We are looking at the book of John to see (know and understand) the Christ. In John 20, you will find some things that John said about this book that he wrote. John is a great man of God and he experienced and walked with Father God. He was not chosen for his greatness. The Apostle John knew Jesus long before he was a follower of Jesus. John’s mother was a woman named Salome, and Salome was the sister of Mary – the mother of Jesus. Consequently, John the Apostle, which is who penned the book of John, is the cousin of Jesus, during His earth walk.
When you think about John being the cousin of Jesus, it is a marvelous fact that John could say that Jesus is God in the flesh. How many people do you know of, that would, or could follow a relative, by giving up all and following them, with understanding that they are the Christ? When you are involved in family, you’ve been there to see their lives, and you know them as the position of a relative, and it is very hard to give up all you thought you knew, and follow them. Why; because we still know people after the flesh, more than we do the spirit. The result is a breakdown in the social realm, which hinders Father from manifesting himself in and through people. John must have seen something in Jesus that made him, over and over proclaim that Jesus is God. As they grew up they spent time together, but it was in watching Jesus, during the years of his ministry, and how He related with humanity that caused John to understand and see the nature of Father God that dwelled in his cousin. John had to see something in Jesus to convince him that Jesus was exactly who He claimed to be. In like manner people we share with need to see Christ in us by allowing the nature of the Father to be our nature. The day has come that we not just preach the message of the Gospel but that we be the message; the revelation (Christ) of the Gospel is to be the controlling factor of the believers’ life.
Jesus made the statement, "I and the Father are one," and John recorded that in his writings. So John had a unique relationship with Jesus, and because of that he could pen some unique insights about Jesus in his Gospel that none of the other disciples could write.
At the beginning of John’s life, he was a man with a very hot temper. When the people at Samaria refused to receive Jesus, John just wanted to call fire down on them. But something changed his heart. His association and identification, and following Jesus changed him.
John chapter 21 ends by saying, "This is the disciple which testifieth of these things and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true." "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, that which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written." (John 21-24-25) John is telling us that there was so much that He did and said; but in this book he is going to be very selective with what He writes. In fact John takes eight miracles, and bases his writings around only these eight miracles; yet there are many more miracles that took place during Jesus’ earth walk; they are spiritual miracles that are not readily seen with the natural eye. The student must rise above the natural realm and study this book with Quantum Faith, which would be seeing those things that are not seen with physical eyes, with the spiritual eyesight that the Holy Spirit gives us.
John wrote in John 20:30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
“Having life” is an expression of not only the heart of this apostle, but really the heart of Father God. He said, "I wrote these things so that you would believe and, in believing, you would have life through His name." Name means nature.
There are three key words in verse 30-31, and are the themes in this whole book. Those words are signs, believing, and life.
There are eight signs recorded in John's gospel. These are not just miracles. The word "miracle" is really the word "sign." It is a picture of something. Every single miracle recorded in John's gospel has a teaching connected with it. There is something great that happens but there is a deeper meaning behind what Jesus did. Jesus did what He did to give a message. We are going to study these miracles, and more.
John does not record the genealogy of Jesus.
No manger or nativity story.
No boyhood incidences.
No baptism of Jesus mentioned.
No story of the agony at Gethsemane.
No interaction with the Scribes, no parables, no publicans and no dealing with men’s tormented souls (mind, will, emotion and thinking facilities).
John is very specific; he leaves out much of what Matthew, Mark and Luke spend a great deal of time recording. John centers his whole writing on eight signs or miracles that reveal something of what and who Jesus is. Most of these signs go in the great "Ago Ame" statements, which is the Greek for "I Am." Ago is ‘I’ and Ame is ‘I am" ‘I have been’ ‘I exist’ – He was, He is and He always will be; those are statements of Deity. Moses asked God, "What is your name?" God replied with the statement, "I am that I am," and as time went on, Father God showed them who the I Am is; we have a very large list of the names of God, which are attributes of His nature.
