Bible Study #2, John 1:5 to 13. Light and darkness. Meaning of Lord Jesus Christ.

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

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

God has separated light from darkness. It is symbolic, and so, truth & lie, good & evil, righteousness & unrighteousness, holiness & sin, spirit & flesh, just & unjust, and so on, will not unite or merge together, in spite of the best efforts of people.

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Bible Study #2, John 1:5 to 13. Light and darkness. Meaning of Lord Jesus Christ.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you.

First, let me bring the highlights from our previous study. God is 3 souls or 3 persons in 1 omni-power Spirit. We are souls, in a body of flesh, which is dust. If we are born again, our souls also live as our bodies live. The life of the body is in the blood. The life of the soul is in the light of men that is the spirit. God tells us to be born again if we do not have the spirit yet. Living souls goes to heaven and dead souls goes to hell. Soul life is eternal and body life ends here.

Now, John chapter 1, vs 5. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. Now, the light came to darkness, and conflict started. The light is not physical light, but it is spirit light and this spirit is the one, gives life to souls of men. But, what is darkness? Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. The Spirit of God was on the top of the waters and darkness was in depth below the waters, which was earth. We think darkness is absence of light. But the Bible considers darkness as an opposite power to light. It was not just a void of light. Darkness exists even before the six days creation. Vs 4 God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. If the light is good, then darkness is evil. God does not want this darkness to be mixed, or merged or united with the light. So, God divided them. The names, darkness & light are symbolic. So, light and darkness is the same as truth & lie, good & evil, just & unjust, holiness & sin, righteousness & unrighteousness, spirit & flesh, and so on. So, darkness means many things. But in Gen 1:2 it is earth, from which our body or flesh came from. So, it could be symbolic for our flesh. So, our flesh is the darkness and the spirit is the light. So, a person being in the flesh, if he begins the spirit life, the flesh could not comprehend it or tolerate it. It screams, like, until yesterday you allowed me to have sin, why don't you allow me now? See, the spirit-life will hinder the flesh-life (ie sin-life) of a person. Gal 5:17 says the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: But, people wish to merge them together so that they may enjoy sin as well as go to heaven. In Matt 6:24 Jesus Christ says: No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Let me read John 1:6-8. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. This is about John the Baptist. He was a great servant of God. He had a great mission. He completed his mission and got out of the way. He came to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He did his job very effectively. In Matt 11:11 Jesus Christ said: verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: Jesus Christ applauded him.

Vs 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. This is about Jesus Christ. He is the true Light and he lights or ignites men to become lights. He created the light, keeps the light, and gives the light. Many preachers and Christians say that they have this light, ie the spirit. But they live as sin promoters, and they have no shame to announce that they do sin every day. They are applauded for that. So, their followers also live the same way as they do. They have no idea about how Jesus Christ lived. In John 8:12 Jesus Christ says, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. That is, if a person has received the light from Jesus Christ, he will not walk in darkness, he will walk as Jesus Christ walked, without committing sin. But these men live to sin. So, Jesus Christ had not given his light to these people. As in Jude vs 4 they call, sin-life as grace-life, lasciviousness as grace & darkness as light. Jesus Christ says in Matt 6:23, If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! That is, they are really messed up. Then again verse 9 says, Jesus Christ lights every man that come into the world, not only the men in church. Jesus Christ gives this light to a person, who is doing good deeds. But churches say that it is not by good works but by theology, ceremonies or ordinances. But, Jesus Christ does not give any value to them, but he is looking for purity of life in a person. John 3:19 this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil, their works are evil, what they do is sin. Churches do not want to look at the deeds of men, but they are into ceremonies like worship services, alter calls, potluck dinners, etc, but not the good works of righteousness. They always wanted to make it ceremonial and theological rather than real life. If we can fit God in a ceremony, it is convenient to have God in the church and sin outside the church. That is what the churches are doing. God says, whether, good or evil in real life does matter, but not in a ceremony. Again he says that evil men that is sinning, hate Jesus Christ. But sinners say, they love Jesus. God says in 2 Cor 11:4 they love another Jesus, who is not the Light. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. God says that they hate the light because, if a sinner comes to this Light, who is the true Jesus Christ, he will reprove the sin and tell them not to sin any more. But another Jesus of the churches will not tell that. Instead, preachers say that we all will sin until we die. Yes, that is why, Jesus Christ in John 8:21 told them that they will all die in their sins and go to hell. 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. So, whoever walks according to the truth, will come to the true Jesus Christ, because they are workmanship of Jesus Christ. If you have good conscience, doing good works, Jesus Christ will light you even in your prayer closet, without a church ceremony. This light is the spirit of Jesus Christ. Rom 8:9 Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. That is, if we don't have this spirit, we don't even belong to Jesus Christ.

John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. Eph 3:9 says God created the world and everything in it by Jesus Christ. Acts 3:26 God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. Not only the world, even Christians do not know that. They are ignorant.

