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JOHN CHAPTER 18

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1-3 When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the ravine of the Kidron, where there was a garden, in which He entered with His disciples. 2 Now Judas also, who was betraying Him, knew the place, for Jesus had often met there with His disciples. 3 Judas then, having received the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons.

 

Jn 18,1-3

(172aa) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Devils among the saints >> False brethren among the people of God >> Judas Iscariot among the disciples

Jn 18-1,2

(174b) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Man’s religion >> Good traditions (Exception to bad religion) >> Good habits – To avoid the Roman cohort all Jesus had to do was change His routine and go someplace else where Judas would not have predicted. Everything had culminated and this was the first night since he had been in Jerusalem that they came looking for Him. Jesus was obedient, since this was what He came to do, the first opportunity was the best, and so instead of running from His destiny, He embraced it. He went to the beautiful garden in Gethsemane, being one of His favorite places to pray, and now it was the place that represented the beginning of the single-most sinful event in the history of mankind.

Jn 18,2-8

(145i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> Filthiness >> Rejecting the opportunity to be holy – When it says “they” it included Judas Iscariot, meaning he was with them not only in body but also in spirit, indicating that he was no longer a disciple of Jesus, but that the man who pounded the stakes into Jesus’ hands and feet was possibly in the crowd that arrested Him, and so Judas was party to the man with the hammer. The Bible says that Satan entered Judas while eating the morsel of bread and wine at the Last Supper in the upper room, so prior to the Last Supper Judas was not technically demon possessed, and it was doubtful that he was possessed for long, just long enough to betray the Lord, and then Judas as it were came to his senses from his delirium and realized what he had done, similar to the prodigal son, and tried to repent but didn’t know how, so he hung himself instead. Prior to the Last Supper Judas made all the wrong decisions and never took Jesus to heart; Satan was grooming him in order that he might receive his demonic possession at a key moment. This is also typical of the world today, people act relatively normal, not seemingly demon possessed, but Satan is grooming the world to receive him at a proper time. When civilization as we know it suffers total collapse, people will panic and those who do not turn to the Lord will turn to the spirit of the world that has been preparing them for this day and hour, and demon possession will become endemic in society overnight.

(155d) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> Conscience >> An evil conscience keeps us from believing God >> Knowledge of evil testifies against our deeds – Note that they didn’t fall in astonishment, but were pushed to the ground by the Holy Spirit or perhaps by angels; either way they were pushed by divine intervention. This happened to verify once more the identity of Christ, and as one more opportunity to repent of their intensions, but they learned neither lesson, refusing to acknowledge Him or to stop and think what they were doing. They just picked themselves up and proceeded with their plan as though their butts never touched the ground. It was not that they were unaware of these things; rather, it was that they refused to acknowledge the truth that Jesus was the Christ and that they were about to have Him killed. Somewhere in their little darkened hearts they knew Jesus was Israel’s Messiah, that He was king of the Jews, that He was God in the flesh, and in their little darkened hearts they knew they should not lay hands on Him. So, this divine push was not to inform them, but to remind them that they were about to crucify the Lord of glory. This divine push also demonstrated that they were working against their conscience, knowing what they were doing was wrong, which is truly the root of sin, and the fact that God gave them one more proof of this just seconds prior to initiating their plan of action, proved they were operating in full knowledge of evil. When Jesus was hanging on the cross, he uttered the immortal words, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” This suggests that many who were in the gang that arrested Jesus were not eligible for forgiveness, since they had contorted their conscience so out of shape that it would never work right again. It was as though they ate the forbidden fruit growing on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, biting into it in full knowledge of what they were doing. It is sin only by what we know about it; outside of knowledge sin cannot exist. Sin is not defined as doing something wrong, but “doing something we know is wrong!” It is the knowledge of evil (the law) that make sin utterly sinful (Rom 7,7-14).

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4-6 So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and said to them, "Whom do you seek?" 5 They answered Him, "Jesus the Nazarene." He said to them, "I am He." And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. 6 So when He said to them, "I am He," they drew back and fell to the ground.

 

Jn 18,4-9

(39ia) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated Satan’s authority >> The demons are subject to Christ The spiritual world was just as involved in crucifying the Son of God as man, and thus the cross equally judged the satanic powers as man’s sin through the body of Jesus Christ. Through the cross God had forged a way to forgive man and condemned Satan, taking from his possession the keys of death and hell, so that he no longer had a say in the affairs of men who believed in Jesus’ cross.

Jn 18,4-8

(61k) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Out of his mouth comes a sharp two-edged sword: That cut them to the quick / That cut them to the grave

(150e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Confessing Jesus >> Making the good confession (Son of God) -- These verses go with verses 33-37. Jesus will make the good confession at the end of the age, and this time when they all fall to the ground, they won't return to their feet (Rev 19-15,21).

Jn 18,4-7

(76d) Thy kingdom come >> Wicked motives >> Motives based on envy

(148c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Jesus solemnly testified

(167k) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> The world’s unbelief

(168c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> Do not conform to the world’s rejection of God -- These verses go with verses 28-40

(169f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is blind to God >> Willful blindness To be literally pushed down by God Himself, and then to immediately stand up and continue their mission to take Jesus in custody as though nothing happened depicts the height of arrogance and spiritual blindness. What is even scarier, this level of wickedness is not confined to the Roman soldiers in Jesus day, but is iconic to humanity in general. This was a blindness originating from Satan; man needs help from the devil to be this ignorant. There were demonic forces at work here, which prompted Jesus to say, “This hour and the power of darkness are yours.” They actually had pride in wheeling the power of Satan. They may not have known what they were doing, but they were doing it just the same. Subtract Satan’s delusion from these Roman soldiers and they would have realized that this was truly the Son of God, which is what they said after they crucified Him (Mat 27-54). They finally opened their eyes the moment He breathed His last after every satanic force surrounding the cross dispersed.

(185k) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Blasphemy >> Responding with contempt to the Holy Spirit >> Indifferent to the Holy Spirit

(233g) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Seek the kingdom by the flesh

(253c) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the external qualities of the Father >> Son is inherently equal with the Father – They all fell to the ground after He spoke three words, “I AM He,” two of these words being highly significant, “I AM.” This is the name that God gave to Moses saying in Ex 3-14, “God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM "; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'” I AM is the name of God! Note that God speaks of Himself in the present tense; He knows the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end. He can literally go to either end of time and not just remember the past but actually go back to it as though rewinding a video tape. He can also go back to the future and revisit the events as more than a prediction but literally experience them before they happen. Yet, God does not desire to live in the past or the future but the present, and he taught us not to live in the past or sacrifice the future for the present or be anxious for the future, but let tomorrow take care of itself.

