The Gospel of John is Jesus is God Pt 3

This time I pick up were I left off on the walk through the Book of John. We are now 2/3rds of the way through the first chapter. In this time we have learned of God, the Word and John the baptist.

We learned that God is unknown unless through the Word who was their in the Beginning and is in fact God. We have learned the Word became flesh who is Jesus. We also learned that John the baptist was not the Messiah but a witness to the Messiah that was to prepare the way.

One other interesting thing John shows us in the first part of Chapter 1 is the 3 parts of God that make the Trinity. We see it on display in scripture. We see God the Father called God in verse 1 of Chapter 1, We see the Son called the Word in this chapter. John the baptist then introduces us to the third. The Holy Ghost shown to rest on Jesus at his baptism signifying that infact he is the person John the baptist was to prepare the way for.

Now it is time however to Look towards the first disciples.

John chapter 1 verses 35-51 (kjv)

 

 35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;

We see John is standing the day after Jesus baptism and two of John the baptists disciples are with him.

36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

John around his two Disciples declares Jesus to be the Lamb of God which is the person John has been saying all along he is preparing the way for.

37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

Well when his two disciples hear John they immediately decided in their hearts to follow Jesus.

38 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?

Here Jesus asks them simply what do the seek. or Why are they following him. They called him essentially master and asked where he lived which makes it very clear they had decided to follow him.

39 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.

Here Jesus tells them to follow him to his home. So they came and stayed with him that day.

40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.

We are told one of the two was Andrew who was brother to Simon better known as Peter. The other is generally assumed by many people to have been the Apostle John who wrote this book. This is mostly due to how chapter 1 is narrated starting at John the Baptists as if being witnessed and retold by the author.

41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.

We find the first thing Andrew does is find his brother and says come see the Messiah or Christ for we have found him.

42 And 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.

Here Simon meets Jesus and is told who he is and that he will be called Cephas or as we know him today Peter. (Note: Peter comes from Petros meaning a stone in Greek. As Greek not Aramaic was the language of scribes all New Testament texts we use were recorded in Greek so we tend to see greek words over the Aramaic words when reading the New Testament books.)

43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.

Here we are told Jesus looks for Philip and tells him to follow.

44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

We are told Philip is from the same city as Andrew and his brother now being called Peter

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.

Philip promptly finds a man called Nathanael and tells him they have found the Christ.

46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

Here Nathanael is a little questioning if such a thing could be true.

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

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.

These verse can be a little odd to the reader. As Jesus welcomes Nathanael saying he is not gullible. Nathanael asks how does Jesus know him like must people might when someone you never met before suddenly greets you like they have always known you.

Here we are told Jesus saw him under the fig tree before Philip called.

Note: My study bible notes say that meditating under a fig tree is favored by Jews and that this might very will have been Jesus referencing a specific meditation and prayer concerning the Messiah Nathanael was doing earlier due to how Nathanael responds next.

49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.

The response is Nathanael declares Jesus Rabbi and that he is truly the Son of God and King of Israel all questions of doubt are removed and he is now a follower.

50 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.

Jesus responds that you belive simply because I saw you under the tree? Well if you follow me I am going to show you much greater things then this and as we see later in this book Jesus was very true in that statement.

51 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.

Here Jesus references Jacobs Ladder saying that soon they will see that Jacobs Ladder which was a pathway from the earth to God in heaven is infact the Son of man. As we are told earlier in the chapter only through Jesus do we see and know the Father.  This is a very fitting image when you stop to think about it as we are told Jesus the Son of man is the pathway to God.

Conclusion:

With that we have reached the end of chapter 1. We see once again the deity aspects of Jesus shown. We see John declare him the Lamb of God he gathers his first followers and he makes his first declaration to be the Way to Eternal life and a relationship with God. Next we will see Jesus go to a wedding in Cana and do his first miracle.

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Computer trouble has created silence

Sorry to anyone following my computer completely failed a couple months ago and while I had a phone to check email and do some web browsing. I was not really in a position to post on here or write up a proper explanation. However the Good news is I am back behind a good computer now and should start being active a lot more.

 

A new passage and explanation should be up in 24 hours.

The Gospel of John is Jesus is God! Part II

When last we talked about the Gospel of John we covered roughly just under a third of chapter 1. Stopping right before John talks about the Testimony of John the Baptist.

John chapter 1 19-34

19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?

Here we are told that the following is a Record of John the baptist from when the Sanhedrin which serve as judges over the Jews and if the laws of God are being obeyed. At this time their were claims that John might be the Messiah or a Prophet of old.

