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 13:18 ( posted 9-24-14 )

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

 

Please keep praying for my wife, Bibi.

She has cancer.

 

Let's continue.

 

I speak not of you all:

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

  I know whom I have chosen:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.

 

 

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

 

Jesus referred to David's prophecy about Judas;

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Peter said that Judas had an appointed position;

For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. “   Acts 1:20

 

Judas was even an apostle;

That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. “  Acts 1:25

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

hath lifted up his heel against me.

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

Paul said;

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

 

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

belief of the truth: “

not by being “ chosen “ by God.

 

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

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

Repentance is the first step to salvation.

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

Jesus clearly said to repent and believe the gospel.

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

 

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

If we repent that means we believe.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

I will continue with verse 19.

 

Wayne Brown

John 13:16-17 ( posted 9-9-14 )

  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

 

  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

 

Jesus also said;

The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. Luke 6:40

John said in accordance to this;

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. “   1 John 3:7

 

Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. “   John 15:20

 

God told Ezekiel that the Jews would not listen to him because they did not listen to God either;

But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.

As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. “  Ezekiel 3:7-9

 

 

If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

 

It is one thing to know the Bible and another thing to live it.

 

James said;

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. “   James 1:22-25

 

If you remember in my earlier study in the book of Romans we learned that Paul said if justification actually did come from the Law, ( just like those who follow the Gospel of Christ ), justification would only be for those who were doers of the Law, not the hearers;

(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. “    Romans 2:13

Even Josiah acknowledged the importance of those who were actual doers of the work in the house of the Lord;

And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD: and let them give it to the doers of the work which is in the house of the LORD, to repair the breaches of the house, “   2 Kings 22:5

 

It is eternally important to pay attention to what Jesus said about actual doers of the will of the Lord on the day of judgment;

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:21-23

 

John said;

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. “   1 John 3:7

 

 

Notice in the verse of our study Jesus said we will be happy if we are doers of what Jesus said to do;

...happy are ye if ye do them.

 

 

James said we will be blessed if we continue being doers and not just hearers of the Word;

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.    James 1:25

 

What is important above all is what Jesus said about our personal relationship with Him on a one on one level as a born again christian.

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. “   John 15:14

And yes, Jesus clearly said;

if

 

Not every born again christian has the same relationship with Jesus.

Only those who are doers are His friend.

A Bible teacher once said about born again christians who are not doers, in regard to their relationship with Jesus - “ I'd hate to spend eternity with someone I did not love.”

 

I will continue with verse 18 in the next study.

Wayne Brown

John 13:14-15 ( posted 8-26-14 )

If I then,yourLord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.

For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

 

Let's continue.

 

If I then,yourLord and Master, have washed your feet;...

 

In literal reality, God – that is, God in human flesh as Jesus Christ, practiced humility even though He is Lord, Master, King and Savior.

 

For whetherisgreater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth?isnot he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.“  Luke 22:27

 

 

Even in Heaven when we are with Him, Jesus will still practice humility;

Blessedarethose servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. “   Luke 12:37

This amazes me.

Jesus will have those of us who make it to Heaven sit at a table to dine with Him.

It will be Jesus Himself who will serve the food to us...not us serving the food to Him.

Incredible!

This is the nature of God.

This is what should be in us.

 

Peter said this about humility;

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. “  1 Peter 5:5

 

 

 

...ye also ought to wash one another's feet.

For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

 

It is not certain if the washing of feet was an ongoing practice in the early church.

However, Paul did mention women who have washed the feet of other born again christians;

Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man,

Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work. “   1 Timothy 5:9-10

 

Since Jesus did not teach rituals that become legalism as it is with other religions, the point of what He did in washing His disciple's feet was showing humility.

If God shows humility, we should likewise show humility to one another.

Paul said;

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;    Romans 12:10

 

 

I will continue with verse 16 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 13:12-13 ( posted 8-17-14 )

So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; forsoI am.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

 

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that Jesus said to His disciples that if He did not wash their feet they could have no part with Him;

Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. “  John 13:8

 

While the disciples knew what Jesus was doing was making them a part of Him they still were not fully grasping the idea of what Jesus was really doing.

Even with Jesus soon to die on the cross, unfortunately their main focus was on who among them would be the boss;

And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. “ Luke 22:24

 

They were totally missing the point of what Jesus was doing in washing their feet.

 

 

 

Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well;...

 

It is said that the title Master and Lord was only given to the highest esteemed religious teachers of the time.

 

However, Jesus' disciples knew He was much more than just a religious teacher.

 

The Greek words “ ho didaskalos kai ho kurios “ translated “ Master and Lord: “ with the definite article “ ho “ included in the Greek literally means “ the Master and the Lord “.

It is quite specific.

Jesus' disciples looked at Him as The Master and The Lord.

 

 

for so I am.

 

Jesus is incredible.

Jesus loved to tell His disciples I am .

 

If you remember in my earlier study we learned when Jesus walked on Lake Galilee and approached His disciple who were in the boat said to them I am .

 

John, the writer of the book of John in which we are studying in the Greek quoted Jesus having said to His disciples at this moment said I am .

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

 

The Greek words “ ego eimi “ translated “ It is I; “ reads “ I am “.

 

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that Jesus also said I am when He told the Jews that He existed before Abraham and that Abraham knew Him;

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:58

 

Jesus said this while He was on earth because He knew the Jews would know He was referring to Himself as God in the Old Testament when He 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

 

Jesus is incredible.

 

Jesus is God in the flesh.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. “ John 1:14

 

Jesus is literally God's only flesh and blood human being Son.

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

The human race is not God's children.

When we come to believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior we are reborn only in our spirit and become an adopted spiritual child of God. We are not a child of God in our flesh and blood.

Jesus is the only literal flesh and blood child of God.

... his only begotten Son,

 

Jesus, even though He is God's only flesh and blood human Son, is still the same as His Father.

I andmyFather are one. “  John 10:30

 

Most people do know that there will be a resurrection someday in the future, whatever their concept and personal view of it is.

 

Jesus is the resurrection.

Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? John 11:23-26

 

Jesus is literally the only way to Heaven...not one of many ways, as some think today.

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

 

There are so many things Jesus is that I could not list them all.

 

I will continue with verse 14 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 13:9-11 ( posted 8-4-14 )

Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

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

For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

 

Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. “

 

Peter, at this point in his life was totally committed to Jesus. He wanted to be identified with Jesus in every way.

The disciples loved Jesus and would have died for Him.

Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him. “   John 11:16

 

 

 

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

 

It is interesting that a woman washed Jesus' feet with her tears and dried His feet with her hair.

And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wipedthemwith the hairs of her head.

Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.

My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven,the sameloveth little.

And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. “   Luke 7:44-48

 

It is said that the Jews bathed twice before the passover.

At the passover, obviously the only part of the body that got dirty was the feet.

 

The portion of Jesus' response to Peter;

He that is washed needeth not save to washhisfeet, but is clean every whit:

might merely have referred to the physical body since the tradition was to bathe twice before the passover.

However, it is quite obvious Jesus referred to the soul when He continued to say in the verse of our study;

and ye are clean, but not all.

Jesus was referring to Judas who was soon to betray Him, when He said;

but not all.

 

 

For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

 

Even after Jesus had washed Judas' feet, he was not entirely clean...his soul was not clean.

Always remember, we are cleansed by the Word – that is, everything in the Bible since it is the Word of God to all humanity.

Jesus said;

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. “   John 15:3

 

We are also cleansed by the blood of Jesus;

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. “   1 John 1:7

 

I will continue with verse 12 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

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