Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Servanthood (LS01)

John 13:1  Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
These are His most important teachings for they are His final instructions to His disciples. (With His help, we will try to understand His teachings in John 13-16). Then, we can use them to check our own spiritual conditions.

Philippians 2:5-8  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Jesus, the Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth humbled Himself by coming down to become a slave and born in the staple among the animals.

John 13:5-7  After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”
He demonstrated His servant hood again by washing His disciples' feet. Before anything else, can we lower ourselves (washing another's feet) to serve others. Brethren, bring yourselves down to the level of your friends, staffs, employees, sheep, poor brethren, children, etc. and enjoy their fellowships and you will be surprised how God will bless you with His peace, joy, comfort, etc.
Once we have crucified our old man (by our humility), our spiritual man will be able to manifest His gifts, empowering and anointing so that His Name is always glorified.

John 13:13-15,17  You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you... If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Mat 20:26-28  Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

A New Commandment (LS02)

John 13:34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Mat 22:37-40  Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Our Lord told us to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbour as ourselves.

Lev. 19:18  You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
Loving our neighbours as ourselves is the old commandment.

1 John 2:7  Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.
What is this new commandment?

1 John 2:8  Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.
The wicked Jews (in darkness) abused the old commandment by giving excuses. (The priest and levite in the parable of the good Samaritan; or if I am starving, I can survive on rice alone, so I will just give this starving family only 1 kg. of rice, for this is how much I love myself). So when the true Light comes, this darkness will disappear. When our Lord decided to suffer and die for His disciples (mankind), He repeated this new commandment to us again.

John 15:12-13  "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends."
Brethren, we have to love one another as Jesus out of His love for us, died for us (please see the love of Jesus in 'Passion of Christ'), so that we too should be willing to die for one another.

True Discipleship (LS03)

John 13:34-35  "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
Our Lord stated that when we love one another as He had loved us, then all (including Christians) will believe that we are truly His disciples (then there will be revival).

Acts 2:7-11  Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”
The disciples saw the miracles that the Jews from the four corners of the earth heard the gospel in the dialects where they came from.

Acts 2:41-42,44-47  Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
When the disciples saw that thousands were saved, they were filled with joy and they gave up everything they owned.
Acts 4:13-14  Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
Even the priesthood recognized that these uneducated fishermen, etc. were the disciples of Jesus.

Acts 4:32-35  Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.