|John 12 |
1 Now six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany where Lazarus was, who had been dead and whom He had raised from the dead.
2 There they made him a supper, and Martha served. And Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him.
3 Then Mary took a pound of very costly ointment of spikenard and anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the odor of the ointment.
4 Then one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, who would betray Him, said,
5 "Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence and given to the poor?"
6 He said this, not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief; he had the money bag, and took from what was put in it.
7 Then Jesus said, "Leave her alone; she has kept this in preparation for the day of my burying.
8 For the poor you have with you always, but you do not always have me."
9 Now many of the Jewish people knew that Jesus was there; and they came, not only for Jesus' sake, but also so that they might see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
10 But the chief priests plotted how they might also put Lazarus to death,
11 For on account of Lazarus, many of the Jews had departed from them, believing in Jesus.
12 Now the next day many people came to the Feast. And when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
13 They took branches of palm trees, and went out to meet Him and cried, "Hosanna, Blessed is the King of Israel who comes in the name of the Lord."
14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat on it; as it is written,
16 His disciples did not understand these things at the first; but when Jesus was later glorified, then they remembered these things had been written about Him, and that they had been done to Him.
17 Now the people who had been with Him when he called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, continued telling others of it.
18 And because they heard that He had done this miracle, the people went out to meet Him.
19 Therefore the Pharisees said among themselves, "Do you perceive how our efforts amount to nothing? Behold, the whole world has gone after Him."1 [From the Word of the Lord within: "The Christians feared the early Quakers, just as the Jews feared Jesus." Why? Because in a few short years, entire Christian churches were emptied of listeners to preachers repeating the words of the Bible, to become listeners of Christ in Quaker silent meetings.]
20 Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the Feast.
21 And they came to Philip, who was of Bethsaida of Galilee and said to him, "Sir, we desire to see Jesus."
22 So Philip went and told Andrew, and then Andrew and Philip told Jesus.
23 And Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified.
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, except a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it yields many more grains to harvest.
25 He who loves his life shall lose it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.2 [From the Word of the Lord within: "Few will be saved because of their love of life." It is not easy to lose you life. The narrow way to the superior, eternal life of God is hard; as kingdom-dwelling Isaac Penington wrote: "the way is long, the travel hard, the enemies and difficulties many, and that there is need of much faith, hope, patience, repentance, watchfulness against temptations, etc., before the life (the superior, eternal life of God) in them arrives."]
26 If any man wants to serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there my servant will also be.3 If any man serves me, my Father will honor him. [While alive on earth, his true servants can be translated into the kingdom of heaven; they still remain walking on the earth, but their consciousness and sight are in heaven in the presence of Jesus and the Father. Jesus prayed: I do not pray that you should take them out of the world, but that you should protect them from the evil. John 17:15. Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which you have given me. John 17:24. From the Word of the Lord within: "You can live in heaven and still walk the earth. I will come again to the elect; I will be a crown to lead and guide them." As George Fox ministered on the earth, he was translated to paradise; and then he lived in paradise.]
27 Now my soul is troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.
28 Father, glorify your name." Then there came a voice from heaven, saying, "I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again."
29 The people who stood by and heard it, said, "It thundered;" others said, "An angel spoke to him."
30 Jesus answered and said, "This voice has not come for me, but for your sakes.
31 Now is the judgment of this world. Now the prince of this world will be cast out.
33 He said this, signifying what death he would die.
34 Then the people answered him, "We have heard out of the law that Christ abides forever; so how can you say, "The Son of man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of man?"
35 So Jesus said to them, "For a little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overcome you, because he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. [When Adam fell, humans lost the life and light of God; we lost his guiding light, and so we all walk in darkness, which is to be spiritually blind. Jesus came so that "He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life." John 8:12. We have to be restored to the life of God so that we spiritually see where we are going.]
