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Friends Must Know What Jesus is Doing (Bible)

Like the 11 Apostles Jesus was talking to as recorded in John 15:15, you must know what Jesus is trying to do on earth through His kingdom in order to potentially met the requirements to be a Friend of Jesus.  {See page “Friends of Jesus” on www.biblecombibleman.comFriends_of_Jesus_Page website.

“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does  not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”  (John 15:15)

This is perhaps the hardest of all requirements in accepting the challenge to be a “Friend of Jesus” because these 11 Apostles had the advantage of direct day and night teaching with many examples from Jesus Himself.  You will have to learn it from the Bible, that is the only way that you are going to know what the Master Jesus is doing in the world.  There are actually two aspects of the same thing here to be called a Friend:  (1) you have to know what Jesus is all about in a far more than superficial manner; and (2) Jesus has to make known to you every­thing, all truth, that He has received from God the Father in order to give it to disciples on this earth.

Two impossibilities?  No, not really; because recall how Jesus teaches in this same long and special teaching session of John 14-17, that you are actually bet­ter than the first disciples who had the personal presence of Jesus, because the Other Helper will help you learn Bible and help you comprehend what Jesus is trying to do on earth.  And the “all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you” reminds us of how Jesus now manifests Himself to us and not to the world, recall the answer He gave to Judas, not Iscariot.

“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word:  and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our home with him.”  (John 14:23)

There it is:  God and Jesus come to make their home in you.  You just have to make sure that you spend a lot of time in the Bible; not necessarily reading popu­lar books about the Bible, but on the Bible itself. As one professor of Bible said at a Baptist College, “Read your Bibles, they will throw a lot of light on the com­mentaries.”  Now, we are not talking about piddling like in the little lessonettes in Sunday School once a week, but we are talking about serious Bible study and meditation.  Yes, you should think about it in about the same amount of times that spend reading it. Yes, you should read the Bible through every year; but I would suggest that before you start the process to get some guidance on correct interpretations of the Bible.  I would strongly recommend to you that you get if you do not already have, a Bible like the Nelson Slim Line {yes, you can order in on-line from SunGrist_Bible at}, a Bible where all the New Testament quotes are highlighted in some manner, like indentation in the Nelson slim line; and that for at least a year you will center your Bible study around those approximate 250 quotes in the New Testament from the Old Tes­tament.  {You can get a jump start on this quotes by reading MAGIC OUTLINE from SunGrist Bible commentaries,}  What you will find is that your Helper the Holy Spirit as He worked with Apostles and Proph­ets lead them in the writing of New Testament books to the extent that those 250 quotes in the New Testament were carefully chosen to be the top topics and subtopics of truth, of the Bible, and exactly the most important things that God the Father has desires for thousands of years to communicate to His own people.  You see while there are thousands of thousands of verses in the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit through Apostles selected only approximately 250-500 {depend­ing on how verses are in the quote} deemed important enough for the New Bible for the Gentiles and Jews, the New Testament.

Now, these approximately 250 locations in the New Testament besides being the most important truth transferred over from the Old Testament, has the astounding functionality of interpretation with them.  Yes, with every quote you will find the correct interpretation, and this is exactly what the Apostle Peter meant when he wrote “no scripture is of any private interpretation”.  The Apostle, or associate of an Apostle like in the case of John Mark and Luke, give you the proper interpretation with the quote.  It is what I like to call the ASPI interpretation, for Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation:  (1) it is the only interpretation authorized by God Himself, and you see how He has done it through the Spirit of Truth, Jesus, God, and the Apostles; (2) It is not a pri­vate interpretation like from the Jesus Seminar or from the many popular Bible teachers today who think they have received new and unauthorized reve­lations, as it is almost Public; (3) the only reason it is not completely public since it originated with the very Public God the Father who is the God of all is because those with the Spirit {alias Jesus and God manifest in their heart and not to the world}, they will miss the uniqueness of the private interpretation--remember, manifest inwardly to disciples and not to the world; (4) Interpreta­tion, yes you can call it one interpretation for each quote, although you on the receiver end can miss that interpretation without the proper help.

