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 12:28-30 ( posted 11-20-13 )

Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.

Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.

 

Let's continue.

 

Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. “

 

Keep in mind, according to the Holy Bible God became flesh, a man, and dwelt among us.

John, the writer of the book of John in which we are studying said;

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 having said this about Jesus;

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

Notice that John the Baptist said this about Jesus;

for he was before me. “

John the Baptist knew that Jesus was the eternal God who became flesh and blood as a human being.

According to the Holy Bible, God is manifested in 3 persons, not 3 Gods.

God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son, Jesus all consist of only one God.

Jesus clearly said;

I andmyFather are one.“   John 10:30

As for John the Baptist's statement about Jesus being before him, Jesus confirmed this by saying;

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he sawit,and was glad.

Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:56-58

 

In actuality, since God as being only one God in 3 persons, just as Paul said a man and wife is one flesh but yet still 2 persons, God became His own Son in human flesh.

God as man – that is, as Jesus, set the example for other human beings to glorify God.

God the Father, even though being one in the same with Jesus the Son of God, responded to Jesus' praise to Him in the verse of our study by saying;

Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. “

 

There was another occasion when God the Father's voice came from a cloud and directed Jesus' disciples to focus their attention and faith toward Jesus...not anyone else;

Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. “ Matthew 17:4-5

 

 

The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. “

 

It is interesting that John mentioned the voices of 7 thunders in his book of Revelation;

And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. “   Revelation 10:3-4

 

 

 

Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.

 

Just like the voice from the cloud was for the good of Jesus' disciples so that they would direct their faith and attention toward Jesus, so this voice from Heaven likewise was for the good of those who heard it, so they would know the importance of Jesus and to put their faith and attention toward Him.

 

I will continue with verse 31 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 12:27 ( posted 11-12-13 )

Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour

 

 

Let's continue.

 

Now is my soul troubled;

 

The writer John said Jesus was troubled in His soul just before He raised Lazarus from the dead;

When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, John 11:33

 

Later when Jesus tells His disciples that one of them will betray Him, He was troubled in His spirit;

When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.“  John 13:21

 

While Jesus was in the garden just before He was crucified He said His soul was exceeding sorrowful;

Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.“  Matthew 26:38

 

In referring to His death Jesus said He was perplexed, afflicted, preoccupied until it be accomplished;

But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! Luke 12:50

 

 

and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour

 

This amazes me.

What God chose to put Himself through!

Incredible.

It humbles me when I think about this in detail.

Jesus could have avoided the cross and would have been justified in doing so...since He is God and perfectly holy.

Jesus told His disciples just before His crucifixion;

Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? “   Matthew 26:53-54

I would not have blamed Jesus had He done this.

But I'm glad He didn't.

I would have ended up in eternal hell had He done this.

Without His death I would have never made it to Heaven.

Jesus knew this.

Jesus knew that nobody would have made it to Heaven without Him dying.

When we pray we should thank God our Heavenly Father for sending His only begotten son Jesus to the cross.

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

 

We should also thank God the Holy Spirit for helping Jesus get through all His misery, pain and suffering.

And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. “  John 1:32-34

 

And we should thank Jesus Himself for not backing out of the cross but rather choosing to go through with it, for us.

Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thouwilt.

And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeediswilling, but the fleshisweak.

He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.

And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Matthew 26:38-44

 

I love Jesus for this.

I owe Him my heart.

Jesus is worthy of our praise.

I can't wait to meet Him in person.

 

I will continue with verse 28 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 12:26 ( posted 11-1-13 )

“  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him willmyFather honour.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

 

  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him willmyFather honour. 

 

While it is Biblically true Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us...we can leave Him, just as Demas, who was a minister with Paul did;

For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. “   2 Timothy 4:10

So, if we want to remain with Jesus we must remain with Him.

If we want to be with Jesus we must be with Jesus.

 

Jesus clearly said;

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

Notice Jesus said;

if

 

John, the writer of the book of John in which we are studying clearly said;

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.    1 John 2:24

Notice just as Jesus said;

if

John also said;

If “

Our salvation, perfection, justification, forgiveness, cleansing in the blood of Jesus, sanctification, and eternal life depends on our counting the cost and staying with our walk with Jesus...willingly.

