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 10:35 ( posted 5-30-12 )

“  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

 

If you are going through a tough time and you have nobody you can confide in about your situation and there is no one you know who would have the spiritual depth to understand your situation and they probably wouldn‘t care anyway, I want you to know that Jesus cares.

Do not judge Jesus by what you see in this life.

Jesus is good and He will always be.

Just remember that God responds to faith.

If you need an answer to prayer, the writer of Hebrews said without faith it is impossible to please God.

Believing God controls everything is not faith.

According to the Bible, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the tangible evidence of things not seen.

Even unsaved people believe God controls everything. This is nothing new.

It does not take faith to believe God controls everything. This is a natural human response to dealing with problems in life and then end up blaming God for the problems.

According to the Bible, the only time God is in control and leading a person's steps is when a person is yielded to the Lord and has faith in Him.

Believing God controls everything is merely used as a copout excuse for lack of faith, without admitting to lack of faith.

Many times we bring our problems on ourselves by our own mistakes. God has nothing to do with it.

Many times our problems are brought to us by people who hate us. Again, God has nothing to do with it.

Many times our problems exist because of someone’s selfishness. Again, God has nothing to do with it.

But irregardless of the reason for our situation, whether it was brought on by our own mistakes  or someone else, God is merciful and will answer our cry for His help.

If we believe God controls everything, then we have to also say that God causes us to sin…since we say God controls everything.

When we stand before Jesus and are judged for our life I guarantee you we will not be able to blame God for our life with the common myth God controls everything.

James said for us to ask in faith nothing wavering.

If we doubt, James said we will receive nothing from the Lord.

Put your faith in God as you ask Him for deliverance, help and healing.

It does no good to doubt.

Try believing God to answer your need.

Jesus said for us to not give up in asking for help from the Lord.

Jesus also said we need to ask God in the name of Jesus!

 

 

Let’s continue.

 

Listen up!

 

Jesus clearly said He is the one who called the Jews gods. “

In the previous verse of our last study Jesus said;

Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? “    John 10:34

Now, it seems Jesus makes reference to someone else who called them gods.”

“  If he called them gods,

Jesus added a further statement about this person;

unto whom the word of God came,

It is possible that Jesus referred to Moses as the he in the verse of our study,

“  If he called them gods, 

since the Law was given to Moses;

unto whom the word of God came, .

 

However, there is an alternative to understanding this verse.

Many times Bible translators, including Luther, will add the word “ he “ in the translation when it is assumed that the person being quoted is actually referring to someone in particular.

For example:

The Greek word “ eipen “ translated he called is a verb always used in the past tense.

Thus we have the English word calledassigned to this Greek word in the translation.

Technically, the Greek word means speak, say, tell, command, bring word. It does not include anyone in particular as in he or she but since by its meaning, it has to refer to someone actually speaking, telling, saying, etc…

So, translators will add the word “ he “ in the translation in connection to the Greek word.

Harmless, since it is obvious as per the meaning of the Greek word that someone had to speak the saying referred to. There is no deception intended to mislead us.

So, do not worry!

If we leave out the added word heand simply read the Greek as is, this is how it would be - “ if those called gods, with whom the word of God was…”

The Greek word “ egeneto “ translated camemeans to become, was, be kept, be showed… all meanings in which the intended target of discussion as being the one or ones as the recipient of said content.

 

With this, it is easier to understand that Jesus could have still referred to Himself as the One who called the Jews gods when He said in the verse of our study;

 

 

“  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came,…”

or as it is in the Greek;

“ if those called gods, with whom the word of God was…”

 

 

 

and the scripture cannot be broken;

 

My friend, no matter how we look at the Law, Jesus said the Scripture, which includes the Law, cannot be broken.

Jesus obviously is not promoting “ legalism “, but He did say clearly;

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. “  Matthew 5:17-19

 

I will continue with verse 36 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 10:34 ( posted 5-15-12 )

“ Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

 

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

 

Jesus quoted Psalm 82:6;

“  I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. “

It is interesting that the Hebrew word “ elohiym” is used, translated “ gods “.

