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Classic Christianity – The Book of John P70 (07-17-23)

The Holy Spirit is Given to Live in the Children of God

~ Today we have many false teachers teaching that everyone has the Holy Spirit living in them. This is simply NOT true. Only children of God have the Holy Spirit of God living in them. Only the Holy Spirit can give life to mortal bodies. We are told from Scripture that anyone that does not have the Spirit of Christ living in them, they do NOT belong to Christ. Yet people will go around saying we are all God’s children and all have the Holy Spirit living in everyone, which is a lie. The only way the Holy Spirit comes to give life is through someone placing faith in Jesus. God will not force anyone to receive Him. A person must exercise faith in Jesus, God in the flesh, who forgave them their sins on the cross. When a person places faith in Him and for what Jesus did on the cross, the Holy Spirit gives life to the dead. For we were all born spiritually dead in the world and need His Spirit for Life. That’s when a person becomes born again of the Spirit of God.

~ 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 16:13

~ Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. 2 Timothy 1:14

~ You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:9-11

~ Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:6

~ The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

Jesus Told The Disciples That it Was Good That He Was Going Away

~ “And so he says, I will remind you of everything I’ve said to you, Peace I leave with you. He said, My peace I give to you, I don’t give to you, as the world gives. There’s a lot of worldly peace that you can give. It’s all temporary, you only have it while you’re involved in something, you go out by a stream, fishing, you can have little peace, when you leave the stream, it’s gone. He said, That’s not my kind of peace. My Peace is internal. My Peace comes from the Spirit of God, the Spirit of God that gives you love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, it’s called the fruit of the Spirit. So I don’t give it to you as the world gives it to you. The world gives you exterior peace, I gave you interior peace. So don’t let your hearts be troubled. And don’t let them be afraid. You’ve heard me say I’m going away. But he said, I’m coming back to you. How is he coming back to us? First of all, in the person of the Holy Spirit of God. So Jesus says, I’m leaving you physically, but I’m not gonna leave you spiritually. And that’s where many times we get confused folks. There’s a spiritual world, and there’s a natural world. He said, I am going away physically, but spiritually, I’m coming back to indwell you permanently to those of you who are born again, with a promise that I will never, ever, ever want to leave you nor forsake you. That is a permanent relationship between you and God, your spiritual relationship. So he’s saying, I’m going away, but I’m coming back to you in the person of the Spirit of God to live in you. And again, you’re going to be my body here on this earth. Now, if you love me, you’d be glad that I’m going to the Father. And you know, that’s kind of a contradiction there. You say, Well, I love you, Lord, but I’m not glad you’re going away. But he said, you know, if you really understood this thing, if you really understood what I came to do, and you really loved me for what I came to do, you would be glad that I’m going to the Father for the Father is greater than I. I’ve told you now before this happens so that when it does happen, you will believe I will not speak to you much longer. Say I’m not going to be here to talk to you, verbally, much longer for the prince of this world is coming. The prince of this world is Satan. He has no hold on me. He said, But the world must learn that I love the Father, and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. In other words, the prince of this world is going to come and put into action, his plan and that is to crucify me. That’s to crucify me.” ~ Bob George

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We’re going to pick up where we left off last week, just for a matter of review, beginning in verse 25, and the 14th chapter of John. Jesus said, all these things I’ve spoken while I’m still with you. Christ is coming to the end of His earthly ministry. And he’s coming to the end of this. And therefore, as any of us who, let’s say, knew that we were coming to the end of our lives, the words that we would be giving to our loved ones would probably be the most important words, in our opinion, at least, that we could be giving to people. And I think you would find that to be true in your own life, that the things that you would say many times to your family on your deathbed might be the most important words that you would ever speak to your loved ones. And so he was saying, and all these things I’ve spoken while I am still with you, but I’m going away. And remember, he said that it’s good for you that I am going away, because if I do, then I’m going to send the Holy Spirit to you. And you’re going to be my body here on this earth. 2000 years ago, the body of Christ was Christ Jesus. And if you were to look for the body of Christ, you would have had to have gone to Israel and found Christ Jesus, and there you would have found the body of Christ, but he said, this body is going away. But even though my physical body is going away, it’s going to be present here on this earth, because I’m going to send my Spirit to live in you, and you are going to be my body. 2000 years ago, or over 2000 years ago, the body of Christ was in singular form. Now the body of Christ is all over the world at the same time, because we have become his body. And he is the head. And just as a body has many parts, and know its parts, or many were told, it forms one body, not two, but one, we have one Spirit, we have one God, it is all oneness now in Christ Jesus, He is the head. And those in Christ Jesus, those who have come to Him by faith, are the body of Christ Jesus. And so he said, I’ve spoken these things to you while I’m still here, but I’m going away. But when I go away, the counselor, or the Holy Spirit, who the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything that I have said to you.

