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JOHN CHAPTER 12

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1-3 Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. 3 Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

 

Jn 12,1-4

(186g) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> After they reject God’s faith how can they believe? -- The blasphemy coming from the bowls of the world, such as Dan Brown's DaVinci Code and others who take it upon themselves to invent their own rendition of the gospel and pass it off as the morality of Jesus, builds speculation upon speculation. Only after people caught on to his ideas, which had no basis in the truth, did he then comment that people were not supposed to take him seriously, since he was merely writing a fun work of fiction. However, he had upset the faith of many by then, which was exactly his intent, because Mr. Brown is a sinner, unable to discriminate between his own lies. Only from a sea of reprobates would something this blasphemous become popular, even knowing it's fiction; they read it fantasying its truth. How are we not living in the age of apostasy? Only a depraved and psychopathic society would support a guy like Dan Brown and believe in his lies even after he admitted he was merely following his impulses. The point is not whether his writings are true, but how deeply he can profane the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and blaspheme the man who gave His life a ransom for many. His simple goal is to spread seeds of doubt. Funny, the devil does the same thing. 

Jn 12,1-3

(8j) Responsibility >> Responsible to defend God’s cause >> Preparing to die to self – According to the custom of their day, they would anoint the body of the deceased with perfume. In Jesus' mind He was already dead, since He had determined to become the sacrificial lamb. 

(13l) Servant >> Serve God though small in stature >> Least is the greatest

(77b) Thy kingdom come >> Hunger for the essence of God >> Hunger for His presence -- Mary knew Jesus like few other disciples, and perhaps her spiritual understanding of Him is the cause of some of the reprobates of our own time confusing her spirituality with sexual interest in the Lord. Her great secret and the strength of her spirituality was that she listened to Jesus. She loved His product that He offered the world, which was love, joy and all the other fruits of the Spirit, things she never saw in any of her clients as a prostitute. She was hungry for the things of God; Jesus was a perfect match for her. She consumed the Lord as though He were a banquet of food stretched across a long table after starving for many years. Mary wasn’t looking for true love as we know it, but for something yet more spiritual than any human could offer her. She had a hunger that God put in her heart most likely as a child, so when she followed her path that led to prostitution, the contrast made her long for God all the more, not knowing what she really wanted, until He came and she felt His words sink into her spirit and find their place in her heart.

(79j) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word >> Listen to the word >> Listen to Jesus -- Jesus corrected Judas in verse 7 saying, “let her alone, in order that she may keep it [the custom of anointing] for the day of My burial. No one asked Him what He meant, but Mary who was anointing His feet knew, because she listened to Jesus. He told them point blank many times that He was going to the cross, but they refused to listen to Him about this and were afraid to question Him about it. The rest of the disciples thought more in line with the Jews, who expected the Kingdom of God to appear at any time, because they didn’t want to believe that Jesus would some day leave them in care of the Holy Spirit. However, Mary was open-minded about everything Jesus said. If He told her that He was going away and leaving her with someone she would never be able to see, touch, smell or taste, but that He was His perfect spiritual reflection, Mary was all into it, because she trusted that whatever Jesus had in mind would ultimately end in her favor, because she knew He loved her and all His disciples. She would miss Him when His physical form was taken from her, but she was more into the spiritual side of Jesus, and for that reason, she heard Him talk about His imminent death, and was anointing Him for burial.

(123k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Spiritual affection >> Being in love with the body of Christ >> Physical affection with spiritual motives -- There was nothing sexual about Mary applying perfume to Jesus’ feet with her hair. Of all the women disciples who followed Jesus, Mary was probably the most spiritual of them all. She seemed to understand Jesus better than anyone, and for that reason those who have trouble understanding Him could possibly misconstrue her spiritual affection for sexual advances. Those who would misinterpret her motives as sexual and Jesus who allowed her to touch Him this way would fall into agreement with His enemies, according to another account of this story in Lk 7,36-50, where it tells of a Pharisee thinking evil in his heart about Jesus for letting this woman (Mary) anoint His feet in this manner. He said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what sort of person this woman is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” If only this Pharisee knew Jesus as Mary did, he might not be so judgmental.

(182e) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Three causes of interpreting Scripture falsely >> Because they have no regard for God’s word – Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with a very costly perfume of pure nard and wiped His feet with her hair. This is one of the Scripture passages that reprobates of our day have expropriated for their own purpose of smearing the character of Christ. They assert that He had an illicit sexual relationship with Mary, based on the emotional ties He had with her. This, however, is not to mention that He felt very strongly about her whole family, along with many other people whom He loved and formed deep emotional bonds. Our depraved society cannot discriminate between an emotional relationship with the opposite gender and a sexual relationship, assuming they cannot exist apart. When you turn on the TV, everything is geared toward sex as perhaps the topmost legal drug on the market today, and they use it to sell all their products, but what they are really selling is sex. Non-committal sex has eaten away at the moral fabric of society to the point that the family structure has virtually collapsed beyond any hope of restoring it. This social/moral decline is so in-your-face through every facet of the media. It appears that people are trying to cause this moral decline on purpose. Satan’s world empire is almost upon us. He is in no way strong enough to control an emotionally and mentally stable people who belong to a strong family structure, so these things must first be eliminated before his plans to take over a feeble-minded and broken people can go forward. Now my point – if sexual perversion is a tool of the devil to ripen a people ready to be plucked, then how do these psychopaths intend to sell their idea that Jesus was sexually promiscuous to those of us who know and love the truth? I'm not buying it. 

(209a) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> We go where He goes -- Feet are the body part that takes us where we want to go, especially back in those days when they didn’t have cars. Hence, to anoint Jesus’ feet was symbolic of glorifying the body part that Jesus used to find her. The fact that she applied the perfume with her hair was in a sense using a body part of her own. According to Paul in 1Cor 11,3-16 a woman’s long hair is her glory. She used her hair to anoint Jesus for burial. This was significant enough to be mentioned twice in the gospels, once in Luke and once here in the gospel of John. It is a good guess that Mary never washed or cut her hair so long as the fragrance of the perfume lasted, reminding her of the Lord long after He ascended to heaven.

Jn 12,3-6

(186j) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> God’s role in forming a reprobate >> Marked out for destruction

Jn 12-3

(252b) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship Jesus (Because He is equal with God) >> Jesus is worthy of our worship >> Worship Jesus for who he is

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4-8 But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, 5 "Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?" 6 Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it. 7 Therefore Jesus said, "Let her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of My burial. 8 "For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me."

 

Jn 12,4-8

(23h) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Shaming the poor – The true mark of a Christian that separates him from the reprobate mind is compassion, which requires the ability to empathize. The reprobate is incapable of this because of his narcissism. Judas demonstrated the mentality of the reprobate mind by the fact that the only time he showed an interest in the poor is when he saw an opportunity to take advantage of them. Compassion was something Judas simply could not comprehend, for the Scriptures plainly state that he was not concerned about the poor. Like the laws of the animal kingdom regarding Natural Selection such as Survival of the Fittest, if Judas can steal from the poor, that means he is more fit than them and thus more deserving of survival. To show a feigned interest in the poor is worse than not showing an interest at all, because now he was mocking them. Judas was under the impression that to get ahead in life meant to get ahead financially, so he regularly skimmed the treasury fund, which is an age-old trick. Who knows what he did with the money he stole; he didn’t go out and buy luxurious things; he didn’t come back wearing a fancy coat or new shoes, because Jesus would have asked where he got them. Apparently he had outside connections to whom he would give the money, perhaps to his wife, instructing her to add it to their growing stash, so when his Jesus-gig ended they could comfortably retire.

