John 11:15 (KJV) The Intent of Christ

John 11:15 (KJV)
And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.

Jesus’ intent was that the believers might believe. The chapter is filled with believers who still needed to believe.

  • Each of His disciples had questions of faith
  • Martha certainly had questions of faith even
  • Mary, who had set at His feet, had questions of faith

They each believed but they each had holes in their belief. The intent of the Lord was to fill in those holes that these believers might believe.

The intent of the Lord is still “that ye might believe“. Sometimes the tests to bring us into believing can be very painful:

  • A death in the family
  • A difficulty in circumstances
  • A dive in economy

Those of us who call Christ Lord can find ourselves wondering:

  • Why the Lord tarries
  • Where are the answers to our prayers and
  • How will He ever deliver us from this trial

We believe in Him but we have questions. We have holes in our faith.

Jesus intends to fill those holes.

 

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John 10:41 (KJV) True Greatness

John 10:41 (KJV)
And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.

Jesus said that John was the greatest born of woman and yet John the Baptist performed no miracles. His greatness is found in this, “…all things that John spake of this man were true.”

True greatness is not to be found in doing:

  • Great things
  • Impressive things or
  • Notable things

True greatness is speaking truth about Jesus Christ.

Notice, concerning John the Baptist, that it was Jesus, not the people, who called Him great. The people’s only comment about John the Baptist dealt with what he said about Jesus.  If this be the case of us we do well.

Let God ascribe whatever greatness He pleases upon us. Let men say only that whatever we say about Jesus is true.

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John 9:3 (KJV) Harmonizing the Whole Truth

John 9:3 (KJV)
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Here is a glaring example of a passage that must be taken in context or else a gross error would be made. Jesus plainly says that this man and his parents had not sinned. Taken out of context of the whole Bible it would appear that this is a perfectly sinless family. Someone could insist that there is such a person, besides Jesus, who has not sinned because Jesus said so in this passage.

I can hear them now, quoting and re-quoting this passage.  Interrupting someone trying to show them other Scriptures, stopping their ears at a teacher presenting the whole word of God on the subject. You know, just like cultists do with their pet verses. They care not what the Bible teaches; only what this verse here or there says.

Any solid reading of the Bible assures us that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God so that all are in need of the only Saviour of the souls of men, Jesus Christ.

The Bible is a body of truth. Every word of the Word of God is absolutely true. But it is only true in so far as it is kept in harmony with the whole body of truth. That is why the Bible urges us to “study to shew thyself approved…” A disciple is a student. To fail to be a student of the Bible is to reject being a disciple of Christ.

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John 9:3 (KJV) Harmonizing the Whole Truth

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John 8:4 (KJV) Circular Reasoning?

John 8:4 (KJV)
They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

A common criticism against Christianity is that we use circular reasoning; we prove the Bible by the Bible. This is the same criticism the Pharisees leveled against Jesus; He proved He is God by saying He is God.

The fact is that Jesus had no higher proof to appeal to. God claiming to be God makes perfect sense.

  • It is reasonable for God to appeal to Himself as God
  • It is reasonable for the Bible to appeal to itself that it is true

Furthermore every real truth appeals to itself to verify it is true:

  • If we question whether a certain measurement is an inch we verify it by measuring an inch
  • If we question whether a thing is level we verify it by comparing it to level
  • If we challenge whether a thing is plumb we verify it by comparing it to plumb

The same is the case with an historical event. We verify a witness of an event with a witness of the event.

Only truth can verify truth therefore only God can verify God and only the Word of God can verify the Word of God.

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John 7:4 (KJV) Developing Faithful Followers

John 7:4 (KJV)
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 methods and tactics of Christ are foreign and strange to those of the world. Jesus, his brethren believed, was full of self ambition yet He had the perfect opportunity to spread His name worldwide if He did His miracles in Jerusalem during the feast, when Jews from around the world were gathered there.

Jesus did not go with them but He did go. When He arrived He did not do miracles but taught the Word of God.

Men who do not believe become easily frustrated with God because He doesn’t do things as they would.

  • He doesn’t make a huge show
  • He doesn’t build crowds with impressive deeds
  • He doesn’t impress souls with pomp and splendor

Jesus uses simple, quiet consistent methods of teaching preaching and encouraging. These methods do not build the great crowds but they do develop faithful followers.

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John 6:30-32 (KJV) Preach Eternal Messages

John 6:30-32 (KJV)
They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
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.

