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THE GOSPEL of JOHN Part 1. - Chapter 3

 

 

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THE GOSPEL OF JOHN Chapter 3.

 

 

Verses 1 - 2

 

John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 who came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God: for no man can do the miracles that you do, except God be with him.

 

Among the Jews there were two main religious sects; the Pharisees and the Sadducees. The Pharisees believed in the coming resurrection of the dead and the coming judgement; they also believed in angels, demons and the miracle working power of God. While the Sadducees were sad you see, because they did not believe in any of these things.

 

Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews and he came to see Jesus by night. We are not told why he came at night. It is possible, as Nicodemus was a member of the Sanhedrin (the Jewish leaders) he was busy all day, and as Jesus was publicly teaching all day and working miracles, meeting Jesus at night was the most practical time.

 

Nicodemus addresses Jesus as Rabbi, in recognition that Jesus was a distinguished teacher. He says we know you are a teacher come from God. Perhaps when Nicodemus said we know, he was referring to some close associates of his amongst the leaders of Israel. They had both seen and heard of the miracles Jesus was doing, therefore they believed God was with him. How else could a man work such miracles?

 

 

Verses 3 - 7

 

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, truly, truly, I say unto you, except a man be born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 

To be born from above is to be born of God, and only those who receive Jesus Christ as their God and maker, and believe in his name, are given the right to be born of God (John 1:10 – 13). If anyone is not born from above, he cannot, either in this life or in the life to come, see the kingdom of God.

 

What is the kingdom of God? In this passage it is referring to the goodness, the power and authority of God and his kingdom. When we are born from above as a child of God; all this goodness and power of God and his kingdom are there for the taking. We can see it, but we still need to take hold of it.

 

John 3:4 Nicodemus said unto him, how can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said to you, you must be born again.

 
The mind of fallen man cannot perceive the things of the kingdom of God, for it is only by the Spirit of God that we can see and understand these things. Therefore Nicodemus not seeing nor understanding these things, for his mind is still stuck in the flesh, ask the question, Can a man enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

 

It is written;

 

Job 14:1 Man born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down: he flees also as a shadow, and continues not. 3 And do you open your eyes upon such as this, and bring me into judgment with you? 4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one.

 

When Jesus says that which is born of flesh, he is not just speaking of our earthly body, he is mainly speaking of the fallen sin nature of man that is passed on from our parents to us. Because of this fallen sin nature that infects us all, how can our mother who is unclean give birth to that which is clean? She cannot. Therefore to become clean we must be born again by the Spirit of God, born again as a child of God with a new nature, the nature of God our Father from above, which is clean. Only then can one see the things of the kingdom of God.

 

When we are born again by the Spirit of God, our spiritual eyes are open and we can see the things of the kingdom. Then having be born again of the Spirit of God the Father, the Father’s first command is; “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the deliverance from sin; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).

 

When we receive Jesus Christ as our God and maker, and believe in his name, we receive the right to be born again by Spirit of God, and being born again we can now see all the goodness, power and authority of the kingdom of God that is now rightfully ours by birth. But as a child of God we are no better than a slave until the time of the Fathers choosing. That time being the time of our baptism into Christ, for it is at our baptism into Christ that we receive the full rights of a son of God (Galatians 3:26 to 4:7).

 

So it is; when we first believe and receive Jesus the Christ, we are born again by the Spirit of God and can see the kingdom of God. Then at our baptism, as we are being born out of water, we receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit (Act 2:38) and we as a son of God, receive all power and authority in Christ Jesus, and enter into the fullness of the kingdom of God.

 

We follow in Jesus Christ footsteps. Jesus Christ having been born into the world by the Spirit of God; was a child of God and subject guardians [his earthly parents] and stewards [the Law] (Galatians 4:2).

 

As a child of God, Jesus could see the things of the kingdom God, but he could not enter into and partake of the fullness of the power and authority of the kingdom of God, until he was born out of water. For it was as he was being born out of water at his baptism and the Father declared this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 

 

Verse 8

 

John 3:8 The Spirit breathes where he desires, and you hear his voice, but cannot tell from where he comes, and to where he goes: so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

 

When the Spirit of God breathes on us, it is according God’s will and desire, and we hear his voice. But from where the Spirit of God comes from or where he goes, we do not know. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

 

The Spirit breathes where he desires, and so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.