 

It is also interesting that the Hebrew word “ elohiym “ translated “ God “ and “ gods “ is used in Psalm 82:1;

“ God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. “

 

Psalm 82:6;

“  I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. “

 

 is in reference to Exodus 22:28;

“ Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people. “

In which “ elohiym “ is used, translated “ gods”.

 

Solomon understood the Hebrew meaning for “ elohiym “ based on the grammar usage with or without the definite article.

Rather than leaders “ elohiym “ he called them “ melek “ translated “ king “ in Ecclesiastes 10:20;

“  Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter. “

“ Elohiym ” can also mean judge, angels, great people and is used in the plural sense.

Moses quoted God saying;

“ And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:…“    Genesis 1:26

Yes my friend, the words Moses wrote;

“ And God said, “

 the Hebrew grammar for “ elohiym “ translated “ God “ is in the plural sense.

 

The point in all this is that Jesus knew these Jews He was speaking to knew the grammar usage of the Hebrew word “ elohiym “ and He knew that they knew it was not meant to literally refer to the Jews as being “ God “ or like “ God.” Leaders, kings, judges, even angels were sometimes called by the Hebrew word “ elohiym.”

 

What is interesting also is that Jesus told them that He was the one who called them “ elohiym “ translated gods and that He called them “ elohiym “ in what Jesus referred to as their law, not His law.

Check the statement out again!

Is it not written in your law,

The Geek words “ to nomo humon “ translated your law literally means the law of you.

 

It is also interesting that Jesus declared that it was He that called them “ elohiym “ in their own law.

I said, Ye are gods?

Yes my friend, Jesus said about Himself;

I said,

The Greek word “ ego “ translated I means just that, I.

Just after Jesus told these Jews that He is God by saying;

I and my Father are one. “  John 10:30

Jesus continued in telling them that it was He that called them “ elohiym “ in their own law!

Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

 

If you remember in my earlier study we learned when Jesus came to His disciples while they were in the boat on Galilee during the storm, He said to them “ I am “;

“ And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.

And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.

So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.

But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. “   John 6:17-20

The Greek words “ ego eimi “  translated It is I;means literally “ I am.”

What is interesting is that this is what “ Elohiym “ “ God “ in the plural said to 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

 

This is why Jesus said;

I and my Father are one. “  John 10:30

 

I will continue with verse 35 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 10:31-33 ( posted 4-30-12 )

“ Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. “

 

This was one of many times the Jews tried to murder Jesus before the time for Him to actually die.

 

My friend, the Law of Moses was tough.

Check this out!

“ And the Israelitish woman's son blasphemed the name of the LORD, and cursed. And they brought him unto Moses: (and his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:)

And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be shewed them.

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him.

And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin.

And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.

And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.

And he that killeth a beast shall make it good; beast for beast.

And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him;

Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again.

And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it: and he that killeth a man, he shall be put to death.

Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.

And Moses spake to the children of Israel, that they should bring forth him that had cursed out of the camp, and stone him with stones. And the children of Israel did as the LORD commanded Moses. “    Leviticus 24:11-23

 

The Jews in Jesus’ day did not practice this part of the Law of Moses.

Romans daily blasphemed the God of Moses, the Jews’ God, but the Jews never took any of them out of the camp to stone them! They knew they themselves would be dead if they did.

They knew Rome would have put them on a cross for public display, which was typical of the way the Romans punished criminals.

But yet these hypocrite Jews tried to stone Jesus…as if they followed the law of Moses.

It is only because they hated Jesus so bad.

 

 

“ Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

 

Jesus knew the hatred in these Jews toward Him even after all the good He did for them.

They just hated Jesus because of Him being Him.

There are people who hate other people for no reason at all other than the fact they just simply hate them.

This is why Jesus said;

But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:…“     Matthew 5:22

 

Jesus also said;

But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. “    John 15:25

 

Jesus never did anything wrong to these Jews.

They waited for some technical legal excuse to murder Him that would make them look righteous.

 

 

“ The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. “

 

Well, they finally found a reason by Law to murder Jesus…even though this was not the motive in their heart for wanting to murder Jesus.

