John The Apostle, chapter 21

To: 11,269 Churches of God, “people being made temples of His spirit.”

6/3/18, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 19, 5778 until sunset.

      While teaching Nicodemus, “a man of the Jewish ruling council” Jesus said, “the wind blows wherever it will, you hear the sound but do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the spirit.” John 3:8) Gifted Holy Spirit is, “God’s fathering” “the miracle of being born again” a silent revealing, an opening of the mind. God’s gifted Holy Spirit isn’t something that can be conjured up or gained by works. Jesus’ teaching Nicodemus in this text isn’t a parable, but a straight on revealed truth.

      Nicodemus said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus replied, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:2-3)

      (John 3:6-8; “What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born 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.”)

      Jesus was fathered in the womb of a virgin “to a Spirit filled flesh and blood life.” That fathering was the re-incarnation of the Creator Son of God. Through Jesus, all things were created and is sustained. (See John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:) Jesus is the first and only to have been conceived by God the father’s Holy Spirit. First flesh and blood living being to be born immortal: “Elizabeth and John the Baptist were spirit filled when Mary visited.” (See Luke 1:39-55) All spirit begotten “learned from things experienced - suffered and perfected this way as was Jesus.” The Hebrews writer was spirit inspired to share Jesus’ spirituality.

      (Hebrews 5:7-10; “During Christ’s earthly life He offered both requests and supplications with loud cries and tears, to the One who was able to save Him from death and He was heard because of His devotion. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience through the things He suffered. And by being perfected in this way, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, and He was designated by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek.)

       The Son of God, “Creator and Sustainer of all things” purposely came in the flesh to, “save the world by remitting sin.” He was sent from above by God the Father and together planned all things. (Being “born from above” means to be, “spiritually fathered by God the Father,”) All such are immortal children of God. Their lives are hidden in Christ, “temple of God‘s spirit” and live as being “clothed in Christ, as being immersed in Christ.”

      In the seventh chapter of “the book of John” Jesus told the people “He was leaving soon and where going they couldn’t come. (“Then the Jewish leaders said to one another, “Where is He going to go that we cannot find Him? He is not going to go to the Jewish people dispersed among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, is He? What did He mean by saying, ‘You will look for Me but will not find Me, and where I am you cannot come’?” John 7:35-36 )

      Jesus was teaching in Jerusalem “observing the Feast of Tabernacles.” Israelites from far and near, were observing the Feast of Tabernacles season. The season has four annual Sabbath’s, foreshadowing the first resurrection, being at one with God, the millennia and final judgment. They are Trumpets, Atonement, the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day; “the greatest day.”

      (John 7:37-39; “On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me, and let the one who believes IN Me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within Him will flow rivers of living water.’” (39) (Now He said this about the spirit, whom those who believed IN Him were going to receive, for the spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.)

       A great mystery to this world’s unbelievers. The Feast of Tabernacles season is a foreshadowing of Jesus’ followers becoming at one with Him. Jesus’ apostle Paul’s shed revealed light.

      (1Cor 15:50-55; “Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. (54) Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”)

      THE awesomeness is, “our God has it all preplanned!” (The result “pay off” is gifted to believe IN Jesus is eternal life.) “From within believes IN Him, will flows rivers of living water.” Believers IN grow to have confident believing IN faith; “knowing that Jesus keeps His promises.”

      Jesus said: “Many will say, I am the Christ and deceive many.”

      Professing Christian communities cannot grasp Jesus’ Words. (Divided in their doctrinal views, they don’t want to speak about what Jesus says about their divisions.) He also said; “a house divided cannot stand.” Thus, “Christendom in its present state of being cannot stand.” They’re dazed; “with evolving opinions that change according to societal acceptability.” Conduct of Christendom membership has changed drastically in the past 50 years. Result? “Divorce rates in churches are no different than that of the populations at large.” Theft, civil crime and murder rate statistics are equal that of the general populations! Why? People prefer being their own god.

      (Rom 1:24-26; “Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”) Nature in man has not changed since Adam. Israelites, Jesus was speaking to were no different than people in this age.

