“ 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. “
“ 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.
“ For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. “
Remember, Paul is telling us that even though he does commit sin that he does not want to commit, because of the motive in his heart being pure and not lustful, God does not hold Paul accountable for his sin.
Somehow, the responsibility and cause of Paul committing the sin he does not want to commit is placed on sin itself...not Paul.
However, we must remember that this obviously only applies when the heart is pure and unwilling to commit sin...not when we lust and love to commit sin and live in sin willfully.
“ For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: “
Paul makes a detailed statement to what part of him he is referring to;
“ (that is, in my flesh,) “
“ And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. “ Genesis 6:5-7
“ And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. “ Genesis 8:21-22
For those of us who are saved by grace through our faith in Jesus Christ, it is our spirit that is cleansed, not our flesh.
“ for to will is present with me; “
This statement confirms that Paul's heart and motive was pure. He does not want to offend God by committing sin nor does he look for things to get turned on by and fulfill his fleshly lusts for sin.
“ but how to perform that which is good I find not. “
The Greek word “ kalon “ translated “ good “ Paul used to express how good of works he wanted to emphasize means not just good but virtuous, valuable.
Paul knew that he had to rely on the righteousness of Jesus Christ his Savior to get him into Heaven.
He knew he could not live up to God's standards nor could he earn his entrance into Heaven by his own works.
When Jesus said;
“ For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceedthe righteousnessof the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.“ Matthew 5:20
He was referring to His own righteousness that we obtain when we put our faith in Jesus.
“ But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. “ 2 Corinthians 3:7-11
Even though Paul said he could not find a way to do valuable goodness and goodness that is virtuous unto God, he did teach us to abstain from the presence and all manner of evil and do not live according to the flesh.
“ Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. “ 2 Timothy 2:22
John said if our heart and motive is pure we can have confidence that what we ask of God we will receive from Him;
“ And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
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 3:19-22
Always remember, no matter how good we try to live and yes, this is a good thing to strive for, in the end the only thing that will get us into Heaven is the righteousness of Jesus Christ in which He wonderfully lived while He was here on earth in human flesh...in which we inherit when we put our faith in Jesus.
I will continue with verse 19 in the next study.
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.