(195e) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Serving two masters (Destroying your conscience) >> Being double minded – Judas was a thief and a scoundrel, but he was not a murderer, yet he no less had a reprobate mind. He didn’t think Jesus would be murdered when he betrayed Him; he was only trying to terminate His ministry so he could begin living out his dream life with all the money he stole, but after he learned they intended to crucify Him, he discovered he had a conscience, and he didn’t know what to do with it, so he killed himself. Jesus was his friend who took him under His wing and perhaps the only person who trusted him and paid attention to him. We know for a fact that Judas had a reprobate mind (Mat 26-24), so is it possible he had a conscience? Apparently so, the problem is he had no idea what to do with it, because feeling guilty rarely occurred to him. Reprobates are in many ways like psychopaths, who are said to be without conscience, yet psychopaths do have a conscience, only not like yours and mine. Conscience is a part of us that is a restricted area; we are not allowed to touch it or manipulate it in any way, so that it can accurately tell us when we do wrong. In contrast, the reprobate and psychopath disable their God-given conscience and develop a version of their own based on a set of handpicked rules that they devise for themselves, and apparently Judas did not make allowance for murderer.

Jn 12,4-6

(25h) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Thief >> Stealing from some one

(76c) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Seeking authority for security >> Motives based on greed

(166i) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> >> The carnal mind cannot discern between good and evil >> The world’s perspective on wealth

(170h) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Temporary >> Rewards of this life are temporary

(182j) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Being deceptive with people >> Telling the truth with an evil motive

(186db) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> The fool throws Jesus away for something better >> Judas betrayed the Lord – Judas Iscariot was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples who walked with Him for 3˝ years; He heard the word of God in its purest form, saw countless miracles performed right in front of him, yet he did not repent as a thief. He probably Oood and Awed His miracles like watching the fireworks, but he was never shaken to his core or stopped even for a moment to reflect on what he was seeing and hearing. He was impervious to rehabilitation. God has given Judas Iscariot to us as an example of a reprobate mind. Jesus chose twelve disciples and chose one of them as a devil on purpose, who would betray Him. He did this because he knew that every generation after Him throughout the millennia would have to deal with the bloodsucking nature of this kind of people, who have no conscience or capacity to believe in God. He abided with Jesus in the inner circle, yet he still did not believe. He cared only for himself and valued money over spiritual matters of the heart. He simply was not capable of comprehending the Kingdom of God. In every way he was the opposite of Mary Magdalene. He was deeply entrenched in the value system of the world, and never heard a single word that Jesus spoke on a spiritual level. Yet he fit in perfectly with the rest of the disciples, who loved Jesus with all their hearts and understood Him on a limited basis. No one suspected there was an unbeliever in their midst. During the Lord’s Supper in Lk 22,20-23, Jesus told His disciples that there was one seated with them at the table who would betrayed Him, and they all began to discuss with each other which one it might be, implying they didn’t know. Judas perfectly blended with the disciples. (That was meant to scare you.)

Jn 12-5,6

(175b) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Using religion as a front – The twelve remained with Jesus, even Judas. Of course Judas didn’t really care what He said; He wasn’t particularly listening to Him; he was just in it for the money. Judas expected this whole Jesus movement to end in tragedy, which it did, and so Judas was right, except that he caused it, making it a self-fulfilled prophecy, which his conscience was not prepared to accept. Judas wanted this Jesus gig to last long enough to amass a small fortune, so that when things fall apart, he would take his money and run. However, after he realized this was ending badly for Jesus, He didn’t want to see Him killed, and he especially didn’t want to be the cause of his death. He was actually fond of Jesus; his conscience got overweighed with guilt, so he committed suicide. He felt remorse, guilt and condemnation incurred by the devil, not of godly repentance. Jesus didn’t talk to Judas like He talked to Peter; at his betrayal He just said to him, “What you do, do quickly” (Jn 13-27), but with Peter he said, “I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers” (Lk 22-32). Virtually all sin has pride at the very root of it; Judas had pride in his money, and Peter had pride in his faith. With pride comes falsehood; Judas’ money had false-wealth, and Peter’s pride had false confidence. Humility is like a container that can hold true faith, and no other container can hold it. Pride is a container that can hold only things that are false, so whatever is in our basket of pride is false. To the degree that we walk in pride is the degree to which we are self-deceived.

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9-16 The large crowd of the Jews then learned that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He raised from the dead. 10 But the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also; 11 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and were believing in Jesus. 12 On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, "Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel." 14 Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, 15 "FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION; BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING, SEATED ON A DONKEY'S COLT." 16 These things His disciples did not understand at the first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him.

 

Jn 12,9-11

(25e) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Murder >> Persecution to the death >> Kill your neighbor for God’s sake

(39ja) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated this world system >> Jesus defeated people who serve Satan

(53d) Paradox >> Opposites >> Of life and death >> Dying more than once – The Jews came to see Jesus, but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead, so the chief priests and the Pharisees set their crosshairs to murder Lazarus too, because on account of him many believed in Jesus. Lazarus was probably in paradise, and now the Jews were seeking to kill him. It makes you wonder how happy he was with Jesus for raising him from the dead. If Lazarus had the option, he probably would have stayed in paradise, except that God called him back, and wherever God wants you is the best place to be for everyone involved in your life, because it is the place where God can use you.

(144e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The Church Bears Witness of Jesus >> That He was sent by God -- These verses go with verses 17-19. It was the height of twisted thinking that the religious establishment of Israel wanted to put Lazarus to death, because the people were using him to believe in Jesus. In that way Lazarus represents the Church today. They could have seen Lazarus as solid proof of Jesus’ divinity as the Expected One and embraced their Messiah, instead they wanted to kill Lazarus for the express reason that his life testified of these things. For the same reason the world will try to rid itself of the Church in the last days, but God will not let it happen, just like He didn't let the world have its way in Jesus' day, via His resurrection. The chief priests could see where this was going, that Jesus would increase in popularity if they didn’t do something to stop Him, and if allowed, He would perform more signs and wonders, and their position in society would become obsolete. Eventually this happened, but not the way the religious establishment expected. They knew there was not a chance that Jesus would employ them in His ministry or allow them to retain their position in power, that if they didn’t stop Jesus, they would lose everything. Jesus had no interest in taking over their business of religion; He was in the process of terminating it.

(146h) Purpose of miracles (Key verse)

(146i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Purpose of Miracles, Signs And Wonders >> Proof that Jesus is the son of God >> That the world may be saved – There were hand-written recordings of Old Testament scrolls in their synagogues that the people could read for themselves, if they could read, yet all the people understood their ancient writings in a uniform manner because the Scribes and Pharisees taught them that One would come who wielded the power of God and do things just as Jesus did, yet when He came and the prophecies were fulfilled, instead of embracing Him, those same spiritual leaders rejected Him and persecuted Him to the death. This goes beyond anybody’s wildest imagination. The chief priests hated Jesus because He was shining the light on their business of religion. They hated Him through jealousy; they weren’t jealous of His relationship with God but of His popularity with the people and His power to perform miracles, signs and wonders. The chief priests would have done anything to have this power, for they would have used it to further exploit the people.

