08 October 2010

Notes from John 13-15

John 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;

(1) The contrast: instances where God put something in someone’s heart. Exodus 35:34; 1 Kings 10:24; 2 Chronicles 9:23; Ezra 7:27; Nehemiah 2:12; Nehemiah 7:5; Psalm 4:7; 2 Corinthians 8:16 (2) This is why it is so important to keep your heart with all diligence. Jeremiah 17:9-10; Proverbs 4:23; Ephesians 4:27 (3) And incline your heart in the right direction. Joshua 24:23; Psalm 119:36; Psalm 141:4 (4) The next step in the progression. John 12:27

John 13:10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

Scofield’s notes: Typically, the order of approach to the presence of God was, first, the brazen altar of sacrifice and then the laver of cleansing (Exodus 40:6-7). See also the order in Exodus 30:17-21. Christ cannot have communion with a defiled saint, but He can and will cleanse Him.

John 13:14-15 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

Bible school notes from the class on the book of John:

Based on this text, there are churches that practice foot-washing as an “ordinance,” but Jesus is no more commanding us to wash one another’s feet than He is to eat His flesh and drink His blood (John 6). The passage says it’s an EXAMPLE – not an ordinance, not a commandment, an example.

The reason Jesus washed the disciples’ feet was because they were dirty. Is it not fair to say that we in the United States might go several years without having anyone walk into our church on a Sunday morning with (visibly) dirty feet? There is no practical purpose for literal foot washing.

Would it not be a great act of humility? Sure. There might be some validity to the practice with the right heart and right intent. So we wouldn’t criticize it, but we wouldn’t command it, either.

Now here’s the example. Jesus purifies the disciples from the defilement they picked up walking down the road. And so we ought to encourage one another and edify one another and help keep each other clean; not point out the uncleanness of others, but help them get rid of it.

Pride is the killer. We really have a hard time following Jesus example because (1) we don’t have a genuine care about our brothers and sisters enough to help them get their feet clean, and (2) we don’t have enough trust in our brothers and sisters to let them touch our toes.

When we walk through the door of the church house we should all understand that we have all been out in the world and have gotten dirty without even trying. So let’s help each other get our minds on Jesus and get our hearts where they ought to be and get our minds in the right place. That should be the purpose of our fellowship. When we come to church, let’s talk about Jesus. Let’s sing about Jesus. Let’s fellowship about Jesus. Because He’s the one who is going to be able to get us clean.

John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

More DSB notes: Why are (some) Christians miserable? They know what’s right; they just won’t do it. Couldn’t be any plainer.

John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.

So fulfilled prophecy is a legitimate argument for the inspiration of scripture. Isaiah 42:9; Isaiah 46:10; Isaiah 48:3-5

John 13:27-28 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.

In verse 21, Jesus told the disciples that one of them would betray Him. Nobody suspected Judas. In verse 26, Jesus identified Judas as the betrayer. In verse 27, Jesus tells Judas to go ahead and get it over with. And still, verse 28, the disciples have no idea of what Judas is leaving supper to go do. Verse 29, they think that thief is going to go give something to the poor.

Warning to the hypocrite: There’s a good chance you’re fooling the people around you. There’s not a chance in the world you’re fooling Almighty God.

Warning to the brother/sister with the “gift of discernment”: You have no idea what you’re talking about. Don’t pretend you know somebody else’s heart. You don’t even know your own.

John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Scofield’s notes: Three conditions of the fruitful life: (1) cleansing, vv. 2-3; (2) abiding, v. 4; (3) obedience, vv. 10-12. Three degrees in fruit-bearing: (1) fruit, v. 2; (2) more fruit, v. 2; (3) much fruit, vv. 5, 8.

John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Repeated in (at least) John 13:31-35; 1 John 3:16; John 15:17-19; Romans 13:8; Matthew 22:37-40; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 3:11; 1 John 4:7-8; 1 John 4:20; 2 John 1:5. Do you think He meant it?

John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Again from Scofield: Progressive intimacy in John: (1) servants, John 13:13; (2) friends, John 15:15; (3) brethren, John 20:17.

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