John, chapter 5

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    God revealed Himself to His prophet Amos and inspired him to write. (Amos 4:13; For, here He is! He formed the mountains and created the wind. He reveals His plans to men. He turns the dawn into darkness and marches on the heights of the earth. The Lord, the God who commands armies, is His name!)

   Not only can God transfigure Himself physically, He allows angelic and demonic spirits transfigure themselves. Review John 1:32-34.

   (Luke 1:11-20; An angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense, appeared to him. And Zechariah, visibly shaken when he saw the angel, was seized with fear. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you will name him John. Joy and gladness will come to you and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go as forerunner before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for Him.

    Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is old as well.” The angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will be silent, unable to speak, until the day these things take place.) Gabriel transfigured himself and spoke with Zachariah.

    Unlike Jesus, John had a human father; but this John the Baptist was filled with God’s spirit while still in Elizabeth’s womb! (By revelation, John knew his mission and purpose.) (Review John 1:35-42, Andrew, and Peter John’s disciples then began following 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.

    Jesus would later tell Peter, “you are a little stone but on this Rock I will build My church.” Jesus is that Rock. (Review John 1:43-51) Philip found Nathanael and told him about Jesus.

   (Nathanael answered Him, (Rabbi, which is to say teacher.) 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.)

   Not ONLY did Jesus know where Nathanael was before Philip found him; Jesus knew all twelve apostles and rebellious Judas before Adam’s creation. (Look at John 1:1-5, Colosians 1:15-20 and Heb 1:1-4 again, to determine that Jesus is all knowing.) Next Jesus is proving Himself to be The Re-Creator and Creator.

    (John 2:1-11; Now on the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there and Jesus and His disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to Him, “They have no wine left.” Jesus replied, “Woman, why are you saying this to Me? My time has not yet come.” His mother told the servants, “Whatever He tells you, do it.” Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washing, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the water jars with water.” So they filled them up to the very top. Then He told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the head steward, and they did.” When the head steward tasted the water that had been turned to wine, not knowing where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew) he called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first and then the cheaper wine when the guests are drunk. You have kept the good wine until now!”

    (John 2:11; Jesus did this as the first of His miraculous signs, in Canan of Galilee. In this way He revealed His glory, and His disciples believed IN Him.)

     Mary couldn’t forget how Jesus was fathered, and Jesus knew how He was fathered. (People gifted to follow Jesus, need to remember how they’re fathered.) May we each review in our minds, the awesomeness of our Creator’s fathering. May He be revealed to the minds of each person studying these text teaching.

     Believers in and recipients of God’s Holy Spirit, followers of Jesus are being judged in their physical life time, “before the first resurrection.” (Holy Scriptures defines a Christian as, “a recipient of God’s spirit.”) Each Believer IN Jesus that overcomes to the end will be in the FIRST resurrection. (Study 1Corinthians 15)

    Believers IN Jesus that are alive, ‘at His coming’ will meet Him in the air,’ having instantly been changed to spirit; “they’ll return with Jesus and serve in His kingdom.” (It is a mystery to the world at large.)

    Worldly religions choose to erroneously teach: ‘EVERYONE is facing their final judgment in this age, before the resurrections.’ Not so. The first resurrection is to a SPIRIT life; likened to Jesus’ current life. (Each spirit recipient will see Him as He is.) A SECOND resurrection is physical; “most, perhaps all of Jacob’s (Israel’s) heirs will be resurrected to a physical life.” (See Ezekiel 37) This understanding taught Israel through their keeping the Feast of Booths, ‘Tabernacles’ helps followers of Jesus digest Paul’s letter to the Romans.

   (Romans 2:1-16; Therefore you are without excuse, whoever you are, when you judge someone else. For on whatever grounds you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment is in accordance with truth against those who practice such things. And do you think, whoever you are, when you judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you have contempt for the wealth of His kindness, forbearance and patience, and yet do not know that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed!

    He will reward each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth, but follow unrighteousness.

    There will be affliction and distress on everyone who does evil, on the Jew (Believer) first, and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, for the Jew (Believer) first, and also the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. For all who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.

    For, it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these who do not have the law are a law to themselves. They show that the work of the law is written in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend them, on the day when God will judge the secrets of human hearts, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.”) 

     Followers of Jesus are spirit led to love the spiritual intent of the law, thus the person not knowing the commandments who love God and neighbor as themselves are keeping the law of God.

     “Eternal life to those who persevere, in good works: who seek the gift of glory honor and immortality.” Those who lovingly live in the spirit of the law, and practice what’s righteous in God’s view, is obviously a Believer IN Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of their sins; they’re heirs with Jesus and Abraham. This Jesus is purposely not revealed to everyone in this age, its the reason He spoke in parables, why there’s a physical resurrection and a second death. (See Revelations 21:8)

    (See Matthew 13:10-17; Then the disciples came to him (privately) and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” He replied, “You have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but they have not. For whoever has will be given more, and will have an abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.

    For this reason I speak to them in parables: Although they see they do not see, and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand. And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will listen carefully yet will never understand, you will look closely yet will never comprehend.

   For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.

    “But your eyes are blessed because they see, and your ears because they hear.  For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.)

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