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Who is Jesus Christ personally to you?
John 5:16-30
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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The Healing at the Pool
John 5:1-15
Struggling with verses in the Bible? Look at the big picture to keep clarity. Are you suffering? Jesus identified, knows, and understands.
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Published July 27th, 2019
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Bethesda rises good memories in me. I had the privilege to be at Bethesda in 2018. It was a hot and sunny afternoon under a clear sky when we arrived there. It does only add roughly to the picture of studying this passage because I find it hard, based on the excavation, to picture how it all happened. We were about 10 meters above looking down to the excavation of the pools. But it sure adds a bit to the overall picture of the scene. Close by, nowadays, is the Church of St. Anne which is a beautiful building with great acoustics inside. That's where we stopped to cool down and sing "Amazing Grace" with the whole traveling group. 5:4-5 Some seriously believe that black cats bring bad luck and knocking on wood brings good luck. We'd find this superstition in the extreme form today in very poor countries like Malawi. The angels "stirring up the water" is believed by some to be a myth. Early manuscripts do not read this verse and some show this verse in brackets added by some scholars who copied scripture, likely as a further explanation for the words of the sick man in 5:7 . This could become a lengthy research and discussion to evaluate whether this verse was original and therefore inspired and penned by John. Now, whether it was or not, just as all manuscriptually questionable verses, it does not add or remove from the clear and central message of the Bible about the Good News of Jesus Christ to grand at God's tremendous cost freely the reunification of imperfect and rebellious people to the one and only holy, perfect, righteous, good, merciful and loving God revealed in nature and the whole Bible. Why wait for 38 years to be healed if nobody actually got healed and this was a myth - I don't know - there is no good reason to believe a myth. He could have waited for those years because he was deceived and utterly hopeless to see through the deception. Is it possible that an angel touched the water and people got healed? - Yes, because angels are God's supernatural messengers and are often in service for us humans. Those physical miracles would not have been out of reach for God's angels. 5:6a b Jesus feels with the suffering. A true sign of a noble and strong character. People of great skill and high achievement have often hardened themselves toward weak, unintelligent, and suffering people. They tend to exploit them. But not so with the God-Man Jesus who would go through ultimate suffering at the cross and through that experience be able to identify with the sufferings of the body as well as spirit and soul. Suffering is a result of Adam's rebellion, i.e. sin, which affects the world we live in. Physically, there used to be no decay or aging - hence death - as we know it today. Spiritually, there were no broken relationships, no enmity, strife, jealousy, rivalries, separations and the like. Jesus prepared a place for His people where there will be no tears nor suffering anymore. And this He accomplished w hen He died for sinners and rose victoriously from the dead and was lifted up to heaven. A promise every Christian is happy to look forward to. 5:6c Jesus asked directly if the man wants to be made well. Jesus got usually asked this question. 5:9a Power of Jesus to rise 38 years paralyzed man. Either Jesus was also God to heal this man or this record is a straight out lie. The power of Jesus to do miracles was witnessed by a multitude of people. And the fact of His resurrection was witnessed by over 500 people at once before He went to be with God the Father (1Cor 15:6). The records are true and Jesus is God as well as Man. 5:9b Introduction to the conflict of healing on the Sabbat. 5:10 Interesting question by the Jews. If a man was paralyzed for 38 years, would not the right question be to ask how he was made well and be happy with him?
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John 5:1-15
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After this
Temporal
there was a feast of the Jews,
and Jesus went up
to Jerusalem.
Destination
in Jerusalem
Locative
by the Sheep Gate
Now there is ... a pool,
which is called ... Bethesda,
in Hebrew,
having five porches.
Accompaniment
In these lay a great multitude ... waiting for the moving of the water.
of sick people, blind,
lame,
paralyzed,
at a certain time
into the pool
For an angel went down ... and stirred up the water;
Ground
then whoever stepped in first, ... was made well
Result
after the stirring of the water,
of whatever disease he had.
Content
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty- eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there,
and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time,
He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
Answer
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
And that day was the Sabbath.
The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”
He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ”
Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”
But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
phrasing
Main point summary
Jesus went to a feast in Jerusalem where He met an infidel on a Sabbath at Bethesda and healed him. Then the healed infidel reported Jesus to the Jewish leaders.
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John 5:1-15
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After this there was a feast of the Jews,
After this there was a feast of the Jews,
and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
locative
Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool,
Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool,
which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.
which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.
ideaexplanation
In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed,
In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed,
waiting for the moving of the water.
waiting for the moving of the water
actionmanner
For an angel went down at a certain time
because it was said that an angel went down at a certain time
into the pool
into the pool
and stirred up the water;
and stirred up the water;
progression
then whoever stepped in first,
then the person who stepped in first,
after the stirring of the water,
after the stirring of the water,
temporal
was made well of whatever disease he had.
was made as a result well of whatever disease he had.
actionresult
ground
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity
thirty-eight years.
for 38 years.
When Jesus saw him lying there,
When Jesus saw him lying there,
and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time,
and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time ,
He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?"
The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up;
The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up;
but while I am coming,
but while I am coming,
another steps down before me.”
somebody else steps down before me."
questionanswer
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
Suprisingly Jesus said to him, "Rise, Take up your bed and walk."
And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
And as a result the man immediately was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
situationresponse
inference
And that day was the Sabbath.
And all this happened on a Sabbath .
The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath;
The Jewish leaders said therefore to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath;
it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”
therefore it is not lawful for you to carry your bed."
He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ”
He responded to them, "He who made me well said to me, 'Take up your bed and walk.'"
Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”
Then they asked him, "Who is the Man who said to you, 'Take up your bed and walk'?"
But the one who was healed did not know who it was,
But the on who was healed did not know who it was,
for Jesus had withdrawn,
because Jesus had withdrawn,
a multitude being in that place.
because of the multitude of people at that place.
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well.
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you have been made well.
Sin no more,
Sin therefore no more,
lest a worse thing come upon you.”
lest a worse thing come upon you."
The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
Surprisingly the man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
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