John 13-17 Expounded
John 13:31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
Christ says that, as the Father is in glory; so the Father shall raise up Christ from the dead, to be in glory like [and with] the Father.
13:32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.
The actions of the Son are for the purpose of glorifying the Father; and it is the Father’s good pleasure to glorify the Son.
13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
They would follow him in martyrdom in their later years; and at the resurrection of first fruits, they will also be raised up as Christ was raised up. Yet they could not follow him in resurrection to spirit, until we also might join them.
Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar [in heaven where the unconscious spirits of the faithful go to be stored against the
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resurrection] the [spirits] souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they [figuratively] cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
This is a new commandment in that the spirit and intent of the commandments of God are the definition of love, for God is love. Jesus came and revealed the spirit and intent of the Father and the law.
One CAN keep the letter without keeping the spirit of the commandments!
One CANNOT keep the spirit of the commandments of God; without also keeping the letter of the law!
The letter of the law is the foundation of the spirit of the law; for there can be no SPIRIT of a law if that law does not exist!
The teachings of Christ are to reveal the spirit and intent of the letter of the law! The teachings of Christ are not intended to destroy the law, but to reveal the purpose and intent, the spirit of the law! Thereby making the letter of the law even more binding!
Matthew 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to
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lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love
1 John 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
When we have enough faith in God to DO what he commands; and we are steadfast in that faith to KEEP all that our God teaches us in his word; then we become UNITED with the Father and Christ and overcome through them!
Those who compromise are NOT overcomers, nor are they in UNITY with the Father and Christ.
1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
God’s people will be known by their zealous keeping of all of God’s commandments [which IS love] instead of the traditions of men. The whole Word of God; is the love of God defined!
To be born of God we must overcome the world through the keeping of God’s commandments and by internalizing the love [law, nature] of God in us; through sincere repentance, reconciliation to the Father by Christ’s sacrifice, baptism and a passionate keeping of all of God’s commandments through the indwelling nature and power of God.
John 13:36 Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow
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me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards. 13:37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. 13:38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.
Christ tells Peter that he [and the others] will follow him in martyrdom at another time. Then Jesus points out the weakness of the flesh; prophesying that Peter would deny him [before the Holy Spirit was given to him].
This was a lesson to Peter, but it should be a powerful lesson to us: ONLY by trusting and following Christ to keep the whole word of God as HE kept it, can we overcome.
John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Jesus says that he is going on ahead to prepare offices in the Kingdom for his disciples, promising to return at the resurrection of first fruits, so that we may be with him and work with him to bring in the larger harvest.
He reminds them that he must first go to the Father [The Wave Offering] and that they/we know the way to the Father, which is through the Door of Christ.
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
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1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Remember that Christ GAVE UP HIS GLORY to become flesh; and that while Christ was in the flesh the ONLY God existing as God was the Father!
For this reason Christ prayed that his original glory should be reinstated by the Father. Jesus had given up his God-ship to be made flesh; and be tempted of the devil in all things: As a demonstration that a man could overcome and keep the commandments perfectly through the indwelling spirit of God.
Yes Jesus Christ could have very easily failed in his mission, IF he had allowed himself to be distracted or to lose sight of the Father and compromise with his Father’s law just once.
There is only ONE Mediator between men and the Father: Our High Priest: Jesus Christ!
Understand the abomination of the final false prophet who will teach that ALL religions are just different paths to the same God, and exalt himself as mankind’s ultimate moral authority!
The job of the two prophets is to boldly declare that there is ONLY ONE Mediator between men and the Father; and only ONE DOOR TO SALVATION: Our High Priest Jesus Christ!
To boldly declare a message of warning and repentance; a zealous faithful keeping of ALL the Father’s commandments through the power of Christ The Mighty Over-Comer, dwelling within us!
John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
John 14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 14:6
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Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Here we have Jesus himself defining that the ONLY way to the Father and eternal life is through Jesus Christ, our High Priest; who is the ONLY Mediator between man and the Father!
14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
14:9 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 thou then, Shew us the Father? 14:10 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.
