"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.
"John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace." The soul of 'God the Word', left the Omnipotent Spirit body of God and entered the flesh body that God has created in the womb of Mary. Thus God became a man. Please refer to the link for details: 1 "God became Man". The only way to eternal life or to the Kingdom of God, is by doing what Jesus Christ tell us to do, it is to obey his commandments. Grace is the spirit and power given to us so that we may overcome and defeat sin.
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Verse 15 says, "John
bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that
cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me." In
reality, Jesus was six months younger than John the Baptist. So, when John
says that Jesus was before him, he does not refer to his age or date of
birth. John being a prophet and man who was sent by God, knew that Jesus was
"God the Word" and that is why he spoke very highly of Jesus, and in a way
tells the people that Jesus was even from the beginning. John the Baptist
introduces Jesus to his people. Now,
1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt
among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the
Father,) full of grace and truth. Here we see that a sentence is
inserted within brackets. It says
we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten
of the Father. In Matthew 17:9, Jesus Christ told
his disciples Tell
the vision to no man, so this was a vision.
Peter, John and James saw the future glory of Jesus Christ, as his
transfiguration as begotten son and it was heavenly experience on earth and
it must have been a great sight. You may please study about the begotten Son
from this link: "Begotten Son.
Verse 15 says, "John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me." In reality, Jesus was six months younger than John the Baptist. So, when John says that Jesus was before him, he does not refer to his age or date of birth. John being a prophet and man who was sent by God, knew that Jesus was "God the Word" and that is why he spoke very highly of Jesus, and in a way tells the people that Jesus was even from the beginning. John the Baptist introduces Jesus to his people. Now, John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Here we see that a sentence is inserted within brackets. It says we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father. In Matthew 17:9, Jesus Christ told his disciples Tell the vision to no man, so this was a vision. Peter, John and James saw the future glory of Jesus Christ, as his transfiguration as begotten son and it was heavenly experience on earth and it must have been a great sight. You may please study about the begotten Son from this link: "Begotten Son.
Now, the rest of the verse 14 is: the Word was made flesh. We often say, Jesus has descended from heaven to earth as a man as if it is a visit. But, it is the supreme sacrifice of God. He created the whole universe, has just became flesh. Flesh is a piece of meat. The Bible has recorded it as flesh, not to insult, but to emphasize that he became an ordinary man. It is the biggest mystery in the Bible. If God has not reveal it to us, we will not understand how it was done. In study #1, I have explained how God is three souls in one Spirit, in which the Word is one of the persons or souls. So, the Word was God, since he was a part of & in the Spirit which is the body of God. It is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. Please listen to Hebrews 10:5 when he* cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) that is God the Father has already decided and put it in a book, and God the Word refers this book and he comes to do the will of, God the Father. So, he told God, to prepare a body, so that he may become a man to be sacrificed. So, God the Father and the Holy Ghost came upon the virgin Mary and created a body in her womb. They did not have sex with her and they did not make her pregnant, and Mary was still a virgin, until the birth of Jesus. This was an unique event and is explained in Matthew 1:18-25, & Luke 1:27-43. Christian traditions & doctrines say God made Mary pregnant, etc. It is not true according to scriptures. God the Word, he being a soul, left the omni-power Spirit body, which is God's body and entered the flesh body that was made in the womb of Mary. If Mary was made pregnant, the new baby in her womb would have soul and body. Then God the Word could not come in that body, because there would be one soul already in it. So, God need just a body with no soul, So God has created a seed of the woman according to Genesis 3:15, in her womb. The seed was like an egg to receive a soul, and the soul of 'God the Word' has left the body of God and entered this body, and the egg received the soul, and became a baby in the womb of Mary. Thus God became a human baby. It was just one of the kind. No other seed will ever be created from any woman.
Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, (he was being God) thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (he did not consider it to be a privilege to be God now) 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (He, God became a mere man without any privilege). It was the supreme sacrifice of, God the Word. Romans 8:3 says God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh. So, not only he was flesh, his flesh was also sinful as any other flesh. Many churches say that he came in a holy flesh and that is why he could live without sinning. But the soul of 'God the Word' was in sinful flesh, a normal man and dwelt among his disciples. When he became a man, he was a man and not God as long as he lived as a man. He did not live a double life as God and man. Christian traditions strongly claim that he lived as 100% God and 100% man. First of all, it does not make sense, and the Bible says just the opposite. He lived a holy, sinless life, in a body of sinful flesh. How was it possible? It was because of this. The verse says that he was with full of grace and truth. It is very important to know that Jesus received grace from God as we receive grace. Preachers & clergies say that grace is the fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross as a substitution for sinners and his blood covers them, this is the grace they teach and infiltrate churches and they say by this grace we are saved. If this is grace, that comes from his death, how could Jesus Christ receive this grace? It make no sense? So, the grace of preachers are absurd. What is grace according to the Bible? Let us start with Luke 2:40 the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. The child was strong in spirit and the grace of God was upon him. Both were simultaneous. So, grace is the power of God that made the spirit of the child to be strong. So, grace is the power that is given to the spirit of a man. So, in order to receive grace we must have the spirit, that is, we must be born again.