Father God comes into a body (Jesus), in the natural realm, and picks up that declaration of deity, and in John’s Gospel, uniquely, He says, "I Am, the Bread of life; I am the good Shepherd that gives His life for the sheep; I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; I am the resurrection; I am the Vine; I am the Door." Those are all activist adjectives that describe aspects of Jesus’ redemptive nature and mission. Jesus comes on the scene and fills in the blank, and revels who God is and what His mandate is. So, the book of John is lofty in dealing with the Deity of Jesus Christ. The great "I Am" statements are all built into the eight signs that are recorded.
At the end of chapter 20, concerning the eight signs, John says, "And many other signs," and in the beginning of John 21 you will read that he writes, "And after these things;" it’s important to know what those things were. The reason for the book of John is that you might believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that believing you might have abundant life through His nature being alive in you. Believing is a continual action; present progressive. The more you believe the more life you will experience; but you must learn what to believe, and concerning Jesus Christ, it is inexhaustible. So the book is written to initially convince, and then provoke the reader to believe continually; thus the reason new converts are directed to the book of John. It is Fathers desire that every man, women, boy and girl be enlightened in the spirit as they learn of His Christ.
Now in the message we might say, "Oh what a great miracle", but it is the message behind the miracle that causes us to believe and in believing we would have life. This book is going to make us very conscious of life within! That is important to us although we are going to see some sections of Scripture that bring out the death. John was the one that wrote in John 12 Jesus’ saying, "If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me". John recorded Jesus saying that, but the major theme of John's letter, is life.
We see that in John chapter 1:1-5: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Revelation 19:13 declares the Word is Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ the Son preexisted before everything recorded in history; He was and He is eternal. Jesus was God and He was the Word. When you get over to the fourteenth verse we will find that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. The word ‘dwelt’ is "tabernacled". It is an awesome study when the student looks at every part of the Tabernacle of Moses as being the types and pictures of Christ. Some of the definitions of the Hebrew word ‘beginning’ are first-fruits, Captain, Chief; so we can safely say that in Jesus, God created everything or in Himself God created everything.
He was the door? He was the light, He was the bread, and He is the Most Holy Place Himself. Everything in that Tabernacle has its fulfillment in the person of Christ. John being a great student of Old Testament things said, "In Him we have a tabernacle of the Word of God". John also tells us that name is the Word and Jesus was before all things, and John used the Greek word "Logos," to say word. The great writer Plato says that the "Logos" is the ideal behind everything in the heavens and in the earth. He stated "that the earth is simply shadows of what is in the heavens." In fact Jesus taught the disciples to pray that what is true in the heavens would become true in the earth. The Hebrew people who were taught by Philo said that behind every thought you must have a thinker. In John’s day they talked about the Logos for hours; wondering what it was a shadow of. So you have John writing that in the first-fruits or in the chief was the logos; a person, and the Word was with God and the Word was God; literally God was the Word. Jesus is God!
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
In the beginning God – Elohim is the Hebrew word for God and Elohim is a plural word, which is three or more; so in God there are three manifestations of Himself that He uses to deal with mankind; Father, Son and Holy Ghost. There are people who fight over the fact that those are separate individuals or they are one. Well family, they are one and they are three. God is so big, man cannot decide who and what God is; He has to reveal Himself to them. Again there is a very large list of names for God that start with El, and we will not go into that study right now; it would take up much of this writing. Suffice to say, He is greater than we know, and will spend eternity discovering who He is.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
By who, Jesus and He is the creator of all things; He is not created, He is the Creator. The original intent of the phrase ‘by him’ is "through him or with him." The atoms that make up all things are held together by Him; He is the source of all life.
Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things through Jesus Christ:
Jesus was the pattern, the coping stone, the measuring device, and the chief cornerstone by which all creation was fashioned. Everything you see and cannot see is made by Jesus; this is the day that the Lord has made, and tomorrow will be the day the Lord has made, and He that created the universes came to planet earth and became man. Why, because He so loved the world and the inhabitants of it. What great love you will know, when you think about you compared to all the people who have ever been born on planet earth, and He knows your name, and He knows you personally and He loves you! Wow!
