John The Apostle, chapter 37

To: 11,648 Persons being made temples of God’s spirit: “Churches of God.”

6/28/18, God’s 4th month, Tammuz 15, 5778 until sunset.

      After the anointing that comes with salvation, we Believe IN. (Jesus Christ living in Believers, makes each a temple of His spirit. (John 14:20-21; “You will know at that time that I am in my Father and you are in me and I am in you. The person who has my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him.”

      By examining and comparing scripture to scripture we see that Jesus’ sending an Advocate, Comforter or an anointing is His Holy Spirit. Peter was given to understand Jesus‘ spirit dwelling in foreigners, “gentiles.” 

      (1Peter 2:9-12; “But you “Christians” are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy. (11) Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul, and maintain good conduct among the non-Christians, so that though they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when He appears.”) (Summation?)

     (a) Unbelievers aren’t capable of yearning for spiritual understanding, as are believers IN Jesus. (b) God the Father calls and chooses. (c) Growing up to salvation and experiencing God’s kindness amounts to our being gifted to recognize our state of being; “our inherited from Adam nature.” (d) The called, are built, a spiritual house to offer spiritual sacrifices.(e) Jesus is the priceless Cornerstone, rejected by the world. (f) Unbelievers are destined to trip. (g) Jesus’ followers are chosen to be God’s own, a royal priesthood; a holy nation. (h) Christians believe because of the Father’s mercy! (i) In large part we can expect to be maligned and ostracized by established religions.)

      Jesus’ teaching revealed to Peter and John.

      (John 15:1-4; “I am the true vine and My Father is the gardener. He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit in Me. He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it will bear more fruit. You are clean already because of the Word that I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.”)

       Christians Believe IN the Lord God as did Abraham. We’re spirit led not to lean to OUR own understanding; that is, “not to trust our own fleshly intellect!” (Beliefs not produced in Jesus, is what worldly religions offer. Jesus’ truth purifies believers IN His Word! In John’s first letter to converted people he gets more to the point. (Study the whole.)

      (1John 3:18-20; “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth. And by this we will know that we are of the truth and will convince our conscience in His presence, that if our conscience condemns us, that God is greater than our conscience and knows all things.””)

      (John 15:5-8; “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me – and I in him – bears much fruit, because apart from Me you can accomplish nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a branch and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up. (Rremember Revelations 21:8?) If you remain in Me and My Words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. (8) My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are My disciples.”) God loves His kingdom: unbelievers will ultimately be thrown out and burned up.

      (John 15:9-12; “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; remain in My love. If you obey My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. My commandment is this – to love one another just as I have loved you.”)

       “Just as I have loved you” is repeated several times! Jesus is the Shepherd that gave His life for we sheep. His New Commandment, does not nullify His ten commandments, but magnifies them spiritually.

      (John 15:13-15; “No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from My Father.”) Accept it; believe it, “NO person can understand without His revealing!” Theology schooling adds nothing to spiritual comprehension! Paul continued to refer to himself as Jesus’ slave. We each should be willingly proud to be His slave, because He chose us.

      (John 15:16-17; “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. This I command you – to love one another.”) (Jesus’ sacrificial death on our behalf defines the love we are to have for one another.)

      Jesus spoke of His death as a commandment received from His Father. (Review John 10:18 & 14:31) (It isn’t the degree or intensity of our love for one another that Jesus is referring to, when He introduces by comparison “His own death.”) John makes this clear in his first letter.

      (1John 3:16-17; “We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down His life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person.?”)

     John expresses his own love while quoting Jesus’ teaching us how to love. I pray that we can understand the spiritual fulfillment of God’s imputing His spirit to our minds; making us AT ONE with Himself. If we are gifted with a desire to be AT ONE with Him; “seek to know His Ways.”

     If our beliefs and manner of living isn’t hated by the world, “we’re likely of the world.” We need to ask, “is Jesus my master?” Remember Jesus is speaking particularly to His apostles.

      (John 15:18-21; “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you. Remember what I told you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed My word, they will obey yours too. But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, because they do not know the one who sent Me.”) How can our communities love us, if we teach Jesus’ truth? We need to understand that it was the Lord God “Jesus” communing with Adam, Noah, Abraham and the prophets. (Review Col 1:15-20) 

      (John 15:22-24; “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. But they no longer have any excuse for their sin. The one who hates Me hates My Father too. If I had not performed among them the miraculous deeds that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen the deeds and have hated both Me and My Father.”)

     Remember Jesus doing miracles through Moses before and after delivering Israel from Egypt? 

      (John 15:25- Now this happened to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without reason.’ When the Advocate, comforter or anointing comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – that one will testify about Me and you also will testify, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”)

      Not only was His apostles chosen, each believer IN is chosen.

      (John 16:1- “I have told you all these things so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogue, yet a time is coming when the one who kills you will think he is offering service to God. They will do these things because they have not known the Father or Me. But I have told you these things so that when their time comes, you will remember that I told you about them. “I did not tell you these things from the beginning because I was with you. But now I am going to the One who sent Me, and not one of you is asking Me, ‘Where are you going?’ (6) Instead your hearts are filled with sadness because I have said these things to you. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I am going away. For if I do not go away, the “Advocate, helper, comforter, anointing, Holy spirit” will not come to you, but if I go, I will send that one to you. And when it comes, it will prove the world wrong concerning sin and righteousness and judgment – concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; concerning righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”)

      Lawlessness - “sin” began when Adam and Eve disobeyed the Lord God “Jesus” their Creator. Cain, Abel and each of us inherited a hostile to God nature that must be turned from in order to inherit immortality. Jesus spoke specifically to the generation witnessing Him.

       (Matt 23:34-36; “For this reason I am sending you prophets and wise men and experts in the law, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, so that on you will come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth, this generation will be held responsible for all these things!”)

      (Heb 12:25-29; Take care not to refuse the One who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the One who warned them on earth, how much less shall we, if we reject the One who warns from heaven? Then His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven too.” Now this phrase “once more” indicates the removal of what is shaken, that is, of created things, so that what is unshaken may remain. So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. For our God is indeed a devouring fire.

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