Christ for Individuals, the 5 NT books of the Apostle John Part II: Meaning of “Individuals”.

Some excerpts from CFI–An Explanation of why Individuals in the Church when all we see in the world is large religious organizations that either demean or use individuals as if they are secondary in interest for Christ, when they are really PRIMARY; and in fact it is individuals that separate the sheep from the goats.

  1. Being the third volume of the LEARN Christ commentaries, it is centered around the five books of the Apostle John with the emphasis on the book of Revelation. This approach helps to support the title theme of “Christ for Individuals”. As churches and denominations are “falling away” from God, Christ, and the Bible (not falling away from churches as church attendance may actually go up during the falling away), it is important that the few sound doctrine church members remaining of the seven Christian thousand adopt to themselves the Christ of the individual that is presented in Revelation 2-3.
    The approach to the eschatology of Revelation is simple. The outline is taken from the teachings of Jesus as given in Matthew 24 with the major divisions of the History of Christianity all the way to the end given by the natural divisions of “and then”: (1) Beginning of Sorrows; (2) Period of Persecution Tribulation (the tribulation of the fourth period is primarily physical tribulation and from God as the heavens and earth fall apart, the shaking of heaven and earth); (3) The Period of Offences, often the most neglected, when God’s people are offended by sound doctrine, betray and hate one another; and (4) The period of the Falling away which includes lawlessness and all the end time events. Remember, however, that whatever is in one period continues into the other periods.
  2. Bottom Line of Messages to the 7 churches is a special note for INDIVIDUALS.
    The prime internal problem of all the churches can be summarized as INTOLERANCE OF SOUND DOCTRINE. Chapter 2 and chapter 3 answer the question, “What do you do when most in your church and your denomination become intolerant of sound doctrine?” You may have done like I did for years in reading, teaching, and preaching, to overlook the fact that after each passage to one of the seven churches, there is an appendix. An appendix written not to the church or to the angel (pastor) of the church; but an appendix written to the individuals in the church. I like to call it the CHRIST FOR INDIVIDUALS APPENDIX.
    3.
    Everything else has to have an immediate message for the First Century Christians that are immediately undergoing persecution, who in their churches have already become self-sufficient as if they did not need the real Apostle, John, nor God nor His Ascended Christ and Holy Spirit; and who have developed most of the external and internal problems that we as individuals and churches face today! The message by and large for those First Century Christians is the same message for us today!
  3. Book Keeping in Heaven for Individuals.
    There is a set of books by which works are to be judged; and then there is one book, the book of life, which is the book that list all those who by grace and faith have been in the Lord, that once listed in that book the books of works have nothing to do with them. It is only that in the churches of all kinds there are many individuals who must be judged according to works, because they have never experienced the faith and grace that comes from God! You will find from the last chapter study, that when Christ tells the church at Sardis that there are “only a few who have not defiled their garments”, they tells us how sad it can get among church members in any given church.
    5.
    The trumpet-like voice invites John to “Come up” in order what? To see “the things which must be hereafter” (Rev 4:1), the things of eschatology and the future. So that immediately after timely messages to the seven churches comes eschatology, seven as they are typical of all churches. {There were actually more than seven churches in the Asia Minor of the first and second century.} We can find a message for our church, denomination, and ourselves in the book of Revelation. We are not trying to ignore eschatology as you see by the extensive discussion in the last chapter, but we are saying the first priority is a timely message from Christ to the churches and then eschatology; and then beyond that to a timely message from Christ TO INDIVIDUALS. {Hence the volume 3 title, “Christ for Individuals”, in this volume of the LEARN CHRIST COMMENTARIES.}
    6.
    Honesty Versus the Lie. Every time an individual or a group of individuals in a church or any other organization contribute to a lack of honesty, to half-truths, distortions, and lies {the Mormons with their four Bibles that distort truth and sound doctrine are not the only ones, only the best example of the worst unsound doctrine}, they are also contributing to the release from bondage of Satan to again deceive all the nations as he did the Roman Empire in the First Century. Seem strange, then read again II Thessalonians 2 where the mystery of lawlessness is at work centered around the believing of a Lie. Evidence of the big lie comes when churches or other organizations like that of Sardis have a reputation of being alive while the reality is that they are dead. It can also happen to an educational institutions, a state, or a federal government. It can happen to any leader, secular or religious, as a divergence develops between their reputation and the reality. Here as an aspect of sin or lawlessness, we are dealing with what Elton Trueblood calls “intellectual honesty”. It is a lie when appearance is promoted through PR that is a distortion of reality.