I not only know that but I experience that love and that relationship with Him; He is the real Father, and He lets me feel Him in my very being. Oh the Love of God that goes beyond natural explanation; it is what sustains me. He has always been with me in my darkest of days, and my brightest of days; He is a Father that will never leave me or forsake me. Not because I am perfected on the outside; but because He loves me! The God of the universe is my Father!
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
He was the pattern, and you were made by Him and for Him, and if you refuse to give yourself to Him, you will fall apart. If you have no joy or happiness, no peace of mind, then I would say you need to grasp hold of Him who made you, and let Him be your life. When we draw away from Jesus the head and Jesus the body (the corporate Church) then relationships fall apart, emotions go crazy, and life just doesn’t make sense; it’s not supposed to make sense, outside of God. That’s the reason the social realm of most people on this planet is in such disarray. The secret of life is found in the statement, "All things were created by Him and for Him." So our statement of faith today is, Father, we exist for you, and we desire to learn of you, so you can live and move and have your being in us, your corporate body.
We know that the fall of Adam brought humanity out of divine measurement and out of balance with all of the creation of Father God. We need to see that it is man that must be, first of all, brought back into fullness. It is man that must be brought back into union with Christ, the pattern.
When we think about "He created all things", we have a tendency to think about natural things and the world and nature, things that we can see with our physical eyes. But now we understand that these natural things are a lesser creation than spiritual things. What we see in the natural is just simply physical expressions of a higher dimension of truth in the world of the spirit. The world of the spirit is made different. What we see with our natural eyes, is the copy of that which is the real. Adam was a copy, Christ is the real. There is a spiritual world from which you and I are born again. We are translated into the consciousness of that spiritual world the day we accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour and go on to allow the Holy Spirit to renew our mind.
The spiritual world (heaven) is the place Father lives; He is Spirit. Jesus Christ was and is the creator. He is also Jesus Christ, the first-fruits of the New Creation, and now those who are born again have become New Creation beings; no longer human (man hewn down) being but New Creation beings.
Father God used Jesus to pattern all the natural creation, even in making the first man Adam. Then Adam fell from being a heavenly being with a body, and Jesus came into this earth as the creator walking among men to redeem man back to the place of fellowship with God in the spirit. After proving His sinless perfection, He went to the cross and identified with fallen humanity. He identified with humanity so much that, when He died, fallen humanity died in Him; ALL were in Jesus in His redemptive work.
It is recorded that ALL had a death in Him, that the old man in union with Adam was crucified with Christ. Then, after three days, there was a resurrection. We believe with all of our heart that that resurrection was a new creation. It was the creation of the last Adam. When Jesus came up out of the tomb, He was the federal head of a new race of people. It was in the resurrection that Jesus became the last Adam. By the last Adam, we are talking about the federal head of a new race of people. We often get hung up on this word Adam. Actually, we are just talking about a beginning. The first Adam was a beginning and the last Adam was a beginning. The last Adam was the beginning of a new creation of God. This needed to take place because the first creation had a free will, and they fell because of disobedience. But, and thank God, Jesus Christ was the obedient one in every way, and we who believe are in Him; so we can plead His obedience as our obedience.
It is just like when Father God formed Adam out of the dust of the ground and breathed life into his nostrils and he became a living soul. That living soul was a man out of whom all mankind were going to be produced. Adam fell and so fallen man was the result. But Father God raised Jesus from the dead a new creation for all mankind. Not all mankind are born again, as of yet, but all have been reconciled, and all can become new if they will let He who is the life of the new, come into them; it requires a choice. If He is the life and the only life, then there is no other life apart from Him. If person’s life exists apart from Him then their existence is full of death (no knowledge of God; no Zoë life.
