The Book of John chapters 1-8
The Gospel of John (the disciple whom Jesus loved), was written in Ephesus about 90-100 AD, apparently by the same author or authors who wrote the three epistles of John and the book of Revelation. The Gospel of John was obviously addressed primarily to Christians, not to the heathen. It gives the inner life and teachings of Christ as revealed to his disciples. Nearly two-thirds of the whole book belong to the last six months of our Lord's life, and one-third is the record of the last week. Just to keep the record straight, John the apostle was the son of Zebedee, a fisherman on the lake of Galilee, and of Salome, and brother of James, also an apostle. John (son of Zebedee), is not to be confused with John the Baptist who was of the priestly race by both parents. His father, Zacharias, was himself a priest of the course of Abia or Abijah, (1 Chronicles 24:10), and Elisabeth was of the daughters of Aaron the priest. (Luke 1:5). Remember that John the Baptist was beheaded. After the Lord had risen, John the Apostle was the first to recognize the presence of his risen Lord; and Peter being the first to plunge into the water and swim toward the shore where He stood calling them. (John 21:7). The last words of John's Gospel reveal to us the deep affection which united the two friends. The history of Acts shows the same union. The purpose of the "Holy Spirit" by John, in his presentation of the Messiah, is to say to us and to all, "Behold your God," and His Deity is observed throughout this Gospel.
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.In the beginning (of the ages), was the Word (already pre-existent), and the Word (Christ), was with God, and the Word was God. Here "ages" refers to "eons," millions of years ago before anything existed. The Word (Logos), as well as the worlds were prepared by Him. (Hebrews 1:2, 11:3). However, the Word had no beginning. (1 John 1:1). We have seen and touched the Word of Life, Jesus Christ who was from the beginning. (Christ was the Word in the beginning). Just as God's elect were chosen in the beginning. (Psalm 90:2, Proverbs 8:23, Ephesians 1:4). Chosen before this world age. Who were the ones chosen at this time? Those who fought and stood against Satan in the first world age. (Again, God's elect). They were justified in the first earth age. (Romans 8:27-33). If you did not know that there was a earth age before this one, read our study topic titled "Three Earth Ages," and appendix 146, The foundation of the world, of the King James Companion Bible. As the spoken word reveals the invisible thought, so the "Living Word" reveals the invisible God. (Implying personal presence and relation). "The Word was God." (Denotes the conception of God as Infinite, Eternal, Perfect, Almighty).
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.This Word was the beginning with God. i.e. He (Christ), existed in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him. (Hebrews 1:2, Colossians 1:16). Christ Himself is the creator of all things in heaven and earth. Even in the spirit world that are invisible to us, were all made by Christ. All was made for His use and glory. (Romans 11:36).
Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.The Word gave life to everything that was created. (Psalm 36:9, 1 John 5:11-12). Through the Word of God, (His record). God has given us eternal life through Christ. Your choice! Eternal life through Christ, or death through Satan. Yes, the devil holds the power of death! (Hebrews 2:14). But, Satan's power was broken by the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Stay in Christ and you never need to fear death.
Joh 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.This "light" (Christ is light), shines in darkness (Satan is darkness), and "darkness" can never extinguish it. (Overpowered Him not). (1 Thessalonians 5:5). We are children of the light, because Christ is the light. He has no darkness in Him. Satan is a child of the night and darkness.
Joh 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.Now we are speaking of John the Baptist, who was sent by God. (Malachi 3:1). I will send you a messenger and he will prepare the way for the Lord. (Mark 1:2-3). Again, speaking of John the Baptist. He would prepare the way of the Lord. (Matthew 11:10-11, Luke 1:76, 7:26-28, John 1:6-7, Isaiah 40:3-5). His message was to repent and be baptized. (Matthew 3:1-3, Luke 1:16-17).
Joh 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.John the Baptist was sent with a view to bearing witness; not merely to be a witness. "Sent to tell about the light so everyone might believe because of his testimony." (Acts 19:4). Paul explained that those receiving John's baptism must go on to believe in Jesus. John told them that Jesus would be the one to come later as the Messiah.
Joh 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.John the Baptist was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light, Jesus Christ.
Joh 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.The "One" who is the true "Light," to everyone, was coming into the world. (1 John 5:20). "The one and only true God."
Joh 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.He came into the very world He created, but the world didn't recognize Him. (1 John 3:1). Our Heavenly Father loves us so much that He calls us His children. Since most people of the world do not truly know God, they do not understand that we are His children. (They don't recognize Him).
Joh 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.Christ came to His own people (Israel), and even they rejected Him. (Matthew 21:33-46). Read the parable of "The Wicked Husbandmen."
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:However, those who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. (Hosea 1:10, Galatians 3:26, Galatians 4:6, 1 John 3:1). Our Heavenly Father loves us so much that He calls us His children. Again, since most people of the world do not truly know God, they do not understand that we are His children. We are all Children of God (both Jew and Gentile), through faith in Jesus Christ.
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.Lets break this down a little. "Not of blood," (It is not because your parents were God's children). "Will of the flesh," or the "will of man," (You don't earn your way to become a child of God). "But of God," (We receive Him and believe in Him, and it is God who accepts you as His child). (1 John 5:1). If you believe that Christ is the Son of God (born from above, of the spirit), then you are a child of God. "When you love Christ you love the Father."
Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.The Word (Jesus Christ), became human and made His home among us. "Emmanuel, God with us." (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:20-23). He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. (1 Timothy 1:14-16). We beheld His Glory. "The Shekinah Glory." (Luke 9:32, 2 Peter 1:17). "This is my beloved Son," who brings me great joy.
Joh 1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.John the Baptist testified about Him when he shouted to the crowds. "This is the One I was talking about when I said; Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for He existed long before me." (Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:7, Luke 3:16). Yes, John was speaking of Jesus Christ.
Joh 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.From His abundance we receive all our blessings. "Blessings to further the His ministry." (Ephesians 4:7-12). Christ has given each of us special abilities. (Special gift He gives us to further His cause). The sent forth ones; some are teachers, some are seed planters, some for winning people to Christ, and some for caring for God's people.
Joh 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.Moses being the law giver to the people, but God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 11:39-40). All these people had a good reputation because of their faith, but none of them received all that God had promised. (Hebrews 11:13, Luke 10:23-24). God had something better in mind for us. Jesus Christ, whom God has sent forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood for the remission of sins. A better hope that the law could not accomplish. (Hebrews 5:9, 7:19, 7:22, 8:6, 9:23, 12:23-24). White robes will be given to every one who had the faith. (Revelation 6:11).
Joh 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.No one has ever seen God. But, Jesus Christ the only begotten Son, is near to the Father's heart, and has revealed God to us. (1 John 5:20). Again, the one and only true God. (Not the fake antichrist that comes first to deceive the world).
Joh 1:19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?This was the testimony of John when the Jewish leaders sent the priests and temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, "Who are you?" (Luke 3:15-18, Acts 13:25). John was not the Messiah like they thought, but told them of the coming Messiah (Jesus), whose shoes on His feet, he was not worthy to wear.
Joh 1:20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.John came right out and said, "I am not the Messiah."
Joh 1:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.Who are you then? They asked. "Are you Elijah?" Referring to (Malachi 4:5). "No," he replied. "Are you the prophet we are expecting?" Referring to (Deuteronomy 18:18). "No," he replied.
Joh 1:22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?They wanted an answer about who he was for those who sent them.
Joh 1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.John replied with the words of the prophet Isaiah: "Prepare ye the way of the Lord." (Isaiah 40:3-5).
Joh 1:24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.Trouble from those religious leaders who think they know it all.
Joh 1:25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?"If you aren't the Messiah, or Elijah, or a Prophet, what gives you the right to baptize?"
Joh 1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;John the Baptist told them, "I baptize with water, but right in front of you in the crowd is someone you do not recognize."
Joh 1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.Though His ministry follows mine, "I am not even worthy to be His slave and untie His sandals." (Luke 3:16).
Joh 1:28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.This encounter took place where John was baptizing the people.
Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look." "It is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world." (Isaiah 53:7, Acts 8:32, 1 Peter 1:19).
Joh 1:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.This is the man I have spoken of before, who is far greater than I am. He existed long before me. (Even though John the Baptist was physically born before Christ, Jesus being the Word existed long before John).
Joh 1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water."I did not even recognize Him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that He might be revealed to Israel."
Joh 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.John testified, "I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon Him." (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10, Luke 3:22).
Joh 1:33 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.I didn't know He was the One. But, when God sent me to baptize with water, He told me that the One that the Holy Spirit descend and rest upon, is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:5).
Joh 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God."I saw it happen to Jesus, so I testify that He is the Chosen One of God."
Joh 1:35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;The following day John was standing with two of his disciples.
Joh 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!Jesus walked by, and John looked at Him (with a fixed gaze), and said. "Look." "There is the Lamb of God."
Joh 1:37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.When the two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.
Joh 1:38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith untothem, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? Jesus noticed that the two disciples were following Him and asked them. What do you want? They replied, "Rabbi" (meaning teacher), where are you staying?"
Joh 1:39 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. "Come and see Jesus replied." It was around 4:00 in the afternoon when they went with Him to the place where He was staying, and they spent the rest of the day with Him. (What an awesome invitation these two disciples had to spend the day personally with Jesus). "We have that same personal invitation from Jesus, and He will abide and sup with us." (Revelation 3:20). "Just knock at the door and He will answer."
Joh 1:40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.Andrew, brother of Simon Peter was one of the disciples who had followed Jesus.
Joh 1:41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ."Andrew went to his brother Simon and told him that they have found the Messiah," (meaning Christ, the anointed One).
Joh 1:42 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. Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Jesus looked at Him and said; "Your name is Simon, son of John, but you will be called Cephas," meaning Peter. (Mark 3:16).
Joh 1:43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him,Follow me. When Jesus decided to go to Galilee the next day, He came upon Philip and said to him, "Come follow Me."
Joh 1:44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.Philip was from the same home town (Bethsaida), as Andrew and Peter.
Joh 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.Philip went to look for Nathanael (meaning gift of God, and generally identified with Bartholomew), and told him about the Jesus the Messiah. "He told him that they have found the very person that Moses and the prophets wrote about." (Luke 24:44).
Joh 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.Nathanael says to Phillip, "Nazareth?" "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Come and see for yourself Phillip replied.
Joh 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him,Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! As they were approaching, Jesus said, "Here is a genuine son of Israel, a man of complete integrity."
Joh 1:48 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. How do you know about me Nathanael asked Jesus? He replied, "I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you." God knows everything. (Psalm 139:1-2). He knows all about you even before you were born.
Joh 1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.Then Nathanael exclaimed, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God, the King of Israel." (Proclaiming the Person of the Lord, in connection with the Kingdom).
Joh 1:50 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 asked Nathanael, "Do you believe this because I told you that I had seen you under the fig tree?" Then Jesus told him that he would see greater things than this. (It didn't take much for Nathanael to become a believer). What about you?
Joh 1:51 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. Then Jesus said to him, "I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man; the One who is the stairway between heaven and earth." (Matthew 6:9-10). This would be part of the Lord's prayer. (These guys would witness the baptism of Jesus and the Holy Spirit descending upon Him as the Son of Man as well as the Son of God).
Joh 2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:Most scholars agree that this would be the third day after the last event. (i.e. the seventh day of the week, or the Sabbath day). The celebration was in the village of Cana in Galilee and the mother of Jesus was present. (A typical Jewish wedding feast lasted seven days).
Joh 2:2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding celebration. (It's always good to invite Jesus to your wedding if you are a Christian). Spiritually speaking... The presence of the Holy Spirit at such a celebration always makes for a wonderful time.
