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Summary: Since Genesis, the Bible is filled with pages that suggest and remind us that God knows who we are, what we are, and where we are at all times. Let’s look at Nathanael to see these questions in action.

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JOHN 1:43-51

GOD KNOWS WHO AND WHAT YOU ARE

I WANT TO SUGGEST . . . WHO . . . WHAT . . . WHERE . . .

THEME . . . WHO . . . WHAT . . . WHERE . . . INTERWOVEN . . .

THE ANSWER TO WHO WE ARE REST IN GENESIS 1:27 “GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE/IMAGIO, IN THE IMAGE OF GOD CREATED HE HIM.” MAN WAS CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD.

PAUL – ROMANS 8:39 – CHALLENGE – CONFORM TO THE IMAGE . . .

ONE PSALM WRITER SAID, WHO WE ARE, ARE MEN CREATED A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS.

WHAT WE ARE – SUMMED UP BY JEREMIAH – CLAY CONSTANTLY BEING RESHAPED/REMODELED IN THE POTTER’S HAND.

THE ANSWEWR TO GOD KNOWING WHERE WE ARE TAKE ITS ROOTS IN GENESIS 3:9 – COOL - EVENING – GOD – SCROLL . . . RHETORICAL QUESTION . . . RHETORICAL – GOD KNOWS WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN/ARE AT ALL TIMES.

SCARY THOUGHT . . .

THIS CONCEPT OF GOD KNOWING WHO, WHAT, WHERE . . . CLEARLY SEEN IN JOHN 1.

JOHN 1:1-5 INTRODUCES US TO JESUS. JOHN 1:1 – SINCE THE BEGINNING JESUS WAS WITH GOD AND WAS GOD. JESUS – LIFE/LIGHT OF THE WORLD. A LIGHT THAT SHINES IN DARKNESS.

JOHN 1:8-14 WE SEE JESUS’ PURPOSE TO REACH WHOSOEVER WOULD FOLLOW HIM.

JOHN 1:35-42 PAINTS THE PICTURE OF SIMON AND ANDREW LEAVING JOHN THE FORERUNNER OF CHRIST TO FOLLOW JESUS THE MESSIAH.

JOHN 1:43 (READ AND EXPOUND)

V. 45 – THAT WHEN JESUS FOUND PHILIP WHO HAD SITUATED . . . HE WENT AND TOLD NATHANAEL (READ AND EXPOUND)

BETWEEN VERSES 45 & 46 NATHANAEL IS STARTLED TO HEAR THAT THE MESSIAH HAS BEEN FOUND IN NAZARETH. NATHANAEL, FROM THE SAME TOWN OF CANA IN GALILEE WHERE JESUS WOULD PERFORM HIS FIRST MIRACLE WAS VERY FAMILIAR WITH JESUS HOMETOWN NAZARETH. NATHANAEL KNEW THAT NAZARETH, MUCH LIKE CANA WAS A ROUGH TOWN, UNREFINED, UNEDUCATED, UNCULTURED, FULL OF EVEIL, CORRUPT, POPULATED WITH SINFUL PEOPLE, AND THUS NATHANAEL ASKED IN VERSE 46 . . .

NATHANAEL – KNOWN – OPEN UP A BAKERY WITH ONLY ENOUGH CORNMEAL TO FEED A DYING MOTHER AND HER SON . . .

FEED 5,000 PLUS WITH A FAMILY PACK FISH MEAL

WATER – WINE

SURELY THEY MUST SPECIALIZE IN MAKING SOMETHING – NOTHING.

GOD – SERVE WHO SPECIALIZES . . .

NO ONE – NOWHERE – SET-UP – SOMEONE – KNOWN – EVERYWHERE

PAUL – I COR. 1:27 “GOD TAKES PLEASURE IN USING THE COMMON, WEAK, AND LOWLY THINGS OF THIS WORLD TO CONFOUND THE WISE AND POWERFUL.”

CAN ANYTHING GOOD . . . PHILIP SAID “COME AND SEE”

V. 47 (READ AND EXPOUND . . .)

I KNOW YOUR HEART

DAVID

MOUTH/HEART

V. 48 (READ) –

I KNOW YOUR LOCATION

FIG TREE

HIDE OUT POINT

PLACE OF PRIVACY

PLACE OF SOLITUDE

SECRET PLACE . . .

PRAY PRIVATE/REWARD PUBLICLY

DARK/LIGHT . . .

NATHANAEL AMAZED IN VERSE 49 (READ)

TO WHICH JESUS RESPONDED IN VERSES 50-51 (READ)

I KNOW YOUR FUTURE . . .


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