Jesus Christ did not dare teach anything of his own while in the flesh; he was in TOTAL UNITY with his Father; in mind and spirit: as we are supposed to become through internalizing Jesus Christ as the Unleavened Bread of Life.
We are to teach the truth of the Father and not to teach our own ways, assumptions and traditions.
How is it that many religious leaders dare to teach compromise with the Father’s word and tolerance for the sin that God despises, because it destroys his children?
14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
Believe it! The Father and the Son are TOTALLY UNITED AS ONE! The Word of God is also one whole!
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Our calling is NOT to be united with men, or the teachings of men: Our calling is to become united with the Father, as Christ is united with the Father!
That is the foundation of real unity; standing on that foundation we will also become united with like-minded persons, who are also united with God!
NEVER tolerate sin for the sake of unity with sinful men!
Always seek TOTAL UNITY with the Father through the indwelling of the Son!
John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. [Which is the WHOLE WORD of GOD and anything that is asked of us by God!]
The Holy Spirit will be given to those who KEEP God’s commandments; who Keep God’s Word!
What we need will be provided by God, if we seek to enter his kingdom by keeping and internalizing his word! If it is not given in this life, it will be given through eternal life. God will not give eternal life to those who resist keeping God’s Word or those who compromise with and tolerate sin.
1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
God’s spirit is the spirit of truth [God’s word is Truth]; and if we reject truth for our own ways, the spirit of God will leave us!
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John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 14:17 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. 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
God’s spirit is working with the disciples, but was not yet dwelling in them. It will be given to them after Christ has been accepted by the Father as the Wave Offering for us to become the High Priest of teh New Covenant.
14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
When he is ascended into heaven we would no longer see Christ; yet we shall see him through his words, and because he lives and will dwell in us if we keep his Word; we have life eternal if we endure to the end and overcome as he overcame.
14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
We shall know when Christ is in someone, because they will be doing what Christ did! We WILL be keeping the whole Word of God with intense exuberant passion!
Christ will be keeping his Father’s commandments in us, as he has always done; and therefore Christ will be manifested in us by our uncompromising Christ-like commandment keeping.
14:22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
Those who do not keep the words of Christ are NOT of Christ: No matter how many fine arguments they make or how many tears they shed to try to entrap us into acting on emotion
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contrary to the Commandments and Teachings of Jesus Christ!
14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Brethren, have we as leaders, organizations and as brethren; kept the words and commandments of the Father and of Jesus Christ? Absolutely NOT! We even condemn and reject those who do!
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of BOTH the Father and of Christ; they will BOTH come to dwell with us if we are willing to follow their lead and seek diligently to become like them! This “spirit” is their very nature; which we are to internalize and make our own very nature!
Those who do not KEEP the words of Christ do NOT love HIM; no matter what they claim.
14:24 He that loveth me not, keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear [from Christ] is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
Those who do not keep the sayings and follow the example of Christ: DO NOT LOVE OR KNOW CHRIST; NEITHER DO THEY KNOW OR LOVE GOD THE FATHER! This, no matter how much they protest that they love Jesus.
1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk [live], even as he walked [Christ lived].
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John 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things [the whole word of God], and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
God’s spirit will bring Christ’s words to remembrance in us, and shall give us a good understanding of the words of God; IF we DO them. God is NOT divided against himself and his nature will NOT dwell with a sinful nature. If we compromise with God’s commandments and tolerate sin; we quench God’s spirit and it will leave us.
We MUST follow where that spirit leads; we MUST act on what we learn and become diligent DOERS of all the commandments of God.
Test the spirits whether they are from God. How do we know that a spirit is from God? Because God is not divided against himself; his spirit will lead and empower us to KEEP all the commandments of God!
Anyone who teaches to compromise with God’s commandments; who teaches that a zealous man is a Pharisee; who teaches to tolerate unrepentant sin, and refuses to rebuke sin; any group or man that will not preach the Gospel of warning and repentance that Christ has commanded us to preach, is NOT OF GOD and is NOT OF JESUS CHRIST!
14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Peace is the fruit of the spirit, the fruit of FAITH: We know that we can trust and rely on the word and promises of God; which are eternal life for all those who keep the word of God and become ONE with the Father and Christ!
