Classic Christianity – The Book of John P22 (03-27-23)
Listen to The Holy Spirit Living in You to Teach You All Truth
~ “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 15:13
“Jesus gave them this answer. Now, folks, here again, Jesus is going to tell you and me how to live the Christian life. And when I say it’s, it almost sounds funny to say the Christian life. It’s how to live the spirit controlled life. How to live under the control of the Spirit of God who is alive living in you, it’s your only hope of glory. It’s not an IT that lives in you. It’s a he, called the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit who has a mind, emotions, and will, the Holy Spirit who God said when he comes to live within you, will guide you into all truth, that the Holy Spirit will take the things of the Lord Jesus and make them known unto you, that he will prove the world wrong about sin, righteousness and judgment about sin, because they do not believe in me about righteousness, because I go to the Father, where you will see me know more about judgment, because the prince of this world has already been judged. That’s the work not of a thing, or an event or a power. But that’s the work of a person of the Holy Spirit, a spiritual person, of the Holy Spirit of God, living in you, guiding you into all truth, teaching you, teaching your mind controlling your emotions, and directing your will to match up with the will of God.”
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Bob George 0:29
Let’s all turn to the fifth chapter of John. Last week, we were talking about the miracle that Jesus did at the sheep gate, there in Jerusalem at the pool of the sheep gate, where he healed a man who had been paralyzed for life, had been trying for some 38 years to get into the pool to receive healing. And Jesus did that for him. The problem with the religious Pharisees is that he healed him on the Sabbath. And then on top of healing him on the Sabbath, He told him to pick up his mat and to walk, which was against the laws of the Sabbath is to work on the Sabbath, according to the Hebrew laws. In all of these cases, you’re going to see the mercy of Christ Jesus, and also the disgust of Christ Jesus toward religion. Jesus did not come to this world to form a religion, he came to give a relationship. He didn’t come to form Catholic churches and Baptist churches and people to people churches, he came to give you a relationship with God, to provide a way whereby you individually, just like you have fingerprints that no one else in the world has, that you individually, can no God. It’s not the case of can you know, God, it’s the case of will, you know, God? And so he came to give that to us whereby a man can be restored to the condition that Adam was in before the fall, where we are alive, alive, bodily alive, soulishly alive, spiritually, we’re living people. And he came to give us that life that we had lost in Adam, the greatest gift that you and I will ever receive as the gift of life from God, whereby we can plug in to God once again, and to know him intimately as our Lord and our Savior, and our best friend.
Now, everything about religion is against relationship. Because religion is a concentration on the body, at the exclusion of the head. And it says in the Bible, that we’ve lost contact with the head, that we have got our emphasis on the body instead of the head. And folks, I got news for you, if you didn’t have a head. For some of us, we might be better off. But if you didn’t have a head, you are in tough shape. You’re like a chicken with a head cut off, you flap around, spread a lot of blood all over the place. But you’re not going anyplace. And what we’re doing is, we have formed these organizations, churches, and organizations and denominations and all of this type of thing. And the whole emphasis is on we what we’re doing is a body. And you go talk to religious people. And that’s all they talk about is, is the church of what we’re doing. Everything’s on it, forget the head who needs him. We are going to make our plans and ask God to bless them. Is that way, you live a Christian life? We’re like these fingers getting together and we get together and say, Hey, let’s have a meeting and determine what the thumbs ought to be doing on behalf of the head. Is that Christianity? It’s not Christianity, that’s religion. And religious people have religious things that they like and don’t like. And to the Hebrews, they had some 600 laws on what you couldn’t do on the Sabbath. You see people today who are Orthodox Jews observing the Sabbath, not Sunday, Saturday. You see them walking to church. Why? Because you can’t drive why that would be work. Now to me II walking would be work. But to them, your walk to church, you don’t use these mechanisms. We’ve talked about some of the things that how legalists think, and how they come up with all of these ideas of what you can or cannot do. If you’re going to violate the Sabbath work on the Sabbath. Talked about you go to Israel today on the on the Sabbath, and you will see people standing at a Shabbat, a Sabbath elevator. What’s a Shabbat Sabbath elevator, it’s an elevator that they finally designed. Well, you can’t work on the Sabbath. So if you want to get up to your floor, and you punch a button to get up there, that’s work. So you can’t work. Now you could probably climb up the stairs. Now to you, I ask you which one is worth climbing up the stairs or pushing a button? But you can’t push a button. Now somebody thought that up. And so someone devised an elevator, that when you stand in front of it, the doors open, you walk in, and it goes up automatically to the top floor and then stops at every floor on the way down. So you don’t have to push a button and be a sinner on the Sabbath. How you get in your room, I don’t know. But I do know how you get to the floor. Now that’s the kind of thing to this day that religious people get engaged in. You walk in some areas of Israel, and you have a in August or whatever month it is and you girls would have on a sleeveless type of a dress. You get spit on? Why and like that causes you to lust. I say an Eskimo can cause you to lust, if you want to lust. But that’s religion.
