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.

Believe Me (LS04)

John 14:1  “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God,
believe also in Me."

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.
   
Our Lord Jesus knew that at His death, His disciples' faith would be badly shaken. They saw the crippled walked, the blind saw, the deaf heard, the dead resurrected, etc. They believed Him as the Son of God and expected Him to deliver Israel as their King. They could not accept that God can die. God did not die, but the flesh that God came in must suffer (by His stripes we are healed) and then killed (by His death we are redeemed). The disciples then believed only what they saw for to them 'seeing is believing'. Thus, all His disciples deserted Him and Peter went back to fishing.
           
You believe in God

John 1:29  The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"
   
Our Lord reminded His disciples to believe God for God sent Jesus to be the sacrificial Lamb of God.

John 1:35-36  Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
         
Your also believe in Me

Mat 16:21  From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
     
Our Lord constantly reminded His disciples that as the sacrificial Lamb of God, He must suffer many things and then killed, but on the third day He would resurrect.

Mat 20:18-19  “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.”
   
Our Lord was trying to raise their faith level by telling them things to come so that they could believe.

John 20:29  Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
     
Brethren, we must not be like the heathens (or those without the Comforter or Spirit of truth), who only believe what they see. Let us move to the next level of faith whereby we believe the promises of God in accordance to His words and will.

Where Are You Going? (LS05)

John 14:1-3  “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."
   
Our Lord told His disciples that after His crucifixion, He will be with the Father in heaven. So the Roman soldiers actually helped God to fulfill His plan by sacrificing Jesus' physical body to redeem mankind. Our Lord having completed His work on earth is now in heaven preparing a place for each of us. This was to comfort His disciples that He was in full control of the situation.

John 14:4-5  "And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
   
What great surprises to our Lord to see that Thomas and possibly His other disciples were still ignorant of the gospel, that believing in Jesus Christ as the Son of God will give them eternal life in heaven. These disciples were with our Lord all these 3 years or so, and they still did not know their salvation. A real emergency had risen for our Lord would be betrayed that very night, and so how could these unlearned, naive and ignorant (possibly stupid to us) simple folks be expected to carry His gospel to the end of the world. Besides, their disappointment of His death, His failure to come as the King of the Jews and the fear of persecutions and martyrdom had blinded them.

John 20:21-22  So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit."
   
Can you see what types of simple and ordinary people became His disciples then, but after the coming and empowering of the Holy Spirit (Book of Acts), these same disciples were immediately transformed into knowledgeable, wise, bold and powerful preachers of His everlasting gospel in truth.
   
Brethren, we too can be mightily used by Him if we express our faith in Him by obeying and keeping His words and commandments.

I Am The Way (LS06)

John 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
     
It is clear that Jesus is the only way to salvation and to God.

Rom 10:9  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
     
When we sincerely confess Jesus as Lord, we have surrendered our lives to Him. He becomes our Lord and Master and we are then His bond servants. His every word becomes our command. The death of our Lord Jesus at Calvary then redeems us and immediately the Holy Spirit dwells within us as His seal of redemption (John 20:21-22).

Rom 8:15  For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
     
God then becomes our Father and being His children, the devil no longer has any control or power over us for we have been delivered from Satan or the evil one.

2 Cor 13:5  Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
   
We are reminded to examine ourselves whether we are keeping His words and commandments by bearing fruits of righteousness and of the Spirit. Only then He is indeed the Lord of our lives. This is the ultimate test of our faith in Jesus, otherwise we may be disqualified (possibly lose our salvation) if 'Jesus is no longer our Lord'.

2 Tim 4:7  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
     
Paul kept the faith that 'Jesus is his Lord' by obeying His words, will and commandments, thus allowing Jesus to be the finisher of His faith.

Heb 12:2  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
James 2:20,26  But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?... For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
     
Brethren, try to give one hour every morning reading the NT and another hour every night the OT, so that we can finish the NT every month and the OT every three months. Then we can have a better assurance of knowing His words, commandments and will.

I Am The Truth (LS07)

John 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

John 8:31-32,36  Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free..... Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."
   
If we obey and keep (abide) His word then we will know the truth, which will set us free from the flesh, worldliness, wickedness, falsehood, lies, covetousness, addictions and bad habits, fears, doubts, unbelief, deceptions, bondages, etc.

Mark 4:34  But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.
   
All this while our Lord Himself taught His disciples the mysteries and truth hidden in His parables.

Luke 18:28  Then Peter said, “See, we have left all and followed You.”
   
His disciples obeyed and followed Him all these years, but still they were not able to know the truth because they had not yet received the Spirit of truth (another Helper).

John 14:15-17, 26; 16:3  “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you... But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you... However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."
   
When we love Him (by keeping His words and commandments) at the request of our Lord Jesus, God will give us the Spirit of truth, Who will guide us into all truth.

Acts 1:5,8  "for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now... But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
     
Our Lord instructed His disciples who loved Him, to wait until they had receive the power of the Holy Spirit. So immediately after the baptism of the Holy Spirit, His disciples, having known the truth (knowledge and understanding of the mysteries and wisdom of God), preached the gospel boldly and fearlessly.
     
Brethren, when we keep His word and commandments, our Lord will baptize us with the Holy Spirit (Spirit of truth), Who will guide and teach us the truth hidden in the words, teachings and parables of Jesus.

Acts 2:6-8  And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 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?

Note:- None of the disciple spoke in tongue after their baptism, but the Jews (non Christians) present then, were given the gifts of interpretation of tongues by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is doctrinally wrong to teach that the gift of tongue is the sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

These are a few examples of Jews operating the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 1:41  And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Luke 1:67  Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:

Luke 2:25  And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

I Am The Life (LS08)

John 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

The Way - Baptism of Water

Whoever sincerely believes our Lord Jesus, he is a Christian. The Holy Spirit dwells in his body as the seal of redemption, protecting him as God's child. His water baptism signifies his cleansing of sins by the complete immersion in water. Whenever he is filled with the Holy Spirit, he will operate the gifts of the Holy Spirit such as healings, tongues, faith, prophecies, etc.
   
