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Lesson # John 5:45-47
Study Material - John 5:45-47
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.
45 'Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. 46 'For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me. 47 'But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?'
Moses wrote about Christ. He wrote many passages and gave many real life examples in the life of Abraham and others, Gal. 4:21, the bond woman vs. the free woman. Moses wrote many other passages such as: Gen 3:15, seed of the woman; 22:18, all nations blessed through the seed of Abraham; 49:10, scepter will not depart until savior comes (in the year of the birth of Christ, Rome collected its first tax and assumed formal authority; Num. 24:17, a star will designate the birth of Christ; Deut 18:15, one from among mankind will be raised up by God the Father.
It should be clear that the savior would come from man, being born of the seed of the woman (virgin pregnancy), being raised up from among them He would not be riding in from the clouds on a great white war horse.
Further Moses wrote the full extent of the Levitical offerings and sacrifices. All of which pointed to the Cross, to the spiritual life, and none of which pointed to the works of mankind.
These Jews claimed to follow Moses, yet they knew nothing of what He wrote. They knew the words, but were selective in their interpretations. If a law of Moses was not convenient, then they would change it to meet their requirements, or they would issue an interpretation that would serve their purpose. Hummm, sounds like some political maneuverings of late.
Jesus uses Moses as the last witness. Moses is highly regarded, but of course Moses was not on hand to explain what he wrote. Moses lived some 1500 years earlier. These 'experts' used the writings of Moses to rationalize their positions to the masses and to themselves.
The Law of Moses in fact gave revelation to sin and condemned mankind because of sin and mans failures. It gave no justification for righteousness, but explained righteousness through the application of the principles taught through the rituals.
Jesus did not come into this world to condemn. Moses had already done that. Jesus came into the world to be a mediator, to be an advocate, to be a substitute, to bring reconciliation between man and God the Father.
So for yet another time, Jesus makes it clear that those who reject Christ, do so of their own free will and of their own volition. They read Moses, but they change what he writes, therefore they reject Moses' original intent, therefore they reject Christ. Moses wrote about Christ, they reject Christ even in their pretenses of following what Moses and the scriptures wrote.
We cannot say we are following God, if in fact we do not follow His specific commands guiding our steps in life. To follow God is to comply with His will. To do otherwise is to reject God, is to play games with God and your own destiny.
What is Gods will for you? Believe in Christ to be saved (salvation). Study to show thyself to be approved (spiritual growth). Walk in His ways (apply what you learn to your daily life). Be perfect (be in fellowship). It really is as simple as that. Any questions?
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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