John must have had this in his mind when he said, "By Him were all things made". There was a creation! Believers are a new creation being by virtue of the fact that they are in The new creation. That is the story of this great Gospel; telling people about the Man that we are in. All are in Christ, but not all are alive in Christ; you must be born again to become alive; because the birth you received from your natural parents does not include life and life abundantly; that life is a gift and it must be accepted.
1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
The phrase ‘born again’ means to pro-create of the Father, and Peter is not talking about mans birth through their earthly father and mother (corruptible seed – DNA from the first Adam), but to be born again of the incorruptible, which is Jesus the Word. In the seed of God there is no corruption.
Incorruptible: NT: 862 aphthartos (af'-thar-tos); undecaying (in essence or continuance): KJV - not (in-, un-) corruptible, immortal.
The root word for aphthartos is, a, which represents Alpha, which is the FIRST.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Romans 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
So, if a person is not born again (by accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour) then what is it they can’t SEE? First let’s look at what the word ‘see’ means in the Greek. NT: 1492 eido (i'-do); a primary verb; properly, to see (literally or figuratively); by implication to know: KJV - be aware, behold, X can (+not tell), consider, (have) know (-ledge), look (on), perceive, see, be sure, tell, understand.
They cannot perceive, understand, be able to speak of, grasp hold of, speak of or have intimate knowledge of the Kingdom of God, which is not speaking of a "physical planet," people call heaven; the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. In a later verse Jesus said again, unless a man be born again He cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. Apart from God’s life that is placed in a person, when they become born again, there is no righteousness, peace or joy at all.
What does it mean to be born again or a new creature in Christ?
2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Notice it doesn't say that we are just new creatures. It says that the prerequisite for being a new creature is that you have got to be somewhere. Where is that? In Christ, and that word ‘in’ means a position of rest; being born again. It doesn't say all people were new creatures. You have to be in Christ. He says that simply because the resurrected Christ is a new creation! He had to be new because, when He died, He identified (became the same) with what; man in their fallen state. Father God made Him to be the federal head of a body that He wanted certain characteristics to be produced in. So He gave the Head everything that the body was to have. Out of that tomb He came. If you really want to be technical about it, it is not the earth walking Jesus that believers are in union with; we are in union with God our Father.
2 Corinthians 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
We do not know Him after the flesh, but the earth walking Jesus was the perfect pattern of how this new man functions, so we study His earth walk, but we don’t seek the earth walking Jesus any more. Born again believers have not become who He was; we are now Christ (anointed ones) in this earth. We are in union with the resurrected Christ. The Greeks wanted to see Him, and they came to Philip, asking to see Jesus. Jesus told them that He was the seed that needed to fall into the ground, and after His death and resurrection, in a people, they are really going to see Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
Jesus said that they would see Him soon, in a people; born again people who have become the anointed Cherubim that Adam was in the beginning, but even greater than the first Adam, we are in the last Adam. The first Adam was the prince of this world – the Anointed Cherubim, and he had power over as far as the fowl could fly and the fish could swim in the sea. The last Adam that we are, Christ the head and body has power over all the universes. We are now the final Anointed Cherubim; Cherubim means blesser. (For an in-depth study of the Cherubim, see the studies page at www.treeoflifeok.com.
Let’s read what God spoke of the first Adam, through Ezekiel.
Ezekiel 28:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: 3 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: 4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: 5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches: 6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; 7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. 8 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas. 9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee. 10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD. 11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty; thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. 18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries (man – the temple of God; the Most Holy Place) by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. 19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
God did away with the first Adam; "and never shalt thou be any more."
2 Corinthians 5: 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. The ‘old things’ are the life of a fallen man in Adam.
One translation says, "If any man be in Christ, he is in a brand new world". If you connect that with Hebrews chapter 1 where it says that by Him He made the worlds (plural), you see a natural one and a spiritual one. One translation, the New English Bible, says, "If any man be in Christ, there is a new heaven and a new earth".