The excuse they used was;

“…blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. “

 

This is interesting.

These Jews acknowledged and understood that Jesus claimed to be God.

For those of us who follow Jesus, the claim of Jesus to be God is part of “ the faith ” that we rest our faith in.

If you remember in my last study, Jesus said;

I and my Father are one. “   John 10:30

People today that do not believe in Jesus do acknowledge that Jesus claimed to be God.

I asked someone of a certain world religion what he thought of Jesus when He claimed to be God.

He said while he respects Jesus, He was “ beside Himself “ when He claimed to be God.

He said this with a smile as if he felt sorry for Jesus, thinking Jesus might have been a little confused at the moment.

 

This is not a surprise since even followers of Jesus are questioning Jesus’ mentality and authority.

I recently asked an evangelical christian if he thought Jesus deceived us in claiming to be the only way to Heaven.

His response was - “ Possibly.”

 

These Jews were not actually planning to murder Jesus because He claimed to be God…they just used that as a legal excuse to murder Him.

They just wanted Jesus dead and this was the excuse they could use to justify murdering Him.

There were leaders of Rome and other empires that claimed to  be God but the Jews never threatened to murder any of them.

They knew their life would be in jeopardy if they had.

 

The word “ blasphemy “ means evil speaking.

What is interesting is that Jesus never spoke evil of God.

He claimed to be God.

So, the Jews were incorrect in accusing Jesus of blasphemy.

Blasphemy is speaking evil…usually speaking evil against God.

Since the Holy Spirit is also God, to speak evil against Him or any part of His existence is also blasphemy.

This is why Jesus said;

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. “   Matthew 12:31-32

 

Many evangelicals have spoken evil against the Holy Spirit by speaking evil against the works and gifts of the Holy Spirit in the life of those who follow Jesus.

Jesus said this kind of blasphemy, evil speaking, will not be forgiven.

but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

My friend, Jesus’ statement is quite clear.

We can try to justify in our minds what we know we have done in speaking evil against followers of Jesus who have the works and gifts of the Holy Spirit in their life by twisting this statement Jesus made into anything other than being directed to those of us who follow Jesus…but it won’t work.

We will still be held accountable.

We need to be careful what we say and think about followers of Jesus who have the works and gifts of the Holy Spirit operating in their life.

If we try to twist this statement Jesus made as being directed to the unsaved we cannot do so.

The world knows nothing about the Holy Spirit let alone His works and gifts which are part of His existence.

Jesus clearly said the world does not know the Holy Spirit;

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. “    John 14:17

Even born again christians had not learned of the Holy Spirit until Paul told them about Him;

“ He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. “  Acts 19:2

 

So, the statement Jesus made about there being no forgiveness for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is only directed to those of us who follow Jesus…since the unsaved know nothing about the Holy Spirit to blaspheme and speak evil against.

There is no getting around this fact.

The Lord obviously takes blasphemy against the Holy Spirit quite serious.

My friend, if there are things about " the faith " we do not understand, we should not speak evil and criticize it but rather ask questions and learn, just as these followers of Jesus did when Paul came to them asking them if they had received the Holy Spirit since they became believers.

 

I will continue with verse 34 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 10:29-30 ( posted 4-20-12 )

My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

I and my Father are one.

 

Let’s continue.

 

My Father, which gave them me,

 

Again, always remember that Jesus is still referring to His sheep who are continually following Him;

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: “  John 10:27

This is His sheep who are continuing in the present to listen to Jesus’ voice and continuing in the present to follow Him, which obviously continue to believe in Jesus and everything He claimed…not just bits and pieces of what He claimed.

 

I recently heard on a christian radio broadcast that a famous atheist interviewed an evangelical who identified herself in the interview as a “ liberal christian.”

She said she did not believe in the atonement of Jesus Christ in the Bible but still identified herself as a “liberal christian.”

The atheist responded by saying - “ Well, if you do not believe that Jesus died for your sins and was resurrected from the dead, then you are not actually a “christian.”

 

My friend, many people and perhaps most people on the planet call themselves christians.

