John 19:7 A Deadly Faith

John 19:7 (KJV)
The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

Romans 8:2
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 

2 Corinthians 3:6
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life 

1 Corinthians 9:21
To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

I understand and agree with obedience. I see: 

  • The virtue
  • The importance and 
  • The value 

of taking the Word of God literally and applying its instructions, commandments and principles to our Christian life today. 

But there are certain professing Christians of the Judaizing sort whose application of Old Testament law is deadly. 

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John 15:2 The Key To Long Term Success

John 15:2 (KJV)
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Purging! The very Word brings negative images. We like growth, progress, increase. We have trouble seeing how loss, slowing down, decrease could ever be a good thing. 

Fact is, it’s the key to long term success. 

When I was a teenager, I got a short-term job in an apple orchard. My responsibility was to go through each of the apple trees and, where there were two or three young apples in a bunch, pluck them leaving just one. More than one apple in a blossom results in smaller, scarred, misshapen and bruised apples. Better one really good apple than two or three that are sub-standard. 

I think we see something like that in much of American Christianity. We have some huge, even mega-churches whose focus seems to be growth. They are always on the increase. But their produce is not what it ought to be. 

To be sure, there is no intrinsic virtue in small churches. Some of them are merely an excuse for spiritual laziness. But there can also be no question that some church growth results in shoddy spiritual life. 

It’s a humbling thing to be purged of God. When the time comes, I pray we are the sort of Christians who will surrender to it for the glory of the Lord. 

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John 14:22 Lord, How Is It?

John 14:22 (KJV)
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

Every caring Christian has wondered about this and maybe even wished it weren’t so. 

  • We want to see people saved
  • We want to see people in heaven and not hell
  • We want to see people believe in and trust Jesus Christ

But wanting it doesn’t make it happen. 

We can get frustrated, can’t we, that people we care about do not see the same obvious truths in the Bible we see. 

And we are likely to question the Lord about it, “How is it?”

I think the question can be in a couple of different ways:

  • Why is Jesus manifested to us and not the world?
  • How is it that a person can see Jesus unlike the world?

The answer seems to be the same in both cases; it is a faith issue. One has to “keep his words” and then everything else falls into place. This doesn’t mean that obeying the commands of the Bible is what saves us. It means that we accept the Word of God. 

  • We believe what it says about: sin, Jesus, eternity. 
  • We call upon Christ as instructed in the Bible. 
  • We respond to His overtures of love 

and then He, through the Holy Spirit, reveals himself to us. 

And we are likely to question the Lord about it, “How is it?”

I think the question can be in a couple of different ways:

  • Why is Jesus manifested to us and not the world?
  • How is it that a person can see Jesus unlike the world?

The answer seems to be the same in both cases; it is a faith issue. One has to “keep his words” and then everything else falls into place. This doesn’t mean that obeying the commands of the Bible is what saves us. It means that we accept the Word of God. 

  • We believe what it says about: sin, Jesus, eternity. 
  • We call upon Christ as instructed in the Bible. 
  • We respond to His overtures of love 

and then He, through the Holy Spirit, reveals himself to us. 

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John 12:9-11 Let Your Life Be The Reason

John 12:9-11 (KJV)
Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

There is no question that Lazarus’ case is a unique one:

  • He had been dead four days
  • He had been sealed in the tomb and
  • He had been personally raised again by Jesus 

But beyond that he wasn’t much different than any other believer:

  • He still gathered with others
  • He still ate at suppers and
  • He could still be killed[1]

Lazarus was resurrected no more certainly than any Christian is. His life became the talk of the town because, well, he was alive. When a person gets saved his or her life is resurrected by none other than Jesus Christ. Whatever they were before, they cannot be the same again. The difference is life. And that life can be the reason, should be the reason many others leave their old life and believe on Jesus. 


[1]At least the chief priests believed they could put him to death.

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John 11:9 The Work is Worth the Price

John 11:9 (KJV)
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.

The disciples, upon hearing that Jesus wished to see Lazarus, were concerned about the dangers. The Jews had lately sought to stone Jesus. A trip to Bethany might prove fatal. Jesus put the danger aside for the sake of the work. He viewed: 

  • Teaching the message He would teach
  • Building the faith of those who would see and
  • Glorifying His Father

As the work He would do. And that work was worth the risks, even if they proved fatal. 

I am reminded of the Baptist preachers[1]who, having been run out of Massachusetts for their faith, returned to minister to an elderly person who could not make the trip to Rhode Island. They knew the risks of returning. They knew they were not to preach the Word of God in Massachusetts. But their work necessitated taking the risk. For the sake of the Gospel, to manifest the Word and to glorify God these 300 years later[2], they accepted the risks. 