No doubt, you noticed how there is much more in John 15:15 as requirements for Friendship with Jesus than (1) know what Jesus is doing and (2) the Father and the Son making Bible known to you; for you see even in the original manifes­tation of the Father and the Son, which must be increased and built in to go all the way to the status of Friends, and as given in John 14:23 is (1) to love Jesus; (2) to keep the word of Jesus; and (3) a reciprocating love from the Father which must be an abiding relationship of prayer, confession of sin, and cultiva­tion of respect.  You see, we are talking about a personal relationship with God, Jesus, and the Spirit of Truth which is cultivated, which grows, and about which you are always aware.

Like the Apostle Paul wrote in Hebrews 4:12 the Bible is “alive” and “powerful”, and is a “discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heat”.  You must come to the point in your Bible reading and study--two different types of Bible with the first more devotional to listen to the Spirit--where you sense that alive nature of the Bible as the words jump out to you; and the meaning is opened up like riv­ers of living water.  GOD CAN AND WILL COMMUNICATE THROUGH THE WORDS OF THE BIBLE NO MATTER WHAT THE LANGUAGE OR VERSION.  It rubs us Bible conservatives to hear the fundamentalists try to lay down “lit­eral” and other requirements for understand the Bible as if they had the only authorized version:  what this does is sell God short on the power to communi­cate.  No matter what the language of the version or the translation, God can communicate.  As I seek to summarize Scripture and Beliefs on the sound doc­trine of the BIBLE, I summarize those scriptures under:  (1) Divine in Origin, never forget that God is the source, the Bible of Apostles and Prophets, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament, originated in the heart and mind of God; and just like in Creation and reverse in prayer, the Father is the Originating Cause, the Son is the Mediating Cause, and the Spirit of Truth is the effecting cause, both in revelation and illumination {Revelation and revelations are complete, and do not let anyone tell you different with such trick words and phrases as “God told me” and “God gave me a word”--if this is real it is illumina­tion, not revelation--for in the 66 books of the Bible wrapped up in the first two centuries revelations are complete in “this faith once for all delivered to the saints” {hope you notice the finality of revelations in “the once for all”}; (2) Absolute in Authority, where the Roman Catholic church departed from the faith once delivered, about the same time the pastor at Rome was declared to be head-pastor, or pope, was when they sought to make the Bible less than Absolute in authority--(1) My establishing a Doctrinal or Papal Document with authority on the proper interpretation of the Bible, making this document as you can see if you read carefully some of the commentaries from Bishops more absolute than the Bible; (2) the Pope, and Mormon leaders, and Pentecostals, and others have made their own speaking of revelation authority, effectively at least in their own mind and in the minds of followers, putting teachings of men {no matter how authoritative and how seemingly holy} above the authority of Scripture {this is one reason I have so much respect for the heritage of Baptist in spite of what is happening in the SBC today as part of the Falling Away--you know the takeover by the fundamentalists--as Baptists have historically always maintained that the “Bible is the sole criterion for faith and practice”, and further insisted that each individual Christian read and determine the truth for themselves}; (3) Sufficient in Message, while it may not tell us all we would like to know, and as often today the Pentecostals with their new revelations and the Mormons with their 4 new Bibles try to make up for this sufficiency which they see as inadequate for their own purposes, it does tell us all that God and Jesus and the Apostles and Proph­ets through the Holy Spirit decided to let us know--and believe me, we have not phased a drop in the book of illuminations that are currently available in the rev­elations of the Bible; and lastly, and this was the point I was getting to when I started this paragraph (4) The Bible is high fidelity in communication--even the original Greek and Hebrew, where most often it concentrates on the word interpretation of the world at the time, is not as good as having the alive and powerful word and word talk to you as God communicates.  (And until this hap­pens on a regular basis in your Bible study, you will not be ready to be a Friend of Jesus.}

The Bible best summarizes this level of Bible effort for Friends of Jesus in the following words.

“Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.  Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine.  Continue in them {very similar to Abide in Jesus}, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”  (I Timothy 4:15,16)


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2007-05-25 11:10:04 GMT
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