Joh 2:3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.The wine supply had run out early in the festivities, so the mother of Jesus told Him about the lack of drink.
Joh 2:4 Jesus saith unto her,Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. That's not our problem Jesus replied. "My time has not come." In other words Jesus is saying, "what would you like Me to do?"
Joh 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.Do what ever Jesus tells you. "Always listen to what Jesus has to say and follow His instruction." (Acts 9:6, Hebrews 5:9).
Joh 2:6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.Nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. The Jews regarded themselves ceremonially unclean if they did not wash both before and after eating. These pots were not drinking water pots, but many scholars believe that Jesus only picked these pots because they would hold a large supply of water. I believe there is a deeper meaning here. Jesus could have had any of the empty wine jugs filled with water and used them. However, I believe that He used these ceremonial washing pots symbolically to show that they would no longer be needed for washing after His crucifixion. It would be His shed blood that would do the spiritual cleansing of the soul for all that come to repentance of their sins. "Cleansing for the sins of the world." (Hebrews 10:22). We can go into the very presence of God with sincere hearts as believers. Fully trusting Him, because our guilty consciences have been sprinkled clean with the blood of Christ, and washed (baptized), with pure water. (Matthew 3:11, Ephesians 5:26, 1 Peter 3:21).
Joh 2:7 Jesus saith unto them,Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. Jesus told the servants to fill the water pots. (Were talking of over 120 gallons of water here).
Joh 2:8 And he saith unto them,Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. Now Jesus commanded the servants to take some of the water from the pots, and take it to the master of ceremonies. (The governor). The servants of course followed His instructions.
Joh 2:9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,The master of ceremonies called the bridegroom over to his table after he tasted the wine.
Joh 2:10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.When the bridegroom came over, the master of ceremonies said to him; a host always serves the best wine first, and then he brings out the less expensive wine later. But, you have saved this wonderful wine until now. (Man always tries to trick you; God is always straight up in His actions).
Joh 2:11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.This would be the first time that Jesus revealed His glory with this miraculous sign. And His disciples believed in Him. (This is the key to the signification of the eight miracles of this Gospel, and John has laid them out for us as signs). It has been 450 years since the Jews had seen a miracle. (The last was in Daniel 6).
Joh 2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.A little visit to Capernaum (village of comfort), for a few days.
Joh 2:13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration so Jesus went to Jerusalem.
Joh 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:Here we see the Temple merchants selling their goods (cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifice), along with exchanging money. (The problem is that they were a bunch of rip offs, selling mite infested doves and blemished animals for sacrifice). Right in the "house of God." (The law required that all sacrificial animals should be without blemish). The priests were a part of this racket also, and they got a cut from the animal sales. (According to a Jewish historian and culture expert, the priests were netting the equivalent of $300,000 a year in money exchange alone because the rates were so high).
Joh 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He turned over the money changers tables and drove out all the animals. Needless to say, "Jesus was a little upset." (Matthew 21:12, Mark 11:15).
Joh 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves,Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. Going over to the merchants that sold doves, He told them to get these might infested doves out of here. Stop turning "My Father's House" into a marketplace. "My Father's House." (This was the beginning of His ministry). At the end He called it "Your House." (Matthew 23:38).
Joh 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.The disciples remembered this prophecy from the scriptures." Passion for God's house will consume Me." (Psalm 69:9, Psalm 119:139). Christ didn't live to please Himself, He came as a servant towards others. They criticized Christ and they will do the same to you. (1 Timothy 3:7, Matthew 5:11). When you teach the truth of God's Word, you will be talked about and falsely accused. People will look for every fault they can against you.
Joh 2:18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?The Jewish leaders were really upset that Jesus ruined their little party, and wanted to know by what authority He had to do this. "They wanted a sign to prove His authority." (What a mistake people make when they question Jesus).
Joh 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them,Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Jesus replied; You want a sign? "Destroy this Temple and in three days I will raise it up." (The Lord's enemies remembered what He had said, and changed the wording to "I will destroy"). (Matthew 26:60-61, Mark 14:58). Was this written? Yes... But they twisted the scripture. Jesus never said "I would destroy the temple," but rather "you would destroy the temple," speaking of His body as the temple of God. (John 2:18-21). This was the temple that He would raise up in three days; and He did. "Beware of false witnesses."
Joh 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?"What!" they exclaimed. "It took 46 years to build this Temple, and you say you can rebuild it in three days?" (Bunch of ignorant hypocrites).
Joh 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body.We all know that Jesus meant His own body as the Temple He was talking about. (They did not get it). "Jesus Himself is the chief cornerstone of the living Temple of God." (Ephesians 2:20-22, 1 Peter 2:4-5). Christ is that Living Chief Cornerstone of God's temple that was rejected by men, but chosen by God with great honor. "We are also part of that temple of God as believing Christians." (1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19). The Holy Spirit dwells within you. (The many member body is the temple of God).
Joh 2:22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.It would be after Jesus was raised from the dead; then His disciples remembered He had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said.
Joh 2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to believe in Him.
Joh 2:24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,But Jesus didn't trust them, because He knew human nature. I have a saying I use occasionally: "I don't even trust myself at times in this flesh body, so why should I trust you."
Joh 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.No one needed to tell Jesus what mankind is really like. God knows your heart! "He knows who He can trust and who He cannot trust with certain things." Where do you fit in? Can He really trust you?
Joh 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:According to Rabbinical tradition, Nicodemus was one of the three richest men in Jerusalem. A member of the Sanhedrin, or National Council.
Joh 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.Nicodemus came to Jesus one evening to speak with Him. He believed that Jesus was sent by God to teach the people because of the miracles that Jesus had performed. It appears that Nicodemus didn't want the public knowing what he was doing when he visited Jesus. However, Jesus was always open to people coming to ask Him questions.
Joh 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. Jesus replied, "Here is a truth, unless you are born again (born from above, i.e. Divine power), you cannot see the Kingdom of God." (John 1:51, James 1:17). All good and perfect things come from God.
Joh 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?Nicodemus didn't understand what Jesus was saying.
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered,Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. One cannot enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Born of the water through women at birth, and born of the Spirit (i.e. Holy Spirit), through the Word. Lets go a little deeper here and go to the two basic theories of being born again. The first theory taught by many churches is that a person has to be baptized (water baptism), to be saved. They will tell you that as soon as you accept Christ, you need to be baptized to be saved. However, Jesus promised the thief on the cross would be with Him in Paradise without physically baptizing him. (Luke 23:43, 2 Corinthians 5:8). When we leave these bodies, we are with the Father. (1 Corinthians15:46-48). The natural body comes first the spiritual comes later. Adam was made of dust, but Christ came from heaven. The second theory is that there are two births, one physical and one spiritual. Born of the water through your natural birth, and (born of the Spirit), through the washing of the Word. (Ephesians 5:26). Being born again (born from above), requires two births. For example: The fallen angels did not want to be born of woman, but rather came down to earth to seduce the daughters of Adam. (Read our newsletter "the fallen angels" for a better understanding).
Joh 3:6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. (The fundamental law, both in nature and grace). The spiritual birth has nothing to do with the outside flesh, but rather to the inside of you. It's what the "Holy Spirit" does for you. (It changes you from the inside out).
Joh 3:7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. Nicodemus must have been in awe here, as Jesus said; don't be surprised when I say, "You must be born again."
Joh 3:8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. The wind blows wherever it wants. You can't tell where it comes from or where it is going. The same is with people who are born of the Spirit. This word "wind" here is "pneuma" Strong's #G4151 "the Holy Spirit." When a person becomes a believer and follows Christ, they are moved by the Holy Spirit, you can feel when the spirit is present
Joh 3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?How can this be? Nicodemus still didn't understand. But, he should have.
Joh 3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him,Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Jesus replies, "You are a respected Jewish teacher, and you don't understand these things? It was written in the old testament, this new Spirit "the Holy Spirit" will fill the hearts of many. (Jeremiah 31:33, 32:39, Ezekiel 11:19, 18:31, 36:25-27, Psalm 51:10). Just like many priests, preachers, and teachers today; it's like the blind leading the blind. (Matthew 15:14). Don't be misled by false preachers.
Joh 3:11Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. Speaking of the teachers of Israel. It was right in front of them as a testimony. (i.e. Christ knows what He is talking about). What greater authority could you have about Heaven than Christ? "He lived there."
Joh 3:12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? You won't even believe Me about earthly things, so how can you possibly believe Me when I speak of Heavenly things. Earthly things: (1 Corinthians 15:40, Colossians 3:2, 2 Corinthians 5:1). Heavenly things: (Ephesians 1:3, 20, Ephesians 2:6, 3:10, Ephesians 6:12, Philippians 2:10). Heavenly things being of the unseen world. In this end times, we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers of the unseen world. Mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world. We fight against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world.
Joh 3:13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. No one has ever gone up to heaven and returned. But, the Son of Man (who lives in heaven), has come down from heaven. In other words, Christ was not "taken up by God," as Enoch and Elijah, but Christ has "gone up," on His own when the Evangelist wrote these words. He ascended to heaven as written in: (Romans 10:6, Ephesians 4:10).
Joh 3:14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on the pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up. (Numbers 21:7-9, Luke 24:26, 46, Acts 3:18, 17:3, Hebrews 2:9-10).
Joh 3:15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. Everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life. (1 John 5:1, 1 John 5:11-13). If you believe that Christ is the Son of God (born from above), then you are a child of God. When you love Christ you love the Father. "Its your choice." Eternal life through Christ, or death through Satan. Yes, the devil holds the power of death. (Hebrews 2:14). But, Satan's power was broken by the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Stay in Christ and you never need to fear death.
Joh 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This verse needs no interpretation. No doubt, one of the most important scriptures written in the bible. However, the key here is "believe in Him." To Me, you must get to know someone before you can believe in them. You get to know Christ through the Word. "His written personality if you will."
Joh 3:17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Jesus was sent into the world by the Heavenly Father to save the world, not to judge the world. (Matthew 1:23, Matthew 18:11, Luke 19:10, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, 1 John 2:2). Christ is the atoning sacrifice that paid the price on the cross for our sins. All our sins and for the sins of the world. But, this is only for our sins of the past, not our future sins. Again, we will always mess up at times and we must repent for our sins on a regular basis. (Your Heavenly Father is always there to forgive you).
Joh 3:18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. No judgment against one who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God's only begotten Son. (1 John 5:10, 1 John 5:12). You either believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, or you don't. If you don't, you are calling God a liar. Jesus Christ is written of in the Old Testament and spoken of by the prophets. The crucifixion written by the prophets 1,000 years before it took place. Again, it's your choice. Life through Christ, or death through Satan.
Joh 3:19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. Here's the facts about judgment: God's light (Jesus), came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, because their actions were evil. It's so easy in this world today to follow the majority and the ways of the world. (Romans 2:8, 1 Peter 2:8). God will pour out His wrath on those who live for themselves and refuse to obey the truth in the Word. Those who choose to live lives of wickedness and follow evil ways of the world. (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12). If you want to be ignorant of God's Word and follow lies, deception, and traditions of men; God will send you strong delusion to believe those lies. He will close your eyes to the truth. (Isaiah 29:10). Look at how people are so comfortable with their teachings. Comfortable with their spirit of slumber. (The Word can even become their stumbling block). When they play church and follow traditions of men they will not understand the truth of God's Word. (Christ can become a stumbling block to them). How can Christ become a stumbling block? Remember that the antichrist comes first and will deceive many into believing he is the real Christ. (He will be the stumbling block to those who follow him). God will also let you be deceived and believe a lie if you do not follow the truth of the Word. (2 Thessalonians 2:5-11).
