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 11:1-3 ( posted 11-20-12 )

“ Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

(It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)

Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, “

 

It is believed that the name “ Lazarus “ is the same as the Hebrew name “ Elazar “ or “ Eleazar “ which means God is helper.

This “ Lazarus “ mentioned by John, the author of the book of John we are studying, is not the same Lazarusthat Jesus mentions;

“  And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, “   Luke 16:20

We will learn later that the “ Lazaras “ John is talking about is the one Jesus brought back to life, while the other was not;

Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:

For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. “    Luke 16:27-31

These 2 also lived at different times.

 

“ of Bethany, “

Bethany is a town on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives, about 2 miles from Jerusalem.

Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: “   John 11:18

The Greek word “ stadion “ translated “ furlongs “ is an established measurement consisting of 600 feet measured by Greeks, 625 feet measured by Romans or 125 paces by Roman walk. Therefore, about 1/8 of a Roman mile, less than 1/5 of a kilometer.

 

Bethany is where Jesus had dinner with “ Lazarus “, whom He brought back to life.

Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. “   John 12:1-2

 

The colt on which Jesus rode into Jerusalem was from Bethany.

 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,

And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.

And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither. “       Mark 11:1-3

 

 

“ the town of Mary and her sister Martha. “

 

These 2 sisters were ministers unto Jesus and friends of Jesus.

  Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. “    Luke 10:38-42

 

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

 

 

“ (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) “

 

Jesus was anointed at another time by another woman.

“ Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.

But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.  Matthew 26:6-13

 

Two different women anointed Jesus.

Mary anointed Jesus’ feet while the other woman anointed Jesus’ head.

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.“   John 12:3

 

“ There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. “   Matthew 26:7

 

 

 

“ Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. “

 

This sickness Lazarus had was obviously serious.

Martha had hoped Jesus would get to Lazarus before he died.

Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. “     John 11:21

 

Martha was a believer in Jesus.

Notice how she, like the thief on the cross called Jesus “ Lord “.

 

It is an honor to call Jesus, Lord.

Only a person who has a relationship with Jesus calls Him Lord.

To call Jesus Lord is not only exalting Jesus, but it is personal.

 

I will continue with verse 4 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 10:39-42 ( posted 11-13-12 )

“  Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,

And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.

And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.

And many believed on him there. “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“  Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand, “

 

This happened several times before.

 

“ Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. “   John 7:30

 

“ The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him. “   John 7:32

 

“ And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. “   John 7:44

 

 

“ And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode. “

 

If you remember in an earlier study we learned that Jesus went to this place before.

“ These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. “ John 1:28

Some MSS read Bethania rather than “ Bethabara “ which is a town opposite Jericho across Jordan.

“ And Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, Come down against the Midianites, and take before them the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and took the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan. “  Judges 7:24

 

It is believed Jesus again stayed here opposite Jericho from the month of December to the time He went back to Bethany to resurrect Larazus. Then Jesus went to Ephraim until April when He was crucified.

“ Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples. “    John 11:54

 

 

“ And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true. “

 

There is no mention of John the Baptist doing miracles even though he had the power to do so.

“  For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.

And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. “    Luke 1:15-17

 

 

“ And many believed on him there. “

 

My desire is to see this happen today.

I have a friend who, along with her husband are missionaries to the Middle East. 

She told me that Jesus has people there.

 

I will get started on chapter 11 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 10:37-38 continued ( posted 10-30-12 )

If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. 

 

Let’s continue.

 

I want to continue discussing Jesus’ statement;

 

that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. 

 

Jesus tried to get people to believe in Him.

One way was through works.

though ye believe not me, believe the works:

 

Contrary to popular belief in most of evangelicalism today, these worksstill continue or at least could continue today.

Jesus did not say in vain to His followers;

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. “   John 14:12

The writer of Hebrews said;

“ Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. ”   Hebrews 13:8

Jesus is the same as He was 2000 years ago.

The reason these worksare not done today among evangelicals is simply because of lack of faith and/or either personal rejection or church company doctrinally rejected.

Lack of faith is the problem today among evangelicals simply because of something 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

Jesus is clearly not talking about finding “ the faith “ on the earth when He returns since it is because of His followers that He is coming back who are already in “ the faith “ or else He would not come for us.

Jesus is talking about finding any of us who follow Him who still believe in answers to prayer, thus in His statement preceding;

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“    Luke 18:7-8a

Jesus even went further to say this about these works;

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. “    John 14:13-14

 

The point in all this is that Jesus placed an emphasis on works, miracles, and answers to prayer as part of His being who He is, and in the hope that people will believe that He is who He claims to be;

“ …that the Father is in me, and I in him. 

