Margin notes: Things I scribbled in the white spaces on Feb. 11, 2K9


notes-21. John 6:53-56 (ESV) 53So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.

RAF: Christ must be our all in all. He is not an add on to life – He must BE our life. If He is not what sustains us, if He is not as vital to our life as bread and water itself, the most basic and necessary of all things – then we do not really know Him.

 

2. John 7:16-17 (ESV) 16So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. 17If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.

RAF: If you are undecided as to whether or not Jesus’ teaching is the truth of God – you can know this about yourself – your own will is still contrary to God’s. You need to be saved. You are standing in a dangerous place. And, if you seek to avoid that reality by quickly affirming that you do believe Christ’s teaching is God’s own – then why do you not obey Him? Why do you not forsake your sins and seek mercy in Christ? Why do you not own Him as Lord of your own life?

 

3. John 7:37-39 (ESV) 37On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” 39Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

RAF: Here, the Scripture reveals to us one of the greatest concepts joined together with the reality of Christ atoning death that simply must be grasped rightly: Only by Christ’s death, burial and resurrection does the promised Spirit belong to the Believer. Indeed, He (the Spirit) is the GREAT promise of the New Covenant (Acts 2:38-39). The Holy Spirit is the one who is charged with bestowing the gifts of God to His children (1 Cor. 12:1-12). The Spirit is the one who makes us to know the love of God as He causes that love to be “poured into our hearts” (Rom. 5;5) and He alone reveals to us the things freely given to us by God (1 Cor. 2:9-12). What the Father ordains, the Son procures and the Spirit bestows. Salvation is a Trinitarian matter from beginning to end. And so it is the Christian life cannot be lived aright unless we learn to live in conscious, constant, deliberate dependence upon the indwelling Spirit of God. this is the promise of Christ to all who believe – that we will become partakers of His Spirit. And so absolute is this connection, that Paul can remind us in Romans 8:9 that “anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him.” Heavenly Father, teach us to drink only at this Well, and to give to others freely from it. Let Christ be glorified in our satisfaction in Him by the Spirit.

 

4. John 9:24-34 (ESV) 24So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” 25He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.

RAF: It is important for us to remember that men grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord. Sometimes, we can demand too much of young believers – that they posses a theological or doctrinal depth more fit with those older in Christ – before we receive their testimony. One can have quite imperfect ideas of the Savior at first. What they DO know, is that they can “see” and that it is Christ who has done it. As John Flavel once remarked, a baby in its crib, is no less a real child of its father because it cannot recognize his face or understand his words yet. Now what is also true is that as soon as the man in this account was met by Christ and given further truth – he took it readily and believed it. True children of Christ do grow – and do receive His Word, His teaching, and do not reject Him once they get to know more about Him. And as in this case, even if it means they will be rejected by others.  

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