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7-17 Therefore He again asked them, "Whom do you seek?" And they said, "Jesus the Nazarene." 8 Jesus answered, "I told you that I am He; so if you seek Me, let these go their way," 9 to fulfill the word which He spoke, "Of those whom You have given Me I lost not one." 10 Simon Peter then, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear; and the slave's name was Malchus. 11 So Jesus said to Peter, "Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?" 12 So the Roman cohort and the commander and the officers of the Jews, arrested Jesus and bound Him, 13 and led Him to Annas first; for he was father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 Now Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was expedient for one man to die on behalf of the people. 15 Simon Peter was following Jesus, and so was another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered with Jesus into the court of the high priest, 16 but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in. 17 Then the slave-girl who kept the door said to Peter, "You are not also one of this man's disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not."

 

Jn 18,7-9

(28c) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God protects the Church from the world – A few verses earlier it says that Judas kissed the Lord as confirmation to the Roman soldiers that He was whom they sought. They asked Him, “Are you Jesus of Nazareth,” and He said, “I am He,” and when He said this, the entire Roman cohort fell to the ground, pushed by an overwhelming force, angels invisible to the naked eye or perhaps the power of Jesus’ anointing in the Holy Spirit. This happened primarily as an effort to protect the disciples. This spiritual experience humbled the Roman soldiers enough to grant Jesus’ request to let His disciples go. Protecting his disciples fulfilled the word that He spoke in His high priestly prayer Jn 17-12) and fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy of Psalm 41-9. Not even Judas was harmed; instead, he hung himself later.

Jn 18-9,10

(228h) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God works in you to keep you in His will – The Scripture just finished saying, “Of those whom You have given Me I lost not one,” then Peter drew his sword and cut off the ear of his fellow man. It is not that we are so faithful that we follow Jesus; it’s that Jesus is faithful in keeping us from going astray. Had the disciples been easy to shepherd, it would have made us concerned about ourselves; therefore, difficult as the disciples were to shepherd is a testimony of Jesus’ ability to keep us in His will too. The minute He turns his back, we are drawing our sword, determined on violence, solving problems our own way, doing things that will lead us to abandon the faith and getting ourselves in trouble, thinking we are doing Him a favor as though we understood His will when we don’t. This Old Testament prophecy that is quoted was a tremendous testimony of Jesus’ ability to shepherd His disciples, for it has nothing to do with our ability to follow Him. The fact that we are following Jesus is a miracle in itself, since our flesh only wants to go astray. Following Jesus is an indication of the Holy Spirit working in our lives; otherwise, we would be living diametrically opposed the will of God. Jesus often rebuked them for being spiritually brain-dead, arguing with each other about who was greatest, expecting God to give them whatever they wanted, while their fleshly mind continually contradicted the word of God.

Jn 18-10,11

(160l) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Temptation >> Tempted to act like an animal

Jn 18-11

(37a) Judgment >> The cross >> God judged the sin of the world through Christ

(45f) Judgment >> Believer’s sin >> Through His Son >> Jesus absorbed sin of the Church – Jesus trusted His Father and lived for Him, and in the process of doing His will, He fulfilled Old Testament prophecies regarding the Messiah throughout His ministry, but at the end of His life, He told Peter to take a sword, and after using it rebuked Peter and healed the man’s ear that was consequently severed. Had Jesus not told His disciples to arm themselves, they would not have been carrying knives. Throughout His ministry Jesus taught that violence had no place in the purpose of God; He never had anything to do with swords and clubs or with physical violence of any kind. Therefore, there is a flagrant contradiction in all this, and the only thing Jesus hoped to gain from it was to fulfill Old Testament prophecy regarding Himself, which would have eventually been fulfilled by the two robbers that were crucified beside Him, being numbered with transgressors (Mk 15-28).

(209jb) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus paid the price for us >> Jesus is the lamb of God >> We remember His sacrifice at communion – This event happened shortly after Passover, celebrated in the Upper Room. Jesus didn’t need to tell His disciples to arm themselves, this being the only recorded mistake that Jesus made, and it happened just hours before He was to be arrested and ultimately crucified to pay for the sins of the world. The best explanation that satisfies all aspects of the Scriptures points to the very real probability that Jesus was losing His nerve, becoming extremely anxious for what He was about to suffer, not from the prospect of physical pain but spiritual anguish, taking on the sins of all mankind and being judged by His Father as the ultimate sinner who committed every sin since the beginning of time. This brought on tremendous anxiety, and His anxiety was separating Him from His Father, who was already withdrawing from Him, the process of paying for the sins of the world had already begun. Jesus experienced fear in the Garden of Gethsemane; He had already started to become sin.

Jn 18,12-14

(55j) Paradox >> Opposites >> Fulfilling your own prophecy – Caiaphas, the high priest, earlier prophesied by the Spirit of God that one man should die on behalf of the people, but then later in this passage we see him acting as ringleader of His mock trial, advocating that He be crucified. It is one thing to prophesy that a man should die for the sins of the people, but quite another thing to condemn the man to death, thus fulfilling his own prophecy. This is another example of forcing prophecy by his own will and showing that God's predestination requires someone to perform what has been planned to occur before the beginning of time.

Jn 18,15-18

(174i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Form of a servant but denying God your loyalty -- These verses go with verses 25-27. Peter had a problem with being double-minded, but we all have that problem truth be known. In other passages we hear Peter the impetuous stating he was willing to die for the Lord, which bordered on an oath, and Jesus taught not to make oaths or promises anymore than was absolutely necessary. According to Peter, if Jesus would be crucified, then he was going with Him. Well, there were two sinners nailed on either side of Jesus, but neither one of them was Peter, and the fact that Peter was standing by the fire warming himself showed just how distant his heart lagged from his confession to suffer for his Master. He wasn’t even willing to shiver for the Lord, let alone be killed, but that wasn’t really what Jesus wanted from Peter. He wanted Peter alive to be spokesman for the fledgling early church, so Jesus was by no means disappointed in Peter that He was unwilling to die for Him. Jesus only disappointment in Peter was in his willingness to lie to himself claiming to be martyr material when clearly it wasn’t in his heart, and he didn’t understand the will of God that Jesus tried to get across to him countless times, and he wasn’t wise enough stop making rash promises and keep his mouth shut and his nose clean.

Jn 18-15,16

(78a) Thy kingdom come >> God ministers to people through the humble >> The humble are invisible to men, but God sees them

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18&19 Now the slaves and the officers were standing there, having made a charcoal fire, for it was cold and they were warming themselves; and Peter was also with them, standing and warming himself. 19 The high priest then questioned Jesus about His disciples, and about His teaching. 

 

Jn 18,18-24

(42d) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Innocent >> No evidence against you – Jesus was in the public eye being scrutinized not only by the religious establishment, but also by the people, and so He had a blameless reputation, which came to Him naturally, but He also had to amend His ministry in various ways in order to avoid offense, even when what He was doing was not in any way a crime or a sin. These are things that Paul extensively taught in First Corinthians and also in Romans about not giving offense to the weaker brother, not to offend those who would not understand what we are saying and doing.

