Why John is My Favorite Apostle – pt.1

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Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. Today’s slice comes in many little pieces. That’s because today’s title is                                                    ‘EXPLAIN THIS ONE TO ME, LORD – pt.1
You see, in studying the Bible I frequently find myself asking just what does this verse mean. What is the Lord trying to tell me. I find myself searching concordances, commentaries, dictionaries, synonym finders, newsletters and communication from other evangelists. So, I’ve decided to share a list of my favorites: I’ll begin with this verse:

John 12:24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

What point is God making with this analogy? As my lil’ nephew use to say,…. “Let me ‘splain’ it to ya.” Almost every significant thing God births, He allows to die before the vision is fulfilled in His own way. Here are some examples of such.

• Abraham had a vision of being the father of a great nation (that’s birth). Sarah was barren and became too old to have children (that’s death). God gave Abraham and Sarah a son in their old age. He became the father of a great nation (that’s fulfillment).
• Joseph had a vision that he would be a great leader and that many would bow down to him (birth). Joseph’s brothers sold him to some merchants and he became a slave. Later he was falsely condemned to spend his years in prison (death). God allowed Joseph to interpret the dreams of the butler and baker and later the king, whereupon, he was made a ruler in the land (fulfillment).
• Moses had a vision of leading his people out of the bondage of Egypt (birth). Pharaoh as well as his own people drove Moses out of Egypt after Moses’ first attempt to relieve their bondage (death). And remember that he lived 40 years in the back side of the desert. (death) God gave Moses signs and wonders to convince Pharaoh to free the people and bring them out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. (fulfillment).
• The disciples had a vision of establishing the Kingdom of God with Jesus (birth). The very ones He came to save killed Jesus, and the disciples saw Him buried in a tomb (death). God raised Jesus from the dead, and the disciples performed great miracles until the gospel had spread through all the world (fulfillment).
• A grain of wheat has a “vision” of reproducing itself and many more grains of wheat (birth). The grain dies in the ground (death). A harvest springs up out of the very process of “death” in the ground (fulfillment).
With those examples does this not bring a question to your mind? Has God given you a vision that is yet unfulfilled? If that vision is born of God, He will ………

Add to that, stop and think. Are your “born-again.” In other words; you were born in water in your mother’s womb, but have you been born of the spirit. This verse begs of you… like the seed that dies to have the plant produce the flower or fruit; have you died of this world and turned your life (which is but a seed) to turn our lives to Christ through His Holy Spirit?

The next verse I’d like to have “splained” is Malachi 3:2b “For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap” Fire and Soap? What’s the Lord trying to tell me?

The key phrase that caught my attention was, refiner’s fire So I read further to find Malachi 3:3-4 “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years”

The phrase refiner’s fire got my attention because of an incident Sue and I had the experience of watching close-up. On a trip to Hong Kong we had the ability to watch a silver-smith. Just as gold is refined to it’s purity by the ratting in “carats,: silver is refined to it purity in percentage. It is considered to be “pure” when it is at 99.9%. Right before our eyes he changed the value of some silver in a tiny little laddle over a Bunsen Burner’s fire. As the silver heated “dross” would float to the top. He’d remove it by skimming it off. He’d heat it more and more dross would rise. Heat-rise-skim-shinier silver’ Heat-rise-skim- shinier silver’ Until it was considered 99.9%.

So, you see, the refiner’s fire can only accomplish its purposes when the heat is turned up to extraordinary temperatures. It breaks down the metal in order for it to become moldable and shapeable. Only when the temperatures reach this level can the work be fully accomplished. So it is in our lives.

Until the Lord completes His refining process, the offerings we make are not made in righteousness and cannot be acceptable. Let me repeat that! Until the Lord completes His refining process— the offerings we make are not made in righteousness — and cannot be acceptable.

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