The Word [Logos] was present at creation with the member of the Elohim [Mighty Ones] family who became God the Father. In the beginning the two members of the Elohim family said:
Genesis 1:26 And God [Elohim, Mighty Ones] said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word [who was an Elohim member, the Implementing Creator who later became the physical Jesus Christ], and the Word was with God [the Word was a part of the Elohim family and was with another member of that family – the Executive Creator – who later became God the Father], and the Word was [a member of the Elohim family along with the other member of the God family] God [the Father].
There were two revealed beings in the beginning, both called God [Elohim; the family of Mighty Ones]
1:2 The same [Logos, Christ] was in the beginning with God [the Father].
All things were made by the Logos [Christ] the Implementing Creator in consultation with the Other. The Other who became God the Father gave instructions as the Executive Authority, and the Logos who became the Son carried out the actions of creation as the Implementing Authority, by commanding all the heavenly angels in their tasks.
All things were made in the beginning by the Logos who later gave up his God-hood to become flesh as the Son, Jesus Christ.
1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
The life of the Logos made flesh; is the example and light by which all men should live. Yet those without God’s Spirit, who live in the darkness of ignorance could not comprehend the example and instructions of Christ.
1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John Baptist is introduced, see Luke one.
1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
John was sent to prepare the way for Jesus Christ [Hebrew: Yeshua] the light of the world
1:7 The same [John] came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him [The Light being Christ, that all people might be saved through sincere repentance and the atonement of Christ] might believe.
1:8 He [John] was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
Jesus Christ was the light of spiritual understanding, and the way to salvation for all peoples.
1:9 That [Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah] was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
The Creator made the world and came to the people he had created, and they neither knew nor received him.
1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Those people which God the Father calls to Christ who respond positively; become the disciples of Christ and receive the blotting out of their sins through sincere repentance and the application of Christ’s sacrifice and committing to “Go and sin no more:” Through which they are reconciled to God the Father.
The called out, become the sons of God the Father, through their espousal to Christ, as son’s in law of the Father; this happening through the will of God the Father who called them into his family.
1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
When the Creator gave up his God-hood to be made flesh, he was not made a combination of spirit and flesh. The Creator was changed from spirit to become completely flesh as the smallest possible human being and placed in the womb of Mary who was his his surrogate mother. In this manner the Creator Elohim was made flesh.
John and the disciples were witnesses to all the sayings and acts of Jesus Christ [Hebrew: Yeshua] who became the Son of God the Father when the Father placed him in the womb of Mary.
1:14 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 prepared the way by calling people to repentance and bearing witness of the Savior of humanity who would come in his lifetime.
1:15 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. 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
As Moses was the mediator of the Mosaic Covenant; Jesus Christ has become the Mediator of a New and Better Covenant (Jer 31:31); which reconciles us to God the Father, through the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to repentant sinners.
1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace [forgiveness for repented sin] and truth [spiritual understanding] came by Jesus Christ.
The Father was not seen or known until the Creator in the flesh revealed HIM.
1:18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [revealed] him.
John made NO claims about himself, only teaching that the Christ should come in his days.
1:19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 1:20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 1:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
John said that he was preparing the way for Messiah, as Isaiah had foretold
1:22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
1:24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
When John was asked why he baptized with water to wash away sin; he responded that the physical washing was only an example of what the Christ would do by his sacrifice.
1:25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? 1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; 1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
Bethabara is just north of the Dead Sea where the Jordan’s waters in the spring flood were the greatest.
1:28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John recognizes Christ coming to him
1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 1:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
John says that he did not know who Christ was, only that he was coming; and he recognized Christ by the Spirit of God descending upon him.
1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 1:33 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. 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
Two of John Baptist’s disciples follow Christ
1:35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 1:37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 1:38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? 1:39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour [4 PM] .
Andrew, Peter’s brother, understood that Jesus was the Christ from the words of John Baptist.
1:40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
At this point Jesus goes out into the wilderness to be tried, and Andrew goes to get his brother Peter.
Cephas or Petros: The word Peter in Greek is petros, which means “a piece of rock; a small
stone; a single stone; movable, insecure, shifting, or rolling“, a pebble.
The word Rock; upon which the church is built is Petra, and means “a rock; a cliff; a projecting rock; mother rock; huge mass; solid formation; fixed; immovable; enduring, a mountain” and refers to Jesus Christ.
1:41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 1:42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A [petros or pebble, a small stone] stone.
After his temptation Jesus goes into Galilee (Mat 11-12).
Doubtless Andrew and Peter went about telling their friends of Christ and Jesus begins to call disciples first in Bethsaida.
1:43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. 1:44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
Nathanael a humble, honest, forthright person is called
1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 1:48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
1:50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. 1:51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
The third day after Nathaniel was called, the wedding feast miracle was performed at Cana
John 2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2:2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. 2:3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have [run out of] no wine. 2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
Mary as his adoptive mother; insisted, in faith.
2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
Jesus turns the water into wine.
2:6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins [a firkin is close to ten US gallons, each pot held from 20 to 30 gallons] apiece. 2:7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. 2:8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
2:9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor [equivalent to today’s Best Man, who takes care of such things] of the feast called the bridegroom, 2:10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
This first miracle of Jesus caused those whom he had called to be his disciples, to believe in him.
2:11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. 2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.
Later as spring came, Jesus and his disciples went up to Jerusalem for the Passover according to the commandment in the law.
In his last writings on the other side of the Jordan, Moses commanded from God, that when they entered the Promised Land and had a central place of worship; they were to sacrifice only at that central place.
Deuteronomy 16:5 Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates [our own homes], which the LORD thy God giveth thee: 16:6 But at the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.
2 Chronicles 7:12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.
John 2:13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
At the FIRST Passover during the ministry of Christ, he casts the evil doers and disrespectful OUT of his Father’s house. He is about to do the same thing again casting the faithless out of the Ekklesia (Revelation 3:16)
2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
The people then asked by what right he cast out of the faithless, lax, complacent and self righteous?
Jesus responding to their threatening, and speaking of his own body, declared that when they would kill him he would be raised up at the third day.
2:18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
The angry priests and merchants misunderstood that he was really speaking of their desire to kill him. All those with God’s Spirit are the temple of the Spirit of God. And if we do not keep ourselves free from the uncleanness of willful sin; we shall surely be rejected by the Spirit of God and Christ.
2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
Three years later his disciples remembered this saying when they had received the Holy Spirit themselves.
2:22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
After the Passover day, during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Jesus did many miracles at the temple in the presence of the people.
2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast [during the Feast of Unleavened Bread] day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
Jesus knew the wicked hearts of men; and did not trust the priests, scribes and Pharisees.
2:24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
Nicodemus a ruler [Member of the Sanhedrin], admits that the Sanhedrin knows that Jesus is from God.
John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
Jesus then begins to teach him that for eternal salvation, one need be reborn spiritually.
3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
To enter into the Kingdom of God we need to have the Spirit of God dwelling within us; and that Spirit is ONLY given to those who REPENT and obey God (Acts 5:32)
3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water [Repent and be Baptized] and of the Spirit [receive the gift of God’s Spirit], he cannot enter into the kingdom of God [in the resurrection to spirit].
The flesh is carnally, worldly minded; but those who have and follow God’s Spirit; dedicatedly, studying and KEEPING God’s Word, will become spiritually minded through the indwelling of God’s Spirit.
The flesh cannot understand spiritual things, or become spirit; except through the indwelling of the Spirit of God.
3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Those who are changed to spirit in the resurrection become spirit.
3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Jesus answers Nicodemus and tells him that he cannot understand heavenly things, because he will not even believe the earthly things.
3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
Jesus had not yet been resurrected to spirit and had not yet ascended to heaven, therefore in the context of the conversation; Jesus says that he who was in heaven [himself], has come as a witness of the things of heaven which no man has seen.