Jn 18-18

(181i) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Imaginary perception of self >> Pretending to be someone you’re not

(182a) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Believing the darkness within you is light -- This verse goes with verse 28

Jn 18,19-24

(73d) Authority >> Respect Positions Of Authority >> In the Church – Jesus gave a different reaction to the high priest in comparison to Paul’s slap in the face; Paul rebuked the high priest saying, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall!” (Act 23-3), but when he learned that he was high priest, Paul quickly back-peddled saying, “I was not aware, brethren, that he was high priest; for it is written, 'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people” (v5). Jesus did not have the same respect for the high priest that Paul had. The reason for this is that Paul was a mere human, whereas Jesus was God incarnate. Another perhaps bigger reason Jesus didn’t respect the high priest was that Jesus was the Great High Priest and thus trumped his authority.

(143e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The public >> Jesus ministered publicly – Jesus regularly spoke in the temple and in the synagogues on the Sabbath, but during the week especially when persecuted He would go between cities and conduct services in open fields, and people would come and listen to Him. He couldn’t have done this in the beginning of His ministry, because no one knew about Him yet, but once He gained popularity, He had the option of going into wilderness areas and minister to people there. This proved to be an effective method of ministry, and while He was out there ministering, He would use the wilderness as a teaching tool for the Kingdom of God, and He integrated many aspects of nature into His messages, but while He was in town speaking in synagogues, He would preach the gospel in terms of their old covenant law and the prophets. This proved to be a very effective combination of settings, where He could both address the issues of their present religion and introduce the principles of the covenant that was to come.

Jn 18,19-23

(122i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Boldness in adverse circumstances >> Speak the truth in the face of adversity

(179a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Jesus rebukes the Pharisees >> Rebuked for questioning His authority – Jesus essentially told them that they could have ascertained all this knowledge beforehand from those who heard Him speak openly in public and could have been better prepared at His mock trial, but since it was a mock trial, these were mock questions and Jesus was pointing out that fact to them by refusing to answer them, further enraging His enemies. Giving the wicked what they deserve does nothing but provoke and embolden them to be more evil. This is why God’s Old Testament remedy was to completely eliminate them from the earth, but the new covenant remedy is to lead them to Christ. It is when people are unwilling to believe in Jesus that the new covenant runs into a wall, and when we have a whole world full of people who are no longer willing to believe in Jesus. This will trigger the curtain to fall and for the age of grace to terminate and the thousand-year reign of Christ to begin. It is the kind of people that have gathered around Jesus that poses the biggest threat in the world today, people who are convinced in their own mind that they are right about everything, and they have become unreasonable and irreconcilable.

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20-27 Jesus answered him, "I have spoken openly to the world; I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together; and I spoke nothing in secret. 21 "Why do you question Me? Question those who have heard what I spoke to them; they know what I said." 22 When He had said this, one of the officers standing nearby struck Jesus, saying, "Is that the way You answer the high priest?" 23 Jesus answered him, "If I have spoken wrongly, testify of the wrong; but if rightly, why do you strike Me?" 24 So Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. 25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, "You are not also one of His disciples, are you?" He denied it, and said, "I am not." 26 One of the slaves of the high priest, being a relative of the one whose ear Peter cut off, said, "Did I not see you in the garden with Him?" 27 Peter then denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed.

 

Jn 18,20-23

(18a) Sin >> Unrighteous judgment >> Condemning Jesus

(79c) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind >> Compromising your convictions -- These verses go with verses 29&30

Jn 18-20,21

(143b) The Public (Key verse)

(149g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Preaching the word to the world >> Sowing the seed

Jn 18-22,23

(60a) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Being sarcastic as seen through the eyes of the world / Rebuking the Church for being carnally minded – Jesus didn’t use fighting words on the high priest but answered him in logical fashion, which further irritated him, which is different from a literal insult. Nothing angers people more than a logical answer, who have strayed far from the mark and are acting illogical, making logic sound sarcastic. Jesus in His own way insulted the high priest in a respectful way by attempting to reason with him, knowing that the man’s reason had left him. This was Jesus’ manner of insulting people; speaking parables was another example regarding the masses whom He foreknew would never receive Him, and so they didn’t deserve to know the truth. According to Old Testament prophecy He was required to preach the gospel of the kingdom, and it was also prophesied that He would speak in parables, so that while hearing they may not understand, and while seeing they may not perceive. From unbelief they would not ask Him to clarify but dismissed the miracle worker, who performed signs that no one else did.

Jn 18,25-27

(76f) Thy kingdom come >> Wicked motives >> Motives based on self-righteousness -- These verses go with verses 31,32. We should note that Peter was not fulfilling Old Testament prophecy. He actually fulfilled prophecy when he abandoned the Lord. So in the process of trying to be a hero, he was diverting from God's expectation of him. If he had to make a choice and one of them was to become a constituent of God’s predetermined plan, we should think that would be more meaningful to him; at least that way he would be accomplishing something. If he had to pick something, should he pick a useless method to try to be a hero, or should he fulfill Old Testament prophecy that was written hundreds of years before he was born? Most anybody would love to fulfill prophecy, but Peter was more interested in personal glory as a pseudo-hero. Peter no doubt loved the Lord; he couldn’t stand the thought of abandoning Him, but he had no choice and it was what he eventually did, but he didn’t like the best answer. He tried to show some kind of allegiance to the Lord, which was thoughtful but misguided, and he ended up wounding his conscience more than the rest by denying that he even knew the Lord, literally putting it into words.

(174i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Form of a servant but denying God your loyalty -- These verses go with verses 15-18. Peter put himself in a bad position when he followed Jesus into the courtyard and warmed himself by the light of the fire, so that everybody could see him and recognized his face, which was not very clever on his part. Standing next to the fire coddling his flesh in the cold night, he contradicted the circumstances surrounding his being there in the first place, and contrasted Jesus’ imminent torture against his indulgence. He reasoned between a half idea and a half conviction, not having committed himself either way. He was wrestling with a cauldron of disconnected thoughts and motives, none of which accomplished anything. He wasn’t there from curiosity to discover what they would do to Him, and he wasn’t exactly there to deliver Him either; he was there only because He didn’t know what else to do. He must have felt that if He were anywhere else, He would have abandoned the Lord like the other disciples, who were not there, and He didn’t want to be like them. In other words he felt superior to his friends while he stood in the enemy’s camp, there on a pride quest. John was there too, only he was further away and in the shadows on his own quest for pride.

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28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Praetorium, and it was early; and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover.

