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PostSubject: Bible Study    Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:12 am

We'll now begin Chapter 3 in the Gospel of John. This is a fabulous chapter and so important for one to understand what it means to become "born again" and begin a relationship with the One who created each and everyone of us. This is the true meaning of life that each one of us wonder about. God wants a relationship with us...and this is the reason He put us here. For today, we'll only look at the first two verses so we can get a good idea of "the setting" for the most important of questions to come.  

1. There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.

2. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”


3:1 Nicodemus represented the best in the nation. He was a teacher, a Pharisee, and a member of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling council. The Sanhedrin had 70 members who were responsible for religious decisions and also, under the Romans for civil rule. Two Sanhedrin members who appear in a favorable light in the New Testament are Joseph of Arimithea (John 19:38) and the Rabbi Gamaliel (Acts 5:34-39; 22:3). The Sanhedrin put Jesus on trial (Luke 22:66). Nicodemus later rebuked the Pharisees for condemning Jesus without hearing Him (John 7:50-51), and he helped Joseph of Arimithea bury Jesus (John 19:39-40)

3:2 Why did Nicodemus go to Jesus at night? Because of fear? Because it was the normal time for visits? Because he wanted a time of uninterrupted conversation without the distractions of the ever-present crowds? John did not say why. And yet night-time has a sinister tone in the Fourth Gospel (John 9:4; 11:10; 13:30; 19:39). Nicodemus began, Rabbi, we know You are a Teacher who has come from God. "We" probably means the favorable ones on the council. The titles "Rabbi" and "teacher" are polite and flattering on one hand, but they showed Nicodemus' inadequate comprehension of who Jesus is. The words "from God" are in an emphatic position in the Greek. The signs had pointed out Jesus as God's Man (God was with Him), and Nicodemus wanted to talk to Him as one Rabbi to another.

Reader: I included scripture references for good reason...because I'd like you to open up the Bible, look them up and read them for yourself. That's what Bible Study is all about. I highly encourage you; reader, to make today the day you begin to do this.

Until next time, be blessed... and thanks for reading,

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PostSubject: Re: Bible Study    Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:25 am

Continuing on now...John 3:3-5

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

vs. 3, Jesus was not on the same level with Nicodemus. Jesus is from above; therefore Nicodemus must be born "from above." To be born again or born "from above" is to have a spiritual transformation which takes a person out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God. (Colossians 1:13-14) The kingdom is a sphere or realm of God's authority and blessing which is now invisible but will be manifested on earth. (Matthew 6:10)

vs. 4, Nicodemus was certain Jesus did not mean something absurd such as a reincarnation or a second physical birth, but yet he did not grasp the nature of regeneration.

vs. 5, Various views are given to explain Jesus' words about being born of water and the Spirit:
(1) The water refers to natural birth and the Spirit to the birth from above.
(2) The water refers to the Word of God (Ephesians 5:26)
(3) The water refers to baptism as an essential part of regeneration but this view contradicts other Bible verses that makes it clear that salvation is by faith alone. (John 3:16, John 3:36, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:4-7.
(4) The water is a symbol of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39)
(5) The water refers to the repentance ministry of John the Baptist, and the Spirit refers to the application of the the Holy Spirit of Christ to an individual.
The fifth view has the merit of historical propriety as well as theological acceptability. John the Baptist had stirred the nation by his ministry and stress on repentance (Matthew 3:1-6). Water would remind Nicodemus of John the Baptist's emphasis. So Jesus was saying that Nicodemus, in order to enter the kingdom of God, needed to turn to Him (repent) in order to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit.

How about you reader? Have you ever thought about where you'll spend eternity? Do you rest on your own thoughts about how to get to heaven...or have you gone to the source; the Holy Bible for the correct answers? There's a lot of scripture references above, please open your Bible and look them up to feed your soul. If you were Nicodemus standing in front of Jesus, what would you have thought about what He said? Are you interested in the next life enough to take what Jesus said to heart? "unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Are you ready to turn to Christ (repent from your sins) and be regenerated by the Holy Spirit? Yes, a lot of questions...but what's really important: how you will answer them.

Until next time...stay in God's Word and grow in Christ,

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PostSubject: Re: Bible Study    Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:41 pm

Easier said than done.. especially in this age of the "know it all" people. Pride and the "your wrong" mentality is going to make it impossible for a great many people to grasp what you've shared with us Bob. They are their own worst enemies.