3:13 And no man hath ascended [had been in heaven up until that time] up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is [was] in heaven.
The serpent lifted up on a pole in the wilderness was a type of Christ taking upon himself the sins of the repentant.
3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Christ came to give himself for the sins of humanity; to save mankind from sin and death.
3:16 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. 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 3:18 He that believeth on him [and DOES what he teaches] 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.
Jesus continues by saying that the worldly minded reject the light of God’s Spirit; and prefer their own ways to God’s ways. Evil doers reject the light that exposes their deeds as evil.
3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
The godly seek out the light of God; they seek correction which is the pruning away of every false way which brings spiritual growth.
3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Then they left Nicodemus in Jerusalem to go to the river Jordan to preach and baptize
3:22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.
John Baptist again bears witness of Christ
3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. 3:24 For John was not yet cast into prison.
3:25 Then there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying [a question about baptism from the uncleanness of sin].
John’s disciples question John about what they see as Christ’s ministry competing with John Baptist’s.
3:26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
John teaches that men doing the work of God are all on the same side and are not to be envied; for God the Father has many witnesses, and God DOES NOT work through only one person at a time.
3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
John bears witness that he is not the Christ, but came before Christ to prepare the way for Christ.
3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
John says that he is the friend of the bridegroom of the espoused bride of the New Covenant, and rejoices that Christ has come.
3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
John witnesses that Christ has come down from heaven, while he John, is come out of the earth. John teaches the Mosaic Covenant, as the foundation for Christ to teach the spiritual New Covenant; for the New Covenant IS the Mosaic Covenant; with the addition of full reconciliation with God the Father through the Passover sacrifice of the Lamb of God, and the gift of the Holy Spirit; to all who sincerely repent, and faithfully maintain that repentant zeal to go forward and live by every Word of God.
3:31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
John 12:49 For I [Jesus] have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
No one, not called of God the Father, can understand the teachings of Christ.
John 3:32 And what he hath seen and heard [from God the Father in heaven], that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
To believe the teachings of Christ and to repent and follow Christ, is to believe and obey God the Father who sent Christ.
3:33 He that hath received his [Christ’s] testimony hath set to his seal that God [the Father] is true. 3:34 For he whom God [the Father] hath sent speaketh the words of God [the Father: for God the Father] giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him [God was generous in giving the Holy Spirit to Christ].
3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 3:36 He that believeth on [and repenting from sin, KEEPS the words of Christ] the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Jesus and the twelve were by the Jordan River preaching and baptizing and making disciples of the people and the Pharisees became more jealous of him then they were of John. Jesus then leaves to go to Galilee through Samaria.
John 4:1 When therefore the LORD knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 4:2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 4:3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.
The Samaritan woman at the well
4:5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 4:6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour [Noon]. 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
The Samaritans [Forefathers of the modern Palestinians most of whom have since been converted to Islam] were people who had been given the land by God, after God had used the Assyrians to remove Israel (2 Kings 17).
Over time most of these Samaritans converted to Islam and are the modern Palestinians who do have a correct point when they say that Samaria was given to them by God.
Modern Judaism does not recognize them as racial Samaritans, only choosing to recognize the religion of the Samaritans now practiced by only a few, concealing the truth for the express purpose of laying claim to Samaria; which is NOT part of Judah and belongs to the ten tribes and in the interim belongs to the Palestinians.
When you read “Samaria”, you could just as well say Palestinian.
4:8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat [food].) 4:9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
Jesus begins to teach the woman, demonstrating that salvation was open to the Gentiles
4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
She responds by questioning him
4:11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 4:12 Art thou greater than our [presumed] father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
Jesus teaches about the living water; which is a type of the Holy Spirit that brings eternal life. For more on the Living Water.
4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
The woman then asks for the living water of eternal life
4:15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
Jesus reveals that he knows all about her and she admits him to be a prophet
4:16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 4:17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 4:18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
She then asks him about the right place to worship God
4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Jesus prophecies that after he is crucified and raised up, Jerusalem shall be destroyed and righteous men shall be scattered and shall worship God the FATHER wherever they are and not exclusively in Jerusalem or Samaria.
4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Salvation is given to those who become spiritual Jews indeed; by deep open-minded study; and the enthusiastic internalizing of the Word of God, through the passionate KEEPING of all the teachings and commandments of God the Father!
Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Galatians 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
The Samaritans thought that they worshiped God, but did not understand or know what they worshipped. As such they are an allegory of the religious unconverted of all ages; who are driven to worship and think that they are worshiping God, while not really understanding what they are worshiping.
Once the great deceiver is removed the harvest will be plentiful indeed!
John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
God must be worshipped in the letter and the spirit; and worshipped [obeyed] in the fullness and whole hearted sincerity of following God’s Spirit into all truth.
John 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.
Christ is of one mind and Spirit with God the Father; therefore the Holy Spirit will show all things; of BOTH Christ and God the Father.
John 10:30 I and my Father are one.
John 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:
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.
John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth [Speaking of the sacrifice of Christ as the Lamb of God and the official start of the New Covenant (Jer 31:31)]: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Only the spiritually minded having the Holy Spirit, can worship God the Father in the spirit and truth of God.
4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Jesus openly declares himself the Messiah [the Christ] to the Samaritan woman
4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 4:26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
The disciples were amazed that Christ spoke with a woman who was also a Samaritan, while the woman went to tell all her friends
4:27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 4:28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 4:30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
Jesus teaches that his life is to live by every Word of God
4:31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
4:33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Jesus speaks of the multitudes who are seeking God and who are presently deceived, but who will embrace God with Great Joy when the blindness of deception is healed and the Great Deceiver is removed out of the way.
4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
God the Father sows the Word by calling men to Christ, and faithful men sow the gospel of salvation; and those that labour to bring in the harvest; shall all REJOICE together with God in great joy at the abundance of the harvest!
4:36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
4:37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
Let each one do as he is able and has been called to do by the Great God; not envying one another, but working together to serve God for the good of all!
4:38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
Many Samaritans believed on Christ; WITHOUT any signs or miracles beyond his words! Making them more open to the Word of God then the Jews who had the scriptures!
4:39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 4:40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
4:41 And many more believed because of his own word; 4:42 And [many Samaritans] said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. 4:43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.
Proceeding to Galilee; the people there welcomed him because of the many miracles Christ had done among them at the Feast of Unleavened Bread in Jerusalem.
4:44 For Jesus himself testified [speaking of Nazareth], that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.
4:45 Then when he was come into Galilee [Cana and Capernaum], the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.
4:46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. 4:47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.
Jesus reflects that the people would not believe his message, and sought only for healings and physical things, not desiring spiritual things.
4:48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
Yet he healed the sick to demonstrate that when he returns to set up the Kingdom of God; all spiritual and physical sickness will be healed.
4:49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.
4:50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. 4:51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. 4:52 Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. 4:53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.
4:54 This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when [after] he was come out of Judaea [and returned to] into Galilee.
John 5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Healing at Bethesda on the Sabbath.
5:2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 5:3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 5:4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
Notice particularly that there was no condemnation of these suffering as they gathered at the pool in the hope of being healed in the waters; but they made an issue of him taking up his pad [blanket to lay on] and walking.
5:5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
5:6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 5:7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
John 5:8 “bed” G2895 1) a pallet, IE a blanket to lay upon. Jesus heals the man and commands him to take up the blanket he was lying on and carry it away with him. The law says to bear no burden on the Sabbath day and these folks had brought that commandment to the point of condemning even the moving of a blanket.
This act does not do away with the commandments against carrying a burden on the Sabbath day: It merely illustrates the parameters and spirit of that commandment! We are not to carry a heavy burden like moving furniture, and we are not to carry any burden for work purposes; but we may make our beds!
5:8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 5:9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
The leaders immediately accused the man of doing an unlawful thing in taking up his blanket on the Sabbath.
