John, chapter 6

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    Genuine believers love one another as Jesus loves; being Jesus’ friend requires doing as He commands, and that result is revelations of everything Jesus heard from His Father. (To His apostles Jesus said, and John recorded, John 15:12-17; My commandment is this: to love one another just as I have loved you. 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. 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.)

    Only God has the ability to give us the desire and effort to love Him and one another in the manner He prescribes.

    On that Passover before Jesus’ ascension those gathered with Jesus’ apostles had the desire and made every effort to be present at the meeting. The Holy Spirit miraculously sounded, was visibly, (seen likened to tongues of fire) and each recipient of it, (spoke in languages unknown to themselves) but known to the many who’d been exiled to gentile countries. Those returned to celebrate the Passover, heard words in what had become their native tongues, (wonderful words of God.) This is what Jesus had promised He’d send back. Now consider.

    When gentile Cornelius was spiritually called and given the desire to be righteous in God’s view, he reached out to Peter. At that time the Israelites thought God was in the business of revealing Himself, ‘only to Israel.’ Peter may have been the best known among gentile populations; nevertheless Cornelius was spirit led to send for Peter. (See Acts 10: 11: & 12, for the whole account.) The point is; (God called, chose Cornelius, gave him the desire and effort.) Jesus reveals this through Paul.

     (Phil 2:12-18; So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of His good pleasure — is God.

    Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world by holding on to the Word of Life so that on the day of Christ I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice together with all of you. And in the same way you also should be glad and rejoice together with me.)

     Remember Pentecost is fifty days after the weekly Sabbath falling during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (John 2:13-22; Now the Jewish feast of Passover was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple courts those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting at tables. So He made a whip of cords and drove them all out of the temple courts, with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold the doves He said, “Take these things away from here! Do not make My Father’s house a marketplace!”

    His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will devour me.” (See Psalms 69:9) So then the Jewish leaders responded, “What sign can you show us, since you are doing these things?” Jesus replied, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.” (Now, Jesus was speaking of His physical body, not buildings.) Then the Jewish leaders said to Him, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and are you going to raise it up in three days?” But Jesus was speaking about the temple of His body. So after He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this, and they believed the scripture and the saying that Jesus had spoken.) (Jesus kept the weekly and annual Sabbaths, and each recipient of the Holy Spirit is also a temple of that spirit.)

Jesus Knows What Is in Man

    (John 2:23-3:2; Now while Jesus was in Jerusalem at the Feast of the Passover, many people believed in His name because they saw the miraculous signs He was doing. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people. He did not need anyone to testify about man, for He knew what was in man. Now a certain man, a Pharisee named Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council, came to Jesus at night and said to Him, “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 knew He was about to blow Nicodemus’ mind with this mystery to the world.)

    (John 3:3-8; Jesus replied, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he?” 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 going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (This is what keeping the Feast of Booths, ‘Tabernacles’ was to revel to Israel all those prior years: ‘that their physical bodies were temporary, and a new spiritual, everlasting one was coming.)

   (John 3:9-13; Nicodemus replied, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? I tell you the solemn truth, We speak about what We know and testify about what We have seen, but you people do not accept Our testimony. If I have told you people about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?

   No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven — the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.”

    For God So Loved the World (Still speaking to Nicodemus.)

    (John 3:16-21; For this is the way God loved the world: He gave His One and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. The one who believes in Him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. Now this is the basis for judging: that the Light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the Light, so that their deeds will not be exposed.  But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.)

     (The people gathered on that Pentecost before Jesus’ ascension, Cornelius and each called out believer in Jesus today are spiritually gifted with the desire and effort to be righteous in God’s eyes. It’s a God gifted compulsion that leads one to seek His truth.)

John the Baptist Exalts Christ

     (John 3;22-29; After this, Jesus and His disciples came into Judean territory, and there He spent time with them and was baptizing. John was also baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming to him and being baptized. (For John had not yet been thrown into prison.) Now a dispute came about between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew concerning ceremonial washing. So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you on the other side of the Jordan River, about whom you testified: see, He is baptizing, and everyone is flocking to him!” John replied, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven. (Note the past tense.)

    You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but rather, ‘I have been sent before him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my joy, and it is complete.

     (John 3:30-34; He must become more important while I become less important.” The One who comes from above is superior to all. The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The One who comes from heaven is superior to all. He testifies about what He has seen and heard, but no one accepts His testimony. The one who has accepted His testimony has confirmed clearly that God is truthful. For the One whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for He does not give the Spirit sparingly.

    (John 3:35; The Father loves the Son and has placed all things under his authority. The one who believes in the Son has eternal life. The one who rejects the Son will not see life, but God’s wrath remains on him.)

      We’ve taught the difference in “believing in” opposed to “believing that” many times. ‘Believers that’ like the world at large are prone to believe the condoning fallacy of, ‘we’re all attempting to get to the same place.’ Believers in, ‘like Cornelius’ are spirit led to see THE TRUTH, mindful that there is One God, One Truth and One Church of God. 

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