God-Promotion or Self-Promotion? — John 5:30-38

When Jesus said, “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true,” He may have included the idea, “If I promote myself, my self-promotion does not honor God.” Self-promotion seems to be what the scribes and Pharisees did when they loved to be honored by the crowds for their seeming piety.

What is wrong with self-promotion? The world tells us that if we want to “get ahead,” we need to look for ways to promote ourselves in the eyes of those who can help us “get ahead.” Maybe self-promotion works for many. Consider the successes of the Pharisees.

When the Pharisees gave alms to the poor or prayed on the street corners for all to see, they were promoting themselves for reasons probably unknown to us, but Jesus said they had received their reward. So, self-promotion can be rewarding in some way or another. But the Pharisees who through their self-promotion had received their reward in this world were not going to be rewarded again by God in the next world—they had received all the reward they were going to get.

Again, what is wrong with self-promotion? Perhaps nothing. But if our true task is to promote the business or career of someone else, and we use their time and money to promote our own self-advancement or profession instead of doing what they employed us to do, that would not be right.

What example did Jesus leave us? First and foremost, Jesus promoted the purposes of His Heavenly Father instead of His own self-interest. What is our purpose? Jesus perfectly agreed with the purposes of His Heaven Father. Do we agree with the purposes of God? Jesus came to do the will of His Father who sent Him, and Jesus never opposed His Father’s will. Jesus completed the work He was sent to do. If we have responded to Jesus’ call to follow Him, have we also decided to do the will of Jesus and never oppose God’s will for us, the Lord being our Helper, though we still disobey God sometimes?

At all times, Jesus came to do the will of His Heavenly Father and He did; therefore, the Father promoted Jesus among the people He came to serve. With single-minded love and devotion for His Father, Jesus did His Father’s will. Unlike the Pharisees, who needed the crowds to promote their self-interests, Jesus chose to promote the interests of His Father who had sent Him; therefore, the Father promoted Jesus to the right hand of God after Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection. Jesus received the reward of His suffering.

As followers of Jesus Christ, as Bible students and teachers, whose purposes do we seek to fulfill first and foremost with the time, talent, and opportunities God gives us? God the Father testified in behalf of Jesus, who did His Father’s will. For almost 2,000 years, God the Father has testified in behalf of those who have promoted His work through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Let us prayerfully seek to know and do the Father’s will and obey Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit according to the Scriptures, rather than try to use Jesus and truths we learn from the Bible as means of self-promotion.

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Honoring the Father and the Son — John 5:19-29

We have learned how humbly Jesus did whatever He saw the Father doing, and He never did anything that the Father would not do. He always did what the Father wanted, and He never did anything that the Father did not want Him to do. Jesus and His Father worked perfectly together and were perfect in everything they said and did. They are totally unlike us in our relationships!

Because of the relationship between Father and Son, we sometimes think of the Father as greater than the Son. However, by example and by word, Jesus showed that as believers we need to think about doing the will of God first and foremost, just as He did His Father’s will. Jesus also served others. He said He came into the world to serve. In Mark 10:45, Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Furthermore, Jesus said to His followers, in Mark 10:43, 44, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.” Jesus modeled servanthood toward us. He washed His disciples’ feet and He served us when He died on the cross for us, but we do not think of ourselves as greater than Jesus. Jesus also told us to go and do as He did and serve others, but we do not do that to make ourselves great—and neither did Jesus.

As the Bible tells us to do, we seek to love and obey God first and foremost and serve others. Because of Jesus’ example in word and deed, we tend to think that the Father is greater than the Son. However, in John 5:23, Jesus said that the Father intended “that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.” Therefore, we need to always love, honor, and obey Jesus just as He loved, honored, and obeyed His Father—by doing as Jesus did, we love, honor, and obey God. Just as believers in Jesus pray to the Father, so believers pray to the Son and honor both the Father and the Son. Both hear our prayers, and both are worthy of equal honor.

The scribes and Pharisees knew that Jesus was making himself equal to God by what He said and did, and they wanted to kill Him. Indeed, as we have studied the Gospel of John, we have learned that we need to consider the Father and the Son as worthy of equal honor, love, and obedience, so we want to love, serve, glorify, and worship them.