However, contrary to popular view, the Holy Bible’s one and only definition of the term “christian” is one who follows Jesus Christ.

 

Even then, according to the Bible, a person is only a christian if he or she presently and continuously believes everything Jesus claimed about Himself and everything He prophesied.

 

This is why Paul said we will be presented unblameable only if we continue in “the faith“;

“ And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; “   Colossians 1:21-23

The total completion of our salvation hinges on our continuance in “ the faith.”

Read my texts on “ Salvation - is it complete, in progress or is it both ? “

 

Jesus said clearly that our salvation hinges on our continuance in the faith.

“  If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. “   John 8:31-32

 

John said the same thing;

“ Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. “  1 John 2:24-25

 

 

My Father, which gave them me,

Notice Jesus said His Father gave His sheep to Him.

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

Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. “  John 6:65

However, the same Jesus that said His Father gave Him His 12 disciples and anyone else who comes to Jesus also said He was the One who chose His 12 disciples;

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

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

“   If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. “   John 15:19

 

It is interesting that Jesus said we belonged to the Father first;

“   I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. “  John 17:6

Yes my friend, Jesus said we were His Father’s;

thine they were,

When we come to believe in Jesus we are born by the Holy Spirit of God, born into God’s family, becoming adopted children of God but still spiritually children of God through the Holy Spirit of God.

Technically speaking, God the Father turns us over to His Son since God the Father wants us to continue resting our inner faith in His Son Jesus and follow Him, since Jesus said He came to do His Father’s will, not His own will;

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.  John 6:37-40

 

We will see that there is no contradiction in any of this or in anything Jesus said.

Biblically, to remain in “ the faith “ we must continue to believe everything Jesus claimed about Himself.

 

 

My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all;

 

Jesus went further to tell us that His Father is greater than all.

Jesus included Himself in this statement.

Jesus said His Father is greater than He is;

Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. “    John 14:28

 

The writer of Hebrews even said Jesus was lesser than the angels and for what reason;

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. “   Hebrews 2:9

 

Paul said Jesus willfully left His glory as God and became a human being;

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. “   Philippians 2:6-8

 

My friend, think of Jesus doing this for us…incredible!

Jesus, always being God, laid His glorification of deity aside and became one of us.

He willfully allowed Himself to become lower than the angels and come down on our level.

Jesus as God loved His own creation of human beings so much that He chose to become one.

Jesus as God created the angels also, even the ones who fell with satan, but He did not choose to become one of them in order to save them.

He chose to become one of us and redeem us back to Himself… if we choose to believe in Him.

He did not make this provision of redemption for the angels who fell like we did.

Jesus chose to love us more than the angels who fell with satan.

They have no hope.

But human beings do…if we just believe in Jesus.

 

and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

 

In the previous verse in our last study Jesus said no one can pluck us out of His hand;

“… neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.   John 10:28

Now in the verse of our study Jesus said no one can pluck us out of His Father’s hand;

and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

even though Jesus said we were His Father’s and have been given to Jesus by His Father;

thine they were, and thou gavest them me;…  John 17:6

 

Jesus sums this all up in the next verse of our study;

 

I and my Father are one.

 

The day will come when those of us who believe in Jesus Christ will be one, all of one faith, just as Jesus said He and His Father are;

And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.    John 17:11

 

Jesus’ claim to be one in the same as the Father He talks about explains everything Jesus said…things Jesus said that people like to present as contradictions in the Holy Bible, thus attempting to prove the Bible as fallible.

Here is real faith.

We either believe Jesus at His word or we do not.

We cannot tangibly prove any of this to the world.

The world does not even believe the Bible can be trusted or understood.

What has happened in the heart of those of us who do believe in Jesus and His word as being written in the Holy Bible, is by divine revelation of God.

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: “   Ephesians 1:17

I recently talked to a missionary to the Middle East.

She told me she and her husband have seen Arabs come to salvation in Jesus Christ.

She told me they have believed in Jesus by revelation from God.

