NOT THE BUT YE

Not the, but ye

IF JESUS WERE TO MANIFEST HIMSELF TO YOU TODAY, WHAT QUESTION WOULD YOU ASK HIM?

ACTS 1:4-9 IS THE LAST EARTHLY OPPORTUNITY HIS DISCIPLES WOULD HAVE TO ASK HIM ANYTHING FACE TO FACE.

 

I.THEIR QUESTION

ACTS 1:6 WHEN THEY THEREFORE WERE COME TOGETHER, THEY ASKED OF HIM, SAYING, LORD, WILT THOU AT THIS TIME RESTORE AGAIN THE KINGDOM TO ISRAEL?

THEIR QUESTION INVOLVED 3 THINGS:

  1. TIME – SOMETHING “NOW!”
  2. RESTORATION – SOMETHING NEW!
  3. KINGDOM – SOMETHING NATIONAL!

THEY WANTED SOMETHING NEW (RESTORATION), NOW (TIME), AND WANTED THEIR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY (KINGDOM TO ISRAEL) BACK!  THEY WERE PATRIOTIC AND RELIGIOUS BUT MISGUIDED!!

II. HIS ANSWER

ACTS 1:7-8 – AND HE SAID UNTO THEM, IT IS NOT FOR YOU TO KNOW THE TIMES OR THE SEASONS , WHICH THE FATHER HATH PUT IN HIS OWN POWER. BUT YE SHALL RECEIVE POWER, AFTER THAT THE HOLY GHOST IS COME UPON YOU: AND YE SHALL BE WITNESSES UNTO ME BOTH IN JERUSALEM, AND IN ALL JUDEA, AND IN SAMARIA, AND UNTO THE UTTERMOST PART OF THE EARTH.

A NEW DISPENSATION

“NOT…THE…BUT YE…”

THE KEY TO EVERYTHING

“BUT YE…”

THEY INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY, WERE THE KEY TO EVERYTHING.

HEBREWS 10:5– WHEREFORE WHEN HE COMETH INTO THE WORLD, HE SAITH, SACRIFICE AND OFFERING THOU WOULDEST NOT, BUT A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME.

III. THEIR RESPONSE

ACTS 1:12-14 – THEN RETURNED THEY UNTO JERUSALEM FROM THE MOUNT CALLED OLIVET, WHICH IS FROM JERUSALEM A SABBATH DAY’S JOURNEY. AND WHEN THEY WERE COME IN, THEY WENT UP INTO AN UPPER ROOM, WHERE ABODE BOTH PETER, JAMES, AND JOHN, AND ANDREW, PHILIP, AND THOMAS, BARTHOLOMEW, AND MATTHEW, JAMES THE SON OF ALPHAEUS, AND SIMON ZELOTES, AND JUDAS THE BROTHER OF JAMES. THESE ALL CONTINUED WITH ONE ACCORD IN PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION, WITH THE WOMEN, AND MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS, AND WITH HIS BRETHREN.

ACTS 4:31– AND WHEN THEY HAD PRAYED, THE PLACE WAS SHAKEN WHERE THEY WERE ASSEMBLED TOGETHER; AND THEY WERE FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST, AND THEY SPAKE THE WORD OF GOD WITH BOLDNESS.

ACTS 4:13 – NOW WHEN THEY SAW THE BOLDNESS OF PETER AND JOHN, AND PERCEIVED THAT THEY WERE UNLEARNED AND IGNORANT MEN, THEY MARVELLED; AND THEY TOOK KNOWLEDGE OF THEM, THAT THEY HAD BEEN WITH JESUS.

IV. OUR LESSON

WE, MANY TIMES, BECOME SO INVOLVED IN THE “THE’S” THAT WE LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT IT’S US HE IS INTERESTED IN. THE EARLY DISCIPLES WERE SO CONSUMED WITH CERTAIN “THE’S” (LIKE THE RESTORATION OF ISRAEL) THEY WERE MISSING THE POINT. GOD’S PLAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT PEOPLE – NOT PLACES OR THINGS.

GALATIANS 2:20 – I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST: NEVERTHELESS I LIVE; YET NOT I, BUT CHRIST LIVETH IN ME: AND THE LIFE WHICH I NOW LIVE IN THE FLESH I LIVE BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD, WHO LOVED ME, AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR ME.

COLOSSIANS 1:27 – TO WHOM GOD WOULD MAKE KNOWN WHAT IS THE RICHES OF THE GLORY OF THE MYSTERY AMONG THE GENTILES; WHICH IS CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY.

CONCLUSION:

THE KEY TO EVERYTHING GOD DOES ON THIS EARTH RESTS WITH US.

HE DESIGNED THE KINGDOM OF GOD TO BE REVEALED THROUGH THE CHURCH.

WE ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION.

GOD UNIQUELY CREATED A CHURCH, BIRTHED BY GOD, TO CARRY OUT HIS WILL.

WHAT ARE YOU FOCUSED ON TODAY?

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