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Avoid an Anti-God Mindset — John 5:10-18

When we read the four gospels, we see how many of the religious leaders, the scribes and the Pharisees, had set their minds on carefully examining and critically condemning others based on their laws and traditions rather then setting their minds on God and doing what God would do. Jesus knew what His Father did and would do, and as the Son of God, Jesus worked just as His Father did. Jesus did not walk upon this earth carefully examining and critically condemning others; rather, like His Father, Jesus went about doing good and seeking to help the needy. Many of the religious leaders had an Anti-God mindset rather than the mindset of Jesus and His Father; therefore, they condemned Jesus for doing the good He did because He did not do things their way.

Perhaps we know someone like the scribes and Pharisees (or perhaps we have thoughtlessly become like these religious leaders). They are quick to point out the errors and mistakes of others no matter what the error or mistake—even the smallest ones. Everything others say and do must be compared to their ideas of perfection, of right and wrong, of good and bad, of acceptable and unacceptable, and they believe it is their responsibility to make sure others live according to their ideas in every area of life—as did the scribes and Pharisees. They also tend to remember the sins of others and remind others of their past sins with the idea that this may help the sinner do better and avoid sinning. They have put their ways above God’s ways. They have an Anti-God mindset.

Let’s look at a God mindset. Consider how the Father and Jesus acted differently. They went about looking for good things to say and do, rather than going about looking for people and behaviors they could criticize or condemn. When Jesus saw a man who had been ill for thirty-eight years, Jesus did not seek him out and say something like, “Because of your horrible past sins, you have been sitting here and suffering for thirty-eight years. Now, shape up! Take up your mat and walk. And don’t use your walking to start walking into sin again.” Rather, without reference to his past, Jesus used the way of love and met the man’s immediate need when He healed him completely. Later, when Jesus saw the man in the temple and knew the man had not faced his past and repented of his sins, Jesus tried to help him spiritually as well as physically when He said, “Do not sin any more,  so that nothing worse happens to you.” Without pointing out the man’s past sins, without condemning or threatening the man, Jesus gave the man a choice to make about how he would live in the future with his newly restored health. Jesus sought to meet the needs of the whole person. Rather than go about criticizing others like the scribes and Pharisees did, who never thanked God for all the good they saw Jesus doing, the God mindset seeks to serve others and do good as they have learned from God through Jesus in the Bible. The God mindset looks for ways help people and point people to Jesus, not for ways they can criticize people.

As Christians, let us look for the good that we can do for others seven days a week, because that is the way our Heavenly Father and Jesus work. Living like Jesus and our Heavenly Father will lead us to praise and thank God for the work that we see them doing in the world and even through us.

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The Physical and Spiritual Healings of Jesus — John 5:1-9

When Jesus led the Samaritan woman, and eventually many in her town, to believe in Him as the Savior of the world, He healed them spiritually. When the townspeople saw her, the Samaritan woman must have looked physically transformed in appearance as well as spiritually transformed from the inside out to inspire a whole town to run to a well on a hot afternoon to meet Jesus. After Jesus healed them spiritually, the townspeople must have joined her in rejoicing, because they asked Jesus to stay with them. John does not tell us, but probably during the next two days Jesus went on to heal many of those who were physically sick in a variety of ways. Jesus wanted to heal people completely—spiritually and physically. However, Jesus focused on healing people spiritually, for spiritual healing  lasts for eternity

As we begin our study of John, chapter 5, look for comparisons and contrasts. Notice, Jesus chose to heal a man who had been ill for thirty-eight years. John does not tell us why Jesus chose this man out of the crowd of sick people waiting by the pool. Maybe Jesus wanted to inspire others who were sick to believe in Him and seek Him for healing. Perhaps the man was the neediest person around the pool. Notice, Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be made “well” or “whole” (not healed!). The man would need more than physical healing to be made “well” or “whole.” The man did not answer yes or no, but blamed others for his condition. When the water was stirred, the man said someone else always  stepped into the pool before he could get into the water. Then, Jesus healed the man physically. Immediately, he was strong enough to walk and also carry his mat. But . . .  Jesus healed him on the Sabbath.

Did Jesus also heal the man spiritually? It appears Jesus may have waited to heal the man spiritually later. In John, chapter 5, we will learn what Jesus and the man had to do for the man to be healed spiritually and physically—be made “well” or “whole.”

