Doing God's Will John 5:30-32

Text:  I delight to do Thy will, O my God; yea, Thy law is within my heart.  I have preached righteousness in the great congregation; lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, Thou knowest.
Psalm 40:8-9.

Good morning, willing Christian servant!  We who profess to be Christians must necessarily seek to emulate - to some serious degree - the thoughts, words and deeds of the Christ Whose Name we bear.  Otherwise we are found to be false professors; blatant hypocrites; and deceivers of men.  What a sobering thought to commence our Bible study with today!

Follow peace with all men, and HOLINESS, without which no man shall see the Lord.  (Hebrews 12:14)

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.  (Matthew 5:16)

The three small verses in todays journey in Johns Gospel clearly reveal a prudent pattern for each of us to try to maintain in our own personal service to the Lord. 

As Christs great mission was to do the will of God His Father at all times, in a similar manner - and in spite of all our natural human weaknesses, faults and failings - we Christians must also seek to do the will of our Heavenly Father, as it is revealed in His Word.  Gods will MUST be obediently done!

Empowerment for Gods Will:  (V.30)  Christs Words here in verse 30 are most relevant to us His followers in this latter day 21st Century of increased apostasy and watering down of ‘…the faith once delivered unto the saints…’  (Jude 3)

Of ourselves alone, we can nor will achieve nothing.  We are weak.  We are most foolish.  We are so very prone to temptation and sin.  We get weary too quickly in well-doing.  We fall, we fail, we falter in many areas of our Christian lives.  However, praise God, that is not the end of the story!

I am the Vine, ye are the branches; he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without Me (Christ Jesus) ye can do nothing.      (John 15:5)

Therefore, when we seek to do the will of our Father in Heaven, we are promised Divine empowerment to achieve whatever the Lord desires or allows us to achieve in the service of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Hallelujah!

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  (Acts 1:8)

Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.  (Exodus 4:12)

When we Christians are truly seeking to do our Heavenly Fathers will, we are confident of the power of God the Spirit to achieve His purpose.  Thats a fact!  God says it - we believe it - end of story!  Praise God.

Discernment to Do Gods Will:  (V.30)  In todays Bible verses Christ says these profound words, “…As I hear, I judge; and My judgement is just…”

Christ Jesus, as an integral Person of the Almighty Godhead - Father, Son and Holy Ghost - had a truly Divine and infallible communication with the will of God the Father. 

As born again Christians, we have a wonderful means of communication with our Father in Heaven, through our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.  We speak to our Father in prayer, and He speaks to us through His written Word.  We have a truly unique means of constant communication with God IF we are prepared to use it!

Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.  (Jeremiah 33:3)

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)

If we suddenly FEEL within ourselves that we are being led to do, say, achieve, something in the service of Christ Jesus - then we must ‘…test…’ this feeling, and we test this type of inner feeling by the truth contained in Gods written Word. 

The Spirit of God will not lead you and I in something that is contrary to His own inspired Word.  Thats a fact!

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try (test) the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the worldWe are of God; he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us.  Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.  (1 John 4:1-6)

Motivation of Ministry:  (Vs 31-32)  The true motivation for any Christian ministry or service is to ‘…bear witness…’ of the reality of our Saviour, Jesus Christ; of seeking at all times to do our Fathers will; and to reach out Christs love and truth in a fine balance to all precious souls in need of the Salvation that Christ alone can give.

The empowerment, discernment, and motivation therefore, to do Gods will are given of the Lord to us, His servants, in order to fulfill our Sovereign Lords will and not our own.  Let us be diligent and consistent in seeking Gods will in our ministries to all others.

Thought:  Dont say I wont to Gods will!

Two Distinct Resurrections! John 5:28-29

Text:  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His Voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
                                                                                                        John 5:28-29.

Good morning, righteous Christian!  Like the author, of yourself you have absolutely no righteousness of your own; you merit nothing but a Christ-rejecters Hell - and in your heart and mine we are fully aware of this fact. 

Yet, praise God, by Gods free grace, through God-given faith in the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross - we are, ’…MADE the righteousness of God in Him. 

Wonder of wonders!  Natural born Hell-deserving sinners are Supernaturally redeemed by Christs Blood, and recreated, ‘…new creatures in Christ Jesus…’; and are now on our way to Heaven.  Hallelujah!  What a Saviour!

The Lord looked down from Heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.  They are ALL gone aside, they are ALL together become filthy; there is NONE that doeth good, no, NOT ONE.             (Psalm 14:2-3)

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are ALL gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is NONE that doeth good, no, NOT ONE.  (Romans 3:10-12)

If this be the case, and all Bible-believing Christians know that this is the case - and there is no one righteous; none good; no one that can merit Heaven.  Therefore, like the Philippian jailor we must surely cry, “…What must I do to be saved?  (Acts 16:30)

This Eternally vital question is answered under the full inspiration of God the Holy Spirit in Acts chapter 16, and verse 31:  “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.  (Acts 16:31)

You and I are Eternally saved - from our sin, and the just penalties of a Lord God of wrath against sin - by the Atonement Sacrifice of Gods Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, on Calvarys Cross.  There is no other way of Salvation!  Salvation is exclusively found only in the Person and the Sacrifice of Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God.  Thats a fact!  We disbelieve this fact at our peril.

Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man (or woman) cometh unto the Father, but by Me.  (John 14:6)

Neither is there Salvation in any other; for there is none other Name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  (Acts 4:12)

With this fact in mind therefore, we return to our Bible Reading and Bible Text for this lesson knowing that the only ‘…good…’ that we can do in the sense of taking part in ‘…the resurrection of the just…’ is believing the Gospel and receiving Christ Jesus as our own and personal Saviour and Lord.

We hear the Word of God; we receive faith to believe the Word of God; we then have God-given faith to trust in Christ and His Sacrifice for us on the Cross - and, according to the will of God as Sovereign over all things, we are made fit by Him to take part in ‘…the resurrection of the just…’ and go be with Him in Heaven.  Wow!  What a gracious Lord God we have!

On the other hand, the greatest ‘…evil…’ committed by those who will take part in ‘…the resurrection of damnation…’ will be the continual rejection of Salvation offered universally in the Word of God, by the Spirit of God, to Hell-deserving sinners. 

Not having saving faith - ‘…the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast. - they are double-damned to a Christ-rejecters Hell.  They have been rejected by God as reprobate, and they consciously reject God and want nothing to do with His universal offer of Eternal Salvation.

For by grace are ye saved though faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calleth;)as it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hatedI will have mercy on whom I will have mercyand whom He will He hardened.  (Romans 9:11-23)  Salvation is of our Sovereign Lord God!

I believe that there will be a literal thousand years - the millennial period -between ’…the resurrection of the just…’ at the Rapture of the Church, and ‘…the resurrection of damnation…‘ which will take place at the end of the thousand year reign of Christ on earth. (Revelation 20:5-6)(Romans 14:9-12)

Those taking part in ‘…the resurrection of the just…’ - Christs born again church, will continue on to the ‘…judgement seat of Christ…’ to receive our due rewards for faithful service; according to the teachings of Scripture.

And, behold, I (Christ Jesus) come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. (Rev. 22:12) (1 Corinthians 3:8-15)

Those taking part in ‘…the resurrection of damnation…’ will appear at the ‘…great white throne…’; be judged by the Lord God, and ‘…cast into the lake of fire.  What a tragedy to be Eternally lost in this manner!

And I (John) saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them (the unbelieving souls)And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  (Revelation 20:1-15)

Praise God that He has seen fit in His Sovereign will to save us, ’…His people…’, in time, and for Eternity!  (Matthew 1:21) (John 6:37)

What a privilege it will be to take part in ‘…the resurrection of the just…’, and all because of Gods grace in sending His Son, Christ Jesus, to save us.  Hallelujah!  What a Saviour!
Thought:  What resurrection will YOU take part in, precious soul?

Father-like Sons & Daughters? John 5:19-27

 Text:  "Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily (truly), verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do; for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise."
John 5:19. 
          Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he/she do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 14:12-13.

Good morning, Father-like Christian sons and daughters!  Being born again of the Spirit of God; through faith in the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross at Calvary - you and I have, by God great grace, become sons and daughters of the Living Lord God.  Hallelujah!  Now this is indeed an exciting thought!

Wherefore come out from among them (the world), and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)

Did you notice exactly Who is speaking in this verse from 2 Corinthians quoted?  It is not some mere man like Paul, the inspired human instrument used of God to pen these words.  No.  It is the Voice of ‘…the Lord Almighty!  Hallelujah!  Gods Word on the matter is good enough for me!

Blessed (blessed with blessings) be the Lord, that hath given rest unto His people Israel, according to all that He promised; there hath not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised by the hand of Moses His servant.  (1 Kings 8:56)

Todays study in Johns Gospel teaches us a wonderful practical truth: the Lord Jesus sought at all times to imitate the works of His Heavenly Father.

“…Verily, verily I say unto you (the Jews), The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do; for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.  (John 5:19)

Christ Jesus came to do the will of God the Father in Heaven - and He did that Divine will, and was victorious in all He said and done.  Praise God.

We latter-day children of God are called to be Christian; Christ like in all our words, thoughts, and deeds, to the very best of our abilities, and aided by the power of God the Holy Spirit.  (Isaiah 41:10)

We are to be like Christ, as Christ was like His Father in Heaven!

 A Heavenly Father desires to sire and enjoy fellowship with Heavenly-minded sons and daughters.  If we are born again of the Lord God, then we must learn to bear the family resemblance. 

But as He which hath called you is Holy, so be ye Holy in all manner of conversation (entire lifestyle); because it is written, Be ye Holy; for I am Holy.  (1 Peter 1:15-16)

We who call ourselves Christian must therefore seek to be Christ like to the very best of our abilities.  Our Heavenly Father is pleased when we act, speak and resemble His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  He is displeased when we do not!

And lo a Voice from Heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.  (Matthew 3:17)

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth; but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth (cleanses us and continues to cleanse) us from all sin.  (1 John 1:6-7)

You and I were once  ‘…dead in trespasses and sins…’; on our way to a Christ-rejecters Hell; this was our well deserved doom.  (Ephesians 2:1) 

However, ‘…God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were DEAD in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.  (Ephesians 2:4-6)

For you and me, ‘…the hour…’ has come, ‘…when the DEAD shall hear the Voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live.  (V.25)  Hallelujah!

Thought:  IF we have become Christian sons and daughters of the Lord God - let us try to think, speak, and act like Gods Son, the risen Christ Jesus.