 

Jn 18,28-40

(168c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> Do not conform to the world’s rejection of God -- These verses go with verses 4-7. The Pharisees earnestly desired to participate in the celebration of Passover and figured that venturing onto a Roman judicial courtyard would have defiled them in the sight of God, as though their conscience were actually intact. Their forefathers didn’t celebrate Passover for centuries at a time because of their waywardness. Instead, they wanted nothing more than to fit into the world around them, the very people God had commanded them to destroy; apparently God made them feel like freaks and they sought a sense of normalcy, erecting the nation’s idols and foolishly bowing to them. This is how important it has always been for people to feel normal in the world, yet everyone also wants to feel special at the same time, causing a conflict of interest and generating confusion, for we cannot be normal and special at the same time. This alludes to one of the many paradoxes of the flesh, sown into the human genome for it to remain an issue from generation to generation throughout the millennia. 

Jn 18,28-32

(21a) Sin >> Disobedience >> Demonstrating unbelief in the character of God

(75i) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Being manipulative >> Controlling people in the dark >> By hiding the facts

(180e) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Be shrewd as wolves and more innocent than they appear >> Wolves are clever

Jn 18,28-31

(155e) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> An evil conscience keeps us from believing God >> Knowledge of evil testifies against our motives – Some say that a person’s conscience can be destroyed, but in a way that is not really true; rather, a person can manipulate his conscience to permit himself to do whatever he wants, until he permanently distorts it like a new car that has been totaled in an accident. There is a high cost to manipulating our conscience; it is a sacred mechanism instilled in every person. God uses it to represent standing in front of us, but when we manipulate our conscience to remove Him, there is a price to pay for that. Once we start messing with our conscience, we lose our ability to know God, because if we can't be honest with ourselves, how can we be honest with Him? The Jews had incentive to kill Jesus because He was a thorn in their side, and in their conscience they disposed of Him, making Him appear as a sinner, and now they had to find a way to make the Romans see Him as a criminal. It is one thing to manipulate our conscience, but it is another to manipulate other people to make them believe our own self-inflicted lies. Ultimately, what put Jesus on the cross for the Romans was His confession that He was a king. Jesus would not deny that He was the Son of God; if He had to die for that statement, then so be it. Jesus was the king of the Jews, the king of all mankind, and He wasn’t about to deny that to Pilate or anybody, as though He were ashamed of His Father. However, throughout his ministry He avoided the discussion, since it would have ensued a premature death.

Jn 18,28-30

(19j) Sin >> Self righteousness will twist your mind – It was very important to the Pharisees that they make Passover; at that time the Jews equated it with repentance, using it as an emblem of their change of heart in contrast to their rebellious ancestors. If they celebrated Passover, in their minds it proved they were in a state of repentance, but it proved nothing of the sort; the mind is able to rationalize anything it wants to believe.

Jn 18-28

(176d) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Zeal without knowledge (Spirit w/o the word) >> Conviction without commandment – In 2Chronicles chapter 34 it says that during King Josiah’s reign the priest discovered in the temple a lost book of the Law of Moses and from it resumed many of the practices and festivals that Israel stopped celebrating since the death of Joshua, which were things that helped to literally define Israel as God’s chosen nation. This interval of time represented the entire period of their habitation in the promise land. King Josiah was the first to re-institute Passover, and for this reason God forestalled judgment on Israel throughout Josiah’s life, but the king after him did evil in the sight of the Lord, and by that time God had grown weary of Israel’s waywardness and sent the Assyrians after them, who deported them to Babylon. 70 years later, when the Assyrians gave them back their nation and allowed them to rebuild their temple, they resumed the annual Passover feast and continued to celebrate it until the days of Christ. However, before the time of Josiah not even king David celebrated Passover, possibly because he was so busy destroying his enemies, but nor did his son Solomon, who had even less excuse, since he lived in times of peace. Rather, Solomon was too busy building his empire to obey God; Solomon had a lot of faults. Centuries transpired when Israel did not celebrate Passover, and God warned them that if they failed to obey Him in these matters, judgment would befall them, and what were their consequences? They forgot their history with God, who delivered them from the Egyptians with a mighty hand, and once they allowed their heritage to slip, they sought a new identity, which they hurriedly borrowed from the world.

(182a) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Believing the darkness within you is light -- This verse goes with verse 18. The enemies of Jesus were the ultimate hypocrites. They were in the process of crucifying the Lord of glory, trying to pin something on Him who was without sin, because He was an offense to their religiosity. Every time Jesus opened His mouth He battered their sinful lifestyles with a clarity of truth that no one had spoken before Him or since, and the worse thing He told them was that they had everything all wrong about God. This is what sin does to the mind; it distorts people’s understanding of God to the point of making Him unrecognizable. He could tell them they were sinners, but they already knew that, and they tried to hide it from society, but when He slammed their religion, they wanted to kill Him.

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29&30 Therefore Pilate went out to them and said, "What accusation do you bring against this Man?" 30 They answered and said to him, "If this Man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you."

 

Jn 18,29-32

(185b) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Mystery of lawlessness >> Having no grounds for your hate >> Hating Christ without a cause – It was hard enough for the Jews to find an excuse to crucify Jesus; He continually battered their conscience, but they couldn’t pose that to the Romans as their explanation why He should die. The Jews were not allowed to put anyone to death because they were under Roman rule. The Romans allowed them to practice their religion based primarily on temple worship, but the Jews were mandated not to practice the Law of Moses, which was often easier said than done, since their religion was integrated into their law. They needed the Romans to give them permission not only to crucify Jesus, but even to do it for them, so now they needed to give the Romans reason to kill Jesus, which was also easier said than done. 

Jn 18-29,30

(18b) Unrighteous Judgment Lacks Evidence (Key verse)

(18d) Sin >> False Judgment lacks evidence >> Undefined charges – The Pharisees did not answer Pilate’s question, yet he did not kick them off the pavement. If he wanted to discourage the execution of an innocent man, he should have discouraged the Pharisees from talking this way to him, with a disrespectful tone and a note of sarcasm as though he had insulted them. Pilate merely said what any involved judge would have asked a prosecutor, ‘What are the charges against the defendant?’ In their arrogance and lack of an answer they responded, “If this Man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you.” Pilate should have pursued it further and said, ‘That is not an answer, what did He do wrong?’ They could not have sufficiently answered that question using the accusation at His mock trail, allegedly threatening to destroy the temple and raise it up in three days. That would have made him sound crazy and they didn’t want Him locked up; they wanted Him dead. They could not use His confession as the Son of God either, because Pilate’s only concern was keeping the peace, being his only purpose as a Roman ruler in Israel representing Caesar. Jesus never confessed to be a king; rather, it was rightly inferred of Him. Pilate was determined to do whatever it took to keep the peace even if it meant crucifying an innocent man. They had nothing against Him, having done nothing to threaten the peace of Jerusalem. Instead, it was the people who threatened a riot, and attributed the disturbance to Jesus.