36 While you have light, believe in [depend on, trust and obey] the light, that you may become the children of light." Jesus spoke these things and then departed to hide himself from them.4 [For "God is light." 1 John 1:5, and "the Father of Lights." James 1:17. The Light (Christ) is given to every man who comes into the world, John 1:9, so that through the Light, all men might believe, John 1:7; and by abiding in the Light and obeying the Light, receive salvation to become a child of the light, a son of God. To believe in the light is to believe what it shows you by revelation as true and then to keep and obey its teachings; this is to believe in Jesus because Jesus is that light. If you do not keep or obey the words you hear Christ speak to you, those words will be your judge when you die. John 12:47-48.]
37 And although he had done so many miracles before them, yet they still did not believe in him.
38 Thus the word of Isaiah the prophet was fulfilled: "Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
39 Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again,
41 These things Isaiah said, when he foresaw Jesus' glory and prophesied of him.
42 Nevertheless even among the chief rulers, many also believed in him; but because of the Pharisees, they did not confess him for fear they would be put out of the synagogue.
43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.5 [From the Word of the Lord within: "Look not for the approval of men. Those who seek the honor of men will know no other."]
44 Then Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in me, believes not in me, but in him who sent me.
45 And he who sees me, sees Him who sent me.
46 I have come as a light into the world [every man], so that whoever believes [depends on, trusts, obeys] in me should not abide in darkness.6 [The Light (Christ) is given to every man who comes into the world, John 1:9, so that through the Light, all men might believe, John 1:7; and by abiding in the Light and obeying the Light, receive salvation to become a child of the light, a son of God, living and walking in the light instead of darkness : giving thanks to the Father, who has made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. Col 1:12. ]
47 If anyone hears my words, and does not obey [carefully attend to, observe] them, I do not judge him; for I came not to judge the world [every man], but to save the world [every man].
48 He who rejects me and does not receive my words, has one for his judge — the words that I have spoken [to him] will judge him in the last day.7 [He knocks in every man's heart; he quietly pleads anonymously for us to depart from our evil, selfish ways. If we do not keep [practice, obey] his words, when we die, (the last day), we will remember the words of him pleading with us to depart from evil, and those words will judge us. From the Word of the Lord within: "All men are without excuse; if I were silent, they would have an excuse. Every man has heard the call to repent."]
49 For I do not speak from myself, but the Father, who sent me, himself commands me what I should say and what I should speak.
50 And I know that [to obey] his command is life everlasting. Therefore, whatever I speak is just as the Father tells me to speak."8 [Jesus did nothing in his will, only by the Father's will; this is what it means when you pray: thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. We have to learn and be changed to be able to only do the Father's will on earth, the same as the Father's will is done in heaven by the angels.]
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1 the Pharisees said among themselves, "Do you perceive how our efforts amount to nothing? Behold, the whole world has gone after him." The Pharisees are getting worried that Jesus will put them out of a job; that they will lose their income; and that they will no longer have power over the people. Their solution? To call Jesus a blasphemer and kill him, which the Jews had repeatedly done to the prophets of the past, even sawing Isaiah in half with a wooden saw while alive. A man born of the flesh is threatened by a man born of the spirit. The man of the flesh is particularly threatened when a man of the spirit tells him that:
But as it was then, he who was born after the flesh persecuted him who was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Gal 4:29
2 He who loves his life shall lose it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal. Once you have found the true way of the cross, still it is too hard for many to travel; so few will enter the narrow gate. It is not easy to lose your life. It is not easy to persistently and patiently sit in humble silence and wait on God as you listen, watch, and then obey completely. It is not easy to look at your will and what is in your heart as the Lord shows it to you. To be successful, first you have to have been drawn in love; you cannot come to the Lord and suffer through the cross just to avoid Hell. From the Word of the Lord within: "People can't come in fear; they have to come in love;" the Father has to have drawn you with a revelation that instills a hunger in you for more for the love of God and hunger because more-of-Him is the only lasting motivator. Those who have not been drawn by God with a spiritual experience that gives you a taste and hunger for more, you must turn from evil as best you can, distribute liberally to the poor, and pray to God to give you that experience, promising in return that you will seek Him with your best effort. Even after being drawn and given the hunger, many cannot bear the cross to the end because they love their life too much to let it all go. So count the costs before beginning, and be sure you are willing to give all, if and when ordered.
