Behold the Truth! John 5:33-36

Text:  Ye sent unto John (the Baptist), and he bare witness unto the TRUTHthese things I say, that ye might be saved.
John 5:33-34.
          Sanctify them through Thy TRUTH; Thy Word is truth.
John 17:17.

Good morning, Christian seeker-after-Truth!  You are a true Christian because you have been drawn by Gods Eternal love to seek and find His truth.  You are now therefore, a daily Christian seeker-after-Truth - because you conscientiously determine to seek close fellowship with the One who has redeemed your precious and never-dying soul, Christ Jesus.  Praise God for such seekers-after-Truth!

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

“...Ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.  And I will be found of you, saith the Lord; and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places…”  (Jeremiah 29:13-14) 

John the Baptist was called of the Lord God to go out and prepare the hearts of the Jewish nation to receive their promised Messiah.  John fulfilled his calling, and many were brought to repentance and ritually sanctified from personal sins that they might be made ready to receive Eternal Salvation from Christ Jesus.  (John 3:3-8)

In this manner, therefore, many were inspired of God to come unto John that he might point them to the Truth of Salvation found in Christ Jesus - the predetermined Lamb of God - and be graciously saved.

“Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth (Christ the Lamb).”  (John 5:33)

John did not seek to draw souls to himself or to enhance his own personal ministry - he faithfully pointed souls to Christ, the Truth personified, for it was only the Christ who could redeem the souls of sinners who were lost.

John’s message was a simple one, but so very powerful indeed:  “…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”  (John 1:29)

The Lord Jesus Christ, God the Son, has come among us for one primary reason - to live and minister for thirty-three and a half years in human form; to suffer on the Cross as an Atonement Sacrifice for our sins; that we repentant sinners ’…might be saved.’

“…These things I say, that ye might be saved.”  (John 5:34)

“So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”  (Romans 10:17)

“For God so loved the world (sinners from all nations), that He gave His only begotten Son (Christ Jesus), that whosoever believeth (trusts and continues to trust) in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:16)

John was indeed ‘…a burning and a shining light…’ as he fulfilled his God-given vocation in life - to point the souls of sinners to the Lord Jesus Christ, the only One who could save them.

Many were most ‘…willing for a season to rejoice in his (John’s) light…’ (John 5:35)  However, as we see it so often in latter times, while many are ‘…willing to rejoice…’ in the limelight of some charismatic minister - when the promised persecution and Satanic testing comes, such ’limelighters’ very quickly leave the scene and go off into comfortable obscurity

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”                    (2 Timothy 3:12-13)

John the Baptist suffered cruel martyrdom for his witness to the truth in Christ Jesus.  The Master Himself suffered and was ’…marred more than any man…’ because He was in fact ’the Truth’; and we who dare to love Him enough to stand in defence of the Truth shall be ’…persecuted for righteousness sake…’  These are the plain facts of our calling.  (Isaiah 52:14)

Yet with all obstacles in mind, Christ Jesus proved He was the God-sent Truth; the only way to Heaven; and the only giver of Eternal life - by the Supernatural ’…works that the Father hath given Me to finish…’ (John 5:36)

Thought:  Let’s you and I seek to cry out with John, “Behold the Lamb…”. Let us cry out ’Behold the Truth and live forever!  Glory to the Lamb!’

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?