(180g) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Wolves steal, kill and destroy >> Wolves have a killer instinct

(245h) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> The resurrection is a manifestation of His life -- These verses go with verses 17-19. Technically, raising Lazarus from the dead was not as aspect of the First Resurrection that will occur at the second coming of Christ. Instead, Jesus raised Lazarus in the same mortal body that he had when he died, so poor Lazarus had to die twice, and the chief priests were trying to speed up this process. The people wanted to meet Lazarus and ask him all the questions that we have about the experience of death. In regard to the First Resurrection, it is not just a blessing upon the righteous but is based on judgment, in the same way that the resurrection of the damned is also a judgment against those who worshipped Satan over God. Those who partake of the First Resurrection have a genuine faith, in contrast to the damned who have set up idols and worshipped them under the premise that they represented their faith. These idols could have been as close to a genuine faith as their religion.

Jn 12-9

(143j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Jesus is popular because of His works -- This verse goes with verses 17-19

Jn 12,12-16 

(133a) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> God is holy >> The Father is holy -- They set Jesus on a donkey on His approach to Jerusalem and spread palm branches in his path shouting, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel,” fulfilling Scripture. These people were excited about Jesus at that time, because they thought He was about to be crowned King of Israel, not just another king, but their long awaited Messiah come to deliver them from their enemies. This was really all they wanted from Him. They didn’t see their need for a savior, suggesting the people lacked a sense of holiness, causing them to miss Jesus, who came to save them from their sins. Jesus is due to return before long, and according to the pattern, His people will probably miss Him again for the same reason. Most people in the Church are expecting the rapture to occur at any time, just like the Jews expected the Kingdom of God to suddenly appear. However, Paul said, He is coming for a church, “Having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless” (Eph 5-27). There’s that word again “holy”. Jesus promised to delay His second coming, and now we know why; He will wait and allow the devil’s tribulation to purge His people before He returns for them.

(141d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesus’ ministry >> Jesus as the savior

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17-22 So the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, continued to testify about Him. 18 For this reason also the people went and met Him, because they heard that He had performed this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, "You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him." 20 Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast; 21 these then came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and began to ask him, saying, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." 22 Philip came and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip came and told Jesus.

 

Jn 12,17-19

(24j) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> World is envious of Jesus -- Lazarus stood alongside Jesus with many other testimonies of the things Jesus had done, and the people were worshipping Him, spreading palm branches along His path and glorifying Him on His way to Jerusalem. The chief priest and the Pharisees made their statement of faith saying, “You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him.” The Pharisees feared most that they would lose to Jesus their position as teachers of the law. They feared the people would stop listening to their gibberish as Jesus freed them from the financial slavery to their useless religion. They were at the top of their game as Israel’s religious leaders. Israel was not just another country, but was literally invented by God the moment He spoke to Abraham and promised He would make him and his descendents a nation that would fill the whole earth. In other words Israel was created from faith, implying that Israel’s religion defined them, and the Pharisees were in charge of it, and they had utterly distorted it, which was Jesus’ complaint against them. Hence, the Pharisees considered themselves the most important people of their nation, and were brilliantly successful in convincing the people of that, until Jesus came along and gave the people the truth. This was motive enough to have the Romans crucify Him.

(143j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Jesus is popular because of His works -- These verses go with verse 9

(144e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The Church Bears Witness of Jesus >> That He was sent by God -- These verses go with verses 9-11

(245h) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> The resurrection is a manifestation of His life -- These verses go with verses 9-11

Jn 12,20-22

(72h) Authority >> Hierarchy of authority >> More authority the more responsibility >> Closer we get to Jesus the more authority we have – This reveals a hierarchy of authority that existed with Jesus' disciples, as a model for the hierarchy of authority that exists in heaven. There was the inner circle consisting of three: Peter, James and John, and then there were the other nine (there may have been a hierarchy within them that was not as well documented). Andrew had administrative skills and many connections; he knew a lot of people; he brought some of the disciples to the Lord who became members of the twelve (Jn 1,35-51). The Greeks apparently knew Jesus’ disciples, or else were led to them. It may have taken them a while before they arrived in His presence, perhaps learning that Jesus was in a certain city, and then learned that He was last seen on the east side of town, where someone pointed out one of his disciples. They contacted Philip, who contacted Andrew, and they both went to Jesus and told Him that a group of gentiles wanted to see Him. Jesus normally didn’t have dealings with gentiles. Whenever Jesus dealt with a gentile, it was always an exception, such as the woman at the well, who was a Samaritan. Jesus dealt with gentiles on a case-by-case basis, whereas any Jew who wanted to see Jesus had direct access to Him. This is something that we should recognize in our own faith that we gentiles believe in God through the Jews, since Jesus was a Jewish Messiah. He was an Israelite, a son of Abraham. Since Israel rejected the gospel, the gentiles have been managing it all these centuries, but we have conveniently forgotten that we have a Jewish faith. The sooner we understand that we have been grafted into the faith of Abraham who believed God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness, the sooner we will understand that when the Jews return to their faith as prophesied for the last days (Romans chapter 11), the gentiles will have to surrender the gospel to them and believe in God through the doctrines that the Jews disseminate from the Holy Spirit. This depicts a hierarchy of authority.

Jn 12-20,21

(232m) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Seek the essence of his kingdom >> Seeking Jesus

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23 And Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 

 

Jn 12,23-26

(14b) Servant >> Servants expend themselves to please God – The Father sent His Son to offer His life to the world, so we would be saved. Had He not done the Father’s will, but lived His own life, He may have experienced a few moments of fleeting pleasure, but then died as any other man, and no one would have benefited from Christ’s life. Instead, He sacrificed His life that we might be beneficiaries of His suffering. Now that we are His children, He wants us to dedicate our lives to the same cause of the gospel, which may take some sacrifice. He promises our efforts to bear fruit.

(129e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing fruit >> Bear fruit by dying to self --  Jesus said, “He who loves his life looses it,” meaning whoever clings to the parent plant will lead a fruitless life and will eventually die anyway, but “he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to eternal life.” There are a lot of people who think they can make something of their lives, but they are at a disadvantage when they meet God. The ones with the disadvantage in this life are the ones with the best opportunity to sacrifice their lives to Jesus. People who hate the world find it easier to sacrifice their lives for the sake of the Kingdom of God than those who love the world. In fact, you could say that if you love the world, it is impossible to sacrifice your life, any more than you can quit smoking if you like to smoke. In many ways this world is like an addiction to a bad habit. You must first hate the habit before you can quit. It is a requirement to hate the world before you can be a disciple of Jesus. In our case the plant represents the world. Therefore, if we detach ourselves from it and fall into the rich soil of God’s kingdom and die to our fleshly desires, God will make something of us that we could never make of ourselves, but when a man enters into judgment with God without any fruit to show for his years, God will interpret that man’s life as one who cared only for the temporal interests of his flesh. A man can even show God his family as evidence that he bore fruit, but God isn’t looking for fruit that can be produced by the flesh; He is looking for spiritual fruit. The fruit of the spirit is: love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, qualities that can only be consistently reproduced by the Holy Spirit.

(187g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Dying to receive the glory of God >> Dying to self precedes the resurrection Jesus talked about Himself as a seed. The seed is alive and matures on the plant, and then detaches from the plant and falls to the ground where it dies and germinates, putting down its roots and begins to grow with new potential to produce seed-dwelling fruit. Like a planted acorn, the next year we discover a stem growing oak leaves on it, but before that acorn could grow it had to die. No one would eat an acorn that was ready to grow, because it turns colors and doesn’t look good anymore, but inside things are happening. It is making preparations to set down roots and push up a stem as the beginning of a long life of an oak tree. Similarly, when Jesus was born to Mary, it was the beginning life, like an acorn growing on the parent family tree of humanity. When he entered His 3˝ year ministry, He fell off the tree to the ground and began germinating, and when He died they buried Him, and His resurrection represented the stem pushing through the soil back to the light, also sending down roots, representing the Church planted on the earth.