14:28 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
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said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
The disciples did not yet understand that the time had come that he would be sacrificed for the sins of the world.
14:31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
Christ taught and did what the Father had directed and inspired him to teach and do. Jesus Christ loved the Father and the Father’s law and will. He did NOT compromise with that law, neither did he tolerate unrepentant sin, but boldly rebuked sinners; including the religious establishment leaders of his day.
The Vine and Branches
This is a powerful; explanation of the meaning of the command to cut branches and bring them into the temple at the Feast of Tabernacles.
The branches represent the bringing in of the harvest of humanity into the Family of God.
Jesus teaches that he is the vine of the tree of life; and that the called out to him are the branches. As a branch receives its nourishment from the vine and trunk of the tree; so we receive our spiritual nourishment from the Bread of Life, the true VINE; Jesus Christ!
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To have eternal life; we MUST be in UNITY with Christ; and if we turn away from any of the teachings of Christ, we will be rejected by Christ, for we have already rejected his teachings.
If we remain faithfully loyal to Jesus Christ and the Father, by diligent study and zealous KEEPING of the teachings of Christ; we will still be tried, tested and given experiences bad and good, to increase our spiritual growth and development into FULL UNITY with Christ.
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
If we abide in the Word of God, doing those things that please Christ and the Father; they will abide in us through the spirit of God. If we are NOT zealous to KEEP the commandments and teachings of Christ; WE ARE NONE OF HIS!
Remember that, when you are asked by your elder to pollute the Sabbath; take Passover and observe High Days on the wrong day, or in the wrong ways; told you need not eat Unleavened Bread every day of the Feast as God has commanded.
Remember in “The last Passover of Christ” After washing the disciples feet, they were all clean except one. That one being the person who did not spiritually abide in Christ the true VINE
15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Without a firm intimate UNITY with Christ; our religion is vain and meaningless, and falls to the status of a human social club.
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15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
To be grafted into the true vine of Christ; we MUST be called of the Father; believe, repent and be baptized, for the remission of sins to be granted. And IF we remain abiding in Christ; with him dwelling us; IF we follow his lead into all truth, diligently keeping his word, then we shall bear much fruit!
15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Those who compromise with the Father’s commandments, which Christ loves; and who tolerate sin, which Christ hates; will be rejected and cast into the fire of affliction; and if they still do not repent, cast into the fire of ultimate destruction.
15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
“Continue in my love” means that Christ wants our loving relationship with HIM to continue, through our learning and keeping the word that he has preached; which is to do the Father’s will and keep all of God’s commandments, the whole word of God not just the TEN!
Watch Out! The evangelicals and their ilk also teach to keep the commandments, but by commandments they mean the Ten and not the whole word of God; they say keep the Ten if it is convenient for you, because Christ has already paid for your sins, and so make a mockery of the death of our Lord as Jude has warned us.
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15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
What did Christ command us? He kept the whole word of God fully and we are to do likewise, living as he lived and will live in us.
Jesus Christ did not live a life of perfect obedience to his beloved Father, only to live a life of rebellion against the Father he is ONE with, in us!
Matthew 19:17 . . . . but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
We are to be willing to lay down our lives for Christ; as Christ laid down his life for us! How long will we squabble over who gets to lead; and over who gets what? How has the love of God gone from us; where is the cooperation and faithful keeping of the commandments; where is our unity with God?
15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Our prayers are answered in proportion to our diligent keeping of the whole word of God!
John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring
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forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
All God’s people, all the called of the Father; are to be filled with the love of God; love for God and his way of life first, and love for God’s word to learn and to keep it; and then love for others. What is love? God is love; and the KEEPING of his word and commandments is love.
HOW do we love? We love by internalizing Christ and the Father, through following the example of Jesus Christ, and sincere repentance for law breaking; and the diligent, passionate, enthusiastic keeping of all their word and commandments.
It is then that we shall be united with the Father and Christ, as they are united with each other! It is then that we shall be called “the friends of God”; like our spiritual father, Abraham!
15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
The law in its full purpose, spirit and intent; defines the love of God.!
If we keep the whole law in all its spirit, purpose and intent we become like God; becoming fully united with Christ and the Father.
