|John 21 |
1 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. In this way he showed himself:
2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.
3 And Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will also go with you." So they left and entered a ship immediately, and that night they caught nothing.
4 But when the morning came, Jesus was standing on the shore; however, the disciples didn't know it was Jesus.
5 Then Jesus said to them, "Children, do you have any fish?" And they answered him, "No."
6 And he said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and you will find them." Therefore they cast the net, and it was so heavy from the multitude of the fish, they were not able to draw it in.
7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved, said to Peter, "It is the Lord." Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tied his fisherman's coat to him, (for he was naked), and jumped into the sea.
8 And the other disciples followed in the little boat; (for they were not far from land, about a hundred yards), dragging the net full with fish.
9 As soon then as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread.
10 And Jesus said to them, "Now bring the fish that you have caught."
11 So Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of one hundred and fifty three large fish; and despite being so many, the net was not broken.
12 Then Jesus said to them, "Come and dine." And none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" For they knew he was the Lord.
13 Jesus then came, took bread, and gave it to them, along with fish.
14 This is now the third time, after he had risen from the dead, that Jesus had shown himself to his disciples, .
15 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." And He said to him, "Feed my lambs."
16 Then He said to him again the second time, "Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." And He said to him, "Feed my sheep."
17 Then He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me?" Now Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." And Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.1
18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you dressed yourself, and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you, and carry you where you do not want to go."
19 He spoke this, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.2 And when he had spoken this, he said to him, "Follow me."
20 Then Peter turned around and saw the disciple [John] whom Jesus loved following them; this was also he who had leaned on his breast at [the last] supper and had said to him, "Lord, who is it that betrays you?"
21 Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, "Lord, and what will happen to this man?"
22 Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remains until I come, what is that to you? You follow me."
23 Then it was said abroad among the brothers, that this disciple was not to die; but Jesus had not said to him, "He will not die;" rather he had said, "if I will that he remains until I come, what is that to you?"
24 This is the disciple who testifies of these things and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.
25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did; so many that if they were all written, I suppose that not even the world itself would be able to contain the books that would be written. Amen.
1 feed my sheep. To feed the sheep is to speak words and teachings as they are heard spoken from the Spirit of God. Only words from the Spirit give life, so words supplied by the Spirit of God to a true teacher or preacher, increase the life of God in their listeners. But Christendom's hired-hand preachers speak from the imagination of their hearts and their carnal minds, which words spoken from the carnal mind are from the nature of death. Neither does reading from the dead letter of the Bible give life to the listeners. The letter kills, but the spirit gives life. 2 Cor 2:6; The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63. As Paul said: Which things also we speak, not in the words, which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit instructs; explaining spiritual truths with spiritual words. 1 Cor 2:13. As Peter said: If any man speaks, let him speak with God's words [oracles]. 1 Pet 4:11
The preachers cannot possibly feed the sheep because they are incapable of speaking words from the Spirit of God, which are the only words that impart life. The preachers today have never even been a disciple of Christ because they have never carried their cross daily in self-denial; they have never crucified their sinful nature, as those who belong to Christ have done. They are not disciples of Christ; instead they are disciples of the Bible as taught them by their Bible College. So they are ministers of the letter [Bible], not ministers of the Spirit. 2 Cor 3:6. They are incapable of feeding the sheep because they have not been purified, restored to the spiritual image of God, specifically authorized, and perfected by the Lord, Luke 6:40; they are self-appointed rather than being called and gifted their office by the Holy Spirit. So they don't have words supplied by the Holy Spirit because they are not gifted and authorized by the Holy Spirit. Eph 4:11-12. Preachers not authorized by the Holy Spirit, not trained by Christ, not a perfected disciple, are unknowingly deceived ministers of Satan, transformed to appear to be ministers of righteousness. 2 Cor 11:14-15. The preachers of today cannot even hear the Spirit of God, much less speak words supplied by the spirit's promptings.
Even Jesus did not judge, speak, or act without the Spirit's specific prompting.
Any man who speaks of God or Christ without the Spirit's specifically supplied words 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
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, Paul, and Jesus. Seeking their own glory, the preachers of Christendom speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and preach their vain opinions from the imagination of their evil hearts.
These preachers are not preaching from the love of God or with love for man, they are preaching for their own glory and money — it is an income to them. You are their source of food. Just like Ezekiel 34 loudly proclaims, the preachers today, feed themselves, by taking money from the flock. The Lord is against these preachers. Preaching for a salary is the error of Balaam, which is spiritual adultery, loving wages and profit — both Peter and Jude had some very grave things to say about those who solicit donations or preach for a salary. Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children — for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness. Peter — Paul and Jesus all spoke strongly against preachers who took money from the flock, feeding themselves at the expense of the sheep.
They have seduced my people saying, 'Peace!' when there is no peace. ..
with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, ..,
and have strengthened the hands of the wicked,
so that he does not return from his wicked way,
by [falsely] promising him life.
2 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you dressed yourself, and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you, and carry you where you do not want to go. He spoke this, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. Before you are crucified, you walk according to your own thoughts, desires, lust, and by sight in the light of the sun. After you have crucified your lusts and affections on the inward cross of self-denial, after the old man is dead, after you have renewed your mind, after you have put on the mind of Christ, after Christ rules your heart, after you do not walk by sight but by faith, after you have been restored to the image of God, after you have entered union with Christ and God, (junior, but up to them), after you have been raised with Christ to sit in the heavens in Christ, after you have entered the rest from your own works, having been redeemed from all sin and purified with a zeal for good works, being his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has ordained before that we should walk in; then you too will stretch out your hands, and the spirit of God will select the clothes that He wants you to wear, and then the spirit will guide you where you do not want to go: you will be doing His will on earth as it is done in heaven by the angels. Our selfish spirit will be dead; but the pure part of us lives in union with Christ, the entirely new creature, old things having passed away, renewed after the image of Christ. This is the kind of death in which Peter would glorify God; and all of us can glorify God, by death of our selfish spirit, to produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace (quietness and confident trust forever), patience (including longsuffering, steadfastness, and perseverance), kindness (including morality and integrity), goodness, faith, gentleness (including meekness and humility), and self-control (mastery of sensual appetites, passions, and desires), Gal 5:22-23; by your producing much fruit, my Father is honored and glorified, and you show that you are truly my disciples [true followers]. John 15:8
And when Jesus had said this, (19) he said [to Peter], "Follow Me." And again (22) he said, "Follow me." And he says to us: "If any man desires to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23. Notice! He said this before he had even gone to the cross himself; so he went to the cross as an example to us, an example of the obedience necessary to slay our selfish spirit so that we could be reconciled to God: so that the world may know that I love the Father, I only do exactly as the Father has instructed me to do. John 14:31. This is how important the cross is to us; he was willing to die a horrible death as the example for our required obedience. And being made perfect, he [Jesus] became the author and source of eternal salvation to all those who heed and obey him. Heb 5:9. 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 command you, so that it may be well with you. Jer 7:23