This was true in regard to the disciples or the apostles, which is why we have our Bible today. And why our Bible was written by an apostle or an amanuensis of an apostle, meaning a scribe. And everything in the New Testament had to be written by an apostle, or, and an amanuensis of an apostle. And the reason for that was because they were the ones with Jesus, who Jesus said, I will teach you of all things. And I will remind you of everything that I have said to you. So when the apostles wrote the New Testament, they were reminded by Christ Jesus, of everything that he taught us. Now, that same principle also applies in regard to those of us who are in Christ Jesus today, who have been told that the Holy Spirit of God living in us is our teacher. And he will guide you into all truth. And that even though your eye cannot see, and your ear cannot hear, and your mind cannot conceive of those things that God has prepared for those of you who love God, but it has to be revealed by the Spirit. So the Spirit of God whom the Father sends, taught the apostles, and reminded them of everything Jesus said to us, they entered that into a book that we call the Bible, and when we are indwelt by the Spirit, and are reading the book that was off heard by the Spirit through his apostles, we to have the ability to understand the meaning of the word of God, because it says that the meaning of the word of God must be revealed by WHO? THE SPIRIT OF GOD who lives in you. You cannot do it by human means. If you do, you’re going to have human means understanding. If you’re approaching the Bible with a great big ol ego, that I don’t need anyone to teach me, I know Greek. Well, so to the Greeks. And I know Hebrew, so to the Hebrews, the ones who crucified Jesus knew Hebrew. So if you think that understanding the original language is going to enable you to understand the meaning of the word of God, you’re denying what the Bible says, that your eye cannot see, nor ear, hear, hear, or your mind conceive of those things that God has prepared for those who love you. But it has to be revealed by the Spirit of God living in you to do so. And so you don’t have to go to seminary to have the Spirit of God revealing the meaning of the word of God to you. What do you have to do? Have dependency upon Christ to do what he said he would do. He said, I will lead you into all truth. Is that true? Are you going to count on your professor to lead in all truth, I can’t lead you into truth, I can tell you what God has revealed to me. But God’s got to reveal it to you. And the way he’s going to reveal it to you is as you study the Scriptures, depending upon the Spirit of God to reveal the meaning of it, or you’re listening to the Spirit being taught, not depending upon me, but the Spirit of God living in you to reveal the meaning of the word of God, you will know the meaning of the word of God. I don’t care how educated you are uneducated, you are, is irrelevant. The Spirit of God is stronger than your education. You will know the meaning of the word of God if you depend upon it, as you are studying the Word of God.

And, you know, along the way, how many times if any of you saw the passion, Mel Gibson’s the passion, how many times along the way was Satan trying to beat Jesus to death but For you ever got to the cross? Every step of the way he was trying to kill him before he got to the cross. Did he make it? No, he has no hold on me at all. The world must learn, he said that I love the Father and I do exactly what the Father is commanded me to do. So even though the prince of this world is coming to fulfill his role, he doesn’t have any control over me at all. I lay down my own life, no one takes my life for me, I lay it down on my own. And so I do exactly what the Father has told me to do. The Father says, to go to the cross, I’ll go to the cross when? When the Father tells me to go to the cross, and not a moment sooner. Why? Because I’m not gonna go when Satan wants me to go, I’m gonna go. When the Father tells me to go, I walk in total dependency upon my Father, here in heaven. He said, Come now, let us leave.