- For whoever will save his life, shall lose it; and whoever will lose his life for my sake, shall find it. Mat 16:25
- For whoever desires to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. Luke 9:24
- For whoever would save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. Mark 8:35
- He who finds his life shall lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake shall find it. Mat 10:39
- If any man comes to me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters — yes even his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26
From the Word of the Lord within:
"The sacrifice of life has been given to the few who would lose their life to save it.
The sacrifice of life is a twist of fate.
The sacrifice of life is given to those who can afford it.
There is no life apart from God.
Few will be saved because of their love of life."
Christianity leaves people living in the lusts of their flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts of their minds, just like the rest of men; they are left in their sinful natures, walking according to the flesh, whose aim is satisfying things of the flesh; in their lusts, desires, affections, pleasures, pride, anger, vanity, fear, worries, plans, etc. If you live after the flesh [the sinful nature], you will die. Rom 8:13. By Christianity supposedly "saving" you in your sins, you have just saved your fleshly life, and you have lost your chance to find the superior life of God.
3 If any man wants to serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there my servant will also be. In this verse Jesus says that if his servants follow him (through the inward cross), they will be with him wherever is — in the Kingdom of heaven, even while they are alive on earth. As does:
4 While you have light, believe in [depend on, trust and obey] the light, that you may become the children of light. The Light (Christ) is given to every man who comes into the world, John 1:9, so that through the Light, all men might believe, John 1:7; and by abiding in the Light and obeying the Light, man receives salvation to become a child of the light, a son of God. For God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5. So man is given a small measure of light that he might believe what it shows him, what it reproves him, what it convicts him — while a man is alive on the earth. If a man is totally obedient to the light, he will become a child of God, a child of the light. But if he hates the light because it reproves his selfish lifestyle and behavior, then he dies in his sins; and when a man dies still sinning, Christ the light steps out of him, leaving the man in total darkness, which is Hell. Then the measure of light that the man had is given to another who improved his talent while alive. The result: everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power 2 Thes 1:9; man is cut off from the life, power, and glory of God, dwelling in total darkness.
So O man, believe (accept the reproofs and convictions) in the light, while you have the light because to lose the light is to be cast into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. In a man's life, the light reasons with us anonymously to depart from evil and do good. In our selfishness, we ignore it; but when we die, we will see every attempt played back in our sight, and we will acknowledge that we willfully chose to ignore the counsel of God.
Jesus spoke these things and then departed to hide himself from them. He hid himself from them in an allegory as to how he will hide himself from us if we die still sinning, to show us what it will be like when we do not have the light, which we failed to believe in.
Then they shall call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me early and diligently, but they shall not find me.
Because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord.
They would have none of my counsel; they despised all my reproof.
Therefore they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, and be satiated with their own desires.
For the turning away [from my counsel ] of the ignorant shall slay them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them. Pro 1:28-32
From the Word of the Lord within: "When the light leaves, you will panic; all the ungodly will panic." The vast majority of people are not even aware that they have the light within them, and they have no appreciation as to how much a comfort the light is to them in their life; but when they lose it, they will realize what an essential part of their well-being that the light was in their life.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Heed the light that you may be children of the light."
Note the infinite difference between: believing that there is a light, vs. heeding, (to notice, believe, and obey), what the light shows you.
Likewise there is an infinite difference between believing that Jesus is the Son of God vs. believing and obeying what you hear Jesus, the Son of God, speak or show to you. From the Word of the Lord within: "You are a son when Jesus appears in your heart to guide you."
And so we can see how a subtle change in interpretation created the infinite gulf of apostasy between the broad way of Christendom vs. the narrow way of true Christianity. But men rushed to embrace this doctrinal error, ignoring the many scriptures requiring them to take up the cross, forsaking all, losing your life, repent, be cleansed, be pure as He is pure, be holy as He is holy, be perfect as the Father is perfect, be righteous as Jesus was righteous, be merciful as He is merciful, walk in the same way as He walked, be in this present world as He was, and to be delivered from all sin; for they loved their life and did not want give up their selfish, evil ways of the flesh. Their itching ears were ready to believe the broad, easy way of doing nothing.