(192a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Life for life >> Losing your life to gain God’s life – Jesus said, “The one who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life.” Someone might say that He was using the word “hate” as a metaphor, since it is such a strong word. Actually, God thinks exclusively in terms of love and hate with nothing in-between; He doesn’t “like” or “dislike” anything. Jesus is the Son of God, and so this is how He thinks too, and He wants us to think like Him. When He said “hate”, He meant it. He wants us to adopt His thinking. He wants us to hate our lives in this world, because then we will show no interest in seeking the temporal pleasures and benefits of this life. We could say that He hated His life compared to his life in heaven, but either way He hated it. 1Jn 2-15,16 says, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world;” what did John mean by that? Jesus didn’t tell us to hate the world; He told us to hate our lives in the world. We hate our lives in the world because we hate the things in the world, “the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life.” We consider all the world’s principles to be upside down and backwards. We can’t love this world and do the will of God at the same time.

(208a) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The kindness of God >> The cross – Jesus was tortured and killed, shamed and dishonored, despised and forsaken, yet He said He was about to be glorified. This is the attitude Jesus took with Him to the cross. Is that how we would describe our suffering? In the following verses Jesus taught that if we followed Him, we would walk in the same manner that He walked and would receive a similar reward. If we suffer for Jesus’ sake, we should have the same attitude. However, just because we are suffering doesn’t mean we are suffering the circumstances that were determined by God, for we could be facing the consequences of our own actions (1Pet 2-20). Peter said that we should not expect to be glorified for enduring with patience the penalty of our sin. However, if a criminal gets saved in prison and seeks to be a model prisoner throughout the rest of his sentence, this would glorify God because he had a change of heart. God’s plan for each person is to become established on the trail of good works that He has prepared for us, wherever He finds God. This trail is different for each person, resembling a ray of light that leads to the face of Christ. The trail of good works leads to heaven, and there are many good works on this trail. One leads to the next, and along this trail there is also suffering and persecution we must endure. So long as we are on our designated trail, the suffering we endure brings glory to God, and we will be glorified in it, but off the trail our suffering is related to the outcome of disobeying God. The cross was on the trail of good works that Jesus walked, and the cross was the end of the road for Him in this life, and for every martyr by which they glorified God.

(233f) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Seek The Kingdom With Your Essence >> Seek the elusive Kingdom of God – How do we stop loving the world? We are believers in Jesus, but we also love our job and our salary, which has attracted a beautiful woman, and now we have a nice house, children, a dog and two cars in the garage, living the American dream. How are we supposed to hate that? Are we following God’s plan and purpose; people would tend to say yes because of their success, quickly attributing it to God, but they keep the glory for themselves. All these wonderful things in our lives act as a distraction to our faith in Jesus and to the voice of the Holy Spirit and the call of God in our lives. When this life ends and we meet God, He will show us the life He wanted us to live, saying, ‘This is what you did and this is what I wanted you to do.’ He will show us the trail of good works and what our lives would have resembled walking on that trail. We might tell Him, ‘That doesn’t look like anything I would do;’ and God might say, ‘Still, that was My will for you, and now you can’t come into My heaven.’ We will say to Him, ‘What do you mean, I believe in you;’ and He will say, ‘It looks more like you believe in the world,’ and then He will start quoting Scripture. We will say, ‘I believe in all those doctrines,’ and God will say, ‘I didn’t ask you to believe in a set of doctrines; I asked you to live according to them.’ The only way we can do that is to die to self, to our dreams and desires.

Jn 12,23-25

(56g) Paradox >> Opposites >> Seek God’s life by subduing your flesh – We must throw our plans in the dumpster and ask God what He wants us to do. He will spread out His plan for us like a red carpet. We might look at it and frown and look back at our own plan and say, ‘I think I like mine better,’ but we want to do the will of God, so we die to our plans and visions and pick up God’s vision for our life, and before long it becomes our life and we couldn’t think of living any other way. The life that God has for us will make us happier than any of our own ideas. So many marriages end in divorce nowadays, even those who seem to have it all. They might be happy for a while, but more often big plans end in big tragedies, everybody gets hurt, and nobody is benefited. Meanwhile, the man walking in God’s plan bears fruit everywhere he goes and blesses everyone he knows. He is following the voice of the Holy Spirit, constantly dying to the passions and desires and thoughts and ideas of his heart. This is how Jesus lived; He could have had it all; the devil personally offered it to Him (what are the chances the devil’s promises would have come to fruition?). All Jesus wanted was to do the will of God, and He lived by the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal 5-22,23). This is what everybody wants; they want all the other things too, but they don’t go together.

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24-27 "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 "He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. 26 "If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. 27 "Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, 'Father, save Me from this hour '? But for this purpose I came to this hour.

 

Jn 12-24,25

(55k) Paradox >> Gain the world to lose your soul >> He who saves his life shall lose it – Had Jesus loved his life in the flesh, He would have refused the cross, and if I love my life in the flesh, I will lose everything God had planned for me, including eternal life. If we love this life, we won’t follow Jesus on the trial of good works, and we will reject all forms of suffering in His name. There are many people who call themselves Christians who think they can believe in Jesus and forgo God’s plan and purpose and live however they feel, but the Scriptures do not reflect this. The teachings of Jesus were an amalgamation between Paul and James; He taught the faith of Paul and the works of James, putting them together as one and the same. He said that if we do not serve Him, we cannot be His disciples (Lk 14-26,27), and only the disciples of Jesus go to heaven. This is not what the Church says today; in fact, they never even use the word “disciple” anymore. We think we can approve a set of doctrines and live any way we want and ignore the will of God and expect to go to heaven, but the one who loves this life will lose eternal life.

Jn 12-24

(187a) Die To Self — Key verse for the entire chapter – The Scriptures speak in great length about dying to self. This chapter is a list of relevant topics that pertain to the process of substitution as we sacrifice our will for God's will. It indicates that repentance is the means by which we meet this objective, leading the reader to understand that he/she has eternal life and has God's favor, as opposed to the world's temporal rewards. Our flesh wants to be in control, and we give it consent; however, it would be a better choice to control it, and we do that partly through the grace of God and partly through our own determination to quit sinning. Both our will and His will are required. We cannot expect God’s grace to remove our sinful passions and desires without any effort on our part, nor can we expect our own efforts apart from Him to accomplish anything, but together all things are possible through Christ.

Jn 12-26

(32e) Father Will Honor You (Key verse)

(32f) Gift of God >> Father will honor you if you die to self >> In His service -- There is no way to serve Jesus without following Him. If we want to serve Him, we must follow Him to the cross and die to the sinful passions of our flesh. Jesus was nailed between two sinners, who in one way or another deserved to be there, just as our own sinful flesh needs to be nailed next to Him. Although it is a place of humiliation, Jesus said, “If anyone serves Me, the father will honor him,” even as God honored His Son for going to the cross. That is something worth sacrificing and investing our lives, so when the moment comes to meet God, we will have a clear conscience and He will honor us for the life we lived and the sacrifices we made to please Him. 

