The Undisputed Power of Christ Deity

Nothing heightens the power of Christ’s Deity more than the fifth chapter of John’s Gospel. It’s here where God establishes Jesus as the judge over His kingdom. And in those scriptures, they remove the confusion over God’s real truth—Jesus the Supreme Ruler.

As we continue looking at John’s Gospel its obvious Christ and God are the same. In his first four chapters, he captured their inseparable alignment.

John’s Gospel begins with Jesus’ existence at the time of creation and His manifestation into flesh (John 1:1-18). Then he reveals Christ as the Lamb of God (John 1:29-34).

Next, John shows us the origin of Discipleship (John 1:35-51), followed by a miracle (John 2:1-12). Another significant highlight is Jesus’s purification of God’s Temple (John 2:13-22). And the 2nd chapter ends with Christ’s uncanny ability in understanding man’s heart (John 2:23-25).

Chapters three and four show other examples of the parallel between Jesus and God. Here John unveils Christ’s supernatural powers by unfolding the Lord’s plan for a rebirth (John 3:1-21), and Jesus role as the Godhead (John 4:1-14).

The Pharisee Evil Plot

In John’s fifth chapter he starts with Jesus healing a cripple man. This miracle done on the Sabbath day stirred up controversy amongst the Pharisees. And this started the Jewish leaders plot to kill Christ because in their minds Christ disregarded Moses law (John 5:16).

In verses 10-12 John unwraps the disrespect the Pharisees had for Jesus. They viewed this event in a negative way. Instead of rejoicing and praising God they twisted it into a way of rejecting Christ. Their reaction captures a self-righteous approach in interpreting God’s word.

In fact, God’s timing to deliver Christ to the world exposed the Pharisees disbelief. The Lord became intolerable to their lack of faith because they hid behind Moses’s teaching and led others to a dead faith. Their refusal to accept the Messiah led them to self-destruction.

Christ Faithfulness

In this chapter, Christ smashed their beliefs by uncovering His faithfulness to God (John 5:19). Its main theme is to illuminate the Lord and Christ as one. The Prophets foretold this doctrine, and they didn’t remember God’s promise of a Messiah.For this reason Jesus removed them from heaven.

It’s important to realize God gave Christ the power to judge and put right His children from a wrong interpretation of His Word. As noted above the Pharisees engulfed themselves in Moses writings but became blind to the real meaning of scripture, their mentor tried to impose on the Israelites (John 5:26).

The key focus in verses 16-23 is the way Jesus relied on God. Here we catch a perfect example of His intercession with the Lord and sets up the first two parts of the Holy Trinity. Christ illustrates the Father’s plan for Him to judge the living and the dead. Here the power of salvation takes shape.

Jesus God’s Voice

Verses 24-30 of the chapter leaves no doubt of the power God gave Christ (John 5:29). This defines God’s New Covenant because it unearths Christ as His redeemer.

Jesus confronted them with God’s truth and set right their spiritual arrogance (John 5:27). In this section of Scripture, we see Christ speak for God and put right them with the Lord’s real message of faith. The first thing to remember is believing in Jesus as the Son of Man is favorable in God’s eye. Here our Messiah shatters their distrust in Him by attacking the way they understand God’s word.

Verse 30 gives a most compelling evidence to Christ Deity.

I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge: and My judgement is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent me.                                                                                                                                                 John 5:30

This scripture intertwines Christ with God and places Him together with the Holy Spirit. It pinpoints Jesus direct link with God. John elevates the Messiah oneness with God and teaches us the significance

Christ Discredits the Pharisees Knowledge of Moses

The last 17 verses continue Christ’s correction of God’s word. He reemphasizes Himself as God’s Son (John 5:31-37) and shows their hardened hearts (John 5:38-44). His stern speech erases centuries of impaired vision from understanding the Lord’s law.

Since the Pharisees accepted Moses but didn’t receive Christ, He called them out by exploiting their spiritual pride. Jesus brought Moses revelations to light and used them to bring forth their unfavorable faith (John 5:45). Another key point in those verses is Jesus revelation of their lack of love to God (John 5:42). He held nothing back and spoke boldly.

When I meditate over this chapter, it helps me understand God’s way of believing in Christ. I’m able to grasp Christ message and put my faith in His hands. It draws me closer to the Lord and aligns my will with Christ.

Given these points, it opens our eyes to the real markings of a believer in Jesus. The more we rely on Christ our consciousness with God increases. And to experience God’s living Spirit allows us to live in a world riddled with disbelief.

