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Study 71 – THE FINAL WORDS OF JOHN’S INSPIRED GOSPEL

Gleans from Monday Bible Study with Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

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17th December 2018

Study 71 – THE FINAL WORDS OF JOHN’S INSPIRED GOSPEL

John 21:21-25

As we come to these final words, we need to remind ourselves that the person God used to write this gospel according to St. John is John himself. You will discover that he never mentioned his name from the very first chapter to the end of the gospel. The reason for this was because everybody knew him as the disciple whom Jesus loved. Not because of favouritism but because of the kind of heart he had for Christ, he was very close to Christ. He had a loving, compassionate, leaning heart; a heart that is completely yielded to the Lord in whatever conditions or situations of life. He gave his commitment to the Lord without any reservation. And now we come to the end of this gospel which was the final appearance of Jesus Christ to His own disciples after His Resurrection. Even at this time when the Lord performed the miracle of the 153 fishes that they caught, it was John who recognised Him as the Lord by the miracle He did and the supply He gave them. After the recognition by John, the Lord called them to come and dine. And none of them ever asked Him a question because they knew that this is the Lord our Saviour, Restorer, Provider: despite where they were and what they had done, the Lord still came to minister unto them. After dinning, the Lord asked Peter thrice, lovest thou Me? Then He commanded and commissioned Peter to feed His lambs and sheep. If we love the Lord, it will come out of our service, not just be word of mouth, it will come out in our commitment, consecration, service and sacrifice unto the Lord. If we love the Lord, we are to feed the flock, this should be the priority of our lives and ministry. Then the Lord commanded Peter to follow His example and walk in His footsteps as He was here on earth. John by personal, practical, perpetual consecration was following the Lord with Peter. Then Peter saw John following and asked the Lord, “Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?” (John 21:21). And the Lord responded, “Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me” (John 21:22). The whole Church misunderstood that statement of Christ concerning John, and said John will not die physically until Christ comes again. Then John corrected that statement, and at this time about AD96, after all the other disciples were gone to glory, John was the only one left because the Lord wanted to use him for His glory and in the Revelation of the last days events to the Church. “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen” (John 21:25). Here was a hyperbole that John used deliberately. A hyperbole is when you use something very big, great or high to describe an event/situation. It is an exaggerated statement or claim not meant to be taken literally.  And the Bible uses that many times. When those 12 spies came back after spying the land of Canaan, they said they saw giants there, and that their walls were built up to the heaven. That is hyperbole right there. And the same thing John had used here.

3 points:

Point 1.  A SERIOUS MISINTERPRETATION OF CHRIST’S MESSAGE

John 21:21-23; Matthew 16:27-28; Mark 9:1-7; 2 Peter 1:16-18; John 1:14; 12:40-41; Daniel 7:9-14; Revelations 1:9-18; 10:1,11; 14:14; 19:11-16.

Christ gave the declaration about John, and the whole Church misinterpreted that statement except John. “Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?” (John 21:23). These sayings among the disciples, who though were genuinely saved, yet not perfect in knowledge. This tells us that your heart may be perfect, sanctified, yet your head may not be perfect; you may still misinterpret what the Lord had said; that is why we come to the Bible Study to learn more of His word and be perfected in our understanding of the Bible. If sanctification or Holy Ghost baptism gave us perfect and full knowledge of the word of God, we would not need to come to the Bible Study. The disciples were not paying attention to His words, for the Lord had said something similar to this earlier, “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom” (Matthew 16:28). He spoke about His coming again, in His glory. This refers to the Second Coming which commences with the Rapture, when He comes to take His Church away from the earth. Then there will be the Great Tribulation for seven years, and after that Christ will come physically on earth to land on Mount of Olives, and establish His Kingdom on earth for a thousand years, the Millennial Reign of Christ. That is His Coming again. So He had said something like this before but did not mean that the twelve disciples will not die. See St. Mark’s Gospel, “And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus” (Mark 9:4). Here was the representation of the future glory that Christ was referring to; that the Old and New Testament saints who have died represented by Moses, and the New Testament saints who will go at the Rapture represented by Elijah, will partake in the future glory of Christ in His kingdom. It was a picture of the coming kingdom which was the fulfilment of what Christ was saying in this verse. See the interpretation of Peter on what they saw, “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Peter 1:16). It was the manifestation of the coming glory of Christ in His future kingdom.

