Acts 1:2 As One, In A Church

Acts 1:2 (KJV)
Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

Though in every respect it may be said that the Holy Ghost was complicit with all that Jesus said, this is the first and only time that the Bible says Jesus spoke “through the Holy Ghost.” And this, in His resurrected body.

This takes us back to the promise of Jesus in John 16. It begins a transition of ministry directed by Christ to that which is empowered and led by the Holy Ghost. This transition finds its fulfillment in Pentecost.

The passage also reveals the cooperation between the persons of the Trinity. They are one. They each have their station and work but that work is in full compatibility with the others.

May we learn to function as one in a church as they are one in each other.

 

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John 21:21-22 How will he die?

John 21:21-22 (KJV)
Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

This is so typical of human nature. The conversation Peter had with Jesus was intense, pointed and convicting. What better way would there have been to change the subject than to talk about someone else? Peter turned to John and asked, “What about this man?”

In this case the question was “How will he die?” But it could have been all sorts of things;

  • How much money will he make?
  • Where will he have to live?
  • What kind of job will he have?
  • How bad will he suffer in life?
  • What sins will he need to confess?

Jesus’ response is fundamental Christianity, “What is that to thee? Follow thou me.”

Our concern for others ought to only be that we love them, attempt to minister to them and seek to see them saved. Other than that it’s between them and the Lord. All we need to do is follow the Lord.

 

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John 21:21-22 How will he die?

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John 20:1-6 A Sanctified Version of Self

John 20:1-6 (KJV)
The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.
So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.
And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.
Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

One of the commentaries says that the details of this passage bears, “the air of artless truth.” Perhaps we would all do well to be less artful in telling the truth. Sometimes we are so artful with the truth we risk it no longer being truth.

We have three characters:

Mary Magdalene
She was at the grave while it was still dark and the stone was already rolled away. The Bible does not say she looked into the grave but that she knew Jesus was not there.

John
The younger of the two men, John outran Peter to the grave but stopped short of entering he stooped down to see the empty grave.

Peter
While John outran him, he was first into the sepulcher. Whether it was brashness or boldness is debated by the scholars. I think its just personality. None of us are the same. John did enter the sepulcher so it wasn’t that it was wrong to do. Some of us approach others less aggressively. One is not better than the other. Each has its place and its benefit.

No one need be more like Peter or more like John. We need only be a sanctified version of the person God created us to be.

 

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John 20:1-6 A Sanctified Version of Self

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John 19:12 Can Caesar Be Friend To Christ?

John 19:12 (KJV)
And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.

This is false and unfounded accusation. It is based on errant assumptions concerning Christianity. The Christian is a friend of authority. He is instructed throughout the Bible to submit to authorities, to pray for them and to support them in every way possible.

The Christian desires peace. He longs for truth to prevail, for right to triumph and evil to be defeated. The Christian sees the Kingdoms of this world as instruments in the hands of his God. He views himself as an ambassador of good, representing his home.

Those who make these accusations do so from both misunderstanding and prejudice. They don’t like our king.

  • From those who opposed the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity
  • To those who will stand against Jesus in the battle of Armageddon,

the issue is the same, they are His enemy because they have chosen to be.

The question isn’t whether we are Caesar’s friends. The question that should be asked is if Caesar could be the friend of Christ.

 

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John 19:12 Can Caesar Be Friend To Christ?

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John 17:1 Jesus Prayed

John 17:1 (KJV)
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

We tend to think of prayer as making requests. While that is surely a part of what it means to pray, it must not be all that is prayer. In this prayer of Jesus’ only a small portion of it is actually asking:

He prayed to be glorified
vs 1, 5
And that so he might glorify the Father

He prayed God would keep those He had given Christ
vs 11,

He prayed that they would be one
vs 11, 21-22

He prayed God would keep those same from the evil
vs 15

He prayed that they be sanctified
vs 17

He prayed that they be with Him
vs 24

Much of this prayer is not request but His reason for the request. He made these requests based on His own work or their particular circumstances or His personal will.

 

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John 17:1 Jesus Prayed

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John 16:1 To Avoid Being Offended

John 16:1 (KJV)
These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.

The Greek word for offended here is where we get our word scandalized. Other definitions would be entrapped or tripped up. It is impossible in this world but that offenses will come but we don’t have to be offended.