Unleashing The Power Of Christ

Unleashing the power of Christ demolishes Satan’s effort to turn us away from God. It’s important to realize placing Jesus as the centerpiece of our lives captures the Lord’s attention. And with God in control our future is eternal.

John’s 4th chapter starts with an uncommon meeting between Jesus (a Jew) and a woman from Samaria. Here John shows us the traditions of two different ethnic cultures that don’t mix with each other and do their best to avoid personal relations (John 4:9). But because it’s God who confronts her the traditions melt away.

This chapter exposes Christ as the way to eternal life and is the primary message from John. It begins with a powerful truth. Here Christ speaks of eternal life with a promise of filling the spiritual void caused by sin. He compares salvation with an endless delivery of refreshing water.

Think of it this way. When the body becomes neglected from a lack of water it suffers. Unlike food, water is more crucial for physical survival. The body can survive without food for roughly three weeks but needs water within a week.

Well, the same holds true in our spiritual existence. When we deprive ourselves of the spiritual nourishment Christ brings to our souls, it separates us from God’s grace. The first thing to remember is without the Lord’s favor we stay vulnerable to sin.

To align our spirits with God, then we must live in Christ. Since the Lord responds to those who humble themselves to Jesus, then our lives must illuminate His Spirit. And once we concede to this truth, our rebirth takes place (John 3:7).

Another key point in this chapter is Christ’s overpowering ability to convert the Samaritan woman into Christianity (John 4:1-26). Jesus unveiled her adulterous life (John 4:17-18), and she realized the unmistakable reality of Christ’s deity.

In her conversation with Christ, the reality of her sinfulness became undeniable. The truth Christ spoke to her changed the way she conceived God. As the result of Christ’s intervention, she was reborn (John 3:3).

Apostle John’s account of the Samaritan woman’s talk with Christ didn’t stop with her miracle. John showed another way of faith-proclamation. When she returned home and professed Christ to others, many accepted Him as God’s Son on her word. (John 4:39-42).

John’s narrative between Jesus and the Samaritan woman heightens our awareness of God’s eternal plan. Her transformation directly results from Christ’s power to change a person’s, heart. Likewise, we must follow the same path.

It’s in the details of this blueprint for salvation we discover God’s grace through Christ. Nothing pleases God more than to place our trust in Jesus. And once we abandon ourselves to Him God steps in and sanctifies our hearts!

A Spiritual Rebirth With Eternal Results

One of the most heartfelt experiences with Christ is the spiritual rebirth He gives to God’s faithful followers. Nothing God’s enemy offers matches being reborn. This emergence from darkness into eternal light aligns a believer’s spirit with God’s presence. And once Jesus connects us with God, we are no longer bonded to sin.

The reality of a rebirth shows up in John’s Gospel and nowhere else in the Bible. Here the Holy Spirit gave insight to John and shows the characteristic of salvation. As a matter of fact becoming reborn is God’s mercy from original sin.

Spiritual rebirth engulfs us in Christ’s wisdom leading to an unshakable understanding of God’s truth. Without this eternal knowledge, the door to heaven stays closed. But through abiding in Jesus our inheritance in the Lord’s kingdom is secure.

What Does Rebirth Mean?

The answer to this question isn’t hard. Reborn uncovers God’s truth. In John’s third chapter he captures this revelation in Jesus’s conversation with Nicodemus. When Christ explained the meaning behind this new outlook, He showed two key ingredients that mark a spiritual birth.

Baptism (John 3:5), and faith in Him (John 3:16) are the essentials of this spiritual awakening of God’s word.

 

 

 

Baptism

In verse five Jesus mentions baptism as both in water and spirit.

God used John the Baptist to cleanse His people in the water (Matthew 3:11). This is an act of faith where a believer becomes willing to show a want for God. It’s important to realize God prepared the way for Christ through the christening of water.

A point often overlooked is repentance. It’s imperative to show God our remorseful behavior. He responds to a sincere effort to turn away from sin. It’s in our best interest to show God our love for Him by living in His purpose. Nothing is more pleasing to the Lord than picking up our cross (no matter how painful) and walk in His light.

Remember without repentance, forgiveness stays elusive.

The facts of God never change. He doesn’t deviate from His truth. And the baptism of the Spirit gives a most compelling evidence to this reality.

Faith in Christ brings everlasting results (John 3:17). As shown above John the Baptist prepare the way to Christ through water, likewise, Christ paves the way to salvation through the Holy Spirit. It’s in the Spirit of truth that God unleashes the power of His word.