Brethren, we cannot stay as a child but move on to maturity through the knowledge of Jesus (below)

Eph 4:11-15  And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—

The Truth - Baptism of Holy Spirit
     
Whoever obeys Jesus, He will baptise him with the Holy Spirit by completely immersing his spirit in the Holy Spirit, Who will then be able to guide and lead him into all truth. (Rom 8:14     For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God)  

1 Pet 1:22-23  Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
   
Having crucified the flesh (old man) we are now born again by manifesting the fruits of the Spirit, the love of brethren, godliness, etc.
       
The Life - Baptism of Fire
     
The abundant life given by our Lord is joyful and exciting for we always experience His presence during our testings and trials. His peace and joy comfort us and His powers and miracles surround and protect us, but our final testing is His baptism with fire.

Mark 9:49-50  “For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”
   
Though we suffer great pains by helping and loving others, let us live in peace with them by forgiving all those who have hurt and harm us.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
     
When we are offered as a living sacrifice by fire (pains caused by persecution, deceptions, lies, hatred, sickness, poverty, imprisonment, torture, martyrdom, betrayal, rejection, etc. of brethren), let our sacrifices be holy and acceptable (out of love for one another). Let us also glorify Him by joyfully accepting His painful will for us, just like our Lord Jesus joyfully endure the cross.

Heb 12:2  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Knowing God - Through Jesus (LS09)

John 14:7-9  “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."

Rom 8:15  For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

Brethren, just because we have sincerely believed Jesus as the Son of God and have accepted Him as our Lord and Saviour, we are now adopted as children of God.

Having lived with the OA deep in the jungle, we realized that they are ignorant of hygiene. Since their houses are made of bamboo, we have to walk and sleep on the bamboo floor covered with their red spits (colour from chewing betel nut). At night they just remove the loose bamboo floor and relief themselves leaving us to suffer the foul smell of raw sewage.

When the children excrete worms, they just pull them out with their bare fingers. Having accepted the Lord and our teachings along with better food and hygiene our brethren are healthier, cleaner and happier. Many OA still give out foul smell even with clean clothes on.

Since we have temporary adopted 36 OA tots (5-10 yo) for schooling, should we allow them to continue with such unhygienic and filthy ways in their new home with us? We treat their sores, wounds and lice and also deworm them. We ensure that they know how to use the toilets, toothbrushes, soaps, etc. and practice hygiene.

We feed, teach and educate them. Initially, we have to wash their excretions in rooms, halls, walkways, roads, etc. but within 2-3 weeks these sickly, foul smelling tots look fresh, healthy, and most of all happy. Caring, playing and carrying these cute, clean, fragrant and cheerful OA tots is a joy and a blessing of God.

Col 1:21-23  And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Brethren, since we have been adopted by God, we are now part of the family of God. To live In God's home we have to leave behind our foul and filthy deeds of the old man (sins, pride, covetousness, hatred, deceptions, anger, wicked ways, worldliness, lies, etc.) and put on the fragrance of Christ (love, mercy, long suffering, temperance, compassion, faith, etc.) by keeping His words. Without this transformation, putting on the righteousness of Jesus (by constant repentance) will not cover the unhygienic and smelly (jealousy, wickedness, covetousness, evil thoughts, hatred, etc.) old man.

How much joy it will give God, that by obeying His words, teachings, etc. we can present ourselves holy, godly and joyful (clean, fragrant, healthy and cheerful) before Him.

Knowing God - Is God Filled With Humility? (LS10)

John 14:7-9  “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."

Birth of Jesus

He was humbled for being born among the animals in the staple.
Luke 2:7,11-12  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn... For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

Made Flesh

Born as a bond servant in the form of a man.
Philippians 2:5-7  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.

Baptized by John the Baptist

He humbled Himself to request a human bring to baptize Him.
Mat 3:13-15  Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.

Washing Disciples' Feet

Our Lord displayed His humility by washing His disciples' feet.
John 13:5  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.

Lamb of God

The Son of God humbled Himself by dying on the cross as the sacrificial Lamb to redeem man from their sin.
Philippians 2:8-11  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. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

From the above scriptures, we find that our Lord Jesus was filled with humility. Is possible that our heavenly Father, the Almighty God and Creator of heaven and earth is also filled with humility?

John 14:23  Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

Our Almighty God will humble Himself and make the human body of anyone (who loves Him and keeps His word) as His home (throne or temple). He will become a bond servant by living in his physical body (just like Jesus came in the flesh) so that He can teach, help, heal, protect, guide and minister to mankind.

Brethren, when we love Jesus by keeping His word, God will reveal His love and humility to us, so that we can easily come before His face.

Knowing God - Is God Our Friend? (LS11)

John 14:7-9  “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."

James 2:23  And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.

Exodus 33:11a  So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.
Abraham and Moses were friends of God for they believed Him and obeyed all His commands.

Gen 18:17,23-24  And the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing,'.. And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it?"

Abraham and Moses both talk to God as friends, and they even negotiated with God as they made their journeys to the promised land.

John 15:14-15  "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you."

When we obey Jesus' commands, we become His friends, then He will reveal God's will, plan, work and truth to us, and we will no longer be fearful or in darkness.

John 15:7  "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you."

John 16:24  "Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."

Brethren, as God's friends (if we obey His word), He has given us this privilege to talk to Him (while driving, working, walking or in public) when His Holy Spirit impresses on us to intercede. He will always grant our requests because we ask only the good things from Him (e.g wisdom, knowledge of God, truth, love for one another, peace, Holy Spirit, riches in Christ Jesus, needs, etc. and not the things of world which will lead us to covetousness, jealousy, carnality, pride, worldliness, etc. and if without repentance will silently and surely destroy us).

Mat 7:11  "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"
 
Brethren, but when we pray in secret in our rooms, let us always worship our heavenly Father the Almighty God, by bowing down to Him for He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

Knowing God - Zeal For His House (LS12)

John 14:7-9  “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."