5:10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. 5:11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
Jesus vanishes in the crowd
5:12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? 5:13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.
The man then went to the Temple to worship God
Here is the principle lesson: When we are healed spiritually from sin, by hearing the Word, sincerely repenting and having the sacrifice of Christ applied to us: We are to: GO and SIN NO MORE!
5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
At this point the man realized who it was that had healed him and told him to take up his pallet or blanket
5:15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.
Then the elders sought to kill Messiah for commanding this man to take away his pad on the Sabbath
5:16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
Jesus, then said that both he and God the Father had done this deed of saving the sick on the Sabbath
5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
Then they sought to kill Messiah all the more
5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
Jesus taught that everything he did, was to do God the Father’s will. Christ was in full UNITY with God the Father; and we are to be ONE with God the Father and with Christ!
That is true godly UNITY!
We are NOT to seek unity with just anyone for organizational unity! We are to seek UNITY WITH GOD!
Unity with God is the foundation of all godly unity; for what profit is there in compromising with godly doctrine; if we are then divided from Christ and God the Father? We then have the carnal unity of any ungodly organization doing its own thing; and have no unity with God!
We are to do the deeds of God to be godly! To tolerate sin, or to compromise with God’s Word, is NOT Godly!
What then of the Sabbath? The Sabbath was made for man and man’s good, to give man time away from his labours to spend time with God. We are to spend God’s time with God; and we are not to pay others to work on the Sabbath; paying others to serve us in restaurants or to serve in any other way, but to set a godly example and to allow them the opportunity to obey God as well.
5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he [God the Father] doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 5:20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
Jesus boldly proclaims that God the Father resurrects the dead and that he also has such power. As Christ raised up certain physical dead; he will raise up to eternal life those who do the works of God the Father and the Son!
5:21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 5:23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
The Father and the Son are ONE in spirit, mind and deeds; and those that are of God are ONE with God the Father and the Son in spirit, mind and deeds; regardless of what any others may do.
To break any of God’s commandments, or to tolerate sin without rebuking it; is to separate ourselves from God the Father and the Son!
To have eternal life, we must not only believe Christ; we must believe and obey God the Father as Christ did!
5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Jesus then says that that the dead in Christ and God the Father, will be raised in that day.
5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man [Son of man because Jesus was the Creator made flesh like other men].
Jesus speaks of the resurrections
5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
Jesus always seeks to do the Father’s will, and so should we!
5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. 5:31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
Jesus begins to speak of John Baptist.
5:32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
Jesus is not defending himself, but teaching these things, so that some might believe and be saved.
5:33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
John was a bright light of godliness
5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
Jesus was a brighter light than John Baptist, in that he healed and raised the dead; and taught the spiritual intent of the law as well as brought salvation by the sacrifice of himself the Creator, as the Passover Lamb of God.
5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.
God the Father himself spoke of Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] as the Messiah at the baptism of Christ.
5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. . .
Yet, the priests, Pharisees and elders would not hear the voice of God the Father’s witness. they do not know or believe or have anything of God the Father, because they reject the Son [who is ONE with] of the Father.
5:37 . . . Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. 5:38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
Search the Old Testament books, for they teach about Christ, yet these folks rejected Christ who fulfilled the scriptures.
Those who do not exalt God the Father and the Son above ALL else; by internalizing their nature through living by every Word of God to become ONE in full unity with them, as they are one with each other: will remain spiritually ignorant, and do NOT have the love of God in them; no matter how much they go on about their ungodly carnal concepts of love.
5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
Many speak of Christ; saying that Jesus is the Christ; while misrepresenting the teachings of Christ and failing to KEEP the commandments and teachings of Christ and God the Father. Men use his name; but do not honour him with their deeds; teaching that unrepentant sin will be winked at; when in truth all those who do not repent are appointed to the lake of fire.
In teaching that only the Ten Commandments need be obeyed, such wicked men condemn themselves; for the ten commandments say that we are to honour our Father and that we should keep the Sabbath day that God commanded!
If we then do not keep every Word of God the Father and Jesus Christ, who was sent by the Father to teach us: We break the Ten and dishonour God our Father in Heaven!
Those who do not honour Christ and God the Father; by the diligent study, internalizing and KEEPING, of the whole Word of God; know NOTHING of God and they do NOT have the love of God in them and will NOT receive eternal life unless they repent.
The wider spiritual Ekklesia is being led to damnation by false teachers who have drifted very far from zeal for the commandments of Christ and God the Father. Their zeal is for their false traditions, their organizations and idols of men, and for their own ways: NOT for the things of God!
5:41 I receive not honour from men. 5:42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.
Consider the following, you who preach the teachings of some man
5:43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
Those who honour and cling to the traditions of men and idolize men and corporate church bodies and leaders, break the law and Word of God.
They shall be judged for they have the scriptures and choose to follow their own ways instead of the Word of God.
5:44 How can ye believe [Christ and God the Father], which [when you honour each other instead of God] receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
Today we have more than Moses; we have the New Testament, explaining Moses.
The teachings of scripture; the foundational teachings; are that we are to become ONE in TOTAL UNITY with God the Father and the Son; through sincere repentance, a wholehearted commitment to “Go and sin no more,” diligent, fervent prayer and study, and the zealous living by every Word of God: Has now been cast aside by those claiming to be the ministry of God!
Today we exalt our false traditions above the Word of God; rejecting knowledge for our own ways!
God warns such elders TODAY:
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed [separated from Christ and facing tribulation] for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget [Christ shall reject you and yours (Rev 3:16)] thy children.
John 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me. 5:47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my [and keep my teachings] words?
John 6 is a very strong explanation of the symbols of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, as well as alluding to the pouring out of living water at the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus also clearly says several time that he had come down from heaven and would go back there; refuting the Unitarians with the very words of Jesus Christ himself.
John 6:1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. 6:2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. 6:3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. 6:4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
Jesus uses the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the situation of the people to demonstrate that he is the Bread of Life.
6:5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6:6 And this he said to prove [to see what Philip would say] him: for he himself knew what he would do.
6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
Jesus feeds five thousand with five pita rounds and two fishes [probably Galilee fish which are very small somewhat like herring].
6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? 6:10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. 6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
6:13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
The people desired him to be their king because they desired the gifts of physical food from him. Their eyes and minds were on the physical advantages to be had, and not on the doctrine that he taught. Just as many brethren today attend services to socialize or because they have hope of a future reward for loyalty to some organization, and care little about sound doctrine.
Yet, this physical demonstration was an allegory of Christ as the Bread of Life who will soon come and feed all nations with the unleavened bread of his doctrine; feeding the world with purity and total freedom from the bondage of sin; and teaching all peoples to internalize very nature of God the Father.
The eating of unleavened bread every day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread [ULB], pictures internalizing the fullness of the very nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ.
To question the eating of ulb every day of that Feast, is rebellion against the Word of God to eat ulb for seven full days; for such a question to even be an issue with church leaders with decades of service, is proof of a complete lack of zeal for the Word of God and the commandments of scripture.
6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. 6:15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.
They take ship towards Capernaum
6:16 And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, 6:17 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.
Jesus gives a lesson in faith
6:18 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. 6:19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs [almost four miles], they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. 6:20 But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. 6:21 Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.
The people then took to boats to follow them
6:22 The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone; 6:23 (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:) 6:24 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.
The carnal mind cannot comprehend the things of God and seeks only physical things.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the [needing to pay the penalty for (having broken the law) our sins] law of sin and death.
The law cannot give atonement for sin; it only provides a penalty for sin which is death. Only sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of Christ can atone for past sin.
8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Jesus gave his life as an atonement for our sins, paying the penalty which we have earned for having broken the law, in our place so that we might be forgiven and reconciled to God the Father: IF we commit to “Go and sin no more,” so that we might be brought back into the righteousness of living by every Word fo God.