Verse 14 says he was with full of grace and truth. We saw what grace is. Now, let us see what truth is. John 17:17 says Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. That is the word of God is truth and his people will be sanctified by the truth. But there are so many preachers twist the truth. Matt 22:16 says Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Mark 12:14 says Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: These verses say that Jesus is the one who will teach the word of God in truth, that is, he will teach the truth, in truth. This verses also says, preachers will not preach the truth because they regard men. John 8:30 As he (Jesus Christ) spake these words, many believed on him. 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; Here Jesus says that it is not enough that you believe what I have said, but you must continue in them. Continue in them means you must live by them. 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. That is if we live by them, we will know the truth. If we know the truth, it will make us free.
John 1:16 ..Of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. We all can receive grace from Lord Jesus Christ, who is with us now, turning us away from our sins according to Acts 3:26. Remember, the verse says God, raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. He gives us grace, which is spirit with power, and with this, we can overcome all sins. We can receive power as much as we need. That is to receive grace for grace. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul says, he said unto me (Jesus Christ said), My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Here, Paul defines grace. Grace is the power of Christ that rests upon Paul. This grace gives strength to him when he is weak and make him perfect in spite of his weakness. When he was to fall because of weakness, the strength of God lifts him up and he will not fall. Grace of God will not say, go ahead, and fall for sins and I have died for you on the cross. No, it is the grace of deceivers, theologians & humanitarians. But grace of God gives power to defeat sins. Romans 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. The verse says that if you are a sinning person then sin rules over you and it will bring you to eternal death. Even so, in the same way, if you have grace, the grace rules over you, through righteousness. That is you will be doing righteousness and all men who see you will know that you have grace, because of righteousness, it is opposite to sin. This grace will give you eternal life. The Lord Jesus Christ will be doing all these in your life. This is the grace of God. If this doesn't happen, you do not have grace. Or you may have a counterfeit fake grace of the preachers. Ephesians 3:7 I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. God ignites Paul with his light, that is spirit, and grace by the effectual work of his power. It is with proof. So, grace is the spirit and power of God with proof. It is not bluff.
John 1:17 law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. God gave 10 commandments to Israel by Moses and God wrote them by himself. Then, God also gave many laws, rules, and regulations to them by Moses. But, according to the spirit of God, God decided that the entire law of Moses with circumcision should not apply to Gentiles and it is explained clearly in the entire chapter of Acts 15. So, Gentiles are free from the laws of Moses. Then, Jesus Christ upgraded the 10 commandments and taught them to his disciples for them to obey. In Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15-16, Jesus Christ told his disciples to preach all his commandments, that he taught to his disciples as the gospel to the entire world. So, the commandments that are of Jesus Christ took the place of 10 commandments. So, if we are in the grace & truth of Jesus Christ, we are not in 10 commandments. In other words, if we are in the spirit and power of God, then we are not under any law of the OT, including 10 commandments. Galatians 5:18 if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
We all can read the truth, that are commandments of Jesus Christ from the Bible, but until he reveals them to us, or until we receive grace and truth from him, we cannot do them, since the power to do them is in the grace. This is the truth and grace that come by Jesus Christ. Commandments of Jesus Christ are harder than the 10 commandments. For an Example, In Matthew 5:27 Jesus Christ says Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. I do not have to explain that commandments of Jesus Christ are harder. But Moses just gave the 10 commandments to people and asked them to obey. Jesus Christ gives the truth, which are upgraded, and they are intensified commandments, which are harder to obey. Since it is given with grace, which is the spirit with the power of God, we can obey them. For an example: We cannot move a hill with a shovel. But, if God will give a bulldozer that is spirit and plenty of gas that is power, it is possible to move the hill. This bulldozer and gas are grace. The commandments are like the hill that we must move. We can move it with the bulldozer with gas, which is grace.
As I write this, so many people got angry and wrote to me saying that I am a heretic, teaching heresy. I know what they say. They have learned theory, but did not learn practical. That is, they have learned to say that they were born again, but they don't know what it is. They learned to say they are led of the spirit, but they do not have the spirit. They use vocabulary, without having any reality of spirit in them. So, they have defined grace as to what they can do, but not according to what God has said or what the spirit and power of God, can and will do. They bluff anything and think they are right, just because they are spiritually blind. If you do not know spiritual things as reality, ask God to give you the spirit. Don't ask preachers. They may not even know the reality of the spirit. Be honest to yourself first. If you do not have grace, admit it, and ask God and humble yourself before him he may have mercy on you and give you grace. But, if you are born of the spirit and you are in the process of becoming a son of God, you are blessed. You will see Jesus Christ on that day.