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 13:6-8 ( posted 7-25-14 )

Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

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

 

 

Let's continue.

 

Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

 

Peter knew Jesus was his Lord and Master. He was obviously surprised that Jesus would do such a humble act of humility.

Jesus knew that Peter at that moment did not understand this display of humility Jesus was showing His disciples.

As with most church people the strive is to see who is boss and in control of others.

This attitude is one of many reasons Jesus said many who are now the boss will have to step down and be the least in Heaven;

And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first,the sameshall be last of all, and servant of all. “   Mark 9:35

 

But manythat arefirst shall be last; and the last first. “   Mark 10:31

 

 

 

 

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

 

The Greek word “ meros “ translated “ part “ means share, portion, part, piece, respect.

The washing of the disciple's feet had nothing to do with salvation.

This had to do with relationship and the benefits of their relationship with Jesus.

Through this act of humility Jesus provided the possibility of rewards if we have this kind of attitude in our heart. Even though most of us may never actually wash someone's feet, it is the attitude in our heart that is important.

Peter said;

The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

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.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: “     1 Peter 1-6

 

To not be humble and submit to one another, will result in our loss of rewards.

Paul said;

If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. “   1 Corinthians 3:15

It is quite clear that Paul said it will be our loss of rewards in Heaven, not loss of our salvation and being able to stay in Heaven.

 

Jesus described an arrogant person as opposed to a humble person;

Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other menare,extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much ashiseyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

I tell you, this man went down to his house justifiedratherthan the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. “   Luke 18:10-14

 

We will find later in this chapter that humility is the reason Jesus washed His disciple's feet.

 

I will continue with verse 9 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 13:4-5 ( posted 7-15-14 )

He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. “

 

If you remember in our last study, the writer John said Jesus knew who He was and knew that He is God and came from God;

Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; “

 

At this moment Jesus demonstrates submission as the only form of leadership that God will accept.

 

 

and took a towel, and girded himself. “

 

This attire was known to be the most depraved attire in society, which meant the person was a slave in the lowest level.

 

Clearly, Paul was right when He said Jesus, even though He was God, humbled Himself;

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

 

My friend, if we want God to bless us we must humble ourselves as king Rehoboam did;

Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king's house.

And when the king entered into the house of the LORD, the guard came and fetched them, and brought them again into the guard chamber.

And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned from him, that he would not destroy him altogether: and also in Judah things went well. 2 Chronicles 12:10-12

 

And yes, even in the New Testament under our time of grace James clearly said God will not bless the proud;

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. “   James 4:6

 

It is incredible that God would wear this kind of clothing... a towel.

 

 

 

After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

 

There are religions that get the idea of water from this event as being a form of cleansing human beings from sin.

What is interesting is that these same religions admit humans are sinful and need to be cleansed.

The difference in their ritual and what Jesus did is that they splatter water on the person but do not wipe the water off.

Jesus used the towel He was wearing to dry the disciples' feet after He washed their feet with the water.

 

However, Jesus was not presenting the idea that water can cleanse human beings from sin. This event was only to show God's humbleness, humility, submission, love and forgiveness.

John, the writer of the book of John in which we are studying said in his later epistle quite clearly that it is Jesus' blood and only His blood that can cleanse human beings from sin;

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

 

It is said that some people believe that Jesus might have began washing the feet of Judas, the one who betrayed Him as a way to demonstrate Jesus' love and forgiveness toward him.

Concern among Jesus' disciples was not about humility and forgiving one another but rather about who was going to be greatest...as is unfortunately the case especially in today's modern evangelical society;

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

 

I will continue with verse 6 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 13:3 ( posted 6-17-14 )

Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; “

 

 

Let's continue.

 

Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands,”

 

Jesus said;

All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, andheto whomsoever the Son will revealhim.

Come unto me, allyethat labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yokeiseasy, and my burden is light. “  Matthew 11:27-30

 

In Jesus' humanity God gave Him everything.

As God, He already had everything.

 

 

and that he was come from God, and went to God; “

 

 

I can never reiterate enough who Jesus is.

 

Jesus said about Himself;

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. “  John 3:16

 

The Greek word “ monogene “ translated only begotten means only child, sole, only born.

Contrary to popular opinion, human beings are not God's children.

Jesus is God's only child.

However, Jesus is not a created being...as we are.

The writer of Hebrews in referring to Jesus quoted Jesus having said;

Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: “  Hebrews 10:5

 

Notice Jesus said this when He came into the world, which means He already existed before He was born here on earth;

Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith,”

 

The Greek word “ katertiso “ translated “ hast thou prepared “ means to complete thoroughly, to fit, frame, mend.

In other words, it was just the physical body that God designed for Jesus.

As Jesus came down from Heaven He entered the womb of Mary and miraculously became one with the physical body. Jesus did not merely enter the body, as some think, but literally became that body.

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that John said the Word, who is Jesus, literally became 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

John quoted John the Baptist confirming that Jesus existed before He was born here on earth;

John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. “ John 1:15

 

Paul confirmed that Jesus existed before He was born here on earth;

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

 

Even though Jesus as God became a human being, He committed no sin...even though the writer of Hebrews said He was tempted as we are, He overcame.

 

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

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. “   Hebrews 4:15-16

 

Listen up!

This is the problem in society concerning faith in Jesus.

Most people do not believe in Jesus at all nor do they believe anything He said but there are still millions upon millions of people have no problem believing Jesus is the Son of God, and that He was not a created being and that He existed as God before He was born here on earth.

This is not the problem.