Rebirth Effectiveness

Jesus made it known those who believe He is God’s son will avoid condemnation (John 3:18). Once we accept to our innermost self that Christ is the Son of man then God gravitates us to His Light. This Christian consciousness crushes sin and sanctifies the heart. Then we discover an inner peace only Christ can give.

On the positive side, living in Christ our deeds become intertwine in God’s sovereignty (John 3: 21). It’s a holy privilege to work for God so those around us come in contact with His grace.

The penalty for rejecting Christ as God’s Son is eternal darkness (John 3:19). Jesus leaves no doubt condemnation is a hardened heart engaged in evil deeds (John 3:20).

Nothing changed since Christ spoke this truth. We see wicked people carrying out evilness. For example, terrorism is a worldwide demonstration of men loving evil. It causes people to live in fear. Sexual immorality, bitterness, and hatred are other signs of people living in condemnation.

My Story

Before my rebirth, life became entangled in behavior unacceptable to God. I lived in a reprobate mindset unaware of the consequences of my unholy actions. My prideful intentions exposed a selfish way of living. And when I didn’t get my way, resentment, rage, and bitterness pushed others away.

This separation from Christ led to a lonely existence.

Thanks to God I am now reborn. Today I no longer live in spiritual isolation. Christ stepped in with the Holy Spirit and revolutionized my mind, heart, and soul. The impact the Holy Trinity makes keeps me devoted because nothing matches the calmness they bring to my inner-being.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not perfect and do sin but the courage Jesus brings coupled with repentance never brings negative results. In, fact trials and tribulations are opportunities for growing faith. And the more I trust God the stronger I become in moving past temptations.

To sum it up, Christ’s gift of a rebirth is full of God’s grace. It’s in our experience with this truth we find a miraculous and joyful existence. The peace Jesus brings in our broken world illuminates the eternal hope God promises. Remember Christ never fails us!

What is your experience with rebirth?

Redemption Through God’s Lamb

God’s actions go beyond human comprehension, and in John’s Gospel, he exposes this truth in a magnificent way. When John the Baptist noticed Christ, he professed Him as the Lamb of God (John 1:29). Here the Lord uncovers His intention to sacrifice Jesus giving birth to redemption.

God chose John to unveil Christ as His Lamb. No other Gospel depicts Jesus as a lamb. In fact, the Lamb of God emerges in this Gospel and the Book of Revelation both written by John. This broadcast of God’s eternal plan to sacrifice His Son is the cornerstone of a Christian’s life.

As a matter of fact in Biblical times, a lamb played a crucial role in the relationship between God and His faithful believers. For example, the first Passover (Exodus 12:1-11), God chose a lamb to keep the Israelites protected from His tenth plague (Exodus 12:12). Here we gain insight into the Lord’s choice of a lamb as a mark of salvation.

The Origin of Sacrifice

Sacrifice is miraculous. The Old Testament is full of them. There are five major offerings mentioned in this section of the Bible. Burnt, grain, peace, sin, and trespass sacrifice are significant actions taught by God to glorify Him. Each of them unleashed God’s mercy and brought peace in their lives.

It’s astonishing to understand the way God rewarded our ancient relatives the Israelites. In their times of defying the Lord, He still welcomed their offerings. And in their sacrifices, He showed them love, harmony, grace, and justice.

God’s Lamb New Covenant

The moment God delivered Christ to the world His plan to offer Him as His personal sacrifice. This New Covenant (Hebrews 9:15) with humanity the Holy Spirit guides us and places us in Jesus’s hands. It’s important to realize Christ’s death and resurrection are the keys that unlock the door to God’s.

This altruistic act from God erases original sin and cleanses us from our transgressions. Remember the Lord’s Lamb took on the sins of the world and defeated Satan. God responds to those who accept Christ as His Redeemer.

When I meditate on God’s Lamb, it brings tears to my eyes. It captures my heart and puts perspective on salvation. This gives a most compelling evidence to God’s truth because my inner-being becomes filled with the Holy Spirit. And my gratitude for God intensifies heightening my consciousness of Christ presence.

As shown above, the essence of God’s salvation is His unwavering action to offer the death of Christ for the sake of humanity. This eternal truth is the gateway to heaven. Place your faith in Christ and experience God’s grace.

What is your experience with God’s Lamb?

John’s Revelation of Christ as God

John opens his Gospel with a fascinating revelation. He magnifies the truth of the one real God. This parallel with the first verse in Genesis (Genesis 1:1). Both scriptures leave no doubt that God created everything and governs over the earth.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1  

The first five verses of John’s Gospel give a most compelling evidence of Christ as God Himself. Those powerful statements smash man’s attempts to disprove God’s existence. Here, the Lord shows us Jesus’s place in heaven before He became human (John 1:2).

