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Lesson # John 5:30
Study Material - John 5:30
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.
30 'I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
Jesus becoming man did not obliterate the divine in Him. Deity was not absorbed in the humanity, nor was humanity absorbed into the divine. Both stand separate and unique from each other, except for that person of Christ wherein both the divine and the humanity are brought together into the one person, the unique person of the universe, Jesus Christ.
No other idol, no other religion, no other faith, no other philosophy can bring nor demonstrate the bringing of the two together except that which is revealed in the Bible. No other document nor group of documents in history have been compiled over many centuries and by many different individuals of many differing personalities, with such consistency and thoroughness as the book of the Bible.
Jesus has stated that He does nothing from His own initiative. The Father issued a plan for history, and the Son and the Spirit agreed with that plan. They are completely in agreement and none of the three have or ever will go off on their own, to do their own thing so to speak, separate and apart from the other two.
Many have come and gone in history. Many have tried to run things their own way. Many an organization has split up because there were members within that organization who sought to follow their own egos, who wanted to do things a different way, and thus goes mankind, angels too.
But in the Godhead there is complete unanimity and this will never change.
Christ as Son of God, and as Son of Man, possesses the right to judge. His judgment will be consistent with the Plan of God, completely fair, impartial, unbiased, and take into account the nature and predicament of humankind. That last part is called grace. God is not harsh, nor unforgiving, but is patient and gives many second chances in life.
Why does Jesus emphasize this? Because we all screw up in life, and there is easily a tendency to think that what we have done has canceled out our life such that we can never get our life back. Not so. There is nothing in life that you can think or do that will totally cancel out all your options spiritually.
You many have a bad marriage, and bad career, a bad business experience, a bad social life. You may have crossed the line criminally and find yourself looking at four small walls for a long time because of some very despicable acts you did. You may have cheated in life, in school, in marriage, in anything you can imagine. Or, things just might be going very well for you in life and you face a different kind of threat to your spiritual life - apathy, or a super attitude proud of your position in life. You may just be starting out in life. You may be very old and on the brink of the end of your life. You may have said or done things in life that you have regretted and continue to regret. You may be the worlds worst in prejudice or contempt for family, friends or anyone. You may be holding a grudge because you haven't had what you think you deserved in life.
I can't possibly cover all manner of flaws in our lives, but whatever your flaw is, it is not the end of your opportunities spiritually. God is fair and patient, but He does draw the line in life sooner or later. He will judge and say, 'Enough.' Until that moment, while you still live and breath, then your spiritual life is but a decision away from getting back on track. Your decision to get with a daily program of Bible study, a serious one, not a study program for show to impress those around you, but one that is real for you and real to your life. God doesn't play games, and cannot be fooled.
Jesus Christ sees into your heart, reads your thoughts and motives, sees your actions and judges based on the facts, not on convenient and smooth sounding legal arguments that might impress others. He does not seek the kind of justice we so often see in this world, justice based on prejudice, or power, or the amount of ones pocket book, or justice of convenience either socially or political. Christ judges based on the Plan and policy of God the Father. He follows a rule of law that is consistent and fair above and beyond that of this world.
In His justice we find security, strength, and deliverance from the things in which this world can try to bury us.
But don't necessarily take Jesus' word for it, there are many witnesses to His truth in words and deeds, and those are going to be covered in the next few verses.
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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