(79c) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind >> Compromising your convictions -- These verses go with verse 35

(166a) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Wisdom of the world >> Man’s wisdom excuses his sinful nature >> Man’s wisdom rationalizes his sin – People believe what they want, not to be confused with pursuing the truth. Ask people what they believe and you will a get an assemblage of ideas, theories and doctrines haphazardly taped together in a way that makes them happy. The Pharisees were guilty of this and so was Pilate, being an especially lucid example of pursuing convenient facts designed to make his life easier to manage but rejecting the truth because there was no place for Him in the present circumstances or in his life. Pilate only wanted peace and the Pharisees only wanted Jesus dead, because He was an offense to their lifestyle and belief system and was a threat to their business of religion, and they figured if they got rid of this guy, life would go back to normal, and they could return to being wealthy, prestigious members in society, but nothing reverted back to normal after Jesus visited His people.

(174e) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Self righteousness >> Justifying yourself

(175h) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Dodging the issue (willful ignorance) >> Dodging the issue to get what you want – The answer the Jews gave Pilate was the essence of circular reasoning; they gave him a non-answer. Pilate should have dismissed them for it, though it seemed everyone was against the Lord that day. Pilate didn’t have a personal interest in seeing Jesus crucified, yet on a spiritual level the forces of darkness were preying upon the minds of all men who had power to make this outcome a reality.

(182h) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Being deceptive with people >> Lying to others

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31-34 So Pilate said to them, "Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law." The Jews said to him, "We are not permitted to put anyone to death," 32 to fulfill the word of Jesus which He spoke, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die. 33 Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" 34 Jesus answered, "Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?"

 

Jn 18-31,32

(76f) Thy kingdom come >> Wicked motives >> Motives based on self-righteousness -- These verses go with verses 25-27

Jn 18,33-37

(150e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Confessing Jesus >> Making the good confession (Son of God) -- These verses go with verses 4-8. Jesus lived thirty-three years, yet He never developed a reputation as the Son of God, until hours or perhaps days before His death. Much of the gospel of John was written about His last few weeks prior to His crucifixion, and so all the comments Jesus made to the Jews about being the Son of God were all spoken weeks if not days before his crucifixion. For thirty-three years Jesus lived without anyone suspecting He was the Son of God, not even during His ministry when He performed His miracles for three and a half years, still those suspicions never surfaced, but now suddenly it became known that Jesus confessed to be the Son of God, and they used it against Him at His mock trial to have Him killed. Therefore, it doesn’t matter how many ways and times Jesus proved He was the Son of God, it only mattered that he made the good confession, to Pilate the King of the Jews.

Jn 18-33,34

(17i) Sin >> Unrighteous judgment >> Ignorance >> Speaking truth without knowing it -- These verses go with verses 37&38. Pilate said to Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" There are two words Pilate said that are in the wrong order "Are you". Had he switched them, it would have converted his statement from a question to a declaration of faith (You are the king of the Jews!). Then in verse 38 Pilate denies the very existence of truth, and then the very next words that proceed from His mouth is one of the most profound truths of the Bible, that Jesus is without sin, "I find no guilt in Him." This man was mixed bag of contradictions. People search blindly for the right combination of words to produce the truth, and they will never know how close they got to it, and yet how far they were in their hearts.

(54f) Paradox >> Opposites >> A few words shy of the kingdom

(58k) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Are you the king of the Jews? / You are the king of the Jews! – When Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews,” Jesus heard ‘You are the king of the Jews,’ the R and the U being transposed from a question to a statement of faith. This is what Jesus wanted to hear from Pilate, not so he wouldn’t be condemned to death, but for Pilate’s sake, that he might go to heaven.

(62d) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Being clever >> Answer with wisdom – This topic us under the subject of “anomalies”, which is a mockery against so many Christians these days, who are not very clever or possess much wisdom from God. Those few in the Church who have prioritized the wisdom of God are an anomaly, and it shouldn’t be that way. Having the wisdom of God should be one of the characteristic traits of all Christians. Those with an anointing from God, dedicated to the faith and serving the Lord with a whole heart as the word of God commands are an anomaly in the Church. Jesus asked Pilate if he believed what he just said or if he merely parroted what others said about Him. Jesus was concerned about Pilate; it wouldn’t have done him any good to tell Pilate that He was the king of the Jews; He wanted Pilate to tell Him that on his own, for it would have taken faith to say that and believe it. Jesus lived in the weakness of human flesh and looked like any man. This is what threw people off the track. Someone may have been looking for the Messiah and walked right passed Him. Even when He performed miracles people doubted. When Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mat 16-16,17), he didn’t say it in terms of the miracles he performed, though that was part of it. What convinced Peter was the word of God that He spoke. Nobody could perform the miracles that Jesus did, but somebody could possibly fake some of them, but nobody can fake the truth, because if they did, it wouldn’t be true. Peter knew the truth when he heard it, and this is why Jesus chose Peter as one of His closest disciples. Contrast that with Pilate; Jesus could have talked to him for hours about God and he would have been unconvinced, because he didn’t know the truth when he heard it. If the people doubted His miracles and couldn’t discern the truth when they heard it, how could they believe? It wouldn’t have done Pilate any good for Jesus to confess that He was the king of the Jews, and He never said it. The only time he confessed to be the Son of God was at His mock trial, and it earned Him a cross. People needed to discern this by the Spirit of God, as Jesus said to Peter, “Flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”

(63k) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Sarcasm >> Answering a fool according to his folly

(75f) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Being manipulative >> Questioning God’s authority -- These verses go with verse 38

(85a) Thy kingdom come >> Your words can lead to your own demise >> They will keep you out of heaven

(159h) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit godliness >> Counterfeit confession

(173j) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice >> Penance of lip service -- These verses go with verses 37&38

(244j) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal manifestation of God’s word >> His cross is the manifestation of truth -- These verses go with verse 38

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35&36 Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?" 36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm." 

 

Jn 18,35-38

(166f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Wisdom of the world >> Nature Of Man’s Wisdom >> Man’s wisdom does not know God – Pilate didn’t know God, but he found no guilt in Jesus, which means he had potential to know God, and the facts point toward Pilate getting saved and coming to know God. It is more likely this than that he died in his sin, and this is evidence, that he found no guilt in Jesus. Had he saw guilt in Him, then he would have had no more hope of salvation as the Jews of whom Jesus said, “How will you escape the sentence of hell?” (Mat 23-33).

