King James Bible Study – [Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.]
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Chapters: John 13-15
Message: In All That Christ Is
Hello My Friend,
I had a job interview yesterday (I decided it was not the job for me), he asked me how Covid impacted me both financially and with life in general. I told him that I honestly have not been more blessed through it, and it is true. I did get exposed to Covid and had to lose some income back in December, but God has taken care of me every step of the way. Now, I have had some heartaches, ups and downs, tears, and even a pity party or two, but I can honestly say that I have truly been a blessed. In fact, for the first time since I dedicated my life to Christ back in 2006, there is actually a smile and glow upon my face that can only account for Christ being the one shining through me. And I will tell you this, there are still things going on in my lie that I should be troubled about, but I am not going to let it overtake me, I believe in God and in all that Christ is, and He is all I need, [John 14:1-4 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.]
As we continue in the reading of the Gospels, and what would lead up to Christ’s passion. John also gives an account to Jesus having one last meal with the disciples. John goes on to tell us something else that took place after they ate, [John 13:1-5 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. 2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; 3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.]
[having loved his own which were in the world,] While Jesus did give His life for all mankind, only those who accept Him are His very own. Jesus has been telling the disciples the whole time that the Master is not greater than the servant, and He was about to show them that through this humble washing of their feet.
[John 13:8-12 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. 9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. 10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. 11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. 12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?]
[If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.] The second we receive Christ as our Saviour our soul is washed in His blood, that means that we are clean. However, our flesh tends to get dirty as it constantly gets exposed to the elements of this world, and that is why we must wash our feet, meaning confess our sins, [1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.]
Now, Jesus does go on to explain why He washed their feet, [John 13:14-20 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. 18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. 19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. 20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.]
[He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me;] Jesus is saying that He is sending His chosen out into the world in His name to preach the Gospel. When they receive us, they are receiving Him, and therefore, when we are received by Christ, we are also received by God. We are Christ’s ambassadors, when we preach the Gospel to the lost, and do the things that Jesus did, He shines through us. We literally become become vessels of honor through our faithfulness to Him, [2 Timothy 2:19-21 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.]
Now, as soon as Jesus had told them that the Scriptures regarding His passion would be fulfilled, He became troubled in His spirit, and that was when He had told them that He knew that one of them would betray Him. [John 13:21-28 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. 23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. 25 He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? 26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. 28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.]
[Now no man at the table knew] You see, Judas was the treasurer, he held the money that was used to buy supplies and help the poor. They had no idea that that was the money that the chief priests and scribes had paid Judas to betray Jesus. And apparently Judas was not among them when they preparing the Passover meal as they thought he was out buying what they needed for the feast. Judas, knowing what he was about to do could not face Jesus or the disciples and left immediately after Jesus told him to do what he had to do. Then Jesus, with a troubled spirit says to the disciples some other things that they did not quite understand.
[John 13:33-38 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. 34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. 36 Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards. 37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. 38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.]
[Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake?] Now, that is a loaded question. We all believe with all of our heart that we would never deny Christ and would lay down our own lives for Him, but we never know how we would react out of fear for our own lives or even others. Jesus knew Peter’s true heart, and that he would accept Him as his Saviour after His passion, but He also knew his flesh and how he would react when he feared for his own life, at least, at that moment. Remember, when Jesus said, [Matthew 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.]?
Now, at this point, Judas Iscariot has left, Jesus starts talking to the disciples, He has been with them for three and a half years, and has told them several times that His life was about to end so that all who believe in Him might receive life. He straight out tells them that now is the time to believe in who He is.
[John 14:5-10 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.]
[and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?] Philip asks Jesus to show him who God is, but Jesus responds by saying that if he does not notice that God is inside of Him after three and a half years of being with Him, then he has a much bigger problem. When we come to Christ, we must believe in all that He is, the only begotten Son of God, born of a virgin, who lived a sinless life in order to become the true Passover lamb that would save every soul that believes in Him. If we believe in God and all that HE is, then we should have no problem believing that Jesus, God, and even the Holy Spirit are one in the same, at least, once we start learning that truth as we get in His Word and start studying it, [1 John 5:9-12 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.]
Jesus goes on to explain the further, [John 14:17-22 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?]
[how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us,] The more you walk with Christ after you are saved, the more of a reflection we become of Jesus. In fact, Jesus said, [John 5:19b 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 doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.]
The world and religion will never see Jesus for all that HE is, true Christians actually see Jesus in the ones that belong to Him as they mimic Jesus. Jesus goes on to explain how He is manifested in us, [John 14:23-27,29-30 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. 25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. 30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.]
[and make our abode with him.] Do you see how Jesus explains how He, the Father, and the Holy Spirit are one in the same? The second we believe in all that HE is, we have them all, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each person of God individually serves a purpose that we need to grow in our faith and stay strong in our faith, yet they are one in the same. I could give you all sorts of examples as to explain the trinity of God, but to believe it comes down to our faith in believing in all that HE is, [Hebrews 11:1,6 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.]
[But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,] The Comforter enters into the soul of every believer. Unless you receive Christ as your Saviour, you do not have the Holy Spirit in you. And this includes the millions of people who attend church services and follow religions thinking that their own works are going to save them. We cannot save ourselves, and just think about this, if our own works are required, then why did Jesus have to die? The truth is this, Jesus did not have to die, He willingly offered Himself as the permanent redemption and atonement needed to save every soul who believes in Him forever. That is something that we should all be counting our blessings for, [1 Corinthians 1:18-21 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.]
Let Us Pray: God, Thank You, for the great sacrifice that You made to save us from death and hell. Not one single person can save themselves from this horrible destination because of the sin that stains us. You love us so much that You knew there was no other way to save man than by giving Your own life to save us. Now, we know that You have come in the flesh through Your Son, Jesus Christ, to save us. You are omnipotent in that You can be Almighty God, yet still be in the person of the Son, and the Holy Spirit so that You can abide in all of us and we in You. WE who believe in all that You are are not only washed clean of the sin that stains us, we are one with You forever. Lord, Lead us and guide us in all that You are, give us Your power, mercy, grace, to be those vessels of honor that You need us to be. Wash us clean from the filth of the day, and let us follow Your command to love others by giving them the Gospel so they too can know how to become one of Yours. I ask these things in Your name, Jesus. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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