Note: In this verse John used the Greek word pnema twice; which here we have translated both times as Spirit. Because most English version of the Bible translate the beginning of this verse; the wind blows where it wills, it is best that we explain why we start this verse be saying the Spirit breathes where he desires.

 

The New Testament writers used the word pnema a total of 385 times, of which John used it 60 times. Of these 385 times the K.J.V. translates it 383 times as Ghost, Spirit or spirit, once as life (Rev 13:15) and once as wind in the verse we are currently looking at.

 

It is the Greek word anemos, that the K.J.V. most commonly translates as wind, and used by John four times (John 6:18; Rev 6:13 & 7:1 X 2). New Testament writers used this word for wind 31 times in total. Therefore we can safely assume; it is correct to translate this verse as the Spirit breathes where he desires.

 

 

Verses 9 - 13

 

John 3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, how can these things be? 10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Are you a teacher of Israel, and know not these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say unto you, we speak that which we do know, and testify that which we have seen; and you receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and you believe not, how shall you believe, if I tell you of (spiritual) things in the sky? 13 No man has ascended up to the sky, other than he who came down from the sky, the Son of man which is in the sky.

 

Nicodemus was a teacher of Israel, and Jesus had been talking to him about earthly things; both those of the flesh and of those the spirit that touch our every day earthly lives. He had been talking about being born of the flesh and being born of the Spirit, he had been talking about seeing the kingdom of God and entering into and experiencing the power and authority of kingdom of God in this life we now live on earth. But Nicodemus did not believe.

 

Then Jesus says to Nicodemus, if you will not believe me when I speak of things that happen every day down here on earth, how shall you believe if I tell you of spiritual things in the sky? What is in the sky? God’s throne is in the sky, and so are the host of angels and the demonic host. God and all these beings are all around us in the sky, in the air we breathe.


If you will not believe me when I tell you of spiritual things that happen on earth, things that I and many other believers experience daily, how can you ever believe me when I speak of spiritual things that happen in the sky.

 

Jesus Christ has been explaining to Nicodemus what it is to be born again; then in bringing this part of the discussion to a close Jesus says, no man has ascended up to the sky, other than he who came down from the sky, the Son of man which is in the sky.

 

We are both a spiritual being and a physical being. Before creation, the Word was not only with God and was God and he was solely a spiritual being. But in order to deliver mankind from the law of sin and death the Word became just like us and dwelt among us (John 1:1 & Philippians 2:6 – 8).

 

So the Word came to earth and became just like us, in that he became both a spiritual being and a physical being. Then Jesus says, no man has ascended up to the sky, other than he who came down from the sky.

 

Here Jesus cannot have been talking of a physical ascension up into the sky.

 

1: Because both Enoch and Elijah had both physically ascended up into the sky (Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 11:5 & 2 Kings 2:11).

 

2: At the time of this discussion Jesus Christ had not yet physically ascended up into the sky.

 

So given that Jesus Christ was both a physical and spiritual being just like us, how and when did Jesus ascend up into the sky before his physical death, burial and resurrection? Like us he spiritually ascended into the sky at the time of his baptism in water.

 

John 3:5 Jesus answered, truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said to you, you must be born again.

 

Luke 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also being baptized and praying, the sky was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from the sky which said, "You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased."

 

Acts 10:37 That word, you know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

 

Before his baptism Jesus, just like us, was earth bound by his physical being, but at his baptism God the Father declared Jesus Christ to be his only begotten Son and he received the gift of the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:21 – 22). Although at that point in time Jesus Christ physical body was still bound to earth, spiritually he had now ascended to the right hand of the Father far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named (Ephesians 1:21).


At his baptism Jesus Christ spiritually ascended to the right hand of Father in the sky. Then after his physical death and resurrection, Jesus Christ both physically and spiritually ascended to the Father. Likewise we to at our baptism spiritually ascend to the right hand of Jesus Christ in the sky.

 

Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, he made us alive together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;) 6 And he has raised us up together, and made us sit together in Christ Jesus in the sky.