My friend, since the time Thomas had to see Jesus in order to believe, and other disciples of Jesus who saw Him after His resurrection and since Paul received the gospel of Jesus by revelation from Jesus in person;

But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. “   Galatians 1:11-12

none of us today have seen Jesus nor have we been a firsthand witness of anything in the Holy Bible…but yet we believe.

 

We either believe the Bible or we do not.

We can believe anyone or anything we want.

Nothing is forced on us.

 

This is why John said at the end of his book;

And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. “   John 20:30-31

 

 

I will continue with verse 31 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 10:28 continued ( posted 4-13-12 )

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

 

Let’s continue.

 

 

Just as the term “ rapture ‘ is not in the Bible, even though it is a term used to describe the event in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18;

“ For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Wherefore comfort one another with these words. “  1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

 

the term “ eternal security “ is not in the Bible either, even though it is a term used to describe the evangelical church concept that when a person comes to believe in Jesus at any age, that person is locked in and eternally secured for eternity in Heaven based on the verse of our study;

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  John 10:28

 

and what Paul said;

“ Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? “  Romans 8:35

“ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. “   Romans 8:38-39

 

without any effort such as keeping and maintaining faith in Jesus to the end of physical life, or applying any effort in living in obedience in pleasing the Lord, even though James said faith without works is dead.

 

So, since Jesus said that no human being can pluck His followers out of His hand and that no human being can pluck His followers out of His Father’s hand;

“  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. “   John 10:29

 

and since Paul said;

“ Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? “  Romans 8:35

“ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. “   Romans 8:38-39

 

what happened and will happen to those Jesus talked about?

They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. “    Luke 8:13

What happened and will happen to those Paul talked about?

“ 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

 

My friend, it is quite clear what Jesus said;

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. “  John 8:24

 

What is referred to in Jesus’ statement here about Himself when He said;

I am he,

is everything He said about Himself.

 

While there are many things Jesus claimed about Himself as being part of what Paul calls “ the faith “;

 

“ One Lord, one faith, one baptism,  “   Ephesians 4:5

“ Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith;…“  2 Corinthians 13:5

 

and what Jude also calls “ the faith “;

“ Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. “   Jude 3

 

one thing being the most important proclamation Jesus made about Himself;

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

is the part of what Jesus said about Himself;

for if ye believe not that I am he…”

that many of His followers today will no longer believe.

 

In conversing with an evangelical friend I noticed by the way he was talking, he did not believe Jesus literally is the only way to Heaven.

So, I asked him some very direct questions about his faith.

I asked him if he believes Jesus is a way, one of many ways to Heaven or the only way to Heaven.

His response was - “ one of many ways to Heaven. “

Then I asked him if he thought Jesus mislead us when He claimed to be the only way to Heaven.

His response was - “ Possibly.”

Well, it is for certainly evident no man plucked him out of Jesus’ hand... he willingly jumped out on his own!!

My friend is not the only one.

I know other evangelicals who believe like my friend does.

 

There are evangelical preachers who will invite people to come to Jesus at the end of their sermon but will never publicly tell us if Jesus is the only way we can get to Heaven.

I would stay clean away from a preacher who will not tell me if Jesus is literally the only way to Heaven or not.

Jesus publicly made this claim, what is our problem that those of us who follow Him will not as well?

Are we ashamed of Jesus to say this about Him or is it that we no longer believe it??

 

If we once believed that Jesus is the only way to Heaven and then reach a point in our life we no longer believe that, believing that God has alternative plans to get people to Heaven other than Jesus, then we are no longer of the faith.

We are apostates.

We have departed from " the faith just as Jesus and  Paul prophesied would happen.

This is why Paul told Timothy just before he died;

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

Paul also said to Timothy;

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. “      1 Timothy 6:12

 

As I have said in other texts in my website, our slavation is both complete and in the progcess of being made complete.

This is why there are other verses about our salvation in the Holy Bible that most evangelicals reject and ignore that teach that it is up to us whether we remain in “ the faith “ or not.

 

Another condition of “ apostasy “ is choosing to believe only some verses in the Holy Bible while willfully rejecting and ignoring the other verses we do not like or have trouble with.

 

I will continue with verse 29 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown