John 12:23-36 ~ February 5, 2012

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The last LORD’s day, He spoke from verses 23-34.  At the time of this scripture, John 12, Jesus, who was coming to Jerusalem to the Passover was not coming to restore the Kingdom as the people believed.  He was coming to bring the Kingdom of God.  The Kingdom of God is populated by those who are living under the grace of God through Jesus the Christ.  At this time, the people of Israel were not redeemed from their sin.  They had not received Christ Jesus as their savior so they were still living under the Law, under sin.  Jesus came to change that by going to the cross and becoming the “bearer of their sins”, the “satisfier of the Law” called the “propitiation.”  In 1John 2:2, the seed ,verse 24, that would fall into the ground and bring forth the harvest of souls for the Kingdom of God.  All that would receive Him would be converted as Colossians 1:13 declares.  He delivers us from the Power of darkness and translates us into the Kingdom of Christ Jesus, the Kingdom of God.  The lesson we must learn here is that man cannot restore sinners.  Still, our atheistic antichrist world is filled with all kinds of programs and organizations to restore people from their sinful lives having little result.  What is needed is the wonderful grace of conversion being made a new creation “old things are passed away all things are become new”, 2 Corinthians 5:17.  The kingdom of God cannot be restored.  It must be made of those that are in the kingdom by the Grace of God in Jesus Christ. 

Next, in verses 25-27, He declared His heart for us whose hearts are His.  This is the mystery of His will, that He would reveal Himself to the world and continue to save souls through those of His Kingdom, those filled with His Spirit.  In Luke 9:23-24, Jesus tells us that we must lay down the life in which we live and take up the Life of Jesus.  The LORD explained to us that this means, He wants to live through us that have received Him as savior and LORD.  By this He could continue to give salvation to souls through our lives.  In John 12:25-26, Jesus declares that those of His kingdom will do this, share Jesus.

In verses 25-27, He spoke to us that today this gospel is not being proclaimed but rather a “Cheap Grace.”  This term was defined by the German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who like the Apostles gave his life for the Gospel being executed by the SS.  He said“Cheap Grace Preaching the gospel with no Repentance and Obedience.”  “Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession. … Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate."

Then, in verses 28-34, the LORD showed us that when we live in the flesh we are living in the realm of the devil, Galatians 5:19-21.  The bottom line in what the LORD is saying is that we must determine to live as John the Baptist, thinking, saying and living with this principal “I must decrease that He may increase” in me. 

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