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Lesson # John 2:18-25
Study Material - John 2:18-25
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.
18 The Jews therefore answered and said to Him, 'What sign do You show to us, seeing that You do these things?' 19 Jesus answered and said to them, 'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.' 20 The Jews therefore said, 'It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?' 21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had spoken. 23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, beholding His signs which He was doing. 24 But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, 25 and because He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man for He Himself knew what was in man.
Here is the answer of the Jews in the temple at the time, and a demand for a sign. They were the custodians of the scriptures for centuries, yet none of them knew or recognized the significance of them. The Messiah would be bruised, Isa. 53:5, and see death, Dan. 9:26, and despite his death he would not see decay, which means a resurrection and an eternal life, Psa. 16:10.
Jesus gives them a preview of the events of the Cross, burial, and resurrection, in three days which was still three years away.
The Jews scoffed and remained tied to their earthly philosophies. How can a temple be rebuilt especially when it took decades to rebuild it the last time? They failed to see the purpose of the temple in the first place, a picture of the true temple which resides in each of our souls. The temple is not one of stone, but one of doctrine which is its foundation and then the furnishings which are your applications of doctrine to your daily life.
Christ is our true temple. Christ is God. Christ is the Word of God, John 1:1. Here he is in the flesh, but our flesh is not our future. Flesh is corruptible and Christ will raise us up incorruptible as He himself was raised up a victor over death.
They show knowledge in that they could tell how long the temple was under construction. It was just forty-six years from the founding of Zerubbabel's temple, in the second year of Cyrus, to its completion in the 32nd year of Artaxerxes; and the same from Herod's beginning to build this temple, in the 18th year of his reign, to this current time, when the Jews said that this as just forty-six years. They knew their history or rather their facts and dates, but did not know the scriptures for which the temple existed.
In three years when the event of the Cross actually takes place, then the disciples will recall from what they had read in the Old Testament, from what Christ had taught them, and from what they saw during the three preceding years. All of this will reinforce their faith in themselves.
We do not have that opportunity to see and hear directly from Jesus. We have only the Word to go by. But we do have the communication of the scriptures and the revelation of scripture to our souls by the Holy Spirit. e have our everyday lives and experiences in which God reveals His work in our individual lives. We learn doctrine and remember it as we function in our lives each day. This is our reinforcement today.
Many in Jerusalem believed in Christ as He spoke and did some miracles of sorts. Probably His healing and various other signs He performed which are described elsewhere in the gospels. People believed but did not follow, at least not the majority. The unbelievers were still degenerate in their souls and plotted deceit and treachery. This was not the time for Christ's death. Daniel had already foretold of the death and the timing of it in his 70 weeks prophecy. If Satan was able to accomplish Christ's death before that set date then Satan would have come out the victor in the angelic conflict. Of course Satan was trying everything in his power to derail Gods plan. But Jesus did not give himself over to the deceit which was in the hearts of the people. Though there were many believers, they were still babies spiritually and very unstable in their new spiritual lives. The unbelievers as well, the priests in the temple an those in political power were a threat, so Jesus avoided confrontation and an early trial.
God has a plan and we need to wait on His timing, not getting ahead of ourselves and hurrying things up in our life because of our impatience. This applies first of all to our Bible study. You can only learn so much at a time. You cannot take in the entire Bible in a weekend. Spiritual growth consists of lifes experiences as well. We need to first of all read and learn, be taught, remember, apply doctrine to our lives, experience prosperity as well as adversity, then doctrine will become more real to us as our eyes are really opened by what God teaches us and places in our souls.
Unbelievers can memorize the Bible, but it does them no good. Satan knows the scriptures backwards and forwards, and it has done him no good. Only a person who has believed in Christ, and has that important human spirit regenerated in them, and consequently learns more doctrine and lives inside Gods sphere of power, which is being in fellowship, only that person can come to know God. As you study your Bible lessons each day, remember the principles, ponder the meanings, and apply them to your life.
'Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things.'
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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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