(93g) Thy kingdom come >> Following Jesus >> Disciples follow Him

Jn 12,27-43

(221f) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from the mind of man >> He hides behind man’s slowness of heart

Jn 12,27-32

(38a) Judgment >> Blood of Jesus >> God judged the devil through the blood of His son

(114ha) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Jesus does God’s work >> All his works are done through the father >> Jesus gives voice to His Father -- These verses go with verses 47-50

Jn 12-27,28

(24a) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Fear of hardship (punishment) – Jesus fretted over His hour that had come; His flesh didn’t want to go; He was speaking for His flesh without giving it power. The cross was God’s plan prior to the creation of the universe; He knew He would sacrifice Himself, and He was eager to do until the moment came. Throughout all eternity God anticipated this hour because He loved His people, and when the moment finally arrived, had He allowed His flesh to decide, He would have backed out of it. However, knowing that He was more than flesh and blood but also a Spirit, the very Spirit of God, even the Son of God, He voiced His feelings regarding His flesh, though He was not about to give credence to those feelings. It was a legitimate concern that Jesus’ flesh didn’t want to go to the cross, so long as He did not allow those concerns to manifest and take precedence over God’s plan to use His flesh to make propitiation for the sins of the world, or to take precedence over His relationship with His Father. This means we too have legitimate concerns for our flesh, so long as we don’t allow those concerns to take precedence over God’s plan to use us to perpetuate the gospel of peace, or to take precedence over our relationship with Christ. 

(95h) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Having an obedient attitude >> Ready to do God’s will – Jesus’ commitment to glorify His Father over the concerns and interests of His flesh is the very definition of faith and obedience. So we too need to be committed to glorifying God over the concerns and interests of our flesh. The voice from heaven testified that Jesus had already glorified His Father and would glorify it again, meaning that Jesus had already glorified God by living His life without sin, and will glorify it again by sacrificing His sinless flesh for the sins of the world. When we make this same commitment by refusing to allow anything stand in our way, we will hear His voice just as clearly in our spirit telling us what we must do to fulfill His will that He had planned for us before all eternity.

Jn 12-27

(2c) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Keep your commitments >> Complete God’s calling in your ministry >> Christ did as our example – Jesus lived His whole life preparing for His ministry, and when the time finally came, He wrestled with it until He could clear His head from thoughts that conflicted with its completion.

(63g) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Sarcasm >> Be pretentious >> Pretending to be stupid

(129k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Being in one accord >> Single minded >> Determination

(247g) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> God is interested in the cross

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28-34 "Father, glorify Your name." Then a voice came out of heaven: "I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again." 29 So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered ; others were saying, "An angel has spoken to Him." 30 Jesus answered and said, "This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes. 31 "Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself." 33 But He was saying this to indicate the kind of death by which He was to die. 34 The crowd then answered Him, "We have heard out of the Law that the Christ is to remain forever; and how can You say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this Son of Man?"

 

Jn 12,28-32

(40c) Judgment >> Father gave authority to the son to judge the world through His blood

(144g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Trinity bears witness of Jesus >> Father bears witness of His Son

Jn 12,28-30

(106a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Knowing the sound of His voice >> God speaks in the darkness to shine the light -- People who heard the voice from heaven argued with each other about what they heard. Some said it was thunder, while others said it was an angel who spoke to Him. The point is people were hardly affected by what they witnessed. They heard the voice but saw nothing, unlike Paul who both saw and heard the voice that was speaking with him, and like John the revelator who turned (repented) to see the voice that spoke with him. In both cases it changed their lives forever, reminiscent of the Spirit and the word. The voice they heard was the word of God, while His Spirit etched His truth in their inner man. When we see the things in our inner man and hear His voice speaking in us, these are the things that forever change us. However, these guys were unaffected by the thunderous voice from on high because it didn’t happen inside them, but was an outward expression of God’s glory.

(177i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Misunderstanding the word of God

Jn 12-29

(20i) Sin >> Doubting miracles

Jn 12-30,31

(154a) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> No excuse >> There is no excuse for rejecting Christ -- These verses go with verses 47-50

Jn 12-30

(124b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Acts of love >> Love takes from the rich and gives to the poor >> love is the act of giving to the poor

(236c) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> All things are for your sake >> God’s purpose is for your sake

Jn 12-31,32

(39i) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated Satan’s authority >> Jesus defeated Satan on the cross – Why was it so important to God that this spiritual enemy the devil be judged through the blood of His cross? There has been a competition between God and Satan since he fell into sin. We know God has all power, that He could catch the devil by the tail and pitch him into the lake of fire any time He wanted, but God didn’t want to destroy Him by His power only; He wanted to destroy him first by His goodness and prove to Satan and to everyone watching that good triumphs over evil, and that God is so strong that He can defeat Satan in the weakness of human flesh. Secondly, it was important to God that Satan learned the lesson that sin is utterly sinful and that rebellion against God is wrong to the point of being detrimental to his own agenda.

(46j) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Demons are subject to Christ

(209i) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus paid the price for us >> Jesus paid our ransom with His own blood

Jn 12-31

(46h) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Satan falls from heaven -- The main purpose of the cross was to destroy the works of the devil, according to Heb 2-14. Jesus said in Lk 10-18, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.” Here Jesus was referring to the original judgment when God extricated Lucifer from heaven and exiled him to the earth. Then there is this verse, describing how God destroyed Satan’s power over mankind through the cross. Finally, there is the most literal manifestation when the Church extricates Satan from having dominion over them through their faithfulness in Christ. Rev 12-9 says, “The great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth and his angels were thrown down with him.” These verses are in order from least to most literal in their manifestations.

(48d) Judgment >> God judges the world >> Satan is under God’s eternal judgment

(164c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world system >> Satan rules the world >> The world is his kingdom

Jn 12,32-34

(177a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> False doctrine >> Distorting Scripture >> Distorting Scripture from a lack of understanding – God never expected man to understand His plan before Jesus came or even while He was with them, but He did expect them to understand His plan after He rose from the dead and ascended to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit in His place, yet so many people in the world today don’t have a clue about the purpose and meaning of Christianity. Its meaning is being lost today faster than any other time. People are less ready for the return of Christ than at any other time in history, which answers the question, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth [Lk 18-8]?” Some will still believe, but the masses will have stopped believing in Him.

Jn 12-32

(59g) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Glorified by the Church/Lifted upon a cross – It appears that the Jews understood what Jesus meant when He said, “If I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself,” interpreting what He said that the son of man must be killed. The Jews had seen many crucifixions over the years, many people nailed to a cross and then lifted up and dropped into its stand, but the part they didn’t understand was that if Jesus claimed to be the son of man and must be lifted upon a cross, then how can the Scriptures be fulfilled about their Messiah remaining forever? This was studious of the Jews, but they couldn’t understand how He could be their Messiah if He was to be killed. It is interesting that absolutely nobody ever considered the possibility that Jesus could rise from the dead. This was something that was too impossible for their minds to believe because of what they understood about death, that it is final. No one has ever returned from the dead, not even someone so unusual as this man who perform many signs and wonders, healed countless people and even raised some from the dead, still no one could imagine Jesus rising from the dead, though He told His disciples point blank that this would happen.

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35&36 So Jesus said to them, "For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. 36 "While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light." These things Jesus spoke, and He went away and hid Himself from them.

