John 12:32 All Men

John 12:32 (KJV)
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 

That Jesus spoke of His Crucifixion there is no doubt. Note the following verse. 

He was indeed lifted up. This means He has indeed drawn all men unto Himself. The Calvinist argument is debunked by Christ our Saviour. There is no man who is not drawn at one time or another, in some fashion or another. There is no man chosen by God to be damned as a means of God’s glory. 

This also means that any soul burdened by sin, concerned about eternity. and placing faith in Jesus, Christ may be saved. 

All who come will in no wise be cast out.[1]

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[1] John 6:37 (KJV)
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

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John 11:16 Let Us Go With Him

John 11:16 (KJV)
Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

They did go with Jesus, but they didn’t die. Contrary, they saw instead the resurrection of Lazarus from the grave. 

There is no doubt but that this miracle propelled the Pharisees into an aggressive posture against Jesus. A conspiracy to kill Him was in the works before this chapter finished. Tradition says that all of the Apostles (except John) was executed in their lifetime. But the disciples did not die then and there. 

A good deal of the time those things that frighten us into disobedience are false fears. Even if they are based in some reality, they are seldom as bad as our imaginations make them out to be. 

Let us go with Jesus and trust Him for the outcome, whatever it may be. 

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John 9:5 The Light of the World

John 9:5 (KJV)
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 

I understand that it is possible to say Jesus is in the world today. He is the light of the world today through the Word of God. He is the light of the world today through the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. He is the light of the world today through believers and the corporate work of churches, the body of Christ.

But He is not in the world today in a physical form as He was when He spoke these words. A case can be made then, that without Him, our world is becoming increasingly dark. Evil indeed is waxing worse today. Increasingly the souls of men, at least in the United States, reject what light the Word of God and the believer reflects. 

Jesus will be the light of the world in the new earth. There will be no need for sun or moon because Jesus is the light of it. He will be the light in the real sense. He will also, and more importantly, be the light in the moral sense of the word.

Even so come Lord Jesus.

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John 8:5 Religion vs Faith

John 8:5 (KJV)
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

But what sayest thou?

The scribes and Pharisees were attempting to set up a false dichotomy. 
Jesus is the Word. He had previously insisted that He is greater than the Temple and the Lord of the Sabbath. Now they wanted to separate what Moses commanded in the law from what Jesus Himself would say. 

It didn’t work. 

Jesus allowed the Word of God to do what it was always meant to do; address the matter of the heart. The Bible is meant to be used as a mirror to allow us to see ourselves for what we are and to address our own sin. It was never meant to be used as a club to beat others into the shape we want them to take. 

  • Religion uses the Bible on others
  • Faith uses the Bible to correct self

Religion hypocritically makes people do what the teachers themselves do not. Faith changes the individual who is then moved to be a help to his fellow man. 

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John 6:40 Or Else He Is No One

John 6:40 (KJV)
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. 

It is God’s will that Jesus lose none of those given Him. 

It is also God’s will that they have everlasting life and that Jesus raises them up at the last day. 

Notice the qualifications of those that are not lost, have everlasting life, and are raised up at the last day,

  • They see the Son 
  • They believe on Him

No one truly believes on Jesus until they see Him as who He is; the crucified, buried, and risen Son of God. The only begotten of the Father, the only propitiation for our sins, seated at the right hand of the Father, ever living to make intercession for us. 

He must be to us more than a historical figure. He must be more than a doctrine. He must be the living, powerful, and ever-present Saviour, or else He is no one to believe on. 

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John 6:40 Or Else He Is No One

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John 5:23 To Mishandle Jesus

John 5:23 (KJV)
That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. 

So many religious “faiths” claim to honor God the Father:

  • The Jews
  • The Mormons
  • The Jehovah’s Witnesses even
  • The Muslims 

But the they each do different things with Jesus. 

Christians too wish to honor the Father. The difference is that we believe the way to do that is through the Son, Jesus Christ. 

