Studies In The Book Of John
John 5:39 – “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
A. Consider what it means to “search” the word of God (Isaiah 34:16).
1. Searching the Scriptures requires a proper preparation (II Chronicles 31:20-21, Ezra 7:10, Psalms 119:2, Psalms 119:34, Luke 8:15, and I Peter 2:1-2).
2. Searching the Scriptures requires a daily commitment (Psalms 1:1-2, Proverbs 8:32-36, and Acts 17:10-11).
3. Searching the Scriptures requires an understanding of the value of the Scriptures (Psalms 119:72, I Corinthians 15:1-2, Colossians 1:5-6, and II Timothy 3:15-17).
a. They’re valuable because of the power therein (Psalms 19:7, Romans 1:16, I Corinthians 1:18, and Hebrews 4:12).
b. They’re valuable because of the source (Job 32:8, I Corinthians 2:9-13, I Corinthians 14:37, I Thessalonians 2:13, and II Peter 1:19-21).
4. To search the Scriptures you have to have a true interest in them (Luke 10:38-42; cf. Psalms 119:167).
B. Rightfully, the Jews thought that the Scriptures offered them salvation (Isaiah 45:17).
1. This is the promise they’ve heard throughout many generations (Deuteronomy 33:29, II Samuel 3:18, Jeremiah 23:6, Zechariah 8:7, and John 4:22).
2. The Old Testament has plenty to say about Jesus (Luke 24:27 and Luke 24:44), notice a few examples:
a. Micah 5:2; cf. Matthew 2:1; 4-6.
b. Deuteronomy 18:15-18; cf. Acts 3:22-26.
c. Isaiah 9:1-2; cf. Matthew 4:12-17.
d. Isaiah 11:1-5; cf. Luke 4:16-21.
e. Isaiah 53:4-5; cf. Matthew 8:16-17.
C. Sadly, these Jews missed (Acts 28:23-27) that the promises to them for salvation were directly tied to Christ (Acts 13:22-23 and Galatians 3:16; 29).
1. Moses and the Law could not save them (Acts 13:32-39 and Galatians 2:16; cf. John 1:17).
2. No one, outside of Jesus, can offer true salvation (Acts 4:10-12).
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