John 2:13-17  Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”

Our Lord ensured that the temple of God where God dwells is not defiled. Since the traders (for the convenience of the Jews from afar) were only selling oxen, sheep and doves, all meant for sacrifices to God, still our Lord will not allow this to defile His temple.

(Note - churches and Christian missions must not be involved in any type of business at all. Let God bless our brethren businessmen, who make the money and offer it to God as tithes or love offerings. Please read Mal 1:8-12)

John 2:19-21  Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body.

Since our physical bodies are temples of God, God will be zealous to ensure that we keep them holy otherwise He may not dwell within. For God in us is the hope of glory.

1 Cor 3:16-17  Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Col 1:26-27  the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Col 3:8-10 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.

Knowing God - The Father's Revelation (LS13)

John 14:7  “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

Jesus' disciples witnessed His numerous miracles. Healing the sick, blind, crippled and deaf, casting out demons, walking on water, raising the death, etc. To Him nothing was impossible. They also believed that He was the coming Messiah to deliver Israel.

Mat 16:14  So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

Because of their concept that Yahweh, the Almighty God is righteous, holy but judgmental, and that no sinful human having seen God can stay alive, they could only believe Him as another prophet like Elijah or Moses. So when our Lord taught them things difficult to accept they abandoned Him. (John 6:66  From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more)

John 6:67-69  Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

But the twelve disciples, who followed Him and had been living together with Him in His new found family, confessed Him as 'the Son of the living God' which was revealed by God to them.

Mat 16:15-17  He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven."

Brethren, to get revelations from God (just like His 12 disciples) we need to spend as much time as possible before His presence in our quiet time - reading His word and reflecting on His love, longsuffering, care, and deliverance of His sinful and rebellious people (Jews) in the OT and His warnings of heresies and the rebellious and depraved Christians in these last days, so that we are involved with Him (in prayers by confiding in Him our gratitude, concerns, feelings, understanding, etc. of His pains and difficulties caring for us) in His work of perfecting us, in the fulfillment of His will and the advancement of His kingdom.

Knowing God - Seen the Father (LS(14)

John 14:7-8  “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”

Deut 11:1-2  “Therefore you shall love the Lord your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always. Know today that I do not speak with your children, who have not known and who have not seen the chastening of the Lord your God, His greatness and His mighty hand and His outstretched arm"

The Jews feared God very much for they realized that they had not loved Him nor kept His commands. They didn't dare to mention His Name but just YHWH because He is righteous, holy and just, the Almighty God, Who quickly metes out judgment and chastisements.

Deut 28:1-2  “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:"

Deut 28:15  “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:"

Yahweh a God of justice, will bless those who obey His commands but curse those who disobey Him. Since Yahweh is a righteous and just God, how can He be merciful? So the only mercy that the Jews could expect from Yahweh was the possibly of the reduction of chastisements for their sins.

Hosea 6:6  For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

The Jews did not realized that Yahweh is all merciful for His throne is the mercy seat and He desires mercy more than sacrifices.

Luke 23:34a  Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

Our Lord displayed the love and mercies of the Father on the cross. So all those who know Jesus has seen the attributes of God - the Almighty God, our loving Father in heaven, full of mercies and compassion, filled with humility, righteous, upright and just, faithful, etc.

Brethren love God, for whenever we confess and repent of our sins, out of His grace, our Lord Jesus was judged for our sins on the cross at Calvary. By the mercies of God all our sins are forgiven (otherwise the fire of hell awaits us), so we too must forgive our brethren who have sinned against us.

Knowing God - Being Created Human (LS15)

Phi 2:5-7  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.

Our Almighty God gave up completely all His divine authority and powers when He was incarnated into a human called Jesus Christ.

Acts 2:22  “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know"

Luke 2:21  And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Jesus' parents decided that Jesus should grow up as a Jew so that Yahweh can bless Him and bring Him up, and so on the eighth day by faith Jesus was circumcised (just as by faith we have our children baptized into the body of Christ).

Luke 2:39-40  So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

Just like Samuel and Samson, the Lord was with Jesus and filled Him with wisdom.

1 Sam 3:19  So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.

Judges 13:24  So the woman bore a son and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.

Luke 2:52  And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

The only difference between Jesus and the chosen Jews is that the Spirit of Jesus is the Spirit of God but the others were human spirits created by God just before they were formed in the wombs.

Isaiah 44:24  Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, And He who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself;

So if God is still creating human spirits and has not completed His creation work, then we are still living in His sixth day of creation.

(Note: the new heaven and the new earth has not been created yet.)

Gen 2:3     Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

Since the Hebrew language has no vowels (no tense), the above scripture can be translated as such.

And God will bless the seventh day and will sanctity it because He will rest from all His work which He has created and made.

[Had God rested after creating Adam, and if 1 creation day is taken as 1000 years, then Adam must be over 1000 years old, but Adam died at the age of only 930 years old.]

Heb 4:1  Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.

This will be our rewards (entering His rest) when we will be with the Lord forever in the new heaven and new earth.

Before His rest, during the sixth day God has created all living things on the earth and then Adam and Eve. If God is still creating human spirits for every new born and the coming new heaven and new earth, then 1 creation Day can be 1 billion years,   thus revealing that science is just the discoveries of the mysteries of the creation of God (e.g physical, chemical, thermodynamic and gravitational laws, forces, molecules, DNA, stem cells, viruses, medicine, etc.)

Knowing God - Jesus the Man (LS16)

Luke 1:35  And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.

Jesus was born a human being but His Spirit was the Holy Spirit. Since He gave up His divine powers and authorities, His Spirit is similar to that of human spirit. Baby Jesus was circumcised (Luke2:22) to become a Jew so that the Holy Spirit can protect Him. Similarly, by faith when a child is baptised into the body of Christ, the Holy Spirit will protect, guide and lead him to be God fearing with godly wisdom.

Acts 16:15a  And when she (Lydia) and her household were baptized,..

