John Lesson 1 Day 3
My answers to BSF Bible Study of John 1:9-13
7. Christ’s Own
Christ’s “own” were the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob with whom He established a covenant—The children of Israel God delivered from slavery in Egypt and brought into the land He promised to give them.
Many people and religions still reject Jesus as the Son of God and promised Messiah.
In this parable, the king’s subjects despised and rejected him. They sent messengers saying, “We do not want this man to rule over us.” (Voice translation)
The Jews demanded that Pilate, a Gentile appointed to rule over that district, execute Jesus.
These chief priests weren’t loyal to Caesar as they professed. They weren’t even loyal to God. They were only loyal to themselves. They were simply saying this to shame Pilate into crucifying Jesus.
Matthew 12:37 says we will be judged by the words we speak. These Jews will regret these words throughout eternity. (Andrew Wommack)
Pilate seems to have thought that Jesus might be some person above the common order. Even natural conscience makes men afraid of being found fighting against God. As our Lord suffered for the sins both of Jews and Gentiles, it was a special part of the counsel of Divine Wisdom, that the Jews should first purpose his death, and the Gentiles carry that purpose into effect. (Matthew Henry)
At the end of Romans 2, Paul argues that the condition of our heart determines our consequence at the last judgment. So the Jews must have challenged him by asking—”So, are you saying we (the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) have no advantage over the Gentiles?”
Paul answers, “You have every advantage. Especially since you were entrusted with the divine utterances of God.’ (Wuest)” He goes on to say that God is faithful to keep His promise. His point is—the Jews will be condemned by the law since they were given the law which they weren’t truly keeping. If their hearts were right, they would not have rejected and killed the priceless and spotless Lamb of God. (1 Peter 1:18-19)
These verses (AMP) list the Israelites’ heritage, advantages, and promises of God:
- the adoption of sons into God’s family
- the glory (Shekinah)
- the [special] covenants [with Abraham, Moses, and David]
- the giving of the Law
- the [system of temple] worship of God
- the [original] promises
- Christ’s (the Messiah, the Anointed) natural bloodline was from the same patriarchs.
People still reject Jesus.
- Some believe Satan’s lie that if they don’t do really terrible things, they will be “good enough” to go to heaven. They don’t believe they need a saviour.
- Some think accepting Jesus is a sign of weakness. They don’t need a crutch.
- Some fear persecution or rejection by their family and friends.
- Some reject God’s existence.
- Some still don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah.
- Some don’t believe Jesus is the only way—All spiritual paths lead to “god”.
- Some are angry at God, so they don’t trust Him.
- The Bible isn’t God’s word.
- The church is full of hypocrites.
8. How to become a child of God
- Receive Him, believe in His name. (NIV)
- Appropriate Him. (Wuest)
- Receive and welcome Him; believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name. (AMP)
- Receive and trust in Him. (Voice)
- Believe He is who He claims and will do what He says. (MSG)
Privileges children of God
- I’m part of God’s eternal family.
- I am an heir.
- I am royalty.
- I am a priest.
- I am the apple of His eye.
- He protects me.
- I am forgiven because Jesus died for me and as me.
- I know I look like my Creator who has a plan for my life.
- I have direct access to my Father through Jesus.
- He is in me, and I am in Him.
- My Father is trustworthy, faithful, compassionate, and merciful.
- He LOVES me with an everlasting love!
- The Holy Spirit abides, counsels, teaches, reveals the truth, comforts, and helps me.
- God’s promises apply to me.
- He will NEVER EVER leave me.
born—”produced or brought into life” (Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Online Edition)
not of natural descent—”God-begotten God-begotten, not blood-begotten” (MSG)
nor of human decision—”not flesh-begotten” (MSG) It wasn’t anyone else’s idea. This new birth is the result of believing Jesus Christ is who He says He is and that He can do what He says He can do.
or a husband’s will—“not sex-begotten” (MSG)
born of God—It was God’s idea and His eternal plan. Spiritually transformed, reborn from above.
John 3:3-8 — Being born from above is essential. The Jews—including their esteemed teachers—didn’t understand that our physical body is the part of us “you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch–the Spirit–and becomes a living spirit.” (MSG)
John 6:63 — “The Spirit can make life. Sheer muscle and willpower don’t make anything happen.” (MSG)
Romans 1:16 — The good news – “God’s power results in salvation to everyone who believes, to Jew first and also to Gentile…the one who is just, on the principle of faith shall live.” (Wuest)
Romans 10:17 — Faith comes from believing the good news we hear. Many of the Jews did not receive the Word so essentially, they did not hear.
Ephesians 2:1-10 — The Jews were just as dead in their sin as the Gentiles were. All must get access to grace through faith.
1 Peter 1:23 — The new birth comes through the Word of God, not the sperm of an earthly father.