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Jesus identified as Christ by the works He did
John 10:22-42
Is the Lord Jesus Your personal Shepherd?
John 10:1-21
If Jesus had disregarded your traditions and good works, would you still have trusted and followed Him?
John 9:35-41
Formerly blind man silenced and kicked out of the community for testifying truthfully about Jesus Christ.
John 9:13-34
Jesus Christ gave sight to a blind man. And as back then, so He is today the eternal light in spiritual darkness for those looking to Him.
John 9:1-12
Jesus makes His eternal nature openly known with the "I AM" statement. No beginning and no end. Eternal God in human form.
John 8:48-59
Jesus Christ and God are One. You can't coherently believe God without Jesus and Jesus without God.
John 8:39-47
Are you burdened by mistakes and failures? Jesus can set you free!
John 8:31-38
Jesus Loves Sinners. See how He loved and forgave an Adulterer.
John 8:1-11
See a contrast of good and bad leadership
John 7:45-53
Have you heard about water that consists of more than two hydrogens and one oxygen atom?
John 7:37-44
Jesus Christ ascended back to God the Father after His incarnation, death, and resurrection, 2000 years ago.
John 7:32-36
Are the sources for your worldview and beliefs reliable, consistent, and overall true?
John 7:27-31
At a scale of 0 to 1, how are your moral judgment skills?
John 7:20-26
If you knew there is a place where people want to kill you, would there be something that could make you go there anyway?
John 7:14-20
Seek and find Jesus Christ for the right reasons
John 7:10-13
The Lord wants His people to judge righteously and live for eternity
John 7:1-9
Do you believe in Jesus? How come you do or don't?
John 6:60-71
Find your eternal need and satisfaction met in Jesus Christ. Believe Him.
John 6:25-59
Jesus went through the storm of death for you
John 6:16-24
Jesus displays His Compassion, Sufficiency, Thriftiness, and Patience in the story of the feeding of the five thousand
John 6:1-15
How do you know who to trust?
John 5:31-47
Who is Jesus Christ personally to you?
John 5:16-30
Struggling with verses in the Bible? Look at the big picture to keep clarity. Are you suffering? Jesus identified, knows, and understands.
John 5:1-15
Do you know God? - Or is a wrong understanding of Him keeping you at distance?
John 4:43-54
Jesus revealed Himself as Messiah to a Samaritan woman. She and many in her city believed in Him once they got to know Him.
John 4:1-42
How a right view of God, your neighbor, and yourself may lead you to live a God-honoring and intelligent life.
1 Corinthians 3
How envy and humility may change your life
John 3:22-36
Jesus proved His love for God the Father and true worshippers by standing up for them against powerful rulers who increasingly hated Him.
John 2:12-25
The source of joy that surpasses everything else in my life.
Romans 5
Why are there seasons of lack of joy and happiness?
John 2:1-11
What determines who you follow on social media? - Do you know Jesus? Have you decided to follow Him first and foremost?
John 1:35-51
Do you remember a time when you were honored with a good testimony? Read here about John's unique testimony of Jesus.
John 1:29-34
Who is John the Baptist? But more importantly: "Who are you?" and "Who is Jesus Christ?"
John 1:19-28
The Lord is supreme over all! Hallelujah!
Psalms 113
Who is Jesus Christ? Find deep treasures about Him in the God-inspired writings of Apostel John.
John 1:1-18
Do you note and avoid false teachers? Are you part of a team that works for the furtherance of the Good News of Christ? Yes? - Praise God!
Romans 16:17-27
What did Paul appreciate most in others?
Romans 16:1-16
What to do when desire and calling are not matching? See how Paul did it.
Romans 15:22-31
God fulfilled His promise of the Good News for the Gentiles in Paul's life. Which promises does God fulfill in your life?
Romans 15:14-21
Do you have trouble with a weakness of your brother/sister in the Lord? Accept him/her because Christ accepted you despite your weaknesses.
Romans 15:1-13
Do things from faith. All action in doubt is sin.
Romans 14:14-23
Walk fully convinced in the fear of the Lord. Don't despise or judge a fellow-saint but seek his best.
Romans 14:1-13
Outline of Romans 4: Saving Faith explained
Romans 4
Time is short - love one another and your neighbor by being led by the Spirit, in reflecting Christ to them.
Romans 13:8-14
Our lives are governed by authorities that God appointed
Romans 13:1-7
All things such as space, energy, and authority were created by God's perfect representative, that is the supreme God-Man Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:15-16
Paul's instruction on how to relate to fellow believers and unbelievers
Romans 12:9-21
What is your gift as a member of the body of Christ?
