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The Lesson of Nathaniel

Book of John

A Sermon on John 1:45-49

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” (ESV)

The example of Nathaniel; the place of caution in regard to experience; the danger of the counterfeit; examining our motives; using the mind and the critical faculties given by God; avoiding fanaticism; Christ's response to Nathaniel