John 13:19-20 ( posted 10-19-14 )

Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I amhe.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I amhe.

 

It is interesting that again Jesus said I am.

The Greek reads that Jesus again said “ ego eimi “ translated I am.

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that when Jesus came to His disciples walking on Lake Galilee in the storm He told them “ I am.”

But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. “    John 6:20

What is translated It is I; , in the Greek actually reads again “ ego eimi “ - meaning,

I am “.

 

Being God, Jesus told Moses;

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. “    Exodus 3:14

 

 

Jesus told His disciples again later the same thing about telling them things ahead of time so that when it does happen they will remember and believe Him;

And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. “   John 14:29

 

But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. John 16:4

 

 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

 

Jesus also said;

He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. “    Luke 10:16

 

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have doneitunto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have doneitunto me. “   Matthew 25:40

 

 

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye diditnot to one of the least of these, ye diditnot to me. “   Matthew 25:45

 

Obviously, the overall relationship is that believers in Jesus are connected to God through Jesus Christ His only begotten Son.

Those who are not believers in Jesus are not connected to God.

 

I will continue with verse 21 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 13:36-38 ( posted 12-14-14 )

Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.

Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

 

Jesus was obviously referring to going through with His dying on the cross.

This was not the time for Peter or any of His disciples.

Peter was later in his life crucified because of his faith in Jesus.

History records that Peter requested that he be crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to be crucified in the way Jesus was crucified.

 

 

Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.

Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

 

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that there was a time all Jesus' disciples were willing to die with Jesus when they thought He was going to be stoned to death.

 

Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him. “  John 11:16

 

Jesus' disciples really loved Him.

Notice it was Thomas, who later did not believe Jesus had risen from the dead, who said this to the other disciples, being willing to die right along with Jesus.

Interesting.

 

 

What Jesus told Peter in the verse of our study, came true.

 

Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.

But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.

And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.

And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.

Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly. “  Matthew 26:69-75

 

Peter never renounced his faith in Jesus...he was just trying to save his neck at the moment.

Peter repented of his denial of Jesus.

Matthew said;

And he went out, and wept bitterly. “

 

Always remember that God will always forgive a broken and repentant heart...anyone who admits to wrongdoing.

 

 

This finishes chapter 13 of the book of John.

 

I now want to talk to you on a personal level.

 

I have recently been going through a very rough time.

 

This past June 25th, my Mom died.

 

On October 26th, my wife died.

 

I feel like this is the end of me now.

This was my wife's and my ministry together.

Now that she is gone, I'm wondering if the Lord is through with using us.

 

When she got cancer and could not post daily Bible verses she asked me to continue doing so.

I do.

 

However, it is difficult for me to get motivated to do my Bible studies.

I feel like since she is gone, this is gone.

 

Like Paul had to tell Timothy;

Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. “  2 Timothy 1:6

 

so I likewise must stir up the gift that is within me.

 

It is right now, difficult for me to do.

 

I miss my wife incredibly much.

I ask the Lord everyday to either bring her back to me or take me to be with Him and her.

I've always wanted to meet Jesus in person anyway.

This now may be my chance.

 

Time will tell.

 

I would appreciate your prayers.

 

Always keep your faith in Jesus as literally being the only way to Heaven, just as He claimed.

Keep yourself more focused on Heaven and keep your conversation in Heaven and constantly do things to lay up treasures for yourselves in Heaven...not here on earth, just as Jesus said.

As Jesus clearly said;

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. “   Matthew 6:19-21

 

May the Lord Jesus bless you all.

 

Wayne Brown

John 13:31-35 ( posted 12-1-14 )

  Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.

Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

By this shall allmenknow that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

 

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that Jesus said;

And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. “  John 12:23

 

Jesus always has been glorified before He came to earth, while He was on earth, and definitely today after His death and resurrection.

Not only did His disciples bow and worship Jesus but demons also did;

But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

For he said unto him, Come out of the man,thouunclean spirit.

And he asked him, Whatisthy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. “  Mark 5:6-10

 

However, this reference to Him being glorified is the greatest glorification He has. This glorification is in reference o His suffering, death on the cross, and His resurrection.

 

 

If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.

Jesus said to His Father;

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: “  John 17:1

Technically, God – who includes the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus the Son all received the glory in Jesus' death and resurrection.

 

 

Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.

Jesus was referring to His death and resurrection here in this statement.

This is something He had to do alone.

It took God coming to earth and becoming a human being, dying and being resurrected, in order to keep us out of eternal hell – that is, for those who choose to believe in God's only begotten Son, Jesus.

 

 

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

By this shall allmenknow that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.


If we claim to believe in Jesus and follow Him, we must show evidence by forgiving and loving one another.

Just as speaking in tongues is a sign to the unbeliever so is loving one another a sign of evidence that we actually belong to Jesus.

Paul said;

Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. “ 1 Corinthians 14:22

 

Do not mistakenly think believers in Jesus have to speak in tongues to make it to Heaven.

However, these are spiritual things that we should seek and ask God for Biblically.

Especially nowadays as the world is getting worse we might consider the need for a more intimate relationship with God through the Holy Spirit's gifts and works, even speaking in tongues.

We should consider it.