The problem is believing that Jesus alone in Himself is enough to get us to Heaven.

Jesus said clearly that we are to believe in Him and Him alone for salvation;

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.“   John 3:16

Notice Jesus said clearly merely believing in God is not what saves us but rather believing in Him is what saves us;

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

Jesus clearly told His disciple not to just believe in God but to also believe in Him;

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

 

Most the population of earth does not believe in Jesus but they do believe in God or that there is some kind of god, supreme being that exists. Even people who claim there is no God use God's name in vain when they curse and swear and blame God for trouble in their life...the very God they claim does not exist.

 

James said;

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. “ James 2:19

 

However, like I said, there are many people who believe in Jesus and who He claims to be.

But here is the problem with most who believe in Jesus.

Jesus said quite clearly that He and He alone is the only way to get to Heaven;

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

If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thouthen,Shew us the Father?

Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Believe me that Iamin the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.“   John 14:6-11

 

Even though Jesus said this, most people cannot believe that Jesus and He alone can save us but rather it takes someone or something else in addition to Jesus for us to be saved.

For them Jesus is only part of salvation.

 

If we do not believe that Jesus and He alone is enough for our salvation then we cannot be saved.

Jesus made it quite clear that He and He alone can only save us and get us to Heaven, not Jesus plus anyone or anything else;

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

 

I will continue with verse 4 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 13:2 ( posted 6-3-14 )

 

 

 " And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;

 

 

Let's continue.

 

And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;

 

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that Jesus chose all 12 disciples including Judas, even though He knew Judas would betray Him;

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

 

According to the Gospel writers Judas ate with Jesus and the other disciples during the passover, even took communion with Jesus and the other disciples and even had his feet washed by Jesus.

Peter, one of the chosen 12 disciples said that Judas was an ordained apostle, meaning he was like him, Paul and the others.

Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Acts 1:16-17

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

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

 

Unlike Peter who denied Jesus 3 times but did not apostatize, and Thomas who doubted the words of the other disciples that Jesus had risen but did not apostatize, Judas chose to apostatize. According to Peter Judas obviously was once of “ the faith “ but left the faith;

from which Judas by transgression fell, “

 

It is interesting that 2 of the Gospel writers do not mention satan's involvement with Judas.

Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said. Matthew 26:25

 

And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. Mark 14:10

 

And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?

And he answered and said unto them, It isone of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish.

The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born. Mark 14:19-21

 

 

Luke said satan entered Judas even though Luke, like Peter, included Judas as being one of the chosen 12 disciples;

Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. “  Luke 22:3

 

Even though John, the writer of the verse we are presently studying only said satan put it in the heart of Judas to betray Jesus, said later in this chapter that satan entered Judas;

And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. John 13:27

 

The Greek word “ eisegthen “ translated “ entered “ in Luke 22:3 and John 13:27 means to enter, to go in and is understood in the Greek language to be either literal or figurative.

The Greek word “ eis “ translated “ into “ in Luke 22:3 and John 13:27 is a primary preposition meaning to or into indicating the goal as either being a place, time or purpose.

 

If Judas at this moment had apostatized, meaning he no longer put his faith in Jesus as Savior and turned his inner faith to someone or something else as Solomon who turned his inner faith from the living God to the gods of his wives and concubines, then satan could have access into Judas.

As long as a follower of Jesus keeps his or her faith in Jesus, satan nor any of his demons has access.

Judas did not seem to me to totally apostatize even though he betrayed Jesus, since he still had enough conscience left in him that he was guilt ridden enough to commit suicide after he verbally professed he had betrayed innocent blood.

Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. “   Matthew 27:3-5

 

Notice that Matthew said that Judas repented of what he had done;

repented himself,

 

Unlike Solomon who never repented before he died, Judas did.

 

Unlike when Jesus said the rich man opened his eyes being in hell after he physically died, Peter just says that Judas went to his place;

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

 

The Greek word “ topon “ translated “ place “ means condition, location or spot.

Notice Peter said;

his own place.

 

The Greek word “ idion “ translated “ own “ means private or separate, pertaining to self, one's own. In other words, Judas' own private place.

According to Jesus' description of eternal hell, hell is not private.

 

All I can say is we might be surprised when we get to Heaven.

 

I will continue with verse 3 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 13:1 ( posted 5-20-14 )

Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

Now before the feast of the passover,...”

 

This is what Matthew said about this passover;

Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?

And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.

And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.

Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. “  Matthew 26:17-20

 

Some scholars call this Nisan the 14 – Tuesday evening to Wednesday evening.

 

 

 

...when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father,... “

 

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that Jesus said before this moment His time had not yet come;

Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. John 7:6

 

Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. John 7:8

 

Now, according to the verse of our study and what Matthew wrote about this same passover, Jesus' time has come;

Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.“  Matthew 26:18

 

Jesus described the arrival of His hour in a different way as well;

When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.“   Luke 22:53

 

Jesus also said this about the arrival of His hour;

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:“    John 17:1

 

We must remember the fulness of God.

Jesus is God who became flesh and blood, a human being but is still God.

In the flesh that God became, Jesus could still ascend to His Father without already being there...at least as far as His flesh, that is.

 

 

 

...having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

 

While the whole Bible shows the love of God, the book of John seems to go into more detail about His love for us.

Even before Jesus shows His love by going through with the ultimate sacrifice of Himself on the cross, we will learn as we go through this chapter something else Jesus did to show His love to those who believe in Him.

 

When I think of all God did for me, it humbles me.

 

I will continue with verse 2 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

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