    7.
    The People. If you look carefully at the number of passages that relate to the people of God, about comfort for the people of God, and an identification of those people, you can see how this under the theme of “Seven Christian Thousands” is the primary theme of the book of Revelation. “Seven Christian Thousands” is just a another way to say the “people” or “elect” of God! {Christ for Individuals necessary with a limited number of elect in the churches}
    8.
    The Worship of God as a primary theme {There are many primary themes, as you might expect in a book as large as Revelation. We have considered the dominant theme as how to number the people of God with a larger theme when all five books from the Apostle John are added of “Christ for Individuals. However this is not greatly different from the worship of God which must be done individually and among the numbered people of God.} starts early in the book of Revelation, Revelation 4:7,8 where the four living creatures representing all of Creation worship the LORD God Almighty night and day. And this is a good point to revise our Repeat Table in order to show this as the first example of the Worship of God.
    The Repeat Chart of Revelation
    Event First Second Third
  4. Worship God 4:6-8 19:10 22:9
  5. Acknowledge Lamb-Christ 5:8-10 —- —-
  6. War and Famine 6:1-8 — -—-
  7. Martyred Souls 6:9,10 11:11,12
  8. Earthquake, fire, earth end 6:12-17 —-
  9. Who the Angel is? 2:1 19:10 22:9

9.
back to the LEARN CHRIST commentaries and this third volume of “Christ for Individuals” to set the background and context for what must be your THE REACTION to Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God.

  1. The purpose of the LEARN CHRIST FROM THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS can be summarized with three points. (Homiletics teachers would say “three points and a poem”. Well, I don’t have the poetry, that was Dr. Meister’s specialty, along with American Studies and “science and religion” which we discussed often before he died about a year ago.}
    (1). Paul in the book of Ephesians {my favorite book} gave me the clue when he wrote to the church at Ephesus, a church that he had established and where his longest minister was centered:
    “But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus…” (Ephesians 4:20,21 NKJV) (1). Look carefully at these two verses and follow my exegesis. Can you imagine that Paul must tell a church he established that they have not appropriately learned Christ; and we are not talking about simply learning Christ in an intellectual manner. We are talking about them not learned Christ is the way they acted and lived, and in the manner necessary for salvation. Wow, the Ephesians had the best preacher in the world, next to Jesus, and a long two year minister, and yet Paul must tell them that they did not learn Christ in the proper manner. {I am sure that Paul learned this from Timothy and other messengers after he was imprisoned, and it much of the basis from writing to Timothy in II Timothy. {also the same subject of not enduring sound doctrine and falling away in I Timothy}
    (2). Paul then questions the salvation of the church members at Ephesus. “if indeed you heard Christ and have been taught personally by Christ.” Wow, can you imagine sitting across from a church member or church members and point blank questioning their salvation. “if you are in Christ indeed?”
    (3). The really great part about this point blank frankness, and concern, from the Apostle Paul to a church were he had labored so long and hard is that we see in these few words the REAL way to LEARN CHRIST in the fullest sense of salvation.
    a. “if indeed you have heard Christ.”; and
    b. “if indeed you have been taught by Christ.”
    That’s it: that is the whole plan of initial salvation. If you hear Christ like Paul is talking about here, and if you have been taught and become taught by Christ, then you are indeed saved. The inverse is true: if you have not really heard Christ for yourself, and if you have not personally been taught by Christ yourself, then you are not saved.
    Someone would say, “That is not fair.” How come we are cheated because we are not able to listen to the teachings of Jesus and be personally taught by Jesus as were the Apostles Peter and John and the others. No, that is not what is being discussed by Paul. You see Paul never personally met Jesus like the other Apostles were able to do, but oh yes, Paul did hear Christ and Paul was taught by Christ in an invisible way. {Pardon the word indivisible as I don’t know any other way to describe the way Christ spoke and taught after the Ascension and the assistance of the Holy Spirit: it was and is an invisible work and method!} And now Paul in his writings of Ephesians 4:20,21 and the Apostle John in his writings of John 14 want to share it with YOU.