Jn 18,35-37 

(66d) Authority >> Lordship of Christ >> Jesus is Lord of heaven – The reason the Church is so worldly today is because they somehow developed the false logic that the Church is of this world, therefore God’s kingdom is of this world. The true gospel of Christ makes faith in Jesus a little more elusive. We only need a simple faith in a simple gospel that even a small child can believe, but for those who want to make their life in the flesh compatible with their faith in God, the true gospel of Christ just doesn’t fit in their hearts. They can only profane the gospel of Christ and etch their grubby fingerprints on it to the point that hardly anybody can be saved. If it were of this world, then faith would be needless. The Millennium is coming when Christ will set up His kingdom on the earth, and then the kingdom will be manifested in the natural realm, but until then we believe in a spiritual kingdom that is yet to come. Anyone who thinks they can live in the flesh in attempt to glorify God is to say that they are already living in the age of Millennium. Therefore, people who live and walk by the flesh are attempting to put this age together with the age of Millennium. It is like saying today and tomorrow is the same day. They are two separate days and two separate ages, and we cannot mix them. The Millennium will be an age when the Kingdom of God is manifested in the natural realm, and then we will enjoy His kingdom in the flesh, but in this age, the only way to enjoy His kingdom is in the Spirit through faith.

Jn 18-35,36

(170c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Pursuing the glory of man turns us in the wrong direction >> Fighting God to keep the glory of man – Did Jesus just say there is fighting in the realm from which He came? We know that Jesus will rule the earth with a rod of iron during the Millennium, which will occur still in this realm, and if there were such a thing as sin in heaven, there would be fighting there too, but there is no sin in heaven, so there is no fighting there. On earth, that is all we see, except that no one is fighting for Jesus, for men fight for their own causes. Living in a body of sinful flesh in this natural realm was not home to Jesus. He had a place in mind where His body compliments the eternal realm of peace and love, where nothing passes away and there is no cause for war, but here we see people fighting for the right to glory in their shame.

Jn 18-35

(79c) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind >> Compromising your convictions -- This verse goes with verses 39&40

Jn 18,36-38

(223f) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Miss God >> Missing the point >> Miss the meaning of the truth – This is a conundrum to some people: isn’t the Church the Kingdom of God in this world? On the one hand we could say yes, but on the other, Jesus was talking more on a spiritual level to Pilate when He said that His kingdom does not belong to this world, meaning that it is not part of this natural realm. He meant that His kingdom is a spiritual kingdom, that the Kingdom of God dwells within us. It is not the Church per se as much as it is the indwelling Holy Spirit who is the Kingdom of God. Jesus said in Lk 17-20,21, “Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the Kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, ‘The Kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, “Look, here it is!” or, “There it is!” For behold, the Kingdom of God is in your midst.” When Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is in your midst,” He meant both: “the Kingdom of God dwells within you,” and ‘I am the embodiment of this kingdom.’ In both cases, we have no business trying to make this life mean more than the life that is to come. The Kingdom of God may be in His people and his people may be in this world, still the Kingdom of God is not of this realm, and for us to strive to make this life have meaning above the purpose of God’s kingdom that is coming, is to take the emphasis off that which is truly important and place it on something that is destined to perish. The Kingdom of God is eternal; for us to place our emphasis on that which is temporal is a travesty of epic proportions.

Jn 18-36,37

(221i) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides his divinity from man’s corruption >> The Kingdom of God is from another realm – Jesus testified, “My kingdom is not of this world.” That is of major significance, especially when the Church is in a state of apostasy. Christianity today consists of people who think they are Christians and think they can live this life in the flesh instead of sacrificing it for the sake of the Kingdom of God, and claim they are doing it for the sake of Christ. Keep in mind that Jesus’ disciples did not form a band of renegades and come and take Jesus from the hand of Pilate or Herod or the Romans or the Jews. His own disciples did nothing; they were not instructed to do anything. They were in such shock and horror, they were paralyzed and couldn’t imagine how this could fit into God’s predetermined plan. Literally everyone was expecting Jesus to one day overcome the Romans and set up His kingdom, making Jerusalem the center of the world as it was in King David’s day. Seeing signs, wonders and miracles was fun; walking around Israel and preaching the gospel of the kingdom was okay, but the disciples were waiting for the day when Jesus would suddenly take over the world. He raised Lazarus from the dead; that was cool, but they would easily exchange that for seeing Him subvert the Roman empire. This was their expectation based on the Old Testament; meanwhile an entire 2000-year age of grace was being completely overlooked. The point is that if the kingdom of Christ is not of this world, then why are Christians today so fixated on this life and not on the world to come? Since the Kingdom of God is not of this world, then what is the Church doing investing so much time, effort and money into this life?

Jn 18-36

(46a) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Subjecting your flesh >> Violent take it by force >> Taking the kingdom by force

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37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, "So You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."

 

Jn 18-37,38

(17i) Sin >> Unrighteous judgment >> Ignorance >> Speaking truth without knowing it -- This verse goes with verses 33&34.

(23a) Sin >> Pride closes the windows of heaven

(63i) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Sarcastic from being emotional >> Frustrated – When we compare Pilate with the religious establishment, there are a few differences, but there are also a few similarities. One difference was his lack of knowledge, Pilate knew very little about Jesus, nor did he have a motive to hate Him, let alone a motive to crucify Him, but he was similar to the religious establishment in his lack of conviction. When Pilate said, “So You are a king?”, he said it sarcastically, not believing it. There is a strikingly large number of people in the Church today who claim to be saved but do not actually believe in Jesus. They have ulterior motives for going to Church, to appease their conscience. They have a religion to answer the question of God, but they want to be in control of their lives and have sovereignty over their own will. They don’t want God telling them what to do.

(173j) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice >> Penance of lip service -- These verses go with verses 33&34. Many people seek God’s calling and purpose for their lives and never find it, but if they ever found it, they would probably do it; but there are other people who if they knew His will would never do it. They are completely apathetic and indifferent to the will of God. We could probably say this was true about Pilate. By the time he delivered Jesus to His enemies, he was actually on his way to believing that Jesus was the Son of God, but he didn’t believe it enough for it to change his life. This is the way it is with religious people who want nothing to do with God. They say that He is a king, but they don't believe it and they don’t really even care. This is essentially Catholicism in a nutshell. They say that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Master, but they don’t honor Him. There are plenty of Catholics who love God with all their hearts, but Catholicism as a religious belief system does not honor Jesus Christ as king of the Jews. They make large professions, but they don’t allow what they say to seep into their hearts so that they could believe it. This was Pilate; he was not a religious person; he held Rome’s pagan gods in contempt along with those who worshipped them, but he did become religious for one day, the day he made a decision about what to do with Jesus. A lot of people make the same decision, sacrificing Jesus for their careers from a willful blindness and through a lack of knowledge, being unable to see clearly because they refuse to seek the truth.