Therefore we who have been reconciled to God through sincere repentance, ought not to live in fleshly worldliness contrary to the Word of God. We are to walk [live] as Christ walked [lived]; in the fullness of obedience to all the teachings and commandments of God.
1 John 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
Romans 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
The godly will seek and DO the things of God; they will KEEP all of the will, teachings and Word of God; with wholehearted zeal!
8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
To seek the things of worldliness is to grab hold on death; to believe and obey God is life eternal in true peace and prosperity; in total UNITY with God and all others who are likewise United With God.
8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Those who do what they think is right, instead of what God commands, are carnally minded and cannot please God; they shall find death unless they repent.
8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
John 6:25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
The called of God are to labour for the things of God and not for the things of this world.
What are the things of this world that many elders and brethren are labouring for?
1) The chief seats and leadership positions.
2) The adulation of the people.
3) Authority and power over others.
4) A high lifestyle on the backs of the poor brethren.
5) An emotional “feel good” about themselves, thinking they are hot stuff and righteous because people follow them; and deceiving themselves that they will have a grand reward from Christ in that day.
6) Setting up themselves and their false traditions above the Word of God.
What are the things of God that we should ALL be seeking?
1) Total UNITY of mind, spirit, attitude and deeds; with God the Father and Jesus Christ.
2) Always daily increasing in knowledge about God and the wisdom of his Word; in continual study, a prayerful attitude and meditation on all the commandments and teachings of God.
3) To learn and DO the will of God the Father at all times, without compromise, in whole hearted unwavering zeal.
4) NEVER to let anyone or anything come between us and the Word of God.
5) To always live by every Word of God.
6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that [spiritual] meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
The Unleavened Bread of Life is Jesus Christ, and the works of godliness are: to believe, obey and internalize the very nature of God, through living by every Word of God.
6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
Now we get into the meaning of the feeding of the people
6:30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
As the one who gave up his God-hood and became Christ gave manna from heaven in the days of Moses; he gave the people physical bread in the days of his physical life, to demonstrate that he is the Bread of Life!
Jesus gave the people bread to demonstrate that we are to symbolically eat, that is, internalize the very nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ; and to be an obedient, faithful and loving serving son to God the Father in ALL things, with unwavering uncompromising passionate love for God our Father, ALWAYS
6:31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life sent by God the Father to give eternal life to all those who will repent of sin and STOP sinning, faithfully internalizing the nature of God through a diligent study and the zealous KEEPING of God’s Word.
We are NOT to stand on our traditions or on what any man says contrary to the Word of God! No, Not for an instant! We are to stand on the firm foundation of the Word of God!
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
John 6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
Jesus Christ is the Passover Lamb, He is also the Bread of Life; represented by the unleavened bread of the Feast of Unleavened Bread!
Are we so spiritually ignorant and blind to these things that even elders of decades experience question if we need eat the unleavened bread every day of the Feast?
6:34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
The Bread and Water of Life, are given to those who are called and BELIEVE the Word and worship God through enthusiastic faithful obedience and whole hearted internalizing of that Word [Logos] of God!
6:36 But I said unto you, That ye [carnally minded worldly who seek after worldliness] also have seen me, and believe not.
6:37 All that the Father [calls to Christ] giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
It is God the Father’s will that none who he has called should be lost; therefore correction will be administered to those who fall away, in the hope that they will learn and be saved. There are also very many tares and thorns among the faithful; including a very large number among the leaders and elders who were never called or sent by God.
The only way to protect yourself is to study God’s Word diligently and to DO what the scriptures say; NOT standing on the false traditions of men.
6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
BEWARE that these scriptures have been and will be twisted to say that belief is enough; rejecting all the many other scriptures that command obedience.
Faith must be accompanied by the works of faith. James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
The people complained against Christ because he said that he came down from heaven; even as the Unitarians reject these words of Christ today.
6:41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. 6:42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? 6:43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
We Are NOT to compromise with sound doctrine to bring in members, especially not by compromising with the practical application of doctrine! It is our job to teach all men to live by every Word of God; including Christ’s command to obey and do the Father’s will.
We are to make the announcement and warning, and to let God the Father do the calling as the scriptures say; and not to try and usurp the Father’s prerogative to chose who he will call, as a part of the bride for his son!
Stop worrying about numbers, and start worrying about pleasing God!
6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Those who are of God have seen God the Father, because they have seen Christ, and to see Christ is to see God the Father.
6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 6:46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
The bread of manna was another allegory of the true Bread of Life, Jesus Christ; who came down from heaven to give himself as our Bread of Life, for our salvation.
Salvation is not just saying “I repent” and consenting to being dunked in a pool of water while continuing in sin.
Salvation also requires the internalizing of the nature of God; through diligent study, and application of the whole Word of God in our own minds and all our deeds! for us to OVERCOME and to “Go and sin no more,” and for us to live as Christ lived!
6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me [and does what Christ says] hath everlasting life.
Jesus Christ being ONE with God the Father was sent by the Father as the Bread of Life, for all God the Father would call.
Carefully consider these words given just before Passover and Unleavened Bread.
6:48 I am that bread of life. 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Jesus explains what the wine and unleavened bread of Passover and the Feast of ULB mean.
6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
We are to take the nature of Christ into ourselves and we are to live as he lived; We are to live by God the Father’s Word as Jesus did!
6:57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
Jesus said that he will ascend back into heaven from whence he had come.
6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? 6:61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 6:62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Many of his disciples, not understanding the spiritual and only seeking physical healing or bread, left Christ. ONLY those called by God the Father remained steadfast and loyal.
Not every disciple today has been called of the Father either; the majority are tares or thorns; and a great many are Laodicean and ready to perish.
6:64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
The faithful called out will remain faithful, even if they occasionally slip; for their faithfulness is genuine and of the spirit.
6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 6:69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 6:71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.
John, who is not writing a detailed history and is focusing on the teachings of Christ, now jumps forward to the last Feast of Tabernacles observed by Christ in the flesh. As in John 6, where Christ expounded on the symbols of Passover; presenting himself as the Bread of Life eternal for all who faithfully follow him; in John 7, Jesus expounds on the Feast of Tabernacles, showing that Tabernacles represents the pouring out of the Living Waters of the Holy Spirit upon all humanity during the main harvest of mankind AFTER the millennium.
John 7:1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry [Judea], because the Jews sought to kill him.
7:2 Now the Jew’s feast of tabernacles was at hand. 7:3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. 7:4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.
The friends of Jesus did not understand that he was preparing to make a dramatic public announcement at the Feast.
7:5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.
Jesus then explains that he is hated because he is not of the world. The world loves the worldly and hates the godly minded, who’s teachings and example convicts the conscience of the worldly.
7:6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
Jesus tells them to go up to the Feast while he waits to go up in private
7:8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast: for my time is not yet full come. 7:9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.
Jesus goes to the Feast incognito, hiding himself along the way, until he arrives and the crowds at the Feast prevent the religious authorities from laying hold on him.
7:10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
The masses of people talked about him, and the news about Christ became known to all the inhabitants of the land at that Feast.
7:11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? 7:12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people. 7:13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the [leaders of the] Jews.
Jesus revealed himself and began to teach all the people in the temple, about the third or fourth day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.
The people were amazed at his doctrine which was new to them and had never been taught before by anyone. They said “How does this man know these things?”
7:15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters [The things he was teaching that were new, and had not been learned from any other], having never learned [from others]?
Jesus answered them that his teachings were not taught to him by men, but came from God the Father.
7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
All those who are of God the Father, and DO the Father’s will; will understand that the doctrine of Christ is the doctrine of God the Father.
Again the UNITY of Christ with God the Father is manifest; the same UNITY that we are to have with Christ and God the Father. Our unity should be with Christ and God the Father. Our doctrine should not be the traditions of men; but the truth of our God!
