John chapter 21

To 34,109 Subscribers to Original Jerusalem Church of God Teachings. 10/17/21, God’s 9th Mo. Cheshvan 11, 5,782.

    Professing Christian communities cannot grasp Jesus’ Words. (Divided in their doctrinal views, they don’t want to speak about what Jesus says about their divisions.) He also said; “a house divided cannot stand.” Thus, “Christendom in its present state of being cannot stand.” They’re dazed; “with evolving opinions that change according to societal acceptability.” Conduct of Christendom membership has changed drastically in the past 50 years. Result? “Divorce rates in churches are no different than that of the populations at large.” Theft, civil crime and murder rate statistics are equal that of the general populations! Why? People prefer being their own god.

      (Rom 1:24-26; “Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”) Nature in man has not changed since Adam. Israelites, Jesus was speaking to those who were no different than people in this age.

      (John 7:40-44; When they heard these words, some of the crowd began to say, “This really is the Prophet!” Others said, “This is the Christ!” But still others said, “No, for the Christ doesn’t come from Galilee, does He? Don’t the scriptures say that the Christ is a descendant of David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So, there was a division in the crowd because of Jesus. Some of them were wanting to seize Him, but no one laid a hand on Him.)

      Division because, Jesus said; “Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth?” No, I tell you, but rather division! For from now on there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, Luke 12:51-53 in part) Does Christendom teach that Jesus came to bring peace?

      (John 7:45-53; Then the officers returned to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why didn’t you bring Him back with you?” The officers replied, “No one ever spoke like this man!” Then the Pharisees answered, “You haven’t been deceived too, have you? None of the rulers or the Pharisees have believed in Him, have they? But this rabble who do not know the law are accursed!

    Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before and who was one of the rulers, said, “Our law doesn’t condemn a man unless it first hears from him and learns what he is doing, does it?” They replied, “You aren’t from Galilee too, are you? Investigate carefully and you will see that no prophet comes from Galilee! And each one departed to his own house.)

      Synagogue leadership feared loss of power. It’s in peoples’ nature to retain power and make merchandise of others. See this in our age? Each denomination has their agenda and leaders hold to their theories in order to keep their parishioners. Changing doctrinal views would result in loss of membership.

      (John 8:1-11; But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning He came to the temple courts again. All the people came to Him, and He sat down and began to teach them. The experts in the law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. They made her stand in front of them and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. In the law Moses commanded us to stone to death such women. What then do you say?” (Now they were asking this in an attempt to trap Him, so that they could bring charges against Him.)

     Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with His finger. When they persisted in asking Him, He stood up straight and replied, “Whoever among you is guiltless may be the first to throw a stone at her.” Then He bent over again and wrote on the ground. Now when they heard this, they began to drift away one at a time, starting with the older ones, until Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before Him. Jesus stood up straight and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She replied, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.)

      An example of “fulfillment and the law.” Physical law breaking had immediate consequence, the spiritual makes judgment equitable for a spirit led people. Are there little and big sins? Sin is the transgression of God’s Way! Until God’s Way is revealed, each person goes about living the way that seems right, “appealing to themselves.” (It’s the way of Cain and Baal, “sin” lawlessness toward God’s Way.) So, what do we all have in common that needs to be repented of? OUR inherited from Adam nature. That little appealing to self’s nature that wants to do what seems right. It’s self - serving and pulls us to Satan’s liking.

      (Matt 5:17-19; Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter will pass from the law until everything takes place. So, anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys them and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.)

      Let’s consider the plank in our own eye before casting out the splinter in someone else’s. It’s the magnification. Commandments are spiritual, but that doesn’t do away with practicing them. Teaching others to break God’s commandments has consequence. Jesus sums up the spiritual magnification when He said; “I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matt 5:28)

      The QUESTION? Does it take a nature change to believe IN Jesus, honor His spiritual magnification of the law and practice its righteousness? In the case with the adulterous woman, Jesus may have written the accuser’s sins. They all walked away. When we’re critical of others, self - examination is in order!

      (John 8:12-18; Then Jesus spoke out again, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows Me will never walk in darkness but will have The light of life. So, the Pharisees objected, “You testify about Yourself; your testimony is not true!” Jesus answered, “Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I am going. But you people do not know where I came from or where I am going. You people judge by outward appearances; I do not judge anyone. But if I judge, My evaluation is accurate, because I am not alone when I judge, but I and the Father who sent Me do so together. It is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. I testify about Myself and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me.) Jesus is saying, God the Father and God the Son are as one.

       Jesus is personally The Light of Life. In Him only, is life! If a religion or individual teaches “God the Father and God the Son are one individual,” many other untruths must be believed in order to support the error.

      (John 8:19-20; Then they began asking Jesus, “Who is your father?” Jesus answered, “You do not know either Me or My Father. If you knew Me you would know My Father too.” (Jesus spoke these words near the offering box while He was teaching in the temple courts. No one seized Him because His time had not yet come.) The Father and the Son are one in character and purpose. The Son is subject to the Father as the church is subject to Jesus. To know either is to know both! This subject, “being at One” should be studied carefully. It’s commanded, “a Christian Wife and Husband be as one. It’s commanded, “fellow Christians be as one.” Christians are at one with Jesus. At one with Jesus people will be in the first resurrection.

 

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