Revision Study: John Chapters Two and Three.

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

This is the second revision study. Today we will cover the Gospel of John chapters two and three. Then I will continue the book of John from the next study.

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In the old testament, priests are allowed to work in the tabernacle on their completion of thirty years and up. Jesus has taken water baptism. And the Spirit of God immediately baptized him with the Holy Ghost, right on the river. The gospel of Luke 3 says, "21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. 23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, ..." He began his ministry at the completion of his thirtieth birthday. It is with a miracle of the famous changing the water into wine at the marriage feast. It is explained in John 2:1-11. He followed it with the cleansing of the temple, explained in verses 13-16. In the temple, they were selling oxen, sheep and doves, to help the sacrifices, who came from out of town and there were money changers like modern day currency exchange. Jesus made a scourge and whipped them out of the temple by assault and violence. If such thing happens today in our church, we will call the police, and our press will give the news as a violent criminal act in church. Why did Jesus do it? Verse 16 says "He said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise." The house of worship is a place to give reverence to God, and so it should not be treated as a market place. Many believed on him, but the temple authorities didn't like it. They were asking him for a sign for his authority. He talked to them in figure of speech and they were confused. That is the end of chapter two.

In chapter 3, Nicodemus, who is a devout Pharisee and a leader among Jews, who is symbolic for Christian leaders of today, came to Jesus by night. Nicodemus said that he believed, Jesus was a teacher sent by God, doing miracles, and God was with him. He was very friendly. But in verse 12 Jesus told him, "If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?" That is, Nicodemus did not believe what Jesus was telling, even tough he believed all about Jesus Christ. So, he was exactly like what we are. We believe all about Jesus Christ, him doing miracles, his death and resurrection, etc, but we don't believe what he preached. Jesus tells us what to do for salvation. But we say, that is works, we are not saved by works, so, we will not do what Jesus Christ says; instead we will believe that Jesus died on the cross and resurrected for our salvation. We will not care about what Jesus Christ says, but we care about what he has done and what our preachers say. Nicodemus was also the same as we are. So, in verse 3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Jesus implied to him that Nicodemus is not born again and he will not even see the kingdom of God. So, neither we will see the kingdom of God, because we are exactly like him. We do not believe in what Jesus Christ says. If we believe him, we will do what he tells us to do.

Born Again by Receiving the Holy Spirit

Verse 3 says, .. "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Jesus says flesh is flesh, spirit is spirit and both are entirely two different things. Born again is not to be good mannered or religious flesh. As our souls receive the flesh body from our mothers, we must also receive the spirit from God. Spirit is life to the soul. At birth, even though a baby has a soul in the body, it does not have the spirit with it. We must receive the spirit later, which is born of the spirit or born again. Until we are born again, our souls have conscience or mind only, to know what is right and what is wrong. Evil souls will join the flesh to do evil. But, good souls will have no power to stop the flesh from doing evil. So good souls cry out to Jesus Christ and he gives the spirit to the soul. As it gets the spirit, the soul begins to live and will receive power from God. This is born again or born of the spirit.

The Church and Born of Water

In verse 5 Jesus Christ says, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." So, we must be born of water also in order to enter his kingdom. What is born of water? "Ephesians 5:25 Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;" Jesus died on the cross for the whole world before. But now, Jesus Christ gives himself only for his church. "26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word," The resurrected Jesus has come to his church, sanctifies the church, cleanse it, and makes it holy. He cleans the church by the word of God, as we wash a dirty cloth with water and make it clean. 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Most Christians object to this. If we mention this verse they get angry, why? However, Jesus Christ is now cleansing his people, without spot, wrinkle, or blemish. Born of the spirit is instant, and it takes a minute to receive the holy spirit. But, born of water, is to clean all sins, it is a process, and so it takes time. However, we must be born of water also in order to enter into his kingdom. If not, our destiny will be hell.

Verse 8 says, The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. The men of the world, even religious men, cannot understand the ways of the spiritual men. The wind blow where it listeth, that is, they will begin to go in the way of God and godliness, but not toward religion. The verse says, so is every one that is born of the Spirit. So, God cleanses everyone, who comes to him. Verses 9&10 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Master of Israel refers to the leader and teacher. They are our pastors, preachers, theologians, expositors, and many other. They ridicule spiritual things like maniacs, and think it is cool. It may be cool for the time being, but it will be very hot in the lake of fire. In verses 11, Jesus Christ says that spiritual life is real and practical. But there are people who will not believe them. That is why, famous pastors and preachers ridicule the gifts of the spirit. We have seen verse 12 already. If we are born of the spirit and water, then we have done what Jesus Christ has told us to do, through scriptures, to inherit his kingdom. 'Born of water' is to be made pure by the word of God. Thank you.

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