John, chapter 4

To: 33,882, subscribers to, Original Church of God Teaching, God’s 8th Mo. Tishrei 5, 5,782, 9/11/2021  

When Jesus’ apostles were taking His gospel ‘good news’ to the world, they shared Israel’s history of His dealing with their ancestors. The four gospels, and letters to the churches include quotes from Moses, David, and the prophets are shared: “particularly about Jesus’ miraculous birth and coming kingdom on earth.” Pharisees, Sadducees and pagan religions couldn’t grasp, ‘that an all knowing God could have planned Satan’s demise, Jesus’ miraculous birth, teaching, resurrection and ascension.’ As Jesus’ apostles took His good news about the kingdom of God to the known world, political types scorned the idea as they still do. However, God the Father preplanned how He’d make Believers IN Jesus ‘at One’ with Himself and Jesus, how Jesus would return as king of kings, bring peace and righteous judgment. Worldly religions still don’t grasp the awesomeness of our Creator, and Savior Jesus.  

      (John 1:24-27; 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!)

      Aside from revelation, suppose John’s parents had told him of Elizabeth’s cousin ‘Mary’s’ visit when she was six months pregnant with Jesus, and how John jumped with joy in Elizabeth’s womb when Mary’s appeared. Perhaps the Baptist grew up knowing of his own supernatural fathering and birth.

      (John 1:28-31; “These things happened in Bethany across the Jordan River where John was baptizing. 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.”)

     John was reluctant to elaborate his own role, but enthusiastically give his testimony about Jesus. The apostle John’s emphasis is totally on ‘John the Baptist’s’ witnessing Jesus. No attention is given to the Baptist’s call for national repentance and very little to his baptizing, every focus was on what the Baptist says about Jesus. (So Jesus could be revealed to Israel.) REVEALED, is key. The Israelites then, nor can we now know Jesus as He manifest Himself to be, “unless He’s revealed.” God’s choosing remains a mystery to the world at large, as He chooses and reveals Himself to the predestined.

      We attempted to reveal our Creator’s awesomeness in the last study, “however we aren’t revealors; we attempt to teach the realization while knowing that “only God can open minds to spiritual comprehension.” People who aren’t led to believe IN God, “can’t comprehend that our God Re-Creates and can Create from nothing.” (God isn’t limited by so called science or physical laws of His own making.) Remember Jesus’ miraculous healing? how He instantly healed people with leprosy, making them completely well. Jesus stilled a roaring sea, and It was He that revealed His awesomeness to Job.

     (Job 26:5-14; The dead tremble – those beneath the waters and all that live in them. The underworld (Hebrew - Sheol) is naked before God; the place of destruction lies uncovered. He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; He suspends the earth on nothing. He locks the waters in His clouds, and the clouds do not burst with the weight of them. He conceals the face of the full moon, shrouding it with His clouds. He marks out the horizon on the surface of the waters as a boundary between light and darkness. The pillars of the heavens tremble and are amazed at His rebuke. By His power He stills the sea; by His wisdom He cut Rahab the great sea monster to pieces.

    (The mythical sea monster that represents the forces of chaos in ancient Near Eastern literature. In this translation, the words ‘the great sea monster’ have been supplied apositionaly in order to clarify ‘Rahab.’)

       By His breath the skies became fair; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent. Indeed, these are but the outer fringes of His ways! How faint is the whisper we hear of Him! But who can understand the thunder of His power?”)

      One day God’s chosen will know, even as God is known. Understanding spiritual things are foreign to fleshly minds. (The scripture reveals that Satan and his demons are spirits; their powers can only be controlled and ultimately destroyed by God.) (The holy scriptures teach, “recipients of God’s spirit are able to withstand the demonic spirits through God gifted power.)

     Remember Satan was allowed to tempt Jesus, “Jesus withstood, ‘overcame’ him” through His spirit and by His Word.” We’re taught that God has the power to mold us as a potter does clay.) (He has plans for our spiritual rebirth, thus Believers IN are, “borne again.”) It’s a spiritual fathering, whereby He makes us ‘at one’ with Himself.

     Believing IN Jesus’ resurrection, and that of His Saints at the end of this age; then physical resurrection during Jesus’ millennial rule is scriptural doctrine.

    How awesome His Ways! Consider Paul’s understanding as he taught believing Hebrews and we who’re called.

      (Hebrews 2:5-18; For He (Jesus) did not put the world to come, about which we are speaking, under the control of angels. Instead, someone testified somewhere: “What is man that You think of him or the Son of Man, that you care for Him? You made Him lower than the angels for a little while. You crowned Him with glory and honor. You put all things under His control.

    For when He put all things under His control, He left nothing outside of His control. At present we do not yet see all things under His control, but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by God’s grace He would experience death on behalf of everyone. For it was fitting for Him, (Jesus) for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Pioneer (Jesus) of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

    For indeed He who makes holy and those being made holy all have the same origin, and so He is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim your name to My brothers; in the midst of the assembly, I will praise You.”

    Again He (Jesus) says, “I will be confident in Him,” and again, “Here I am, with the children God has given Me.” Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He (Jesus) likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death He could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death.

     For surely His concern is not for angels, but He is concerned for Abraham’s descendants. Therefore He, (Jesus) had to be made like His brothers and sisters in every respect, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people.  For since He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are tempted.”) (Hebrews 2:5-18)

      We’re all tempted and here is revealed understanding, “of the gifted power we Christians have to overcome the devil with.”

      Who are Abraham’s descendants? Jesus’ apostle Paul explained to the Galatians Church of God and all Believers. (“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.” Gal 3:27-29) Our Creator is in the process of creating new spiritual lives in this age .

     (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. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ 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 goingSo, it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.)

      Fleshly people are born of water in the womb. A child comes forth when the mother’s water breaks. “Born from above” is God’s spiritual miracle; it’s likened to the wind, in that we don’t understand where it came from nor where it is going. (The imputation of God’s spirit makes individuals His temples of His spirit, “at one with and a child of God.”

    (See 1Cor 3:16, & study (1Cor 6:16-20; Or do you not know that anyone who is united with a prostitute is one body with her? For it is said, The two will become one flesh. But the one united with the Lord is one spirit with Him. 

   Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin a person commits is outside of the body” – but the immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.) 

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