Bible Study #6, John 1:38-51. Messiah, God is Spirit, Jesus is God, No man can see God.

"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.

Jesus called a few men to be his disciples. Andrew, Peter, Philip, and Nathaniel became his disciples. Jesus was known as the Son of God, Christ and Messiah. It was evident that God was with him, showing and doing everything for him.

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Bible Study #6, John 1:38-51. Messiah, God is Spirit, Jesus is God, No man can see God.

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

Our study portion for today is: John 1:38 to the end of the chapter. In the last session, we saw John the Baptist saying that Jesus was the Lamb of God. Two of his disciples heard it and immediately they followed Jesus. 38&39 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. They have spent that night with Jesus because it was late at night. 40&41 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. Messiah, is the expected deliverer and king of the Jews. Christ is the Son of God, who will deliver & rule the Jews as Messiah. So, Christ is Messiah. Andrew seems to know scriptures very well. John the Baptist told that Jesus was the Lamb of God. Messiah must be cut off a/c to Daniel 9:26. And Messiah must rule in the Millennium a/c to Daniel 9:25. Christ, the Son of God, must rule in Millennium a/c to Daniel 2:34, 35, 45 & Rev 20:4. So, Christ will be the coming Messiah. Andrew figured them out since he knew scriptures. He was looking for his brother Simon, who was Peter, not only did he tell him these things, he brought him also to Jesus. Vs 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. Jesus beheld Simon and said that he is son of Jonah and he will be called Cephas that is a stone. Peter means rock a/c Matt 16:18. So, he is stone & rock a/c to Jesus. He was Simon Barjona, meaning son of Jona. But how did Jesus knew these things? Christians will say that Jesus was God, so he knew everything. It is not bad thinking, but it is not true. At that time, he was a man. John 1:33 says the Spirit of God descended and remaining on him. It is Holy Ghost abiding. John 3:34 says Jesus speaketh the words of God: for God giveth the Spirit not by measure unto him. Jesus says in John 8:26 he speaks those things which he has heard from God. Vs 28 God taught him these things to speak. So, Jesus spoke like this being a man. John 1:43&44 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Jesus made a trip to find Philip. Jesus did not call many men to follow him, but if he did, they followed him, because God the Father gave them to him a/c to John 10:29. 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Here it says as son of Joseph. When Jesus was living, every common person knew him as the son of Marry and Joseph. The virgin birth was revealed to the chosen people in its own time. But our preachers often say, as if he was the talk of the town as an illegitimate son. It is not true. They should not say this. It lacks common sense and it is ignorance. The vs also says that all prophets, including Moses, wrote about Jesus in the OT. We studied it in the last session. 46 Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. There was a saying that no good thing come out of Nazareth. They said the same thing about Galilee also, a/c to John 7:41. It was just a saying of that day, but not scripture. Matt 2:23 says, he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene. So, scriptures say that Jesus will come out of Nazareth. John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Guile is deceitful, cunning, politically correct talk of flattery. It is double talk. 48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Again, it is God the Father shows the things to him. When Nathaniel heard it, he got so excited and answered in vs 49... Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Every Jew was waiting for Christ to come and take the reign from Rome. They were actually waiting for the Lion of Judah, but not the Lamb of God. 50&51 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man. Even though such an account is not recorded in the Bible, in Matt 3:16 the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 says lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. John the Baptist has seen it and it was recorded. Here the chapter ends. Let us see the highlights of what we have studied from the first chapter of John. On my left side, on the board I have written a few points to look. I have covered a couple of them and I will cover the rest now. So, the board is just for visual aid.

In chapter 1, we studied about John the Baptist. He was prophet Elijah because of his spirit & power. God is three Souls in one Spirit, he is the creator of everything that is created, his first day creation is the light of man or the spirit of man, which is also holy spirit. Then, God the Word has become an ordinary man in sinful flesh, but lived without sin by the grace, spirit & power of God. He wants men to receive the same grace, spirit & power of God so that we may also live the same way as he lived. God is Light. Jesus Christ is the true Light. He gives light to all men that receive him. If we follow him, we will not walk in darkness. Light and darkness are symbolic. Truth & lie, righteousness & unrighteousness, good & evil, spirit & flesh, holiness & sin, just & unjust, etc are the opposites. They will not unite or merge because God has separated them. To believe on his name is to believe that he is our Lord & Master, he will save us from sins, and as Christ he will turn us away from our sins. Born again is to receive the spirit of Jesus, and to grow in grace and power so that we may also live as Jesus has lived.

If we lost or quenched our spirit, our soul is dead and we lost eternal life. Grace is the power and the presence of God that God gives us to make us strong when we are weak. If we receive grace from God, our spirit will become strong. The truth of Jesus Christ is the gospel preached by Jesus Christ. They are his commandments and we must obey them for eternal life. Many people say that they saw Jesus or God. But, no man can see God a/c to scriptures. We may hear God, if he speaks to us.

Everything we have studied are important. Yet, the works of the Lord Jesus Christ, as the Lamb of God are the most important of all. The man Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth, Who was the beloved son of God, was sacrificed for the sins of the world. The resurrected Jesus Christ, who is the begotten Son of God, is also the Lamb of God, who is like the scape goat, that takes away our sins, a/c to Acts 3:26, John 1:29, Rom 11:26-27, & 1 John 3:5-6. Have you received the resurrected Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God that takes away your sins? The Jesus, who was crucified, is now the resurrected Jesus Christ. If you try to find any other Jesus, you will end up with a phantom, who is not the true Jesus Christ a/c to Matt 24:24 & 2 Cor 11:4. He is now a Spirit, who is God. He is not in flesh and blood as a man. Receive the resurrected Jesus Christ. He was the one, who died on the cross & he is the one, who can take away our sins. Receive him.

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