    Let me use John 14 to explain “how” we hear Christ and “how” we are taught by Christ, centered around three questions the disciples asked Jesus, and His answers, as recorded in John 14.
  2. Thomas asked Jesus “how can we know the way since we do not know where you are going”. {this is a paraphrase, later I will quote it} Jesus was preparing the first disciples for His crucifixion and Ascension, and the personal loss they would feel from an absence of His companionship and teachings. {even a loss of security}
    a. The question from Thomas.
    “Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where You ae going, and how can we know the way.” (John 14:5)
    b. The teachings of Jesus before the question from Thomas that provoked the question from Thomas.
    “Let not our heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you.” (John 14:1-6)
    [1]. Jesus saw the disciples felt troubled and insecure. [2]. Jesus knew that they believed in God, and He sought faith, similar faith from them in Himself. He had spent much time telling them and teaching them and showing them the works that supported His claim to be the Son of God, the Savior of the sins of the world. THAT IS WHAT THE BOOK OF JOHN IS ALL ABOUT, AND IF YOU DON’T SEE THIS YOU MISS THE MESSAGE OF JOHN!
    [3]. “in My Father’s house are many mansions”–perhaps Jesus had not previously made it clear in His teachings about how many vacant mansions were left in His Fathers house. Jesus does now as He teaches there in the Garden before the Crucifixion. {Of course, it has become clear to us as we have just finished the study of the last chapters of the book of Revelation, and we know about the 1500 mile high side of New Jerusalem that houses all the mansions.}
    [4]. “if it were not so, I would have told you”–you see this is true about the Father’s house of many mansions, otherwise Jesus would have told us differently.
    [4]. Wow, here it gets very personal: “I go to prepare a place for you”. Maybe your mansion needs a little house warming, but Jesus Himself has been there for almost two thousand years supervising the angels as they prepare that mansion for you. You see, it is not just a house or a hut, but a mansion. There is real security!
    [5]. Now Jesus says that if He is going to prepare a place for them, He will also provide a mode of transportation for them to get there. It is not easy to get an indivisible mansion in an indivisible house in an indivisible city in an indivisible heaven where the indivisible God lives! Well, the Son of God who mediated the Creation of the world and mediated salvation and presently mediated the confession of our sins before the Father, will come back again and provide transportation as at His Second Coming we meet Him in the air to ever be with Jesus and the Father.
    [6]. We want to be where Jesus is, don’t we? We want to be where Jesus is there with the Father, don’t we? Well, “I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
    [7]. “where I go you know” — TO THE FATHER AND HEAVEN!
    [8]. “the way you know” — TO BELIEVE IN JESUS LIKE WE BELIEVE IN GOD. {for us faith may come in both about the same time}
    c. THE ANSWER OF JESUS TO THE QUESTION OF THOMAS.
    Having considered in a the question of Thomas and having considered in b the teachings of Jesus before the question that provoked the question from Thomas, we now have the privilege of hearing the answer from Jesus. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” (John 14:6) {You want the “way” to God the Father, eternity, and salvation, Jesus said “I am the way”; you want the truth about life, salvation, and all the perplexing religious question, Jesus said, “I am the truth”; you want LIFE, fuller life with God and Christ here on earth and complete eternal life in eternity, Jesus said, “I am the life.”}
  3. The second question in John 14, this time asked by Philip.
    “Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” (John 14:8) Philip is saying just Show us what God is like. Let us see God, and that is all we need.
    THE ANSWER OF JESUS TO THE QUESTION FROM PHILIP. {Maybe you would get the flow better just to read it for yourself in John 14:1-24, but I pray this is a guide for further understanding and reinforcement.}
    “Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has see the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.” (John 14:9-11)
    (1). Jesus taught the disciples and showed miracles and showed His character and loved them, and He expects that evidence, called “works”, to engender faith. We have engendered faith by reading about those works in John as “Signs for Believing”.
