John

Lessons in John 13

from the Lips of the Master The Lord Jesus has been revealed as the elect and beloved Servant. "Behold my servant, whom I chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased." (Matt. 12:18, cf. Isa. 42:1) In John 13, the feet-washing is a living parable on the self-humbling of Christ as outlined in Philippians chapter 2. It teaches us something of what it meant for Him to take that form of a servant. Thus He gave an example for all acceptable service, John 13:15. It Involve...

The Love of the Father for the Son

The love of the Father for the Son is the ultimate of loves. In John 17, the Lord Jesus speaks of the Father’s love for Him being before the foundation of the world (v. 24), showing that it preceded all creation, originating singularly in the Godhead, and being from eternity past. No other love is like this—a love between the persons of the Godhead in eternity past. The Father opened heaven twice to tell of this love that He has had for His Son: "This is my Beloved Son in who...

The Washing of Feet

So after He had washed their feet, and had taken His garments, and was set down again, He said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord, and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you (John 13:12-15). This washing of the feet is for the cleansing from any defilement that we may have...

The Promise, the Prospect, and the Period

In John 14 Christ encourages his disciples by declaring that while He was leaving them, He would return. "Let not your heart be troubled: ye 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 unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3) The Promise—Every believer in Christ has the ...

The Person of Christ as Revealed in the Gospel of John

John 1 - 12 The Gospel of John is the distinctive Gospel of the Deity. There can be no question that the special theme of this evangelist is the Godhead of our Lord Jesus Christ. And yet nowhere shall we find more distinct statements of His humanity. Let us put side by side three verses from the first chapter: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (1:1); “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” (1:14); “B...

The Seven "I Will's" of Christ

When a man says, "I will," it may not mean much. We very often say "I will" when we don’t mean to fulfill what we say. But when we come to the "I will" of Christ, He means to fulfill it. Everything He promised to do, He is able and willing to accomplish. I cannot find any Scripture where He says "I will" do this or "I will" do that but that it will be done. 1. The "I Will" of Salvation The first "I will" is to be found in John’s Gospel, ch...

Eagles and Crowns

Something about the eagle's size, power, and regal look stirs me. My favorite coffee mug has eagles painted on the side; I have a calendar (last year's) that has drawings of eagles for each month. The text of Isaiah 40:31 with a cross-stitched eagle hangs on the wall of my of my study, and a molded brass eagle paperweight sits on my desk. But I have never held a real eagle, and very seldom seen one up close--except once, in the San Diego Zoo. I stood in front of the...

Two Spiritual Attitudes

This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?" John 21:19-20 It appears to me that, in this incident, we have two kinds of spiritual attitudes illustrated. Simon Peter was told to follow the Lord; John followed without being told. How often a simil...

Dangers in Leadership

The following was first given as a message at the May, 1999 Elders and Workers Conference in Markham, Ontario. In my travels among the assemblies it is evident that the general spiritual condition of many of them is poor. Attendance is often a small portion of those who would claim to be in fellowship. Worldliness has made inroads and it is manifested in a lack of commitment to the local assembly and a strong commitment to careers, hobbies, sports, and recreation. ...

God's Thesaurus

People love a good mystery. Throughout the millennia, man has been captivated by seemingly inexplicable puzzles. Whether it is natural phenomena like gravity or electricity, or strange occurrences such as the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, it is clear that people are fascinated by the unexplained. Interest in uncanny happenings is not limited, however, to the rank and file of humanity. Rather, thoughtful sages and scholars have always pondered the deep issues of life and the u...
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