      (John 7:40-44; “When they heard these words, some of the crowd began to say, “This really is the Prophet!” Others said, “This is the Christ!” But still others said, “No, for the Christ doesn’t come from Galilee, does He? Don’t the scriptures say that the Christ is a descendant of David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So there was a division in the crowd because of Jesus. Some of them were wanting to seize Him, but no one laid a hand on Him.”)

      Division because Jesus said; “Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! For from now on there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided,” Luke 12:51-53 in part) Does Christendom teach that Jesus came to bring peace?

      (John 7:45-53; “Then the officers returned to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why didn’t you bring Him back with you?” The officers replied, “No one ever spoke like this man!” Then the Pharisees answered, “You haven’t been deceived too, have you? None of the rulers or the Pharisees have believed in Him, have they? But this rabble who do not know the law are accursed!” (50) Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before and who was one of the rulers, said, “Our law doesn’t condemn a man unless it first hears from him and learns what he is doing, does it?” They replied, “You aren’t from Galilee too, are you? Investigate carefully and you will see that no prophet comes from Galilee! And each one departed to his own house.”)

      Synagogue leadership feared loss of power. It’s in peoples nature to retain power and make merchandise of others. See this in our age? Each denomination has their agenda and leaders hold to their theories in order to keep their parishioners. Changing doctrinal views would result in loss of membership.

      (John 8:1-11; “But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning He came to the temple courts again. All the people came to Him, and He sat down and began to teach them. The experts in the law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. They made her stand in front of them and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. In the law Moses commanded us to stone to death such women. What then do you say?” (Now they were asking this in an attempt to trap Him, so that they could bring charges against Him.)

     Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with His finger. When they persisted in asking Him, He stood up straight and replied, “Whoever among you is guiltless may be the first to throw a stone at her.”(8) Then He bent over again and wrote on the ground. Now when they heard this, they began to drift away one at a time, starting with the older ones, until Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before Him.(10) Jesus stood up straight and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She replied, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”)

      An example of “fulfillment and the law.” Physical law had immediate consequence, The spiritual makes judgment equitable for a spirit led people. Are there little and big sins? Sin is the transgression of God’s Way! Until God’s Way is revealed, each person goes about living the way that seems right, “that appealing to themselves.” It’s the way of Cain and Baal, “sin” lawlessness toward God’s Way. So, what do we all have in common that needs to be repented of? OUR inherited from Adam nature. That little appealing to self nature that wants to do what seems right. It’s self serving  pulling us to Satan’s liking.

      (Matt 5:17-19; “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter will pass from the law until everything takes place. So anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys them and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”)

      Let’s consider the plank in our own eye before casting out the splinter in someone else’s. It’s the magnification. Commandments are spiritual, but that doesn’t do away with practicing them. Teaching others to break God’s commandments has consequence. Jesus sums up the spiritual magnification when He said; “I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matt 5:28)

      The QUESTION? Does it take a nature change to believe IN Jesus, honor His spiritual magnification of the law and practice it’s righteousness? In the case with the adulterous woman, Jesus may have written the accuser’s sins. They all walked away. When we’re critical of others, self examination is in order!

      (John 8:12-18; “Then Jesus spoke out again, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have The light of life.” So the Pharisees objected, “You testify about Yourself; your testimony is not true!” Jesus answered, “Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I am going. But you people do not know where I came from or where I am going. You people judge by outward appearances; I do not judge anyone. But if I judge, My evaluation is accurate, because I am not alone when I judge, but I and the Father who sent Me do so together. It is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. I testify about Myself and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me.”) Jesus is saying, God the Father and God the Son are as one.

       Jesus is personally The Light of Life. In Him only, is life! If a religion or individual teaches “God the Father and God the Son are one individual” many other untruths have to be believed in order to support the error.

      (John 8:19-20; “Then they began asking Jesus, “Who is your father?” Jesus answered, “You do not know either Me or My Father. If you knew Me you would know My Father too.” (Jesus spoke these words near the offering box while He was teaching in the temple courts. No one seized Him because His time had not yet come.”) The Father and the Son are one in character and purpose. The Son is subject to the Father as the church is subject to Jesus. To know either is to know both! This subject, “being at One” should be studied carefully. It’s commanded, “a Christian Wife and Husband be as one. It’s commanded, “fellow Christians be as one.” Christians are at one with Jesus. At one with Jesus people will be in the first resurrection.

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