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.’
mikehill4jesus “Belief and Unbelief among the Christians”
28th July 2017 (19.55) My .mp3 audio Podcast linked to this Blog
Over time, you begin to see that there are professing Christians with different beliefs where their faith is concerned. This is no secret just discovered, the 41,000+ Denominations suggest it must be true. It was no different back when Jesus was on the earth in person, rather than in Spirit.
When you study the following Bible Passages, you will see, if the Holy Spirit of God opens your eyes to see with your heart, that there are parallels today. Jesus was a Jew, and he had this problem to deal with – the problem between God’s truth and Religious Peoples practices. A good example is Moral Law and Church Law. Where a battle is going on between Human Self-will and Spiritual Will – the will of the Holy Spirit of God.
John 12:20-50 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
Jesus predicts his death
20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘we would like to see Jesus.’ 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. [These two were long-time disciples of Jesus.]
23 Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me. [Clearly, there are spiritual conditions for becoming a disciple of Jesus – becoming his servant.]
27 ‘Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? “Father, save me from this hour”? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!’
Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.’ 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. [Those present witnessed a spiritual experience given that they may know the truth.]
30 Jesus said, ‘This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. [The Devil] 32 And I, when I am lifted up [The Greek for lifted up also means exalted] from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.
34 The crowd spoke up, ‘We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain for ever, so how can you say, “The Son of Man must be lifted up”? Who is this “Son of Man”?’
35 Then Jesus told them, ‘You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.’ When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them. [Sinners must not think that Jesus will wait for them to believe.]
Belief and unbelief among the Jews
37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 38 This was to fulfil the word of Isaiah the prophet:
‘Lord, who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’ [Isaiah 53:1]
39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:
‘He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their hearts,
so they can neither see with their eyes,
nor understand with their hearts,
nor turn – and I would heal them.’ [Isaiah 6:10]
41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.
42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved human praise more than praise from God. [There are Christians afraid of the consequences of openly loving Jesus. With me, it meant being shunned by the Church.]
44 Then Jesus cried out, ‘Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. [This I explain in my Testimony below]
47 ‘If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. 49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.’ [Hence his teaching in John 14:23-24 – The true believers will live with God before they die.]
WOE TO THE FALSE CHRISTIANS WHO STUBBORNLY REFUSE TO BELIEVE WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT SAYS THROUGH CHRIST’S TRUE DISCIPLES
When the False Christians as described by Jesus in John 14:24, shun the true Disciples he describes in John 14:23. Then they are also shunning Jesus and his Father who lives with them. This evildoing is magnified when they shun true Disciples who are the Ministers for Jesus empowered by the Holy Spirit to help make new Disciples of Jesus. These unbelievers fight against the Holy Spirit, yet carry on with their evil Churchianity – Christianity without Christ.
DON’T BE ONE OF THEM – IT’S YOUR CHOICE
An excerpt from the video in my link below that has actors portraying those in the above text. It is true to the Bible and wonderfully illuminates what is happening. It’s an invaluable aid to teaching and learning. It adds life to the words spoken!
The same hatred towards God that we see around us today from many, including some who claim to be God’s Ministers.
There is plenty of teaching on this subject, but I just add some more using my own testimony to the truth of it. How the Lord Jesus was treated is also how he said his true disciples would be treated when sharing his teachings with others.