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 “Christianity is about having a Social and Spiritual life with God”
29th July 2017 (27.12) My .mp3 audio Podcast linked to this Blog
When you open your heart and mind to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, you will find out what God thinks of you. It may not be pleasant, but it’s the only way to start towards the Narrow Road to Heaven.
Those people whom Jesus describes in John 14:23 started out learning that they were living without God and then they became True Christians!
Jesus taught his Disciples how to live with each other and within their Social Community
Matthew 5:13-16 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
Salt and light
13 ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. [You can see this with Churches run by Christless Christians?]
14 ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. [Have you noticed how many Churches are like places of darkness? No spiritual light getting in and none getting out!]
John 13:34-35 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
Are today’s Christians loving, good-willing, and benevolent towards one another and your neighbours? Loving as Jesus loves.
34 ‘A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ [I have never been asked to join a Church. Though a few did when they were looking for a Minister – but did not choose me.]
Matthew 22:36-40 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
36 ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’
37 Jesus replied: ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” [Deut. 6:5] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” [Lev. 19:18] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’ [Do today’s Christians truly hold to this command? Do you?]
True Followers of Jesus choose to be both Social and Spiritual Christians – friends of God and Humankind [Mankind].
However, those people whom Jesus describes in John 14:24 never do recognise how much God hates them. Though they have a guilty conscience, they refuse to stop sinning. They use a Christian disguise in order to lie and deceive others. Therefore, they may do Social Good because it is part of their disguise. But Spiritual Goodness is impossible for them. These impenitent sinners become the Christless Christians in Churchianity.
The Lord Jesus sets an example to HIS disciples
John 13 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
Jesus washes his disciples’ feet
13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. [The disciples experienced the perfect love of Jesus]
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. [Jesus still showed love to his betrayer who had let the Devil pollute their social relationship – as professing Christians let the Devil into the Church] 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel round his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped round him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’
7 Jesus replied, ‘You do not realise now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’
8 ‘No,’ said Peter, ‘you shall never wash my feet.’
Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.’
9 ‘Then, Lord,’ Simon Peter replied, ‘not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!’ [Peter is a model for many of us in John 14:23 who have much to learn about living with Jesus – see how Jesus still loved him.]
10 Jesus answered, ‘Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.’ 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. [Jesus knows who his enemies in Christianity are.]
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them. 13 ‘You call me “Teacher” and “Lord”, and rightly so, for that is what I am. [Two important words that those in John 14:24 continually fail to acknowledge, even when promoted to Church Leadership in Churchianity] 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. [What blessings do we miss out on when we choose not to serve those around us?]
Jesus predicts his betrayal
18 ‘I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfil this passage of Scripture: “He who shared my bread has turned [Greek has lifted up his heel] against me.” [Psalm 41:9]
19 ‘I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.’ [Christless Christians in Churchianity refuse to accept those Jesus sends to help them. Thus refusing to accept Jesus and also His Father.]
21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, ‘Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.’ [How terrible it is, even for this perfect Lord, Teacher, and Saviour, to be betrayed by someone who has received your love. Those in John 14:23 know what this feels like, for they share in Christ’s sufferings.]
22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, ‘Ask him which one he means.’
25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, ‘Lord, who is it?’
26 Jesus answered, ‘It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.’ Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. [Notice that Jesus allowed Judas to make a choice. He does the same with us today. What choice have you made?]
So Jesus told him, ‘What you are about to do, do quickly.’ 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night. [On being confronted by the Lord, Judas still acted against him. This still happens today, when a Church Leader refuses to halt their hatred of Jesus whom they claim to follow – but don’t!]
Jesus predicts Peter’s denial
31 When he was gone, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, [Many early manuscripts do not have If God is glorified in him.] God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.
33 ‘My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: where I am going, you cannot come. [How this must have saddened them.]
34 ‘A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ [This is what condemns Christless Christians in the Churches, for they openly disobey this command from the Lord.]
36 Simon Peter asked him, ‘Lord, where are you going?’
Jesus replied, ‘Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.’
37 Peter asked, ‘Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.’
38 Then Jesus answered, ‘Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the cock crows, you will disown me three times! [His followers were freely allowed to question their Teacher and Lord, as Peter did here. What a shock for them to hear of Peter’s future denials of knowing the Lord Jesus. Yet, in perfect love, he told Peter the truth – as he does with us in John 14:23.]
It’s important to note that Peter, while being so openly criticised, did not leave his Lord as Judas had done. The Devil had not entered Peter as he had done with Judas. This is an important lesson for us all. Our sin based on weakness, ignorance, unbelief, and even selfishness. This is wickedness, but it is not always Devil led, but may be Devil influenced. It is the Holy Spirit of God who will show us the source of our wickedness.
This is an excerpt from the Film 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!
HOW ARE THE PROFESSING CHRISTIANS IN YOUR COMMUNITY ACTING?
Acting towards God the Father, Son – Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit; acting towards their Community; acting towards each other?
HOW ABOUT YOU? DON’T BE ONE OF THEM – IT’S YOUR CHOICE
It is not easy to follow Jesus, yet the rewards are great should you stay with Him to the end. There is only destruction awaiting those whom He describes in John 14:24. Being a true Christian is to be a witness for your Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, in the REAL WORLD, not in a religious clique (a small close-knit group of people who do not readily allow others to join them. Or if you do, you force them to do what Jesus command us not to do.)
Is this like your Church?