John, at the end of the revelation, said, "I saw a new heaven and a new earth," he was talking about the new birth. It is a new heaven and new earth because of the new man; born again people are the new heaven and the new earth. That new man is just as real in you as He will ever be. John follows this statement with, "by Him were all things made, beloved". But he also said, "Light walked in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not". It is not a question of becoming something. It is a question of knowing something that we have become and understanding how it could be!
We are still failing the math test. We know the answers, but we don’t know how the answers came to pass. It is not something that we write on a piece of paper. It is something we are to live out of every day. We know the end of the book. We know what it says. He said, "I saw a new heaven and a new earth", but we come up with all kinds of formulas as to how that is to be played out. And really, it is summed up in a person and His work and your incorporation in it.
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
Now what old things would that be? It would be the old things of the humanity. Old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.
Rev. 21 will show you that is just what the Lord said. Behold all things are new. The book of Revelation is just the unveiling of Christ in a people and that is just simply this thing we call the new birth. It is a big thing, the new birth. It is a new man we have yet to discover; but nevertheless born again believers are new men (no gender implied).
Paul wrote to the Church of Galatia and said, "Only one thing matters and that is the new creation!" It is not circumcisions, not un-circumcision, nor any other doctrine that you would want to argue about or separate over. One thing avails, the new creation. Are you in Christ or are you not?
It is very possible that we have been corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. Here is the Apostle John. He was uneducated. He just understood that Father God made all things from the pattern and person of Jesus Christ. He understood it by the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
What does the term "of Him" denote; origin? But of Him, of God, are you. The Bible says of John the Baptist that he was sent of God. There was a man named John sent from God. What did he do? He bore witness of the light. What are we, the sent of God ones, supposed to do today? We are to bear witness of the light. But of Him are you in Christ Jesus who of God (speaking of Christ) is made unto us.
Now ask yourself this question. When was Jesus made? We have already talked about His preexistence many times. We have talked about Him being before the beginning. You can go back billions of years and He was there. When was Jesus Christ made? He was made in the resurrection. He was formed and fashioned as the federal head of a brand new race of people. He was made unto us.
What was He made and made unto us? He was made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Why was He made these unto us, His body? When Adam was made, he was made unto mankind all that Father God made him to be.
1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
Adam was to reproduce the life of God in Him, and He failed at that. Jesus was made a life giving spirit; He came to give life (John 10:10). How does Jesus give life? Father God made Christ a life giving spirit. He put within Him life and He gives it to all who get in Him. It could also say that He made Him a wisdom giving person. All who get in Him get wisdom.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
We are created already in Christ, not being created. We were created in Christ Jesus when He was created. When He became a new creation, we were created. We are His workmanship created in the person of Christ Jesus. "unto good works".......
Do we preach good works? Yes, there should be some good works in your life but they come from the Christ nature. "Good works" do not produce the new creation. Good works are the outflow of the new creation. We do righteous things because we are righteous. We do not do good things to become righteous. What you do is the product of who you are, if you know you. The creation in Christ is the source of the good works. It comes out of Him.
Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
What is the thing that matters; are you in the new creation? What rules are you living by? What is the formula that you have been taught? What is your doctrine that has been drilled in your head? Paul said the only thing that matters is "but a new creature". Born again people say, "Some day, I am going to be a new creature". No, you are the new creation man now, by virtue of the One you are in.
Family, Father God sees His children like they are; it is us who need to change what we see, and align it up with what Father God says we are. We must and we are seeing who we are!
Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
This new man is created in righteousness. The new man I am in is righteous. We believe there must be a outworking of that but this says we are created in righteousness. The outworking will not take place until we know that Father's word is fact and not a promise. What are we talking about today? John said, "All things were made by Him!" Well, let's get bigger than the trees, rivers and the mountains. Let’s look inwardly and say, "All things were made by Him". John said that these things are written that you might believe.