5 For they loved the praise of men rather than the praise of God. When you truly follow the Lord Jesus, you will be opposed to the false sects of Christendom, just like Jesus was in conflict with Judaism. You will be hated, you will be persecuted, you will be reviled, particularly from the "religious people." To follow Jesus, you must love the praise of God and be immune to the opinions of men. Adults criticize youth for their piercings, low-slung pants, tattoos, etc., which is nothing but striving for peer approval; yet the same adults strive just as hard for their peers' approval, only in a different manner. But those who love the praise of men, will not truly follow Jesus, because they do not hunger for the approval of God, they do not hunger for His righteousness, and they do not seek His righteousness.
6 I have come as a light into the world [every man], so that whoever believes [depends on, trusts, obeys] in me should not abide in darkness.
I have come as a light into the world [every man].
The Greek for this verse shows that what has been universally translated as "the world" kosmos <2889> could just as well have been translated as: the inhabitants of the earth, or men, or the human family. John 1:4 says, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men;" and John 1:9 says, "Which is the true Light that enlightens every man who comes into the world;" which light was given to men so that they might believe. John 1:7. Believe what?—the truth. What truth?— believe the truth of what the light shows them about the evil of their ways and the truth of how God's and Jesus' righteousness is vastly different than their own ways; and then to believe the promises of God, making them the hope of their life's efforts to attain salvation.
so that whoever believes [depends on, trusts, obeys] in me.
To "believe in me" is to believe Him, to believe what He says to you, and act on it. Every man is given a small measure of light so that he might believe what it shows him, what it reproves him, what it convicts him — while a man is alive on the earth. Christ, the light in every man, anonymously pleads with every man in his life to depart from his evil, selfish ways; but men in general do not comprehend that this gentle pleading comes from God, and so they ignore the light. John 1:1-5. And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world [every man], but men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil deeds [sins] hates the light [so hates Christ, who is the light] and does not come to the light for fear his deeds will be exposed and reproved. John 3:19-20. But he who practices truth comes to the light, so that his deeds may be shown to have been produced [formed and powered] through God. John 3:21. If a man persistently seeks to receive the teachings of God and believes what the Son, (light), within him is pleading, he will become a child of God, a child of the light; and he will receive the eternal life of God, which is the full measure of Christ himself, the life of God.
From the Word of the Lord within:
"Jesus did not die so you can continue to sin. I would just as soon have avoided that horrible death. I did it to show you the extent of obedience required for your own salvation. You must have a devotion to the law that is on every man's heart; you must listen; and you must obey. He told us it was not enough to believe in God, we must believe what He says to be true. It is not enough to believe in Jesus; we must believe what He says and then act on it."
should not abide in darkness.
To abide in darkness is to be without the light of God to guide your thoughts, words, and deeds. All men who walk by their own mind and imagination are walking in darkness, stumbling (sinning) because they don't see what they should be doing as guided by God. We are all walking in the night, waiting for the day to break in our hearts, when the morning star (Jesus Christ) rises in our hearts to guide and lead us; then we are walking in the light. Until then we are blind; and to have our sight restored, we must wait for, watch, listen, believe what we hear Him say, and obey Him.
7 If anyone hears my words, and does not keep [practice, obey] them, I do not judge him; for I came not to judge the world [every man], but to save the world [every man]. He who rejects me and does not receive my words, has one for his judge — the words that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.
God speaks to all men at some point(s) in their lives. He speaks from the Word and Light within every man's heart.
He speaks with words and sometimes with accompanying visions. He reasons with men against their evil ways.
There is a record of all these words and messages kept within a man.