Joh 3:20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it because they fear that their sins will be exposed. (Ephesians 5:12-13). To speak of the pleasures of darkness which the ungodly do. However, when exposed, the light shines in upon their sin and shows up. (i.e. they will see how wrong they really are).
Joh 3:21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. Those who do right always come to the light, so others can see that they are doing what God wants them to do. (3 John 1:11). Don't let the bad examples influence you. If you are doing what is right, it is of God. (If they are doing evil they are not of God). That's just the way it is. False teachings are evil, traditions of men are evil. God's Word is good.
Joh 3:22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.Jesus and His disciples left Jerusalem and went into the Judean countryside baptizing people.
Joh 3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.At the same time, John the Baptist was baptizing at Aenon (place of springs), because there was plenty of water there.
Joh 3:24 For John was not yet cast into prison.This was before John was thrown into prison.
Joh 3:25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.A debate between John's disciples and a certain Jew over ceremonial cleansing. (Probably over the meaning of baptism). The Jews had their own rituals for cleaning hands and for immersion when a Gentile became a Jew. John was baptizing Jews and they probably did not like that.
Joh 3:26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.John's disciples asked him about the one he had identified as the Messiah who was baptizing on the other side of the Jordan river. They were concerned about everyone going to Him instead of coming to them to be baptized.
Joh 3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.John replied, "No one can receive anything unless God gives it to them from heaven." John realized that what he was doing was a gift from God. (James 1:17, 1 Peter 4:10-11). God gives everyone certain spiritual gifts, and we should use them to serve others. If you have the gift of speaking, speak as if God were speaking through you. If you have the gift of helping others, do it with the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring Glory to God through Jesus Christ; all the Glory and power to Him forever and ever. (Jesus had the crowds of people because that is what the Heavenly Father had given Him).
Joh 3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.You know that I have told you that I am not the Messiah, but I am only here to prepare the way before Him. It was written in the old testament: (Isaiah 40:3, Malachi 3:1).
Joh 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.John gives the example of the wedding ceremony. It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man has a very important part of the ceremony, glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Just like the best man, John was filled with joy at the success of Jesus because he was part of the equation.
Joh 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. John realized that he was loosing some of the attention to the Messiah, but it did not bother Him. He knew it was for the benefit of others and part of the plan of God. (We need to realize that there will be times when people move up to our teachings, but also may move up to another's teachings because that is where God has led them). In other words: we can't always be the center of attention when teaching God's Word. Others may have good things to say and teach about the Word. (This is a problem for many priests and pastors).
Joh 3:31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.We are only earthly and speak of earthly things. He (the Messiah), has come form above and is greater than anyone else. (John the Baptist knew that Jesus was in a whole different class than he was, being from above).
Joh 3:32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.He testifies about what He has seen and heard, but how few believe what He has to say. (John 1:11).
Joh 3:33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.Anyone who accepts His testimony can confirm that God is true.
Joh 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.He (the Messiah), is sent by God and He speaks God's Words. God has given Him the Spirit (Holy Spirit), without limit. (i.e. the greatest power of the Spirit). "If we were talking star wars here, He would have the ultimate power of the force." He spoke God's Words and had the power of God, because He was God. (Emmanuel, God with us).
Joh 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.The Heavenly Father loves His Son and has put everything in His hands. (1 Corinthians 15:27, Ephesians 1:22, Philippians 2:9-11, Hebrews 1:2, Hebrews 2:8-9, 1 Peter 3:22).
Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.Anyone who believes in God's Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn't believe and obey the Son, will never experience eternal life. (They remain under God's judgment). (Matthew 3:7, Luke 3:7, 1 Thessalonians 2:15-16). Speaking of a generation of vipers. (Those always trying to kill Jesus and disrupt God's plan). More specifically, "the Kenites." The wrath will come upon them in the end. If you are not familiar with the kenites, read our newsletter titled: Sons of Cain.
Joh 4:1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,Jesus knew that the Pharisees had heard that He was baptizing and making more disciples than John and they did not like it. (John never refers to the Sadducees by name, but they were included here).
Joh 4:2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)It was His disciples who were doing the baptizing, not Jesus. (It was not the practice of Jesus to baptize).
Joh 4:3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.Jesus returned to Galilee.
Joh 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.He had to go to Samaria on the way. (Luke 17:11). There was a divine purpose for Jesus to go through Samaria. Judea was in the south, Galilee in the north, and Samaria was right in the middle. Samaria was populated by a race of "half-breeds." They were half Jewish, or heretical Jews. They didn't practice "orthodox Judaism," as they did in Judea and Galilee. The normal route for a Jewish person traveling from Judea to Galilee would be around Samaria, but Jesus needed to go through Samaria. Not the natural route to take, but Jesus had another reason. He had to meet a woman by a well.
Joh 4:5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.In His journey Jesus came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. (Joshua 24:32).
Joh 4:6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.Jacob's well was where Jesus was passing by and He was tired from walking, so He sat weary beside the well about noon time.
Joh 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her,Give me to drink. A Samaritan woman came to draw water from the well and Jesus asked her for a drink of water.
Joh 4:8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)Jesus was alone at the time because the disciples were out getting food.
Joh 4:9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.The woman asked Jesus why He was asking her for a drink? She was surprised, because usually Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. "And of course, Jesus was a Jew." (There was a long history of racial prejudice between the Jews and Samaritans at the time). It appears that even today people still have a lot of racial prejudice to deal with. When are we ever going to accept all peoples nationality as equal? I guess it will never happen in this world age.
Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her,If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. Jesus said to the woman; if you only knew the gift of God (The Holy Spirit), that He has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask Me, and I would give you living water. "Christ is that living water." It is written how Israel rejected the "Living Water." (Jeremiah 2:13, Jeremiah 17:13). In the future sense it is written about the Lord's Day: (Zechariah 14:8). Again, what day? The Lords Day! Life giving waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half toward the Dead Sea, and half toward the Mediterranean Sea, flowing year round. (Ezekiel 47:1-12, Revelation 22:1-2). Jesus spoke of these living waters. (John 4:14, 7:38).
Joh 4:11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?The woman knew that the well was very deep (more than 100 ft. at times), and Jesus had no bucket or rope. She asked where He was going to get this living water? She didn't understand what Jesus was talking about, and that He was the living water. "Many don't get it today." (1 Corinthians 2:14). The flesh man can’t receive these truths. It all sounds foolish and confusing to them. Only those who are spiritual can understand. That is why it is so important to exercise the spirit. How? Study and believe God's Word!
Joh 4:12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?Here the woman gets a little testy towards Jesus asking; "Do you think you are greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well?"
Joh 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her,Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: Drink this water and you will become thirsty again.
Joh 4:14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. But those who drink the water I give will never thirst again. It becomes a bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life. "Speaking of the Holy Spirit." Did you ever get that joyful bubbling feeling inside when the "Spirit" brings you a new truth, or understanding of the Word? (That's the Holy Spirit at work).
Joh 4:15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.Please sir, the woman said, give me this water! "Then I will never be thirsty again, and won't need to come to the well to get water." (She still didn't get it).
Joh 4:16 Jesus saith unto her,Go, call thy husband, and come hither. Go and get your husband, Jesus replied.
Joh 4:17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her,Thou hast well said, I have no husband: I don't have a husband she replied, Your right! Jesus answered, you don't have a husband. (The woman told part of the truth, but not the whole truth).
Joh 4:18For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. You have five husbands, and you aren't even married to the man you are living with now. "You certainly spoke the truth." (Jesus respected her for being partially truthful).
Joh 4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.The woman was a little shocked when she realized that this man could see right through her, and thought that He must have been a prophet.
Joh 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.Now that the woman thinks Jesus is a prophet, she is going to ask Him some questions. "Why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while us Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim that our ancestors worshiped?" Jacob's well is at the bottom of Mount Gerizim. (Deuteronomy 27:12). It appears that the Samaritan way of worship was an example of; "We will do it our way." Like today when priests, pastors, and teachers of denominational churches twist the scripture a little to please the people, instead of doing it God's way. (They wouldn't want to lose any of the congregation). They need to make everything so entertaining to keep the people interested, instead of teaching the truth of the Word. Believe me, when you teach the truth as it is written, it will keep peoples attention.
Joh 4:21 Jesus saith unto her,Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Jesus replied to the woman, "Believe Me, the time is coming when it will make no difference where you worship the Father. (Matthew 18:20). It makes no difference where you worship, as long as Christ is the center of that worship. "Wherever you have two or more gathered together in "Jesus name," He will be there.
Joh 4:22Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. The Samaritans knew very little about the One they worshipped The Samaritans feared God but worshipped their own gods. (2 Kings 17:24-41). The Jews knew all about Him, and salvation comes through the Jews. Through One main Jew, "Jesus Christ." (Zechariah 9:9).
Joh 4:23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. The time is coming and is here now when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. This is what the "Heavenly Father" is looking for in a Christian. (1 Peter 2:9-10). A chosen generation (Generation of the fig tree), or the last generation. Those who know the truth and had His calling because they love God. "It's all coming depended on the repentance of the nation, when all the prophecies would have been fulfilled." (Acts 3:18-26).
Joh 4:24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. God is a "Spirit," so those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and in truth. How do we worship the Heavenly Father? You talk to Him humbly as your Father with sincerity, truth, and meditation in the Word. (You make His day when you study the Word and thank Him for what you have learned). The Samaritan woman still didn't realize who she was talking to, but when she puts it all together, I think she will realize that He was the truth of all things she was waiting for.
Joh 4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.The woman said, "I know the Messiah is coming who is called Christ. When He comes, He will explain all things to us." Even though the religion of the Samaritans had been twisted over the years, they believed and knew from the Old Testament scripture that the Messiah would come. (Deuteronomy 18:15-18). However, the woman did not realize that she was talking to Him.
Joh 4:26 Jesus saith unto her,I that speak unto thee am he. Jesus told the woman, "I Am the Messiah!" Not only the Messiah, but letting her know that He was "I AM WHO I AM," (Exodus 3:14). Jesus was letting the woman know that He is the "I AM," Yahveh, God in the flesh.
Joh 4:27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?The disciples came back and seen Jesus talking to the woman and were a little shocked, but they did not question Him. Remember, it was uncommon for the Jews to have dealings with the Samaritans. (Never question the intentions of the Heavenly Father). How does the old saying go? "God works in mysterious ways."
Joh 4:28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men.The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran to the village to tell everyone what had happened. (This woman had an experience like never before and wanted to tell everyone what had happened).
Joh 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?This is the man who knew everything about me and what I did! "Could He be the Messiah?"
Joh 4:30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.So the people came streaming from the village to see Him. (Do you think it will be like that when Christ returns again in the end times)? Hmmm, I wonder if people will even get off the couch? (Matthew 20:16).
Joh 4:31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.They were urging Jesus to eat something. They just returned from getting food and were probably satisfied themselves, but were concerned for Jesus.
Joh 4:32 But he said unto them,I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Jesus replied, "I have a kind of food you know nothing about." (Revelation 2:17). Speaking of the hidden Manna, "the truth of God's Word."
Joh 4:33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?The disciples said to one another, did someone bring Jesus something to eat? (They didn't understand what He was saying).
Joh 4:34 Jesus saith unto them,My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Jesus explained to them: "My nourishment comes form doing the will of God, who sent Me, and from finishing His work. (Luke 2:49, Luke 4:4). Christ was that "Living Word" of God, more important than food for the body, "it is food for the inner soul and spirit." (Deuteronomy 8:3).
Joh 4:35Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. The saying is, "four months between planting and harvest." But I say, wake up and look around; the fields are already ripe for harvest. In other words, it may take natures harvest that long, but God's harvest doesn't necessarily take any time at all. "The Holy Spirit can make you a believer instantly." Bringing our attention to the end time prophecy of (Matthew 9:37-38). Jesus told His disciples that the harvest is so great, and the workers are so few. (There was so much work for those people to be taught, but few laborers to do it).
