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 11:38-40 ( posted 4-9-13 )

“  Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 

 

Let’s continue.

 

“  Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. “

 

The Greek word “ embrimomenos “ translated “ groaning “ means to snort with anger, to have indignation on, to blame, to sigh with sorrow, a feeling of embarrassment, annoyance and diappointment, to murmur against.

We have to remember that God became a human being and therefore Jesus, as a human experienced what any human being experiences.

The writer of Hebrews said clearly about Jesus;

“ Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. “  Hebrews 4:14-15

 

While this does not surprise me, what does is how much Jesus cared about Lazarus.

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that Jesus cried because of the death of Lazarus and this even surprised the Jews to see how much Jesus cared.

“ Jesus wept.

Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! “       John 11:35-36

 

There was a time before the sin of disobedience that human beings did not have to physically die.

God as a human being now experienced the grief of losing a loved one.

Keep in mind that Jesus not only felt this way about Lazarus but does for everyone, especially when someone physically dies and ends up in eternal hell.

Ezekiel quotes God saying;

“ For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. “     Ezekiel 18:32

 

“ Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? “    Ezekiel 33:11

 

If the Lord feels this way about those who do not believe in His Son Jesus, how much more does He toward those of us who do?

 

 

“ It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. “

It was a custom to dig graves in the side of hills.

The stone cover leaned against the opening.

 

 

“ Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. “

 

Jesus purposely waited 4 days before going to raise Lazarus.

This way everyone would be convinced a miracle had taken place.

It was believed that after physical death, the soul lingered around the dead corpse in hope that the dead body would revive itself and the soul could go back into the body and live again.

This went on for 3 days, known as the days of weeping.

On the 4th day when the body decomposed, the soul would then leave the grave.

Family and friends would continue mourning for a few days.

“  And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob. “   Genesis 27:41

 

On the 4th day a person was declared legally dead.

 

 

“ Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 

 

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

“ When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.  “    John 11:4-5

 

“  Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. “   John 11:23

 

I will continue with verse 41 in the next study.

 

Always keep your faith in Jesus!

 

Wayne Brown

John 11:36-37 continued ( posted 3-19-13 )

“ Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? “

 

Let’s continue.

 

I’m going to try to finish this discussion on faith, healing and Paul’s thorn in the flesh.

 

Listen up!

 

Paul struggled with the temptation of exalting himself because of the way the Lord was using him.

The Lord used Paul to write most the New Testament, took him to Heaven on a personalized tour, used him to heal multitudes and used him to lead many to salvation in Jesus Christ not only in his day but throughout the centuries since his day even to the present day in which we live.

Paul also had many revelations and visitations from the Lord and spectacular miracles performed for him personally…on a personal level.

Nobody since then, especially today in our modern society is being used like Paul was.

So, we have no justification to describe our experiences like Paul’s thorn in the flesh, nor do we have the justification to claim whatever we are going through is God’s will…unless like Paul, we are fully yielded to God and actively seeking His will.

If Paul never claimed it was God’s will, then we have no right to, especially if we are living in sin and unbelief, harboring hatred in our heart, harboring an unforgiving heart, gossiping about other people behind their back, backbiting people we hate and lying about someone who attempts to do right.

We can blame God all we want for our circumstances but if the truth is we brought our problems on ourselves, we will give answer to God for blaming Him when we stand before Him in judgment.

This is why I warn evangelicals to be careful when they go around claiming - “ God told me this.”

We better hope for our sake that what we claim “ God told us “ is truthfully what God told us!

 

In today’s modern evangelical society, Paul’s thorn in the flesh is merely used as an excuse for living in sin and living in unbelief.

 

Paul’s thorn in the flesh was a unique situation that involved him and his temptation to exalt himself because of the way the Lord used him.

We have no right to compare ourselves to this.

 

In truth, the Lord frowns on unbelief.

This is why Mark said about what Jesus thought of their unbelief;

“ And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching. “    Mark 6:6

 

Notice what Jesus said about His return;

I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? “   Luke 18:8

 

It is Jesus’ nature to reward, bless and answer prayer.