Here's hoping that we can all dispense with our pride and accept the word of truth. Sure feels good to let go of that pride and fully accept Christ's path to the Kingdom of Heaven. Is it just me or can anyone else feel that weight drop right off when you make the right choice? Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Bible Study    Wed May 04, 2016 11:12 am

Continuing on now in John 3...

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”


3:6-7 There are two distinct realms of man (the flesh) and the other is of God (the Spirit). The fallen person cannot regenerate himself; he needs a divine operation. Only God's Holy Spirit can regenerate a human spirit. People should not stumble at or reject the importance of Jesus' words. They must be born again (born from above). The necessity is absolute and is universally binding.

3:8 This verse contains a wordplay which cannot be adequately expressed in English. The Greek word, "pneuma" means both wind and Spirit. The work of the Spirit (pneuma) is invisible and mysterious like the blowing of the wind (pneuma). Man controls neither.

May the blowing of the wind remind you of what Jesus said: "You must be born again to enter the kingdom of God." Yes reader; we need to be born again or born of God, born from above. As fallen people, we cannot regenerate ourselves (get right with God). Jesus paid the price at Calvary when He was crucified on the cross. He was God's perfect sacrifice so sin's stain on mankind could be atoned (paid) for. He purchased our souls so we can be born again. Have you asked Him to forgive you of your sins and received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? You will never be able to regenerate or "get right with God" yourself.

Thanks for reading...I hope and pray it encourages you to become one of God's born again children.

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PostSubject: Re: Bible Study    Wed May 11, 2016 10:13 am

We'll cover verses 9-12 today...

9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?
11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.
12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?


verses 9-10; Nicodemus asked...how this spiritual transformation takes place. Jesus answered that Nicodemus, as the teacher of Israel ought to know. The Old Testament prophets spoke of the new Age with it's working of the Spirit. (Isaiah 32:15, Ezekiel 36:25-27, Joel 2:28-29). The nation's outstanding teacher (Nicodemus) ought to understand how God by His sovereign grace can give someone a new heart (1 Samuel 10:6, Jeremiah 31:33).

verse 11; But Nicodemus was ignorant of the realm of which Jesus spoke. He represented the nation's unbelief and lack of knowledge. Jesus, like the prophets, spoke to the nation about divine themes but the Jews rejected His witness. Witness is a common word in John's Gospel.

verse 12; Since Nicodemus could not grasp the basic teaching of regeneration which Jesus presented in earthly analogies, how could he understand and believe the more abstract heavenly matters such as the Trinity, (The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit) the Incarnation, (the embodiment of God the Son, Jesus Christ in human flesh) and Jesus' coming glorification? (His death, burial and resurrection for the atonement of all of mankind's sins)

Like Nicodemus...are you also not understanding what Jesus is trying to tell you? Are you looking past "the here and now" or are you believing Jesus' testimony? This is what true believing in God is all about. Your faith in Christ has to "kick in" so you too can be born again or..."born from above." It's believing the testimony of the One whom God sent (Jesus) to be the propitiation (payment) for our sins. Jesus paid the price so we can be redeemed (to save a person or soul from a state of sinfulness and its consequences) and be accepted by God the Father into heaven.

A lot to think about here...I hope you do with prayer and meditation.

Until next week,

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PostSubject: Re: Bible Study    Wed May 18, 2016 11:20 am

Today...we'll have a look at verses 13-15

13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.


Verse 13: No one has ever gone into heaven and then come back to earth, able to give clear teaching about divine matters. The one exception is Jesus who is the Son of Man (John 1:50-51; Daniel 7:13, Matthew 26:63-64). He is the "Ladder" between heaven and earth with access to both realms. He "descended" in the Incarnation (Matthew 1:18-25) and "ascended" in the Ascension (Acts 1:6-11). He also was in heaven before the Incarnation and therefore knows the divine mysteries (Collosians 1:15-20).

Verse 14-15: The thought of elevation to heaven leads to the thought of Jesus being lifted up (John 8:28, 12:32, Matthew 27:54). Moses raised a bronze snake on a pole as a cure for a punishment due to disobedience (Numbers 21:4-9). So Jesus would be lifted up on a cross for people's sin, so that a look of faith gives eternal life to those doomed to die.