Acts 16:33  And he (jailer) took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.

Whole households or families (must include babies and children, otherwise it will be specified) were baptized by the apostles.

Mat 15:38  Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.

Isaiah 3:4-5  “I will give children to be their princes, And babes shall rule over them. The people will be oppressed, Every one by another and every one by his neighbor; The child will be insolent toward the elder, And the base toward the honorable.”

When a generation is wicked, babes and children will become rulers especially in their homes. During these last days, children are so rebellious and disobedient that they cause great pains, sorrows and troubles in many homes. Thank God that our God fearing children (those baptized) will not be like them, for the Holy Spirit through His word will lead them to love, honour, respect and obey their parents.

Mat 3:13,16-17  Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him...When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

When Jesus humbled Himself to be baptized by John the Baptist, God sent the Holy Spirit (to baptize) to be with Him for He had pleased God by His obedience of humility.

Matt 4:1  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

After our Lord had overcome the temptations of Satan, He was full of the Holy Spirit for His ministry.

John 5:19  Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner."

The Holy Spirit empowered Jesus to perform signs and wonders in accordance to God's will.

John 7:16-17 Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.

God also leads Him into all truth and doctrines, and whoever sincerely wants to do God's will, he too will be able to understand His truth and doctrines.

Brethren, when we continuously obey His word, Jesus will baptized us with the Holy Spirit. If Jesus (a man and elder Brother), Who was led by the Holy Spirit could fulfill God's will, we too can be transformed into His image to do His will, if we are led by the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit.

Believe In Him Whom God Has Sent (LS17)

John 6:28-29  Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

A farmer's work will include clearing the land, tilling the earth, sowing the seeds, watering the seedlings, etc. until the harvest. Similarly, for those doing the work of God, they are expected to believe in Him, Whom God sent until they are called home (His harvest).

James 2:17-18  Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works."

Thus, believing is working out our faith in God. When we read the bible, we begin to understand the attributes of God, His creation, the fall of man, His deliverance and salvation, etc. Then, it is our work to ensure that we believe these scriptures as the word of God and not just myths. If anyone thinks that creation and OT events are myths, then he is a non believer.

Once we believe the bible is the word of God, then our work is to try to understand God's redemption plan, the sacrificial Lamb of God, Saviour, Baptizer of the Holy Spirit, Comforter, Teacher, Messiah, etc. so that we can believe that Jesus was the One sent by God.

Once we believe that Jesus is the Christ, then from studying the bible we will know His words, teachings, commandments, instructions, etc. and then it is our work to believe them by obeying them.

Brethren, it is only when we obey and keep all the words, teachings, commandments, etc. of Jesus, that we are doing the work of God by believing Jesus Christ (as the Son of God, Saviour, Messiah, King of kings and Lord of lords, etc.), the One sent by God.

John 5:44-47  "How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

Anyone, who seeks the approval of men, will reject Jesus' teachings. To satisfy the desires of worldly, carnal and covetous Christians, he will teach distorted truth and heresies for their itching ears.

Mat 15:8-9  "These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men."

The biggest problem today is the craze for distorted doctrines and false teachings of men, which lead to worldliness and destruction. The truth in the Word of God that leads to holiness and eternal life, is shunned by depraved and covetous pastors, Christians and Christian leaders.

Brethren beware, for heresies will definitely lead many to damnation.

The Father In Me (LS18)

John 14:10a  Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

John 14:23  Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him."

Unless we love Jesus by keeping His word, the Father will not be in us. Our Lord Jesus kept God's word and will, so the Father was in Him.

John 10:37-38  "If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him."

Signs and wonders can only be performed by God and not by man. So, whoever consistently perform signs and wonders, then we know that the Father is in him, for the Father in him is performing all these miracles. This is different from those 'filled with the Holy Spirit' whom God uses to perform the miracle just once to meet the need.

[ Note - whoever is filled with the Holy Spirit, he will be given the gifts of the Holy Spirit to meet the needs then. 1Cor 12: 7-11]

John 5:19  Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner."

However, our Lord could only perform the miracles which God wanted Him to do otherwise He could not do them.

Matt 15:24  But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
Jesus was sent by God only to minister to the Jews and He was not authorized to heal non-Jews.

Matt 15:28  Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Out of God's mercy all those (no- Jews) having great faith in Him, will also be healed (including the Centurion in Mat 8:5-13 and Naaman the leper, in 2 Kings 5:5-14). Thus, our Lord Jesus was able to heal the Canaanite's daughter and the Centurion's servant.

1 Tim 4:1-2  Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,

So when these unlearned and covetous televangelists and pastors, display their pride and healing powers in public (without God's approval), God will not perform miracles for He is our Lord and King, not our servant. These depraved televangelists and pastors, who are without conscience, will therefore resort to lies (false miracles).

Brethren, have nothing to do with them otherwise we may be found to be partakers of their deceptions.

Doing Greater Works (LS19)

John 14:12-14  "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
           
If we believe in Jesus as -

  1. Saviour - we will fervently be preaching the gospel everywhere;
  2. Lord - As servants we must faithfully obey all His words, instructions, teachings, etc.;
  3. King - Jesus' commandments, will and words are our decrees;
  4. Provider - Jesus will meet all our needs and we don't need to hoard up;
  5. Healer - Jesus will heal and we don't need any other physician;
  6. and also as Teacher, Protector, Deliverer, Comforter, Advisor, etc.

...then we can do greater works than what our Lord Jesus had done before, because millions and millions of us are facing different types of difficulties, needs, helps, deliverances, etc. as we do or preach His gospel. In the book of Acts, many miracles found were different from those performed by our Lord Jesus.

During our 30 years ministering in remote and inaccessible areas (without any medical facilities), we constantly experience His power, presence, deliverance and healing:

  • pregnant OA woman suffered 2 nights (suspected bridge) but gave birth immediately after prayer,
  • tigress, guarding its cub caught in the wild boar trap, fled on seeing our unsuspecting tiny OA brethren (or an angel) advancing,
  • OA child was drowned (more than 10 minutes under river bed) but revived immediately after prayer,
  • and also all types of healings, deliverances, provisions, helps, etc.