Joh 4:36And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. The harvesters of the end times are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people who are brought to eternal life. Joy awaits both the planter (seed planter), and the harvest alike. (Proverbs 11:30, Daniel 12:3). Example: (James 5:19-20). If one slips away from the faith and no longer trusts God, and one helps him understand the truth again. The person who brought him back to the Lord has saved a wondering soul. God will bless you for it and redeem you from your sins. Always share the truth of the Word with others as the Lord gives it to you, and He will always bless you for it.
Joh 4:37And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. Here is a true saying; "One plants and another harvests."
Joh 4:38I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. I sent you to harvest where you didn't plant; others already done the work, and you will get to gather the harvest. "Their labors." Who was He talking about? "He was talking about John the Baptist, the prophets, as well as Himself." (Matthew 11:8-13).
Joh 4:39 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.Because what the woman had told the people of Samaria, many of the Samaritans believed in Jesus. (A good testimony from a new believer can go a long way).
Joh 4:40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.They came out to see Jesus and wanted Him to stay in the village to hear more about what He had to say. So Jesus remained for a couple of days. This brings me to (Revelation 3:20). Christ will not beg people to be saved and we can't either. When you hear Him calling, you need to answer. Then He will come and fellowship with you. (Conversion comes from within).
Joh 4:41 And many more believed because of his own word;The Samaritans invited Him in long enough to hear His message and become a believer. (Matthew 7:28-29). The crowds were amazed at the teachings of Jesus. A good teacher teaches with authority and truth of God's Word. (Not someone who follows church systems, doctrines and traditions of men).
Joh 4:42 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.The new believers said to the woman, "Now we believe, not just because of what you have told us, but because we have heard Him ourselves." We know that He is indeed the Savior of the world. (Matthew 1:21, 1 John 4:14). They have seen and realized that God has sent a Savior to the world. Spoken of in the Old Testament Psalms 22, and Zechariah 9:9-10.
Joh 4:43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.Now it was time for Jesus to move on to Galilee. (You see, there is always work to be done for God along the way in our daily travels).
Joh 4:44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.Jesus would say that a prophet is not honored in his own hometown. (Matthew 13:57, Mark 6:4, Luke 4:24). No one accepts a prophet, or teacher in his own town. (Matthew 13:57, John 4:44). And so it is; you know how hard it is to get people in your home town, or family to listen to you when it comes to preaching the Word. Why? Because they know you to well. Unless you have an impeccable reputation, or superior title, chances are they are not going to listen to you. They didn't accept Jesus, why should they accept you. (Plant your seeds before those who are willing to listen). That is why we teach via the internet. If we can reach a few with the truth among the millions of viewers, we have accomplished our goal. The angels in heaven rejoice when a new believer comes aboard.
Joh 4:45 Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.The Galileans welcomed Him, because they were in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration and seen everything He did there. (Seeing is believing; but believing without seeing, is a true mark of faith).
Joh 4:46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.Jesus came to Cana, where He turned the water into wine. There was a nobleman (a royal officer), in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. (The officer probably belonging to the court of Herod Antipas, the man who would execute John the Baptist).
Joh 4:47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.When the officer heard that Jesus came down from Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die. (This is not the same miracle as that of the centurion's servant recorded in Matthew 8:5-12 and Luke 7:1-10). The two miracles differ as to the time, place, person, pleading, plea, disease, the Lord's answer, and the man's faith. They may be easily seen by comparing the two as to these details.
Joh 4:48 Then said Jesus unto him,Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. Jesus replied, "Will you never believe in Me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders." (John 20:39). How much more pleasing it is to the Heavenly Father when we believe in Jesus without seeing Him, or the many miracles He had performed.
Joh 4:49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.The officer pleaded again, "Lord please come now before my little boy dies."
Joh 4:50 Jesus saith unto him,Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. Jesus told the man, "Go home, your son will live!" The man believed what Jesus said and started home. (The key here is that the man believed and had faith in what Jesus said). If you do not believe and have the faith, you will receive no healing.
Joh 4:51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.As the man was on his way home, some of his servants (bond-servants), met him with the news that his son was alive and well.
Joh 4:52 Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.The man asked when the boy had begun to get better. They replied, "yesterday at one o'clock in the afternoon his fever suddenly disappeared." (Was the father of the child questioning his faith, or seeing if what Jesus had said had anything to do with the healing, or was he just concerned about the boy)? Sometimes we have the faith and believe, but their is always a little doubt in the results of our request. That is why we need to strengthen our faith by studying the Word. "That way their will be no doubt." (For the true Christian; if you ask for a healing from the Heavenly Father, and you become well, you can be sure it was the Father who gave you the healing).
Joh 4:53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him,Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house. The father of the boy realized that was the very time Jesus had told him, "Your son will live." Now the man was convinced and his faith was strengthened, and his entire household believed in Jesus.
Joh 4:54 This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.The second miracle (a second sign). Having begun to number the signs in this Gospel, we may continue to do so, and complete the whole (eight).
Joh 5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. The feast, Perhaps Purim, a celebration of the Jews for victory over their enemies. (Keep in mind this was also on the Sabbath day as stated in John 5:9).
Joh 5:2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.Inside the sheep gate (Nehemiah 3:1, 12:39), was the pool of Bethesda with five covered porches. (Acts 3:11, 5:12). This was called Solomon's porch. The supposed remains of the pool of Bethesda are situated on the east of Jerusalem, contiguous on one side to St. Stephen's gate, and on the other to the area of the temple. (It is about 120 paces long, and forty broad, and at least eight deep, but void of water). At its west end it discovers some old arches, that are now damned up.
Joh 5:3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.Crowds of sick people (blind, lame, or paralyzed), would lay on the porches waiting for a certain movement of the water. (The water was intermitted from the upper springs of the waters of Gihon).
Joh 5:4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.It was said that from time to time an angel of the Lord came and stirred up the water. The first person to step in the water after it was stirred up was healed of whatever disease he or she had. (Many have referred it to the mineral properties of the water).
Joh 5:5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. (Probably sick most of his life).
Joh 5:6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him,Wilt thou be made whole? Jesus knew the man was sick for a long time and asked him, "would you like to get well?"
Joh 5:7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.The man answered Jesus and said, "I can't sir, I have no one to put me in the water when it bubbles up. Someone always gets in ahead of me." (The man was willing, but it seems that everyone was only worried about themselves, with no consideration for the man). Kind of like the self-centered generations today.
Joh 5:8 Jesus saith unto him,Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. Jesus told the man, "Stand up, pick up your mat and walk!" (The third sign).
Joh 5:9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.Instantly the man was healed! He took up his mat and began walking. Now we are going to see that this miracle will cause some problems for Jesus, because this happened on the Sabbath. (This does not appear to be the weekly Sabbath, but rather a high Sabbath as in John 19:31).
Joh 5:10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.Of course the Jewish leaders objected to what Jesus had just done. Not only did they object to Jesus working (healing), on the Sabbath, but these Jewish leaders though that this man carrying his bedroll was breaking the Sabbath law. (Exodus 20:8-11). A bunch of nit-picking hypocrites.
Joh 5:11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.The man replied to the Jewish leaders, "The man who healed me told me, pick up your mat and walk."
Joh 5:12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?They wanted to know who said such a thing? There about to start some trouble! "Never fails when you upset the so called higher authorities." Even if it is the truth, or a good thing that you did, you can bet that they will come down on you. (We all know the saying; no good deed goes unpunished).
Joh 5:13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.The man didn't know who it was that healed him, because Jesus disappeared into the crowd.
Joh 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him,Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. Later on Jesus found the man He had healed in the Temple and told him. "Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you." (Jesus was pointing to a specific sin that this man had been guilty of).
Joh 5:15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.Then the man went and told the Jewish leaders who it was that healed him. He ratted Jesus out! (Now we know the mans sin; he was not to be trusted). Did the man just want to get off the hook with the Jewish leaders for breaking the Sabbath law, or maybe he didn't appreciate what Jesus told him about not sinning.
Joh 5:16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.Of course the Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules. (Luke 6:11). Now they are planning to kill Him for it.
Joh 5:17 But Jesus answered them,My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Jesus told them that, My Father was always working until now (referring to the old testament dispensation), and so am I working. (Hebrews 1:2-3). In these final days, God has spoken to us through His Son. God promised everything to Hid Son as an inheritance, and through the Son He created the universe. (Isaiah 45:18, John 1:3, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:16-17). Christ radiates God's own glory. "The Shekinah Glory," the very presence and character of God. He sustains everything by the mighty power of His command. When Christ cleansed us from our sins at the crucifixion, He sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of God in heaven. (1 Peter 3:22, Revelation 3:21).
Joh 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.The Jewish leaders just wanted Him dead and would find any way they could to kill Him. It wasn't enough that they accused Him of breaking the Sabbath, now they were accusing Him of saying that He was equal to God. Jesus never said that He was God. (Philippians 2:6). Thought He was God; He did not think of equality with God, even though it would not have been robbery to equal Himself to God. He was Emanuel; God with us.
Joh 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them,Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. Jesus explained to them, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself." He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. (1 Colossians 1:15-17). Christ being in the exact likeness of God. Christ was before any other creature. Again, "Emmanuel" God with us! Christ Himself is the creator of all things in heaven and earth. Even in the spirit world that are invisible to us, were all made by Christ. All was made for His use and glory. (Romans 11:36).
Joh 5:20For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. The Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He is doing. The Father will show Him how to do greater things than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished. (i.e. You haven't seen anything yet).
Joh 5:21For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. Just as the Heavenly Father gives life to those He raises from the dead, so the Son gives life (eternal life), to anyone He wants. (John 6:63, John 11:25-26).
Joh 5:22For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: The Heavenly Father judges no one. He has given the Son absolute authority to judge. (Acts 10:42, 2 Corinthians 5:10, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, 2 Timothy 4:1).
Joh 5:23That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Everyone should honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. If you don't honor the Son, then you do not honor the Father who sent Him. (1 John 2:23, 2 John 1:9). Anyone who denies Christ cannot have the Father either. But, he who has Christ, also has the Father. One doctrine; one God! If you wander from the teachings of Christ, you will leave God behind; but if you are loyal to Christ and His teachings, you will have both the Father and the Son.
Joh 5:24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. I tell you another truth, those who listen to My message and believe in the Heavenly Father who sent Me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life. (1 John 5:11-13). Through the Word of God, (His record). God has given us eternal life through Christ. Your choice! Eternal life through Christ, or death through Satan. Yes, as we have said before, the devil holds the power of death! (Hebrews 2:14). But, Satan's power was broken by the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Satan has no hold on you if you stay in Christ.
Joh 5:25Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. Assurance by Christ Himself that the time is coming, it is here now, when the dead (spiritual dead), those who are separated form God, will hear My voice; The voice of the Son of God. "Those who listen will live." (Ephesians 2:1, Ephesians 2:5). We have been made alive through Christ, who were once living under the very curse of death. Even though we were spiritually dead, the Heavenly Father gave us back our lives again when He raised Christ from the dead. Only by His undeserved favor have we ever been saved.
Joh 5:26For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; The Father has life and He has granted that same life giving power to His Son. This is the awesome quality of God, that He is the absolute fullness of life. Know throughout the old testament as the "Living God." (Deuteronomy 5:26, 1 Samuel 17:26), the same life (light of the world), as Jesus has. (John 1:4).
Joh 5:27And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. The Heavenly Father has given Him all authority to judge everyone because He is the Son of Man. (Daniel 7:13-14).