IF we loved God, we would DO what God’s word says, we would do those things pleasing in his sight. Like little children we would want to become LIKE our Father!
Falling into the lukewarmness of Laodicea, is to become offensive and disgusting to Christ; who will spew us out of his body, like a dead branch cut off from a vine.
15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 15:19 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.
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If you love personal advantage and the things of this world, more than you love the Father and Christ: You are not worthy of them; you are NOT their friends; you are the friends of this evil world and its god-king Pharaoh [Satan], who is the enemy of God.
If you love God and are of God: DOING as Christ and the Father would DO; you are the friends of God! United with the Father and Christ through love for them, God’s word and his whole law!
IF you are NOT of the world and the worldly: The world will reject you [yes, even within the corporate churches]; the worldly will hate and persecute you.
15:20 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.
If we are the friends of God; we shall face the same rejection and persecution that Christ faced from the ungodly who will NOT obey our Lord. While those that the Father calls, will respond to Christ’s example and teachings: they will become his true friends, because they will be like-minded with Him and His Father!
15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
Because the worldly reject the Father, they will reject Christ’s example and teachings also; and they will reject the faithful, who diligently FOLLOW the example and teachings of Christ.
This watered down business model inoffensive false gospel WILL NOT WORK! It will ONLY offend Almighty God and separate us from our Lord the true friend of the zealously faithful!
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Pandering to worldliness will not please God, nor will it bring in godly converts. Instead it will offend our God and get us rejected by him, for our shallowness and lack of unity with him.
15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. 15:23 He that hateth me hatethmy Father also.
Why do we put so much trust in apostate traditions, claiming to love God; while making the law of no effect by our false traditions and our rejection of the commandments and teachings of Christ?
If you love Christ: YOU WILL DO WHAT HE TEACHES!
Jesus said that even if they do not understand his doctrine; his WORKS testify that he is of the Father.
Can that be said of us? Do our WORKS reveal that we are a godly people; or an ungodly people?
15:24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
If we are in UNITY with Christ, we will be doing what Christ did and living by his every word. Then our works will be HIS works in us, and our example will be as his example in us.
Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits [works, deeds] ye shall know them.
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 15:27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
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The twelve are here commanded to bear witness of Christ and his love for the Father, and we are to do likewise: With the Spirit of Truth bringing all things of the Father and the Son to our remembrance, so that we may have a good understanding of, and KEEP true godliness, coming into FULL SPIRITUAL UNITY WITH CHRIST; that we may proclaim all these things to all nations.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
John 16:1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
We are being warned of the price to be paid for internalizing the Father and Jesus Christ, so that we will not become discouraged and offended when the time comes to pay that price. This should be a part of baptismal counseling and everyone should be aware of the cost of being rejected by our brethren and the world; for single minded zeal in keeping the whole word of God and seeking that “Pearl of Great Price,” eternal life in the Kingdom [Family] of God.
16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues [congregations, assemblies]: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 16:3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
This is speaking about the religious establishment of that day, and in OUR day, about the COG groups who openly persecute the zealous for God’s Word; as well as the trials from the outside world.
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This process of turning the Gospel of warning and repentance into an inoffensive business model lure to attract new folks who know little of any commitment to learn and keep God’s commandments; brings in many tares, who then rise to the top and begin to persecute the truly called out faithful zealous elect.
That is why it is so wrong to exalt such organizations of men; for they will surely, over time, always ultimately turn on the zealous and the godly righteous.
Always, always, always: PUT GOD FIRST! Put the Father and Christ ABOVE any organizational or human loyalties; or you will be committing the sin of idolatry!
Consider very carefully that many of these people who would despise you now, for your example of zeal; will come to you in the end of the matter and say: “Thank you so much for standing fast and doing the right thing and setting the right example for us. We despised you at the time, NOW we KNOW that you were right! Come and teach us the Way of the Lord”.
If you give in and give up, because of their animosity; you have neither helped them nor helped yourselves; you have separated yourself from God and offended the Almighty!
If you endure steadfastly to keep the law, the whole Word of God and will of the Father, and the words and example of Christ; you are setting an example that will, over time, as these things work out, translate into credibility; as they shall surely learn and KNOW that God is with you, because of your love, faith and zeal for our Mighty God!