It is normally these simple and obvious miracles that bring the heathens to believe in Jesus that our Father in heaven is glorified.

Signs and wonders are still common in remote, poor and needy areas.

Brethren, most of our prayers of salvation, provisions, deliverance, healing, etc. (for the benefits of the poor and desperate Chinese villagers and the inaccessible OA brethren deep in the jungle) were joyfully answered by our Lord.

The Spirit of Truth (LS20)

John 14:15-17a  "If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever- the Spirit of truth,"…

The Spirit of truth is given only to those who love Him by keeping His commandments.

Acts 1:5, 8  "for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now…But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

Our Lord Jesus told them to wait for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, Who will empower them and they will be His witnesses.

Acts 2:4-6  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.

At Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came, all the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and they spoke in tongues. The devout Jews, who came to Jerusalem to worship and offer sacrifices to Yahweh also had the gift of the interpretation of tongues just like other godly Jews who were filled with the Holy Spirit:- Elizabeth (Luke 1:41-45 Word of wisdom), Zachariah (Luke 1:67-79 Prophecy), Simeon (Luke 2:25-32 Word of knowledge), and in the OT when the Spirit of God was upon Saul and his messengers, all of them also prophesied, etc.

The manifestation of any of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is normally the sign of those 'filled with the holy Spirit'. Speaking in tongues is the most prominent.

Acts 2:14, 36  But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words"...... "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."

At Pentecost as promised all the disciples, who had followed and obeyed Jesus, were baptized with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of truth then leads them into all truth. Peter a fisherman being empowered by the Holy Spirit became His witness, who fearlessly preached the gospel in truth.

Acts 2:37-38  Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

The anointed preaching of Peter convicted the hearers. 'Witnessing in truth fearlessly' is possibly the sign of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and 'speaking in tongue', is possibly a sign of those 'filled with the Holy Spirit', or a gift for service in the church in 1Cor 12:28

Today, with depraved and covetous pastors and televangelists boldly and zealously preaching the prosperity gospel for personal gain, we can discern these wolves with the fruit of the Spirit in Gal 5:22-25

To Abide Forever (LS21)

John 14:15-16  "If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that *He may abide with you forever*-"

When the Israelites disobeyed God, God suffered greatly for their sins and iniquities. Similarly, our disobediences will bring great suffering to God.

Ezek 4:5,9,12  "For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days; so you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.…Also take for yourself wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt; put them into one vessel, and make bread of them for yourself. During the number of days that you lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days, you shall eat it…. And you shall eat it as barley cakes; and bake it using fuel of human waste in their sight."

God abhors sin, that He has to drive Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. It is so nauseating and revolting to eat bread bake in human excretion, and this is what sin is to God.

Eph 1:13  In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

When we become a Christian He gives us His holy Spirit (the seal of redemption) to dwell within us. Whenever we sin, our body is full with sin (excreta), and the holy Spirit dwelling in us will be forced to be immersed in excreta. He will always suffer greatly from this nauseating, and revolting humiliation whenever we sin. His holy Spirit will not leave us otherwise we will lose our salvation and be condemned to hell.

Phil 2:12-13  Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Brethren, until we confess and repent of our sins and the blood of Jesus cleanses these filthy sins, the Holy Spirit dwelling in us has no relief. This great love of God for us is beyond our imagination (Please read Rom 8:35-39). It is only when we know Him and understand His sacrifices, love and sufferings to save us from eternal damnation that we begin to appreciate His love by keeping His words. Only then can He baptize us with the Holy Spirit, so that God can work in us, with His Holy Spirit leading us into all truth and setting us free from the corruption of this world.

John 14:15  "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that *He may abide with you forever*"

Brethren, God loves us so much that forever He wants to dwell in our bodies. Because, out of His love in saving us from being condemned to hell, are we going to continue making Him suffer by immersing Him in our sins (excreta)? Brethren, appreciate His love, sufferings, and works in us, by pleasing Him in obeying His words thus producing in us the sweet-smelling aroma.

Eph 5:1-2  Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

The World Cannot Receive (LS22)

John 14:16-17  "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever- the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."

The Spirit of truth is holy and He cannot dwell in any filthy and sinful temple (the world or non-believers' bodies)

Gen 3:8  And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

God created Adam and Eve so that they could walk alongside Him as friends in the cool of the day. Because they sinned by disobeying God, God chased them out from the Garden of Eden.

Gen 5:24  And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

God continued to walk with Enoch as with Adam and Eve, and Enoch did not see death for he was physically taken up to heaven.

Gen 18:16-17  Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way. And the Lord said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing,"

God continued to speak to the Patriarchs and in this case with Abraham in the appearance of a man.

Gen 6:5-6  Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

Man was a great disappointment to God for they were filled with great wickedness and their every intent was continuously evil. In those days God Himself came down to earth to talk and walk with man and when He was not around they rebelled against Him. Thus, 2000 years after creation, almost all mankind were idol worshippers. (Man was so sinful that the Spirit of God would not dwell within man).

Because of His great love for man, God was prepared to suffer the nauseating and revolting sins dwelling in the bodies of men, for the sake of delivering man from their bondages. So He called Abraham out from Ur, and because of Abraham's obedience and faith in God, He gave laws to his descendants through Israel (Jacob) to observe, so that they were sanctified by the sacrificial lamb.

Then, God sent His Spirit to dwell with all His anointed kings, Priesthood and prophets to help them to overcome the evil and wickedness in man.

[ Note that God cannot dwell in any defile temple i.e sinful human physical bodies]

2 Tim 3:1-7  But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, thankless, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Beware brethren, that in the last days, not only unbelievers but Christians too will be filled with evil and wickedness.

He Dwells In You (LS23)

John 14:16-17  "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever- the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."