 

Paul said;

“ For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. “  Colossians 2:9

“ The Godhead “ cannot separate nor divide themselves from each other.

They will always be one God.

This is what Jesus wants people to believe.

Jesus commended His disciples for believing in God but He told them to also believe in Him;

“  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. “   John 14:1

Believing in God is not enough,

Jesus requires us to believe in Him and believe that He is God in the flesh.

For some this is merely head knowledge from knowing what He said.

But to believe this is another story and this is what 9 out of 10 people cannot accept about Jesus.

It is like a person who has attended church all her life and heard the gospel preached a million times, and now that it is time to physically die, is not sure that all she knows in the Bible is true. She knows what the Bible says but believing it is another thing.

This is why Jesus emphasized the importance of not just knowing but believing;

that the Father is in me, and I in him. 

 

If we have trouble with this then it is for certain there are countless other things in the Bible we will have trouble believing as well.

Jesus emphasized the need to believe in Him ans who He claimed to be that He said to believe His works if they could not believe Him directly.

I know God divinely intervenes in bringing a nonbeliever to believing in Jesus but according to Jesus in the verse of our study there is also a need for works.

Maybe nore would come to believe today.

Today we have people both leaving Jesus and people coming to Jesus.

I’m not sure which takes the lead since Paul prophesied the great apostasy will happen before Jesus returns.

 

For me, it is incredible that Jesus is God in the flesh.

Jesus said God is Spirit.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. “    John 4:24

There is a misconception that a spirit is not substance since a spirit is not visible.

A spirit is compared to the air we breathe…invisible.

If you do not think air is substance, try standing outside when there is a 70 mph gust of wind!  LOL!

Just because air is not seen does not deny its tangible existence.

Jesus told His disciples after His resurrection, who thought contrary to their misconception about a spirit that they had just seen a spirit…which in itself was an admission that contradicted their own rationale…

“ But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?

Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. “      Luke 24:37-39

When we worship God in spirit as Jesus said we must do does not mean we become invisible to the eye while we are worshiping God in spirit.

Stpehen saw both the Father and Jesus at the same time, even though Jesu said God is spirit.

“ But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. “   Acts 7:55-56

 

Jesus could pass through a closed door to visit with His disciples but yet He could eat food and they could even touch Him and see the nail prints and the would in His side.

While Jesus was passing through the closed door, He obviously still existed as substance but obviously of a different molecular structure than He was when He said to them;

for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

Incredible, but Jesus can be inside those of us who believe in Him and at the same time be standing at the Father’s right hand in Heaven and still be planning to return to receive us unto Himself that where He is there we may be also.

 

When I was saved, there was nothing visible but somehow I felt someone pulling me to the altar. After kneeling at the altar I felt something going on inside me. I told those around me praying - “ I feel Him inside me. “

I cannot explain it but I know what I experienced and for me it is not difficult to accept, as per what I read in the Holy Bible.

 

Even when I was living in sin I would never go to bed without my Bible laying open on the nightstand next to me.

I was one of those backsliders who lived with one foot in Heaven and the other in the world. I would never completely let go of the Lord.

 

Anyway, even to this day I always keep my Bible laying open on the nightstand next to my bed.

Sometimes I will reach over during the night when I wake up and lay my hand on the Bible and say - “ I love you Lord. “

You see, Jesus has forgiven me for much.

Jesus said;

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

 

Well, one night I woke up as there was someone who sat down on the bed beside me.

It was quite obvious someone was sitting there but I for some reason was not able to raise myself up nor look clearly in the face of the person sitting there.

The person laid his hand on my upper left arm.

At the moment he laid his hand on me, I knew who it was.

He laid His hand on me the very same way I lay my hand on the Bible.

From this action I knew who this person was.

He then left me just as He would have left His disciples as described in the Bible.

My friend, Jesus did this for me.

I will never forget this moment.

I’ve invited Him back but nothing more has happened since.

Anything more would not be faith.

Jesus said clearly;

Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. “     John 20:29

To have faith in Jesus is of utmost importance since the writer of Hebrews said;

“ But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. “   Hebrews 11:6

And do not forget how important Jesus said faith is since He Himself was concerned if He would find those of us who follow Him believing Him for answers to prayer;

“…Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?  “    Luke 18:8

This is another of many reasons John said;

“ And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. “   1 John 2:28

 

My friend, if these 2 warnings of Jesus and John are not possibilities of reality and a condition we as followers of Jesus could be in at the time Jesus returns, then they both wasted their time in making such statements.

 

I would suggest sincerely that if we want to continue following Jesus, we should believe in Him and believe the works:He said would continue to this day.

