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EP. 64 Can Tribulation and Peace Coexist?


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SHOW NOTES


Hello friends, and welcome to another week of the Hope Rescue Podcast. This week we are sharing Tim’s Easter message that he gave at Torrey Pines Church a couple of weeks ago. In this message, Tim answers the question, “Can tribulation and peace coexist?”


If you have your Bible out, turn to John 16:33 which will cover the entirety of our topic today. John 16:33 says, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”


Tim says “Tribulation is inevitable, but peace is optional.” Tribulation is always external, whereas peace is always internal. When you have Christ in your life, you have internal peace residing in your soul. Within your body is an immaterial place that can be filled with the peace of God, and that peace can supernaturally overcome any kind of tribulation. John 33:16 is packed with three facts and one command.


Three Facts:

  1. In Christ we will have peace

  2. In the world we will face tribulations

  3. Jesus has overcome the world


One Command:

TAKE HEART or TAKE COURAGE or BE OF GREAT STRENGTH


Tim quotes John 14:27 which says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Even as we as Christ followers have peace within our souls, we can have tribulation raging around us. Tribulations are inevitable, and we may be going through something in our physical bodies or seeing tribulation on the news every day. But we are commanded to take heart! Because Jesus has overcome the world.


Jesus said that He had overcome the world before he had died and was raised three days later. He had yet to ascend to the Father and receive all glory. He hadn't sent the Holy Spirit. He hadn't come back to set up His Kindgom yet. But He says, "I have overcome the world." He didn't say it in future tense as if he would overcome the world in the future. How could this be possible for him to say?


In greek there are many different tenses which describe action as well as time. There are present tenses, imperfect tenses, future tenses, aorist tenses, pluperperfect tenses, etc. Tim describes the proleptic perfect tense. Perfect tense describes something that progresses in time, culminates at a point in time, and then the results go on into the future. Proleptic means a statement of future events that will be brought about with specific results. It's similar to a prophecy but it's a statement of facts that will happen because of certain knowledge. Jesus knew several things that made this statement possible. He knew He had all power. He knew what He was called to do. He knew He had the power to fulfill his calling, and He knew that He would fulfill it.


First John 5:4-5 says, “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” When you believe in Jesus, you become an overcomer.


John 17:15-17 says, “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” When you choose to believe in Jesus, your whole destiny will change. The Holy Spirit takes residence in your soul and you have the peace of Jesus available to you at all times.


QUOTES


“Tribulation is inevitable, but peace is optional.” -Tim


“When you believe in Jesus, you become an overcomer.” -Tim


“When you choose to believe in Jesus, your whole destiny will change. The Holy Spirit takes residence in your soul and you have the peace of Jesus available to you at all times.” -Tim


REFERENCED SCRIPTURE


John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”


John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”


1 John 5:4-5 “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”


John 17:15-17 “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”



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