Since mankind always rebelled against God during the days of the Patriarchs, God decided that He should dwell in the physical body of man in order to assist him to overcome the flesh and the devil's temptations. So God anointed the kings, priests, prophets, etc. to serve Him by sending the Spirit of God to dwell in them. [This is equivalent to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as a seal of redemption of a new Christian]. So whenever the Spirit of the Lord was upon any of the anointed, they could perform signs and wonders. [Today, when a Christian is filled with the Holy Spirit, he too can perform miracles in faith, healing, prophecy, speak in tongues, cast out demons, etc.]

Jer 23:11,13-14  "For both prophet and priest are profane; Yes, in My house I have found their wickedness," says the Lord.... And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria: They prophesied by Baal and caused My people Israel to err. Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: They commit adultery and walk in lies; they also strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, and her inhabitants like Gomorrah."

Similarly, today many of these so-called anointed (supposedly having the Holy Spirit) but depraved teachers, pastors, televangelists, church leaders, prophets, etc. for personal gains, will deceive ignorant Christians by filling them with false prophecies, wrong teachings, deceptions, lies, distorted truth, abominations and heresies leading to pride and self-glorification thus resulting to none of them repenting of their wickedness.

1 Sam 16:14  But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

Similarly, when the Holy Spirit (seal of redemption) can no longer bear the Christian's continuous wickedness in deceptions, heresies, blasphemies, lies, abominations, evil deeds, worldliness, etc. (which are foul, nauseating and extremely revolting to God), the Holy Spirit will leave this Christian, then this Christian has lost his salvation.

Brethren, when we walk this narrow and difficult path to eternal life, we will make many mistakes by our negligence of not seeking or trusting His guidance or approvals. We thank our Lord Jesus Christ that whenever we repent of our sins, He is righteous and faithful and will forgive us of all our sins and iniquities. With our sins cleansed the Holy Spirit dwelling in us will no longer be grieved, so that He can continue to do His wonderful and beautiful work in us.

Another Helper (LS24)

John 14:16-17a  "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever- the Spirit of truth,"

Though God gives us the Holy Spirit as the seal of redemption and frequently fills us with His Holy Spirit, giving us joy to strengthen our faith, yet we walk contrary to His word, leaving us to regret our unfaithfulness to Him.

Rom 7:24-25  O wretched man that I am! *Who will deliver me from this body of death?* I thank God- through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

As a Christian, with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, our mind (understanding) is to serve Him for He is Yahweh the Almighty God, our loving Father and Saviour. But our flesh is still under bondage to the sinful desires, cravings and addictions that this world can satisfy.

Gal 5:19-21  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; .... that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

All those who walk in the flesh will not enter the kingdom of God.

John 8:31-32   Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And *you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free*."

We must abide in His word so that we will know the truth for only truth can set us free from our flesh.

John 16:8-11   "And when He (the Helper) has come, *He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment*: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged."
     
Of sin, because they do not believe in Me

When the Helper is in me, then He can convict me of the sins of unbelief. If I believe Jesus is Lord, then I must obey His word, commandments, etc. But if I do not obey them, then (in my flesh) Jesus is not Lord for I have not walked out my faith. This is the truth. By walking out our faith we bring our flesh under His subjection. *Faith without works is dead*. Thus, in similar manner, He will convict us of unbelief in Him as the Almighty God, Healer, Protector, Provider, Advocate, etc.
     
Of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more

He will convict us that God has already forgiven all our sins once we have confessed and repented of them, and His righteousness is now upon us.
     
Of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged

Satan was judged the defeated foe and therefore no longer has any power or authority over us. He cannot touch, hurt or harm us. *For we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus*. Thus, all our sufferings, sicknesses, accidents, death, pains and blessings are sent by our Father to refine, chastise or encourage us. Satan can only destroy our faith by using temptations, false prophecies, lies, deceptions, distorted truth, heresies, etc.

John 16:13   "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."

God gives us the Spirit of truth -another Helper, to lead us into all truth so that we may be free from the flesh.

I Will Not Leave You As Orphans (LS25)

John  14:16,18  "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—…. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you."
   
Our Lord promised His disciples, who had given up everything to follow Him, that He will come back again and ensure that they will no longer be orphans. After this last sermon, our Lord was arrested, whipped, and crucified. After His resurrection, He appeared to them a few times. Then He ascended back to heaven, leaving them as orphans.

John  1:33   "I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’"
   
Up to His ascension, there was no record of Jesus baptising anyone with the Holy Spirit.

Mat  3:11  "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
   
These 2 events must be fulfilled for He is faithful to His word. Our lack of understanding in the bible is probably caused by:-
  1. Not enough time for the bible, 
  2. Incomplete faith in His word,
  3. Not keeping His commandments
  4. Reject His word and teachings
  5. Unable to understand truth.
John  14:23  Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him."
   
So while the disciples were waiting for Pentecost, our Lord Jesus could have made His home in them for they had loved Him by keeping His word.

Acts 1:4-5  And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
     
So on Pentecost the Holy Spirit came down to fill his disciples and the devout Jews giving them the gifts of tongues and interpretations of tongues. Meanwhile our Lord Jesus, Who was dwelling in His disciples' physical bodies, baptized each faithful disciple with the Holy Spirit by immersing their very own spirits, one by one in the Spirit of truth.

Acts 1:8  "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
     
The evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the transformation of a timid and unlearned fisherman Peter, into a bold and anointed preacher of His everlasting gospel.

On the day of Pentecost, our Lord Jesus baptised His disciples with the Holy Spirit and also ensured that they were no longer orphans by sending the Helper to shepherd them while abiding in them forever. Praise the Lord that He will always ensure that scriptures are fulfilled.

Mat 24:35  "heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."

You In Me (LS26)

John 14:19-20  “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you."
 
Just after this last sermon, our Lord Jesus was arrested and then crucified. On the third day our Lord rose from the dead and lives, so that we (after our old men or flesh have been crucified) will also live in His new resurrected and abundant live.

Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
   
After His death the world can no longer see Him any more. But after His resurrection, He appeared to His disciples many times to encourage and strengthen their faith in Him. He also told them that on a particular day they will understand and know His teaching: I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

Luke 24:45-49  And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
 
So before His ascension, He taught them to enlighten their understandings of the everlasting gospel and to wait for the Promised of the Father - the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 24:51-52  Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
   
On the day of His Ascension, when His disciples saw Him being lifted up to heaven, they knew that Jesus is the Father Himself (I am in the Father). Then, they believed also in the Promised of the Father and that soon they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem.

Acts 1:4-5  And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
   
They knew that at the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit must first come to dwell in their physical bodies (I in you). Then the Holy Spirit will completely immersed their spirit in His Spirit (you in Me) just like in the baptism with water when their physical bodies were completely immersed in water.

Hallelujah, all these few prophecies were fulfilled after His crucifixion and on the day of Ascension this was fulfilled- 'At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you'.

When Christ is in us (I in you), it is the hope of glory. When we are in Christ (you in Me), He is literally carrying us by taking over all our problems, sorrows, sicknesses, regrets, worries, sufferings, etc. and  replacing them with His love, peace, joy, assurances, faith, etc. Only then we can confess that we are truly living in His abundant life.

Brethren, the bible is truly the word of God and is written by the Holy Spirit. It is filled with truth. Read it for your guidance and blessings. Amen

He Who Loves Me (LS27)

John  14:21  "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
     
When our children express their love for us we are filled with joy, but when they refuse to listen to us nor to our reasonable requests, then we know that these are disobedient children (though they keep saying that they love us). Similarly, God will judge our love for Him by our obedience to His commandments.

What are the commandments?

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.”
   
When we love Yahweh with all our heart,..and love our neighbour as ourselves, then we have fulfilled the laws and the Prophets.

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."
     
Jesus suffered the whipping for our healings, the crucifixion for our redemption, etc. as an example for us to sacrifice ourselves for the salvation, encouragements and benefits of others. Thus, this new commandment is the fulfillment of all the other commandments.

1 John  3:16  By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Mat  7:11  "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"
 
Our Father God loves us very much and wants to bless us by giving us good gifts. Being a righteous and just God, He has to be fair to all of His children. Thus, He sets out the conditions so that we know the types of good gifts to expect after having obeyed Him.
   
So in this case when we keep His commandments we show our love to Him, this is a sign of obedience   and submission to Him. With this simple action, we honour Him by declaring Him as our Lord and Master. So His reward to us will be that He will love us and manifest Himself to us.
 
 His manifestation may produce in us the joy of sudden worship and thanksgivings, gifts of the Holy Spirit, empowering of His Spirit, appreciation of His love and truth, healings, understanding His will, enlightenments of scriptures, love, mercy, humility, faith, etc.

1 John 2:3-4  Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
       
Not keeping His commandments will mean that we do not know Him nor love Him. So whenever we sing, confess, claim, say or proclaim that we know Jesus or love Jesus but did not keep His commandments then we are liars and without any truth.

Brethren, love one another as Jesus had loved us, then we will have joyful and victorious livings with Jesus manifesting His love, truth, wisdom, empowerment, guidance, healings, knowledge, gifts of the Holy Spirit, faith, etc.

Not To The World (LS28)

John 14:21-22  "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”_
 
Judas posted this question because he doesn't understand God's will and plan. Similarly, today there are all types of contradicting and destructive doctrines, which were prophesied by Hosea;

Hosea 4:6  "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children."
 
Whenever we interpret scripture, we must ensure that it is not against the Attributes of God, His words by the prophets, Jesus' words and promises, nor the whole counsel of God.

Some of God's Attributes: He is the Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth, never change, a God of justice, righteous, just, faithful, merciful, love, upright, etc.

  • Righteous: God cannot sin.
  • Just: All mankind to be saved and in Christs Jesus destined to be children of God. 
  • Faithful: He must fulfill His word.
  • Upright: His works are meant for the good of man.

Words of Jesus

Mark 13:31  "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."_

Promises of Jesus

John 15:14  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

If we can discount Jesus' words and promises, which do not need to be fulfilled, then this distorted doctrine has made Jesus a liar or deceiver.

Titus 3:4-7, 9  But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.... But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and striving about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless.
 
Throw away all denominational doctrines, which are non biblical, and come back to the word of God. Then, we will be able to find the love and unity that our Lord requires of us. Brethren, just imagine the sorrow we have given Him by our divisions caused by our pride in keeping the traditions of men.

Mat 15:7-9  "Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”

If Anyone Loves Me (LS29)

John  14:23  Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him._
     
God has given us the free will to decide our own future. If we want to follow Him then He will help us to fulfill His perfect, wonderful and glorious will and plan for us. If we do not want to follow Him, then He cannot help us. He will not impose His will on us and that is why the bible is full of ifs in both OT and NT.

Deut 11:26-28  “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known."
     
Brethren, God has given us the complete freedom to choose our own destinations. If we choose to obey Him then He can bless us but if we reject Him He cannot bless us and in the OT the curse.
   
Though God is sovereign, He is also righteous and He cannot sin nor lie. Therefore, He must be faithful to His words through His prophets and our Lord Jesus. [ If anyone teaches that He can lie by not fulfilling His word then this is heresy. There were very few individuals (man born blind and a few prophets) that God created specially for certain types of work but they still can choose to belief or reject Him.

God's will is that all mankind be saved and be transformed into His image.
     
So when we make the decision to belief and accept Jesus Christ the Son of God as our personal Saviour, then we have given Him the right to save us. Immediately, the blood of Jesus cleanses away all our sins and the righteousness of Christ is imputed upon us. The Holy Spirit dwells within us as the seal of redemption and He will lead us to holiness by convicting us of our sins.
     
Again if we decide to obey the convictions of the Holy Spirit and the word of God in the bible, then we have given Him the right to help us to holiness. So if we decide to keep His commandments, He will manifest in us to encourage and strengthen our faith to overcome the trials and transformations ahead.

