John Lesson 4 Day 3

John Lesson 4 Day 2,John Lesson 4 Day 3, John Lesson 4 Day 5

John Lesson 4 Day 3

John 3:9-15

7. a. In John 3:11 Jesus says, “we tell you what we know and have seen.”

Some scholars suggest Jesus was referring to His disciples when He said “we.” But this was early in His ministry. Even later on, His disciples were pretty clueless. After Jesus rose from the dead, they began to catch on. It wasn’t until after the Holy Spirit came they really understood.

Instead, Jesus likely refers to Himself, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. He also refers to what they see in Heaven. In John 8:28, Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.” Also John 7:16, “Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.”

The NIV and some other translations have a footnote on John 3:13 which includes an additional phrase that appears in some or most manuscripts. (One commentary says it appears in all manuscripts.) When added the verse reads, “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man [who is in heaven]. (emphasis added.) This additional phrase shows that Jesus is omnipresent therefore divine. While He is talking to Nicodemus on earth, Jesus’ spirit, is also in heaven with the Father.

In John 3:2, Nicodemus said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God…” so the fact that Jesus also said we mirrors Nicodemus’ statement. But Jesus speaks of a far superior we.

In John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. And the Word was God.” In Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.'” One Hebrew name of God, Elohim, is used 2598 times in the Old Testament. Elohim is a plural noun. (In Hebrew, “im” on the end of a noun makes that word plural. Examples, cherabim, seraphim each refer to more than one. Cherub and seraph each refer to one being.)

b. Jesus said, “You won’t believe our testimony.”

Jesus here adds John the Baptist to the plural “our.”

John 1:19-28 The Pharisees didn’t believe the testimony of John the Baptist either.  When asked, he replied, “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’”

John 2:13-25 When Jesus ran the commerce out of the Temple, He quoted David’s prophecy, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” Jesus also offered the sign of His death and resurrection. Most of Jews still refuse to believe even after He fulfilled the prophecy.

8. Jesus said, “And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”

Numbers 21:4-9 The Bronze Snake

Just as Moses lifted up a bronze snake on a pole and everyone who looked at it was healed, so Jesus would be lifted up on the cross. Everyone who looks to Him with true faith will be healed of the plague sin brought into their hearts. John 12:32-33 makes it clear Jesus is speaking of His crucifixion.

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.” John 12:32-33 NIV (The Greek for lifted up also means exalted.)

9. a. John 3:13-17 Salvation

The focus of John 3:16 isn’t about perishing, it’s about eternal life. Jesus offers us a gift. He forgave our sins, but it’s like money deposited in our name. We can live in poverty our entire lives, or we can go to the bank and claim our inheritance.

Eternal Life

Eternal life begins the day we believe and receive—exchanging our filthy rags for His robe of righteousness.

According to Jesus’ own words in John 17:3, everlasting life is knowing God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, and it’s not just knowing them but knowing them in the biblical sense of the word. This is speaking of intimacy.

A person who comes to the Lord for forgiveness of sins but doesn’t go on to experience intimacy with the Lord is missing the true point of salvation. It is a wonderful benefit of salvation to avoid hell and all its torments. But everlasting life begins on earth (John 3:36) in the form of intimacy with the Father and Son.

Sin was like a barrier that blocked our access to God. Without the removal of that barrier, there could be no true fellowship with the Father. Therefore, Jesus did take the sin of the whole world upon Himself (John 12:32) and has reconciled us to God (2 Corinthians 5:19). But if we don’t go past where the barrier used to be, into intimacy with the Father, we are missing the true point of salvation in this life. Andrew Wommack

Saved / Sozo

Acts 4:12 “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

Romans 10:13 “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

The Greek word translated saved is Strongs 4982 sṓzō (from sōs, “safe, rescued”) – properly, deliver out of danger and into safety; used principally of God rescuing believers from the penalty and power of sin – and into His provisions (safety).

b. I’m thankful for all the benefits of God’s unearned and undeserved favor!

I have a relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit right now. We have glorious, intimate fellowship.

My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 4 Day 3