    (2). When you see the visible Jesus you are looking at the invisible Father. Anyway Jesus was visible to Philip and He was visible to John as was He visible to Peter and Matthew, and they made Jesus’ life visible to us by writing it down in visible words in a visible book. {This is a simple introduction to Christian Evidences and Christian Apologetics, the classical and voluminous faith enhancing books to prove that Jesus is the Son of God, that God exists, and that the Bible of 66 books that we have is the Word of God.}
    (3). Jesus said that He and the Father are in each other, inseparable.
    (4). God the Father is the source and authority for all the words from Jesus.
    (5). The Father dwelling in Jesus did all the miracles and other works and teachings that came from Jesus while on earth. {By the way, the Father dwelled invisible in Jesus just as the Father and Jesus must dwell invisibly in us as we will see in the answer of Jesus to the third question.}
    (6). “BELIEVE ME”, Jesus says: a. that I am in the Father and the Father in ME, or b. Believe ME for the sake of the works recorded in Gospel of John.
  4. The third question in John 14, this time from Judas, not Judas Iscariot.
    “Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, ‘Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” (John 14:22)
    Isn’t that where we are today in 2004 and beyond? How can Jesus manifest Himself to us so that we can see Him and yet not be seen by the rest of the world?
    THE ANSWER OF JESUS TO THE THIRD QUESTION FROM JUDAS. {Finally we are here, this is how to Learn Christ by hearing Him and being taught by Him.} “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:23)
    I wish that I could make it more simple than this, for this is salvation, this is how to learn Christ, and this is the reaction from the Apostle Peter {still to be discussed} that we must emulate. {Many times we try to make it too simple and Christ is not really learned. The disciples had approximately three years to listen to the teachings of Jesus, watch Jesus, and develop faith; and still it had come to the point where three of the disciples had to ask the three questions of John 14. I think Jimmy Swaggart is correct on this one subject in effectively calling 40 DAYS OF PURPOSE mediocre and border-line itching ears, to think that you can simply have 13 mechanical steps to becoming a Christian.}
    (1). You must keep in the process of loving Jesus. “If anyone loves Me…” (2). The person that loves Jesus must also keep the teachings of Jesus, and will indeed keep the teachings of Jesus as proof of that love. {Also I might say, as proof that he or she has indeed Learned Christ, or has been “born again” as some so glibly say with their little automatic formulas for salvation.}
    (3). God the Father will love the person who loves Jesus and keeps the words of Jesus. {You see here is part of the reason that our little formulas and automatic plans of salvation do not work. We do not control God the Father. His love comes to us as He ordains, and He will love us when we love Jesus and the teachings of Jesus. That is, if He so desires and so ordains.}
    (4). Now here is the miracle of this love of God through love of Jesus Christ:
    God the Father and God the Son will invisibly (This is actually the work of the Spirit of God and of Christ, the Holy Spirit. I wish I had space to discuss it here, but read about the Holy Spirit in the chapter on “Some Sounds of a Sound Faith”, and even here in John 14 where Jesus taught about the work of the Holy Spirit.} come and dwell in the heart of the LOVER and Practiced. This is sometimes called the new birth, but I think this is simpler and more powerful. {The new birth, of course, was taught by Jesus and recorded by John in John 3; but the disciples had been taught that, and still they needed to hear this teaching of Jesus. Much like we also need to hear LEARN CHRIST today.}
    “…and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:23b) Now finally THE REACTION from the Apostle Peter that we must seek to emulate. You see that all of this is a very personal and individual matter. Parents can not do it for us; a particular preacher or pastor or church or denomination can not do it for us; a community of believers no matter how persuasive can not do it for us; and this is at the very foundation of “Christ for Individuals”, building on the foundation of Learning Christ and from the Apostles and Prophets.
    “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” (Matthew 16:13 KJV)
    “And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.” (Matthew 16:14 KJV)
    “He saith unto them, But whom say ye and I am?” (Matthew 16:15 KJV)
    “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16 KJV)
    Just remember however that this is in the sixteenth chapter of Matthew, the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus’ teachings of John 14 are in the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew, much later than Peter’s confession of faith, supposedly for all the disciples. While this may have worked for Peter, you can see by the three questions in John 14 that it did not work for Thomas, Philip, and Judas. At least it was a good starting point for teaching and after a while in the Garden from Jesus in John 14 the bottom line on salvation.
    10.