Now we’re in today called Palm Sunday. And this this period of time, when he said, let’s leave, we’re going to have to go over to the Gospel of Luke, because John does not record this event. But we’re going to pick up because it’s in a very same chronology. After Jesus had said this, that let’s come on, let’s go. He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. And as he approached Bethphage, and Bethany on the hill, called the Mount of Olives, He sent two of his disciples saying to them, go to the village ahead of you. And as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever riden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asked you, Why are you untying it? Tell him, The Lord needs it. And those who were sent ahead went and found it, just as he had told them. As they were untying, the colt, its owners asked them, Why are you on time the colt? And they replied, The Lord needs it. They brought it to Jesus. They threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it on the colt. You would think that a king would be in on a great big old white horse, wouldn’t you? You think of the king would at least be born in the Jerusalem Hilton. But the king of God, God, the king of this world, Jesus Christ was born in a manger. And he entered into the city, on the back of a colt.

As he went along, people seeing him coming, beginning to spread their cloaks on the road. And when he came near to the place of the road that goes down to the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples begin joyfully to praise God and loud, loud voices. Why? For all of the miracles they had seen. And folks there again, is how easy it is to follow the miracles that we’ve seen how easy it is for us to see that someone has done a miraculous thing and, and let’s follow them. But remember what Jesus said, You follow me because of the miracles, but you don’t know me. And remember, when it talks about at the end of time that people will go into the presence of God and say, Don’t you see all the miracles that I did, and all of the things and all the signs and wonders that I was involved in and Jesus says, I don’t know who you are, I don’t know you. I don’t know you.

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We’re so prone to follow Him for what He can give us. They followed him when he fed the 5000. Why? As he went over to the other side of the lake, and they followed him. He said the only reason you’re following me is because I fed you on the other side of the lake. You’re gonna have people today and I have seen that in church work of people who do work down on the streets. You can get a guy to give me a meal, what I need to do, get baptized leave me to the water. And I’ve seen it 1000s of times of people taking advantage of that in order to get numbers to their credit. Of just dunking people in water and sand they’re all saved and then go down and get a meal. The only reason they went to the water was to get a meal, not to get Jesus. And you have to have discernment on that type of thing, if you’re ministering into that realm to know whether this is sincere or whether they’re just following you to get a meal. That’s one of the dangers. We give a meal without Jesus, all you’ve done is satisfy a hunger for three or four hours. You haven’t accomplished anything.

And so they were following him for all of the miracles that they had seen him do. They cried out blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest. So they were praising Jesus, the King who comes the name of the Lord, this king who does miracles is King who is different than anyone we’ve ever seen. The Pharisees, who are the enemies of the gospel. Now think who the enemies of the Gospel were, the most religious people on the face of the earth. People that according to orthodoxy, by the time they’re 18, were to have the Pentateuch memorized, that’s the first five books of the Bible. And by the time they’re 23, to have the entire Bible memorized. How’d you like try that one on for size? But that was how stringent the teaching of the Pharisees was to memorize scripture to have it written on the door posts, always quoting scripture, but never having a clue as to what it meant. And so these teachers of the law, these teachers who had set themselves up as the authority for the interpretation of the word of God, when they came in contact with the living word, the interpreters of the written word, denied the Living Word and hung him on a cross, because he didn’t agree with their interpretation. They were interpreting the Scripture, not in light of revelation, but we’re interpreting scriptures in light of their tradition. And that’s what Jesus said, you follow your traditions, but you’ve missed me. You search the Scriptures in hopes that by them the scriptures, you possess eternal life. But these are the Scriptures that testify about Me. And yet you refuse to come to me to receive life. And so these Pharisees, these teachers of the law, they were adamantly against Jesus. Now, if Jesus was a teacher of the law, would they have been adamantly against him? They weren’t against him because he had a beard. Or because of how long his hair was or how short it was. They were against him because of what He taught. And Jesus got underneath the skin, and said, the law teaches exterior. I am teaching interior. The law says Do not murder. I go under the skin and say if you’re angry at your brother, you’ve already murdered them in your heart. I’m going deeper than the law. The law says do not commit adultery. That’s outward. I’m going under the skin to get to the root of that by saying that I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman with lust in his heart has already committed adultery. Lust comes before adultery. And the law deals with the effect, I’m dealing with the cause. And man doesn’t want to deal with the cause, just let me deal with the effect. Let me deal with what you don’t do and I can pretend I don’t do it and hope you don’t find out that I am doing it. And I’ll be okay. And he said to those people, you’re a bunch of whitewash seplicars. You’re all clean on the outside but your dirty is a pig on the inside a wee bit of Bob George interpretation there with the pig but you’re dirty on the inside. You’re dirty. You said Our hearts are wicked, deceitful, above all things who can know them? Your actions aren’t. It’s your heart that your problem. And so these people hated Jesus. And when they heard these people praising him and saying blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. They said rebuke your disciples, came up and chastised God Himself chastised, it takes a lot of guts to chastise God. But they did it they didn’t know he was God. Rebuke your dsiciples.

