Jeff Bartell

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John: Deleted Scenes

Sunday we began our study of the gospel of John.  We allowed the Holy Spirit to re-introduce us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.  He is called the Word of God and He is called the true Light.  You can find that message on our church website.

Typically when I study I gather more information than I could ever present in one hour and not all of it is suitable for Sunday morning.  Part of my job is to decide what stays and what hits the editing room floor.  I will try to include some of those tidbits from time to time.   Here is one from last Sunday.

John 1:9-13  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

In v.9, Jesus is the true Light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.  Since that is true, all men are without excuse before God.  All men have received (some form of) His light.  As I read this, it is obvious that Jesus is not the light that lights only “the elect.”  He enlightens all men.

In v.10, the world (as a whole) didn’t know Him.  In v.11, “his own” (Israel) rejected Him.  Israel is God’s elect nation.  They are His chosen people, yet still they rejected Him when He appeared in the form of a man (Jesus Christ).  So the world of humanity didn’t know him and His very elect rejected Him!  That must be a tough pill for a Calvinist to swallow.

In v.12, INDIVIDUALS received Him!  Regardless of your position or privilege, God enlightens every man (according to v.9) and even those deemed “his elect” rejected him (as a whole) – yet any individual has the free will to receive the free gift of eternal life that He offers!  Praise God that He loves us that much!  Praise Him that He is no respecter of persons and that no one group is privileged above any other group!  Regardless of who you are, what you have done or your circumstances of life, you too can choose to receive Him by believing on His name for eternal salvation and He will receive you!  He will give you new life and entrance into His family by birth.  It’s nothing you can do on your own and it’s not a physical birth.  It’s a spiritual birth – you are “born of God.”

So don’t confuse yourself with the idea that God predetermined in eternity past who would and would not believe.  He may have KNOWN from eternity past if you would willingly choose Him or not, but that is different from predetermining it to happen.  Receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior and enjoy your freedom!

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jeff,
you talked today about how true disciples of Jesus hear, follow, and serve Him. when you first alluded to Jesus’ dwelling place, i was immediately reminded of what the bible says: Luke 9:58 Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

as this song explains, Jesus was never comfortable or welcome in this world – how can we as his disciples expect anything different?
http://www.kidbrothers.net/guitar/ydnhah.html

enjoy!

 
 

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