If you endure and overcome, being always zealous and faithful to the Father and Christ; you shall be exalted by the Father, to become kings and priests forever; helping to teach and reconcile all humanity to God!
Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan [deceived by Satan] , which say they are [converted] Jews, and are not, but do lie;
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behold, I will make them to come and worship [worship God with your guidance] before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Zechariah 8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a [spiritual] Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
John 16:4 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. 16:5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? 16:6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
It was absolutely essential that Christ complete and fulfil his mission to be a propitiation for the sins of the world.
16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
The Comforter [The Holy Spirit] WILL reprove sin! It will lead us into the righteousness of the whole Word of God, into a FULL UNITY with God:
IF we follow the lead of God’s spirit and passionately KEEP the Word of God, the Holy Spirit will reprove all sin and all departure from the whole word of God in us!
No man can say that we should tolerate sin [which is the breaking of ANY PART of the whole word of God; not just the Ten] and false doctrine by the spirit of God!
16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 16:10 Of righteousness,
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because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
The spirit of God, is the very nature of Christ and the Father, given to dwell within us, and giving us understanding and the power to overcome as Christ overcame.
16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
God’s Spirit will lead us into all truth: IF we are willing to follow its lead!
God’s Spirit will not force us, or strive with us; we MUST willingly and diligently FOLLOW it; we must diligently seek the truth and meditate on the words and law of God, day and night as David did, Psalm 119. And we MUST APPLY and DO what we learn!
We must follow the Spirit of God, and follow the Lamb!
Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women [false religion and false doctrine]; for they are [spiritually pure and faithful to Christ their Husband] virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
The Father has given all things to Christ; and that includes the very nature of the Father.
John 16:15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
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“All things” meaning that the Father’s whole word, commandments, and the very nature of the Father are in Christ; therefore the spirit will take the things of Christ [which ARE the things of the Father] and reveal them to the flock.
16:16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father. 16:17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father? 16:18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith. 16:19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
Jesus prophesies of his death and how they will mourn for him; and then prophesies of their great joy at his resurrection. The disciples not yet understanding that he must die for us and afterwards be raised up by the Father.
16:21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
Here Christ reveals that after he has been sacrificed, raised up, and accepted by the Father; we may then have direct access to the Father through the High Priest of our Salvation; Jesus Christ the very Lamb of God.
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It is made clear here that no one had access to the Father before Jesus Christ became our High Priest [except Christ himself]; therefore the God that men spoke with before-times was the one who became Yeshua Messiah [Jesus Christ].
Before this time the concept that God was a family, was not generally understood. One part of the mission of Christ was to reveal the Father; and to provide a reconciling sacrifice to bring man into harmony with the Father.
Today the faithful Called Out have access to the Father in the name of the Son, our High Priest!
The people had NEVER had access to the Father before the ascension of Christ to be accepted for us; they had never prayed to the Father, praying to the one who became Jesus Christ! Now we are to no longer pray to Christ, but directly to the Father through the mediation of Christ!
It is because the Father was unknown and the people had neither knowledge of, nor access to him; that the Most Holy Place was always covered by a thick curtain; signifying that the Father was not yet known or available to the people. While the High Priest who entered once a year, was a metaphor of Christ our High Priest forever; who provides access to the Father in the Most Holy Place.
Those physical High Priests could not provide access to the unknown Father, therefore the Most Holy Place was empty except for the Ark and sealed off to them!
As physical High Priests they were only types of Christ, who COULD and did, remove sin and provide access to the very Father that he came to reveal.
We now have access to the Most Holy Father in heaven, through repentance and the sacrifice and the application of the reconciling sacrifice of Christ; as our Passover sacrificed for us!
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16:25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
The Father was not known and Christ would show his disciples, the Father plainly. If the Father was known; why did Christ have to reveal him to his disciples?
16:26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: 16:27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
Christ says very plainly that he came forth FROM the Father, and that he will go back TO the Father: revealing the existence of the Father; and explains the mystery that BOTH he and the Father are members of the entity or ONE family known as God!