Obviously, the criminal on the cross who believed in Jesus still made it to Heaven even though he did not speak in tongues, nor was he baptized in water.

Jesus still told him he would be with Him that same day.

And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:43

 

Paul asked the rhetorical question;

Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. “  1 Corinthians 12:29-31

 

Obviously not.

Not all believers in Jesus have these gifts and positions.

Always remember, we make it to Heaven only by God's grace, which is given to us after we choose to rest our faith in God's only begotten Son, Jesus Christ...and not before, as is mistakenly thought.

 

The “ more excellent way “ that Paul refers to is exactly what Jesus referred to in the verse of our study;

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

By this shall allmenknow that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

Paul said;

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. “  Ephesians 4:31-32

 

 

In our walk with Christ, there is nothing more important than love.

Yes, we are to lead people to Jesus and we have work that needs to be done for the Lord but the most important thing is to love one another.

We are to be kind not just to those who are believers in Jesus but also to all people...even the unsaved.

No matter how difficult it is to do.

If it was not possible Jesus would not have required this of us.

 

I will continue with verse 36 in the next study.

 

The Lord bless you.

 

Wayne Brown

John 13:24-30 ( posted 11-24-14 )

Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.

He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?

Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dippedit. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.

For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.

He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.

 


Let's continue.

 

I will focus on certain verses.

 

And after the sop Satan entered into him.

 

Luke also said that satan entered into Judas;

 

Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.   Luke 22:3

 

If you remember in my earlier study in the book of Romans we learned that when a person is persistent in rejecting God's truth and chooses to do evil, even after having once believed the truth, sometimes God will turn them over to satan;

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; “   Romans 1:28

 

 

Keep in mind that Jesus just got through washing the feet of all His disciples, including Judas.

 

If you remember in my earlier studies we learned that Judas was chosen along with the other disciples;

Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? “  John 6:70

 

Judas was numbered among the 12 disciples and had his divinely appointed position;

For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. “  Acts 1:17

 

For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. “  Acts 1:20

 

That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. “   Acts 1:25

 

The Greek word “ parebe “ translated “ fell “ means to go contrary to. The word transgression was thrown in by the translators.

The point is, it wasn't Judas committing sin that caused him to lose his salvation and position of ministry, it was the fact he quit believing in Jesus and directed his faith to someone or something else.

 

Judas was once a believer and then chose to apostatize – that is, change his faith from Jesus to someone or something else.

Jesus and Paul said this will happen a lot in the last days... people who once believed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and then later decide to put their faith in someone or something else.

Since we are saved by grace through our faith, if we put our faith in someone or something else other than Jesus then we are no longer saved.

 

My friend, we must keep the faith to the end of our life in order to be saved.

Before Paul died he told Timothy he had kept the faith;

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:   2 Timothy 4:7

 

Always keep your faith in Jesus.

Love Him and trust Him for He is good.

 

The Lord bless you all.

 

I will continue with verse 31 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 13:21-23 ( posted 11-6-14 )

When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.

Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

 

 Let's continue.

 

When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

 

The Greek word “ paradosei “ translated shall betray means to give over, cast, yield up, betray. It is not yielding to someone but rather yielding the person or object that once belonged to you over to someone or something else.

 

This is the same Greek word Jesus used when He said about those who believe in Him during the end time;

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.“   Matthew 24:10

 

Truly, Judas did this.

And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.

Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.   John 18:2-3

 

 

 

Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.

 

The disciples could not imagine any one of them doing such a thing.

Peter had told Jesus he would die for Him;

 

But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.

And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day,evenin this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.

But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all. “  Mark 14:29-31

 

Notice the writer Mark said all the disciples said they would die with Jesus.

This included Judas as well... at this time.

 

 

Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

 

The Greek word used in this statement “ egapa “ translated “ loved “ is the same kind of love God loves everyone with.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.“  John 3:16

 

Whatever reason the writer of the book of John in which we are studying emphasizes the love Jesus had for him as being identifiable among the 12 disciples, it was not because Jesus played favorites nor had He respect of persons.

 

For there is no respect of persons with God. “  Romans 2:11

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. “  Ephesians 6:9

But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. “  Colossians 3:25

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. “  James 2:1

And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: “   1 Peter 1:17



It could be that John loved Jesus more than the other disciples because Jesus forgave him much.

Jesus clearly said;

Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven,the sameloveth little. “  Luke 7:47

Not every believer and follower of Jesus has the same relationship with Jesus.

Jesus clearly said we are His friends only if we do what He says;

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. “  John 15:14

A Bible teacher once said - “ I'd hate to spend eternity with someone I did not love.”



My friend, if we are actively seeking God's will then that stands a pretty good chance our love is focused on Him... not ourselves and this world.

 

As followers and believers in Jesus, we should be like Paul who would have rather gone to be with the Lord;

For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: “   Philippians 1:23

It does not mean it will happen at that moment.

It is an attitude of the heart that is meant.

Jesus emphasized the importance of placing our heart where it should be no matter how long we live here on planet earth;

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. “    Matthew 6:19-21

 

We must make Jesus our focus and top priority.

This present life and the things we enjoy is only temporary.

Our life in Heaven and what we have there will be forever.

 

I will continue with verse 24 in the next study.

Wayne Brown

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