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Lesson # John 13:24-27
Study Material - John 13:24-27
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.
24 Simon [Simon] Peter [Petros] therefore [oun] beckoned [neuo] to him [touto] , that he should ask [punthanomai] who [tis] it should [an] be [eien] of [peri] whom [hos] he spake [lego] .
25 He [ekeinos] then [de] lying on [epipipto] [epi] Jesus [Iesous] ' breast [stethos] saith [lego] unto him [autos] , Lord [kurios] , who [tis] is it [esti] ?
26 Jesus [Iesous] answered [apokrinomai] , He [ekeinos] it is [esti] , to whom [hos] I shall give [epididomi] a sop [psomion] , when I [ego] have dipped [bapto] it. And [kai] when he had dipped [embapto] the sop [psomion] , he gave [didomi] it to Judas [Ioudas] Iscariot [Iskariotes] , the son of Simon [Simon] .
27 And [kai] after [meta] the sop [psomion] [tote] Satan [Satanas] entered [eiserchomai] into [eis] him [ekeinos] . Then [oun] said [lego] Jesus [Iesous] unto him [autos] , That [hos] thou doest [poieo] , do [poieo] quickly [tachion] . KJV-Interlinear
24 Simon Peter therefore gestured to him, and said to him, 'Tell us who it is of whom He is speaking.' 25 He, leaning back thus on Jesus' breast, said to Him, 'Lord, who is it?' 26 Jesus therefore answered, 'That is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him.' So when He had dipped the morsel, He took and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 And after the morsel, Satan then entered into him. Jesus therefore said to him, 'What you do, do quickly.' NASB
Jesus makes a comment and the twelve begin their own secondary conversations among themselves. Instead of asking Jesus directly who the betrayer is, he (Peter) asks John to ask the question. John is sitting right next to Jesus.
There are varying degrees of spiritual growth even within the twelve apostles. This should not be surprising as they are human as you and I are. They are subject to human failures within the spiritual realm just as you and I are. All along, during the last three years they have argued and debated among themselves. They have hesitated to bring certain people to Jesus (people who have sought Jesus out) such as the leper, the group from Greece and so forth. The apostles were even reluctant to return to Bethany when Lazarus was ill.
The twelve were slow in grasping the spiritual side of what Jesus was teaching them. Mary had more perception than they. And when Peter stood up in his emotional outburst, 'You are the Christ,' even then Peter was speaking from his emotion and not from a deeply ingrained source of wisdom. Jesus called him the rock (a little pebble of which comes from, and is part of, a greater rock).
You now have to picture the table. Those present are sitting there, eating and talking to one another. Jesus is making comments of which some are listening and some are not. They heard the spoken words, and are now turning to one another, 'Who is it? Who is it?'
No one asks Jesus directly but they ask one another. Peter turns to John and asks him to ask the question. John asks, but is more interested in leaning up against and being next to Jesus. How do we know? Because when Jesus answers the question, no one at the table knows what the conversation between Jesus and Judas is all about. So even John does not pay attention to the answer to the question Peter asked him to ask about.
In short, they are all getting just pieces of the conversation. They all know that this is Passover eve. They have all heard as Jesus has told them, that He will not be with them much longer. They all began in their spiritual knowledge with the teaching of John the Baptist - 'This is the lamb of God.' They all know what the sacrifices and feasts are for and what they represent. They are not ignorant of the facts of doctrine. They just do not make the connection to this particular Passover Feast.
Judas has his chance to change is ways, but as the last verse in this passage states, he crossed the point of no return. Did he become possessed by Satan? No. Satan is the force behind all evil, Eph. 2:2. Judas has been given every chance to become a believer and to grow up in grace in his own spiritual life. Judas has been with Jesus for three years or so and has heard and seen everything Jesus has said and done, but Judas remained stubborn within his soul and rejected God and doctrine. Judas was more interested in the things of this world - its opportunities, its pleasures, its money, even the status he might gain in some form or another.
At this point Jesus tells him to do his deed quickly, and Judas leaves. Judas has been confronted. His secret is out yet he rises from the table and leaves to set his plan in motion. Satan the father of all lies, and the source of all evil has been embraced by Judas, or rather Judas has embraced that pattern of thinking and that is what is meant here. Judas has committed his entire thought process to that which is similar to what comes from Satan.
And that is what everyone who rejects Bible doctrine, what everyone who rejects the teaching from Christ and the Bible, risk in their lives. They are in effect playing Russian roulette with their own soul.
Too often people will come up with excuses as to why they cannot begin or continue a Bible study in their lives. We are too busy now. We'll do it when we get caught up in life. We don't like the way someone teaches. We don't agree with what is being taught. The excuses continue forever. And before you know it, your life has advanced into your latter years and you have wasted a lot of time which you could have used in growing up.
Bible doctrine is always before us. None of have an excuse for not being aware of it and of its importance. Regardless of what we read in print, or see on the TV, or hear on the radio, God the Holy Spirit will make the valid things of doctrine clear and the things which are not legitimate obvious also. You can learn no matter where you are, no matter what the teaching is, so long as your interest is sincere and genuine. God will lead you out of the false and into the truth of His teaching.
But if your motivation is other than genuine, if your goal is more directed toward getting ahead in this world, but using the Bible in some form, then God will allow you to be blinded by your false motivation, and He will allow you to leave as Judas left, and go off to your own destruction.
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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