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Lesson # Matt. 12:48-50
Study Material - Matt. 12:48-50
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48 But [de] he answered [apokrinomai] and said [epo] unto him that told [epo] him [autos] , Who [tis] is [esti] my [mou] mother [meter] ? and [kai] who [tis] are [eisi] my [mou] brethren [adelphos] ?
49 And [kai] he stretched forth [ekteino] his [autos] hand [cheir] toward [epi] his [autos] disciples [mathetes] , and said [epo] , Behold [idou] my [mou] mother [meter] and [kai] my [mou] brethren [adelphos] !
50 For [gar] whosoever [hostis] [an] shall do [poieo] the will [thelema] of my [mou] Father [pater] which [ho] is in [en] heaven [ouranos] , the same [autos] is [esti] my [mou] brother [adelphos] , and [kai] sister [adelphe] , and [kai] mother [meter] . KJV-Interlinear
48 But He answered the one who was telling Him and said, 'Who is My mother and who are My brothers?' 49 And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, 'Behold, My mother and My brothers! 50 'For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.' NAS
Believe in Jesus Christ and you will be saved. There is only one name in this universe by which we can be saved, Acts 4:12, and that name is Jesus Christ. He is the one and only Son whom the Father sent to man to purchase us from sin and eternal death.
He is the only person through whom we can obtain a relationship with God. And we have been studying that concept through these several chapters beginning in John a couple of months ago or so.
We are to believe in Him who was sent by the father, Jn. 6:29. No one else has ever been sent to earth. No one else ever will be sent.
Look around in the room where Jesus is present. His disciples and those who have believed in Him as the Son of God, are His family. There is no other way to gain a relationship with Him. His mother? His brothers? Dust related to dust is nothing. Those who wish to remain in this world and to go no further, look to the short sighted side of life. People in that house did not listen. Jesus has given them many proofs as to His true identity, yet still people played the role of the clueless blond. Have you ever had a conversation with someone who just does not listen to you? You wonder just where their minds are - 'Hello.'
These people live in a time when there is virtually no technology. They have the wheel of course and iron of sorts, but compared to our day, they are very primitive. They are now witnessing first hand the raising of dead people, the healing of diseases that they don't even have names for, the healing of paralyses and other disabilities which they have no clue as to how to treat in their day. We would be impressed even in our day as to the thoroughness of these miracles. Those people should have been virtually overwhelmed by the magnitude of the miracles. Yet they remained closed minded with regard to Jesus identity and exactly what it all meant.
Most people get caught up in their daily lives and they focus almost exclusively on what they see in front of them - their friends, their toys, their interests, their job or business, their vacation plans, their retirement, their problems. They lose sight of the bigger picture of life.
The gentleman in West Virginia who won the big lottery had his priorities straight when he was interviewed today as he stated that all he had came from God. That there was no such thing as luck. And this is very true.
We all need a relationship with God. As we are born into this world just to have toys when we are young and then retire when we are old. Life does not end here on earth. It goes on forever. We have to choose where we want to spend eternity. And that choice is either to ignore God and find a better way (one that does not exist), or we can simply believe in Christ and spend forever in heaven (a much better choice).
To presume some form of greater importance on Mary or a brother is wrong and the product of ignorance. There is nothing in this universe that they can help you with. To look to angels or some heavenly body (sun, or moon, or Jupiter), or some animal (whales, wolves, eagles, etc.) is wrong and is shear stupidity. No one and nothing had the power or authority of God. Nothing and no one has the position to be a spokesman for God or even an intermediary - none.
Jesus Christ is the only, emphasis on 'only', means of access to God. Salvation is through Jesus Christ alone. Prayer is submitted to God through Christ alone, not through anyone or anything else. Don't bother praying to ancestors, to 'saints', to angels, etc. Don't look to God through something you possess (IQ, body color, culture, race, earthly titles, earthly financial status, physical abilities, etc.). There is no means of gaining a relationship to God except through the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Whoever does the will of the Father, that is complying with His plan, which is faith in Christ, has a relationship with God (family of God - brother, sister, mother, and so forth - as we view a family relationship). Anyone who does not believe in Christ is not in the family of God and therefore does not have a relationship with God. They are in effect, on their own. Being on ones own is not a good position to be in, in this universe.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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