Romans 12:3-8
What is better than life?
Psalms 63
In God alone I put my trust, who is my Deliverer, strong Protector, Refuge, and save Shelter.
Psalms 62
How to know the will of God
Romans 12:1-2
What does the goodness of God lead you to think, say, and do?
Romans 11:11-36
David walked in integrity, are you too?
Psalms 26
A prayer to know more our Lord Jesus Christ
Ephesians 1:17-19
Think soberly and walk in the fear of the Lord, because God is blessed for His great saving work in Jesus Christ for you.
1 Peter 1
God offers His righteousness in grace as a gift in Jesus Christ.
Romans 3
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. - Col 2:3
Proverbs 2:1-9
Amazing grace of God! He is faithful, and will complete what He started.
Romans 11:1-10
Israel disobeyed and rejected God's compassion to save. Please don't do the same mistake. Receive God's gift of eternal life in Christ.
Romans 10:14-21
How does a victorious life look like for you?
Psalms 148
Believe Jesus and receive eternal life.
John 3:1-21
Zealous works cannot save, but faith in Christ does!
Romans 10:1-13
Focus on the Lord in your difficulty.
Psalms 123
Where does your help come from?
Psalms 121
Revive me, O Lord.
Psalms 119:153-160
Israel in large rejects God's righteousness by faith, how about you? Have you accepted God's gift of a perfect standing in Christ?
Romans 9:30-33
Christians exist only because of the mercy and compassion of God.
Romans 9:14-29
God's Word was, is, and will always be effective
Romans 9:6-13
Paul's grief for Israel's rejection of Christ
Romans 9:1-5
Nothing can separate the elect of God form the love of Christ.
Romans 8:31-39
Jesus, King-everlasting, shamed, mocked and tortured by His creatures, to restore a relationship with them.
Matthew 27:27-31
God works Christ-likeness in those he foreknew.
Romans 8:28-30
The Lord is Holy. Majestic, mighty, and faithful King who always was is and forever will be. He is the everlasting King!
Psalms 93
What is the Spirit's part of work in the life of God's children?
Romans 8:26-27
Christians groan in longing for their glorification
Romans 8:23-25
Outline of Romans 2
Romans 2
What gets creation to perfection?
Romans 8:19-22
Children of God are saved to be glorified together with Christ.
Romans 8:16-18
Great is God the giver of every spiritual blessing!
Ephesians 1:3-4
What does it mean to live according to the Spirit?
Romans 8:1-17
The law cannot help in the struggle with indwelling sin but the Lord Jesus can.
Romans 7:13-25
Is the law still condemning you or have you found the grace of God in Christ?
Romans 7:7-12
Are you in the flesh under the curse of the law, or are you liberated serving in the newness of the Spirit?
Romans 7:1-6
Do you live as a person who is under grace? Are you devoted to God or yourself? We received all in Christ, should we not also live for Him?
Romans 6:15-23
What does your baptism mean?
Romans 6:1-14
Great disasters will happen before the powerful and glorious appearance of the Son of Man. Tribes will mourn; the elect will be gathered.
Matthew 24:29-31
The Fall of Humanity and God's gracious Gift of Justification
Romans 5:12-21
Outline of Romans 1
Romans 1:1-32
Rejoice: In Christ's death and resurrection, reconciliation and salvation is freely available for you.
Romans 5:6-11
Justification by faith grands peace with God, access to God and an overflowing joy which causes to boast in God even in suffering.
Romans 5:1-5
What are the signs of the Lord's coming and the end of the age?
Matthew 24:1-28
God's promise, Abrahams faith, and its lesson
Romans 4:13-25
Were the Jews who lived at the old testament time saved in the same manner as the Gentiles today?
Romans 4:1-8
Who do you boast in?
Romans 3:27-31
Have you received the righteousness of God by believing Jesus? Or are you still in your sins? Trust Him today to be made right in Gods sight
Romans 3:21-26
All are guilty before God. There is none righteous. All are under sin.
Romans 3:9-20
God is faithful to save and just in all His judgments. Either submit to His truth, or His wrath will inflict you for your sins.
Romans 3:1-8
No salvation in anything outward which man could boast in, but only in God who causes the inward change of heart.
Romans 2:25-29
The Jew knows the will of God, but fails as the Gentile in doing it. All have failed and are guilty.
Romans 2:17-24
A call for repentance to lost and self-righteous sinners.