Jesus said in the book of Revelation;

“ And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. “      Revelation 22:12

Jesus can’t wait to bless, if we would just do what He says and believe.

But if we have no relationship with Jesus, this won’t mean a thing to us.

 

We have to always remember that faith in God’s eyes is not always based on answers to prayer, abundance of money, good physical health and abundance of material possessions. The writer of Hebrews mentions in the last few verses of chapter 11 christians who are as much heroes of faith as the Christians mentioned in the first part of chapter 11, even though they willfully refused to receive deliverance.

This is interesting.

The first part of chapter 11 describes heroes of faith who received answers to their prayers.

The last few verses of the same chapter describes christians who were heroes of faith who did not accept  deliverance.

“ Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: “   Hebrews 11:35

 

We need not to judge a book by its cover, as we say here in America.

God knows the heart.

Notice these followers of Jesus willfully refused deliverance so that they would obtain a better resurrection;

“ …not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: “   “

 

This is interesting to me.

They valued Heaven and their status in Heaven more than earthly pleasures.

In my opinion, these christians had more faith than those who received answers to their prayers.

It would have been too easy for them to receive answers to prayer.

They took on a greater challenge.

 

 

This is a lot of faith, my friend.

These christians are not like today’s modern evangelicals who live in sin, use every excuse to hide in unbelief and are too ashamed to mention Jesus and His blood publicly.

Notice the writer of Hebrews described these christians as being too great for the world…not the christians who received answers to their prayers;

“ (Of whom the world was not worthy… “   Hebrews 11:38

 

But take heart!

The writer of Hebrews said these christians who did not accept deliverance would not be made perfect without those of us who did receive answers to prayer;

“ God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. “    Hebrews 11:40

 

Case in point.

God still wants to bless, perform miracles, heal, deliver, prosper and abundantly provide for His people…no matter what we think or believe, have been taught by church company doctrines or whatever.

According to the Holy Bible in its entirety Jesus, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit never changed after the death of the last apostle.

God is still the same today as He was 2000 years ago.

 

I will continue with verse 38 in the next study.

 

Always keep your faith in the most precious Lord Jesus our Savior to the end of your physical life here on earth!

 

Wayne Brown

John 11:36-37 continued ( posted 3-10-13 )

“ Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?  “

 

Let’s continue.

 

I’m discussing Paul’s thorn in the flesh.

 

Always remember that this thorn in the flesh had to do with his temptation to exalt himself because of the abundance of revelation he had received from the Lord.

The Lord not delivering him from his thorn in the flesh was not because of Paul’s unbelief, an unforgiving heart, marital problems, asking with an impure motive, or taking communion unworthily.

Yes my friend, our prayers may not be answered because of these reasons.

1.) marital problems

2.) taking communion unworthily

3.) asking with an impure motive.

4.) an unforgiving heart

5.) unbelief

 

Peter said;

“ Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. “    1 Peter 3:7

 

Paul said;

“ For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. “      1 Corinthians 11:26-31

 

I heard an evangelical church pastor who follows John Calvin go against the apostle Paul and challenged Paul in this statement he made about born again christians eating and drinking communion unworthily who said publicly - “ When are we ever worthy? “

This pastor’s mentality is typical of the 99% of today’s evangelicals who believe Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Father changed after the death of the last apostle…even though the Bible says they did not.

My friend, if Paul said we can take communion unworthily and reap from doing so, then we certainly can. Paul said some christian even died from this.

“ For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. “

 

James said;

“ Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. “   James 4:3

 

Jesus said;

“  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. “    Mark 11:22-26

Yes my friend, Jesus did tell us;

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. “   

 

Jesus said;

“ Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. “    Matthew 17:19-21

 

None of these reasons pertained to Paul when he asked the Lord 3 times to deliver him fro his thorn in the flesh.

Paul’s reason was his temptation to exalt himself.

Paul admitted;

“ For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. “   2 Corinthians 12:6-9

 

The only time Paul mentions having eye trouble was when he was with the Galatians and later wrote to the Galatians.

There is no mention in any other letter Paul wrote of this problem.

Obviously it did not last all his life.

Paul’s thorn pertains strictly to his temptation in glorifying himself because of the way the Lord was using him.

The reference as to when this might have been given to him was after his experience in going to Heaven.

 

While it is obvious that sometimes God does get involved and take control in order to fulfill His will for a specific situation such as prophecy and to bring glory to Himself, the issue is that evangelicals today who live in unbelief use this as an excuse to hide their unbelief and say it is God’s will.

Jesus knew this would happen when He said about the time He returns;

I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? “      Luke 18:8

The problem with evangelicals living in unbelief is that while in the state of unbelief we actually know nothing about God’s will or anything about God’s control.

Since our relationship, salvation, righteousness, justification, redemption and forgiveness is solely base on faith, then while in the condition of unbelief we would never really know God’s will or know when He actually is in control.

According to the Bible only when a person is fully yielded to the Lord, which means living in faith, is the moment God is in control and leading our steps.

 

The reason Paul was humbled with his thorn in the flesh is because God has said He will not share His glory with any man.

“ For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another. “    Isaiah 48:11

 

Paul said;

“ That no flesh should glory in his presence. “    1 Corinthians 1:29

 

We can ask what we wish for and keep believing for it.

Jesus gave an example of a person in secular society who would not give up asking for something of a ruler.

“ And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:

And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? “     Luke 18:1-8

 

If you are asking the Lord for money, just remember not to be in love with money.

Money itself is not evil.

Paul said it is the love of money that is evil.

“ For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. “   

1 Timothy 6:10

 

Also remember that even though John desired that his brothers and sisters in Christ would prosper and be in good physical health, it was only if their soul was prospering in the Lord.

John said clearly;

“ Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. “   3 John 1:2-4

 

It is God’s will to bless physically and with money.

But we must be walking in truth as John said;

“ For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. “

 

Read that Biblical account of how Solomon was blessed because of his right motive and unselfish desires at this time in his life.

“ In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.

And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.

And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;

Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.

And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.

And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. “     1 Kings 3:5-14

 

I will continue this discussion in the next study.

 

Always keep your faith in the precious Lord Jesus!

If you love Jesus tell Him you love Him every day of your life!

Read your Bible every day since it is the word of God and is food for your soul.

 

Wayne Brown

John 11:36-37 continued ( posted 2-28-13 )

“ Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? “

 

In my last study I discussed the most popular and commonly used excuse for evangelicals’ unbelief - Paul’s thorn in the flesh.

 

“ It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)

How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.

For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing. “ 2 Corinthians 12:1-11

 

I left off with the reason Paul had this thorn;

lest I should be exalted above measure. “

 

Let’s continue.

Just after Paul defined this thorn as;

the messenger of Satan to buffet me, “

and obviously satan and any of his fallen angels are actually persons and not an “ it “, Paul still refers to this thorn as an “ it “.

“ For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. “

The reason for Paul calling his thorn an “ it “ is because of the Old Testament description of a thorn in the flesh;

“ But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell. “ Numbers 33:55

 

“ And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD. “ Ezekiel 28:24

 

“ Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. “ Hosea 2:6

 

Jews understand what is meant by a thorn in the flesh.

 

Many evangelicals today think Paul’s thorn in the flesh was a disease Paul had in his eyes.

Paul said to the Galatians;

“ Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.

And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. “ Galatians 4:13-15

 

There is a figurative expression that we use to show compassion for someone - “ I’d give my right arm for you “ or “ I’d give my life for you “.

The phrase in Paul’s statement;

“ if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. “

could also have been a figure of speech.

 

However, Paul might have actually had an eye disease.

Some evangelicals make this claim from what Paul said later to the Galatians;

“ Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. “ Galatians 6:11

The Greek word “ grammasin “ translated “ letter “ is actually in the plural sense and could refer to the characters of the alphabet.

