John, chapter 1

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    (John 1:1- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. In Him was life, and the (His) life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.)  

    Jesus’ apostle Peter wrote about Him; (1Pet 1:21-25 Through Him you now trust in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. You have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart. You (believers)have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. 

   For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of the grass; the grass withers and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever . And this is the word that was proclaimed to you.) Peter went on to say, ‘we had known Him in the flesh, but we don’t know Him that way any longer. 

    (John 1:6-18; A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the Light, so that everyone might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify about the Light. The true Light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 

   He was in the world, and the world was created by Him, but the world did not recognize Him. He came to what was His own, but His own people did not receive Him. But to all who have received Him – those who believe in His name – He has given the right to become God’s children; children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God. 

   Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory – the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. John testified about Him and shouted out, “This One was the One about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am, because He existed before me.’” For we have all received from His fullness one gracious gift after another. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. 

    No one has ever seen God. The only one, himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the Father, has made God known. 

The Testimony of John the Baptist  

  (John 1:19-28; John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed – he did not deny but confessed – “I am not the Christ!” So they asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No!” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us so that we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 

  John said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”   (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) So they asked John, “Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands One whom you do not recognize, who is coming after me. I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandal! These things happened in Bethany across the Jordan River where John was baptizing. 

Behold, the Lamb of God

    Joh 1:29-34;  On the next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is the One about whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who is greater than I am, because He existed before me.’ I did not recognize Him, but I came baptizing with water so that He could be revealed to Israel. Then John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending like a dove from heaven, and it remained on Him. And I did not recognize Him, but the One who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The One on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining – this is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I have both seen and testified that this man is the Chosen One of God.) 

     Two things to notice, John referred to the Holy Spirit as, “it” and acknowledges that Jesus was in the beginning.

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

Joh 1:35-42; Again the next day John was standing there with two of his disciples. Gazing at Jesus as He walked by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Jesus turned around and saw them following and said to them, “What do you want?” So they said to him, “Rabbi” (which is translated Teacher), “where are You staying?” Jesus answered, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day. Now it was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 

  Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two disciples who heard what John said and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” (which is translated Christ). Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, the son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter). 

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

Joh 1:43  On the next day Jesus wanted to set out for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” (Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter.) Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and the prophets also wrote about – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 

   Joh 1:46-51;  Nathanael replied, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip replied, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and exclaimed, “Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit! Nathanael asked Him, “How do you know me?” Jesus replied, “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!” Jesus said to him, “Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” He continued, “I tell all of you the solemn truth – you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”) 

   Pentecost “the third annual Sabbath” is the birthdate of Jesus’ New Covenant Church. A primary promise to our ancestors was fulfilled the Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension. God’s spirit gifted to people makes each a temple of His spirit, and “one with Jesus. This is still a mystery to the world. Today’s Christendom actions fulfills Jesus’ prophecy, assuming Jesus to be different than the Lord God who communed with Noah and Abraham. (All converted to Jesus’ way became spiritual Israelites.)

     Paul was witnessing to king Agrippa when he said the following. (Acts 26:4-13; “Now all the Jews know the way I lived from my youth, spending my life from the beginning among my own people and in Jerusalem. They know, because they have known me from time past, if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee. And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors, a promise that our twelve tribes hope to attain as they earnestly serve God night and day. Concerning this hope the Jews are accusing me, Your Majesty! Why do you people think it is unbelievable that God raises the dead? Of course, I myself was convinced that it was necessary to do many things HOSTILE to the name of Jesus the Nazarene. And that is what I did in Jerusalem: Not only did I lock up many of the Saints in prisons by the authority I received from the chief priests, but I also cast my vote against them when they were sentenced to death. I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to force them to blaspheme. Because I was so furiously enraged at them, I went to persecute them even in foreign cities. “While doing this very thing, as I was going to Damascus with authority and complete power from the chief priests, about noon along the road, Your Majesty, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining everywhere around me and those traveling with me.”) As always study the whole.

     Again Paul explains. (Hebrews 5:11-14; “On this topic we have much to say, and it is difficult to explain, since you, (Hebrews) have become sluggish in hearing. For though you should in fact be teachers by this time, you need someone to teach you the beginning elements of God’s utterances. You have gone back to needing milk, not solid food. For everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil.”)

