This year, it is our privilege to get to know John, the author of a good portion of what is now the New Testament.
There is much to learn. Today, we had two revelations as we began our journey:
Revelation one has to do with what we willthe mechanics of rebirth. It is written in John 1:12-13 that those who believe in Jesus, the Messiah, are given the right to become children of God. How does this miracle occur?
It was revealed to us as the spirit of God penetrating the believer. It is a miracle, yet we will attempt to describe it as clearly as possible. The Spirit of God descends as a mere drop of oil on the head, which then enters the body, as if flesh were not a barrier.
This drop grows larger until it fills the entire physical presence of the believer, for it is the essence of the Lord permeating the flesh of the believer.
This was confirmed as we read the next line, John 1:14: The Word BECAME FLESH and dwelt amongst us. This vision and John’s choice of descriptive language reveal the deep understanding and intimacy that John has with the Father.
It is no mistake that in Chapter 3, the third witness of this truth appears as John recounts Jesus’ shock in John 3:10 that Nicodemus, a teacher of Israel, would be ignorant of the mechanics of spiritual rebirth. Nicodemus’ ignorance is striking because He was a Pharisee, one who believed in life after death and the coming of the Messiah.
The second revelation is that John was one of two disciples of John the Baptist, whom upon witnessing the baptism of Jesus, immediately followed Jesus and asked where He was staying. The other was Andrew. Both of these first disciples told their brothers that they had found the Messiah. The brother of Andrew was Peter, and the brother of John was James.
John, like Isaiah before Him, was eagerly awaiting the Jewish Messiah. While He was a fisherman by day, his spiritual thirst attracted Him to John the Baptist. His perceptiveness drew Him to Jesus.
The spirit of Isaiah was upon John, and the Spirit of the Living God is upon all of us.
We encourage you to join us on this journey, we will be studying the Gospel of John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Revelation, and The Acts of John. We will also look back to Proto-Isaiah for the source of this passion for the Messiah which He and John shared.
We would love to have you along and to hear your insights as they are revealed.