Now, that’s the kind of people that Jesus entered into when he started his ministry, or literally when he was born, but started his ministry. Those were the kind of people that when Jesus healed this man. That was for 30, some 38 years trying to get healed and he healed even told him to pick up his mat and walk. And they came to him. And I said, this is the Sabbath, who told you to pick up your mat? Don’t you know, it says that the law forbids you to carry your mat on the Sabbath. They didn’t care that this guy was a crippled, and now he could walk. They could care less. It’s just yeah, we’re carrying your mat on the Sabbath. And who was this center that healed you on the Sabbath? Well, the guy finally identified it was Jesus. And so in verse 16, of chapter five of John, it says, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Judaeans persecuted him. Jesus said to them, Now folks, these are unheard of words that Jesus is talking about. No one’s heard these words before. You’ve never heard these things before in your life. He said, My Father, my Father is always at work to this very day. And so am I working. He’s saying, you may not work on the Sabbath, but my father is always working even to this day. He asked a question one time was the Sabbath made for you? Or were you made for the Sabbath? Who’s the one who instituted the Sabbath? You or God? Now the one and instituted the Sabbath is working to this very day and he said, so am I. For this reason, the Judaeans lovingly tried harder to kill him. It’s okay to kill. Just don’t pick up your man doing it. Not only they said, was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father making Himself equal with God. Now that was something that was a no, no. To the Jews, to people today, there’s one God, and they believe that well, no God before me, none after me. And Jesus is saying, I and the Father are one. If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father. And he was making Himself equal with God. Now that brings up a deal if he’s making Himself equal with God, then are there two Gods or is there one God? And who is this guy making Himself equal with God claiming himself to be God, when I know there’s only one God? And I don’t think he’s it? Or does he think that maybe there’s more than one God? And again, he came to explain to us, the makeup of God. Now, when you’re talking about God, you’re talking about spirit. You’re not talking about flesh and blood, you’re talking about spirit. And what a spirit looks like and how a spirit is formed, you and I don’t have a clue. We don’t even know as Jesus said, what the wind looks like, we know results of it. We don’t know where it came from, we don’t know where it’s going, do we? Got a lot of instruments, we don’t know where it came from, we don’t know where it’s going. And so he says, this is the same thing with God, God is Spirit, and you must work to Him in spirit and truth. And God, the Spirit is made up of God, the Son, God, the Father and God, the Holy Spirit. Now, we may not be able to comprehend that, but we can apprehend that, because by faith, it is declared that Jesus said, and claimed himself to be God, His apostles claimed to be God, and I know he’s God. And the Holy Spirit of God is identified as God. And the Father is identified with God, leaving you with a conclusion, if there’s only one God that the sum total of the three equals the one he’s on a different mathematical system, and we are three equals one. And so he declared himself to be God.
Now, verse 19, Jesus gave them this answer. Now, folks, here again, Jesus is going to tell you and me how to live the Christian life. And when I say it’s, it almost sounds funny to say the Christian life. It’s how to live the spirit controlled life. How to live under the control of the Spirit of God who is alive living in you, it’s your only hope of glory. It’s not an IT that lives in you. It’s a he, called the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit who has a mind, emotions, and will, the Holy Spirit who God said when he comes to live within you, will guide you into all truth, that the Holy Spirit will take the things of the Lord Jesus and make them known unto you, that he will prove the world wrong about sin, righteousness and judgment about sin, because they do not believe in me about righteousness, because I go to the Father, where you will see me know more about judgment, because the prince of this world has already been judged. That’s the work not of a thing, or an event or a power. But that’s the work of a person of the Holy Spirit, a spiritual person, of the Holy Spirit of God, living in you, guiding you into all truth, teaching you teaching your mind controlling your emotions, and directing your will to match up with the will of God.
