John, chapter 8

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     We intend to get back to John’s good news about Jesus’ coming kingdom of God on earth, but let’s detour and consider where spiritual Israelites came from. How did we Christians come to be? We need to start with Abraham and conclude with his heirs. The Lord God chose to differentiate between Esau and Jacob while in Rebekah’s womb. (Gen 25:21-26; Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife became pregnant. The children struggled inside her and she said, “If it’s going to be like this, I’m not so sure I want to be pregnant!” So she asked the Lord and the Lord said to her:

    “Two nations are in your womb and two peoples will be separated from within you. “One people will be stronger than the other and the older will serve the younger.” When the time came for Rebekah to give birth, there were twins in her womb. The first came out reddish all over, like a hairy garment, so they named him Esau. When his brother came out with his hand clutching Esau’s heel, they named him Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when they were born.)

    Descendents of Esau and Jacob still struggle within their various religious beliefs, both “believe there is a God.” Only a few Jews (Israelites) are called to believe IN the God of Abraham. Those who do are followers of Jesus and spiritual Israelites. It was revealed to Paul. (Galatians 3:19; And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.) Today’s spiritual Israelites are believers IN Jesus: “gifted with faith in His shed blood being for ‘remission of sin.’”

    (Gal 3:23-29; Now before (Jesus’) faith came to us; we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the (His) coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until, (belief IN) Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by (His) faith. But now that (Jesus) faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized (immersed) 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.)

    400 plus years after Jacob’s birth, Jesus delivered Jacob’s descendent from Egyptian bondage through Moses to the lands promised Abraham. (These were perpetual promises, yet to be fulfilled entirety.) After Moses was Joshua and the Lord God Jesus then ruled through the judges: “the last being Samuel.” Stubborn Israelites wanted a king like the gentile nations. After Saul Jesus called and gave Israel “king David.” Though very much fleshly, David became a man after God’s own heart, “ruling Israel lovingly.”

    When Jesus returns Jacob’s descendents and many more will become spiritual Israelites and sing the praises of king David.

   (1Chron 16:12-18; They brought the ark of God and put it in the middle of the tent David had pitched for it. That day David first gave to Asaph and his colleagues this song of thanks to the Lord: (Give thanks to the Lord! Call on His name! Make known His accomplishments among the nations! Sing to Him! Make music to Him! Tell about all His miraculous deeds! Boast about His holy name! Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and the strength He gives! Seek His presence continually! Recall the miraculous deeds He performed, His mighty acts and the judgments He decreed,

   “O children of Israel, God’s servant, you descendants of Jacob, God’s chosen ones!” He is the Lord our God; He carries out judgment throughout the earth. Remember continually His covenantal decree, the promise He made to a thousand generations – the promise He made to Abraham, the promise He made by oath to Isaac! He gave it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as a lasting promise, saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion of your inheritance.”

   (19-36; When they were few in number, just a very few and foreign residents within it, they wandered from nation to nation and from one kingdom to another. He let no one oppress them; He disciplined kings for their sake, saying; “Don’t touch my anointed ones! Don’t harm My prophets!”

    Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Announce every day how He delivers! Tell the nations about His splendor, tell all the nations about His miraculous deeds! For the Lord is great and certainly worthy of praise, He is more awesome than all gods. For, all the gods of the nations are worthless,but the Lord made the heavens.’ Majestic splendor emanates from Him, He is the source of strength and joy. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the nations, ascribe to the Lord, splendor and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the splendor He deserves! Bring an offering and enter His presence! Worship the Lord in holy attire!

    Tremble before Him, all the earth! The world is established, it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, and the earth be happy! Let the nations say, ‘The Lord reigns!’ Let the sea and everything in it shout! Let the fields and everything in them celebrate! Then let the trees of the forest shout with joy before the Lord, for He comes to judge the earth! Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His loyal love endures. Say this prayer:

   “Deliver us, O God who delivers us! Gather us! Rescue us from the nations! Then we will give thanks to Your holy name, and boast about Your praiseworthy deeds.” May the Lord God of Israel be praised, in the future and forevermore. Then all the people said, “We agree! Praise the Lord!”)

     Miraculous deliverances of Israel are yet to come. Nations are going to deliver them back to the promised lands. (Upheavals are prophesied; unless God our Father chooses to shorten time ‘for the Elect’s sake’ suffering is on the horizon. However believers IN Jesus, led by His indwelling spirit are looking forward to ruling with Jesus.  

    (John 8:11-17; Moreover if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through His Spirit who lives in you. So then, brothers and sisters, we (Believers IN) are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For, you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.”

    The Spirit its self bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) – if indeed we suffer with Him so we may also be glorified with Him.)

    Again; how are we made spiritual children of God? Jesus said; “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.” John 3:7-8)  (Review John 3:22-30)

     Spiritual humility and understanding Jesus’ purpose was gifted to John the Baptist. He understood that, Jesus lived before him, thus He was from above. (Review John 3:21-35, and consider verse 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.)

    NOTICE, that the Baptist is saying the very same things that Jesus had Paul and the Hebrews writer say about His deity. Jesus said of John; “no greater man has ever been born of woman.” 

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