Col 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new, which is renewed in knowledge after image(likeness; statue; profile; be like) of him that created him:
Don’t lie about yourself anymore. Don’t speak blasphemies or rob yourself of who you are in Christ, which is speaking what you are not. How did you put on the new man; with a new birth. You were born again by saying, "Jesus Christ I receive you as my personal Lord and Savior". This is a new birth.
It says, "And have put on the new, which is renewed in knowledge after image (likeness; statue, profile, be like) of him that created him:"
John 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Because of what we have been taught, we consider it robbery to be one (equal) with God; this should not be because it robs us of life.
He that was created is your new man; the Him that created Him was Christ. He was the new creation.
This is rich stuff, family. "In Christ" is the missing link of people who preach heaven so high and them in it some day. They do not understand and still try to get rid of something they could never get rid of. They are wearing themselves out beating snakes off, and they keep coming back. We have been made the very righteousness of God. We have been created in true holiness. We are in the sanctified One. Yes, there needs to be an outworking of that, but you will never have the outworking of that until you first get established in your own thinking, "This is the way I am and so, therefore, it won’t work the other way".
You do not quit sinning and then righteousness pops up. It is, "Awake unto righteousness and sin not!" Jesus did not walk before God perfect and upright in order to become righteous. He walked it because He knew He was righteous.
John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
That light of life is the light that we are to pray for from Ephesians 1; that our hearts be enlightened. The light of life is an understanding of life; don’t extinguish the light in your life by rejecting it. Jesus, the light, came and shined in the darkness (people with no knowledge of God), but the darkness, could not or would not understand Him, but neither could they extinguish Him, no matter how much they tried; Christ still shines today, in a people and He will for eternity. He is God’s bright and morning star.
Paul wrote to the churches in Ephesus chapter 4 and said, "We shouldn’t be like the unbelievers and some believers, who, because of ignorance, are alienated from the life of Father God because of the darkness (no knowledge of Him) that is in them."
The simple truths that we have stated today are a foreign language to a lot of the Church and they need to be majored on. The darkness comprehended it not. We can go back over 2,000 years ago and do a historical view of the book of John and say, "Wasn’t it sad that He was right in their midst and they didn’t know it?" We can point to them and say how sad it was. Yet, we sit in Churches all across the world and He is sitting right in our midst and we do not know it today! Because of that, we do not respond properly. How is the knowing to come?
He says next, "There was a man sent from God, His name was John".
Why was John sent? He was sent to take the body of Christ into a death and a burial. Wouldn’t it be awesome to realize that, in the teaching of the death and the resurrection, we could see the light within us? It is not with the physical eyes; it is with our spiritual eyes. There needs to be a many-membered man (Christ the body) sent from Father God, a Priesthood with bread and wine in their hands, offering Him to the world.
People are expecting Him to show up a certain way, and yet He has been here every since His resurrection. Many have and are missing Him now. The Church has been preaching about a coming that is already here. The second coming they read of in Hebrews was His appearing in His resurrection without sin, and then He has come as the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us into all Truth.
He is in us. Father God is with us today.
The Book of John is another revelation of Christ that was written by the same man. We are going to see the New Creation man in this book. We are going to see the life of God that is within us, how to get it out of us, and let Him be seen in this world through us.
We will become a part of that man sent from God helping others to see the light. The saddest thing is that He is here and people do not know it. We have to start right now letting them know it. We must look into the Son like John did and speak what we see. The light has been so bright to some that they have had to turn their heads because the revelation is not what they thought it was or it doesn’t fit the theology they have been taught in their schools or churches. We look for a physical city and physical streets of gold; when we need to look unto Jesus! What is sad is that some people’s light has become so dark that they cannot see the true Light.
John was referring to a people that Father God dwells in. It is a people with a divine nature in them and the nature of Father God flowing from them. John was in the Spirit on the Lord's day and He wrote what He saw in the spirit realm, not the flesh realm.
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