And those facts never change no matter how hard one tries to deny their truths.

Christ Present at Creation

When we inspect these magnificent scriptures, it captures God’s plan for Christ’s Deity. First, we become united with Jesus’s Spirit.

Verses two and three record Jesus with God from the start of creation. This revelation shows Christ’s truth as God because in the world and universe beginning God included Jesus.

He was with God in the beginning.   Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:2-3

God in His glory made everything through Christ. It’s tough to fathom this truth because in the Book of Genesis the origin of creation begins with God. Remember, with God nothing is impossible. In fact, accepting this reality is an act of faith. And with an unwavering trust in our Father Christ becomes the key to eternal life.

Now with this in mind,   we gain insight into God’s plan for humanity.

Christ the Eternal Light

The centerpiece in a Christian’s life is Jesus Christ and in verses four and five we grasp God’s reason for placing Him as His redeemer. Our first glimpse into understanding the Messiah’s role in God’s kingdom came in Adam and Eve’s disobedience (Genesis 3).

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:4-5

When sin entered the heart of humanity, a darkness engulfed the soul. And from this point forward temptation unleashed its power corrupting the mind.

No one is immune to the destruction sin causes in a person’s life. Both the believer and one who rejects God struggle with transgressions. And those who God saved understand the way out of the black hole of darkness is in Christ’s light.

When Jesus’s light enters the heart of a believer, it illuminates God’s truth. With this in mind, Christ makes our transition from darkness into eternal spiritual light a delightful proposition. And the greatest reward from this Light is freedom from the bondage of sin (John 8:32).

My Personal Story of Darkness

In my darkness, the fight for righteousness stayed dormant. I knew nothing of a selfless life because pride ruled my motives. Self-centeredness coupled with a reprobate mindset led to a life full of self-destruction. My intentions anchored in egocentric attitudes caused others to stay away leaving me lonely and isolated.

Besides my selfishness resentment, bitterness and rage became common reactions to life terms. I hated myself and spread this venom to others. Forgiveness stayed elusive keeping my soul in darkness.

Under those circumstances, my life continued to get worse.

But the day God shined Christ’s light on me everything changed. This transformation removed my blinders and awakened me to His reality. I’m grateful Christ is the Light of life because my vision is no longer centered in this world but in heaven.

As shown above John’s revelation of Christ’s life before conception shows us God is almighty. Our Father never leaves us and these five scriptures prove His love for humanity.

What is your experience with Christ’s Light?

Christ as God Series: The Gospel of John

To absorb God’s Spirit, one must without reservations accept Christ as His Savior. This holds true throughout each of the four Gospels. And the Gospel of John he identifies Christ as one inseparable from God (John 10:30).

John engages us with Christ’s unbreakable link to the Holy Trinity. Throughout his Gospel, he records the details of how God made Christ the way into His kingdom (John 14:6).

John shows us Christ as God.

Over the next several weeks we will walk through John’s Gospel.

John opens his gospel by showing us God’s plan for Christ’s deity (John 1:1-5). In those five verses, everything one needs to know of God’s truth of Jesus Christ emerges. It’s in these scriptures our Father discloses the knowledge of salvation.

In the Gospels, we find similar events outlining Jesus’s ministry. For example, they uncover the power of Christ through His miracles. In fact, Christ’s first miracle shows up in John’s Gospel and not the others. (John 2:1-12)

The overall view from John is the relationship between Christ and God.  Most of his accounts capture the way Christ places us in God’s hands. It’s here we discover Jesus as the Lamb of God (John 1:29-34). This leaves no doubt the Lord’s plan to sacrifice His Son and open the door to eternal life.

Another key point in John’s Gospel is the way Jesus illuminates the Holy Spirit. This is best depicted in Chapter 14. Here, God unveiled the power of Holy Spirit. And through Christ, He unleashes the courage to live on the narrow way (Matthew 7:13-14).

John displays the Messiah strength over sin (John 8:1-12), the significant of proclaiming Him as Savior (John 4:39) and the meaning behind rebirth (John 3:1-21). Given these points, it’s crucial for us to pick up our cross and walk in His Light.

This Gospel ends with a fascinating truth concerning Christ’s Sovereignty.

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” John 21:25

John’s Gospel gives a most compelling evidence to the God’s plans for an eternal existence. I invite you to join me and share your experience, strength, and hope from your faith in Christ.