A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. — John 13:34–35
If ye love me, keep my commandments. — John 14:15
The bible tells us:
‘Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. ‘ — Habakkuk 2:4
Faith doesn’t happen in a vacuum, it’s built on two things which we’ll explore using our text for today.
‘Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again…
Yes, that’s the conclusion to the sentence that started in the title. Let me show you…
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one. — John 10:28–30
Jesus has stated here that those who have believed on Him and have become His can never be taken away from Him by any man or thing; this is…
It’s a long read, but it clearly highlights how unbelief can cloud our hearts — even as believers — preventing us from drawing from the abundance we have in Christ.
‘Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. But the Jews did not believe concerning…
These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? — John 6:59–61
The backstory to these verses was Jesus teaching about the truth of His mission — the reason for His coming to earth. Sadly, the people who listened didn’t listen with their spirits and thus were offended with His words.
The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying…
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. — John 4:39–42
Then answered Jesus and said unto…
“God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it! So now there is no longer any condemnation for those who believe in him, but the unbeliever already lives under condemnation because they do not believe in the name of God’s beloved Son. And here is the basis for their judgment: The Light of God has now come into the world, but the hearts of people love their darkness more than the Light, because they want the darkness to conceal their evil. — John 3:17–19 (TPT)
We’ve studied this scripture many times, but we might not have taken the time to really meditate on what is being communicated here.
To that end, I’ll take the scripture from two (2) translations, the KJV & TPT — with TPT being the target to help us “see” the message.
And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. — John 2:17
That’s when his disciples remembered the Scripture: “I am consumed with a fiery passion to keep your house pure!” — John 2:17 (TPT)
The background of this story was when…
Today we’ll look at the “Light” (Christ) according to the word.
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. — John 1:5
And this Living Expression is the Light that bursts through gloom — the Light that darkness could not diminish! — John 1:5 (TPT)
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. — I John 1:5
First, we need to understand what the “darkness” is; we know that the darkness only occurs in the absence…
And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. — Luke 24:46–47