Rather than referring to how large his epistle or letter was he was writing to the Galatians, Paul could have referred to how large the characters of the alphabet he had to write in order for him to be able to read what he was writing because of his eye disease.

Paul said this at the end of his letter to the Galatians, the same christians he addressed his physical infirmity to who remembered his condition.

 

My friend, there is no reason not to think that it was possible at the time Paul first preached to the Galatians that he had an eye disease for real but by the definition Paul gives it was not his thorn in the flesh;

“ Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. “

The love and compassion the Galatians had for Paul at this time and what Paul said they would have done had they been able to might be a literal intent;

And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. “

 

The Greek word “ peirasmon “ translated “ temptation “ means trial.

Whatever the physical condition Paul was going through was a trial for him.

Instead of being ashamed of Paul in his condtion, the Galatians loved him and accepted him as if he was Jesus Himself.

Interesting!

In today’s society, a person is judged by his or her appearance and accomplishment in life.

It is sad when born again christians judge people by this as well…and I know many personally who judge a person by looks, appearance and accomplishments.

Contrary to this mentality Jesus clearly said;

Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.Luke 12:15

 

Paul asked the Lord 3 times for deliverance from his thorn in the flesh.

Notice the Lord never said no but rather He said;

“ And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

 

I will continue this discussion as I feel a weight on me about this in that I feel I need to continue discussing this for somebody out there.

 

Always keep your faith in the precious Lord Jesus who died for you!

 

Wayne Brown

John 11:36-37 continued ( posted 2-26-13 )

“ Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? “

 

Let’s continue.

 

It seems that Lazarus was well liked by town folk.

 

Jesus liked him too.

 

These people knew that Jesus had healed others.

 

Martha and Mary had hoped Jesus would have healed Lazarus but instead Jesus let him die.

 

There are times when the Lord waits to answer our prayer.

 

While I have pointed out that our prayers can be hindered because of marital problems, wrong motives in asking, harboring hatred and unforgiveness, and unbelief, it is obvious that none of these reasons were the cause of Jesus not immediately responding by healing Lazarus.

 

Notice, contrary to popular belief, Jesus never said no to their prayer request about Lazarus.

 

Evangelicals have a saying that is quite popular - “ When God says no “.

 

This famous statement is unbiblical.

 

This statement is in truth actually used as an excuse to hide unbelief.

 

The statement - “ When God says no “ coincides with the mythical statement commonly used - “ God controls everything “.

 

This is becoming ever more popular today as faith itself is on the decline not only in secular society but among evangelicals as well.

 

This is why Jesus asked this question about when He returns;

 

I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? “   Luke 18:8

Paul’s main topic of discussion in these verses is about his temptation to glorify himself because of the way the Lord was using him.

 

Read every word carefully so you can get the whole picture of what Paul is saying.

“ It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)

How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.

For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. “   2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Before I go any further I want to say, when you hear someone’s claim to have gone to Heaven and returned, ask them if they were in their body or out.

If they know, how is it that Paul did not know??

“ I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. “

Paul was not only concerned about his own glorying in himself but was also concerned about others glorying in him;

“ For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. “

Paul continued saying;

“ And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, “

On this line of thought Paul continues to say;

“ there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, “

Contrary to most evangelicals today, notice that Paul did not say - “ God gave me this “ or “ God did this to me “ or “ It must be God’s will.”

If we pay attention to what Paul is saying he continues on and even tells us what this thorn in the flesh is;
“ the messenger of Satan to buffet me, “

The Greek word “ kolaphize “ translated “ buffet “ means to rap with the fist, buffet.

This thorn in his flesh as being the messenger of satan to strike him is described in the Old Testament;

“ But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell. “   Numbers 33:55

“ And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD. “ Ezekiel 28:24

“ Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. “   Hosea 2:6

This thorn is never described as a disease.

This is something Jews would understand.

And again, just as he already did repeatedly in these verses, Paul gives the reason why for this thorn;

“ lest I should be exalted above measure. “

 

I’m still not done with this discussion.

I will continue this in the next study.

Always keep your faith in Jesus!

Wayne Brown