John, chapter 19

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      No one enjoys being offended, but Jesus said His Words do offend unbelievers, especially those calling themselves Abraham’s descendants, and users of Jesus’ name, but fitting Him to their imagination. How so? Today divisionary Christendom has evolved into a, (go along to get along, we’ll do it our way) society. Theirs is no absolutes with these. Jesus’ good news is (The Way) so, the world is offended by it. Jesus said in effect, (if our life and worship practices are popular in the communities, we aren’t His followers. (See Matt 10:33-38)

      Jesus’ Way was never intended to be popular among the populations at large. (See Matt 20:16 & 22:14) Until Jesus’ return, Christians are as doves among wolves. He told His followers, “I am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Beware of people, because they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings because of Me, as a witness to them and the Gentiles. Whenever they hand you over for trial, do not worry about how to speak or what to say, ‘for what you should say will be given to you at that time.’ For it is not you speaking but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against parents and have them put to death.” (Matt 10:16-21)

     This is absolute truth, because Jesus said it and because Satan is the god of this world’s societies. (Satan’s worldwide successes makes truth rare and precious.) Indoctrinated minds cannot, ‘in and of themselves’ understand spiritual truths. God opens minds to comprehend spiritual truths to His followers, “it’s gifted from above.” Jesus and His apostles encountered indoctrinations at every turn.

      For the most part, the Israelites to whom Moses was sent, were not practicing fertility, sun and planetary worship as were the gentiles. But were divided into Pharisee and Sadducee sects of Judaism, “both trusting in the law” rather than the law giver. Today Christians know all erroneous worship is idolatry, because God is One and His Way absolute.

      When God’s churches were being established by Jesus‘ apostles, the gentile and Israelite populations were practicing abominable things: Trappings that still prevail today. Deceptive indoctrinations enslave people to various forms of demonic thinking. Remember Jesus said He was sent to Israel: “in the beginning He sent His disciples to the lost ten tribes.” After Jesus’ ascension, Peter was the first to take the good news to a called gentile family. (See Acts 10:, for the account of Peter going to the home of Cornelius.)

     Cornelius was spiritually directed to send for Peter and Peter was spirit directed to go to this gentile’s home. Prior to this event and long afterward, the Israelite populations’ attitude toward gentile were that of a ‘’self righteous superiority.’ Indoctrination in both groups had caused each to have offensive outlooks regarding close association. Still today, Jesus’ absolute truths regarding His deity offend the fleshly minded unbelievers.

      (John 6:59-65; Jesus said these things while He was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. Then many of His disciples, when they heard these things said, “This is a difficult saying! Who can understand it? When Jesus was aware that His disciples were complaining about this, He said to them, “Does this cause you to be offended? Then what if you see the Son of Man ascending where He was before? The Spirit is the one who gives life; human nature is of no help! The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus had already known from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray Him.) So, Jesus added, “Because of this I told you that no one can come to Me unless the Father has allowed him to come.”)

      Hundreds witnessed Jesus’ ascension! Many came out of their graves, after Jesus was resurrected! When God’s word is believed IN, “it gives eternal LIFE!” The NATURE in people is of NO help! (In other words; people cannot discern spiritual things, ‘while in the nature of Adam.’) NOW, the same Jesus, STILL KNOWS who will believe and who will betray! (God’s spirit in us is the gift of eternal life!) Remember a few studies back, we discussed the scriptural text that reveals that (spiritual people are gifted to understand spiritual things.) That God knows each of us better than we know ourselves.

      Believers IN ponder; “how can people worship a God that doesn’t know all things?” The holy scriptures are clear; “its in our inherited nature to imagine vain things and live a WAY that seems right.” Mentally fleshly of mind people bring God to a level of their individual expectations; and demonstrate unbelief by refusing to believe IN God’s awesomeness, “His knowing all thing in advance.” Predestination.

    (John 6:66-71; After this many of His disciples quit following Him and did not accompany Him any longer. So Jesus said to the twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord to whom, would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know, that You are the Holy One of God!.” Jesus replied, “Didn’t I choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is the devil? (Now He said this about Judas son of Simon Iscariot, for Judas, one of the twelve, was going to betray Him.”) People can only accomplish what’s within God’s Will.