       YES, we need training that comes through practices, practices that show respect for what God has to say. (So let’s skip Jesus’ calling apostles and go to chapter 4.)

      (John 4:27-30; Now at that very moment Jesus’ disciples came back. They were shocked because He was speaking with a woman. However, no one said, “What do you want?” or “Why are you speaking with her?” Then the woman left her water jar, went off into the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Surely, He can’t be the Messiah, can He?” So, they left the town and began coming to Him.”) Apparently this Samaritan woman was the first non-Israelite to be Jesus’ witness.

      (John 4:31-34; Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But Jesus said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” So the disciples began to say to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did they?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the One who sent Me and to complete His work.”)

     We must know Jesus as Creator in order to worship in spirit and truth. (Review John 1:1-5, then see Colossians 1:15-20 and Heb 1:1-4) Jesus’ work is also God the Father’s work. (In this regard, they are One.) In the beginning of Jesus’ ministry His  followers knew nothing about the indwelling holy spirit Jesus was referring to when He said; “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” (Speaking of people harvest Jesus said, (John 4:35-38; ““Don’t you say, ‘There are four more months and then comes the harvest?’ I tell you, look up and see that the fields are already white for harvest! The One who reaps receives pay and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the One who sows and the One who reaps can rejoice together. For in this instance the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you, (apostles) to reap what you did not work for; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.””)

      Who did the sowing? God the Father through God the Son, the same who called Moses and the prophets. They labored, many were killed and persecuted. Jesus’ apostles had the mission of teaching (believers) about God’s Way and oracles. After believing IN and becoming gifted recipients of God’s spirit, Paul could say the following to the gentile Ephesus church.  

       (Ephesians 2:19-22; “So then you, (non-Israelites) are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”)

     Christendom attempt to dismiss the Old Covenant as not being relevant to the new. They’re making their own theology, supporting their own schools and building their own membership. Not understanding that God’s imputed spirit in Believers making them (at one) with Himself. It’s the theological differences in Jesus’ new covenant and His old. Peter explains.

     (1Peter 4:10-11; Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God. Whoever speaks, let it be with God’s Words, (oracles.) Whoever serves, do so with the strength that God supplies, so in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.)

     (John 4:39-42; Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the report of the woman who testified, “He told me everything I ever did.” So, when the Samaritans came to Him, they began asking Him to stay with them. He stayed there two days, and because of His Word many more believed. They said to the woman, “No longer do we believe because of your words, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this One really is the Savior of the world.)

     Many professing Christians claim that Jesus is their personal Savior, but how many know He is the Savior of this world? He is going to return and save this world’s people from their destructive ways, from its demonic divisionary god. (Study Matthew 24:) Jesus is going to bring peace, righteous judgment, knowledge of Himself and God the Father. (Study Isaiah 11) For our purpose here and now let’s consider verse 9, (They will no longer injure or destroy on My entire royal mountain. For there will be universal submission to the Lord’s sovereignty, just as the waters completely cover the sea.)

      As Jesus was about to go to Jerusalem and celebrate His last Passover in the flesh, He spoke the following: (Matthew 20:17-19; “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the experts in the law. They will condemn Him to death and will turn Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged severely and crucified. Yet on the third day, He will be raised.”)

      Not many years ago, unbelieving gentile churches were accusing the Jews for Jesus’ death, they incited hatred of Jews worldwide. Caused death and persecutions, ‘especially in Germany.’ Jewish experts in the law did make the decision to arrest Jesus and they did hand Him over to the gentile ruling authorities. Jesus knew exactly how things were going to unfold. Jesus inspired Isaiah to write much of the detail. (See Isaiah 52)

     Intelligent people in every age have always known; “Passover, Nisan 14” doesn’t fall on a particular day of the week annually. With demonic help, deceivers planned an agenda 2,000 plus years ago, camouflaging the reality of Passover’s meaning. (Causing division, chaos and persecutions among naïve Christendom in particular.) Pagan zodiac worshipers accepted an imaginary Jesus. Appealing to pagan societies, by naming days of the week after pagan gods, and purposely twisting God’s Word, by teaching that God allowed Paul to change God’s seventh day Sabbath; ‘thus Christendom in general is now pagan.

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