And Jesus said to them, I tell you, if these keep quiet these disciples keep quiet. These stones, and if you’ve ever been to Israel, that’s all you’re gonna see stones, they are all over the place, you need to be stoned, that’s the place to go. These stones will cry out. Because he’s saying that I can use anything to proclaim the good news of the gospel, you might be able to get rid of man, if you did, I’d cause the stones to cry out.

As he approached Jerusalem, he saw the city and he wept over it. For those of you who have been to Israel in the past, normally, you’re coming in on a bus into a place that oversees the entire city of Israel. And normally, the song Hosanna is played in the bus. And you look down on that city of Jerusalem and realize there’s the city where my redemption was purchased for me. There’s the city where God entered into human experience, and took away my sin, and was raised from the dead, to solve my problem of spiritual death, by His life, His resurrected life. That’s where it all occurred. And I want to tell you something, if you can stand on that site, and look down on that city, that beautiful city, and not weep, there’s something wrong with your emotions. Because I think it’s impossible to do. And I think it was the same with Jesus as he looked down upon the city of Jerusalem. And he saw the city that he was going to enter into, and take away the sins of the world at the cross, and to be raised from the dead for our justification. And he said, had you only known he wept over it. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, if you had only had known on this day, what would bring you to peace. If you would have only known what could cause you as a people to live in peace. There’s never been peace in Israel. And there never will be peace in Israel, all the United Nations. Every time I’ve seen Presidents standing there with the Israeli and shaking hands, I just say, Oh, brother, another one. Because it ain’t gonna happen. There’s never going to be peace in Israel until the Prince of Peace returns. And every knee is going to bow and every tongue is going to confess that Jesus is Lord, they will look on the one whom they have pierced, and they will be converted. That’s when peace will come and only that, only on that day, will peace come to that land. And he said, if you would have only known, if you could have only grasped on this day, what or who could bring you peace. But now it’s hidden from your eyes. You can’t see you’re blinded. What do you blinded by? Your own ego, your own pride, you’re hanging on to your own traditions. You’d rather be a Jew, than you would to be a Christian. Or you’d rather be a Gentile than to be a Christian. If you would have only known. I would have saved your city and your people that day. But your eyes are blinded.

The days will come upon you. And he’s talking now to the city of Jerusalem. When your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground and your children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you. If you go to Israel today and with the excavations of the walls and the temple. There is not one stone left upon another, just as it said, Not a one. When Titus came in to destroy the city in 70 ad, they destroyed it in its entirety. They built an embankment against them, They encircled them, they hemmed them in. They killed by 1000s The Hebrew people and the children. Why? Didn’t recognize the time of God’s coming to you. And then Jesus entered into this temple area. And he began to drive out those who were selling, making the temple into a market place. And he said, it’s written he said to them, My house will be a house of prayer, but you’ve made it a den of robbers. You’ve turned the temple into something that it never intended to be. And folks, today, we’ve turned the church into something that it was never intended to be. The church was to be from day one, a place of coming and listening to the apostles teaching, and to have fellowship and have prayer. Period. It was not a place to come and be entertained, to drink Starbucks, to have bowling alleys, basketball courts entertained the lost. So you should got to build more buildings to house the lost people so they can entertain themselves, go to the YMCA. The church today no different than the temple back then is to be a place of worship is to be a place to come and learn. It’s not a place to come and sit and soak, but to come and learn. Why? So that you can be productive. The job of the pastor is to equip you for your work of ministry, what is your worship ministry? To believe in Christ. When they asked Jesus what’s the work of the ministry told them to believe in me. To trust in me. That’s the work of the ministry. What is your job if you’re a minister, what is your job as a layman? To help people to teach them how to trust Jesus? How to walk by faith in him. But if turned this thing into a den of robbers. We’ll be lucky if we ever have to build a building bigger and this why I don’t think we’re gonna have that many people interested in learning about Jesus.

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