 

Jn 12-35,36

(33a) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Believers are children >> Children of the light – Let’s do a word experiment and put Jesus in place of the word “light.” ‘For a little while longer I will be among you. Walk while you have Me, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he goes. Walk while you have Me, believe in Me, in order that you may become My sons and daughters.’ By this we see that we become the children of God by walking in the light, not just by believing in the light. Both Jesus and the Holy Spirit are members of the trinity, which are all equal yet hold different offices. We can then talk about Jesus as the Holy Spirit, referring to Him as the Spirit of truth in Jn 14-17. So what He said to His disciples also applies to us, “For a little while longer the light is among you,” inadvertently referring to a time when the light will not be among us, suggesting that a time of great darkness is coming, known as the apostasy. While the light is here, while living for Jesus is relatively painless, we must take full advantage of these easier times, so when darkness comes, we will be prepared. We need to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit, who will teach us how to walk with God, because when the light fades in days to come, those who failed to prepare will find it very difficult to believe in Jesus.

(43b) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to the character of Christ >> Conform to His nature

(91m) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> The trail that Jesus walked

(112g) Thy kingdom come >> Light >> Obeying the truth in broad daylight >> Jesus’ deeds in the light -- This verse goes with verse 46

(117k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Light illumines your spirit -- These verses go with verse 46. Jesus talked almost exclusively in terms of darkness and light. He wasn’t just a spiritual man; he was the very embodiment of the Holy Spirit. He said to believe in the light, and a verse early said to walk in the light, suggesting that the words “believe” and “obey” are alike. When He said to walk in the light, He was referring to obeying the Holy Spirit as children born of the Spirit. 

(119b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Freedom >> Law of the spirit >> Law of the Spirit of truth -- These verses go with verse 46

(169e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is blind to God >> Darkness has a blinding effect – Jeremiah 17-9 says, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” God knows our hearts better than we do; we can deny that we are willfully sinning, but some people cross the line without realizing it, and if we develop a lifestyle on the other side of that line, we might find the door of heaven closed and locked tight. God might tell us we never believed in Him, and we might disagree, and He might ask us to show Him how we believed, and we might pull out one of our phony doctrines and tell Him that we don’t have to show Him, since salvation is by grace through faith. He might ask us if we are referring to mental ascent and remind us that the demons also believe and tremble (Jm 2-19). Believing in God is more than just mental ascent. If we truly believe in God, it will have such an affect on us that will change our whole lives to the point of repentance.

(170j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Temporary >> Back-sliders are temporary

(176c) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Ignorance lurks in darkness

(184e) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> God controls darkness >> Darkness is the absence of light -- These verses go with verse 46. Some people do not walk in the light because they are too busy walking in darkness. Having ulterior motives, their hearts are not with God and darkness has overtaken them. The opportunity to walk with God is extended to them and they are not taking advantage of it, instead choosing darkness over the light, and think that somehow this will not have negative repercussions. They think that walking in darkness is in many respects the same as walking in the light, thinking it doesn’t matter, fooling themselves. The main point of using the analogy of light and darkness is that the absence of one implies the other; we either walk in light or in darkness with nothing in-between. People who do not walk in the light do not listen to the Holy Spirit, but follow the dictates of their flesh and get lost in them, letting their sinful passions and desires lead them astray. They are conditioned by society to believe that whatever feels natural can’t be wrong, “but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14-12). They may have walked miles off the narrow way before they pick up the Bible again and realized they have become strangers to the word of God and have no idea how to return to their faith. Often they don’t know they are lost until they come back to the Scriptures and are shocked to find how foreign they sound in contrast to a time when it all made sense to them, when they first believed. At some point they gave up walking in the Spirit and gave into walking in the flesh where they feel most comfortable. Feeling uncomfortable walking in the Spirit is normal, because we live in a body that hates God.

(203i) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Withdraw from obeying God >> Withdrawing from the truth – the Church nowadays is hopelessly divided; it is impossible to say what anyone believes, though there are some cult-like belief systems that many share in common. For example, there are many well-entrenched false doctrines in the Church that teach we can believe in God without obeying Him, because of the grace of God that forgives our sin. That is licentiousness. We are all guilty of abusing the grace of God, but if this turns into a lifestyle of intentional sin, we are skating on thin ice. God allows us to take risks with our eternal salvation and if we return, all is well with a reprimand not to stray again, but some people get out there and break through the ice and drown; that is, their faith dies and they lose their salvation. They live this way because they think God will forgive them, and He does forgive as many times as it takes until we learn to live for Him, but some people have no intention of serving Him. The vast majority of people who do this are not His children in the first place. 

(237k) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Transferred from darkness to light

Jn 12-35

(182a) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Believing the darkness within you is light

Jn 12-36

(89i) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Increasing in wisdom

(107d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Word creates faith >> Believing the word creates faith

(114b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Believing the Father by obeying the Son >> Obeying Jesus’ will -- This verse goes with verses 44-46

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37&38 But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him. 38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: "LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT? AND TO WHOM HAS THE ARM OF THE LORD BEEN REVEALED?"

 

Jn 12,37-49

(20e) Sin >> Nature of sin >> Having a hardened heart

Jn 12,37-43

(54a) Paradox >> Opposites >> Unbelief in the presence of the power of God

(167h) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> >> The carnal mind does not receive the things of God >> It does not believe the word of God

(181b) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Rebelling against God >> Rebelling against the witness of God

(185g) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Mystery of lawlessness >> God helps Satan in the mystery of lawlessness

(186g) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> After they reject God’s faith how can they believe?

(201h) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Jesus is an offense >> Jesus offends the world >> Faith offends unbelief

(202j) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running from walking in faith >> Running from God through unbelief

Jn 12,37-40

(19f) Sin >> Having the mental disease of the world >> Incorrect thinking – “Lord, who has believed our report, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” That was taken from Isaiah chapter 53, which talks about Jesus being crucified, suggesting there is a direct correlation between the people’s unbelief after performing so many miracles in their presence and the fact that they crucified Him. If the entire nation of Israel believed in Jesus, they probably would not have crucified Him, but human nature is a depraved thing, maybe they would have anyway. When it comes down to it, man is no better than the demons, for which reason God sends unbelievers to the devils hell.

(40a) Judgment >> Jesus is the judge >> Jesus judges the world’s unbelief – The plethora of signs and wonders that Jesus performed among the people compared to the littleness of their faith that these miracles inspired was utterly shameful. Compare this to other cities where He performed fewer signs, yet they believed in Him. In Mat 12-41,42 Jesus taught that there was reason for God’s judgment when one city rises against another to condemn it during the White Throne Judgment, saying, “The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.” The more people see the manifested arm of the Lord, the more they are obligated to believe in Him, and if they don’t after he has revealed His glory, there will be others with greater faith after witnessing fewer signs who will put them to shame. It is a fearful thing to be in the presence of the Lord and to see His majestic works laid before us, for His manifested glory demands a right response. The people who witnessed the many signs that Jesus performed and yet did not believe in Him got in a lot of trouble with God, and when judgment day comes, they will not fair well, because God will use these facts against them, giving instances of other people more noble than themselves who believed in Him with less cause for faith. They will have no excuse for their unbelief, and they won’t be able to deny it.

(74l) Thy kingdom come >> Let not your heart be hardened >> Insensitive to the things of God

(169g) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is blind to God >> God blinds their eyes -- Isaiah said that He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so they cannot see with their eyes and perceive with their hearts and be converted, and God heal them. This is a complicated verse because God didn’t actually blind their eyes. The Pharisees blinded themselves, and since they were so willing to not see or believe, God helped them by sending upon them a spirit of delusion to seal their unbelief as in a coffin. The Pharisees made up their minds not to believe, though the truth was literally staring them in the face, and they knew they were seeing and hearing the truth from Jesus, but they turned away just the same, choosing not to believe. There are spiritual entities (demons) in the world that harden people’s hearts who refuse to believe, so that they cannot believe if they tried. There is a line you can cross that you cannot return no matter what evidence presents itself, no matter who gets healed, no matter who rises from the dead, you will never be able to believe in God. In other words there is a point when unbelief is no longer your choice. Unbelief in evidence of the truth invites demons into your life, and they will harden your heart until you are no longer able to believe, according to 2The 2-11,12, “And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.”