7:17 If any man will do his [God the Father’s] will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
If we stand on the traditions of men; we are of those men! If we stand on the Word of God; we are godly and will recognize the things of God!
7:18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his [God the Father’s] glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
Jesus says that the religious leaders have rejected his word and seek to kill him; knowing that in six months he will die on Passover day.
7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me? 7:20 The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?
Christ states that the people are amazed that he would heal on the Sabbath day; which was one of the reasons that the Pharisees sought to kill him; for he transgressed their traditions.
7:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel.
7:22 Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.
We are to judge with righteousness according to the law; raising the Word of God ABOVE the false traditions of our fathers. Remember the Sabbath Day; to KEEP it HOLY! Remember the Biblical Calendar and the New Moons. Remember the teachings of Jesus Christ and DO THEM.
7:23 If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day? 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Then some debated who Jesus was
7:25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? 7:26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? 7:27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.
Jesus then cries out in the temple before all the people that he is come from God the Father. He says that they know that Christ is from God the Father, yet they do not know God the Father because they are carnally minded.
7:28 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me [God the Father] is true, whom ye know not. 7:29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
The elders seek to take him, but restrained themselves for fear of the crowd
7:30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
Many people believed on Christ because of his miracles, yet they did not understand his teachings
7:31 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?
The religious leaders being filled with envy, sought to take Christ
7:32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.
Jesus then said that he must remain for a little longer [until the next Passover] and then he would be taken from them to die for them.
Jesus would then be resurrected and taken to sit with God the Father in heaven, where no FLESH can go.
7:33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. 7:34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.
7:35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? 7:36 What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?
At this point it is important to understand that when Ezra restored the temple service; a pouring out of water was made at every day of the Feast of Tabernacles, and on the last [Seventh Day] day of Tabernacles, which was called the Last Great Day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus Christ cried out.
This Last Great Day term has caused some confusion, as some have falsely taught that the Last Great Day was the Eighth Day Feast when it was NOT! The Last Great Day was the last [the seventh day] day of Tabernacles.
The Living Water referred to by Christ, was the Holy Spirit that men would receive through sincere repentance, a baptismal commitment to “Go and sin no more,” and the application of the sacrifice of Christ.
Each day of the Feast of Tabernacles the High Priest poured out a flask of water, as a demonstration that the eternal High Priest Jesus Christ would pour out God’s Spirit on all flesh (Joel 2:28) throughout the entire seven thousand years of the main harvest as represented by the seven day Feast of Tabernacles! At the same time an assistant would pour out a flask of wine, picturing that the sacrificial blood of Christ would be shed by men and that Christ as the Lamb of God would become an atoning sacrifice for the main harvest of humanity, just as he had atoned for the early harvest.
Please see our Festivals books for more on these things.
7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast [the seventh day of Tabernacles], Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Jesus Christ the New Covenant High Priest and only Intercessor between humanity and God the Father, shall pour out the Holy Spirit on the SINCERELY REPENTANT; just like the physical High Priest and his assistant poured out the water and the wine representing the Holy Spirit and the sacrificial blood each day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) 7:40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
The people would have been absolutely amazed at this disruption of the ceremony of Water Pouring [just like a person shouting out during a church service today]; and they would have debated among themselves as to who this man was
7:41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? 7:43 So there was a division among the people because of him.
The security men sent by the Pharisees and priests could not take him, being awed by his words and boldness. Then the security men made their excuses.
7:44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. 7:45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? 7:46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
The Pharisees then said that only the ignorant believed on Christ.
7:47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? 7:48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? 7:49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.
Nicodemus then ruled that the law required an inquiry and trial before any judgment was made. Even this wise position excited the envy of the priests and pharisees against Christ.
7:50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) 7:51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth? 7:52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. 7:53 And every man went unto his own house.
At this point John goes into the last six months of the life of Christ with particular emphasis on the last Passover of Christ.
John 8 to 11 covers that period between the last Feast of Tabernacles and the last Passover of Christ.
John 8:1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives [for the night]. 8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
The woman caught in the act of adultery, was brought to Christ to test him.
8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
They were tempting Christ for no individual had any authority to put anyone to death; that was the prerogative of the Sanhedrin [the seventy] court. This was a trick to catch Christ, for if he said “stone her” he would be usurping the court authority. He responded by teaching them a lesson in forgiveness of the repentant, for the woman would have been terrified for her life and begging for forgiveness.
8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
The woman facing a brutal imminent death would have been terrified; and Jesus used the opportunity to teach that all have sinned and that he had come to save repentant sinners.
The very purpose of Christ, was to give himself for the sins of the world in compassion and mercy for his creation.
Yes, Jesus Christ was love and mercy personified, and every effort will be made to save all humanity; but being love and mercy, he cannot allow some of the people to abuse others; which is what the law is for: to protect the innocent.
Here, Jesus is teaching that all have sinned and need to STOP sinning, and be covered by God’s mercy:
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
The accusers were shamed and went away; then Jesus commanded the woman to: “Go, and sin no more.” This act was because he was not sent into the world to judge the world at that time; he was sent to save sinners.
There will come a time when all unrepentant sinners who fear men and not God, who believe and keep the false traditions of men and not the works of God, who idolize men and corporate churches instead of exalting God; shall be judged and if unrepentant shall be destroyed:
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Those who follow Christ and KEEP his teachings and commandments to live by every Word of God the Father, shine the light of Christ to the world. Those who have the Spirit of Christ dwelling in them, and who PRACTICE and LIVE as Christ lived; shall not be in the darkness of spiritual ignorance.
8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
8:13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.
Jesus proclaimed that his words about himself were true and from God the Father in heaven, saying that these men being carnal cannot understand the things of God.
The hidden mysteries of God are revealed to God’s faithful, that God can glorify his called out.
1 Corinthians 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man [the mysteries of God are unknown to men and are revealed by God’s spirit alone], the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
The Spirit or nature of God, knows all the things of God, for it is the very mind and nature of God.
2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
The knowledge of God is a gift of God through his spirit given to those who obey God.
Human beings have a spirit or mind that lifts us above the animals; and God has a greater spirit or mind than any man, which makes him far superior to the wisest man.
1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the [carnal men] world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to [to those who repent of sin and obey God; Acts 5:32] us of God.
2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
The sincerely repentant man is given the very nature of God through his repentance and willingness to partake of God’s nature; through the diligent seeking out of that nature; which is contained in, and defined by; the scriptures and law of God.
When we learn of God and keep his Word, we are internalizing his very nature his spirit; and when we obey him and do as he would do in any situation; we are internalizing the very mind, nature, deeds and spirit of God!
2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Spiritual things are spiritually discerned. That is why it is so very WRONG to depend on the teachings of unconverted minds for Doctrine or Prophecy.
To do so is the foolishness of the blind man seeking out the blind for guidance. And through that error of jumping into bed with Jezebel thousands in many COG Groups have been led astray and will end up in great tribulation for the sin of accepting the false doctrines of the unconverted.
Those who do not obey God: DO NOT have his Spirit. They CANNOT understand spiritual things and are blind. To Follow them is to follow the spiritually blind and to enter the VERY SAME SPIRITUAL DARKNESS THAT THEY ARE IN!
Those who learn and adopt the unscriptural teachings and prophecies of the heathen; have gone far astray and are standing on their false teachings; rejecting the truth of God.
They are rejecting the very nature and spirit of God that is defined by the scriptures, preferring the nature of the spiritually blind.
Because they reject the knowledge of God, and mix the falsehood of pagan error with the truth, creating a polluted false teaching; they shall all fall into the ditch and face severe correction.
2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, [The godly person questions and tests all things by the Word of God] yet he himself is [The godly person cannot be condemned by men, for he is faithful to his judge: Almighty God] judged of no man.
2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, [What carnal mind understands the things of God; and what can the carnal person teach God?] that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
The faithful commandment keepers have the Holy Spirit, the very nature of God; if we remain steadfast to obey him.