John chapter six demonstrates the challenge every preacher has when communicating with people who claim to be followers of Christ but are carnal in nature. They wanted to speak about earthly/”relevant” things. Jesus was speaking about heavenly/eternal things.

Jesus’ tactic was to refuse to bow to their level. He kept the message on the:

  • Heavenly
  • Spiritual
  • Eternal
  • Essential

things.

This is exactly what the man of God must do.

The result was that there was a dramatic thinning of followers. By the time the chapter is finished only the twelve remained (and one of them was a devil). Though we all desire to win as many to Christ as we can, we must remember that our job is not to assemble a crowd but to gather those who cannot leave because they know we have the words of eternal life.

Give them those words or else have no ministry at all.

 

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2 Kings 25:12 (KJV) The Last King in Judah

2 Kings 25:12 (KJV)
But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen.

Here then is the record of the last King in Judah.  After this will be an appointed governor. Later, when we get to the time of Christ, we will find the half Jew Herod on the throne, put there by Rome. Zedekiah is captured, along with every other person of influence. Only the poor of the land are left.

I am reminded that Jesus said, “the meek shall inherit the earth.” It will not be the movers and shakers that receive the kingdom of Christ. The kings and the rich and all those who trust in and follow them will be destroyed at the battle of Armageddon. It will be the poor, the meek; those who refuse to accept the mark of the beast (and who suffer because of it) that remain to enter into Christ’s reign.

It is similar today. Those who get saved, those who enter into Christ’s promise are those who are humble enough to release the rule of their own lives.

  • Rather than being world influencers they are happy to come under the influence of Christ.
  • Rather than making a name for themselves they are content to lift up the name of Christ.
  • Rather than forging a way in the wilderness they find pleasure walking in the path Christ forged. 

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John 4:7 (KJV) When Christ Asks

John 4:7 (KJV)
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

I note first that Jesus asked.
What is He asking of you?

I note secondly that He asked an as yet unconverted sinner.
The responsibilities of faith extend to all, not just those who have been born again.

I note thirdly that Jesus asked for a material and human need.
What humility that God took upon Himself the need of man.

Concerning this request I have these observations:
He could have satisfied His thirst through His divinity.
Bring God He had no true need for water. His thirst, though real, was voluntary. He could have chosen to not submit to this human necessity.

He could have drawn the water Himself.
He was physically capable and, though perhaps culturally it was appropriate to ask a woman, it was not unheard of that a man draw his own drink.

He could have waited for His disciples
They were, after all, in the town procuring other physical needs. They would no doubt have been happy to draw Him water.

When Christ asks a thing from us we ought to view it as a learning moment. He does not need what He asks for. He is capable of getting it Himself if He so chooses. He has others who are anxious to minister to His needs. But He asks us. Let us faithfully draw for Him.

 

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John 3:12 (KJV) How Can He Believe?

John 3:12 (KJV)
If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

It is possible to divide John 3:1-21 at the line of verse twelve. Everything Jesus taught previous to this verse would then be classified “earthly things” and everything after would be “heavenly”. Notice then what are:

Earthly things

The subject of teaching is the new birth. It is the one earthly thing that provides entrance to the heavenly. The style of teaching is through earthly parables:

  • Wind
  • Trees (the sound of the wind through it?)
  • Physical birth

A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.

If a man will not accept Christ’s message of salvation it is impossible for him to understand anything else He teaches.

Heavenly things

The subject changes to the elements of the Gospel:

  • God with us
  • The death burial and resurrection
  • The heart of God for sinners
  • The ultimate condemnation of rejecters

A man must be born again. If he rejects that basic doctrine he will never understand the doctrines underlying it.

 

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John 2:22 (KJV) One and the Same

John 2:22 (KJV)
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.

The Gospel According to John was written very nearly one hundred years after the birth of Christ. It is obvious as John includes a comment in this account of an event early in Christ’s ministry having to do with the disciples’ reaction at the end of His earthly ministry. When Jesus was resurrected they remembered the Scriptures prophesying His death burial and resurrection and they remembered His own words having to do with the same.

I believe the point is to tie the two things they remembered and believed together. The Scriptures and the words of Christ are one and the same. Something that is the same is not different.

The Scripture is not higher than the word of Christ nor is visa-versa.

  • The Scripture is not more inspired
  • The Scripture is not more accurate
  • The Scripture is not more believable

than the word of Christ. Nor is the word of Christ superior the Scripture. They are one and the same.

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