    “…and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:23b) Now finally THE REACTION from the Apostle Peter that we must seek to emulate. You see that all of this is a very personal and individual matter. Parents can not do it for us; a particular preacher or pastor or church or denomination can not do it for us; a community of believers no matter how persuasive can not do it for us; and this is at the very foundation of “Christ for Individuals”, building on the foundation of Learning Christ and from the Apostles and Prophets.
    11.
    The earth itself groans with earthquakes; the heavens of the universe groans with falling stars and entropy; and society and the individuals that make up society groan in self destruction for something better, and to be better! Even as the Creation of the world of the Genesis account includes the stars, the moon, the sun, man, and all the animals, fish, and birds, even so must the “whole creation (which) groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” include man, earth, and the heavens. The obvious analogy here is of a woman in travail and groaning to give birth; and even as that pain of birth is endured in order for the hope of bringing forth a new child, even so the groaning of this old earth, heavens, and man is in the hope of the new earth, new heavens, and the new man.
    12.
    Romans 8:20. This matter of every person on the face of the earth “being subjected to vanity” speaks also of this tendency of individuals and societies to self destruct. The Apostle James, quoting form the Old Testament in Proverbs, says it this way of even the Christian spirit: “Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?” (James 4:5 KJV) No, the Bible says nothing to vain for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see; and the Bible, Old and New Testaments, tells us that even after the initial faith and new birth that the old spirit stays inside us, that spirit even of a Christian which continues to envy, to vanity, and to self destruct.
    13.
    Christ wants to do you good. He desires the best for your life as does God the Father, the great God of this universe. God sent His Son, Christ, to earth to prove to individuals that he desires good for their life. In fact, it is recorded about Christ while He was here on this earth that “He went about doing good.” Isn’t that amazing? “How many people do you know that aggressively go about seeking to do you good.” Many people want to manage, control, and advise you; but few, or none, want to aggressively do good for you. Christ does! While the way of the world is to manage, control, and advise—all ego builders and self-serving for the people of the world: the way of Christ on the other hand is to serve, minister, and do good. In this chapter and the last, we will illustrate from John and Ephesians how God and Christ do the individual good.
    You recall how Jesus answered the question of Judas in John 14, of how the Father and the Son will dwell in the heart of anyone who loves Jesus and keeps the teachings of Jesus. Well, the words teachings, doctrine, and faith are almost synonymous, and that is the subject of this chapter. When we come to the Sound of a Sound Faith, we will discuss the fine points of distinction between doctrine, faith, and teachings. Let it just be said now, before we come to the last chapter on “What Do You Do?”, a closer look at the Christ to Individuals messages of Revelation 2-3, that you will find how concerned Christ was with unsound doctrine in the seven churches of Asia Minor. One doctrine in particular, Christ says “I hate it.”

  5. Even as Christ is for Individuals, so also is the Bible for Individuals. One of the greatest hoaxes every perpetuated on the public is that the Bible is a book for scholars instead of individuals. True, the Apostle Paul who wrote 14 of the 27 New Testament books was a scholar, but he was also a tentmaker; and those 14 New Testament books were first letters written to individuals at different churches. In some cases, they were not even written to churches, simply to individuals, like the books of Philemon, Titus, and I and II Timothy. When Paul wrote, “brethren, you see your calling how not many wise and noble are called…”; it implied that since the Bible is written for those of the Christ-Calling, that is, it is written to be understood by those that are not wise and noble. And that is true!
    15.
    When it comes to matters of faith and practice, you can not build on any firmer foundation than the foundation of the Creator and Sustainer of this earth, God Himself. If you want approval or a seal of approval to supply to yourself security in these “perilous times” when so many in churches and out of churches are falling away from the faith, there is no better, I’m sure you would agree, seal of approval than of God Himself. According to the Word of God as found in II Timothy 2:19 “Nevertheless, the foundation of God stands certain, having this seal: (1) The Lord knows those individuals who are His own; and (2) Let every one who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
  6. The LORD God and the Lord Jesus Christ know those individuals who belong to them.
  7. Whatever name you use to identify yourself with Christ, Christian, Christ controlled, or whatever, let those that identify with the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
  8. How does the Bible define “iniquity”? It is another word for sin which in turn is another words of lawlessness. {You see the Bible as Word of God assumes that the laws of God have preeminence, as they do; and that all sin is against God and a violation of the laws of God, and so it is.}
    16.