 

20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

So When asked if he is the Savor he says he is not.

 

21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

So now they ask well then are you a Prophet. His response again is no I am not.

22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

So now since he has denied the accusations of what he is they need some answer. So they beg him for an answer. Here we see the humility of John the baptist he rather then describe himself instead puts it into relation of his Message and makes it about God. He tells them he is a messenger a voice crying out and making the way ready for the Lord or Messiah as was said by the prophet Esaias.

24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

So now they wish to know why is he baptizing if he is not the Messiah or a Prophet. As only a Prophet or other authority was allowed to baptize in Jewish law.

26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Here John once again rather then talking about himself instead makes it about God. That he is baptizing with water, but out their someone not yet reviled is the Messiah and while he will come after him. He existed before him and is so great John is not even worth to tie his sandals or shoe. We are then told were this conversation happened.

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.
30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

Then the day after this happens we see Jesus has come to John. John the Baptist declares him to be the Lamb of God, who will take sin away from the world.

31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

Until this point he only knew of Jesus as his cousin and it had not been shown to John he was in fact the Son of God. That only happened now that he was baptizing Jesus that it was shown.

32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

John again declares I saw the Spirit. (that is the Holy Spirit) Descend from heaven like a dove and that it rested upon Jesus.

33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

Now John further explains the significance of what he said earlier. For he did not know who the Messiah was only that he was sent by God to baptize with water. Also that God said to him upon who thou shalt see the Holy Spirit descending, and remaining on is the same who will baptize with the Holy Ghost.

 

So here we see Jesus is shown to John the Baptist who was sent to prepare the way for the Messiah that Jesus in fact is the Messiah.

Psalm 46 inspiration to the Hymn “A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD”

I grew up singing the hymn “A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD” it is a big memory for me. I am not sure how many people who have song that hymn are aware that Psalm 46 was the inspiration for the hymn. So today I would like to take a look at the Psalm, which is itself a song, and see why it inspired Martin Luther so much he wrote “A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD.”

Psalm 46 (kjv)

“God is our refuge and strength”

1 GOD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore will not we fear though the earth be removed, and through the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.           Selah.

4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.

5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is out refuge.

Selah.

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is out refuge.

Selah.

 Alright before I go through this verse by verse I first want to explain “Selah” the word that pops in every so often in the psalm. The truth is no one really knows what the word means at this point in time. The two leading ideas is it represent a point when just the musical instruments accompanying the singing of the Psalm play with out words for a set of time. The other theory is that we are meant to stop and reflect on the meaning of the verse that was just spoken. I personally tend to think the answer might very will be both theories are correct, that while the instruments are played we are asked to reflect on the verse. All right now lets actually look at the verses.

Verse 1 is a declaration all of us believers should take comfort and understanding that God is are refuge and strength in times of trouble. We should look to Him for He is always their with us.

Verse 2 can be a bit of stumble with how it is worded. However it is saying We do not fear even if the earth is removed or mountains are thrown into the sea. Why do we not fear? Because God is with us.

Verse 3 is reaffirming that even if it looks like we are about to be overcome we still should not fear because again God is with us.

Verse 4 and verse 5 tell us that God is in the Holy temple and because God is their the holy mountain the city Jerusalem cannot be moved. We as Christians should be aware because we are born again that the Holy Spirit, God, now rests in us and strengthens us which means this promise extends to us and that we can not be moved and death cannot overcome us for we are always with him.

Verse 6 talks about the unbelievers are angry their kingdoms have been moved by God. God utters his voice and the earth is melted. Meaning even the unbeliever have to submit before God. You should also realize their is another thing to understand as a christian that because we are now a temple for the Holy Spirit the heathen kings will rage against you.

Verse 7 Reminds us to take comfort for God is with us. He is are refuge.

Verse 8 and 9 Show us that though the heathen kings rage God will stop them. He will break them. With that rod of Iron that is referenced through out the Bible. He will end war, God will destroy the instruments of war and give the earth peace.

Verse 10 tells us to calm ourselves and take comfort for He is God. He will be exalted among the heathen he will be exalted on the earth. This means everyone will praise God and no one can overcome Him.

Verse 11 is a closing declaration That God is with us and that again He is are refuge.

I think it is obvious to see why Martin Luther wrote “A MIGHT FORTRESS IS OUR GOD” after reading this Psalm. It is declaring the entire time God is are refuge and he is forever with us and we can not be overcome as long as we take refuge in the Lord. That truly is the most Mighty Fortress I have ever heard of.

That is an amazing Declaration of Gods glory That he is are refuge peace and safety only come through God!

Maranatha!