John 8:14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.
Christ was not sent to judge or to condemn, but to save; yet when he returns he will come with the sword to judge the nations; and will condemn sin and unrepentant sinners
8:15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. 8:16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me [The Father and the Son judge based on their Word].
The Father in heaven, and Jesus Christ are ONE in every attitude, thought and action. We must also achieve that UNITY WITH GOD! Never compromising and separating ourselves from God the Father, by as much as one speck of dust!
8:17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.
Referring to the witness of John, and God the Father’s voice from heaven
8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
To know Christ is to know God the Father! To be in UNITY with Christ is to be in UNITY with God the Father!
8:19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.
The enemy was restrained until the appointed time
8:20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.
Jesus said they cannot come, because he was speaking of his ascension to the Father in Heaven, across a gulf that no flesh can cross.
8:21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come. 8:22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.
Jesus testifies that those who do not believe and obey every Word of God; are not repentant and covered by the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God or filled with the Holy Spirit of God.
8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above [of the spirit of God]: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
If we do not believe God the Father and the Son, and will not keep the Word of God; we have nothing in God.
8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Jesus declares himself the Messiah the son of God
8:25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.
Jesus said that what he taught was from God the Father
8:26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. 8:27 They understood not that he spake to them of [God] the Father.
Jesus is in such UNITY with God the Father that he does NOTHING; except according to the Father’s will.
8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up [crucified] the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
Brethren, God the Father and Jesus Christ will always be with us; IF we do those things that please them!
Doing those things that offend God the Father, also offend Christ the Son! and separate us from them! For God the Father and the Son are ONE in perfect UNITY with each other; and we are to join with them in that perfect UNITY!
Unity with other men by tolerating sin and doctrinal division, just for the sake of an organization IS SIN! which separates us from our UNITY with Christ and God the Father!
8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
8:30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.
ONLY those who CONTINUE to DO as Christ taught – which is to live by every Word of God – are truly his disciples. The truth of God will free us from enslavement to Satan, and to the false teachers who have entered among us as was prophesied by Jesus and Jude.
8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
We are the servants of those whom we serve; either as slaves of sin, or as the servants of God and the righteous wisdom of his Word. Those who willfully compromise with sin are not the disciples of Christ!
8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
Belief, repentance, baptismal washing and an enduring commitment to God the Father and Jesus Christ; frees people from the enslavement of Satan the Pharaoh of this world!
Oh yes, Satan will be angered to lose his slaves; and he will chase after and afflict us, trying to get us to turn back to his Egypt of slavery; but if we are steadfast in spite of all persecution and trials to the very end; Jesus Christ will raise us up out of the Red Sea of death on that day, and we shall rejoice for a millennial thousand year Sabbath of rest with our Lord; and for eternity beyond that.
8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Jesus teaches that he does the works of God and of Abraham, but these rebels do the works of their father, Satan the Pharaoh god-king of this world.
8:37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
Galatians 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
John 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 8:40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
These folks then claim to be the children of God and claim that Jesus was born of fornication
8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
Jesus says that if they were of God they would love the Son; for God the Father and the Son are in complete and total UNITY.
8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
People who cannot understand and will not KEEP the words of God the Father are not of Christ, and those who will not keep the words of Christ, are NOT of God the Father in heaven. Their sins have separated them from the Son and from God the Father until they SINCERELY REPENT and commit to STOP sinning.
The carnal mind cannot understand things of the spirit! Therefore many worldly tares and false teachers have led the called out away from UNITY with GOD; into unity with men!
8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Those who disobey the teachings of Christ to live by every Word of God are of their father the devil! Consider very carefully who you are following; those who help you UNITE with God; or those who separates you from the heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Those who are tares and false disciples cannot understand spiritual things and therefore twist those teachings to justify their rebellion against God’s Word.
8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
No man can truthfully say that Christ has sinned? Jesus obeyed God the Father in all things and worked to please him! We are to do likewise and are NEVER to allow any laxity or lukewarmness to cause us to willfully sin and become separated from God.
If we were of God we would be hearing his words and DOING his deeds. Therefore those among us who teach compromising and lukewarm laxity for the practical application of Christ’s teachings and commandments: Are NOT OF GOD!
Brethren, the Ekklesia today is full of briars, tares and false teachers; who are working for their father the devil, to lull you into a lukewarm complacency for living by every Word of God; so that you will sin out of carelessness and become separated from God.
8:46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 8:47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
Then the religious leaders dishonoured Christ by saying he has a devil.
8:48 Then answered the Jews [religious leaders], and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan [unconverted], and hast a devil? 8:49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.
8:50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one [God the Father] that seeketh and judgeth.
Jesus speaking of the resurrection to spirit, offers the gift of eternal life to his true enduring disciples.
8:51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
Meaning that if they die they will be resurrected to eternal life in their time. This statement amazes these people who proclaim Christ as crazy.
8:52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. . . .
The people thought Christ was crazy for saying that if anyone DOES what he teaches and lives by every Word of God they shall receive eternal life.
This statement implies that the opposite is also true; those who do not KEEP his teachings and lives by every Word of God will NOT receive eternal life.
8:52 . . . Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. 8:53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?
Jesus says that he has known, and knows God the Father
8:54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 8:55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.
The people were infuriated when Christ when he said that he had lived and known Abraham, during Abraham’s lifetime.
8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
Jesus then proclaims himself the YHVH [the I Am] of the Mosaic Covenant
8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
The people fully understood that Jesus Christ proclaimed himself to be the God of the Mosaic Covenant, and the God of Abraham; and sought to stone him, and he slipped out among the crowds.
8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
The blind are healed so that Christ might be made known by his works and as an allegory that Jesus heals spiritual blindness.
John 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
This man was born blind to show forth the glory of God through his healing. We need to understand that not all sickness is the result of sin, but can be allowed to fulfill God’s own purposes.
9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
Jesus healed and did the works of God the Father while he was with them. The teachings, commandments and deeds of Christ who lived by every Word of God, are our LIGHT of example that we should do as he did. He opened the eyes of the blind to show that he would open the eyes and understanding of the blind in spirit to all who would be called of God the Father and would respond in sincere repentance and faithful obedience.
9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Christ in this case healed by a physical action which required obedience in response. He placed the clay on the man, but the man had to respond and obey as a positive response of obedience, as was required of Naaman.
This should teach us that obedience is required for the healing of our spirit. If we do not obey God, we are NOT Christ’s disciples and cannot understand spiritual things.
1 KIngs 5:9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
Elisha would not even see Naaman and sent him instructions by a messenger to wash seven times in Jordan.
This was a humbling message for Naaman the great man. This is typical of the unseen God sending a message to us, who are great in our own minds, and telling us to repent and turn to live by every Word of God.
5:10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
Naaman the great man had thought that the prophet would honor him by coming out to him and healing him immediately. Therefore Naaman’s pride was injured and he was angry. In the same way today, the pride of many leaders and brethren of the called out prevents them from humbling themselves before God at the warnings to live by every Word of God.
5:11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. 5:12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
Then Naaman’s servants assuaged his anger and reasoned with him.
5:13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
Naaman humbled himself to obey the Word of the LORD by his prophet Elisha.
We also must humble ourselves, and repent of our own ways of idolizing men and false traditions, to turn back and zealously live by every Word of God.
5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
Naaman was healed and he understood that there is no God but God, the Eternal God of Abraham. Oh that we would all learn this lesson and stop our idolizing of men and false teachings, to keep the whole Word of God in deeds as well as in words.
5:15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.
John 9:6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 9:7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. 9:8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? 9:9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
Jesus is testified of as being the Christ by this miracle in Jerusalem
9:10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? 9:11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.
The man’s friends sought out Christ and brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees for a witness of Christ.
9:12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not. 9:13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
Instead of rejoicing the Pharisees rejected Christ because he did not exalt their ungodly traditions. The same is done today as the church leaders reject the truth for their false traditions.
