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Lesson # John 3:25-26
Study Material - John 3:25-26
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
25 There arose therefore a discussion on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, 'Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have borne witness, behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him.'
Now there rises an argument. My church is better than your church. My Bible study is better than your Bible study. The young in spirit often lack discretion. They are very energetic, and quick to jump to conclusions. Like a protective bear of her cubs, they seek to protect their turf from all aggressors, and there is mentioned here a group of Jews, unbelievers who are placing the baptism of John against the baptism of Jesus.
John's disciples are the aggressors in the discussion of purification. Which is an extensive doctrine from the Mosaic Law covering many of the principles of the salvation and fellowship functions. The study of Leviticus covers this in detail.
Here the argument is among immature believers and a group of Jews who challenged the two baptisms. That of Christ as against that of John the Baptist. Ignorant people who lack knowledge make furious arguments, protecting or challenging a concept but they inevitably have to go to another source to get things settled. They will eventually go to John to get the answer they want, but will get an answer they do not expect.
The two baptisms of John and Christ are one and the same. The arguing parties are focusing on the wrong things. They are directing their attention on who is being followed, or the group as it were. Those faithful to John, defended John. And the unbelievers wanted an answer as to whose baptism was the better. We can apply this to our situation today. Which church do you attend? Which Bible study? Is your church or study better than mine, or the reverse? Today we have many denominations and religious beliefs. How do we sort them all out. Well discernment of course will make all things clear, but discernment, true discernment comes only from Bible doctrine.
If you are truly positive toward God and desire to know, than God will guide you to the right source of Bible information. If you are just a social butterfly and looking for a better social environment, then God will still give you the information you need, but allow you to discover the hard way the error of your decisions.
Johns disciples defended John because they were loyal to John. They failed to understand the meaning of the principles of baptism. They wanted their 'Church of John' to be their very own and they wanted it to prosper and be recognized by all. They speak of Jesus in a contemptible manner, in a jealous manner.
'He is baptizing and all are coming to Him'. Sort of a jealous resentment. Here John was on this turf, just teaching and baptizing away and now this Jesus has the gull to move in on his turf. So was the thinking of John's loyal followers. Their loyalty was misguided.
They even point out that it was Jesus of whom John was speaking. But somehow that light did not come on in their heads. They are respectful of John, 'Rabbi', but held Jesus in contempt. John was baptizing preparing the way for the coming of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Now He was here and John's ministry was about to end. They spoke of the purification rules, but did not understand them, thus they were young believers, that is, young in their spiritual lives.
A young believer should learn one thing first if anything, and that is to keep quite until they have enough understanding under their belt. A young believer can be destructive to the faith of others. They get things confused and they do more harm than good. Discretion is sometimes the better part of growing up.
In baptism, which is nothing more than a picture of salvation, all people come to God through Christ. Whether it is John of Jesus makes no difference. The principle of baptism is to teach Christ and the events of the Cross, so that people will believe in Christ. And this belief, which is a thought process, is the true salvation process. Water never saved anyone. It is merely a teaching aid, as are all of the Levitical practices. They were designed to communicate doctrine. They in themselves cannot save, only God can do that. And He does this through your expression of belief in Jesus Christ.
Any organization who is established for the teaching of Bible doctrine, should not compete with other such organizations, but unfortunately they do. They compete for money. They compete with social events to entertain their members. And God some how gets relegated to the pretty windows and ornaments hanging on the walls and ceilings. No matter what group to belong to or avoid, the important thing is that you get your daily dose of Bible teaching. Because your life depends on your spiritual growth. And not only your life presently, but your eternal status as well.
So do not debate the organization, simply learn the principles of doctrine and avoid those who simply want to argue for the sake of arguing. Life is too short to waste time on those who are not really interested in Bible teaching anyway.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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