Jesus clearly said;

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he havesufficientto finishit?      Luke  14:28

 

 

John also said as far as continuing in Jesus;

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

 

 

Having trouble getting answers to prayer? Remember what John said;

  Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. “   1 John 3:21-22

 

Our eternal life is provided in Jesus Christ but the final outcome depends on us.

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

 

So much for the modern day evangelical fantasy myth of  “ once saved, always saved ( eternal security ) and predestination “...at least the way it is taught in today's modern liberal sin condoning world of evangelicalism.

Jesus Himself said clearly;

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 24:12-13

Yes my friend, Jesus said it is the one who endures to the end, is the one who will be saved.

Again, 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

 

According to Jesus, Paul and Peter, many who once believed in Jesus unto salvation will depart from “ the faith. “

As per what Jesus said in the verse of our study, if we stay with Jesus, God the Father will honor us.

They key is, stay with Jesus and walk in the light as He is in the light.

 

I will continue with verse 27 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 12:25 ( posted 10-24-13 )

  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

 

The Greek word “ phulasei “ translated  shall keepmeans to be on guard, preserve, obey, beware. avoid.

Even though Paul said;

“  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:   Philippians 1:6

 

Jesus said that our end is partly our own effort;

and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

 

This does not mean that we can earn Heaven nor can we earn salvation.

However, if we think we can be in love with our self, there is no room for Jesus.

 

Jesus also warned that because of sin increasing before He returns, many of us who believe in Him will wax cold in our heart but the one who endures to the end of life will be the one who will be saved.

This requires a willful act and choice of obedience, abstaining from sin and the love to commit sin, giving in to hatred, bitterness, vengeance, etc...

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 24:12-13

 

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: “   1 Thessalonians 4:3

 

Abstain from all appearance of evil. “   1 Thessalonians 5:22

 

Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. “   1 Timothy 4:3

 

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; “    1 Peter 2:11

 

Even though we are perfect in Christ there is obviously still the need for repentance and obedience...even for a born again christian who believes in Jesus.

As with Demas who left Paul, there is always the temptation to fall in love with our self.

If we do this, then there is not room for Jesus in our heart.

The choice is ours.

Today, I was reminded as I looked at the beauty of God's creation in the Rocky Mountains.

How terrible it would be to be confined in eternal hell and not to be able to see beautiful things like that ever again.

Is our treasure in Heaven or is it with our self and the world?

Jesus clearly said for where our treasure is there our heart will be also;

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.“  Matthew 6:19-21

 

Clearly we cannot be of “ the faith “ and be in love with sin.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? “   2 Corinthians 13:15

 

I will continue with verse 26 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 12:20-24 ( posted 10-8-13 )

And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:

The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

 

Let's continue.

 

And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: “

 

It is believed that these were Gentile converts to the Jewish religion.

 

“  Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)

That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.

Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake;

(For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house;

Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name. 1 Kings 8:39-43

 

Gentiles were only allowed in the outer court area and could not eat of the passover unless they were converted.

But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. Revelation 11:2

And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.  Exodus 12:48

 

 

 

The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. 

 

Philip was one of the 12 disciples.

 

Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;

Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;

Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.   Matthew 10:2-4

 

 

 

Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

 

Andrew was also one of the 12 disciples, brother of Peter. Andrew was also at one time a disciple of John the Baptist.

 

One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.

He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.   John 1:40-41

 

 

 

And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

 

Jesus' glorification is in regard to His death and resurrection and what is produced from Him going through with this.

The Greek word “ kokkos “ translated corn means a kernel of seed, corn, grain.

Jesus is comparing His death and resurrection to the miraculous process of a seed.

Jesus said without a seed being planted in soil and die, it remains alone.

But if it dies, it will produce fruit and multiply.

This is a fact of nature concerning seeds and the planting process that human beings cannot explain but nevertheless it works.

Only God, who created the process knows how it works.

Jesus is telling us that as a result of His death and resurrection, fruit and eternal life will be produced in those of us who choose to believe in Him.

Notice carefully how Jesus worded it about a seed not dying;

Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone:

 

This is interesting.

Jesus knew if He did not go through with His death and resurrection, He would not have any of us in Heaven with Him.

Jesus created us for His pleasure and wants to get as many of us as He can into Heaven to be with Him;

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. “    Revelation 4:11

 

 

I will continue with verse 25 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

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