(verses 40 – 45) And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter. (ESV)
(verses 8 – 13) Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued,[c] not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
(verse 10) Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the Lord gave you today into my hand in the cave. And some told me to kill you, but I spared you. I said, ‘I will not put out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’(ESV)
(John 10: 27 – 30) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (ESV)
The Father has given Christ a people which He died to save.
Meaning – once saved, forever saved.
Sometimes referred to as the preservation of the saints. Two terms can be used, both go together.
Despite our failings and sins we are still saved. It is impossible for any saved by Jesus to be lost. God’s honour/glory is at stake.
a) He gives (6: 27, 10: 29) – the Christian is someone given by the Father to the Son.
b) He draws (6: 44) – to the Son.
c) He wills (6: 44) – for us to have eternal life/salvation.
d) He teaches (6: 45) – about coming to Christ, God fills us with faith.
e) He holds (10: 29) -we are safe in God’s hands, no one can snatch us.
2. The Son
a) His mission (6: 39) – to lose nothing of all given to Him, ie. us.
b) His welcome (6: 37) – we are a gift of the Father, He will never cast us out. We will be received, no one is rejected.
c) His feeding (6: 56, 57) – this could partially be a reference to the Lord’s Supper but it is more of a spiritual reference. Jesus abides in us. We are united to Him. How could God send someone to hell when Christ abides in Him.
d) His promises (10: 28) – eternal life. It is impossible for Jesus not to keep His word. It is like a double lock – bother the Father and Son are holding us.
e) His knowledge (10: 26) – He knows us. He is united to us. He loves us. Nothing changes His mind.