John, chapter 22

To: 34,118 Subscribers to Original Jerusalem Church of God Teaching. 10/16/21, God’s 9th Mo. Cheshvan 12, 5,782,

People disputing with Jesus, claiming to be Abraham’s heirs and followers of God didn’t understand; “they were talking with the Lord God who communed with, made promises to Abraham and wrote the ten commandments for the people’s good.” 

      Holy Almighty God and our Creator Jesus: thank You for Your holiness, righteousness and The Way. Call many and make each free from the bondage of our inherited sin nature. We ask in Jesus’ holy nature. AMEN

      Until miraculously called and spirit led to examine ourselves, “we stay in our particular fleshly comfort zones.” Our religion of choice. This world’s populations are enslaved to erroneous indoctrinations because; “Satan and his followers make themselves appear as angels of light.” Cause people to love  this world’s system of things and see no need to examine themselves in Jesus‘ light. (Jesus tells us through His apostle Paul that Satan is the god of this age, but that doesn’t penetrate minds of those who don’t know, “God the Son and God the Father.” Believers IN are spirit led to believe IN Jesus’ words through His apostle Paul.

      (2Corinthians 4:1-6; “Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as God has shown us mercy, we do not become discouraged. But we have rejected shameful hidden deeds, not behaving with deceptiveness or distorting the word of God, but by open proclamation of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience before God. (3) But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe, so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.”)

      The status of this world’s professing Christian populations is; “they use Jesus’ name while refusing to believe IN His message.” Such people are unbelievers, “in a state of perishing.” As Judeans argued, they’re Abraham’s heirs; “modern Christendom can’t allow the spiritual penetration of Jesus’ Words.”

      (John 8:48-52; “The Judeans replied, “Aren’t we correct in saying that You are a Samaritan and are possessed by a demon?” Jesus answered, “I am not possessed by a demon, but I honor My Father – and yet you dishonor Me. I am not trying to get praise for Myself. There is one who demands it, and He also judges. (51) I tell you the solemn truth, if anyone obeys My teachingHe will never see death.”)

      Jesus is speaking of gifted eternal life through Himself! He and each Apostle died a fleshly death. Comparing spiritual teachings, “we know Jesus is speaking of gifted immortality and a permanent second death.” (Re-visit Rev 2:11;, 20:6 & 21:8 to understand that: “only Believers IN Jesus are blessed with the gift of eternal life!” After seeing Jesus’ kingdom on earth; “people refusing to believe IN will die a second death.” The unbelieving Judean’s could only think fleshly, thus they continued their dispute.

      (John 8:52-56; “Then the Judeans responded, “Now we know You’re possessed by a demon! Both Abraham and the prophets died, and yet you say, ‘If anyone obeys My teaching, he will never experience death.’ You aren’t greater than our father Abraham who died, are You? And the prophets died too! Who do You claim to be?” (54) Jesus replied, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is worthless. The One who glorifies Me is My Father, about whom you people say, ‘He is our God.’ Yet you do not know Him, but I know Him. If I were to say that I do not know Him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know Him, and I obey His teaching.(56) Your father Abraham was overjoyed to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”) Abraham was one of many, to whom Jesus’ kingdom was revealed to.

       Today’s majority claiming to believe IN God, “only believe there is a god” not understanding the difference between Believing IN and believing that.” In this context Jesus was saying; “If we Believers don’t proclaim we’re Believers IN; we’re liars!” Likewise Jesus said; “If I were to say that I do not know Him, I would be a liar like you.” Abraham believed IN and it was counted to him as righteousness.”) These Judeans’ minds were fleshly, as is everyone’s until God miraculously reveals Jesus’ deity.

      John 8:57-58; “Then the Judeans replied, “You are not yet fifty years old! Have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, before Abraham came into existence, I Am!”) Before Abraham’s birth, Jesus was the, “I AM that I AM.” God the Son, “Jesus” is the One who communed with Abraham. (Re-visit John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1: for proof.)

      (John 8:59; “Then they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out from the temple area.) Allow Jesus’ teaching to His followers through Paul again.

       (1Thess 5:15-22‘ “See that no one pays back evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all. Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not extinguish the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt. But examine all things; hold fast to what is good. Stay away from every form of evil. Let God be true, though every one a liar.”) Remember Jesus’ characterization of Satan and his followers? (They manifest themselves as angels of light.) Now Jesus repeats Himself in stronger terms.

      (John 8:43-44; “Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept My teaching. You people are from your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him.”)

      Jesus is teaching us to observe Satan’s characteristics and consider the fact that our inherited nature mimics’ his. (As Adam and Eve’s disobedience played into Satan’s deceptions, so do ours.) Our rationalized disbeliefs is what the devil wants. However God keeps His promise, “we all surely die once.” All people are born to die ONCE; “then resurrections.” (The only exception; “Believers IN who are alive when Jesus returns.)

