John 13:18 ( posted 9-24-14 )

  I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

 

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She has cancer.

 

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I speak not of you all:

 

If you remember in my earlier study Jesus said not all of His twelve disciples were clean;

Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to washhisfeet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.“  John 13:10-11

 

It is obvious Jesus was referring to Judas who betrayed Him.

 

 

  I know whom I have chosen:

 

Keep in mind when Jesus made this statement He was referring to back when He only chose the 12 disciples whose feet He just got through washing. Jesus was not referring to all of His disciples who were already following Him.

After Jesus prayed to His Father all night long, the very next day He chose only 12 men out of the total amount of disciples He already had following Him;

And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,

Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes,

And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor. “  Luke 6:12-16

 

And yes, Jesus chose Judas even though he would later betray Him;

and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.

 

 

but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

 

Jesus referred to David's prophecy about Judas;

Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. “   Psalm 41:9

 

It is interesting that David's prophecy about Jesus and His disciple Judas who betrayed Him said that there was a time Jesus trusted Judas and they were actually friends;

  Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, “

This method of dining with someone about to be betrayed is quite common;

All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him. “  Obadiah 1:7

 

Peter clearly said that Judas was numbered as one of the chosen 12;

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

Peter said that Judas had an appointed position;

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

 

Judas was even an apostle;

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

 

There was a time during the 3 years of Jesus' ministry that Judas had no plans of betraying Jesus...at all.

Something later changed in his faith in Jesus and commitment to Him.

Jesus and Paul said this will also happen to other believers and followers of Jesus before Jesus returns.

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matthew 24:10-13

 

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; “   1 Timothy 4:1

 

The part of Jesus' statement in the verse of our study;

hath lifted up his heel against me.

 

someone said this is a comparison to a mean animal such as a horse who kicks someone who is only trying to help the animal.

 

 

In regard to the evangelical philosophy of being “ chosen “ as opposed to the Holy Bible's explanation of being “ chosen “ - those who choose to come to believe in Jesus and choose to remain in Him to the end of their physical life here on earth are the ones chosen by God to be saved.

To be chosen of God to be saved requires for us to choose to believe in His only begotten Son, Jesus.

 

Paul said;

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: “    2 Thessalonians 2:13

 

Pure and simple, Paul said we are only saved by faith;

belief of the truth: “

not by being “ chosen “ by God.

 

God has chosen through His foreknowledge for us to be saved, sanctified, made perfect, forgiven, predestined to be born again only those who choose to come to believe in His Son Jesus Christ.

If God chose us to be saved automatically, then no repentance would be necessary.

Repentance is the first step to salvation.

If we repent then that shows that we believe in the One we are repenting before.

Jesus clearly said to repent and believe the gospel.

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. Mark 1:15

 

Nobody can be saved without acknowledgment of sin, repentance and belief in Jesus Christ.

If we repent that means we believe.

 

It is quite obvious that Jesus was referring to His chosen twelve when He said;

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, andthatyour fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.“  John 15:16

since Luke said that Jesus, after praying all night to His Father, the very next day chose only 12 of all His disciples who were following Him to be ordained apostles.

And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; “   Luke 6:13

Jesus did not choose the other disciples who already believed in Him and were following Him.

Jesus only chose 12 of them for apostleship...which included the disciple who betrayed Him, Judas;

Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,

Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes,

And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor. “  Luke 6:14-16

 

And no, these 12 did not choose Jesus...He chose them.

 

I will continue with verse 19.

 

Wayne Brown