      (John 7:1-5; “After this Jesus traveled throughout Galilee. He stayed out of Judea because the Jewish leaders wanted to kill Him. Now the Jewish feast, (of Tabernacles) was near. So Jesus’ brothers (likely James, Jude and Joseph) advised Him, “Leave here and go to Judea so your disciples may see Your miracles that You are performing. For no one who seeks to make a reputation for himself does anything in secret. If you are doing these things, show Yourself to the world.” (For not even His own brothers believed in Him.)  (Here again is the difference between ‘believing in’ and ‘believing that.’ Jesus’ brothers didn’t YET believe in Him.) Jesus’ brothers were not gifted with the spirit of discernment at the time. Their minds were still in the fleshly state, ‘self serving, thinking Jesus was doing miracles to gain popularity.’ Jesus’ brothers didn’t believe IN until after His ascension and likely not until that Pentecost afterward.

      (John 7:6-9; So Jesus replied, “My time has not yet arrived, but you are ready at any opportunity! The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me, because I am testifying about it that its deeds are evil. You go up to the feast yourselves. I am not going up to this feast because My time has not yet fully arrived. When He had said this, He remained in Galilee.) How are you and I received when we teach about the evil deeds of the world? After Jesus’ ascension HIs apostles and brothers, James, Jude and Joseph, experienced the same hatred for the same reason.

      (John 7:10-13; “But when His brothers had gone up to the feast, then Jesus Himself also went up, not openly but in secret. So, the Jewish leaders were looking for Him at the feast, asking, “Where is He?” There was a lot of grumbling about Him among the crowds. Some were saying, “He is a good man,” but others, “He deceives the common people.” However, no one spoke openly about Him for fear of the Jewish leaders.)

       No matter the miracles seen or the message heard, indoctrinated people cannot believe IN, until God‘s deity is revealed, “only God’s miraculous intervention can lead to a believing IN Him faith.”

      (John 7:14-18; When the feast, (of Tabernacles) was half over, Jesus went up to the temple courts and began to teach. Then the Jewish leaders were astonished and said, “How does this man know so much when He has never had formal instruction?” So Jesus replied, “My teaching is not from Me, but from the One who sent Me. If anyone wonts to do God’s will, he will know about My teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from My own authority. The person who speaks on his own authority desires to receive honor for himself; the one who desires the honor of the One who sent him is a man of integrity, and there is no unrighteousness in him.) (Teachers that go out from denominations desire honor, build their particular popularity, and make merchandise of people to accomplish their agenda.)

      (John 7:19-24; Hasn’t Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law! Why do you want to kill Me? The crowd answered, “You’re possessed by a demon who is trying to kill you?” Jesus replied, I performed one miracle and you are all amazed. However, because Moses gave you the practice of circumcision (not that it came from Moses, but from the forefathers), you circumcise a male child on the Sabbath. But if a male child is circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses is not broken, why are you angry with me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath? Do not judge according to external appearance, but judge with proper judgment.) (Letter of the law was the limit of their fleshly understanding. Judean sects were not gifted to comprehend the spirit of the law. Same among denominations: “people feel good about their practices while not recognizing the spiritual supremacy of God’s Love Way.)

      (John 7:25-29; Then some of the residents of Jerusalem began to say, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? Yet here He is, speaking publicly, and they are saying nothing to Him. Do the rulers really know that this man is the Christ? But we know where this man comes from. Whenever the Christ comes, no one will know where He comes from.” Then Jesus, while teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “You both know Me and know where I come from! And I have not come on My own initiative, but the One who sent Me is true. You do not know Him, but I know Him, because I have come from Him and He sent Me.) (Logically, it seems all would have known Jesus after only one miracle. He did many miracles and yet they did not believe IN because they were not yet gifted to do so. Many of these will believe IN, after they are physically resurrected!)

      (John 7:30; “So then they tried to seize Jesus, but no one laid a hand on Him, because His time had not yet come.”)  All that happened to Jesus’ was preplanned. His birth, His experience with the Jewish leaders at age twelve, His making water into aged wine, His healings, calling the twelve and attempts to seize Him, the holy spirit gifted on Pentecost after His ascension and His doing miracles through His followers afterward. (The count to Pentecost, ’meaning to count fifty’ begins on the midweek Wave Sheaf Sabbath during the week of Unleavened Bread.)

      (John 7:31-34 Yet many of the crowd believed IN Him and said, “Whenever the Christ comes, He won’t perform more miraculous signs than this man did, will He?” The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things about Jesus, so the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest Him. Then Jesus said, “I will be with you for only a little while longer, and then I am going to the One who sent Me. You will look for Me but will not find Me, and where I am you cannot come.)

       Believing IN Jesus is to know Him as the Son of God, sent to take away the sins of this world. (Belief IN, begins individually when Jesus is revealed to the minds, (as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures from Genesis through Revelations.) He is Creator and Sustainer of all things. (See John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:) The planned sacrificial Lamb and our coming King 

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