Luke 15:11-32
Bear fruit for God because we belong to and love Jesus
Romans 7:4-6
The blessed man meditates on the law of the Lord
Psalms 1:1-6
Meditate on Scripture
Joshua 1:8
All men are unrighteous and therefore under the wrath of God. They are guilty unless they received the righteousness of God by faith.
Romans 2:1-16
Praise the Lord. He takes pleasure in His people.
Psalms 149
The Spirit intercedes for us in our weaknesses.
Romans 8:26-27
No one served God like Jesus; He is the greatest. Hypocrites work for themselves to be seen and praised by man. Their desire misleads them.
Matthew 23:1-36
Gott zeigt seine Größe im Erhalten und Versorgen der Bedürftigen. Lob und Ruhm sei Gott dem ewigen König für alle Zeit.
Psalms 145
The denial of the truth of the existence of God is followed by unrighteous and wicked characteristics.
Romans 1:18-32
Highly honored by the Gospel of Christ
Romans 1:16-17
An example of how Paul made plans according to his call and longing and then trusted God to succeed or hinder these plans.
Romans 1:8-15
The privilege of being in Christ! No condemnation, and a walk in the Spirit!
Romans 8:1-4
Beloved of God; you who are called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:1-7
The Lord is long-suffering, who desires that all men come to repentence.
2 Peter 3:8-9
Reconciled to God through Christ's death and saved by His life to evermore rejoice in that fact.
Romans 5:10-11
A people of God
1 Peter 2:9-10
In Christ we may receive all things that exist for life and godliness to share in divine nature
2 Peter 1:3-4
Is there anything better than the Love of God in Christ?
Romans 8:31-39
Paulus bittet das der Vater der Herrlichkeit den Heiligen in Epheser den Geist der Weisheit und der Offenbarung gebe.
Ephesians 1:15-23
Experience the power of God in your life through prayer together with your brothers and sisters.
James 5:13-18
Blessed is the one who trusts the Lord
Psalms 84
Wealth cannot save you, Christ can. Forsake the dream that riches will fulfill you and follow Christ who is the all-surpassing reward.
Matthew 19:23-30
God is the judge and lawgiver. Submit to His law and do not speak evil against you brother.
James 4:11-12
God's work of Regeneration - A new heart with new desires and His Spirit to live a fulfilled life in the will of God
Ezekiel 36:25-27
Do you labor for the people of God?
Colossians 4:12-13
Fruchtbar oder Unfruchtbar?
John 15:1-3
Praise the Lord for of His might and acts of mercy
Psalms 147
Kill sin, because in Christ you have put off the sinful nature. Put on Christ, because in Him you have put Him on already.
Colossians 3:1-17
To be blessed and truly honored by God is to live out what Christ has done for His church
Psalms 119:1-8
Trust and be content in the Lord; He is your Helper; He will never leave nor forsake you!
Hebrews 13:5-6
Live out the from God received Wisdom, but be careful not to boast of wisdom if your heart is sidetracked by the flesh.
James 3:13-18
Are you wholeheartedly devoted to good works? Can people learn when they see you work?
Titus 3:12-15
Foolish talk is useless, empty, and self- condemning. Warn those who do that and stay away from them if they do not repent.
Titus 3:9-11
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Jesus Is the Light of the World
John 8:12-30
Are you spiritually lost in darkness? Jesus is the light of the world and the giver of the light of life.