    III. The challenge for Individuals during these hard times, perilous times or end times, or both, to borrow words from the Bible, is to be useful to the Master.
  9. The challenge is for complete, Christ-controlled Individuals.
    The doctrine, correction, reproof of the Bible, and the instruction in righteousness is to make complete persons. All Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, is given by inspiration of God; and the end goal of this Word of God for Individuals is to make complete persons in Christ. Persons, if you would, who will not be the church members of the perilous times. Church members that will not have a low tolerance level for sound doctrine; that do not go about seeking teachers that will tickle their ears with something new. Church members that do not turn away from the truth. Church members, like many we know, who do not turn into fables. The problems are the perilous times among church members and the falling away from the faith near the end time; and the cure is sound doctrine from the Bible, for Christ-control, and from the Spirit led life.
  10. The challenge to the Complete Person is to be for the Master’s Use. The complete person is the person that is a dedicated vessel that honors God and Christ, one that the Master can use.
    17.
    III. Man rebels and has always rebelled against every law that God has laid down. I like to use BIC for Before IN CHRIST to describe the condition of the person before salvation; and AIC for After IN CHRIST to describe the condition after initial salvation. Paul uses several colorful phrases to describe the BIC condition in the first few verses of Ephesians 2.
  11. BIC all individuals are dead in trespasses and sins. There is a fine point of distinction between sins and between lawlessness or trespasses. But either way individuals apart from God in Christ are dead, dead to God, dead to Christ, and dead to the new life, and dead to eternal life.
  12. BIC individuals walks according to “the course of this world”. This is colorful language. Perhaps you have never thought of this world with its long history of many nations and persons of having a single course; however, it does according to the Bible, and that course is contrary to the life in Christ. This course of the world is further described in Ephesians 2:2 as being according to the prince of this world which is Satan.
  13. BIC individuals are also described as sons of disobedience, and I think we should momentarily dwells on this rebellious aspect of BIC. Those natural born individuals without the second birth have a spirit at work in them that is the inward work of Satan, according to the Bible. And like Satan himself who is the Father of the lie according to Jesus, the spirit in the natural person promotes lying and rebellion. We can think of several examples of this from the Bible.
    (1). When God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, there was no sin. God gave man and woman a choice. He said of all the fruit of the tree you may eat except this one, and if you eat of the fruit of this tree you shall surely die. Along comes Satan to say that is a lie.
    (2). When God created man to be both male and female and ordained that they would live together for life, saying what God has joined together let no man put asunder, man came along with rebellion and still does, saying we have a better plan for marriage such as: several wives or husbands in one lifetime, or same sex marriage instead of a male and female.
    (3). After the Flood that destroyed all humanity on the earth except for seven souls, God and Noah instructed the three sons of Noah to carry out the original commission to replenish the whole earth and have dominion over it. Instead man migrated by to the Mesopotamia valley and created the city of Babel to make a reputation for himself, and to build a tower of Babel that would reach all the way to heaven and be higher than a flood.
    (4). It is still true today as man rebels against all God has said. God says salvation is by grace, man says no he will do it by works; God says marriage is for life, the courts of man say no we can make other provisions; God says Christ is head of the church, man says no we can do a better job of church government; and on and on.
    IV. You Believe in God, Jesus says, Believe also in Him (John 14:1-6)
    Those that come to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him is what the famous faith chapter of Hebrews 11 tells us. They that come to God and to the Word of God in the Bible must also believe that God has given testimony to Jesus as His Son. Part of that diligent seeking after God who is really one with Jesus is the believing in Jesus.
  14. Jesus and the Bible says that God and Jesus are One.
  15. If you see Jesus from the Bible and from the preaching of Jesus you have seen God according to Jesus.
  16. Jesus said that if you don’t believe his words that they are one to believe Him because of the miracle works that the Father gave Him to do.
  17. Jesus told His disciples that He went to prepare a place in heaven and that He would come a Second time to gather all believers to Himself.
  18. Jesus said that we know the way to where He is going back to the Father, and that He is that way, that truth, and that life.

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