Moses' actions in the desert were a foreshadowing of what was to come (Bible prophecy). God cursed the serpent in the garden after he successfully tempted Eve with the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:14). The scriptures tell us that he who is hung on a tree is cursed (Deuteronomy 21:22-23). See how the serpent on the pole directly relates to Jesus on the cross? Jesus became a curse for us so our sins could be forgiven (Galatians 3:13). Don't you think we should be grateful to God?...because as believers in/followers of Christ, we have a great hope for a bright future in heaven.

Sad...but it's quite obvious how unpopular Jesus is today. I see how He's (still) mocked in adult cartoons. Breaks my heart. Liberalism and ungodliness is rampant. Especially sad since Jesus loved us so much that He was willing to die such a horrific death...to save us from our sins. This free gift of God gets ignored in today's godless and politically correct society. Think the serpent is still at work in our world? I hope this makes you think...and even more so, embrace Jesus, the Savior of the world, who died for you.

Reminder: Please...I challenge you to look up all the scripture references I have provided you in the parenthesis...in the privacy of your own home. Look at it as a convenience. You don't even have to get in your car to go to church. Just grab your Bible and look 'em up! You will grow in faith to believe what God has told us...which is the intention of this Bible Study (Romans 10:17).

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PostSubject: Re: Bible Study    Wed May 25, 2016 10:20 am

We'll cover John 3:16 today.

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

This verse is an important summary of the Gospel. God's motivation toward people is His perfect love. God's love is not limited to a few or to one group of people but His gift is for the whole world. God's love was expressed in the giving of His most priceless gift--His unique Son. (Romans 8:3-4, Romans 8:31-32). The Greek word translated one and only, referring to the Son, is monogene, which means "only begotten," or "only born-one." It is also used in John 1:14, John 1:18; John 3:18; and 1 John 4:9. On man's side, the gift is simply to be received, not earned (John 1:12-13, Ephesians 2:8-9). A person is saved by believing, by trusting in Christ. Perish (apoletai) means not annihilation but rather a final destiny of "ruin" in hell apart from God who is life, truth, and joy. Eternal life is a new quality of life, which a believer has now as a present possession and will possess forever (John 10:28, John 17:3).

Reader, How about you? This new quality of life (being born again) that comes from believing and trusting in Christ is for you personally. Do you have it right now and know it cannot ever be taken away from you? A good indicator that you have it...would be an overwhelming desire to look up all the scripture references (above) in the Bible. Is your spirit hungry for God and to learn more about Him? I pray that this describes you...right now.

Until next week...be blessed,

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PostSubject: Re: Bible Study    Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:54 pm

Moving on to John 3:17-18

17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.


3:17 Light's purpose is to illuminate. Though those who do not believe are condemned, God's purpose in sending His Son is salvation (to save), not damnation (to condemn). God does not delight in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23, 18:32). He desires that everyone be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4, 2 Peter 3:9).

3:18 The instrumental means of salvation is believing in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. But people who reject the light of Jesus Christ are in the dark (John 1:4-5, John 8:12) and therefore already under God's judgement. They stand condemned. They are like those sinful, dying Israelites who willfully rejected the divine remedy (Numbers 21:4-9). A believer in Christ, on the other hand, is under "no condemnation" (Romans 8:1); he "will not be condemned" (John 5:24)

Reader...Have you been illuminated by the light of Christ or are you still in the dark; under God's Judgement and therefore stand condemned? God wants you to be saved! I pray you keep reading/looking up the scripture references. Remember Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

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PostSubject: Re: Bible Study    Thu Jun 09, 2016 12:58 pm

John 3:19-21

19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”


vs. 19, Men love darkness not for its own sake but because of what it hides. They want to continue undisturbed in their evil deeds. A believer is also a sinner but he confesses his sin and responds to God (1 John 1:6-7). In the ultimate sense, man's love of darkness rather than the light of God (John 1:5, John 1:10-11, 1 John 1:5) is his love for idols. He worships and serves "created things rather than the Creator" (Romans 1:25).

vs. 20, Just as natural light shows up what is otherwise unseen, so Christ the light exposes peoples deeds as "evil". Unbelievers have no ultimate meaning of life, no worthy motivation, no adequate goal, and a destiny of doom. Yet everyone who does evil hates the light (as well as loves darkness, 3:19). He fears that if he comes to the light his deeds will be seen as worthless, and he would need to turn from them.

vs. 21 Jesus is like a magnet. His people are drawn to Him and welcome His revelation. Though the light rebukes their sin, they respond in repentance and faith. They live by the truth. (2 John 1-2, 4; 3 John 1,4). By regeneration they live differently than their former lives of darkness. Their new lives are by faith in Jesus and His Word. And the Holy Spirit working in their lives gives them new power, goals and interests. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:10)

Reader: Where are you? Are you still hiding in the darkness? If so, come into the light where Christ resides. Your life will have new meaning, motivation and goals plus a bright destiny. Look up the scripture references so you can grow in God's Word.