16:29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. 16:30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. 16:31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? 16:32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Christ has overcome the world! We CAN overcome the world through Christ dwelling within us!
With that sure and certain knowledge, we CAN have peace of mind, even in the greatest distress.
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The Prayer of Christ
Many read right over this at Passover not even realizing the distinction between Christ’s words directed to the disciples and his prayer to the Father.
Christ prays that the called out may “Know” Him and the Father and be spiritually ONE with them, in the biblical sense that a man knows [is one flesh with] his wife.
John 17:1 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: 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know [be one with] thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
Christ came to reveal and glorify the Father! The one who became Jesus Christ was the Creator and God of Abraham and Moses. Consider how much he gave up to be made flesh and die for his creation?
17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
Christ plainly says that he was WITH the Father and had a glory WITH the Father; BEFORE the very world began!
17:6 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. 17:7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
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One thing among many that Jesus did was to manifest or make known the Father unto the spiritually faithful!
Christ declares plainly that all that he taught and did was from the Father; and that he did nothing of his own self. There is absolutely NO difference between Christ and his Father in their teachings, commandments, actions and in their very natures! They are united, they are ONE together. That is the meaning of the Shema.
Deuteronomy 6:1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: 2That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
3Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
As God the Father and Christ are one; they share the same Family name YHVH. Elohim is a generic name for all authorities and YHVH is the specific name of the Family of God, which owns and rules the universe!
4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as
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frontlets between thine eyes. 9And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
Where is the compromise or toleration of sin in our beloved Lord or his magnificent Holy Father? How is it that some mere created person dares to presume to resist the whole word of the Family which created and rules the entire universe? Our HEAD is Jesus Christ and HIS HEAD is God the Father!
John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 17:10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
We are to be in the Father AND in the Son! We belong to BOTH the Father AND the Son! We are to OBEY our adopted spiritual Father, as the law says! We are to obey our espoused Husband, the son of the Father; as the law says.
17:11 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 [with God], as we are [one]. 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name [Christ did all things in the name of God the Father]: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
We live in this society for the moment, but we are NOT to be worldly.
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17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
We are to be sanctified [Set Apart] unto God; through the truth of God. We are to diligently study, learn and act on the truth of God’s Word; which will set us apart from this world and its ways. Those who reject any truth are NOT of God.
17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Christ set himself apart from the world, that we may also be Set Apart from all worldliness and sin, through sincere repentance and his sacrifice and by going forward to sin no more, following his instructions and example.
17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
We are to be united with the Father and the Son, as they are totally united with each other!
Our unity is to be WITH the Father and WITH Christ; and not with just any other god or idol. Unity with our brethren comes through unity with our Father as a foundation, only then can we be united with like-minded persons.
To be united with others just for the sake of organizational unity is to be united with men and not with God! Oh how many compromises have been done for the sake of unity with friends? in place of true unity with God!
We have FORGOTTEN OUR FOUNDATION: which is the very Word of God!
Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of
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Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Christ made peace between us and the Father, by breaking down the partition if sin that divided us from HIM!
15 Having abolished in his flesh [by his sacrifice] the enmity, even the [the penalty owed for breaking] law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
Having paid the penalty for our sins by giving up his life for sinners; Christ paid the penalty for those sins; and reconciled us to the Father. Making of us a new being, still of flesh, yet filled with the spirit of God; uniting God’s spirit with our flesh and making of these two a new being in Christ and the Father!
18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Through repentance and the application of the Passover sacrifice of Christ, we have access to the Father and the very spirit and nature of God.
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
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of unity with the sinful. We must not tolerate sin to be united with the sinful; when our calling is to learn to abhor all sin for the sake of UNITY with GOD!
John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; ; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
We are to be ONE with the Father and Christ; as they are ONE with each other. We are to be full of Christ-like zeal for the Father, his will and all of his commandments; always!
WITHOUT compromise and WITHOUT ceasing!
17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 17:25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
Christ asks that his followers be glorified [changed to spirit] as he is to be glorified [changed to spirit] .
17:26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
Christ openly says that he has declared [revealed] the Father to his disciples, so that they will all know the Father as well as the Son; and so that they can enter into the same loving unity, that Christ has with the Father.