Joh 5:28Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, The time is coming when all the those who are dead (spiritually and physically), will hear the voice of the Lord. (Isaiah 26:19).
Joh 5:29And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued to do evil will rise to experience judgment. (Matthew 16:27, Romans 8:13, Colossians 3:9). If you live as your flesh body dictates, you will die. However, if you live through the power of the Holy Spirit, you break that bondage of your sinful nature and you will live.
Joh 5:30I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. Jesus is saying that He does nothing on His own. Therefore His judgment is just, because He carries out the will of the One who sent Him. "Not His own will." Christ always did the will of the Father, just as we should do. When praying to the Father, or asking Him for something, always ask that "His will be done."
Joh 5:31If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. If I were to testify on My own behalf, My testimony would not be valid.
Joh 5:32There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. There is another who is testifying about Me, and I assure you that everything he says about Me is true.
Joh 5:33Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. You sent investigators to listen to John the Baptist, and his testimony about Me was true.
Joh 5:34But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. But, I don't need any human witnesses, I say these things so you might be saved. (Giving them a chance to rethink who He was).
Joh 5:35He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. John the Baptist was like a burning light, and you were excited about his message. (Matthew 11:7-9).
Joh 5:36But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. I have a greater witness than John the Baptist. My teachings and miracles which My Father has given Me to accomplish His works. "They prove that He sent Me." (Acts 2:22).
Joh 5:37And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. The Heavenly Father who has sent Me has testified about Me Himself. "You have never heard His voice, or seen Him face to face." (Matthew 3:17, Luke 3:22). It happened at the baptism of Jesus.
Joh 5:38And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. His message is not in your hearts, because you do not believe in Me, the One who was sent by the Heavenly Father.
Joh 5:39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. You search the scriptures because you think they give you eternal life, but the scriptures point to Me. (Romans 1:2, 1 Peter 1:10-11). Foretold in prophecy about both advents of Christ. (Zechariah 9:9-10, Psalms 22). I think that even Jesus was amazed that these people had such pride in the scriptures, yet they still missed the main message right in front of them. (Still going on today).
Joh 5:40And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. You still refuse to come to Me to receive this eternal life.
Joh 5:41I receive not honour from men. "Your approval means nothing to Me." (1 Thessalonians 2:6). The apostles needed no approval or praise from men, so Christ certainly didn't.
Joh 5:42But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. Christ knew that they did not have God's love within them. (Luke 11:39-44, Luke 16:15). They appear so righteous and holy in public, but God knows their hearts. The things the world honors, is detestable to God.
Joh 5:43I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. I come in the Heavenly Father's name, and you do not receive Me. However, if another comes in their own name, you gladly welcome them. Jesus was referring to a person yet to come. Was it the antichrist? (2 Thessalonians 2:4). He will defy God and will try to take the place of God, sitting in the temple of God in Mount Zion. (Isaiah 14:12-16).
Joh 5:44How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? No wonder you can't believe! Jesus told them that they gladly honor each other, but they don't care about the honor that comes from the One who alone is God. (1 Timothy 1:17). The King of the ages, the one and only from the beginning. (They were more concerned about peoples opinions than they were about God's opinion). "Pew potatoes just playing church." Do you care what people think about what you believe, or what God thinks? Always try to please the Heavenly Father, not man.
Joh 5:45Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. "It's not I who will accuse you before the Father." It will be Moses who will accuse you. The one who you put your trust in. The Jews prided themselves for being followers of Moses, yet Moses spoke of the coming Messiah. (Deuteronomy 18:18-19).
Joh 5:46For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. If you have believed Moses, you would have believed Me, because he wrote about Me. (Luke 24:27). Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets explaining the things concerning Him. (Genesis 3:15, 26:4, 49:10, Deuteronomy 18:15, Isaiah 7:14, 9:6).
Joh 5:47But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? But, since you do not believe what Moses wrote, how will you believe what I say? (Luke 16:29, Luke 16:31). Moses and the prophets have warned them if they read it. It's all there for those with eyes to see and ears to hear. "Christ came back from the dead and they did not listen to Him." They wouldn't listen to Moses and the prophets, and they won't listen to someone who rises from the dead. "So it is."
Joh 6:1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.Jesus went to the sea of Galilee to continue His ministry. (Also know as the sea of Tiberias, the name of a town on the southwest part of the lake). Tiberias was built by Herod Antipas in 22 AD, in honor of Tiberias Ceasar. The city of Tiberias is still in existence. It was not visited by the Lord, and therefore not guilty of rejecting Him. All the cities which did reject Him have perished.
Joh 6:2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.Huge crowds followed Jesus because they saw all the miracles that He had did. (Matthew 12:15). Again, Christ new what the Jewish leaders were thinking (wanting to kill Him), so He left the area and the people followed Him. (They were really mad now because people were leaving their churches to follow Jesus). When you teach truth, chapter by chapter and verse by verse, people will follow you. (Those who have eyes to see and ears to hear).
Joh 6:3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.Sitting with the disciples for a little rest and conversation. (A hill that was overlooking the lake). (Matthew 15:29). He returned back to the city of Galilee where He started from. Christ walked 100 miles total for that lesson. (Jesus saw that the crowds were approaching).
Joh 6:4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.Time for the Jewish Passover celebration. (Celebrated the deliverance of the children of Israel from their slavery in Egypt). The blood of the lamb painted on the doorposts of a house that allowed the angel of death to "pass over" the Jewish households, while all the firstborn of Egypt were killed. (Exodus 12:6-14). However, in the Christian belief, Paul would explain that Christ became our Passover at the crucifixion. (1 Corinthians 5:7-8).
Joh 6:5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip,Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? Jesus saw the crowds and knew that they were hungry, and asked Philip where they could buy bread to feed the people.
Joh 6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.This word "prove" is "peirazo" Strong's G3985, meaning to test, entice, assay, prove. "Jesus was just testing Philip, He already knew what He was going to do about the food."
Joh 6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.A "Pennyworth" is equivalent to "denarion" (denarii) Strong's G1220, let's say a days labor. (About $100). Two hundred "denarii" is roughly $20,000. Philip is saying that even if we worked for months, we wouldn't have enough money to feed them.
Joh 6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,One of the disciples Andrew spoke up.
Joh 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?The young boy had five loaves of bread and two small fish (probably Tilapia). But Andrew said; what good would they be to feed such a multitude?
Joh 6:10 And Jesus said,Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. Jesus instructed the disciple to tell everyone to sit down in the grass. There were about five thousand men, besides the women and children. (Matthew 14:21). Which brings us to around 10,000 to 12,000 people in the crowd. The book of Mark tells us that the groups of people were instructed to sit in groups of fifty and a hundred. (Mark 6:40). Hundreds and by fifty’s in perfect order. (God like thing's done in order).
Joh 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.Jesus took the Loaves of bread and gave thanks to God, then gave the bread to the disciples to distribute to the people. (Just as it would be His disciples, or sent ones to teach the Word, "the living bread of life," to the people in the world). Afterword He did the same with the fish. The people ate as much as they wanted. (The same applies to the Word of God, as a believer, you can absorb as much as you would like). The fish as we know today represents Christianity.
Joh 6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples,Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. After everyone had eaten and was full, Jesus told the disciples to gather up the leftovers, so nothing was wasted.
Joh 6:13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.The disciples gathered the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps that were left over from the people who had eaten. (One for each of the disciples representing the twelve tribes). In the future sense, the fragments of people from the twelve tribes will be gathered together in the end times. (It is taking place as we speak).
Joh 6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.After the people seen what had just happened with this miracle, they finally realized that Jesus was the Prophet that they were expecting. I think they finally figured out that this was the Prophet that Moses was talking about. (Deuteronomy 18:15-18, Acts 3:22-24, Acts 7:37).
Joh 6:15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.Jesus knew that the people wanted to make them their king, so He slipped away into the hills by himself to pray.
Joh 6:16 And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea,Meanwhile His disciples went down to the shore to wait for Him. (It was late in the day). The book of Matthew records that it was Jesus who made the disciples leave while He took care of sending the crowds away. Then He slipped away to pray. (Matthew 14:22). Perhaps because the crowds were getting a little out of hand because they wanted to make Jesus their king. (The disciples were about to face a storm of their own shortly).
Joh 6:17 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.It started to get dark out and Jesus had not returned yet, so the disciples got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum.
Joh 6:18 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.A gale wind swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. (Matthew 14:24). The disciples were now in trouble of their own.
Joh 6:19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.They rowed out about three or four miles (around half way to Capernaum), when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water towards them. And of course, they were afraid. (They thought they had seen some kind of ghost).
Joh 6:20 But he saith unto them,It is I; be not afraid. Jesus called out to them and said, "Don't be afraid; I am here." "Wow, what a relief."
Joh 6:21 Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.Then the disciples were eager to let Jesus in the boat (Mark 6:51). As soon as Jesus came aboard, the storm stopped and they arrived at their destination.
Joh 6:22 The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone;The next day, the crowd that had stayed on the far shore realized that the disciples had taken the only boat and that Jesus had not gone with them.
Joh 6:23 (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:)Several other boats from Tiberias had landed where the people had eaten.
Joh 6:24 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.When the crowds realized that Jesus or the disciples were not there, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for Jesus.
Joh 6:25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?They found Him on the other side of the lake and asked Jesus how He got there. "Remember they knew that Jesus didn't enter the boat that the disciples were in when they left the night before." (Jesus never mentioned to to the people that He had walked on water).
Joh 6:26 Jesus answered them and said,Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Here comes another truth from Jesus about the people. They didn't understand the miraculous signs He performed, but they understood a free meal. (Philippians 2:21, James 4:3). People always worried about the flesh and not the spirit.
Joh 6:27Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Don't always be concerned about perishable things such as food. Spend your energy seeking eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. "God the Father has given Christ His seal of approval." (Isaiah 55:2, Matthew 6:31-33, Colossians 3:2). Put your mind on the things of God, and forget worrying about things down here on earth. The world has nothing to offer you when it comes to salvation and eternal life. (You need to feed the Spirit within you the Word of God).
Joh 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?How can we do the works of God? But, what kind of works are they thinking about? They are thinking they have to do something for God.
Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them,This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. Jesus tells them that the only work that God wants from them, is that they believe in the One who He has sent. (1 John 3:23, 1 John 5:1, Romans 4:4-5). Spiritually speaking, people are not counted righteous because of their works, but because of their faith in Jesus who forgives sinners. (Good works are part of being a Christian, but salvation comes form faith in Jesus Christ).
Joh 6:30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?They wanted another sign from Jesus before they would believe in Him. Wow! Jesus gave them plenty of signs! "He turned water to wine, healed the officials son, healed a paralyzed man, fed five thousand people with a few loaves of bread and couple of fish." How dumb are these people? People have not changed much today; some will just never get it.
Joh 6:31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.Our ancestors ate manna while they were in the wilderness. "The Scriptures say, Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat." (Nehemiah 9:15, Psalm 78:24-25).
Joh 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them,Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. Jesus told them, "It wasn't Moses who gave the food, it was God." Now He is offering you the true bread from heaven. (Christ is that true bread of life). (1 John 5:20). We are talking of the one true God; not the fake antichrist that comes first to deceive the world. (This is where most of the people in today's world will mess up). "They have never been taught the truth."
Joh 6:33For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. "It is Jesus Christ, the true bread of life, the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." (1 John 1:1-2). Christ is that eternal life that was made known to us.
Joh 6:34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.The people asked Christ, "Give us that bread every day."
Joh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them,I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. Jesus replied, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty." (i.e. one represents the other). When you are in Christ, you will never hunger, or thirst for truth. "It will all be open to you."
