Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 4 Study # 5
November 8, 2009
Lincolnton, NC

<574> Thesis: Because Jesus' destiny was so contradictory to what people are most fundamentally committed, He forbade His disciples to proclaim the truest "truth" in the universe. Introduction: In our study last week I argued that Jesus forbade His disciples to declare His identity because of the impact such a declaration would have upon the ability of people to "believe" once they witnessed what was going to happen to Him. It was, and still is, my contention that the issue of "faith" was at stake; not the content, but the action. The content of "faith" is that Jesus of Nazareth is "The Christ of The God". The action of "faith" is the alignment of the "believer" with that truth. This morning I am going to return to this issue so that we may think a bit upon "the action of faith". The reason Jesus demanded that His disciples refrain from expressing their opinion that He is the Christ of the God is given in the text: "Jesus, demanding, commanded them to tell no man ... saying...".