 

Then at our resurrection we will both physically and spiritually raised up on the Last Day (John 6:40) to live forever with our Lord and Deliverer.

 

 

Verses 14 – 15

 

John 3:14 As Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, even so the Son of man must be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

 

Verse 14 is referring to Moses, telling us that just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, even so the Son of man must be lifted up. Therefore we can say, when Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, this was a type picture of the coming crucifixion of Jesus Christ. So first let us look at the account of this in Numbers 21.

 

Numbers 21:5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loathes this light bread. And the LORD sent fiery snakes among the people, and they bit the people; and many people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against you; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the snakes from us. So Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses, Make a fiery snake, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looks upon it, shall live. And Moses made a snake of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a snake had bitten any man, when he looked towards the snake of brass, he lived.

 

Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree (Deut 21:23):

 

The children of God rebelled against God and God’s servant Moses in the wilderness. They sinned and the penalty for sin is death. Therefore they came under the curse of death and the Lord sent fiery snakes among the people; and many people of Israel died.

 

In the Bible, snakes are symbolic of Satanic and demonic activity. When we rebel or speak out against God or his servants, we give Satan and his demons legal right to attack us, to steel, to kill, and to destroy. When we rebel against God, it not so much that God sends Satan against us, but that God lifts his hand of protection away from us, allowing Satan to come against us. Therefore when God’s people rebel against God and his servants, Satan the snake and his demons the snakes and scorpions come amongst them and many of God’s servants die; some spiritually and some physically.

 

When the snakes came amongst God’s people, they repented and asked God’s servant to pray to God, and Moses interceded between man and God. Here Moses is a type picture of how, when we repent and turn back to God, Jesus Christ make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). Just as God heard Moses when he prayed for the children of Israel; likewise God hears Jesus Christ when he prays for us.

 

God’s answer to the children of Israel, was to hang a brass snake upon a pole, symbolising the taking away of the children of God’s sin and the curse of their sin and hanging them all on the tree; thus releasing the children of God from their sin and death the curse of sin.

 

God’s answer to us, was to hang his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ upon the cross, taking away from us all our sins and the curses for our sins, and placing them upon the body of Jesus Christ; thus releasing us from our sin and death the curse of sin.

 

II Corinthians 5:21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made justified of God in him.

 

John 10:10 The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his soul for the sheep.

 

Why was Jesus Christ crucified on the cross?

 

John 3:16b That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

 

 

Verse 16

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

Why did God the Father give his only begotten Son to die on the cross?

 

Firstly and above all else, for God so loved the world. God loved the world, that is, God loved, and still does, love all mankind, Jew, Christian, Pagan, whatever. He does not always love what we do, but he always loves us, and longs to reconcile all mankind to himself. Therefore loving all mankind God gave his only begotten Son to die on the cross for the sins of all mankind, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

God did not firstly above all else give his only begotten Son to turn aside the wrath of God. Yes the giving of his Son does turn aside God’s wrath, but God number one motivation for redeeming mankind from the curse of the law of sin and death, is his love for the world. Not because we have in any way earned God’s love and mercy, for there is nothing we can do to earn God’s love and mercy.

 


Verses 17 - 18

 

John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believes in him is not condemned: but he that does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 

1 Corinthians 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive

 

All mankind through Adam have inherited a sin nature, and because of this fallen sin nature we are all born with a desire to please ourselves before all others. That is we are born with a desire to live our lives according to our own will, and not according to the will of God and others. This self-gratifying life is sin. Because of this inherited sin nature, which came through Adam all man are condemned to die.

 

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

Not only have we been born with this fallen sin nature, even the best of us, from time to time sin.

 

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The wages of our sin, both that which we have inherited, and those sins we have committed is death; but the gift of God is eternal life though Jesus Christ our Lord. The law demanded the payment of death for sin. In giving his Only Begotten Son to die on the cross, God condemned the sin of all mankind. In dying upon the cross Jesus Christ paid the price of death for all mankind; thus setting all mankind free from the law of sin and death.

 

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that through the blood of Jesus Christ the world would be justified. Therefore all who believe and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour will not perish, but have everlasting life. But he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 

 

Verses 19 - 21

 

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that does evil hates the light, neither do they come to the light, lest his deeds should be rebuked. 21 But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be revealed, that they are worked in God.