Joh 6:36But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. You have seen Me Jesus is saying, but you still haven't believed in Me. They had it all right in front of them, but could not see Him as savior, and would not believe Him. Just think how much your Heavenly Father will love you as a believing Christian today. (1 Peter 1:8-9). Even though you cannot see Him, you still believe. God loves that kind of faith and you can feel His presence through the Holy Spirit.
Joh 6:37All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. Those that the Heavenly Father has given to Christ, will come to Him, and He will never reject them. "The same applies to us as teachers of the Word." (Revelation 22:17). Never hold back the truth of God's Word when someone thirsts for it. But, don't waste your time on those who will not listen, and do not accept the Word.
Joh 6:38For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. I came to do the will of God, not to do My own will. Again, the same applies to us as teachers of the Word. (Always do the will of the Heavenly Father). This becomes a problem in many denominational ministries because they are under church doctrine and certain rules they must follow. "Jesus had a nondenominational free ministry that was open to all who wanted to receive the truth."
Joh 6:39And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. It is the Heavenly Father's will that Jesus should not lose even one of all those He has given Him. But, that He should raise them up in the last day. Future sense: "The Lord's Day!" (1 Peter 1:5). Through your faith, God will protect you by His power until salvation is revealed in the last days. This should bring our attention to: (Acts 2:17). When the "Holy Spirit" will speak through men and women in the last days. What did Joel say? (Joel 2:28-32). Christ would speak of this same thing Himself when many will be delivered up before the antichrist. (Luke 12:10-12).
Joh 6:40And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is the Heavenly Father's will that all who see His Son and believe in Him should have eternal life. "Jesus Christ will raise them up in the last day." The key words here are "see" and "believe." Do you have the eyes to "see" the truth? Do you "believe" in the one true Christ?
Joh 6:41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.They just could not get it! The truth is: "They did not want to believe that He came down from heaven as the Son of God."
Joh 6:42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?They just knew Him as the Son of Joseph. They knew His earthly father and mother. So they could not understand how He could possibly come down from heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:47).
Joh 6:43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them,Murmur not among yourselves. "Jesus finally told them to stop complaining about what He had said." (Set it aside and maybe you will understand it later). Sometimes it takes man a little time for things to sink in.
Joh 6:44No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. In other words, no one can come to Christ unless they are drawn to Him by the Heavenly Father. (God is in control). All that are drawn to Christ by the Heavenly Father will be raised up in the last day.
Joh 6:45It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. It is written! "They will all be taught by God." Everyone who "listens" to the Heavenly Father and "learns" from Him comes to Christ. Where is it written? (Isaiah 2:3, Isaiah 54:13, Jeremiah 31:33-34, Micah 4:2).
Joh 6:46Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. No man has seen the Father; only Jesus, who was sent from God has seen Him. (Matthew 11:27).
Joh 6:47Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. This is made very clear here. "You must believe in Jesus Christ to have eternal life." (1 John 5:12-13). Again, your choice! Eternal life through Christ, or death through Satan.
Joh 6:48I am that bread of life. Again, Christ is that true bread of life.
Joh 6:49Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness Christ is saying, but they all died. (Numbers 26:65, Zechariah 1:5).
Joh 6:50This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. Jesus is the spiritual bread. "He won't just sustain you for a day, but forever." (Romans 8:10). When this physical body dies because of sin; the Holy Spirit gives you life, because you have been made right with God as a believer. (Romans 5:21).
Joh 6:51I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. We are speaking spiritually here. The bread represents the body of Christ. The wine represents the blood of Christ. This was a one time event at the crucifixion where Christ gave His body and shed His blood for the sins of the world. However, there are churches out there that attempt to offer Jesus again and again as a sacrifice during communion. However, Jesus said, "It is finished." (John 19:30). In the book of Hebrews it says: And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. (Hebrews 10:11). Under the old covenant, the priests ministered before the alter day after day, offering the same sacrifices over and over, but could never take away sins. "The same goes for today; no priest, pastor, or minister can take away, or give penance for your sins." Only God can forgive your sins upon repentance to Him, and Him only. (Never confess your sins to any so called man or woman of God). But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God. (Hebrews 10:12), Our High Priest, Jesus Christ offered Himself to God as a single sacrifice for the sins of the world. "Good for all time." Then He sat in the place of honor at the right hand of God. (Acts 2:33-34, Romans 8:34, Colossians 3:1). From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. (Hebrews 12:13). There He waits until His enemies are humbled and made a footstool under His feet. (Psalm 110:1, Matthew 22:44, Mark 12:36). For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (Hebrews 12:14). By that one offering He made perfect those who are being made holy. (Romans 15:16). Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before. (Hebrews 12:15). The Holy Spirit is a witness to this. (John 15:26, 1 Peter 1:11-12, 2 Peter 1:21). The purpose of communion is in the remembrance of how Christ died for us, and what took place at the "Last Supper," which was on the celebration of Passover. (Luke 22:19). The true "Bread of Life." (Jesus instructed the disciples to do this in remembrance of Him on the Passover).
Joh 6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?They didn't get it, just as many still don't get it today. (Communion is a symbolic event).
Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them,Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Jesus said it again, but they still did not understand that He was speaking spiritually. (Again, it is a symbolic event). No one is eating flesh or drinking blood like some denominations want you to believe.
Joh 6:54Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. Eat and drink the wisdom of Jesus Christ through the Word. We must seek and believe in Him first. (Psalm 22:26, Proverbs 9:4-6, Isaiah 55:1-3).
Joh 6:55For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. The true food for the spirit. "The one and only true God!" (1 John 5:20).
Joh 6:56He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. Know Him, except Him, and you will remain in Him, and He remains in you. (Ephesians 3:17, 1 John 3:24, 1 John 4:12, 1 John 4:15-16, Revelation 3:20). Christ will not beg people to be saved and we can't either. When you hear Him calling you need to answer, and then He will come and fellowship with you. Conversion comes from within.
Joh 6:57As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. Christ lives because of the Heavenly Father who sent Him. In the same way, anyone who feeds on Christ (believes in Him), will live because of Him. (1 John 4:9). God showed how much He love us by sending His only begotten Son into this wicked world to bring us eternal life through His death.
Joh 6:58This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. This is the true "bread of life" which came down from heaven, and when you partake (believe) in Him (Jesus Christ), you will live forever. (John 6:47-51).
Joh 6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.Jesus was teaching this in the synagogue in Capernaum. (Luke 4:31).
Joh 6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?Many of His followers were still confused and said; this was very hard to understand. "How can anyone accept it?"
Joh 6:61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them,Doth this offend you? Jesus knew that the disciples were complaining about what He had just said, so He asked them; "does this offend you?"
Joh 6:62What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? Jesus asked them; "what will you think if you see the Son of Man ascend to heaven again?" In other words, Jesus is saying that if you have trouble understanding the symbology of communion; then you are never going to understand how Jesus will be raised from the dead, and ascend into heaven where He originally came from. They still didn't understand who He was, or where He came from. (John 3:13, John 16:28).
Joh 6:63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. It is the Spirit alone that gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. These words that I have spoken to you are spiritual and give life. (1 Peter 1:23). "Born from above." Not of corruptible seed or body that shall parish; but born of a new spirit from within, that will last forever because it comes from the eternal living Word of God.
Joh 6:64But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. Some still would not believe Him. Jesus knew from the beginning which ones would believe, and He also knew who would betray Him. (Speaking of Judas Iscariot).
Joh 6:65 And he said,Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. Jesus would explain to them again; "This is why I said that people can't come to Me unless the Father gives them to Me." (2 Timothy 2:25). Only God can change those who do not believe. The Heavenly Father is the one who changes hearts. You plant the seed, He will make it grow, "if it is His will."
Joh 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.Many of His followers turned away and deserted Him because of what He was saying. (Hebrews 10:38). God's righteous ones (True Christians), will live by faith. However, He will take no pleasure in those who turn away. (Psalm 5:4).
Joh 6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve,Will ye also go away? Are you going to leave also, Jesus asked the twelve disciples?
Joh 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.Simon Peter replied, You have the words that give eternal life, we will follow no other.
Joh 6:69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.We believe and know, "You are the Holy One of God."
Joh 6:70 Jesus answered them,Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? Then Jesus said, "I chose the twelve of you, but one is a devil."
Joh 6:71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.He was speaking of Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples that would betray Him. What a shock to the disciples when they heard this. I believe they all had that little sick feeling in their stomach's when they heard that one of them would betray Jesus. Can Jesus count on you till the end?
Joh 7:1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.Jesus traveled around Galilee as He avoided Judea, where the Jewish leaders were plotting His death.
Joh 7:2 Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.Also know as "the festival of shelters," one of the three main "feasts" that God commanded all Israelite men to appear before the Lord and worship. The other two were Passover and Pentecost. (Deuteronomy 16:16).
Joh 7:3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.Jesus "kinsfolk" wanted Him to go to Judea so that the disciples there would be spectators of His works.
Joh 7:4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.Jesus kinsfolk were saying to Him that if you want to become famous, you can't hide like this. If you can do such wonderful things, show Yourself to the world. Remember in the book of Matthew when Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted. (Matthew 4:1-10). Do you think that Jesus might have been tempted a little by His kinsfolk here?
Joh 7:5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.Even His brothers didn't believe in Him. (How many of your friends and family members believe in you)? (Micah 7:5-6). You see, your biggest enemies can be within your own family and friends.
Joh 7:6 Then Jesus said unto them,My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. Jesus was telling them that "now is not the right time for Me to go, but you can go anytime." The Lord's death was accomplished by Himself. (Luke 9:31, John 10:17-18). Until that hour (the proper hour to come), He was immune. (John 8:20).
Joh 7:7The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. The world does not hate you, but it does Me, because I speak the truth and accuse it of doing evil. (Galatians 4:16). Jesus was hated for telling the truth. You see, these brothers are not yet believers and the world loves non-believers. (You are not going to be very popular with people in the world if you teach truth). Especially with priests, pastors, and teachers who are caught up in denominational church doctrine and traditions of men.
Joh 7:8Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. You go on Jesus told them. I am not going to this festival yet; My time has not come.
Joh 7:9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.Jesus remained in Galilee while the brethren went ahead.
Joh 7:10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.After His brothers left for the festival, then Jesus also went. However, He went secretly, staying out of the public view. (Just the opposite of what His brethren wanted Him to do). Don't listen to man, listen to your Heavenly Fathers instructions.
Joh 7:11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?The Jewish leaders were looking for Him at the festival.
Joh 7:12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.There was a lot of gossip going on about Jesus among the crowds. Some said He was a good man, while others said He was a fraud who deceives people. Do you remember what the chief priests and Pharisees called Jesus when they came together unto Pilate after His crucifixion? (Matthew 27:63). They called Him a deceiver.
Joh 7:13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.The people that were present didn't have the courage to speak good about Jesus in public, because they feared the Jewish leaders. (Proverbs 29:25). Never fear man who can only kill the flesh, but rather fear the Lord who can destroy your soul. (Matthew 10:28).
Joh 7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.About midway through the festival, Jesus went up to the Temple and began to teach. (Luke 19:47). Jesus taught daily in the temple and He taught the truth; but the leading priests and teachers did not like it. (Mark 11:18). They wanted to kill Him.
Joh 7:15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?The people in the Temple were amazed at His teachings and how much He knew. (In there eyes He was not a professional prophet who was trained). There were over thirty seminaries in Jerusalem at this time, and Jesus had never attended one of them. Jesus knew that what was taught in most seminaries was limited and controlled, just like seminaries today. Very little truth comes from them, but they sure know how to teach you to please the people. (2 Timothy 4:3-4). What they learn in seminaries today about Christianity is equivalent to a fifth grade education if their lucky.