(198a) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Man withers when he is in control >> Unteachable >> Resisting the knowledge of God

(200i) Denying Christ >> Excuses for rejecting Christ >> Using irresponsibility as an excuse to reject God >> Trying to talk your way out of accountability – The Romans were committed to stamping out all dissidence and rebellion before it had a chance to grow, and the Jews were saying that Jesus considered Himself a king, being how they were able to bring Him to trial before Pilate in the first place. It was a crime to compete against Roman law, for it was seen as a threat to the throne of Caesar. Pilate didn’t know what his confession that Jesus was a king would accomplish, but he didn’t know what else to say. He desperately wanted to escape the situation that the Jews forced on him, for there was no way to win or even look good in the eyes of anybody. Even his own wife told him to have nothing to do with this man, and he should have followed her advice, but frankly he had no choice. Had he refused the case, the Jews would have taken matters into their own hands and no doubt stoned Him to death against Roman authority. They would have taken Him to a secluded place and done this so that they could alter the facts. Therefore, it was the will of God that Pilate took this case; he had no choice in the matter; he was predestined by God to condemn the Lord. Pilate was much like so many people in the world today who deal with the issue of God. Instead of submitting to His authority, they dance around the subject trying to appease their conscience while having the goal of preserving sovereignty over their own lives without relinquishing any control to Him. Man is in rebellion against God, and the last thing he wants to do is submit to Him, but we also have need of Him, not just physical needs but mental and spiritual needs, foremost with our evil conscience. We all need to live with a fairly clear conscience, and the only way to maintain it is to have some kind of connection with God, usually based on our own terms. Most of us try to make deals with God so they can live with their conscience, while at the same time maintain their lifestyle of choice, which invariably conflicts with the will of God.

Jn 18-37

(66j) Authority >> Jesus’ authority >> His words are the authority of God

(106g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Hearing His voice – Everyone who is of the truth hears the voice of Jesus. This is reminiscent of the Christmas book that was made into a movie, Polar Express. The bell at the end of the movie is my favorite part. Earlier in the movie the boy couldn’t hear the bells ringing on Santa’s sleigh. One became detached and landed at his feet; he picked it up and rattled it by his ear but couldn’t hear a thing, then forced himself to believe, and suddenly the bell rang loudly in his ear. He lost the bell on the floor of Santa’s sleigh, so Santa gave it to him as his Christmas present that year. He shook the bell and it rang true for him, though his parents couldn’t hear it. His little sister heard it, but eventually it fell silent for her too, but the bell always rang for him even in his old age. That movie got lousy reviews because it expressed a very profound truth in the Bible, based on this passage and others: there are those who can hear the voice of Jesus and there are those who can’t, distinguished by a childlike faith in Jesus. 

(107j) Thy kingdom come >> The Church is of the truth >> God’s people can discern the truth

(110g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Born of the Spirit by the truth >> Conceived by the Spirit of truth

(144d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The Church bears witness of Jesus >> It bears witness of His word

(153a) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Church bears witness of the Father through Christ

(154d) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Witness that the world is godless >> Witness that the world does not know God – Pilate actually confessed that Jesus was a king, but he didn’t believe what He said; he just said it to hear Jesus’ reaction. Had he believed Jesus was a king, everything would have changed, possibly even history would have needed to be rewritten. He may still have been crucified, but Pilate’s life would have dramatically changed. Had Pilate believed his own statement that Jesus was a king, he would have made a totally different decision. As it was, Pilate didn’t believe Jesus was a king, but he didn’t think He was a criminal either. He didn’t really know what to think about Him, and as a result Pilate was caught between a rock and a hard spot, for there was no right decision that he could make with his limited knowledge of Jesus. In hindsight, the only right decision he could have made was to acknowledge that Jesus Christ was not only a king but also Israel’s Messiah, but treating Him as such would have destroyed his career as a Roman governor, and he didn’t have enough knowledge to make that decision. He didn’t know the Scriptures; he may have heard a few things about Jesus, but not from any authoritative sources. A little while later Pilate discovered that the Jews condemned Him because He claimed to be the Son of God, and it frightened him to lean this, and the fact that it frightened him suggests that he saw it within the realm of possibility, based on Jesus’ actions and responses, along with His demeanor and countenance. The peace that He carried with Him in relation to his circumstances was enough to convince anyone He was God incarnate.

(206a) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to living in the spirit >> Conditions to partaking in the spirit

(254h) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Holy Spirit >> Holy Spirit is life >> Spirit of God is the life of Christ – Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit whom he would send in His place. When Jesus talked about people able to hear His voice, He equated Himself with the Holy Spirit, essentially saying that He and the Holy Spirit are one and the same, depicting the trinity.

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38-40 Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?" And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, " I find no guilt in Him. 39 "But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?" 40 So they cried out again, saying, "Not this Man, but Barabbas." Now Barabbas was a robber.

 

Jn 18,38-40

(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

(242h) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Worldly pressure >> World pressures you to forsake your convictions – It wasn’t Pilate’s fault that Jesus was crucified; rather, it was the Jews who demanded His death. Pilate was ready to release Him, saying I find no guilt in this man. There was a Jewish law and Pilate was familiar with it that could release a man at Passover, and he was hoping they would call for Jesus to be released or at least not know about Barabbas incarcerated, but the Jews chose him over their king. God used the scapegoat at Passover to represent the freedman that Jesus would pardon through His own death. At Passover the priests would present two goats, one would be for the sacrifice and the other would be for the scapegoat. Jesus Christ and Barabbas, who represented not just one man but every sinner, became the manifestation of that imagery that Israel was commanded to practice every year for centuries. He even represented the Jews who had delivered Jesus to be crucified. The Jews used this idea and applied it to a criminal once a year, though setting a criminal free was never a Law of Moses.

Jn 18-38

(17h) Sin >> Judging in the flesh >> Passing judgment without seeking truth – The Old Testament's writings are filled with statements that the king’s job (in Pilate’s case governor) is to discern justice for the afflicted and oppressed, and the ability to do this is based on his comprehension of the facts and circumstances presented to him, but Pilate didn’t understand the Truth, which is on a much higher plane than mere facts and information, for truth comes from God. Truth is composed of the facts as God see them, whereas facts are comprised of man’s perception of truth, which he calls "reality". God can reveal Himself to us by His Spirit, and the things we understand about Him define the truth, but when we relate this truth to others, they hear it as human knowledge. God gives truth to His believers, and if we haven’t received it, then we don’t know the truth. Pilate inadvertently admitted that he didn’t know God.

