Full text of Zac Poonen’s sermon titled ‘Sixteen Truths That I Have Learnt’ (Part 2) — September 10, 2022.
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Zac Poonen – Bible Teacher
In our first session, we considered four truths that I have learned through my life. Number one, God loves Jesus’ disciples as much as He loved Jesus.
And I want to mention a word about John 17:23, which I quoted then. I said that that was only for the disciples of Jesus and not for the whole world. John 3:16 is for the whole world. And I’ll tell you why.
For John 17:23 is in the middle of the Lord’s prayer for His disciples. And He said in John 17, verse 9, ‘I ask on their behalf, I do not ask on behalf of the world.’ He was saying this prayer is not for the whole world. This prayer is only for My disciples who forsook everything to follow Me. And they have stood by Me all these years, they’ve given up everything to be My disciples. So I know, Father, You will love them, who? These 11, as much as You love Me, not all the others in Israel. But in the footsteps of those 11 are many today who also decided to be wholehearted disciples of Christ at any cost. So this verse applies for them, it’s not for the rest of the world.
And the second thing, said was God delights in honesty. And the third was God delights in cheerful givers. And the fourth was we must treat every human being with dignity.
Now we go to number five: HOLINESS COMES BY LOOKING UNTO JESUS. It’s the Holy Spirit who makes us holy. But He can make us holy only as we look unto Jesus. Sometimes these chapter divisions, which are made by man in the Bible, can prevent us from seeing a glorious truth. There are many things like that, like Romans 7:25 with Romans 8:1. Let’s read them together. Or the last verse of John 7 with the first verse of John 8. There are many verses like that, and this is one of those places.