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Signs and the Creative Powers of Jesus — John 4

Many years ago, some people were convinced to join a non-Christian group in my town because the “prophets” in the group told them many things about their past that they thought no one else knew. Without getting into the details of how this can be done in the non-Christian spiritual realm, people need to have more than one sign or demonstration of power before they believe that someone or some group are truly God ordained or teaching the truth of God. With His signs and creative powers, Jesus demonstrated in a multitude of ways that He was sent by God and His Kingdom was not of this world.

Consider, Jesus was able to tell the Samaritan woman about her past that she thought He could not have known. From that and other truths He told her, she believed in Him. But making prophecies were not the only way Jesus got people to think about His message and about who He was as the Son of God and Messiah.

In His first sign in Cana, Jesus used water to change water into wine instantaneously. I guess a good magician could do something like that to enthrall a crowd, but few magicians, if any, could produce between 120-180 gallons of wine instantaneously, even with the help of some trick, as easily and as secretly as Jesus did out of love for others and to gratify a distressed groom and bride at their wedding party.

In His second sign in Cana, from twenty miles away, Jesus healed a man’s son in Capernaum from a disease that was killing him. Jesus did so without saying anything to the boy’s father except, “Go; your son will live.” Only God and the Son of God can and would do all the above whenever there was a need, but without a need to impress others.

As we read about Jesus in the weeks ahead, think about the loving miracles of Jesus and the demonstrations of creative power that only God can do. For example, Jesus healed a man who had been ill for thirty-four years and He raised a woman’s son from the dead and later He raised Lazarus from the dead, who had been in the tomb four days. One of His last miracles was His feeding some of His disciples who had been out fishing all night and who had caught nothing. From compassion for them, without needing to go fishing himself, Jesus had a fire going and fish cooking on the fire before His disciples ever reached shore with the fish that He had enabled them to catch.

Before we are ever taken into believing someone or to thinking that some spirit is from God because they can perform a parlor trick or two, remember the vast array of signs and creative powers that Jesus demonstrated and how His teachings were always from the Bible and true to what the Bible of His day (the Old Testament) taught. One reason to study John’s Gospel is to learn many reasons why we can trust Jesus, and ONLY JESUS, as our Lord and Savior.

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What the World Needs Now — John 4:23

A hit song from the sixties proclaimed what the world needs now. As we near 202o, what does the world need now? It surely still needs love, but love by whose definition? Now, more than anything else, the world needs the Spirit and the Truth that the Word of God through Jesus Christ gives. The Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, asked Jesus, “What is Truth?” The more I watch television and the more I read, the more I am convinced that very few appearing on TV or claiming to be experts on something know what Truth is. No matter what truths the Bible proclaims that for hundreds of years science has affirmed about the nature of human beings and the difference that makes, we have too many academics and others promoting the notion that people are whatever they want them to be or whatever the majority wants them to be or whatever a vocal minority wants them to be despite what others might think about the nature of reality as revealed in the Bible. We live in a world where many who want to be leaders in their respective fields of endeavor want to silence the truths we learn from the Bible and nature as created by God.

Perhaps by design, people trust less and less what they hear from those in authority, no matter what the topic or who claims to be the so-called “authority.” What the world needs now is Truth, the Truth of the Word of God, the Truth that is Jesus. What the world needs now is Christians with the courage and wisdom to stand by the truths they learn from the Bible as the Holy Spirit guides them, no matter what those of this world want people to believe. In John 8:44, remember what Jesus said to and about some of the most influential leaders of His day: “You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” In the 1960’s up to today and until Jesus Christ comes again, the world will bring forth lying leaders of the type Jesus described, and increasing numbers of people will be murdered from the womb to the tomb.

The world also needs Christians who are guided by the Holy Spirit according to the written Word of God. The Holy Spirit will never contradict what the Bible says. The world needs Christians who will love, act, and speak as the Holy Spirit leads them. Following the leading of the loving Holy Spirit will require much divine guidance and prayers for protection, for millions of Christians live in places where many of their leaders and neighbors can be compared to dogs and swine. The same is true today as in Jesus’ day, and in Matthew 7:6, Jesus warned Christians to be careful, saying, “Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.”

The Father desires Christians who will worship in Spirit and in Truth. The world also needs Christians who will live and love in Spirit and in Truth. Through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ, Christians will be enabled to share with some the Spirit and the Truth that they need to follow Jesus Christ and always be where Jesus Christ leads them.