Every man has a right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience. But take care. To mishandle our faith in Jesus directly affects our relationship with God the Father. 

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To my readers:
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John 5:23 To Mishandle Jesus

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John 3:36 What Does It Mean to Believe?

John 3:36 (KJV)
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

A pertinent question would be, “What does it mean to believe?”

Christianity in America has devolved into an idea that believing is mental consent. It is, according to modern theology, the willingness to acknowledge the existence of Jesus Christ. On this basis, America has, for years, claimed to be a Christian nation. My contention is that this definition of belief is both shallow and unsupported in Scripture.

First, consider the devils
The Bible certainly affirms that they believe. We even have examples of those devils “witnessing” for Jesus. But the Bible says they tremble. They believe but it is not a saving faith. 

Second, consider the testimony of Christ 
His relationship with his Heavenly Father was such that he did what His Father commanded. He came to do God’s will and was quick to lay aside his own for the Father’s. 

Third, consider the testimony of the New Testament saints
There are no biblical examples of believers, except that they were abandoned to follow the Lord. We have examples of people like Demas, but Paul’s remarks concerning him are pretty glaring. We have the record of the Judaizers, but again, Paul’s analysis of them leaves us questioning whether they were genuinely saved. If they had another gospel which is not the gospel, do we really claim them as brethren?

Undoubtedly there is room in the definition of “believe” for some differences of opinion. What we really can’t accept is that saving faith acknowledges that Jesus exists and stops there. Saving faith must believe that he is the Son of God, that He died and rose again, and that to be a believer is synonymous with being a follower dedicated solely to Christ. 

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John 3:36 What Does It Mean to Believe?

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John 2:9 The Servants Knew

John 2:9 (KJV)
When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

The servants knew. 

  • The ruler didn’t know where the wine has come from
  • The guests likely did not know

The Bible says those who knew that a miracle had happened were servants. Even then it was a very specific group of servants, those which drew the water. Jesus never made His miracles plain to everyone and He doesn’t make Himself obvious even today. Those who know what Jesus does are,

  • Those who are servants 
  • Those servants who are active in obedience 
  • Those who by faith believe them

I have, for almost 40 years, drawn water from the Word of God. I have witnessed the Lord turn it into “wine,” saving souls and comforting believers. I know what He has done. 

  • I know He saved me
  • I know He called me to preach
  • I know he will save and use others

And sometimes, someone will hear me and believe. 

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First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

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John 2:9 The Servants Knew

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John 20:17 Abba, Father

John 20:17 (KJV)
Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

The Christian has cause to be the humblest of all men. Jesus placed us on His own level when He said, “my Father and your Father; and to my God and your God.”

I think the Jews would have interpreted that as that both He and they were Jews. God, they would have said, was both Jesus’ and their Father and God because He is the God and Father of Israel. The average believer in God might say something similar today. He is everyone’s Father and God because He loves everyone and, well, they would not want to admit that anyone is excluded from God. 

It is significant that this passage is after Jesus’ resurrection. While the Jew would be correct in the fleshly sense and the average person would be right in the most general sense, there is something more powerful here. The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, His gospel, has purchased for Mary, and for all who are born again, a unique relationship with God. We are joint-heirs with Christ. We are free through the Holy Spirit to call God, Abba, Father. 

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John 19:10 Yield To Christ

John 19:10 (KJV)
Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?

Behold the arrogance of man. Pilate claimed, and I imagine really believed, he had power over Jesus’ life or death. In reality, he was driven wholly by fear:

  • He was afraid that Jesus might be the King of the Jews, the Son of God
  • He was afraid of the dreams of his wife that Jesus was a just man
  • He was afraid that Rome would hear he made the wrong decision 
  • He was afraid the Jews would cause a riot over Jesus

In the end, he washed his hands of the whole affair and gave the mob what they wanted. 

He was powerless. 

Men live in a world of self-delusion. Only Christ can break through and reveal us for what we are. 

May we yield to Christ.

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

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John 19:10 Yield To Christ

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