(217e) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God gives up on you >> After you are no longer able to repent -- It must have been disheartening after performing so many signs to be confronted with unbelief. The Pharisees even had the audacity to ask Him for a sign in Mat 12,38-41, that they might believe in him, as though He had not been raising people from the dead, healing the sick, blind and lame, opening the ears of the deaf and performing signs and wonders of every kind where ever He went, and these guys wanted a sign? Jesus told them that no sign will be given to them, but the fact is many signs had already been given to them. This was the Pharisees attempting to put Jesus on a string, but He wasn’t going to perform a miracle for them, because it wouldn’t have changed their unbelief any more than the last hundred miracles stirred an ounce of faith in them. They simply had no capacity to believe in Jesus.

(223j) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Miss God >> Missing the train >> Miss the invitation from God

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39-43 For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, 40 "HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES AND HE HARDENED THEIR HEART, SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT SEE WITH THEIR EYES AND PERCEIVE WITH THEIR HEART, AND BE CONVERTED AND I HEAL THEM" 41 These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him. 42 Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

 

Jn 12-39,40

(64l) Paradox >> Anomalies >> God helps Satan >> Jesus blinds the world – If it says that God Himself has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, then how could God blame them for not believing in Him? It is a bit more complicated than that; Paul talks about it in Romans chapter 9, and his answer was, “who are you to talk back to God?” (v20). God does not initiate His blindness upon a people; rather, they initiated their own blindness and refused to see and refused to believe, so that God accommodated their unbelief by sending upon them a deluding influence as Paul said in 2The 2-11, so that they can no longer believe the truth. God simply allowed the demons to come and infiltrate their sin of unbelief. After Jesus demonstrated His identity as Israel’s Messiah through many convincing signs that no man could perform without God and they still refused to believe in Him, then God helped them in their unbelief by allowing the demons to fill the void that their lack of faith created, so that if they ever decided to change their minds, they wouldn’t be able. If anyone thinks he can exercise his power of unbelief against God, then God will trump his unbelief with a spirit of unbelief, so that he is no longer acting on his own power or authority, and it is no longer his choice to treat God with contempt, but now the spirits of this world have dominated his life making it impossible for him to believe, because of the original choices he made not to believe in God when he had the opportunity. The same demonic spirits that control the world will control his life until they drive him mad and take away everything that is precious to him and his life is in complete ruins (see 1Samuel chapters 13-16, particularly 1Sam 16-14), because he refused to believe in God when he had the chance.

(162e) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> A slave to unbelief >> Bondage to an inability to believe

Jn 12,41-43

(169j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Seeking the glory of man >> Loving the approval of men rather than the approval of God >> Fearing their religion -- Here is another common snag in people’s faith based on incentive of social class, seeking the approval of men over the approval of God. These rulers saw the signs and believed that God had sent Him as a prophet, and some may have even acknowledged Him as the Son of God, but they were unwilling to confess Him, which is a lesser form of unbelief, yet it serves as just another route to the same destination. They knew in their hearts that Jesus was their Messiah, but having status in society, they were faced with a decision to either sacrifice their belief in Jesus, who was unpopular with the Pharisees, or sacrifice their position in society for their faith in Christ. It turned out they believed more in man’s world than in God’s truth, but that’s nothing new.

Jn 12-42,43

(18i) Sin >> Twisted thinking >> Unable to distinguish between good and evil >> God’s purpose is evil

(21h) Sin >> Premeditated sin >> Having no intensions of doing the will of God

(75m) Thy kingdom come >> Having ulterior (hidden) motives

(86d) Thy kingdom come >> Belief demands a response

(168a) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> Do not let the world’s approval form you to itself – There are many fads in society today; people love to mimic one another and conform to social classes, so if a group forms who have an interest in Jesus, people will want to join that group, regardless of personal faith, and His fame will grow, until another fad replaces Him. Some people “believe” because it is popular; other people come to church because they have an evil conscience and want to mend it. In church there are people who truly believe in God, but for whatever reason their lives are too busy to get involved, and so they just come to church, attend the services and go home. In their hearts they actually believe in God, but there are other people who do the same, except that they don’t believe in God. Actual faith in Jesus, simple as it is, can be very complicated for those who ride the fence. Believing in Jesus is not really something we can decide for ourselves, but is something that God decides as He draws a person to Himself.

(199h) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> The world rejects God >> Rejecting Christ to keep the world

(240e) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Natural disadvantage >> Beware when all men speak well of you >> Natural disadvantage of seeking popularity


44-46 And Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me, does not believe in Me but in Him who sent Me. 45 "He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. 46 "I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.

 

Jn 12,44-49

(207i) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The Kingdom of God >> Salvation authority of Jesus Christ

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Jn 12,44-46

(114b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Believing the Father by obeying the Son >> Obeying Jesus’ will -- These verses go with verse 36

Jn 12-44,45

(253d) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the internal qualities of the Father >> Jesus is the exact representation of the Father – Jesus looks different from the Father, as the Holy Spirit looks different from Jesus; in fact, the Holy Spirit is invisible. To represent this mathematically as a ratio, we could assign the Holy Spirit the number zero (0) for being invisible, and assign Jesus any other number, say one (1). We would get the ratio 1/0, which is undefined, because it causes the ratio to go to infinity. Therefore, if the Holy Spirit is infinitely different from Jesus, then the Father must be infinitely different from the other two in His essential characteristics. So when Jesus said, “He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me,” He was not talking about appearance, but being the same as the Father in other ways. The people who stood around Him at the time could see him, yet we never have seen Him; therefore, if Jesus were talking about literal appearance, this verse would not apply to us.

Jn 12,46-50

(40g) Judgment >> Judgment of Christ >> God’s word judges the world >> It does not believe in Him – Jesus held His judgment while He lived in the flesh, but after He rose from the dead and ascended to the Father, He became the judge of all the earth. It says in Rev 19-13, “He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God,” so Jesus is the resurrected living word of God, which is different from being the fleshly embodiment of God’s word. While Jesus was here in the flesh, He promised He would not judge anyone, but when He said, “He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day,” He meant ‘Not Me in an earthly body, but Me in a heavenly body.’ Jesus did not judge in the weakness of human flesh, but He will judge from the vantage point of His Father’s throne, seated at his right-hand. Jesus is the benevolent friend and advocate of those who believe in Him, but make no mistake He is the enemy and judge of those who don’t obey Him.

Jn 12-46,47

(210d) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our savior >> Jesus is the savior of the world – Jesus loves us more than anyone ever could, because He is God, and we have a special relationship with Him as His created beings. He doesn’t love us like a master loves his dog, but like a Father loves His son, only in ways that we could not possibly imagine. It will take an eternity to fully experience God’s love and to finally understand what He was thinking and feeling about us all along. We will always underestimate God’s love. Already, who could have imagined that God loved us enough to be butchered and die on a cross for us? At the time, none of His disciples even conceptualized such a notion. He did it for those who are His children indeed. He died for everyone, but there will be many who will not receive his love, and those He will judge through the mercy that He showed on the cross. His suffering will be their judgment instead of their salvation; He will judge them based on the love He showed them on the cross. They will disappear into the void with the understanding that God truly loved them and they reject His love, and now they will have to face an eternity without Him, because it is impossible for them to repent after they're dead.