Joh 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said,My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. Jesus told them, "My message is not of My own; it comes from the Heavenly Father who sent Me." After all, He was Emmanuel, "God with us." They had the best teacher they could ever have right in front of them, but could not see it.
Joh 7:17If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. If you want to do the will of God, you will know that the teachings of Christ are true and in your heart. (Always look to God for answers and true wisdom, not some man or woman).
Joh 7:18He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. Those who speak of themselves, only want glory for themselves. But, a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies. (Jesus always tried to point people's attention to God, the One who sent Him). We should always try to point people to Christ and give Him all the glory.
Joh 7:19Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me? Mosses gave you the law, but none of you obey the law! Now, you are trying to kill Me Jesus tells them.
Joh 7:20 The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?The crowds though Jesus was crazy and had a devil in Him. Who's trying to kill you they asked?
Joh 7:21 Jesus answered and said unto them,I have done one work, and ye all marvel. Jesus replied; "I did one miracle on the Sabbath, and you were amazed." Talking about when He had healed the cripple man at Bethesda on the Sabbath. (John 5:9-11). The Jewish leaders objected to what Jesus had just done.
Joh 7:22Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man. Jesus explained to them that if He was breaking the Sabbath law, so were they. You see, they were performing circumcisions on the Sabbath. Actually this tradition started with the patriarchs, long before the law of Moses. (Leviticus 12:3).
Joh 7:23If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day? If the correct time for circumcising your son falls on the Sabbath day, you go ahead and do it, so you don't break the law of Moses. So, why should you be angry at Me for healing a man on the Sabbath Jesus was asking?
Joh 7:24Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. Look beneath the surface before you judge someone, so you can judge correctly Jesus is saying. (Proverbs 24:23).
Joh 7:25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?The people were asking each other, "Isn't this the man they are trying to kill?"
Joh 7:26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?Here is Jesus speaking in public right in front of them. (Those seeking to kill Him). Now the people are thinking that the leaders are possibly believing that He is the Messiah. Hmmm, could it be that the religious leaders just didn't find the right opening to confront Jesus yet? (We are speaking of both the Pharisees and Sadducees here).
Joh 7:27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.The people were a little confused here. Most of the people knew this man (Jesus), came from Nazareth, and that He was a carpenter. (The Rabbis thought that He would come from Bethlehem and then be hid, but no one knew where). However, there were some that thought that no one would know where the Messiah was form, but rather that He would just appear. (Malachi 3:1).
Joh 7:28Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. When Jesus was teaching in the Temple, He called out, "You know Me and you know where I come from." But, I'm not here on My own. "The One who sent Me is true, and you don't know Him." They never knew God, they were just hypocrites playing church. If they truly knew God, they would have known that Jesus was the Messiah. "It was written." (Matthew 11:27, Luke 10:22, 1 John 5:19).
Joh 7:29But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me. "I know Him Jesus is saying; because I come from Him, and He sent Me to you."
Joh 7:30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.Now the leaders were really upset with Jesus because He said that He knew God and they didn't. They wanted to arrest Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His time had not yet come. (Divine intervention). "They could not touch Him, till the time was right." Put your trust in God and no one can touch you. (1 Chronicles 16:22, Psalm 105:15).
Joh 7:31 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?Many of the people at the Temple began to believe in Jesus. They realized that not even the Messiah could do more miracles than Jesus had done. (He was the Messiah they were looking for).
Joh 7:32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.When the Pharisees (conservatives), and chief priests (the Sadducees, a more liberal sect of Judaism), heard that the crowds were leaving there church to follow Jesus, they sent Temple guards to arrest Jesus. Here we have the leadership of the entire Jewish nation (the Sanhedrin), coming together in agreement to go after Jesus.
Joh 7:33 Then said Jesus unto them,Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. Jesus was telling them that He would be crucified within six months, raised from the dead, and return back to the Father who sent Him.
Joh 7:34Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come. You will look for Me but won't find Me, and you cannot go where I am going. (Jesus, at the crucifixion and resurrection would open the doors to heaven).
Joh 7:35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?The Jewish leaders were puzzled by this statement. "They thought He was just leaving town." Maybe to teach the Gentiles.
Joh 7:36 What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?(These are supposed to be Jewish leaders and teachers and they still did not get it). "Still going on today."
Joh 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying,If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. On the last day of the festival Jesus shouted to the crowds; "Anyone who is thirsty may come to Me." Thirsty for what? "To hear the Words of the Lord." It will happen in the end times on the "Day of the Lord." (Revelation 21:6, Revelation 22:1). It is finished! Draw from the deep waters; The wells of salvation. "The Truth of His Word." This is a spiritual water of life that is pouring fourth in front of the throne. The book of Ezekiel speaks of "Living Waters," as Ezekiel was shown the vision of the temple. (Ezekiel 47:1-12). Chapter 40 till the end of Ezekiel speaks of the end times millennium and the eternity.
Joh 7:38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. Anyone who believes in Jesus may come and drink. "The scriptures say it; rivers of living water will flow from His heart." He is, and will be, the Source of all spiritual blessings. (Isaiah 12:3, Isaiah 44:3, Isaiah 55:1, Isaiah 58:11, Ezekiel 47:1).
Joh 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)When Jesus said "Living Waters," He was speaking of the "Holy Spirit," who would be given to everyone believing in Him. However, the "Holy Spirit," had not been given yet, because Jesus had not entered into His glory. (Isaiah 32:15, Acts 1:5, Acts 2:17, Acts 2:33).
Joh 7:40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.After the crowds heard what Jesus had just said, some of them declared that this was the Prophet they were expecting.
Joh 7:41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?Some believed that He was the Messiah, and others said He could not be the Messiah coming from Galilee. (Matthew 16:14-16). (The Galileans were what we would call hillbillies today). "There was a distinct difference between those living in the south over those living in the north, in Galilee."
Joh 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?The Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, where king David was born. (Isaiah 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5, Luke 2:4, Luke 2:11).
Joh 7:43 So there was a division among the people because of him.The crowd was divided over Him.
Joh 7:44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.Some wanted Him arrested, but no one laid a hand n Him. (Again, divine intervention), It was not His time yet.
Joh 7:45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?The Temple guards returned without having arrested Jesus, and the leading priests and Pharisees wanted to know why they didn't bring Him in.
Joh 7:46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.The Temple guards never heard anyone speak like this. You see, the leading priests and Pharisees never spent any real time with Jesus. They heard everything second hand. The guards heard Jesus face to face and they were amazed at what He was saying.
Joh 7:47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?The priests and Pharisees mocked the guards and asked them if they had been led astray also?
Joh 7:48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?The question was asked of the priests and Pharisees by the head priest. Do any of us believe in Him?
Joh 7:49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.The foolish crowds follow Him they said. "They are ignorant of the law, and God's curse is on them." (The only ignorant ones here are the priests and Pharisees). Wouldn't want to be in their shoes. (Isaiah 5:21, Isaiah 28:14, Isaiah 65:5, 1 Corinthians 1:20-21, 1 Corinthians 3:18-20).
Joh 7:50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)Then Nicodemus (the leader who had met Jesus earlier), spoke up. (John 3:1-2). At some point, Nicodemus becomes a believer.
Joh 7:51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?Nicodemus is saying; "Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearing?" (Remember that Nicodemus had spent some time with Jesus and found out the truth for himself).
Joh 7:52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.They asked Nicodemus, "are you from Galilee too?" Search the scriptures and you will see that no prophet ever comes form Galilee. If they had looked, they would have found that Jonah and Hosea arose out of Galilee, and perhaps Elijah, Elisha, Nahum and Amos. (1 Kings 17:1, 2 Kings 14:25, Nahum 1:1). Jesus grew up in Galilee, but was born in Bethlehem.
Joh 7:53 And every man went unto his own house.Then the meeting broke up and everyone went home. (Job 5:12-13, Psalm 33:10). Again, it was divine intervention that frustrated them all and ended the discussion. (God is always in control).
Joh 8:1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.Jesus returns to His favorite place. (Probably for prayer).
Joh 8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.Back to the Temple in the morning to teach the people.
Joh 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst.The Scribes (teachers of the religious law), and the Pharisees, brought a woman to the temple where Jesus was teaching and interrupted Him saying; this woman has been caught in the act of adultery, right in front of the crowd.
Joh 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.Caught in the very act of adultery according to them. (Wonder how they knew)? They got the woman, but where is the man? (Takes two to tango).
Joh 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?The law of Moses says to stone her to death. They asked Jesus; What do you say?
Joh 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.They were trying to trap Jesus into saying something they could use against Him. Here is the trap: If Jesus says she should be forgiven, then He is going against the law of Moses. If Jesus says she should be stoned, then He is going to look like a hypocrite. (Jesus knew what they were doing). So, Jesus stooped down and started to write in the ground with His finger. (Perhaps refreshing them on the law). Note: The temptation was in the word "such," and of the two cases they mentioned the punishment without defining what it was; for the one in (Deuteronomy 22:23-24) a virgin, the death was stoning. But in the case of a "wife," the punishment was not stoning, but required a special procedure (Numbers 5:11-31), which left the punishment with God.
Joh 8:7So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. They kept demanding an answer from Jesus so Jesus stood up and said; "Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone." (No stones being thrown here, they were all sinners).
Joh 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.Then Jesus stooped down again and wrote in the dust again. (This time I believe that Jesus wrote some of their own sins in the ground to convict them). You know, something like what about when you slept with this man's wife, or maybe another man. (Again, they were all sinners).
Joh 8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.One by one the accusers were convicted by their own conscience and left, till the only ones remaining were Jesus and the accused woman in the middle of the crowd.
Joh 8:10When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? Jesus stood up and asked the woman, "where are your accusers now?" Didn't even one of them condemn you?
Joh 8:11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. No, Lord, the woman said, and Jesus said to her; "Neither do I. Go and sin no more."
Joh 8:12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Jesus speaking to the people. "I AM the light of the world. If you follow Me, you will not walk in darkness, because you will have the "Light" that leads to eternal life." We know that Christ is that "Light" just as He said, and we are to be a "light" to the world for others to see. (As examples of true Christianity). (Isaiah 60:1-3, Acts 13:47). Notice that Jesus uses the Greek equivalent of God's name, "I AM." (Yahveh). This is what God told Moses at the burning bush when Moses asked God's name. (Exodus 3:13-14). "I AM WHO I AM."
Joh 8:13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.The Pharisees did not like what Jesus had just said. They think the claims about Himself are not valid.
Joh 8:14Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. Jesus replies, "These claims are valid even though I make them about Myself. I know where I came from and where I am going, but you know nothing about Me."
Joh 8:15Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. You judge Me by human standards, but I judge no man. (The Pharisees were living examples of man's flawed judgment). If we are not careful, we too can fall into the trap of classifying people (sizing them up), according to human fleshly standards. (Psalm 94:20-21, Amos 5:7, Habakkuk 1:4, Romans 2:1, James 2:4).
Joh 8:16And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. Christ is saying; If I judge, My judgment would be correct in every respect, because I am not alone. The Heavenly Father who sent Me is with Me. (Acts 17:31, Revelation 19:11).
Joh 8:17It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. By your own law, two people must agree about something as witnesses before it is accepted as fact. (Deuteronomy 17:6, Deuteronomy 19:15).
Joh 8:18I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. Jesus has His witness, and it is the Heavenly Father who sent Him. (John 5:31-40, 1 John 5:6-12). God said with a voice from heaven that Jesus Christ was His only begotten Son, when Jesus was baptized and again when He was facing death as the Holy Spirit bear witness. Unity that bear witness in heaven. "The full God head." Remember that Christ is the Word. The Holy Spirit, the voice of God at the baptism of Christ, and the voice of God before He died bear witness on earth.