Do not reject nor ridicule the works: that Jesus placed such an emphasis on as being a part of Him and who He is.

 

I will finish chapter 10 in the next study.

Wayne Brown

John 10:37-38 continued ( posted 10-17-12 )

If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

 

I want to continue discussing the phrase;

that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

 

Listen up!

 

Notice Jesus said;

that ye may know, and believe,

Yes my friend, Jesus declared 2 things here;

1.) that ye may know,

2.)  and believe

 

Clearly, it is one thing to know something and another thing to believe it.

There are many unsaved people that confess they know Jesus is the Son of God and even God in the flesh.

 

In the first words out of Jesus’ mouth when He began His ministry He declared 2 things are required in order to be saved;

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

1.) repent

2.) believe the gospel

 

Here are at least 2 occasions in which Jesus required a 2-fold commitment to Him in order to be saved.

When you accept the Holy Bible as a whole in its entirety, you will find that even though Paul said;

“ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast. “     Ephesians 2:8-9

James also said;

“ What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? “   James 2:14

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? “   James 2:20

 

Obviously, taking the Holy Bible in its entirety, nobody can be saved unless he or she acknowledges that he or she is a sinner and repents, believes the good news gospel of Jesus Christ, and knows and believes that Jesus and God the Father are one in the same person.

Outside of this it is impossible to be saved.

Faith alone without knowing and repenting is not enough to be saved.

Before I was saved, I knew in my heart that the gospel of Jesus Christ that was preached to me is true. I also knew I was gulty of sin, even at my age. I believed what was preached to me about Jesus and I believed. I was drawn to Jesus inside my heart.

I remember it explicitly.

I was drawn to Jesus, literally.

This is why Jesus said;

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. “      John 6:44

 

And not only this, in order to maintain our salvation we must continually confess and ask forgiveness for our present sins, which means we still acknowledge we are guilty of sin and need to repent and believe the gospel.

John said;

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. “   1 John 1:6-10

This is why Paul said we are only forgiven for sins that are in the past, not future;

“  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; “    Romans 3:25

Yes my friend, Paul said clearly;

“ for the remission of sins that are past, “

The Greek word “ progegonoton “ translated sins that are past “ means to be already, previously transpired, be past.

My friend, nowhere in the Holy Bible does it say that our present and future sins are automatically forgiven without acknowledging and confessing our sins, repentance and asking for forgiveness.

The church doctrine that all sins, present and future  is used by most evangelicals to condone living in sin and unbelief among followers of Jesus. The doctrine is not used by all evangelicals as I know some who do not, but most use it as a license to sin.

This is why Jesus warned those of us who follow Him;

" For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.   Matthew 6:14-15

The point is, our salvation is only as good as our faith and repentance and ongoing fight to keep the faith.

This is why Paul said;

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

Contrary to modern evangelical preachers today, none of this is “ legalism “.

This is Biblical truth.

We either believe and accept these verses or we do not.

The choice is ours.

 

Once again, I got off on a discussion I really had not intended to talk about.

Evidently there is a reason this happened.

 

I will now try to get back on the subject I was going to discuss.

 

It humbles me to think that God loved the human race more than He loved the fallen angels in that He chose to become one of us and die…not one of the fallen angels.

God actually subjected Himself to the frailty of being human with all its troubles, trials and temptations.

God learned what it is like to get blistered feet from walking so much.

He learned what it is like to get tired.

He learned what physical pain felt like.

He learned what it is like to get by from pay-check to pay-check.

He learned how annoying the alarm clock can be.

He learned how it is to be corrected by parents.

He learned what it is like to be in need to be taken care of by Mom and Dad.

He learned how tiring it can be walking up the geographic terrain He created.

He learned how it felt when winter came and the heat of summer.

I will continue with this discussion.

Wayne Brown

John 10:37-38 continued ( posted 10-4-12 )

If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

 

In the last study I told you I would go on to verse 39 in the next study, but I need to discuss the phrase in Jesus’ statement in verse 38;

that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

 

While at work recently, I was thinking about what all God has done for the human race.

I was also thinking about why it is so difficult for people to believe in Jesus.

 

The founder of any religion is acknowledged and understood to be a human being who was born like any other human being, by those who follow the religion.

The founder being a human being, was only a recipient of what he claimed to be divine enlightenment from the source of deity he believed in.

Followers of the religion in time came up with rituals to deify the human founder into the deity or whatever “ god “ he followed and established his religion on.

This transformation either came while he was still living or came after death, depending on the policies of the religion.

One recently becoming more popular religion teaches that humans just happened into existence, much like evolution, and then the humans become a “ god “ after death.