 

Jesus Christ, God the Son, reveals the nature and character of God. Christ who is the light of the world brings revelation of the truth to the people of the world, who are walking in darkness and deception. The devil brings darkness and deception upon the people of the world, so they become blinded to the truth. God through Jesus Christ brings the light and revelation to the people of the world, so that the eyes of all who believe and receive him are open to the truth. Therefore for they no longer walk in the darkness of deception, but now walk in the light of revelation that comes to us through Christ Jesus.


The world is condemned because Jesus Christ has brought light and revelation into the world, but men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. - - - every one that does evil hates light, neither do they come to the light, lest his deeds should be rebuked.

 

Evil people live to do evil; this evil includes living to please oneself. They may do some good things, but they live to do evil. Good people live to do good. This includes living to please and serve others; they may, from time to time slip and do some evil things, but they live to do good and they come to the light, that their deeds may be revealed, that they are worked in God.

 

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has prepared before that we should walk in them.

 

Before we are born again, even our good works are evil, in that they were all done for our own pleasure. There was always some self-reward we had in mind; money, acceptance, fame, fear or whatever. But now we are born again of the Spirit of God, our good works are motivated by our love of God, and our desire to serve God, the One and only God whom we love. Therefore our good works are worked in God.

 

 

Verses 22 - 24

 

John 3:22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judea; and there he remained with them, and baptized. 23 John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. 24 For John had not yet been cast into prison.

 

Jesus Christ and his disciples returned into the land of Judea, where both he and John the Baptist continued to preach the gospel of the kingdom; baptising in water, with the baptism of repentance those who believed.

 

 

Verses 25 - 26

 

John 3:25 Then there arose a question between John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. 26 And they came unto John, and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with you beyond Jordan, to whom you bare witness, look and see, the same is baptizing, and everyone comes to him.

 

There is an obvious connection here between purifying and baptizing. Literary to baptize is to plunge into the water. Priests were expected to wash before serving in the temple. Both husband and wife were expected to wash after sexual union. The Jews often washed before entering into the temple. For this purpose of purifying by going through the waters of baptism, there were a large number of baptism pools within and close to the temple.

 

Here in verse 25 the Jews questioned, disputing with John’s disciples as to what right did they have to purify people of their sins, by baptizing them with water for the repentance of sins.


This was not the first time the Jews had question John concerning baptism. Earlier the Jews had sent Priests and Levites from Jerusalem to question John “Who are you?” Having established John was not the Christ or one of the prophets, they asked “Why then do you baptize?” (John 1:19 – 25)


After the Jews have gone their way, John’s disciples then go to John and say, “He that was with you beyond Jordan, to whom you bare witness, look and see, the same is baptizing, and everyone comes to him.” As if say, we know God has given you authority to baptize, but by what authority does this man baptize?

 

 

Verse 27

 

John 3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from the sky.

 

Satan rules over the kingdoms of the world and they are his to give (Mat 4:8), but God who dwells in the sky is above all and rules over all.

 

John 19:10 Then said Pilate unto him, Will you not speak unto me? Know you not that I have power to crucify you, and have power to release you? 11 Jesus answered, you would have no power at all against me, except it were given to you from above:

 

In plain speaking, John the Baptist is saying that Jesus Christ authority to baptize comes to from God above who dwells in the sky.

 

 

Verse 28

 

John 3:28 You yourselves witness that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I are sent before him.

 

Matthew 3:11 Truly, indeed baptize you in water unto repentance: but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit, and fire:

 

John the Baptist was not the Christ, but was sent by God before Christ. John baptized in water, but the Christ, who was to come after John would baptize in the Holy Spirit and fire.

 

 

Verses 29 - 30

 

John 3:29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: therefore my joy is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

 

The Church is the bride (2 Cor 11:2), and the bride, who was purchased for a price, belongs to the bridegroom (1 Cor 6:20) and Christ is the bridegroom (Mat 9:15). John the Baptist is the friend of the bridegroom, who stands by always ready to listen to and serve the bridegroom; for it is in serving the bridegroom his joy is fulfilled. He lives to bring the bride as a spotless bride to the bridegroom. He lives to become nothing in the eyes of bride, so that she will see the bridegroom as her all.