Joh 8:19Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. They wanted to know where His Father was. (What a bunch of dummies). They were in the presence of the "Only Begotten Son" and they did not get it. Jesus told them; "Since you don't know who I am, you don't know who My Father is. If you knew Me, you would also know My Father." It is written that if it was in their hearts, they would have known Him. (Jeremiah 24:7). "If Christ is not in your heart, you have nothing."
Joh 8:20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.Jesus made this statement while He was teaching in the treasury located in the court of woman. (Both men and woman were allowed in this court, but not the Gentiles). "Only the holier than thou." We see a lot of this in churches today. Don't think that churches today do not cater to the wealthy and people with status. (If you are just a poor person off the street, you may be sitting in the back of the church).
Joh 8:21Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come. Jesus said to them; "I am going away. You will search for Me but will die in your sin. You cannot come where I am going." (Matthew 25:41, Matthew 25:46). Christ was referring to those who were not believers. Where was Christ going? To heaven. Where are the non-believers going? To hell!
Joh 8:22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.They think He is going to commit suicide because of His statement. They didn't get it.
Joh 8:23And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. "You are from below; I am from above. You belong to this world; I do not." i.e. of the earth. (1 Corinthians 15:47-48).
Joh 8:24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. What Christ is saying here is that unless you believe that I am the "Messiah," and the "I AM" (Yahveh), you will die in your sins.
Joh 8:25Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. They demanded to know who He was. Jesus replies, "The One I have always claimed to be." He was the Messiah they were looking for, but they could not see it. (Like the blind leading the blind).
Joh 8:26I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. Christ knew all about them and had much to condemn but He didn't. "He said only what He knew from the One who sent Him, and it would be completely truthful."
Joh 8:27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.They still didn't understand that He was talking about His Father. (They were totally clueless because of no spiritual understanding). Look at all the people that are spiritually clueless today. People are hungry for the truth, but are so set in their old ways (traditions of men), that they can't see it.
Joh 8:28Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. Jesus said, When you have "lifted up" the Son of Man (on the cross), then you will understand that "I AM" (referring to God with us). I do nothing on My own, but only say what the Father has taught Me. These words "lifted up" is "hupsoo" Strong's #G5312 meaning to "exalt" as well as elevate. (Speaking of praising Him). He would use these words in: (John 3:14, John 12:32). i.e. at the crucifixion and after the resurrection, many will finally realize who He really is: (Matthew 27:50-54, Romans 1:4).
Joh 8:29And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. The Father never deserts the Son, when the Son pleases Him. (Isaiah 42:1, Isaiah 42:21, John 8:16, Matthew 3:17).
Joh 8:30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.Many believed on Him as He spoke these Words. However, the reality of salvation involves more than just saying some words. In order to believe and trust in someone, you must first get to know them. We must get to know Jesus through the Word and become followers of Jesus. Becoming His disciples and bringing others to the truth of the Word.
Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him,If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; "There it is." You are a true disciple of Christ if you remain faithful to His teachings. (1 John 2:24). Let the Word dwell in you and you will be walking in the light and close fellowship with the Father and His Son.
Joh 8:32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. The truth in the Word will always set you free. Free from what? Free from the old law, traditions of men, false teachings, and ways of the world. Most important, "Free from being a slave to Satan."
Joh 8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?"We are descendants of Abraham," they said. We have never been slaves to anyone. (They are thinking that Jesus is talking about being in bondage to a person). They must have forgotten about when they were slaves to Egypt, the Assyrian Empire, the Babylonian Empire, and at this point in Israel's history, they are currently under the rule of Rome. But, Jesus is talking about a different kind of slavery.
Joh 8:34Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. Jesus lets them in on the real deal here. "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin." So, if you keep on sinning, who are you a slave to? Satan! (Ephesians 2:2, 1 John 3:8-10). If you keep sinning in this manner, it shows that you belong to the devil. Satan is the head sinner right from the beginning, when he rebelled and went bad. But, the only begotten Son came to destroy the works of the devil and "death" who is the devil. (Hebrews 2:14).
Joh 8:35And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. The Son (never used of believers in this Gospel), this word is reserved for Christ only. However, the meaning to us is that, as a slave, you are not a permanent member of the family, but the Son is part of the family forever. (Romans 8:15-17). When receiving the Holy Spirit, it is not a Spirit that makes you a fearful slave. Instead, you have received God's Spirit that has adopted you as His own child. "Now we can call Him our Spiritual Father." (John 3:6, 20:17). God's Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are His children. (1 John 4:13). God gave us the gift of the "Holy Spirit" to dwell in our hearts to show us that He will live in us, and us in Him. As God's children together with Christ we are heirs of God's glory. However, if we share in the glory, we must also share in the suffering. (Philippians 1:29, 2 Timothy 2:10-14).
Joh 8:36If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. If the Son sets you free, then you are truly free. (Romans 8:2). Because we believe in Christ and walk after the Spirit we belong to Christ. Because we belong to Christ, the Spiritual law of life has freed us from the power of sin that leads to death. (2 Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 5:1). Christ has made us free. (John 8:32). Make sure you stay free and don't get all tied up in the chains of slavery to the Jewish laws and ceremonies. (Acts 15:10). Don't get tied up under bondage to any religion, organization, or traditions of men.
Joh 8:37I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. Jesus knew that they were descendants of Abraham, but they were trying to kill Him. Jesus also knew that their was no room in their heart for His message. i.e. there hearts were hardened. (Matthew 13:15). "Waxed over." Their eyes are closed because they did not care. Just as many do not care today. They have time for everything the world has to offer, but little time to study and search for truth in God's Word.
Joh 8:38I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. Jesus was speaking of what He had seen from His Father. They were following the advice of their father. But, who was their father that Jesus was talking about? Was it Abraham? Hmmm. Lets read on and find out.
Joh 8:39They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. Our father is Abraham they declared. But, Jesus says "No," if you were really children of Abraham, you would follow his example. (Galatians 3:7, Galatians 3:29, James 2:22-24).
Joh 8:40But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. You are trying to kill Me because I tell you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham would have never tried to kill someone who told the truth.
Joh 8:41Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus is telling them another truth. "You are like your real father." They said that God is their real Father, but it wasn't true.
Joh 8:42Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Jesus tells them, If God were your Father, you would love Me, because I am from God. "The One who sent Me."
Joh 8:43Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Why can't you understand what I am saying Jesus asked? It's because you can't hear Me! (1 Corinthians 2:14). The flesh man can’t receive these truths. It all sounds foolish and confusing to them. Only those who are spiritual can understand.
Joh 8:44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. Now Christ tells them another truth. "You are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. He is the father of lies." Wow, what a statement. Lets analyze this for a minute. Who was the first murderer? It was Cain. He was from the seed of Satan all the way back to the garden and Adam and Eve. For a better understanding, read our newsletter study topic titled "Son of Cain." You will find that there are children of the devil. The Kenites! This is who Christ was addressing when He made this statement. They were with us from the beginning and they are still with us today. (Genesis 3:15, Matthew 13:38, Acts 13:10, 1 John 3:12). Again, we are not to be as Cain, who was of the wicked one. Cain was the first murderer and was of the seed of Satan from which the kenites came. Christ taught this in the book of Matthew, after the parable of the sower. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. (Matthew 13:35-39). Paul also taught that Eve was beguiled "wholly seduced." (2 Corinthians 11:1-3). Just as in (Genesis 3:15-16).
Joh 8:45And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Christ is saying here that when He tells them a truth, it is their nature not to believe Him because they are children of the devil, and that is the devils nature. (The father of lies). The great deceiver of today. (2 Thessalonians 2:10, 2 Timothy 4:3-4). He will completely fool those who refused the truth of the Word that they might be saved. Those who follow Satan will perish. "Once saved always saved? I don't think so." The time is here now when people won't listen to sound doctrine. (They follow teachers that teach traditions on men and feed them whatever they want to hear to make them feel comfortable).
Joh 8:46Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? Christ is asking, which of you can truthfully accuse Me of sin? None of them could. Christ was telling them the truth, but ask them, why don't you believe Me? Christ knew why, but I think He wanted them to admit it. Of course they are liars, so they would not admit it even if they did understand what Jesus was saying. So, He is going to give it to them straight in the next verse.
Joh 8:47He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. "Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don't listen because you do not belong to God." (1 John 3:10, 1 John 5:1, 2 John 1:9, 3 John 1:11). They did not belong to God; they belonged to their father the devil.
Joh 8:48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?These particular Jews (probably some who were kenites), called Jesus a Samaritan devil. (Remember that the Samaritans were "half-breeds," not pure Jews, and the Jews hated the Samaritans). They even asked Jesus if He was possessed by a demon? (Thinking He was out of His mind). They were the ones possessed and led by the worst demon of all. Satan!
Joh 8:49Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. Jesus answered them and said; "I have no demon in Me. I honor My Father and you dishonor Me."
Joh 8:50And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. Jesus is saying here, "I have no wish to glorify Myself, God is going to glorify Me. He is the true judge." (Always remember that before you judge others, God is the one to do the judging).
Joh 8:51Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. i.e. Anyone who obeys the teachings of Christ will never die, but have eternal life. Remember what Christ said in (John 3:16). For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This verse needs no interpretation. No doubt, one of the most important scriptures written in the bible. However, the key here is "believe in Him." To Me, you must get to know someone before you can believe in them. You get to know Christ through the Word. "His written personality if you will." Again, declared by the Lord in (John 11:25).
Joh 8:52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.Now the people said, "We know You are possessed by a demon. Abraham and the prophets died, but you say anyone who obeys My teachings will never die."
Joh 8:53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?Are you greater than our father Abraham they asked Jesus? He died and so did the prophets. "Who do you think you are?"
Joh 8:54Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Jesus answered them saying; "If I want glory for Myself, it doesn't count. But, it is My Father who will glorify Me, and you say He is your God."
Joh 8:55Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. But you don't even know Him Jesus is saying. I know Him. If I said otherwise, I would be a bigger liar than you are. But I know Him and obey Him. (Matthew 11:27, Luke 10:22). Jesus was telling us that the Heavenly Father has entrusted everything to Him. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him. (It could have been that they were not chosen to know Him)?
Joh 8:56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Abraham knew that one day God would send the Messiah. How? In the promise: (Genesis 12:3, Galatians 3:7-9). The blessing for the world would be fulfilled in Jesus. Abraham even met Jesus (as Melchisedec), when Abraham was returning from the slaughter of the kings. (Hebrews 7:1-3). Jesus Christ is our "King of Justice" and "King of Peace." (Isaiah 9:7-7, Jeremiah 23:5-6). All who trust in Christ receive the same blessing that Abraham did.
Joh 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?The people said to Jesus, "You aren't even fifty years old. How can You say You have seen Abraham?" (Wow, were these peoples minds clouded). But that's not all, Jesus was only around thirty years old at this time, so why did they pick out the number fifty? To the Jews, the age "50" was when a man was fit to give advice and counsel. What they are saying here is that Jesus was not old enough to be "wise."
Joh 8:58 Jesus said unto them,Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Jesus answered them saying, "I tell you a truth, before Abraham was even born, I AM!" (Colossians 1:17). He was before anything else; and by Him all things are held together. "I AM WHO I AM." (Exodus 3:14, Isaiah 44:6, Isaiah 46:9, Isaiah 48:12, Revelation 1:8). From A-Z, the Alpha and Omega; the beginning and the end. (Jesus Christ becomes the full God Head).
Joh 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.At this point they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and left the temple. Devine intervention! (Luke 4:30). Jesus just walked away and left them. A good lesson for us as disciples and teachers. You see, many times you will not be accepted in your own town. They didn't accept Jesus for telling them the truth, so why should they accept you?
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