Let God bless you with the warm shining light of His Son Jesus...

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PostSubject: Re: Bible Study    Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:31 am

John 3:22-30 The Final Testimony of John the Baptist. We'll just take a look at verses 22-24 today.

22 After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized.

23 Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized.

24 For John had not yet been thrown into prison.


3:22-24 For a short time the ministry of John the Baptist overlapped Jesus' ministry. Thus the Judean countryside must have been alive with teaching of both these great preachers of repentance and God's kingdom. Both John and Jesus had disciples, large crowds followed both of them, and both baptized. The statement that Jesus "baptized" (verses 22 and 26) probably means He was overseeing the baptizing done by his disciples (John 4:2). The site of Aenon near Salim is unknown today but a likely location is about midway between the the sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea (and about 3 miles east of Shechem). Both groups were baptizing and thus two "reform" movements were popular. This was before John was put in prison (John 3:24). This statement reveals how a Fourth Gospel supplements the Synoptics. Here is a definition:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synoptic_Gospels

It implies that readers knew about John's imprisonment from reading the other Gospels (Matthew 14:1-12; Mark 6: 14-29; Luke 3:10-20) or from common church tradition.

Reader, Think about all that took place way before we all were born. A lot has happened in the world, and of especial importance is the coming of Christ. Preaching before His ministry began and along side Him for a while was His earthly cousin, John the Baptist who prepared the hearts of the people with His message of repentance...and of God's kingdom. Is your heart prepared to hear the Gospel or is it preoccupied with the things of this world? If your heart is not open to the things of God, Who created everything seen and unseen...you will never be able to hear Him or His Good News.

Until next week, prepare your hearts friend...hear the Good News!

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PostSubject: Re: Bible Study    Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:33 pm

Continuing on: The Final Testimony of John the Baptist (John 3:22-30) Today we'll cover: verses 25-27.

25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification.

26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified—behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!”

27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.


v. 25 Zealous disciples of John the Baptist found themselves at a disadvantage in an argument. A certain Jew asked why he should join John's group. He (and others; "they" v.26) argued about ceremonial washing. Since there were Essene   lustrations and Pharisaic washings, why should Jews follow another washing, John's baptism? Besides, the group following Jesus was larger (v. 26). For a better understanding click on link below:

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v. 26 John's disciples may have been angry and jealous. (They were interested in John's movement and were not committed to Jesus.) They complained that Jesus, of whom John had testified, had now captured the nation's attention. They longed for the former days when everyone went to hear John (Mark 1:5).

v. 27 John's greatness is revealed in his reply. He said, A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. God is sovereign in bestowing His blessings on one's ministry. If Jesus' movement was expanding, then it must have been in the will of God. This principle of God's sovereignty is stressed in John (6:65; 19:11) as well as elsewhere in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 4:7).

John the Baptist's ministry was decreasing and Jesus' ministry was increasing. John being spiritually mature, was quite able to be a "good sport" about this. He knew it was in God's will. He knew nothing came to (or was kept from) any man unless it was from God. Do you look at what you have (or don't have) as what God has allowed you to have? Yes, we do get in the way of God's will with our habitual sin, but...do you also realize that God has given you all your strength, wisdom, abilities, even your next breath...so that you are able to make a living? Are you spiritually mature enough to understand this?

Until next time, keep thinking about these things...

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PostSubject: Re: Bible Study    Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:58 am

Let's finish up the The Final Testimony of John the Baptist today. (John 3:28-30)

28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’

29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.

