Revision Study: First Chapters of John.

"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.

Today is a revision of the study that I took in the Gospel of John. John was the youngest disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, who was known to be loved by him the most. He confesses that his record is true. The Holy Ghost has given many rich information through John in this book. We began to study this book about five years ago, but for some unknown reason, I stopped it. Sorry for that. Now, I am starting it again. So, as a beginning, I am taking the revision of the portions that I have covered already, that is to John 3:12. It was eight lessons. Now, I will complete the revision in two sessions. Then, I am planning to complete the book of John. So today is the revision number one, which will cover the first chapter.

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John 1:1 says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Here, the beginning was the existence of God even before creation. First verse says about two persons; they were God and the Word; and both were God. Verse two says that there was another God, who was the Spirit of God. They were three distinctly separate persons, having the one and only Omnipotent Spirit as their body. So, God is three persons in one Omnipotent Spirit.

Then, God the Father created all things by Jesus Christ, as the Spirit of God was helping him. God created lights on the first day and on the fourth day. The fourth day creation was the lights as sun, moon, etc, and it was physical illumination. The first day creation was the light that was spiritual illumination; and it was the spirit that gives life to the souls. Jesus Christ is the custodian of that light. He gives it, or lights it, on anybody, who will come to him from the world. John the Baptist also was witnessing to the people all about him. This is up to verse 9.

God has separated the light from the darkness. This Light and the darkness are symbolic, or we may say they are spiritual. They are like, truth & lie, good & evil, righteousness & unrighteousness, holiness & sin, spirit & flesh, just & unjust, and so on. They cannot unite or merge together. But, people like the middle ground. But there is no middle ground on this. Jesus Christ gives this spirit, or light, to us so that we may live in him. It is clearly explained in verses 4 to 13. Verse 12 says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" We must receive him, believing his name. His name is Lord Jesus Christ. So, if we receive him as Lord of our life, then only he will give power to become sons. If we receive power from him, we will become the sons of God. Then, we will inherit heaven as the sons of God, which is much glorious than paradise. The Bible says that the Sons will be like Jesus Christ himself, shine with all his glory in heaven.

"John 1:14 says, the Word was made flesh, .." That is, God became man. How? 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. If you like to know the details, you may look at my other videos, or please write to me and I will answer you from scripture. My email address is teacher@truegospel.com. Bible says, God became flesh, which is meat, it is to indicate that he made himself as an ordinary man. Romans 8:3 says that he was like sinful flesh, yet he did not commit any sin. He was 100% man when he was a man, according to the Bible, even though preachers say that he was 100% man and 100% God. I have other videos and articles proving that he lived only as 100% man on earth. You may always write to me to clear any doubt.

In verse 16 we see that "of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace." Every Christian likes this verse. The verse says that we all received grace, it is past tense, so it is done. But, it is written for true believers only. So the whole world is not in it. But, who gives us grace? It is the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, who is here as God in the omnipotent Spirit. We must remember this; and we should not settle for a man in a Jewish robe for Jesus. He could be another Jesus. Bible warns us not to be deceived by another Jesus. Another Jesus gives another grace. So, what is 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 makes him perfect, in spite of his weakness. When he was about to fall because of weakness, the strength of God lifts him up and so 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 another grace. It is the grace of  deceivers, theologians, and humanitarians. But grace of God gives us 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 we are sinning people, then sin rules over us and it will bring us eternal death. In the same way, if we have grace, then grace rules over us, by Jesus Christ, and it is through righteousness. That is, you will be doing righteousness and all men who see you will know that you have grace, because of the righteousness, which 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 called grace, it is the only true grace.

Then, in the first chapter, the name begotten son and a few statements of John the Baptist, are mentioned. Verse "29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." Taketh away the sin of the world is not the same as dying for the sins of the world. We all preach Jesus on the cross as a sacrifice to take care of every sin. But, it is not so. "Leviticus 16:8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD'S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. 10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness. 21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness." Sacrifices are only for ignorant sins. And all other sins must be taken away by a Scapegoat. Jesus fulfilled both. Why do we not teach it in our churches? I do not know why. We don't have time to explain sacrifices now. So, please write to me if you want to know any specific thing. My email address is above. "1 Corinthians 15:3 says Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" He rose again for what? "Acts 3:26 ... having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." Jesus came two times; first as a man to be a sacrifice; then being resurrected, came for a second time to turn us away from our sins. He is our scapegoat to take away our sins from us, as John the Baptist told his disciples. It is important to know that Jesus Christ has done everything according to the scriptures. It is good to know scriptures.

By this time a few disciples joined Jesus Christ. A couple of disciples of John the Baptist have also joined Jesus. Andrew, who was a disciple of John the Baptist, told his brother Simon Peter that they have found the Messiah. Messiah has two missions. One is that he will be cut off, which refers to his death on the cross. The other is to reign in the Millennium. He brought Peter to Jesus, it is in verse 42. "He brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone." So, Simon is a stone and rock according to Jesus. Verse 45 says, "Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, ..." When Nathaniel heard Jesus, he got so excited and answered in verse 49... "Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel." So, a few zealous men became his disciples. Let us look again in verse 45. "We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write." What is it about Jesus? Reference is Deuteronomy 18. "18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him." So, God the Father will speak through Jesus, and whoever do not obey him, God will require from them. That is, if we do not obey, what Jesus Christ has preached, when he was a man, we will be rejected of God and so, we will be thrown into hell. Still our preachers say that nobody can obey his preachings, and so believe that he is dead and resurrected for our salvation. It is not the gospel. Please, let us obey our Lord Jesus Christ.

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