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Bob George 13:39
Now, if you don’t understand that, then you’re going to have to be guided by something else because the Holy Spirit came to guide you into how much truth guys? All truth and who is truth? Jesus, where’s the Holy Spirit gonna be guiding you? Right into Jesus. Taking the things of Jesus and making them known unto you. He is your guide. In another place, he’s called your counselor what’s a counselor do besides issue drugs? What is a counselor for? To council you. What is he going to counsel you about? Taking the error that’s in your head that has got you in bondage and replacing it with truth that will set you free. Isn’t that what counseling is for? When, if someone comes to us for counseling, there’s one thing that you know that if you’re needing counseling, it’s because you have error in your mind. That shouldn’t be something to sit back and feel bad about who of us doesn’t? Anyone in there doesn’t have any error in your mind It’s why you call them Airheads air. We all have error that has to be continually be being dispelled by truth is that, is that right or wrong guys? And so the role of a counselor is to try to identify where error is, and replace it with truth. Now we come up with our own error, don’t we? We come up with our own ideas is what’s right and wrong. You see, whenever we begin to ignore what God says is right and wrong and good and evil. That’s where we’re in trouble. Am I right or wrong? I may not be able to do what is right. But I don’t ever want to deny what is right. And I don’t ever want to call good, bad and bad, good. I want to call sin what God calls sin. I don’t want to call it something else. Worry is a sin. It’s not a healthy concern. Anxiety, what if I’m anxious about tomorrow? I’m not trusting him for my today? Is that right or wrong? If I was trusting for him today, then I can trust him for tomorrow. Is that unusual for any of us to be anxious? No, all you got to do is just start thinking about all the bad things are gonna happen to you tomorrow. All the things that you got to do tomorrow that you can accomplish, you’ve already determined it. It’s all it takes for a little anxiety. What are you doing? I’m not trusting Jesus for me today. And if I can’t trust him today, then I can’t trust him tomorrow. And so the counselor has to come to us, the counselor begins working with us, and teaching us truth, and setting us free with that truth. Now, Jesus is going to try to explain this to us. And he’s saying, Here I am, who I just got accused of making myself equal with God. So I got some shots. And here I am, is God in a earth suit, and I’m telling you, how I am living my life. I set aside the prerogative of God, to be the dynamic of my own action, and the cause of my own effect. And I’ve set that aside, in order to live in total dependency upon my Father. Why did I do that? Didn’t have to, I did it in order to show you and me how to live. That’s why he did it, is to show you and me how we are to live our life here on this earth. And so Jesus said, I tell you the truth. The Son can do nothing by himself. He can only do what he sees his Father doing. Because whatever the Father does, the Son does also. If that’s the case, why did Jesus heal somebody? Why? Father told him to. Why did Jesus go and present salvation to somebody? Father told Him to. Why did he feed the 5000? Father told Him to. Why do you walk on the water? Father told Him to. Has the father told you to do any of those things? Have any of you tried to walk on water recently? What Jesus what the Father told Jesus to do, and what the Father tells you and me to do are totally different things altogether. But we are still to learn to live in dependency upon the instruction of the father. It’s not to sit around and make our plans and then ask God to bless it. But it’s to go to say, God, what do you want me to do? What do you have for me? Not what do you have for the group? What do you have for me? What do you want me to do in my daily activity of life? So he says, I don’t do anything less the Father tells me what to do it. And then he explains kind of why. For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he does. Yes, to your amazement, he will show you even greater things than these. Four just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. So the Father raises the dead and gives life and so does the Son when the Father is the initiator of the activity.