John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. His own people are Jews and it refers to his coming as the Lamb of God. Jews did not receive him, but crucified him. So, verses 10&11 say that nobody received him. But, read the next verse, it says that a few people have received him. John 1:12 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: That is, if we receive him or even believe on his name, God will give us power to become his sons. So, with this power, we can become the sons of God. First let us see, what is this power. Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. So, the power to become sons of God is, to be led by the Spirit of God, who is the Holy Ghost. So, what will the leading of the Holy Ghost, do? 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. The Holy Ghost will give power to your spirit, which is the light, to mortify, that is to kill, the deeds of your body, which is sinning. That is, God gives power to your spirit, and your spirit will kill your sin. Then you will have eternal life. Vs 14 says that you will be the son of God. Now, in order to receive this power, we have to do one of two things. 1 is to receive him. 2 is to believe on his name. How to receive him? Acts 3:26 says that Jesus Christ is here to turn us away from our iniquities that include sins. It seems that Jesus Christ will give the spirit and the Holy Ghost will give the power to your spirit. Now, your spirit, with the power of God, will kill your sin. Now the choice is yours. You can receive this Jesus Christ, who will turn you away from sins or you can receive another Jesus, who will meet all your needs, who will understand you, make you rich in your poverty, heal you in your sickness, provide you anything you want, and most Christians have received such a Jesus. They think they got it made, but it will be sad since they are eternally damned. Theologians give doctrines, commentaries, explanations, etc, churches provide alter calls, ceremonies, ordinances, etc but God wants good works of righteousness comes by receiving the true Jesus Christ.

Then vs 12 also says: even to them that believe on his name: What is to believe on his name? There are other phrases saying to believe on him or to believe on Jesus Christ, to be saved or to have eternal life. These also raise much commotion. So, let us see what is to believe on him first and then we see about believe on his name. John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. Jesus Christ says, if they believe on him, they will not walk in darkness. He will light them, the sparks from him will set them on fire and they will glow as lights. They will not live in darkness anymore. It will be the proof. Those, who do not have this proof, do not have the light.

Now, let us see what is to believe on his name. Let my name be Tom or Joe or Mike; if I ask you, do you believe on my name, it will not make any sense and you will laugh at it. But if I tell you that my name is 'Gift Giver,' then ask you, do you believe on my name, you may ask me, what kind of gift you will give? See, if there is a meaning to the name, then believe on the name, is to believe the meaning of the name. Most Christians do not even know that there is a meaning to his name. Then what do they believe? They will tell us that Jesus Christ will take them to heaven no matter what they do or something like that. That is not the meaning to his name. They just bluff after the preachers. His name is Lord Jesus Christ. Let us find the meaning to his name. Then we know, whether we believe on his name or not.

Lord means; he is the master. 1 Cor 6:19 know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost ... and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. If you say that you are forgiven, then Jesus Christ has bought you by his blood. You are the property or slave to Jesus Christ and he is your LORD. 1 Cor 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. That is, don't serve men, churches, denominations, doctrines or preachers, but be servants to Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. There are preachers openly deny the Lordship of Jesus Christ and some of them very cunningly teach not to obey Jesus Christ. They say that you cannot obey him any way and so don't even try to obey him. They will show a short-cut to heaven. This verse says, they will bring upon themselves swift destruction. So, do not believe or join these preachers. Accept Jesus Christ as Lord, that is, as your master.

Now, what is the meaning of Jesus? Matt 1:21 she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Jesus means that this man will save his people from their sins. It is not to take you to heaven as you commit sin, but he will pull you out of sin and make you escape from the grip of sin. Eph 5:25 Jesus Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that is, he died on the cross for you. 26 that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that is, he will give you his word, that is, he will tell you what to do what not to do, clean you, and purify you. 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. That is, Jesus Christ will accept you as pure holy person. Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. He will purify you from sin, for you to do righteous works. 'Jesus' means, savior from sin.

Now, what Christ means? Christ means the Son of God. Theologians give different meanings to confuse people. In Matt 16:15 Jesus Christ saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. A/c to Hebrew 2:10 Jesus Christ will bring many sons to glory. So, Christ is the son of God, who will bring many sons to glory.

So, the meaning of Lord Jesus Christ is this: He is the master of us all and every knee must bow to him. He will save only his people from sin itself. Being the Son of God, he will bring many sons to glory. His people will submit themselves to obey whatever he will say. They believed on his name.

John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. Born again is by God, that is, if God gives us the spirit of man, or if God lights us with his light, then and then only we are born again. It is not by any other means. It is not by psychology or by mind power or theology, or ceremonies, or ordinances or following a doctrine or following a celebrity preacher, or by any other such things. If we become lights, as he is light, it is the proof that we are born of God. If we are born of God, we will be babies. As a child, we will drink milk, be washed with water by the word, etc and as the Spirit leads, we grow to become sons of God. Then we will inherit the kingdom of God as joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. So will you become a son of God?

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