      Adam’s lawless nature is inherited by all. We have the account of Cain’s thinking; “he figured God would be pleased with a sacrifice of his choosing.” Thinking; “my vegetable sacrifice should be okay.” After all, I worked hard to harvest them, “so my sacrifice should be okay.” It’s the way unbelievers have always thought; “until spiritually lead to believe IN God.” (Even after believing IN, we’re not completely rid of the workings of the flesh.) We naturally justify our fleshly rationale. We do slip, when mindful of it, we need to apologize, “repent” and ask for spiritual help to do better. In so doing we “overcome to the end.”

      We have records of God called people’s mistakes. Moses yielded to his fleshly characteristic when he struck a rock to get water, “without giving God the praise and credit.” This was why Moses wasn’t allowed to go over into the promised land. (Our fleshly thinking includes, “we’re capable of choosing for ourselves what’s good, evil, right and wrong.” It’s how Satan wants us to think. SO Jesus explained to the Judeans; “they were following the wrong leader.”

      (John 8:45; “You people are from your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies.) We too think fleshly! “Until God calls and miraculously gives us a new nature.” We’re born with a hostile nature likened to all who choose their way. Now Satan and demons believes God and tremble! They “believe that” and aren’t capable of “believing IN.” (People led to “believed IN God” love His Way.) Our Lord’s brother tells us, “even demons believe,”

      (James 2:19 “You believe that God is one; well and good. Even the demons believes that – and trembles with fear.)

   (John 9:1-35; Now as Jesus was passing by, He saw a man who had been birth His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man or his parents?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that the acts of God may be revealed through what happens to him. We must perform the deeds of the one who sent Me as long as it is daytime. Night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. Having said this, He spat on the ground and made some mud with the saliva. He smeared the mud on the blind man’s eyes, and said to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated “sent”). So the blind man went away and washed, and came back seeing. Then the neighbors and the people who had seen him previously as a beggar began saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 

    Some people said, “This is the man!” while others said, “No, but He looks like him.” The man himself kept insisting, “I am the one!” So they asked him, “How then were you made to see?” He replied, “The man called Jesus made mud, smeared it on my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and was able to see.” They said to him, “Where is that man?” He replied, “I don’t know.” They brought the man who used to be blind to the Pharisees. (Now the day on which Jesus made the mud and caused him to see was a Sabbath.) 

   So the Pharisees asked him again how he had gained his sight. He replied, “He put mud on my eyes and I washed, and now I am able to see.” Then some of the Pharisees began to say, “This man is not from God, because he does not observe the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such miraculous signs?” Thus there was a division among them. So again they asked the man who used to be blind, “What do you say about him, since he caused you to see?” “He is a prophet,” the man replied. 

   Now the Jewish religious leaders refused to believe that he had really been blind and had gained his sight until at last they summoned the parents of the man who had become able to see. They asked the parents, “Is this your son, whom you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?” So his parents replied, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. But we do not know how he is now able to see, nor do we know who caused him to see. Ask him, he is a mature adult. He will speak for himself.” 

   (His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders. For the Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Christ would be put out of the synagogue. For this reason his parents said, “He is a mature adult, ask him.”) 

   Then they summoned the man who used to be blind a second time and said to him, “Promise before God to tell the truth. We know that this man is a sinner.” He replied, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. I do know one thing – that although I was blind, now I can see.” Then they said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he cause you to see?” He answered, “I told you already and you didn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You people don’t want to become His disciples too, do you?” 

  They heaped insults on him, saying, “You are his disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God has spoken to Moses! We do not know where this man comes from!” The man replied, “This is a remarkable thing, that you don’t know where He comes from, and yet He caused me to see! We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but if anyone is devout and does his will, God listens to him. Never before has anyone heard of someone causing a man born blind to see. If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.” 

   They replied, “You were born completely in sinfulness, and yet you presume to teach us?” So they threw him out. Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, so he found the man and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” The man replied, “And who is He, sir, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus told him, “You have seen Him; He is the one speaking with you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped Him. 

   Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, and the ones who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and asked him, “We are not blind too, are we?” Jesus replied, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, but now because you claim that you can see, your guilt remains.) 

    Jesus’ disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man or his parents?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sins, but he was born blind so that the acts of God may be revealed through what happens to him.”       

       Jesus could have gave this man sight immediately. He may have been testing this man’s desire to obey. Jesus is THE TEACHER, His light shines through darkness, opens minds & converts unbelievers to, “Believers IN.” A people gifted with confidence in God’s Way.  

 

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