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The Answer to Our Problems and Questions — John 4:10-19

The solution to most problems and the answer to most questions can probably begin with these words of Jesus to the Samaritan woman He met at Jacob’s well: “If you knew the gift of God.” If we asked a group of people, “What are some of God’s gifts to us?” I wonder how many would answer by saying what “THE GIFT” of God is from the very first, and then talk about many other gifts of God, for God’s gifts are without number and beyond our comprehension.

The most obvious answer regarding THE GIFT of God are the next words of Jesus in John 4:10. THE GIFT of God is the ONE who is saying to her “Give me a drink.” THE GIFT of God is Jesus Christ; the One the woman will soon learn is the Prophet, the Messiah, and the Savior of the World. In John 3:16, we learn of God’s greatest gift to us: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” God’s greatest gift to us is His only Son. Now the questions are: “Will people receive God’s gift?” or “Have WE received God’s gift?”

The obvious answer regarding THE GIFT is Jesus Christ, but that seems to be only a partial answer. Is there more to THE GIFT than Jesus Christ for He wanted to give the woman a gift that He wants to give to everyone. Could THE GIFT be the gift Jesus wants everyone to have as the Helper and Guide to solving most problems and answering most questions? For as Jesus teaches throughout the Gospel of John, when He offered to give the woman “The water that . . .  will become . . . a spring of water gushing up to eternal life,” Jesus meant the Holy Spirit. But wait, through the Holy Spirit, Jesus gives us Eternal Life: an eternal, everlasting, perfect relationship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. The gift of eternal life by grace through faith in Jesus must surely be part of THE GIFT.

As we keep thinking about THE GIFT, how do we know all these facts? We know these facts from the Bible, the Word of God written. We would not know about THE GIFT of God without the Word of God written. We would not know about THE GIFT of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, without the Word of God written, the Bible. The Bible is another one of God’s gifts, where we can read about the solution to most problems and the answer to most questions. The Word of God written must be part of THE GIFT because Jesus Christ is the Word of God in the flesh that God gave to us almost 2,000 years ago, and the Bible is the Word of God written in human language that we can read today, and Christians are still working to make the Bible available in every language.

Yet, come to think of it, maybe THE GIFT includes our adoption into God’s Family as children of God? Remember, we read in John 1:12-13, “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.” We can now call to God the Father as OUR Father, as OUR “Abba.” In Galatians 4:6, Paul wrote, “And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’”

As we draw near the celebration of Christmas, what is THE GIFT, when Jesus asked the woman, “If you knew the gift of God.” THE GIFT must be God! God’s greatest gift to us must include the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and after having created us in God’s image, they have given us the gift of opportunity, the opportunity to enjoy eternal life and all that means to us here and now and forever by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, as God’s children, and the Bible, the Word of God written, so we can know all these facts. How much about THE GIFT of God do we truly know? Have we asked God to give us THE GIFT, because we are ready to receive all God wants to give us?

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We Must Go Thru Our Samaria — John 4:4

When Jesus left Judea for Galilee, in John 4:4, we read, “But he had to go through Samaria.” From time to time, we must all go through our Samaria, a time of testing and trials. But when you must go through your Samaria, remember these truths.

First, wherever Jesus leads, if your faith is placed in Jesus, He will be with you and lead you through your Samaria. You do not need to go through Samaria alone. You can call upon Jesus to help you, and He will. As our Lord and Savior, the promise the LORD gave Joshua through Moses surely applies to all those Jesus leads. In Deuteronomy 31:8, we read, “It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Jesus and His Father will deliver you from evil.

Second, wherever Jesus leads you, Jesus will meet all your real needs. Jesus sent His disciples into a Samaritan village to buy food and He stopped at a well of water to wait for their return. After they obeyed Jesus, the disciples had food to eat and water to drink. At that time, they did not need wine; so, no wine was provided. Jesus met their essential needs, just as He will meet your essential needs wherever He leads you.

Third, wherever Jesus leads you, He will teach you lessons along the way. He will teach you lessons that will better enable you to love and serve God and others. The disciples learned many lessons when Jesus ministered to a Samaritan woman and her neighbors. As the Lord Jesus leads you, you can pray for Him to help you learn the lessons you need to learn. He will often teach you these lessons through your reading of the Bible and through your application of the truths you have learned from the Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit. You can trust in the Word of God and all God’s promises throughout your journey.