And there again, guys that ties into the complexity of the Trinity. In one place in the Bible, it says Jesus, I will raise myself from the dead in other places. is the Father raised him from the dead. Another place it says a Holy Spirit raised Him from the dead. Another place it says God raised Him from the dead. Was he raised four times? No, he was raised once. The whole Godhead was an action, the whole Godhead lives in submission to the instruction of the Father. Moreover, he said, The Father judges no one, but he’s entrusted all judgment to the Son. In other words, that father says, Son, I’m going to judge the world through you, it’s going to look like you’re doing the judgment. But you’re not going to do anything unless I tell you to. Now, that all that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father, a vine and branch you know that the branch does not produce the fruit, don’t you? Who produces the fruit? The vine, what is the branch do? It bears the fruit now, because the branch doesn’t produce it, do you dishonor him? While you’re praise God for the branch, this was something God put together, you praise God for the branch. That’s where I go to get the fruit. I don’t go to the vine to get it can’t get any there I go to the branch. So even though the branch cannot be the producer of fruit, it is the bearer of fruit and therefore, the honor comes to the branch the same way it comes to the vine. Do we understand that? I tell you the truth that whoever hears my word, and believes Him who sent Me, has a eternal life and will not be condemned. You’ve crossed over from death to life. Now guys want to ask you a question. What produced death? Sin. What produced death? Sin. How did we come to understand our spiritual death? Through our sin. You see, guys, if the only thing that the law does is produced the fact that you’re a sinner, that if you go commit adultery, and you know, the law says, don’t commit adultery, and all you look at is I committed adultery. Or the law says don’t steal, but I went out and steal and all you see is I stole but I can go to the confession booth and get forgiven or First John, one nine get forgiven or I can go this. Yeah, I see him but I but but but the law hadn’t done anything for you. Until the law shows you why you sinned. It hadn’t done its work. That’s why you don’t come to Christ. Just because I’m a sinner, you come to Christ because you’re dead. The law has to show you something about your condition, not just what you’re doing. What you’re doing is evidence of your condition. You’re dead. And the purpose of the law is to get beneath the skin to show you, your dead. Why would Jesus say the law says don’t commit adultery, but I send you anyone who looks at a woman less than your heart has already committed adultery, why? He wants you to see something about yourself. He wants you to see there what’s wrong with me.
When I came to Christ and I came home from the bar. I didn’t look in the mirror and say, Oh, you’re drunk. I looked in the mirror and said What in the world is wrong with you? What’s wrong with you? Why can’t you be what you ought to be? That was the heart attitude. What’s wrong with me with Bob George? Something’s wrong with me. Now God’s getting your attention. He’s asking the right question. Now. There’s something wrong with you. What’s wrong with you? You don’t have a heart. You don’t have God’s heart living in you. Your empty inside, you’re bouncing prayers off the ceiling. The things you want to do you don’t do and the things you don’t want to do. You do anyway. Why? Because you’re dead. Now the law is doing its work. There’s something wrong with me, I need life. And when that message of life is presented, you’re aware of the fact that this is true. There’s something missing in my life and what’s missing is the life of God living in me. It’s not just what’s missing this I’m sinning, I’m sinning because there’s something wrong with me. And what’s wrong with me is I don’t have life. There’s an area of my life that is not working properly. The Spirit of God does not live in me. And the very moment on that day when I accepted the life of Christ Jesus coming to live in me to get myself off of the throne of my life and replace it with Christ Jesus, everything changed. How does that change? I mean, come on guys, at that. You’re talking about something that has happened all of us in one fashion or another? How are you going to explain that? Then all of a sudden things changed. For any man be in Christ is a new creation, old things are passed away, behold, all things become new, what’s new? The Spirit of God lives in you. Who’s the old man? Bob George without the Spirit of God living in him. Who’s the new man? Bob, George with the Spirit of God living in me. What’s the difference? The Spirit of God, living in me. That’s what’s new. I’ve been indwelt now, by Christ Jesus, as it says, I’ve been given a new heart, he took away that old heart of stone and replaced it with a heart of flesh, and gave me a new heart. Whoever hears my word and believes in Him, who has sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned. You have crossed over from death. The law killed you. Paul said it’s through the law that I died to the law. Now, if you’re dead to the law, be dead to it. I died to it. I was over there under that legalistic form of life. Under the death penalty, I crossed over through Jesus Christ. And I entered into a new life in Christ Jesus, no more condemnation. There’s now no condemnation awaiting me who belongs to Christ Jesus. Those of you in Christ there’s no condemnation awaiting you who belong to Christ Jesus. How come? Because the law the spirit of life, has set you free from the law of sin and death.
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Stand on the firmness of truth. Don’t keep going back and forth. Thank Him that the forgiveness issue is settled.
Let’s pray together:
- Lord Jesus,
- I thank you for taking away my sins on the cross,
- never ever to see them again.
- Having done that, I now thank you for giving me eternal life,
- through your resurrection.
- I now receive that life.
- And I am going stand in the fact that I am a child of the living God.
- In Jesus Holy name I pray.
All believers are now brothers and sisters in Christ.
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