Published March 20th, 2021
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Key verse main point summary
Discourse 8:12
Main point summary
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Commentary Notes
I grew up 200 km from the north sea and remembered many mild cloudy and rainy days. One of the beauties of living in extreme-cold-Manitoba, Canada, is the amount of sunshine we experience compared to some places closer to the coasts. Just yesterday, when I went for a walk and enjoyed the sunlight on my skin, it apparently travelled 8 minutes all the way from the sun to my skin—a marvel of God's creation. Jesus claimed in the following passage to be the light of the world. A statement with an implication for everyone. Human or God...Human and God? No mere sensible human being makes claims such as "I am the light of the world" or "I am the bread of life" because those are absolute statements that only belong to God. An infinitely powerful, omniscient, and supreme being. Jesus reveals His God-nature with those statements. A person that claims to be light? The meaning of Jesus's words to be the light of the world is very intuitive because almost all people have experienced light and darkness. People understand the effect of light in their life. If all people were to be represented in brightness, then Jesus would be the sun and all other people darkness with some properties of reflection of the sun. Is your claim valid? How do we know that a person actually is what he claims to be in the business world? In the west, society recognizes institutions and associations that certify qualified people for specific jobs and tasks, such as Engineers, Techs, Journeymen, etc. The Jewish leaders were right to check the validity of Jesus's claims. The problem was that in their jealousy they had disqualified Jesus already. It is hard and sometimes seems impossible to change the attitude of a presumptuous person. Are you trustworthy? Jesus supports the validity and accuracy of His testimony by relying on omniscience. Eternity past and future were open like a book to Him. He also referred to God the Father as a witness to comply with the "two-witness-rule" for validity as per Moses law. Both claims rest on the premise that Jesus was not mere men but also God. Common people do not know all the events and beings of eternity. The Jewish leaders had judged Jesus to be a common man. That's why non of Jesus's answers made sense to them. They perceived His answers as blasphemes and ludicrous. Not yet, but later? The grace, love, and kindness of Jesus has kindled an interest and turned many initial rejecters and blasphemers to accepting faith and eternal life as He foretold, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he...". A bad situation yet a good outcome? "While he was saying these things, many people believed in him." The noble and respected Jewish authorities rejected Jesus, but many common people believed Him after a rather heated disagreement with the authorities. Personally, I believe who Jesus testified to be. Not only were old recorded promises fulfilled when he appeared on earth, but His supernatural acts were eye-witnessed and His claims during his life proved to be true. The effect of His presence 2000 years ago is evident to this day and also personally in my life. How about you? Who is Jesus to you?
Key verse main point summary
Jesus promises the light of life to His followers.
Discourse 8:12
John 8:12
Then Jesus spoke out again, 19
Jesus declared:
“I am the light of the world. 20
"I am the light that created and sustained the universe and its existence, similar to the planets and materials that radiate light to sustain biological existence on earth. There was utter darkness in the beginning. No light, no life, and emptiness apart from Me.
The one who follows me
Since I am the origin of all light , those who confess to be in spiritual darkness and put there trust in Me to be led by Me as the absolute standard of truth,
will never 21 walk in darkness,
will, as a result , never live life in spiritual darkness apart from Me
but will have the light of life .”
but will possess spiritual light in Me for this and the afterlife."
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. (John 1:4 NASB)
He who has will be given more and he will have in abundance. He who has not will be taken what he has. Matthew ? -bible reading
Main point summary
Many believed Jesus after He publicly disagreed with the Jewish leaders on theology. Jesus openly revealed His divine origin and His relationship with God the Father.
John 8:12-30
Then Jesus spoke out again, 19
Jesus declared:
“I am the light of the world. 20
"I am the light of the world.
The one who follows me
Therefore the one who follows me
will never 21 walk in darkness,
will, as a result , never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life .”
but will have the light of life."
So the Pharisees 22 objected, 23
Jesus claim resulted in the Pharisees objection,
“You testify about yourself;
"You testify about yourself;
your testimony is not true !” 24
therefore your testimony is not true!"
Jesus answered, 25
Then Jesus answered,
“Even if I testify about myself,
"Even if I testify about myself,
my testimony is true ,
then my testimony is true,
because I know
because I know
where I came from and where I am going.
where I came and where I am going.
But you people 26 do not know
But you people do not know
where I came from or where I am going. 27
where I came from or where I am going.
You people 28 judge by outward appearances; 29
Furthermore, you people judge by outward appearances;
I do not judge anyone. 30
I do not judge anyone.
But if I judge ,
Nevertheless, if I judge,
my evaluation is accurate , 31
then my evaluation is accurate,
because I am not alone when I judge , 32
because I am not alone when I judge,
but I and the Father who sent me do so together. 33
but I and the Father who send me do so together.
It is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true . 34
Just as it is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true.
I testify about myself 35 and the Father who sent me testifies about me.”
So again, we are two witnesses: I testify about myself and the Father who sent me testifies about me."
Then they began asking 36 him,
Then they began asking him,
“Who is your father?”
"Who is your father?"
Jesus answered,
Jesus answered,
“You do not know either me or my Father.
"You do not know me or either my Father.
If you knew me
Because if you knew me
you would know my Father too.” 37
then you would know my Father too."
(Jesus 38 spoke these words
(Jesus spoke these words
near the offering box 39
near the offering box
while he was teaching
while he was teaching
in the temple courts. 40
in the temple courts.
No one seized him
And no one seized him
because his time 41 had not yet come.) 42
because his time had not yet come.)
Then Jesus 43 said to them again, 44
Then Jesus said to them again,
“I am going away,
"I am going away,
and you will look for me 45
and you will look for me
but will die in your sin . 46
yet you will not find me and die in your sin.
Where I am going you cannot come.”
This is because where I am going you cannot come with sin."