 

The point in all this is that normally a founder of a religion starts out as being human and then later becomes deity or whatever the “ god “ believed in. Depending on the belief system throughout the religion it is generally accepted that most humans that belong to the religion will become a “ god “ after death just as the founder of the religion did.

 

Since the transformation from being human to deity is the norm with religions, Jesus claiming to be God in human form at the start was and is a shock to society.

This is what is difficult for 99% of the human race to accept, since it is opposite of what religions teach - that is, first comes being human and then comes deification.

 

I asked a member of a certain religion what he thought about Jesus’ claim to be God and his response was - “ Well, He was beside Himself. “

He said this with a smile as if he felt sorry for Jesus.

Yet Jesus is mentioned in the book of his religion…but merely as a good moral man and a good philosopher.

 

With all the intricacies of atomic structure and the laws of physical science that I have learned over the years of my life, in which I do believe God Himself created and designed to work, nothing in creation is more complex and astonishing to me than God Himself.

When I look at the mountains, the ocean, the moon, planets and stars, I cannot look at anything without acquainting it with the Lord God Himself who created all things.

Countless times in my life I just simply told God He did a good job on this or that…

I heard an elderly woman who never talks about God as creator but is quick to brag about what man has done.

 

But let’s get down to brass tacks and take a look at what God has done for the human race in addition to creating the mountains, rivers, oceans and sky, etc… for us to enjoy.

 

If you have been reading my Bible studies, I have explained all this already with Bible verses to show that what I say is for sure what the Bible teaches.

Therefore, the problem presently is not acknowledging what the Bible teaches but instead believing what the Bible teaches.

 

God, being one God but consisting of 3 persons as still one in the same God, one coming to earth, becoming one of us - that is, becoming one of His own creation, becoming a human being like us, becoming a little lower than the angels in which He Himself created but did not ever become one of, ( as God only did this for the human race He Himself created ), becoming literally skin, blood and bones as any human being, experiencing all human frailties, temptations, sorrow, pain and suffering that any of us as human beings experience, being born of a woman as we all did, but the difference being God becoming the seed of the human being David but instead being fertilized by a human father was of the fertilization of God Himself as the productivity of God becoming a human being in the womb of Mary, coming out of the womb of Mary engulfed in the issue of water and blood from Mary’s womb, as Jesus said anyone must be in order to be eligible to go to Heaven at all;

Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. “  John 3:5

meaning that God’s plan of salvation is only for the human race, not for angels who fell with satan or any other being God created, ( my friend, I can hardly contain my excitement about God at the moment but I’m not done! ) experiencing learning and obedience as any other human being, experiencing hatred from others, crticism and ridicule but never getting even with His enemies, getting physically tired Himself like any other human being but still able to heal others countless times (something I believe He will do again before He returns in our day since the Bible says Jesus is the same today as He was back then ) remembering Himself as He was before the creation of the earth, and instead of backing out of it He willingly chose to go through with dying for the human race on the cross, and raised Himself from the grave and is alive forevermore, living in my own heart as I sit here typing this Bible study!

Praise His holy name forever and ever!

God became human and died as a human for you and me.

Everybody believes in God or some sort of “ god.”

This is where the problem is.

Few want to believe in Jesus and what He said.

God wants us to believe in Jesus, His Son.

This is why Jesus said we must believe in Him in order to be saved and in order to make it to Heaven;

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.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. “  John 3:16-18

 

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. “  John 14:1-6

 

For me, Jesus is the way to go!

I’m not ashamed of Him nor am I embarrassed about Him.

My Dad believed in Jesus and everything He claimed and when it came time for him to die my Dad had peace about death.

Religions do not offer peace concerning death.

I personally, in all my life, have never known anyone who had peace about death who did not believe in Jesus Christ.

And that is a fact of life, my friend.

That is the difference between a person who is going to Heaven and one who is not going to Heaven after physical death.

People who are going to Heaven know they are and are not afraid to die.

People who are not going to Heaven know they are not going to Heaven and are literally scared to death.

The difference in Jesus and religions is that Jesus gives peace and assurance that everything is going to be okay after death.

 

My friend, Jesus is God in the flesh…blood, bone and skin for 33 years of His earthly life but since His resurrection from the dead is now only flesh and bone… as according to the Bible flesh and blood shall not enter Heaven.

In short, God became man, died as a man, arose from the grave as a man and is our eternal God, eternal Savior and Redeemer, friend and Lord, all in one forever!

 

I will continue with this discussion in the next study.

The Lord Jesus is good and I love Him so!!!!

Jesus has forgiven me for so much!

Thank you Jesus, for who and what you are!!!!

Wayne Brown