(55n) Paradox >> Lose by gaining >> Lose the truth to gain religion – Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (Jn 14-6), while man says, “What is truth?” Each of these statements epitomizes the one who said it. Man through Pilate admits that he doesn’t know God or His Truth, and representing us he stands as judge of our creator. He stands as a third party participant of a court trial, God being the first and Satan being the second in attendance (represented by the chief priests and Pharisees). Pilate was mostly ignorant of the details of the case and so is man; he was essentially pressed into service through no fault of his own. Just as God gave man the position of arbitrator, it requires man to try the Lord. Pilate’s decision was forced by threat of a riot to give Jesus to His enemies; each one of us plays the role of Pilate, having each his own excuse why he must reject the Truth that is in Jesus Christ or else make a better choice. Will we, like Pilate, sacrifice Him to keep our temporal life, or will we sacrifice the life we know for a new life of faith in Jesus, which is sure to bring change to every aspect of our reality? Pilate had a secular worldview, but when he rejected Christ, he suddenly became religious, having formed his view of God, being devoid of Truth as an accurate reflection of himself.

(59g) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> What is truth? / There is no truth! – Pilate spoke sarcastically as though to confess that the truth is unknowable or that it possibly didn’t even exist. People who condemn Christianity often attack the notion of Truth, and Pilate would agree with them, while the very embodiment of Truth stood in front of Him, denoting man’s utter spiritual blindness. This is exactly what is happening in the world today by atheists and others, though the truth is always located in the same place from generation to generation, right under our noses in the Bible. It is also over our heads, like the cosmos. If people want to reject the Bible, the truth is still written in the stars, the mantra of creation being that God exists. Witnesses of the Truth like Helen Keller, who was both blind and deaf, understood her existence mostly by a sense of consciousness. Through a childhood disease she lost her sight and hearing; she never looked to the heavens after the age of accountability and saw God’s handiwork, yet she believed in Him as a professing Christian and condemned the notion of pursuing an unknowable truth. Meanwhile, Pilate had his hearing and sight, yet it didn’t help him see the light or hear the truth speaking with him. Therefore, consciousness itself is enough proof for God's existence. All these things Helen Keller instinctively knew, and this instinct is in each of us, but some people invent their own version of truth and follow other instincts, which never fits with the evidence.

(75f) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Being manipulative >> Questioning God’s authority -- This verse goes with verses 33&34

(79e) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind >> If you don’t, you won’t know truth – Pilate’s problem was that he had not renewed his mind prior to meeting Jesus. His mind was garbled by the world, so when he met God in human flesh, he battled two opposite kingdoms at the same time. He tried to put them together, but they were polar opposites. The Church is doing the same thing in these last days, riding the fence, trying to mix kingdom principles with the elementary principles of the world, and it turns out a mishmash of foolishness that is not recognized either by the world or by the Scriptures. Christians are acting just like Pilate, confused and conflicted. When Jesus comes they will be totally unprepared for Him. Their minds will have been trained by the elementary principles of the world instead of by the word of God, and they will try to understand the second coming of Christ through worldly insights, and it will be like pounding a square peg into a round hole. Most people in the Church know the principles of the Kingdom of God, but because they have not renewed their minds in them, faith and love will not be in their hearts. Every thought will come out backwards and every action will drive them further from God. What did Jesus say about His second coming? “Stay on the alert” (Mat 24,42-51), be dressed in readiness (Lk 12-35), and how do we do that? Should we amass gold and silver or dig a hole and crawl into it and be a doomsday prepper? The Bible teaches us to renew our minds in the word of God and prayer as a means of preparing for His second coming. It is unlikely that the Church is doing this, since most Christians today are in a state of apostasy. They might go to church; they might jump up and down praising the Lord and wave their hands; they might give their tithes and offerings; they may have the appearance of Christianity, but like Pilate, none of it is in their hearts.

(90a) Thy kingdom come >> God convicts us >> Conviction leads us in the way of righteousness – Pilate was such a conflicted mixed bag of emotions; meeting Jesus was possibly the worst experience of his life, and really how sad is that? It is unlikely that Pilate was the same after this. Some people would say that he committed the unpardonable sin by delivering Jesus to be crucified, but that is absolutely not the case. Jesus said to him, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin” (Jn 19-11). They were the ones who were utterly without hope, the Pharisees, Sadducees and chief priests, etc. Pilate sacrificed Jesus for the sake of his career, whereas the Pharisees and their cronies sacrificed Him to protect their religious pride, and that is a far more insidious evil. They were far more convoluted than Pilate, and Pilate was a very confused man. He said to Jesus, “What is truth,” and then he confessed to the crowd that he saw no guilt in Him, and that is perhaps the greatest truth about Jesus, the fact that He was without sin. He spoke the truth in the same breath that he claimed he didn’t know it. “I find no guilt in Him!” this was his confession of faith. This is what may have given him hope later in his life when he had more time to contemplate what had happened.

(159m) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit God >> Counterfeit truth – Pilate represents us all, who haggled with the question of God. We strive with logic to explain Him away, and when that fails, we explain why God doesn’t work for us, and when presented with the kindness and mercy of God, we must keep the conversation from ending with the same question, “What is Truth?” Instead of asking Jesus the question, Pilate made his statement sarcastically so as to say he personally didn’t believe Truth existed. He also sarcastically questioned Jesus as a king. Had he said these things and actually believed what He was saying, he could have become a child of God, but as it is, He spoke sarcastically to Jesus, not believing what he was saying. Although he said the right words, he used the wrong inflexion in his voice, and it kept him from heaven, obviously not his tone but his unbelief. He may have repented later, but Scripture gives no reason to assume this. The decision Pilate made that day wouldn’t get anybody saved. Jesus was a very difficult case for Pilate, but He is not easy in anybody’s life.

(174j) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Form of godliness but denying the truth

(175j) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Ignorant of what God means >> Ignorant of the meaning of God’s word

(178d) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Presuming the facts about the circumstances >> Philosophy

(185f) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Mystery of lawlessness >> Having knowledge but not knowing God – Most people will never be ready to accept Jesus into their hearts, because they have no place reserved for Him. The same was true at His birth; there was no place for Him in the inn (Lk 2-7). There has never been a place for Jesus in this world; He has always been an outsider. For Pilate to defend Jesus to the point of it affecting his own life was a proposition similar to adoption. When parents adopt a child, it adds joy, but it also adds complications and difficulties that they must be prepared to accept. Pilate essentially told Jesus that he could not adopt Him, apparently because Jesus was not important enough and Pilate was too popular and brutish. His life wasn’t headed in that direction. People end up making excuses for rejecting the Lord, and invariably their answer to Him is “What is Truth?” In their conversation with God the truth always surfaces, and they deny it due to a facsimile of truth they already embrace that to them represents reality, but to God it is just another lie. Man denies the existence of Truth with a capital “T”! People confuse facts with Truth, thinking they are interchangeable, but they're not. Man has his facts and God has His Truth, and without God man has no Truth, and for this reason they reject the very notion of Truth. In that way they admit that they are alien to the Truth.

(244j) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal manifestation of God’s word >> His cross is the manifestation of truth -- This verse goes with verses 33&34

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(79c) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind >> Compromising your convictions -- These verses go with verses 20-23

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