Those who have obeyed his words progress to purification and the death of their selfish nature to be translated into the Kingdom of Christ while alive still on earth. Those who have disobeyed his words, die in their selfish nature and are condemned at judgment by the words they have heard and disobeyed or ignored. John 12:48
The Spirit of God visits every man in the day of his visitation. As Jesus said: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock. If any man hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Rev 3:20. God is fair. God is just. God is righteous. He would knock equally at every man's heart. He visits every man. He reasons with every man. Every man has his chance. The day of visitation can come from a true preacher with spoken or written words supplied by the Spirit of God, or directly in a man's heart from the Spirit of Christ. At judgment, every man will remember his day of visitation, and be judged by the words he heard and ignored. From the Word of the Lord within: "All men are without excuse; if I were silent, they would have an excuse."
Below is an extract from George Fox's writing, A Word From the Lord, to All the World , in which he details how the words you have heard anonymously spoken to you will be your judge, (you will remember those ignored words, and you will speak them with your own mouth to condemn yourself):
This light will show you, and let you see all that is vanity, and bring you sometimes to confess it; and yet your heart being hardened, and the deceit strong, you reject and hate that which calls you to repentance, which lies low in you, and continually calling you to forsake your lovers. It tells you that you should not lust, nor covet, nor thieve. It tells you there is danger to all you thieves, and lustful ones, and covetous ones. It speaks to you, and I tell you, that will be your condemnation; when the book of conscience* is opened, in your own mouths you shall be judged. Therefore take warning. When the vengeance of God falls upon you, then you will say, you had time once, when it is past, and the plagues of God have been poured upon you,** who hate to be reformed by that light in your conscience.
* For when the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do [obey] by instinct the things contained in the law, these men who do not have the law, are a law to themselves. Who show the work of the law written in their hearts, and their conscience also bears witness; while their thoughts accuse or else excuse them. Rom 2:14-15
** Those who die still sinning, experience the Day of the Lord, (which is also the revelation of Jesus Christ, which is also the Day of Christ), with all the plagues of the Book of Revelation after they die; this is explained in detail by Francis Howgill in his writing, Some of the Mysteries of God’s Kingdom Declared.
Many sects in Christendom with Bible-faith think the words I have spoken of this verse, by which man is judged, are words recorded in the Bible that Jesus spoke. Think about it: how unfair that would be to all those men and women in the world who don't have a Bible, or who can't read, etc.? Of course the Bible's words will not be our judge; God is fair and just beyond any man, and He judges all men by the same standard — the words and pleadings He has anonymously spoken to every man.
8 For I do not speak from myself, but the Father, who sent me, himself commands me what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that [to obey] his command is life everlasting. Therefore, whatever I speak is just as the Father tells me to speak. Even Jesus did not judge, speak, or act without the Spirit's specific prompting. As Jesus said:
Any man who speaks of God or Christ without the Spirit's specific promptings is seeking his own glory, and he is estimating himself to be greater than Christ, for Christ said: The disciple is not above his master, but everyone who is perfect [purified, restored to the spiritual image of God, specifically authorized, and perfected] will be like his master. Luke 6:40. If you are speaking and/or working for God without being specifically ordered in each and every word and action, you are essentially claiming that your own words and deeds are superior to what Jesus' might have been if he had made his own decisions about what to say and do; the Master sees everything to do and hears everything to say before speaking.
The preachers of Christendom stand condemned for seeking their own glory and then accepting pay for their worthless words; when to even charge for true words of life like Balaam, spoken from the spirit of God, is expressly forbidden by Peter and Jesus. Seeking their own glory, the preachers of Christendom speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and preach their opinions from the vain imaginations of their evil hearts.
[to obey] his commands is life everlasting. Jesus said, The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. John 14:31. Just as Jesus was obedient, so we also must be obedient for only by obedience is salvation attained:
If you keep my commands [the commands you hear him speak to you from within your heart], you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commands [that Jesus heard spoken to him], and abide in his love. John 15:10
If a man loves me, he will obey my spoken words; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him [in his heart; and they live in a kingdom, which they also bring to you]. John 14:24
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. Rev 22:14
And the dragon was angry with the woman, and he went to make war with the remnant of her seed, who keep the commands of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Rev 12:17
Listen to and obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk completely in the ways that I command you. Jer 7:23
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