Mat 4:4  But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
     
Again if we decide to keep His words (sayings, teachings, truth in the parables, commandments, advice, etc.), we have surrendered ourselves completely to God. The Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in us will then begin to crucify our flesh and transform us into His image.

Gen 6:5-6  Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
   
Brethren, just imagine the great love that God shows to those who are obedient to Him by having the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit working together to transform their sinful flesh into holy vessels. Realise also the great wickedness of our sinful flesh, that needs the working of the triune Godhead.

Our complete faith and obedience to Him and His words are required for Him to finish His good works in us. Great is His love and faithfulness, which are far beyond our comprehension. To God be the glory always. Amen

Does Not Love Me (LS30)

John 14:24  "He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me."
   
The words spoken by our Lord Jesus were the very words of the Farther Himself. So God cannot contradict His own words. God is fair to everyone by teaching us how to judge ourselves whether we love Him or not. If we keep His words, we love Him, but if we do not keep His words then we do not love Him.

1 John 2:5-6  But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him*. By this we know that we are in Him. *He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

This is another test. Whosoever loves Jesus will be like Him - washes the feet of his servants or staff (disciples); full of humility, mercy, love, goodness and compassion; rejoices in giving, helping, charities, sacrifices, persecutions and sufferings; prays, forgives and blesses enemies; etc.

1 Peter 3:8-10  Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing._

Deut 28:45-47  “Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, *because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God*, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. And they shall be upon you for a sign and a wonder, and on your descendants forever. Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything,"
 
For all those who did not keep His words were cursed in the OT. Jews were the people of God, and today Christians are the people of God. Since God does not change and is just, He will also chastise all those who refuse to keep His words with pains, worries, sorrows, sufferings, losses, problems, defeats, sicknesses, etc. just like in the OT.

We thank God that in Christ Jesus, all our sins are forgiven once we repent of them, thus freeing us from His chastisements.

1 Tim 6:3-5  If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
   
Doctrines of God always lead us to godliness and holiness, so that we can conform to His image. But false doctrines and distorted truth will always lead to divisions and destruction (usually pleasing and satisfying the flesh or carnal man).

Brethren, since God wants us to decide our own destinations, let us ensure that He has full authority over us and is in complete control of our lives. Thus, when we keep His word, in this world we will inherit an abundant life led by the Spirit, and after that inherit the kingdom of God by His good works in us.

Told You Before It Comes To Pass (LS31)

John  14:25,29  “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.... And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe."
         
Our Lord Jesus always told His disciples the events beforehand so that when these events came to pass they might believe Him and His other prophecies. Their faith in Him would definitely increase causing then to wait patiently and joyfully for the fulfillment of the next prophecy.


Mat  16:21  From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
   
Our Lord told His disciples again and again of His sufferings from the elders and chief priests, His death and finally His resurrection on the third day.

Mark 10:33-34  “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”
   
This prophecy was so detailed and accurate of our Lord's betrayal to the chief priest and scribes, who condemned Him to death and then delivered Him to Pontius Pilate and the Roman soldiers, who mocked, scourged and spit on Him. They finally killed Him by crucifixion. When the disciples witnessed His sufferings and death, they should be rejoicing but instead the fear of being caught blinded them that they completely forgot His prophecy.

John  19:26  When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”
   
John was the only disciple who was at the foot of the cross during His crucifixion (along with His mother Mary and a few women). The rest of the disciples were fearful and witnessed from a distance. He was not fearful of being caught or killed because of his faith and love for Jesus.

1 John  4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
     
Because John loved Jesus, so our Lord Jesus was very pleased to fulfill His promise by loving John [ he who loves Me...I will love him - John  14:21  ]. He wants us to realise that He is faithful to His words, and He will also love us if we love Him. Therefore, He kept declaring constantly in the bible that John was the disciple whom Jesus loved.

the third day He will rise again

John 20:8-10  Then the other disciple (John, the one Jesus loved), who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.
     
Though He told His disciples beforehand that after His sufferings and death, He would be resurrected. None of them believed Him for they did not understand His resurrection except   for John (the one Jesus loved), whom our Lord had revealed the truth to him.

Brethren, when we love Jesus by keeping His words, He will love us and give us another Helper the Spirit of truth, Who will guide us into all truth so that we are free of worries, doubts, fears, etc. and then being led by the Spirit we can serve Him joyfully with truth and understanding.

He Will Tell You Things To Come (LS32)

John 14:25-26  “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, *He will teach you all things*, and *bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you*._
 
When the Helper comes, He will teach us all the things, which He brings back to our remembrance the words spoken by our Lord in the bible.

Luke 24:44-47  Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
 
So before His Ascension, He explained to them the gospel. Our Lord then told them to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the empowering by their baptism with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:36-38  “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
   
Immediately after their baptism with the Holy Spirit, the disciples were filled with understandings, truth, power, etc. and Peter (timid and unlearned fisherman) then preached his anointed gospel message, which convicted the devoted Jews to repentance.

John 16:13  "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."
   
Only after we have kept His words can Jesus baptise (immerse) us with the Spirit of truth sent by the Father. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Then truly we are born again with His Spirit in complete control of our spirits.

Gal 2:20   I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

He will tell you things to come
 
The Spirit of truth will also tell us the things in the future by helping us to understand the teachings of end time events as recorded in the bible, if we are now living in the last days. No wonder, our Lord Jesus spent so much time warning us by giving in great details the persecutions, tribulations, wars, pestilences, deceptions of the false christs, false prophets and the Antichrist, etc. before Rapture (His appearance in the cloud to collect His elects). So brethren, let us understand the end time events and teach them to our sheep, so that their faith will be strengthened when the Spirit of truth brings them back to their remembrance.

Brethren, until our Lord Jesus baptize us with the Holy Spirit, we will not be able to understand end time prophecies and events. Without the Spirit of truth leading us, we will easily be deceived by false teachers, false prophets and the Antichrist in the last days.