So the Jewish leaders 47 began to say, 48
So the Jewish leaders began to say,
“Perhaps he is going to kill himself,
"Perhaps he is going to kill himself,
because he says, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’”
because he says, "Where I am going you cannot come.""
Jesus replied, 49
Jesus replied ,
“You people 50 are from below;
"You people are from below;
I am from above.
I, on the other hand , am from above.
You people are from this world;
To clarify , you people are from this world;
I am not from this world.
I, on the other hand, am not from this world.
Thus I told you 51 that you will die in your sins .
That is why I told you that you will die in your sins.
For unless you believe that I am he, 52
because I came into this world to save people from sin but you don't believe me. Unless you believe that I am God,
you will die in your sins .”
you will die in your sins."
So they said to him,
So they said to him,
“Who are you?”
"Who are you?"
Jesus replied, 53
Jesus replied,
“What I have told you
"What I have told you
from the beginning.
from the beginning.
I have many things to say and to judge 54 about you,
Besides I have many things to say and to judge about you,
but the Father 55 who sent me is truthful, 56
nevertheless, what I've told you from the beginning is that the Father who sent me is truthful,
and the things I have heard from him I speak to the world.” 57
and the things I have heard from him I speak to the world."
(They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.) 58
(However, the Jewish leaders did not understand that he was telling them about his Father, that is, God the Father.)
Then Jesus said, 59
Then Jesus said,
“When you lift up the Son of Man,
" When you lift up the Son of Man,
then you will know that I am he, 60
then you will know that I am God, the promised Deliverer,
and I do nothing on my own initiative, 61
and that I do nothing on my own initiative,
but I speak just what the Father taught me. 62
but I speak just what the Father taught me.
And the one who sent me is with me.
And God the Father who sent me is also with me.
He has not left me alone, 63
That is, He has not left me alone,
because I always do those things that please him.”
because I always do those things that please him."
While he was saying these things,
While he was saying these things,
many people 64 believed in him.
many people believed in him.
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. (John 1:4 NASB)
He who has will be given more and he will have in abundance. He who has not will be taken what he has. Matthew ? -bible reading
People believed Jesus
Jesus's claim to be God sparked an argument with the Jewish leaders.
Jesus answers questions about the validity of His testimony and theology, that is, His relationship with God the Father.
Jesus again reveals His divinity and foretells the future. The Jewish leaders mock Him for that. Jesus continues to reveal His origin and His ability to forgive sins.
The Jewish leaders asked for Jesus identity. Jesus again revealed His divine origin and said they they would know that to be true when they've crucified Him.
Quick Notes and References
Light in physics What was know about light in Jesus' time? Definitions: Also called lu·mi·nous en·er·gy, radiant energy . electromagnetic radiation to which the organs of sight react, ranging in wavelength from about 400 to 700 nanometers and propagated at a speed of 186,282 miles per second (299,972 kilometres per second), considered variously as a wave, a stream of particles, or a quantum phenomenon. the brightness that comes from the sun , fire , etc. and electrical devices , and that allows things to be seen . Study of artificial light Keywords: Intensity, colour rendering index, colour temperature, efficacy (lumens/watt), illumination (lux) 8:12 What does it mean to follow Jesus? 8:12 b How is Jesus the light of the world? What does he refer to with light? What is light? Fact 1: Darkness is the absence of light. One of the purposes of window-shutters and blinders is to limit the light that shines into a room. Fact 2: Light brings life. Light is essential for many organisms to exist. Plants need light to grow and function. Fact 3: The human eye depends on visible light for perception. Human life is significantly impaired without light. 8:12 e How can any sane person claim to be the light of the world? - It is a claim of God. Either Jesus was God or insane. 8:15 "I judge no one" - How so? - what is the meaning of 'judging' in this context? 8:19 "If you knew me you would know my Father too." Highly offensive to the Pharisees. He says if you know me, then you know God. The flow of argument Jesus gives His testimony. Pharisees object to Jesus’s testimony as it appeared to lack witnesses. Jesus reveals his witness and points out people's shallow methods of judgment. Pharisees inquire about his witness. Jesus addresses their ignorance. Jewish leaders mock Jesus. Jesus states facts warning the Jewish leaders. Jewish leaders inquire about Jesus's identity. Jesus foretells the day on which they will understand who he is keywords NET: 8x Father 8x Jesus 7x testify, testimony 5x judge 3x sin 2x Pharisees keywords NKJV: 8x Father 7x Jesus 1x testimony, 6x witness 4x Pharisees 4x judge 3x sin
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