three of them are linked around the feeding of the five thousand.
- Real satisfaction is found in God and the Gospel
Jesus’s encounters – often with people who are physically hungry and thirsty e.g. the woman at the well.
People here follow Jesus -for more signs, more miracles and probably more food v 22-25
Things to note
– They say Moses gave them bread -Jesus reminds them that things are from God. The risk of looking to a person to provide satisfaction (v31-32)
– They are caught up with the signs -religious experience can be addictive (v30)
– Religious people will take offence at the simple free gift of the Gospel (see v 41 & 53-59 & 66). But truly hungry people know that they have no-one but Jesus to go to (v35 and v 68-69)
NB Eating his flesh and drinking his blood. Jesus is so obviously using metaphorical language here that I think there must be something wilful about their choice to misunderstand him and take this as a bizarre and offensive literal statement.
- Obeying God means believing in Christ
A constant question – “What must I do ….?”
Jesus says that God’s will is “Believe in the one he has sent” – believe in Jesus
We cannot earn our own salvation and we cannot add to what Christ has done.
Belief – specifically in Jesus.
- Because Jesus is God the Son -only through him can we call God “our Father”
- Because it isn’t intellectual -believe these facts.
- Belief in a person
- Receiving a gift
- Assurance and eternal security is possible because it is all God’s Work
“This is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me.”
- We are a gift from God the Father to God the Son – a good gift!
- The work of keeping us safe into eternity is Christs.
Again -this is why belief specifically in Jesus is so vital.
Where are you finding satisfaction?
Where are you finding meaning and purpose?
Where are you finding security?