Fourth, wherever Jesus leads you, He does so for a greater purpose than just to teach you a lesson; though He will do only that if that is what you need. Jesus led His disciples where the field was ready for the harvest. The Samaritans from Sychar who came to faith in Jesus needed the further teaching of the disciples over the next two days while Jesus taught others among the crowd and led them to faith in Him. Wherever Jesus leads you, He will give you the opportunity to help others learn about Him and possibly come to faith in Him. During your journey, you may be sowing seeds by your words or example for others to reap the harvest. Or, Jesus may be leading you through your Samaria to reap the harvest, as Jesus and His disciples reaped the harvest among the Samaritans in Sychar.

Fifth, notice the constant theme repeated in the four truths above: “wherever Jesus leads you.” Pray for Jesus to lead you day-by-day as you read the Bible for greater understanding, trusting that the Holy Spirit will always lead you according to what the Bible teaches and never contrary to what the Bible teaches.

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The Most Important Verse in the Bible, Part 2 — John 3

November 7, 2019

One important verse, if not chapters, are Genesis 1 & John 1, where we learn that God created us and created us in His image. These verses seem to be foundational for everything else that follows in the Bible.

But perhaps the most important verse in the Bible is John 3:16, where we learn, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” From this verse, we learn that God not only created people in His image, but God loves us! God didn’t make us to play with us as a child might make a toy robot out of Lego blocks, and then take it apart and make something else. No, GOD LOVES US! Knowing that truth puts a whole new meaning on who we are and how important we are as created by God in His image.

Perhaps another reason this verse is so important is because we learn that this life on this earth, as brief as it is, is not the end of our existence. Rather, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit love us so much that the Son, Jesus, was given so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.

We learn so much from John 3:16, that a Bible commentary or lesson no matter how many words it is, can only scratch the surface of its meaning. Perhaps every verse in the Bible can be tied into understanding John 3:16 better.

But maybe the most important verse in the Bible is an obscure verse; such as, what Jesus said to Pilate when He was on trial. In John 18:37, we read, “Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’” Maybe the most important verse is learning that Jesus Christ is the King, who unlike every other king, came into the world “to testify to the truth.” Without Jesus, the Word of God made flesh, and the Bible, the Word of God written, we would not know the truth, the truth about reality, God, ourselves, our future if we believe in Jesus and our future if we refuse to believe in Jesus. It is vitally important to “belong to the truth” and “listen to Jesus’ voice.”

Finally, perhaps the most important verse in the Bible is the verse in the Bible that God used through the work of the Holy Spirit that showed YOU that God has spoken the truth in the Bible and in Jesus, the verse that God used so YOU would believe the truth and believe verses such as John 3:16.

John 3:16 may be the most important verse in the Bible, but what are some other important verses that have made a tremendous impact on your life? What verses can those in your Sunday school or Bible study group share that will help everyone learn more of the truth that Jesus came and revealed as His solemn testimony or that the Bible reveals as God the Father’s solemn testimony or that the Holy Spirit has used to make an impact on your life?

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The Most Important Verse in the Bible, Part 1 — John 3

On November 3 and 10, we will study the visit of Nicodemus with Jesus by night. So, over the next two or three weeks, you might ask your class, “What is the most important verse in the Bible?”

In our Sunday school class, we have some Christian families who are from India. Today, one of them told about an unbeliever in India who was dying in the hospital. After he recovered, he told people that a man had come into his room and prayed for him and gave him a Scripture verse written on a piece of paper. After hearing about what happened to him, someone gave him a Bible and he became a Christian. I wonder what that Scripture verse was and who prayed for the man that led to his physical and spiritual salvation?

Could it be that the most important Scripture verse is the verse that began to lead us or actually led us to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? If so, there might be many “most important verses in the Bible” for many different believers. On November 10, we will study the verse in the Bible that many believe in the most important verse in the Bible.

In thinking about Bible verses, you might ask your class what the most important Bible verses are to them, and why those verses are the most important to them. You might also ask them what the characteristics or themes of their most important verses are.

We will look at the most important verse in the Bible over the next two or three weeks. Please share your ideas or the ideas of your class through the comments IBS Forum. 

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