The Doctrine of Christ - The Object of Faith

Scripture Passage: 
John 3:1-18
  1. SALVATION COULD NOT HAVE BEEN
    1. By Works
      1. Salvation could not come by good works
        1. The people did not keep the law (John 7:19).
        2. The law could not give life (Galatians 3:21-22).
        3. The law could not justify (Acts 13:39; Romans 3:20; Galatians 3:11, 24).
        4. The law was given to identify sin (Romans 7:7-13).
        5. The sacrifices within the law were meant to offer purification of the flesh (Hebrews 9:13-14).
      2. The New Testament gives light on the Old Testament
        1. An individual reading only the Old Testament might very well come to the conclusion that salvation could have been by keeping the law.
        2. The New Testament confirms the emphasis of the Old Testament on works, but shows that righteousness was not obtained by works (Romans 9:30-33).
    2. By Faith in the Death, Burial, and Resurrection
      1. The Lord Jesus began to preach the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 4:17.
      2. He began to call His disciples in Matthew 4:18.
      3. He began telling His disciples about the death, burial, and resurrection in Matthew 16:21.
      4. This message was rejected in Matthew 16:22.
      5. The disciples did not believe that Christ was risen from the dead (John 20:8; Mark 16:14; John 20:25).
  2. A POSSIBLE EMPHASIS OF THE OBJECT OF FAITH
    1. The Lord’s Questions to His Disciples
      1. He asked them who men said that He was (Matthew 16:13).
      2. He asked them who they said He was (Matthew 16:15).
    2. He Praised Simon Peter’s Answer
      1. Simon Peter claimed that Jesus was “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).
      2. The Lord paused everything to praise Simon Peter’s answer (Matthew 16:17-18).
    3. Other Mentions of Peter’s Answer
      1. When the woman at the well recognized Christ as the Messiah, she left her water pot (John 4:26).
      2. Peter made the same declaration in John 6:69.
      3. The Lord Jesus told the Jews they would die in their sins if they refused to believe that He was indeed the Son of God (John 8:24-28).
      4. This was the confession made by Martha (John 11:27).
      5. It was for this purpose that the Lord Jesus told the disciples of His betrayal (John 13:19).
      6. This was the purpose of the gospel of John (John 20:31).
Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 22:10

Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.