mikehill4jesus “God’s Grace is fully seen in the Gospel of John Chapter 14“
18th April 2017 (34.51) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
Mike’s After Easter Messages 2017
a. unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b. a virtue coming from God
c. a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance
Grace is not something that is given unconditionally!
These two verses from the Holy Bible must be meditated on until the Holy Spirit of God makes them perfectly clear to you.
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
What I can confirm, without any doubt at all, is that they are proven when you love Jesus, or see someone who does. You will see that you, or them, clearly has the Lord Jesus and His Father making their home with you and them.
What I can also confirm, without any doubt at all, is that when you, or someone you meet, doesn’t love Jesus. You will see that you, or them, clearly doesn’t have the Lord Jesus and His Father making their home with you and them.
Clearly, the condition you have to meet in order to be as described by the Lord Jesus in John 14:23, is loving Him in a way that leads to you learning and obeying His teachings. Love that is good-willing and benevolent towards Him.
No matter what your Theology, you can’t make an evildoer described in John 14:24 into a Saint as described in John 14:23. IT CAN’T BE DONE!
God’s PERFECT GRACE is shown to the saved person, in that though they are still imperfect, they have fallen in love with Jesus. Their imperfection is because they have only started studying the Lord’s teachings in the Holy Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit of God. However, the Father loved them because of their love for Jesus, His Son, and as a result, they come and make their home with them. The Holy Spirit starting their sanctification is the proof.
Even the best Theologians can get it all wrong. In that they stay in their own Biblical Interpretation and refuse to fall in love with Jesus – they refuse to obey his teachings.
You cannot be saved from Hell without falling in love with Jesus and becoming a Student [Disciple] of His teachings. That you obey and share with others who need saving or, if saved but struggling, need support.
This is what the Apostle Paul told another Apostle he was teaching:
1 Timothy 4:16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
Paul didn’t teach him that his life could be sinful and the doctrines from the Bible could be ignored.
What is the meaning of biblical theology?
Definition of biblical theology. : theology based on the Bible; specifically : theology that seeks to derive its categories of thought and the norms for its interpretation from the study of the Bible as a whole.
Biblical theology is the study of the doctrines of the Bible, arranged according to their chronology and historical background. In contrast to systematic theology, which categorizes doctrine according to specific topics, biblical theology shows the unfolding of God’s revelation as it progressed through history. Biblical theology may seek to isolate and express the theological teachings of a specific portion of Scripture, such as the theology of the Pentateuch (first five books of the Old Testament) or the theology contained within John’s writings, etc. Or it may focus on a particular period of time, such as the theology of the unified kingdom years. Another branch of biblical theology may study a particular motif or theme in the Bible: a study of “the remnant,” for example, might search out how that motif is introduced and developed throughout Scripture.
Many credit J. P. Gabler, a German biblical scholar, with beginning the field of biblical theology. As he was being inaugurated to a professorship in 1787, Gabler called for a sharp distinction between dogmatic (systematic or doctrinal) theology and biblical theology. For Gabler, biblical theology must be strictly a historical study of what was believed and taught in the various periods of biblical history, independent of modern denominational, doctrinal, philosophical, or cultural considerations. In general, the principles that Gabler espoused were correct, and he influenced the development of biblical theology for many years to come.
However, it should be noted that there is no such thing as a study of the Bible with complete objectivity. Every interpreter brings certain presuppositions to the task. These biases have considerable influence upon the process of interpreting the Scriptures. As a result, the field of biblical theology is chequered with every imaginable opinion and variation of what the Bible teaches. Biblical theology is utterly dependent upon the hermeneutics of the theologian. The methods employed in interpreting Scripture are crucially important to biblical theology. One’s biblical theology can be no better than the methods he uses to interpret Scripture.
THIS IS A GENUINE PROBLEM TO ANYONE STUDYING THE HOLY BIBLE. The danger of having your own personal Theology/Christianity.
When Biblical Interpretation Overrides Spiritual Guidance
It is worth noting that there is no substitute for Spiritual Experience. We can study the Holy Bible and other Writings, but it is not the same as having the Counsel of the Holy Spirit. Without the aid of the Holy Spirit, your Bible Study will not result in this life changing, soul saving, God pleasing, experience in your life.
What the writer of John’s Gospel, the identity of whom many Theologians disagree on, wrote is very illuminating.
Here is what Matthew Henry wrote in his Commentary, other Bible Theologians might disagree, but I include this as an example.