30 He must increase, but I must decrease.


v. 28, John also reminded his disciples that they were forgetting part of his teaching. For he had clearly taught that he was not the promised Messiah but was only sent ahead by God to do a work of preparation for the Messiah. (John 1:8, 15, 20, 23)

v. 29-30, In Jesus' growing influence, John found his own joy fulfilled. He illustrated this for his disciples by referring to a custom at Near Eastern weddings. The friend of the bridegroom was only an assistant, not the main participation in the marriage. The assistant acted on the behalf of the bridegroom and made the preliminary arrangements for the ceremony. His joy came when he heard the bridegroom coming for the bride. John the baptist's work was to prepare for the arrival of Christ, the "Groom." John baptized only with water, not with the Spirit. Therefore Jesus must become greater and John must become less. This was not merely advisable or "a happening by accident or chance rather than design." It was the divine order. John willingly and with joy accepted Jesus' growing popularity as God's plan.

How about you reader? Have you let John the Baptist prepare your heart for the Bridegroom? And just as John the Baptist had "to decrease" and was humbled, we must also must "decrease" and be humbled to receive the Father's salvation plan. God the Father sent John the Baptist to prepare our hearts for the Messiah. He sent the Messiah, our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. This is all in a nutshell of course...but the real question here is...Has your heart been prepared for the Bridegroom and have you, "bride" received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

Until next time, may the Holy Spirit continue to fill your heart with God's truth...

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PostSubject: Re: Bible Study    Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:12 pm

We'll cover John 3:31-33 this week.

31 He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.

32 And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony.

33 He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true.


v 31, Here John the evangelist developed the theme about the supremacy of Jesus, which John the baptist spoke of to his followers (vv. 28-30). Since Jesus has come from heaven, His words surpass those of any religious teacher. Each human teacher is limited by his earthly boundaries (he belongs to the earth and is from the earth). But the Logos from heaven is above all; he is preeminent (Colossians 1:18).

v 32, What Jesus spoke came from His previous vision of and communion with the Father in heaven (John 1:1, John 1: 14). Yet in spite of this clear reliable witness, mankind as a whole has rejected His message (John 1:11).

v 33, The message of Jesus has not been universally rejected as verse 32 by itself might indicate. One who receives it gives his attestation or certification to the fact that God is truthful (John 3:21). To reject this testimony is to call God a liar (1 John 5:10).

How about you reader? Have you received Christ's message as the truth or are you still calling God a liar? Remember that the message of Jesus Christ is to believe in Him and receive Him as your Lord and Savior so you can be forgiven of your sins. We're all in the same boat...we're all sinners and we all need a Savior. Tell God He is full of truth, receive Christ as your Savior so you can be forgiven and spend eternity in heaven with Him.

Until next time...be blessed and be saved...

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PostSubject: Re: Bible Study    Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:04 am

This will finish up chapter 3. I'm contemplating whether I should continue any farther. I have rationalized to myself..."well, it's good for me whether anyone else reads it or not" but honestly it involves quite a lot of typing and time as well. I can sit down, read and study and get just as much from it without all this typing. If anyone here is getting the least little bit from it, please take a moment to reply to let me know. I'll continue on...even if it's for one.

34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.

35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.

36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”


v 34. Jesus gives the perfect truth of God as He speaks the words of God, because He has the full endowment of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit without limit. The old testament prophets had the Spirit only for limited times and for limited purposes. The Apostle John referred to Jesus as the One whom God has sent. Thirty-nine times the Gospel of John refers to Jesus being sent from God. This affirms Jesus' deity and heavenly origin as well as God's sovereignty and love in initiating the Son's Incarnation (Galatians 4:4; 1 John 4:9-10,14).

v 35. The relationship between the Son and the Father is one of loving intimacy and complete confidence. The Son is endowed with all authority to accomplish the Father's purposes (John 5:22; Matthew 28:18).

v 36. Man has only three options: trust in the Son, reject the Son or ignore God's message altogether. Unbelief is tragic ignorance but it is also willful disobedience to the clear light of Christ. Ignoring God's message of the Bible is not an excuse, because God's creation is evident all around us (Romans 1:19-20). God's wrath is mentioned only here in the fourth Gospel. "Wrath," God's necessary righteous reaction against evil remains on the unbeliever. This wrath is future but it also exists now. Endless sin and disobedience will result in endless punishment (Matthew 25:46).

How about you reader? Still ignoring God and His message? Are you still rejecting Christ because of unbelief? I pray not...trust in God's Son, Jesus Christ for your salvation and eternal life in heaven for the day when it's your turn to leave this earth.

May God bless you and may He draw you to Himself...

Bob

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