Steps to avoid being offended include:

Being Pre-warned
Vs 1-3

Being with Jesus
Vs 3

Being convicted of the Spirit
Vs 7-11

Being taught and comforted by the Spirit
Vs 12-15

Being mindful of Christ’s return
Vs 16-21

Being prayerful
Vs 22-24

Being assured of the Father’s love
Vs 25-28

 

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John 13:1 Classic Love

John 13:1(KJV)
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.

“…He loved them unto the end.”

My mind conjured the word “classic” in relationship to this phrase.

Consider what the Bible says concerning God’s love:

  • God so loved the world
  • God commended his love while we were yet sinners
  • He first loved us
  • Behold what manner of love

And here, he loved them unto the end.

God loves us all, loves us immeasurably, loves us unconditionally, loves us sacrificially and loves us enduringly.

Classic love.

 

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John 12:27 Pray Away Troubles?

John 12:27 (KJV)
Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

Jesus did not shirk from the course He came to fulfill. Though His soul was troubled; though His course would be painful, agonizing and humiliating, He stayed true.

  • He could have prayed to be saved
  • He could have called the angels to deliver Him
  • He could have simply spoken it to stop

But what good would that have done? His cause was just. His purpose was necessary. No good thing could have happened if He had called it off.

I wonder how often we ask the Lord to call off His purpose in our lives when we discover it will be painful or troubling? We can’t simply speak ourselves out of trouble but we sure can pray it away. What if the thing we avoid is the very cause by which God would be glorified in us? Perhaps we are too quick to pray away troubles and difficulties. Perhaps more care should be taken that we learn whether this trouble is intended by God to honor the Lord.

 

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John 12:27 Pray Away Troubles?

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John 11:41-43 Just To Thank Him

John 11:41-43 (KJV)
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.
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.
And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

Behold the power and authority of Jesus Christ. Lazarus, a man who had been four days dead, heard the voice of Jesus, resurrected to life and came forth out of the grave.

This event was witnessed by those:

  • Who knew Lazarus to be dead four days
  • Who had stayed at his grave all this time and
  • Who were aware of the claims of Christ’s deity

There were questions about what Jesus might have been able to do if He had arrived before Lazarus died. But when Lazarus arose; this was unexpected by everyone.

What authority!

What power!

Truly, with God, all things are possible!

But the thing I notice is that, before He called Lazarus from the grave, He spoke with His Father. It wasn’t that He had to ask for the power. It wasn’t that He asked His Heavenly Father to resurrect Lazarus; Jesus could, would and did do that. He spoke to His father to thank Him and to acknowledge Him.

We shouldn’t only pray when we need something. We ought to pray just to speak with God, to acknowledge Him in all things and to thank Him for everything.

 

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John 11:41-43 Just To Thank Him

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John 10:40-42 Greater Works Than Miracles

John 10:40-42 (KJV)
And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.
And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.
And many believed on him there.

John the Baptist did no miracles. What he did was a greater work than any miracle would be; he spoke the truth about Jesus.

We have a befuddled mixture of false ideas about ministry these days:

Some groups believe powerful ministry is the working of miracles
These groups create these weird scenarios where trumped up reports of healings and visions and “words of knowledge” are manifested. What they will do to convince people they have the power of God is limited only by imagination.

Some groups believe powerful ministry is manifested in notoriety
Billy Graham and others like him are lauded as great men of God because of their popularity.

Some groups would define the power of God as having large audiences
Of course the size of those audiences can be different depending on the group. The mega-church bunch might call it several thousand. Another might reduce it to several hundred but the mindset is still the same; numbers equal authority and power with God

Another group might say that such power that is in the number of professions in Christ they record
It might be they are not able to keep them in their church, or even get them there one time, but they can still say they led them in a prayer. Enough of these professions becomes, for them, a mark of the power of God.

I prefer the one John the Baptist was known for, he spoke the truth about Jesus
Everything else can be faked, trumped up or man made. But the truth about Jesus as found in the Word of God, only this uplifted in the Bible, accountable to everyone who possesses a Bible and happens only through honest study of the Word of God.

 

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John 10:40-42 Greater Works Than Miracles

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