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