In this John mirrors the roll of the apostles, the prophets, the evangelist, the teachers and the pastors. For their calling is to stand by Jesus Christ the bridegroom, always ready to serve him, listen to and obey his commands. Their joy is fulfilled in caring for the Church, Christ bride, washing her garments with the water of the word that they may present her to the Christ, the bridegroom as a spotless bride (Eph 5:26-27). Apostles, prophets, evangelist, teachers and pastors should decrease, while the bride focuses more and more of her attention on the bridegroom Jesus Christ. Christ should be our focus, not church leaders.

 

 

Verse 31

 

John 3:31 He that comes from above is above all: he that is of the earth is of earth and speaks of the earth: he that comes from the sky is above all.

 

He that comes from above is above all:

 

Jesus Christ, the Word comes from the sky above, and is in authority above all.

 

He that is of earth is of earth and speaks of the earth.

 

Those on earth who are born of the flesh have bodies made of earth and they speak of earthly things.

 

He that comes from the sky is above all.

 

Jesus Christ comes from the sky and is in authority above all.

 

 

Verses 32 - 33

 

John 3:32 And what he has seen and heard, that he testify of and no man receives his witness. 33 He that has received his testimony has set his seal that God is true.

 

John 3:11 Truly, truly, I say unto you, we speak that which we do know, and testify that which we have seen; and you receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and you believe not, how shall you believe, if I tell you of things of the sky? 13 No man has ascended up to the sky, other than he who came down from the sky, the Son of man which is in the sky.

 

People of the earth speak and think of earthly things, therefore like Nicodemus they cannot comprehend the things of the sky. Even though Jesus Christ himself who had witness the things of the sky and had testify to Nicodemus of that which he had seen and heard, Nicodemus still did not understand.

 

Likewise, even though we have witness the things of the sky and we testify to them of that which we have seen and heard, unless those whom we witness to are touched by the Holy Spirit, no man can receive our witness. Therefore he that receives our witness sets his seal that God is true.

 

In ancient days one did not sign documents, one stamped them with their signet ring. Often the document would be rolled and sealed with a lump of hot wax, and then with their signet ring they would press into the hot wax stamping an impression into the seal.

 

 

Verse 34

 

John 3:34 For whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives unto him the Spirit without measure.

 

God the Father sent God the Son into the world, and he whom God has sent speaks the words of God. Jesus said, I do nothing of myself; but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things (John 8:28). God the Son gave up his equality with God to become just like us in every way (Phil. 2:5-8). Then at his baptism, John the Baptist saw the Holy Spirit descend upon Jesus Christ as a dove and remain upon him (John 1:31-33). Then Jesus Christ full of the Holy Spirit was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where he was tested forty days (Luke 4:1-2).

 

Paul writes;

 

I Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. 10 But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God no man knows, but by the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

 

How does God reveal the deep things of God to us? By his Spirit, who came upon Jesus Christ in his fullness at his baptism (John 1:31-33), and who comes upon us in his fullness at our baptism (Act 2:38). Because Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry had the fullness of the Holy Spirit without measure, he had the mind of the Father and he spoke as the Father taught him. We have the fullness of the Spirit of Christ dwelling in us, welling up from within us, and flowing out of our belly as rivers of living waters (John 7:38). Because we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us and at one with our spirit; we have the mind of Christ and know the deep things of God.

 

John 7:38 He that believes in me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (Is 58:11).

 

How do you measure water; in a cup, a barrel or a bath? How do you measure a river of flowing water? It is beyond measure; so how do you measure not one, but rivers of flowing water? When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, he flows from out of our belly as rivers of living water. Therefore we like Christ are filled with the Holy Spirit beyond measure and sent by Christ into the world, as God the Father sent Jesus Christ into the world.

 

John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father has sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive you the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Verses 35 - 36

 

John 3:35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand. 36 He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him.

 

God the Father has given all things into the hand of the Son that includes all mankind. Because all mankind has sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, the law demands that we should all die for our sins, but Jesus Christ died on the cross to redeem mankind from the law of sin and death. Therefore all that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him.

 

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