John The Apostle, chapter 6

To: “10,920 people gifted with desire to be “At One with God.” 5/11/18, God’s 2nd month, Iyar26, 5778 until sunset.

      Jesus reveals through His prophet Amos and others that He reveals His plan. (Amos 4:13; “For here He is! He formed the mountains and created the wind. He reveals His plans to men.” Jacob’s God reveals His saving plans through His Sabbaths. The seventh annual Sabbath, “The Last Great Day” reveals judgment. Jesus revealed the conclusion to John.

      (Revelations 20:11-16; “Then I saw a large white throne and the One who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven fled from His presence and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. So the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades “the grave” gave up the dead that were in them, “resurrection” and each one was judged according to his deeds. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death the lake of fire.

     (Rev 20:15-16; If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.”)

       Choosing to live a moral life with Godly standards have their rewards in this life and the next; “after the first resurrection.” People gifted to believe IN Jesus are being judged in this life: “before the first resurrection.” Each believer IN Jesus, “who overcomes to the end will be saved.” (Be in the first resurrection.) (THE POINT! Called out believing IN persons must learn, choose and practice God’s Ways.) Good deeds in this life will be rewarded in the next. But God’s spirit isn’t gifted for moral living; “if so people could be saved by works!” Only God’s gifted spirit. imputed to the mind makes an individual at one with God, “a Christ Like person.” Let’s look to Jesus’ Words about being born again.

      (John 3:5-8; Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. (God’s miraculous imputation of His spirit to individuals’ is His fathering.)

      Do not be amazed that I said to you, “You must all be born ‘fathered’ from above.” (8) The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)

       People can choose to live a moral life, “but cannot choose to be fathered by God.” In John’s gospel account, he records Jesus’ choosing His disciples, turning water to aged wine, healing and resurrecting to physical life. Demonstrating, “witnessing” that He is indeed the Christ “the Son of God.”

       (John 2:12-16; “After this He went down to Capernaum with His mother and brothers ‘James & Jude we know of ’ and His disciples, they stayed there a few days. (13) Now the Jewish feast of Passover was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple courts those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves and the money changers sitting at tables. So He made a whip of cords and drove them all out of the temple courts, with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. (16) To those who sold the doves he said, “Take these things away from here! Do not make My Father’s house a marketplace!”

      The Jewish feast of Passover? John’s gospel is to believing gentiles too; “people knowing Jesus to be the Passover Lamb, whose blood was shed for the remission of sin.” John’s reference to the Passover season shows it’s holy to Believers IN Jesus.

      Was Jesus angry? Yes. Did He sin? No. We need to be angry at sin, falsehood and such. Paul penned the principle.

       (Eph 4:25-26; “Therefore, having laid aside falsehood, each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger.”

      (John 2:17-22; “His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will devour Me.” Quote from Psalms 69:9) So then the Jewish leaders responded, ‘What sign can you show us, since you are doing these things?’ (19) Jesus replied, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.” Then the Jewish leaders said to Him, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and are you going to raise it up in three days?” (21) But Jesus was speaking about the temple of His body. So after He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this, and they believed the scripture and the saying that Jesus had spoken.”)

       Believers find it interesting that Jesus’ disciples DIDN’T believe IN, “as in gifted” until after His resurrection.) They believed THAT, Jesus was the Messiah, “but they did not believe IN, until it was gifted!”)

      After Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared and identified Himself.

     (John 20:20-23; “When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And after He said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.”)

      Forgiving and retaining sins were to His apostles only, “they had no authority to pass this gift to others!” As with all fleshly people, “listeners wanted more signs.”

      (Luke 11:29-32; “As the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be a sign to this generation.”) That sign to the world is that Jesus was in the tomb three nights and three days! Now Jesus speaks of a physical resurrection.

      (John 11:31-32; “The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, something greater than Solomon is here! (32) The people of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them – and now, something greater than Jonah is here!”)

       People Jonah witnessed to, the queen of Sheba and many others will be in that physical millennial resurrection with these listening to Jesus during that Passover season, AND the many that should be searching for truth in every age. Those Jonah witnessed to believed IN his message causing them to turn. The queen of the South searched for truth! She came hundreds of miles to hear Solomon’s wisdom and learn about his God, “the God of Abraham.”

       The religious pundits, choosing to divide and turn the world from the calendar God gave Israel will repent or be destroyed one day.

      (John 2:23-25; “Now while Jesus was in Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover, many people believed IN His name because they saw the miraculous signs He was doing. But Jesus would not entrust Himself to them, because He knew all people. He did not need anyone to testify about man, for He knew what was in man.)

      Jesus knows all people. Realize that Jesus knows each of us completely! DO WE KNOW what’s in man? A sin nature! The feast of the Passover includes the festival of Unleavened Bread. Passover is always on the fourteenth day of God’s first month. The day after Passover; the 15th of Nisan is an annual holy Sabbath and the 21st is an annual holy Sabbath. Removing leavening from homes, foreshadows our putting sin out, “overcoming the practice of sin.” Sin is that which God considers lawlessness. Hopefully we understand, “ONLY what God considers sin, matters.”

 

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