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Lesson # Matt. 20:22-24
Study Material - Matt. 20:22-24
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22 But [de] Jesus [Iesous] answered [apokrinomai] and said [epo] , Ye know [eido] not [ou] what [tis] ye ask [aiteo] . Are ye able [dunamai] to drink [pino] of the cup [poterion] that [hos] I [ego] shall [mello] drink of [pino] , and [kai] to be baptized [baptizo] with the baptism [baptisma] that [hos] I [ego] am baptized with [baptizo] ? They say [lego] unto him [autos] , We are able [dunamai] .
23 And [kai] he saith [lego] unto them [autos] , Ye shall drink [pino] indeed [men] of my [mou] cup [poterion] , and [kai] be baptized [baptizo] with the baptism [baptisma] that [hos] I [ego] am baptized with [baptizo] : but [de] to sit [kathizo] on [ek] my [mou] right hand [dexios] , and [kai] on [ek] my [mou] left [euonumos] , is [esti] not [ou] mine [emos] to give [didomi] , but [alla] it shall be given to them for whom [hos] it is prepared [hetoimazo] of [hupo] my [mou] Father [pater] .
24 And [kai] when the ten [deka] heard [akouo] it, they were moved with indignation [aganakteo] against [peri] the two [duo] brethren [adelphos] . KJV-Interlinear
22 But Jesus answered and said, 'You do not know what you are asking for. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?' They said to Him, 'We are able.' 23 He said to them, 'My cup you shall drink; but to sit on My right and on My left, this is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.' 24 And hearing this, the ten became indignant with the two brothers. NAS
There is one era of time in which the believers will be given tremendous blessings over those given to believers from other era's of time. We call these era's, dispensations, and the dispensation of the Church or Royal Family, or Bride of Christ as it is often called, is that privileged group of people.
Visit the Index page on the web site and review the 'Blessings' list in the special studies section as well as the 'Dispensations' chart for more details.
The dispensation of the Church Age is our current dispensation. It began at the first Pentecost feast following the Cross (fifty days after Passover). The Cross is assumed to have occurred in 30 A.D., on the afternoon preceding the Passover Feast which began at sunset after Christ went to the Cross. Christ had to be taken down from the Cross for there were 'rules' in Judea that no person should be hanging on the tree of execution when Passover began. He was placed in the grave in the late afternoon just prior to the beginning of Passover. In the grave He remained for three days and three nights and then arose (resurrected) at some moment after the three days and three nights were completed. We celebrate this resurrection on Sunday.
Passover begins at sunset on Wednesday evening. Christ went to the Cross on Wednesday afternoon and there endured the judgment of the sins of humanity for three hours in a total and supernatural darkness. When the judgment was completed He then declared the judgment to be 'finished' and exhaled and died physically. Jesus Christ was completely alive when he endured the punishment for the sins of humanity.
Once completed, His body was taken down from the Cross and placed in the grave. The first day begins Wednesday evening at sunset until Thursday evening at sunset. The second day begins at sunset on Thursday and ends on Friday at sunset. The third day begins at sunset on Friday and ends at sunset on Saturday. At some point between Saturday at sunset and Sunday morning He arose. When the grave was visited early Sunday morning He was already gone. This complete timeline is pictured in a chart on the Index page. By the way, Jesus did not go to the Cross on Friday - can't get three days and nights squeezed into the time between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning.
Briefly, this is the cup of Christ. Is anyone able to follow Him in His purpose? No. Jesus asks the two disciples if they are able to do this. They foolishly answer yes, which indicates that they simply do not understand the magnitude of His mission.
The other ten are somewhat indignant because of the whole discussion, which indicates that they too do not understand the discussion nor anything that Christ has been teaching them in the past few lessons (our study lessons). Jesus simply states that they will indeed drink from a cup, but from a cup of a different type. Jesus Christ's mission is unique and only meant for Him.
But each believer who is positive toward God and advances in their spiritual life will encounter trials and tests of sorts throughout their life. Sometimes these tests are purely from a social or peer pressure direction. You are challenged to follow Christ rather than the 'herd.' Other times the test is the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of ones health. The tests can be very silly (burned toast) or extremely heart wrenching (a death in the family). We can also be challenged in our beliefs or standards in life. Does a wife subordinate herself to her husband? Does a person pursue some form of improper relationship? You can probably look into the mirror of your life and see what issues exist in your life and then decide where you stand in your tests. Are you going to pass or are you going to compromise yourself (come up with excuses) and fail.
James and John were foolish. They answer 'yes' in their arrogance now, but when Christ gets arrested, where will they be? Where will any of the twelve be? Like little mice when the light comes on, they scatter into the darkness. At least Peter made some attempt to stand beside Jesus, but even Peter failed when the questions and their implied repercussions against him, were pointed toward him.
Not to worry though. The Apostles all failed miserably in their early life with Jesus, but they eventually rose to the occasion in their latter years. You too, have failed miserably in life. How do I know this? Because we all (all of humanity) have failed miserably in life. Does our failure disqualify us from ever having blessing? No. No matter how badly you have failed, as long as you are still alive and breathing and capable of taking in Gods Word, then you have hope of advancing in your spiritual life and thus qualifying for the blessings that accompany the spiritual life, so long as you make the necessary changes in your life and comply with Gods will.
What is His will? To be positive toward His Word. To study His Word. To learn it, to understand it, to apply is to your daily life and thus grow up spiritually. To be responsible in the areas you are expected to be responsible in, and to stop playing games with God, His principles, and life.
The disciples were indignant with the whole conversation. They had not learned and were not listening. They were interested in their own lives and in how they could use their relationship with Jesus, to gain position, authority, power, and prestige for themselves.
To advance ones self in life with an advancement which is true and correct (promoted by God) then you have to comply with His Plan for your life (study His Word and grow up). We just mentioned what you need to do, above. To pursue advancement through political connections, to pursue advancement through selfish self serving ambition, (boot licking, brown nosing), is to fail to understand your purpose in life.
God uses prepared believers, and prepared believers are those who advance in their spiritual life.
Who will sit at the right and left of Christ? The Royal Family. 'Those,' is plural and for which God the Father has prepared that position to which we will be assigned. We are Royal Family. We are Bride of Christ. We are in union with Him. We share His rulership and we share His inheritance. Again visit the Blessings list on the Index page for these details and many more blessings that we possess.
The position is not ours to ask for, nor do we deserve it, but is given by Gods grace as a gift. We can not earn it nor can we qualify for it from any effort of our own. God has something in mind for each one of us in this life as well as in the next. If we pursue our spiritual life and pass the various tests and challenges we will inevitably face in life, then God will use us to the fullest extent of His design for our lives. If we play games and ignore Him, then He will not use us in the manner He could have used us. We will just become 'filler' in history. What a waste of a life. You have heard the phrase, 'A mind is a terrible thing to waste,' but there is a better application of this phrase, 'Ones spiritual life is a terrible thing to waste,' because it is your life, and your spiritual status has eternal repercussions for you.
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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