Jn 12-46

(112g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Obeying the truth in broad daylight >> Jesus’ deeds in the light -- This verse goes with verse 35&36. Jesus is the light of the world, light meaning truth. We should understand this light to mean truth as revealed by the Holy Spirit. We read the Bible by the light of Christ. Now that Jesus ascended back to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit in His place, He represents Christ to us, and we worship the Holy Spirit who represents Christ, who Himself represents the Father. Jesus is called the word of God (Rev 19-13), and the Holy Spirit is the light of His word. Jesus and the Holy Spirit work together to instill truth in His people, and his truth is the light of life. The Spirit and the word operate together to reveal the Father through the words of Jesus. The beauty of the imagery of light is that there is a physical and a literal manifestation of it occurring both now and in eternity: now in the sun giving us light and in heaven it says that He bathes paradise in His presence, "its lamp is the Lamb" (Rev 21-23). Jesus will forever shine in the New Jerusalem and we will live by His light. It won’t be the kind of light that is oppressive like the sun at times, for nothing can stand against the sun’s rays for long; even rocks give way to the its bleaching power, eroding mighty mountains aided by wind and rain. When Jesus said, “I am the light of the world,” He was referring to the Holy Spirit in the world, because Jesus is in heaven, and He sent His Spirit to infuse His people, empowering them to make disciples of all nations.

(117k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Light illumines your spirit -- This verse goes with verses 35&36

(119b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Freedom >> Law of the spirit >> Law of the Spirit of truth -- This verse goes with verses 35&36. If we read the Bible apart from faith (without the Holy Spirit revealing it to us) we will understand neither its meaning nor its depth; only through faith do we incorporate the Holy Spirit in our understanding of God’s word. The ministry of the Holy Spirit with the word of God does two things: it reveals the truth to us so that we properly understand the Bible, sealing the truth in our hearts, and He also reveals the depth of meaning that we could not comprehend without the Holy Spirit. Many Christians consider the Holy Spirit to be an option, and most have excluded any dealings with Him at all. They want to live a natural, fleshly life without becoming spiritual, because that would intrinsically change them, and they don’t want to change.

(184e) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Darkness >> God controls darkness >> Darkness is the absence of light -- This verse goes with verses 35&36

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47 "If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.

 

Jn 12,47-50

(47l) Judgment >> God judges the world >> Eternal judgment against unbelief >> Rejecting the gospel

(71i) Authority >> Ordained by God >> Jesus is ordained by God

(107e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Truth of the trinity >> Jesus is truth

(114ha) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Jesus does God’s work >> All his works are done through the father >> Jesus gives voice to His Father -- These verses go with verses 27-32

(144h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Trinity bears witness of Jesus >> Word of God bears witness to Jesus -- Jesus made it clear in verse 44 that He and His Father were one. Then in verse 47 He made a distinction between Himself and His words, saying that what He spoke originated from God His Father. Therefore, if the Father spoke through His Son, then it is not Jesus who stands in judgment against the world; it is God the Father who judges all mankind through Christ. He reminded us that His message was eternal life. Why then would people be unwilling to listen to Him? It's not like Jesus came to reprove His creation and smack them around and call them names. Rather, He came to offer us a chance to live with Him forever in paradise, yet he was treated with absolute distain by His own creation and by His own people. Jesus is still not very popular with the world. Chalk it up to the mystery of lawlessness.

(154a) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> There is no excuse for rejecting Christ -- These verses go with verses 30&31

(200d) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Rejecting the faith of God >> Rejecting Christ through disobedience

(253l) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is subject to the Father >> Jesus is subject to the will of God

Jn 12-47,48

(24d) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Pursuit of happiness creates anxiety

(49h) Judgment >> God judges the world >> The last days >> The day of judgment  (Armageddon)

(49j) Judgment >> Judgment day >> The open books of the white throne judgment

(62n) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Righteous deception >> Jesus deceives the world

Jn 12-47

(114e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Obeying the revelation from heaven >> Obeying the revelation by putting away the flesh


48-50 "He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. 49 "For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. 50 "I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me."

 

Jn 12-48,49

(255d) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> Jesus is the word of the Spirit >> Jesus is the authority of God’s word

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Jn 12-48

(40e) God’s Word Is The Judge (Key verse)

Jn 12-49,50

(13b) Servant >> Jesus serves His Father >> Jesus is under His authority – Jesus walked in the Father’s authority by accomplishing all the works that were required of Him. He also spoke the words of His Father, which were greater than He could have spoken on His own. People love their own authority; but it is rarely as powerful as working under someone else’s authority, mostly I suppose because there are always people greater than ourselves. When we walk in our superior’s authority, we become equal with them is some ways. Think about the lowly security officer. He may not make a lot of money, so he is not like his superiors in that way, but he is when the burglar breaks in and he rings that bell. He summons the police department with which he is now equal, becoming a direct link to the enforcement of the law. So it is with Christ—God accomplishes His works through us as we do His will under His authority.

(247c) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> God is interested in His people >> God is interested in our freedom

Jn 12-50

(35k) Gift >> God gives Himself to us >> Gifts from the Holy Spirit >> The gift of life – Rich people, for example, have everything they could possibly want, and the vast majority of them will never see the Kingdom of Heaven. There seems to be no consequences for them in this life, so they can break the new commandment and get by with it. That is how it seems, but in reality this is not true. The consequence of not being born-again is felt as a complete lack of substance in their inner-man; they are dead inside. The rich man enjoys the company of friends and family and shares the wonderful moments with them, but he is alone in his heart. All his loved ones seem miles away, though his lover may be kissing him, for he lives alone with no one to share the moments in a closeness that man was created to share with his maker. We can stay in love with God our whole lives, because He never gets boring and He has no foibles. To be in love with God opens our hearts to remain in love for life with our spouse.

(205aa) Salvation >> Verses useful in evangelism

(205e) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> According to promise >> Promise of eternal life – Jesus said “I know that His commandment is eternal life” (emphasis added). Jesus was confident in the word he spoke that it was from His Father, and that the words were true and accurate to His will. He had a direct line to God, telling us with all confidence that His commandment was eternal life. It is interesting the words that Jesus used, “The things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me;” that is, He denied that the words He spoke were his own. He came from His Father to bring the message of eternal life to the world, and then to die for our sins to make it possible. What is more interesting, a couple chapters later, when He spoke about the Holy Spirit, He described Him in the same way that He described Himself saying, ‘Whatever He hears He will speak’ (Jn 16-13). That is exactly what Jesus said about Himself; whatever He heard from the Father He spoke. When Jesus ascended back to heaven, His position of submission to the Father did not change, except that He is now dictating the word of God to the Holy Spirit as His ministry in our lives, and His word originates from the Father, and His message is eternal life! So we have all three members of the trinity involved and in harmony and perfect agreement with the truth. What is most interesting, He called eternal life a commandment; we call it a promise. We could say that the Father commanded Jesus to preach about the promise of eternal life, but is that what He meant, or did He mean what He said, that God’s commandment is eternal life? Just as God commanded the Israelites to follow the law, He now commands the whole world to possess the Spirit of eternal life. Just as there were consequences for not following the law, so there are consequences for not possessing eternal life. The consequences of violating the law can be felt in this life and as well as the next; so it is with rejecting the new commandment.

(207k) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The generosity of God’s salvation >> Salvation is eternal life

(244e) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> Eternal life of the trinity >> Father is the source of eternal life

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