It is not material to enquire when and where this gospel was written; we are sure that it was given by inspiration of God to John, the brother of James, one of the twelve apostles, distinguished by the honourable character of that disciple whom Jesus loved, one of the first three of the worthies of the Son of David, whom he took to be the witnesses of his retirements, particularly of his transfiguration and his agony. The ancients tell us that John lived longest of all the twelve apostles, and was the only one of them that died a natural death, all the rest suffering martyrdom; and some of them say that he wrote this gospel at Ephesus, at the request of the ministers of the several churches of Asia, in opposition to the heresy of Corinthus and the Ebionites, who held that our Lord was a mere man. It seems most probable that he wrote it before his banishment into the isle of Patmos, for there he wrote his Apocalypse, the close of which seems designed for the closing up of the canon of scripture; and, if so, this gospel was not written after. I cannot therefore give credit to those later fathers, who say that he wrote it in his banishment, or after his return from it, many years after the destruction of Jerusalem; when he was ninety years old, saith one of them; when he was a hundred, saith another of them. However, it is clear that he wrote last of the four evangelists, and, comparing his gospel with theirs, we may observe, 1. That he relates what they had omitted; he brings up the rear, and his gospel is as the rearward or gathering host; it gleans up what they has passed by. Thus there was a later collection of Solomon’s wise sayings (Prov. xxv. 1), and yet far short of what he delivered, 1 Kings iv. 32. 2. That he gives us more of the mystery of that of which the other evangelists gave us only the history. It was necessary that the matters of fact should be first settled, which was done in their declarations of those things which Jesus began both to do and teach, Luke i. 1; Acts i. 1. But, this being done out of the mouth of two or three witnesses, John goes on to perfection (Heb. vi. 1), not laying again the foundation, but building upon it, leading us more within the veil. Some of the ancients observe that the other evangelists wrote more of the ta somatika–the bodily things of Christ; but John writes of the ta pneumatika–the spiritual things of the gospel, the life and soul of it; therefore some have called this gospel the key of the evangelists. Here is it that a door is opened in heaven, and the first voice we hear is, Come up hither, come up higher. Some of the ancients, that supposed the four living creatures in John’s vision to represent the for evangelists, make John himself to be the flying eagle, so high does he soar, and so clearly does he see into divine and heavenly things.
He then went on to comment on Chapter 14.
This chapter is a continuation of Christ’s discourse with his disciples after supper. When he had convicted and discarded Judas, he set himself to comfort the rest, who were full of sorrow upon what he had said of leaving them, and a great many good words and comfortable words he here speaks to them. The discourse in interlocutory; as Peter in the foregoing chapter, so Thomas, and Philip, and Jude, in this interposed their thoughts upon what he said, according to the liberty he was pleased to allow them. Free conferences are as instructive as solemn speeches, and more so. The general scope of this chapter is in the first verse; it is designed to keep trouble from their hearts; now in order to this they must believe: and let them consider, I. Heaven as their everlasting rest, ver. 2, 3. II. Christ himself as their way, ver. 4-11. III. The great power they shall be clothed with by the prevalency of their prayers, ver. 12-14. IV. The coming of another comforter, ver. 15-17. V. The fellowship and communion that should be between him and them after his departure, ver. 18-24. VI. The instructions which the Holy Ghost should give them, ver. 25, 26. VII. The peace Christ bequeathed to them, ver. 27. VIII. Christ’s own cheerfulness in his departure, ver. 28-31. And this which he said to them is designed for the comfort of all his faithful followers.
Theology is worthless unless the Theologian can show evidence that it is being applied to them – prove that the Father and Son is living with them. That the comforter is helping them. Bible Study on its own is not proof of salvation and ongoing sanctification.
Jesus promises the Holy Spirit
15 ‘If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you for ever – 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me any more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realise that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.’
22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, ‘But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?’
23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25 ‘All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
So, what does Mike Hill (Me) think is true?
I think we must take care of what other Christians, even me, say. So this is what I put on my website regarding this subject.
The LAW of the New Testament is obedience to Christ as a result of your love for Him
To be chosen for Salvation, you have to be as the Lord Jesus describes in John 14:23!
There is no religion, not even Christian, that can do what the Lord Jesus proclaimed He can do.
Revelation 1:18 ‘I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.’
See how the perfect Lord Jesus affected those religious people he witnessed to
The Gospel of St. John – Film – High Quality! HD
Paul was sent, as were other true followers of Jesus to witness for God
The Acts of the Apostles – Film – High Quality! HD
In my testimony you will see how over time the Holy Spirit influenced me by the Gospel of Jesus until I chose to love the Lord Jesus. I also describe those I have observed to be showing signs of rejecting the Gospel. They are unable to produce a testimony of their own walk with God – before and after salvation. Though for some, it might be the case of they are not yet able to form in their mind what is happening to them.
Mike Hill’s Testimony – His Life With God contains many examples from my life
Do not study the Holy Bible without allowing the Holy Spirit of God to help you.
Jesus promises the Holy Spirit