9:14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
9:15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
Some of the Pharisees were divided between the miracles and their own traditions.
9:16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
They asked the formerly blind man what he thought.
9:17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
The Pharisees did not believe that the blind man had been blind from birth and was now healed.
9:18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. 9:19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? 9:20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:
The parents answered wisely for fear of the Pharisees
9:21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
9:22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he [Jesus] was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.
9:23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.
The Pharisees then told the man to praise God which was good; and then falsely accused Christ of being a sinner because he did not bow to their false traditions. This same wickedness is common today, as people praise God with their lips while rejecting any zeal to keep the Word of God.
9:24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. 9:25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
The healed man also spoke wisely asking the Pharisees if they wanted to be Jesus’ disciples also; so as to make them leave him alone
9:26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? 9:27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?
The Pharisees then claimed to be Moses disciples and to know nothing of Christ
9:28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples. 9:29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
The man again answered with godly wisdom, showing that his spiritual vision was also opened up
9:30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. 9:32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. 9:33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
The Pharisees then cast him out of their presence [he may also have been cast out of the synagogue]
9:34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
Jesus hearing of these things sought out the man and made him a disciple
9:35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? 9:36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? 9:37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. 9:38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
Jesus came into the world to heal spiritual blindness by being sacrificed for the sins of the world.
He, making the truth and the way to salvation manifest; also caused that those who would NOT believe, repent and KEEP his teachings, living by every Word of God, who think they see; should be revealed as the spiritually blind people they really are.
Jesus Christ warns such people today
Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am [spiritually] rich, and increased with [knowledge] goods, and have need of nothing [Not even God’s Word can tell them anything because they think they know it all]; and knowest not that thou art [spiritually] wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked [naked of God’s righteousness]:
3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire [learn the Word of God in great tribulation], that thou mayest be [spiritually] rich; and white raiment [the righteousness of God’s Word], that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness [that our sins may be covered and forgiven] do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve [Let God’s spirit open our eyes to spiritual things], that thou mayest see.
3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
John 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which [think they see] see might be [revealed as spiritually blind] made blind.
If we say that we are spiritually rich and see [understand] the things of the spirit, claiming to be God’s people, while compromising with Christ’s teachings; tolerating sin and not being zealous to live by every Word of God; we are just as blind as those Pharisees.
Once we accept God the Father’s call and commit ourselves to Christ and his teachings and commandments, and to live by every Word of God; there is no going back into the Egyptian slavery of willful sin receiving God’s strong correction.
Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Anyone who commits willful sin by knowingly compromising with any teaching of Christ, or any part of the Word of God, is not fit for the resurrection to spirit and will NOT be chosen as a part of the bride unless they sincerely repent.
STOP compromising with and polluting the Sabbath by buying on God’s Holy Day!
STOP idolizing men and corporations and following them, when they stray from the Word of God!
STOP rejecting the truth of God’s Word! Stop rejecting overcoming sin and rejecting growth in spiritual UNITY with Christ!
STOP choosing the false teachings of false traditions over the truth of God’s Word!
The Pharisees rejected the Word of God for their own false traditions and were condemned:
How many more shall be condemned for trusting in the false traditions and idols of men, instead of trusting in the Word of God?
Is there any of God’s Spirit left in our assemblies?
We are to hold fast to our baptismal commitment to sin no more, and cleave with all our minds and spirit and body, to our passionate zeal to learn and live by every Word of God!
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together [Not assembling withy just anyone but assembling with the true faithful to the whole Word of God], as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
If we lose our zeal to keep the whole Word of God and become spiritually lazy, following any man or temptation away from our Mighty Deliverer; and begin to justify our sins instead of immediately repenting from any sin we find in ourselves; we are searing our conscience, quenching God’s Holy Spirit and are in danger of the judgment of eternal death.
10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
10:28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the [New] covenant [the sacrifice of Christ], wherewith he [the sinner was first forgiven and Set Apart from sin] was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
Brethren, those who teach that upon baptism we enter a state of grace where we need not be zealous to keep the whole Word of God; are IGNORANT or LYING; Baptism is a commitment to “Go and sin no more” not a licence to situation ethics and any willful sin.
10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God [because of any willful self justified sin].
Brethren, let us remember our great joy in God’s Word when our minds were first opened to His Light! Let us return to our first zeal to search out and accept all things of God! Let us seek to regain our love of the Truth and our zeal to root out all error and sin!
Dear Brethren; Where has the love of the truth gone that our leaders are unwilling to even look at the truth of the Biblical Calendar, or if they do look tell open lies about the subject to maintain their now obviously false traditions? Where is our love of the truth when we reject or spin whole sections of scripture so that we can call the Sabbath holy as we pollute it by doing our own pleasures on God’s time?
Let us return to a passionate zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God; resisting all deceptions and temptations and enduring all trials for the holiness of God the Father, ruler of the universe.
Where are the Daniels and his three friends today; who would endure all things for the whole Word of God?
Daniel 3:16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful [afraid] to answer thee in this matter.
3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Today we worship the golden image of a man, a human idol; and we worship idols of men, obeying their words and having no zeal or love of God to search and hold fast to the whole Word of God! We are full of love and zeal for men and organizations of men; yet there is almost no zeal to keep the whole Word of God, above the words of men! Truly it is written that in the last days the love of many [for the whole Word of God] shall wax cold.
Hebrews 10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were [When our minds were first opened to the Light of God’s Word] illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 10:33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
Today just like the Mosaic Pharisees; most of the Ekklesia are willfully blind, making excuses for sins.
Sins done in ignorance are not willful sins; but sins done willfully with knowledge that they are sins and then trying to justify those sins; are an stinking abomination that beings judgment and the condemnation of Almighty God!
John 9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
Jesus Christ is the DOOR between the flock and God the Father; the ultimate Good Shepherd. Those called out who faithfully follow the Father are his sheep.
The key to the kingdom of heaven given to Peter and the disciples is the Gospel of the DOOR [Christ]! The gospel of warning, repentance, the washing away of sin and the commitment to sin no more at baptism, and the application of the sacrifice of Christ; is the gospel of salvation; the gospel of the door to God the Father called Jesus Christ!.
Jesus Christ is the ONLY Door and the ONLY Mediator, the ONLY High Priest between men and God the Father.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Jesus Christ is the DOOR to God the Father, the DOOR to salvation. Sincere repentance to “Go and sin no more,” the gift of the Holy Spirit and absolute fidelity to the Holy Scripture, are the Keys to the DOOR of SALVATION!
We must use those keys and open that DOOR! We must follow Christ unwaveringly; or we have NO access to God the Father, and we have NO Salvation.
Anyone who teaches us to compromise with the Word of God, knows neither Christ nor God the Father and is of the Adversary.
John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold [any shepherd who is not zealous for Christ and diligent to live by every Word of God the Father is a false shepherd and seeks to steal God’s sheep], but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
10:2 But he that entereth in by the door [of Christ] is the shepherd [He who is zealous to live by Christ and by every Word of God, is a true shepherd from God the Father] of [for God’s flock] the sheep.
Those reconciled to God the Father by entering to him through the DOOR of Christ, are given the keys of the Holy Spirit; which leads us to live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal. The Holy Spirit sensitizes us to the things of God, giving us understanding of spiritual things and empowering us to understand and KEEP the Word of God.
The Holy Spirit, opens the DOOR of Christ to God the Father! It teaches the sheep the voice of the Father and leads them to follow God the Father.
10:3 To him [God the Father] the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
The truly converted who are close to God and filled with his Spirit will not be led astray! because they are diligent in prayer, study and in doing the Word of God, and in FOLLOWING he lead of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ and God the Father!
It is those who have gotten lax and turned to following idols of men and false traditions instead of faithfully following God who have fallen away.
