John 12: The Victorious Church

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John 12:42-43

Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Through the previous 2 blogs, I’ve revealed through John 12 the revelation of Christ, and the intimidating spirit of the last days. So the key to any revelation is not just identifying the problem, but countering that problem with a solution through the word of God. The answer, I believe, is found in 1 John 4:15-19…

1 John 4:15-19

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.We love Him, because he first loved us

This is what Jesus offers to us, unconditional love! God’s love is the basis of intimacy, it’s pure and it’s perfect. Love is the avenue by which we are complete in Him. Love is what gives us boldness; and John says there is no fear in love! The answer to the spirit of fear and intimidation is the spirit of love! The opposite of love is not hate, it’s fear. Fear is the method of Hell to eliminate the love of God from being effective in this world. but notice John emphasizes that it is only through the confession of Him does His love even apply to you! 

Understand John is very meticulous in his writings, and John ties everything he does together. John uses his epistles to teach from the Gospel he wrote. And John is going back to that fateful day, when religious men refused to confess that Jesus was Lord because of fear. And John is preaching to the church at this time, unless you openly confess Him, you will continue to live in fear. But if we confess Him, John says He will dwell in us, and we will dwell in Him. Now the word confess does not infer that all we have to do is simply confess Him as our savior and we’re saved. The word confess is the Greek word homologeho; which is a compound word consisting of 2 root words. The first root word is the Greek word hom-oo’; meaning at the same time. The second Greek word used is the Greek word Logos; meaning the thought plans or ideas of God. John first introduced us to the logos in John 1. In the beginning was the word (Logos), and the word (Logos) was with God, and the word (Logos) was God… and the word (Logos) was made flesh and dwelt among us. The logos is the creative, authoritative word of God!

What John is preaching to his church is this; if you will confess that the logos, God in creation, is Jesus manifest in the flesh at the same time then God will dwell in you and you will dwell in God! The religious leaders of that dayw ould not confess Him, because they would not admit that Jesus was God manifest in the flesh! Their inability to affirm the Oneness of God left them bound by the spirit of fear and intimidation! That’s why Jesus, before those men had a chance to make up their minds, offered them this opportunity…

John 12:32

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

To lift Him up, is to recognize Him for who he is!

  • He’s the Father and the Son at the same time!
  • He’s the Shepherd and the lamb at the same time!
  • He’s Alpha and Omega at the same time!
  • He’s the root and the branch at the same time!
  • He’s the Gate and the scapegoat at the same time!

For Great is the Mystery of Godliness, God was manifest in the flesh, God was justified by the spirit, God was seen of angels, God was preached on unto the Gentiles, God was believed on in the word, and God was received up into Glory! To incorporate Jesus into a triune Godhead, to label Him a great teacher or a great prophet is to undermine His holiness! Th apostle Paul put it this way in Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from THE LOVE OF GOD, which is IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD”! The apostle Paul was persuaded because he had a revelation of who He was! And through the recognition of Him, Paul became a recipient of His love!

In Mark 9 we see a man whose son is possessed with a devil. We find a type and shadow of the last days. The Bible says that the spirit threw the boy into the water and into the fire. 2 Symbols that long represented God (Moses and Elijah). The spirit of the last days was trying to persuade this man to turn away from truth and accept a new doctrine for his family. This man came to the disciples and asked them to deliver his son from this spirit. We know the story, they tried and failed. Jesus then shows up and the father of the child is angry and accuses Jesus. He then tells Jesus, well if you can do anything just have compassion. Notice he no longer wanted help, he wanted somebody to excuse his sin. This is how that spirit will destroy people, it will handcuff them to their problems, and instead of looking for help they will only seek compassion and permission to stay the way they are. This man is possessed with the spirit of the last days, but his son is the one suffering from it!

Notice when they bring the boy to Jesus, the spirit begins to wallow around on the ground, growling and foaming at the mouth. Causing a big scene and trying to distract the “church” from the real issue. Jesus knew what the real issue was, and so he asked the father how long the boy had been that way. The father’s response? He’s been that way since he was a child. In other words, it was the father’s fault his son was this way. But before Jesus could deliver the child of his possession he had to deliver the father of his! So he looked that father in the eye, and said if you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes! Suddenly it was as if someone turned on a light switch in his spirit. He all of a sudden had the cloud lifted from his mind, the influence of that spirit was gone and he began to understand that it wasn’t the disciples fault his son was that way, it wasn’t Jesus’ fault the boy was possesses, it was his fault! So the father cried through tears, as hope broke through his callused heart, Lord I believe, help my unbelief! What he was saying is Lord I recognize who you are, I see you high and lifted up, and i realize now that I need help, so help my unbelief!

If you want to experience the transformational power of love, it all begins with the recognition of who he is! The Oneness revelation is the greatest revelation int he world! Everything is built off of that revelation! That’s why the Syrophenician woman came to him and said in Matthew 15:21-28, Have mercy on me, O Lord… That word Lord is capitalized, meaning Jehovah. She knew who he was! So Jesus turned to his disciples as they pleaded with Him to send her away, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel”. He wasn’t insulting her, he was confirming her revelation. Thats why the next verse says she came and worshiped Him saying Lord (Jehovah) help me! Jesus responded by saying I can’t take the children’s bread and give it to dogs. And She actually agreed, truth Lord (Jehovah) but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from the masters table. She wasn’t insulted by his words, because when you can see Him high and lifted up, and realize the depths he condescended to to save your soul… Notice she wasn’t Jewish, she had no right to the supernatural power of God. But I can hear the word of Jesus say…

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me!

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