“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”
Will Jesus depart in your unbelief?
John 8:31-59 (NASB)
”So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
By the time we read verse 59 “They picked up stones to throw at Him.” What happened? “…Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.”
Will Jesus depart in your unbelief? “I DO BELIEVE,… Michael!!
Maybe you do, maybe you do not. Jesus sets the standard for believing.
- If you continue in My word…” “Continue” #3306 meno’ to stay, abide, remain. It infers, do not depart from. “Word” 3056 “logos” an embodying idea statement, a speech. (Why not Rhema? They did not have the Holy Spirit to guide them to a place of understanding.)
- “…then you are truly disciples of Mine.” Disciple means student, but in Jewish terms, it means one who fervently desires and is committed to become LIKE his Rabbi.
- “and you will know the truth…” “Truth” #225 “Aletheia” = truth. From root #227 “alethes” = true, from the root word #1 A, = Alpha or number 1
“You shall know number 1 and number 1 will set you free; or you shall know Alpha and Alpha will set you free!” Jesus is the Alpha… Rev 1:8. Jesus is the truth. John 14:6
Saying we believe is not enough. According to Jesus, one must abide, be a disciple, be free (in heart) be free in deed, all by the Son’s Words. Otherwise we will, according to this story, reject the person speaking and the truth which sets us free, being lost forever in the process. “Oh not me!” said Peter.
Truth does not set us free, HIS truth sets us free! Truth can birth anger, unforgiveness and hatred, seeding our hearts for destruction! HIS truth is meant to work in our hearts as a shield against these poisonous seeds. Are we letting Him?
“But Michael, they are doing what they are doing, it hurt me, it is hurting others, it is wrong!” So God does not know this? Is there no vengeance? So, you never did…?
In “righteous judgment” we do see the truth. We then by HIS discipline, which we have chosen to learn and practice, we intercede, we intercede only! His Way is our way, as those who would call themselves disciples or followers of Christ.
In the noted scriptures, Jesus Himself challenges them and their so-called “belief.” He is not being cruel. He is playing a devilish prosecutor before it is too late for them! After his resurrection many will believe.
For us, Jesus has already been resurrected. Our hope will remain by our personal experience with God and the enlightenment of His Word by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said to them in John 8:47 (NASB) “He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”
NONE of us were of God until we wanted to hear! We heard by the Word of God. It stands to reason we will be more, “OF GOD” as we glean more from His Word. It was His kindness that led us to repentance. (Romans 2:4 NASB) We still had to choose to respond, to repent via the renovation of the Holy Spirit in us.
Our eternal life is to begin here now, by our reconciliation to God through the death of His Son. There is no liberty for anger or bitterness in our eternal life. Will His Word then set us free now, renovating us into a dwelling place for God by the Holy Spirit? Or, shall love end in us by confrontation and persecution? Will we be the ones picking up stones?
As you have read some of my posts have you considered stoning me or did you quietly say “no thanks?”
Here is a verse the Lord gave me while writing this post.
Matthew 13:52 (NASB) ”And Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
You truly are reading things the Holy Spirit has shown me over the last 36 years as well as today. Is the kingdom waiting for you?
Matthew 13: 47-50. It is a bad guy rapture! Jesus speaking.
We enter in by faith now. We enter in by fact…then; if we are still around to enter in.
“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”
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