  • To preach the Word
  • To teach the truth
  • To glorify God

This work is worth the price it costs to accomplish it. 


[1]John Clarke, John Crandall and Obadiah Holmes. Holmes was subsequently whipped for conducting a Baptist service in Lynn, Massachusetts.

[2]I mean that they are still glorifying God by their actions even today.

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John 9:35-38 Things That Blind Us

John 9:35-38 (KJV)
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?
He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

It seems to me that this man’s parents are the subtle key to the passage. 

  • They knew this was their son
  • They knew he was born blind
  • They could see that he could now see

But, for fear of being kicked out of the synagogue, they would not even support their son, let alone trust Christ. 

I note that it was only after the man was cast out of the synagogue that Jesus revealed Himself to him and the man could come to saving faith. Our world is filled with idols, things we put before God. 

  • It might be a religion 
  • It might be family 
  • It might be a job or income
  • It might be friendships 
  • It might be a way of life

These and other things can blind us so we cannot see that we cannot see God. We might have a form of religion, but we miss the power of God.

It is only when we come out of it that we are in a position to have a real saving faith and walk with God. 

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John 8:14 Trust God for the Spiritual

John 8:14 (KJV)
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.

Here is a biblical truth that is at once both liberating and frustrating – I can only know me. 

Jesus told the Pharisees that He knew whence He came, but that they did not. Regarding Jesus they could only:

  • Hear His testimony 
  • Witness His life and
  • Compare that to Scriptures 

From there they would each make their decision concerning Him. 

Truth is, that’s the best we can do with any person. We can never know their heart. We can’t know their thoughts or motives. All we can do is:

  • Listen to their words
  • Watch their life
  • Compare that to truth

and decide from there whether we wish to be around them or not. 

This truth has led to the mobilization of religious inquisitions and resulted in millions of martyrdoms. Frustrated that they could not see the heart, religion has always opted to force the deeds into compliance. 

Faith in God trusts Him to deal with others on a spiritual rather than physical level. 

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John 7:42-43 Why Such Division

John 7:42-43 (KJV)
Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
So there was a division among the people because of him.

See in Luke 7:40-53 the precise reason why there is such division because of Jesus. People make assumptions concerning him that are simply false.

  • Some of those assumptions are based in ignorance 
  • Some in stupidity and 
  • Some in pure malice

The one group did not know Jesus was from the seed of David or out of Bethlehem. 
I suppose that information wasn’t as commonly known as it is today. None of the gospels after all had been written. Still, if Luke could find out this information, so could any who had cared to do so. 

Our world is filled with people who just don’t know the truth about Jesus. They know some things, but they are incorrect things. The truth is available if they would but look.

Another group did not know that there were indeed rulers who had believed 
Nicodemus, for one, had become a believer. He was with them every day and yet they did not know his faith in Christ. That could have been because Nicodemus hadn’t said anything. I think it was more because they refused to hear him. Ignorance is the lack of information. Stupidity is the inability to learn it. 

So many in our world refuse to learn the truth of Christ. They have been presented with the gospel. They have heard the preaching of the Word. They simply refuse to accept it. 

There is, in this world, an active effort to prevent people from believing Christ
The Pharisees had an evil intent to prevent souls from accepting Christ as Messiah. 

The Devil has blinded the minds of many in our world so that they cannot see the truth concerning Christ. 

Once again I say it, the truth about Christ is available to all who will but look. 

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John 6:2 Reach Out To Serve

John 6:2 (KJV)
And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.

The multitude had: 

  • Followed Jesus without asking
  • Followed Jesus for the wrong reason and
  • Followed Jesus without caring for their own welfare

Still Jesus assumed responsibility to “buy bread” for them. 

He had a lesson to teach His disciples. We ought to minister to people: 

  • Who do not deserve it, 
  • Who want to misuse it and 
  • Though we don’t have enough to do it 

When we reach out to serve, the Lord will give us enough and more. Sometimes a lot more. 

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John 5:39-40 The Value of The Scriptures

John 5:39-40 (KJV)
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

The Scribes and Pharisees viewed the Scriptures as their salvation. They had read it and copied it and written about it until they had lost sight of the message of it.

The Bible tells us how to have eternal life. It is holy and precious and infallible and from above. But it is not the end in itself. Its value is in bringing us to Jesus Christ.

Any religion that uses the Word of God but draws people away from Jesus is a lie. There is no redeeming good in it. It is of Satan as surely as a religion that uses some other “holy” book.

Those who search the Scriptures but reject Jesus Christ will be judged out of the very book they claim to know so well. 

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