10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
The parable explained
10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
All those who do not teach a zeal to keep the whole Word of God, are false doors and false teachers!
10:8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
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 [the spiritual food of sound doctrine].
False teachers who misrepresent Christ and teach a false love based on emotion and not based on law; and who justify willful unrepentant sin; are NOT of Jesus Christ!
They are trying to steal the sheep of God the Father for themselves, getting the sheep to follow themselves for their personal advantage! They seek to enslave the sheep for themselves, while Christ [The DOOR to God the Father] has given himself for the sheep to reconcile them to God the Father!
Following false teachers who use the name of Christ to deceive people into following themselves will bring our destruction. Why will we follow the spiritually blind to our own spiritual destruction?
10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
A new parable of Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd!
10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
He who serves for position, money or for any other reason, except out of a deep dedication to live as Christ lived; is a hireling; he is not zealous to keep God’s Word and will not be faithful in the end.
10:12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 10:13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
The true sheep of God know God their Father and Jesus their Good Shepherd and will follow them!
10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
Jesus Christ and God the Father are one in full unity with each other, and their sheep who are faithful to them, will be in full unity with them!
10:15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Christ alludes to the Gentiles being called out along with Israel
10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
Christ gave his life to be a DOOR to God the Father for ALL humanity who would come to him in sincere repentance to “Go and sin NO more!”
10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
Jesus reveals that no man could kill him and that he has voluntarily given his life to do God the Father’s will.
10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
The carnally minded cannot understand these things
10:19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. 10:20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him? 10:21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind? 10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
Now the people, not understanding the previous claims of Jesus, ask him again if he is Messiah.
10:23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
Jesus says that his works bear witness of him, but they could not believe because they had not been called to be among the flock.
10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
The true sheep of God the Father and Christ the Good Shepherd are full of God’s Spirit through diligent study, prayer and diligent internalizing of the nature [Word] of God! They KNOW what is godly and what is not godly; therefore they hear, they understand and they are responsive to the Word of God [the Holy Scriptures]!
If we compromise with the teachings of Christ [for example buying on Sabbath as so many do] we are NOT of Christ the Good Shepherd and are NOT a part of the flock of God the Father. I did not say that, Jesus Christ said that!
10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
The greater Church of God is full of tares trying to lead the sheep away from Christ to follow themselves, but the sheep will follow ONLY Christ and God the Father!
10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them [the zealous truly converted] out of my Father’s hand.
Jesus Christ and God the Father are ONE in FULL UNITY with each other; and we are to become ONE in FULL UNITY with them! We are obligated by our baptismal commitment to Christ and God the Father to become ONE in FULL UNITY with THEM, by zealously keeping their Word: That is our obligation!
We MUST NEVER compromise with our UNITY with Christ and God the Father in the name of a false organizational unity; for organizational unity apart from UNITY with Christ; separates us from Christ and God the Father!
Those organizations who revel in their member’s unity with each other, as a substitute for UNITY with God; are most foolish. To compromise with Christ for the sake of organizational unity is to separate ourselves from Christ the DOOR of salvation. How very very sad that so many have been seduced away from God!
10:30 I and my Father are one.
The Jews understood that Jesus was claiming to be one with God; that is, they thought he was claiming to be equal with God the Father.
10:31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? [Psalm 82]
Psalm 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
Jesus asks them if they think the scripture that calls men Gods is wrong, especially when he does the works of God.
John 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 10:36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? 10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
Believe that his works are godly, and believe that godly works come from God and that Christ is ONE in FULL UNITY with God the Father.
10:38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
Jesus again goes to the Jordan just north of the Dead Sea.
10:39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand, 10:40 And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode. 10:41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.
10:42 And many believed on him there.
John 11:1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 11:2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 11:3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
Jesus delayed until Lazarus was dead for three days
11:4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. 11:5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 11:6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. 11:7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
Christ knew that this illness was for the direct and immediate purpose of demonstrating God’s power and his Messiah-ship; by making it known that HE is the resurrection and the life; the Door of Salvation for humanity. Therefore he waited another two full days so that there would be absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind that Lazarus was truly dead, before going to him.
Lazarus lay dead for three days in the same way that Christ would be in the grave for three full days and three full nights.
Similarly God’s two prophets lying publicly dead for three and one half full days; so that there will be absolutely NO doubt in anyone’s mind that they are absolutely dead; then when they rise up at God’s call; humanity will know the power of God.
While Jesus loves all people, he also had very close personal friends. His close friends would have been those in agreement with him who loved him and did what he said; who walked together with him in FULL UNITY with Christ the Good Shepherd and God the Father, as Jesus was in total UNITY with God the Father.
Can a man who compromises with Christ’s instructions and with God his Father’s commandments, be a close friend and associate of Christ? NO!
Can people walk together with Christ, if they are not of the same mind? If we refuse his teachings, are we not rejecting the teacher? Consider carefully you who would tolerate sin and refuse the instructions of Christ: For he will reject you, as you have rejected him.
Amos 3:1 Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt [spiritually; including all those who have been liberated from bondage to sin in the New Covenant], saying, 3:2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
John 11:8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? 11:9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. 11:10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
Christ says that he knows what he must do and that he will not let the fear of any man or group come between him and his duty.
11:11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. 11:12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. 11:13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. 11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
For those who die faithful to God the Father and Jesus Christ; death is but a sleep while awaiting our awakening call. There is no fear of death for those obedient and faithful to Christ the Good Shepherd and God the Father; only the deep peace of absolute trusting faith in God’s Word and promise, that he will raise up those who live by every Word of God and do those things which are pleasing to God.
11:15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there [to heal Lazarus], to the intent ye may believe [in the resurrection]; nevertheless let us go unto him.
Jesus is glad that he was not there to heal Lazarus before Lazarus died, so that they might see him raise Lazarus from the dead and learn to trust in him to resurrect the dead.
11:16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.
This is a reference to verse eight where they had just escaped from being killed in that city; and Thomas fearing they would succeed in killing Christ wanted to die with his Master.
11:17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. 11:18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: 11:19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 11:20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. 11:21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 11:22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
Martha runs to meet Jesus and communicates her faith to Christ. as Mary mourns her brother
11:23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 11:24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
This whole situation of death was allowed by God the Father, to reveal that Christ was the salvation of humanity and could and would raise the dead at their appointed time. Christ knew this, showing that he and God the Father were united in mind and spirit with a full understanding of each other.
11:28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. 11:29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. 11:30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
11:31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. 11:32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
Mary also says the same thing as Martha when she hears of Christ’s presence and goes out to meet him
11:33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. 11:34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. 11:35 Jesus wept [at their unbelief].
11:36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! 11:37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? 11:38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
At this point Jesus is moved with deep compassion for the people and for his friend, just as he will raise all the dead in their proper order out of his loving mercies
11:39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. 11:40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 11:42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
Jesus demonstrates his faith and understanding, by thanking God before the fact; and calling out to Lazarus before all the people.
11:43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. 11:45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.
Many then did believe, although some would not believe even then. The religious establishment of the day felt threatened and rather than repent they sought ways to fight.
11:46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. 11:47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 11:48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
Here the religious leaders reveal their fear; which is for their positions [their places] among the people. They would not repent and follow Messiah lest they be rejected by their peers; and they feared being rejected by the people and overthrown by the Romans, so they fought Christ.
It is the same today, as the religious establishment will not exalt Christ and be faithful to him, repenting of laxity and sin; lest they be rejected by their peers and face trials from worldly society. If they do not quickly repent they shall face a tribulation as these men did in Jerusalem 66 to 70 A.D.
11:49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 11:51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
Caiaphas the high priest then called for the death of Yeshua [Jesus Christ]; fulfilling the prophets concerning Messiah.
11:53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. 11:54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread now begin to arrive
11:55 And the Jews’ passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.
11:56 Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast [of Passover and Unleavened bread]? 11:57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.