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). John testified of the glory and majesty of the Lord that they saw. Even in the Old Testament, Isaiah saw His glory and spoke about it (John 12:41). Daniel saw the majesty of His glory as well, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13-14). He saw the power, splendour, majesty and honour of the Lord’s Kingdom. See the fulfilment of this in the life of John, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; …  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (Revelations 1:10-18). And he saw the Son of Man not like he saw Him on earth and after His Resurrection, but John saw the Lord in His glory, splendour and honour (Revelations 10:1,11; 14:14; 19:11-16). John saw that glory of Christ before he saw death. As it was prophesied and fulfilled for John, every promise that God gives us will be fulfilled in our lives before we die, and every appointment He makes for us, will be ours in Jesus Name. You will not die before you see the glory and the fulfilment of the promises and power of God for your life, family and ministry.

Point 2. SPECIAL MIRACLES IN CHRIST’S MINISTRY

John 21:24-25; 20:30; Job 26:14; Psalms 40:5; 71:15; John 2:5-11; 4:46-53; 5:1-9,14; 9:1-7; 11:25,26,39-44; 21:1,6

John said that by inspiration, he had specially selected some miracles that Jesus performed for a purpose. “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen” (John 21:25). John was saying there were many others miracles that Jesus did that even Matthew, Mark, Luke and himself did not record. “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book” (John 20:30). This shows that the Gospel writers had not exhausted everything and miracles that Jesus did. His power is so great and His miracles were so extensive. The Lord can do more and beyond what you have read in the Bible. The writers of the Bible could not understand and comprehend the extent, height, depth, width and greatness of His power. We cannot tell.

“Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered” (Psalms 40:5). We cannot enumerate the wonders and works of God, nor exhaust them. Greater things will happen in every one of our lives. “My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof” (Psalms 71:15). We do not know the number of the operations of the Holy Spirit and the wonders of God.

The Lord will turn your water into wine and the ordinary things in your life to extraordinary in Jesus Name (John 2:5-11). Whatever He says unto you do it, and a miracle will follow. There seven miracles that John recorded that you don’t find in Matthew, Mark and Luke (John 4:46-53; 5:1-9,14; 9:1-7; 11:25,26,39-44; 21:1,6). And these were recorded so that you will understand that the power of the Lord Jesus Christ is without any limitation. You cannot understand the length, breadth and height of that power of the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that even miracles not recorded will be done in your life in Jesus Name.

Point 3.  THE SOULS-SAVING MINISTRY OF CHRIST’S MINISTERS

John 20:30,31; 1:12; 2:22; 3:15; 4:41; 5:46,47; 6:29,35; 7:31,38-39; 8:24,30,31; 9:35-38; 10:25-27,42; 11:42,45; 12:46; 13:19; 14:1,12-14

There is a ministry that God has for ministers chosen and endued by the power of the Holy Ghost, to save souls. “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:31). John was telling us that all these special miracles that were recorded and selected, were written that we might believe. Any time you are preaching, teaching, testifying or ministering, you are doing this that the people listening might believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. John kept this purpose in mind all the time he was writing this gospel (John 1:12; 2:22; 3:15; 4:41; 5:46,47; 6:29,35; 7:31,38-39; 8:24,30,31; 9:35-38; 10:25-27,42; 11:42,45; 12:46; 13:19; 14:1,12-14). The reason why Christ ministered and performed miracles was so that you might believe. To believe on the Son of God is the cardinal truth of our fellowship, not just to come to the Bible Study, hear the word of God and the message of life, but to believe on the Son of God. That is the reason for the ministry of preaching, Christian literature, Christian media, spreading the message everywhere that the people that hear, watch or listen might believe on the Son of God, Jesus. When you hear a message, read a tract or a Christian book, hear the word of God and His promises, the purpose is for you to believe, and as you believe, greater works shall be done in your life in Jesus Name. Also, you will not remain the same but will do what you have never done or accomplished before, and you will have what you never had in Jesus Name. As you follow the Lord, there will be great manifestation of His power in your life in Jesus Name. You will do something greater, better, higher and richer in your life in Jesus Name. Believing you will have life everlasting and every other thing that the Lord has promised us in His word in Jesus Name. Lord, I believe, great thing will happen to me and through me, I believe!

Ponder on this! As it was prophesied and fulfilled for John that he saw the glory of Jesus Christ, every promise that God gives us will be fulfilled in our lives before we die and every appointment He makes for us, will be ours in Jesus Name. You will not die before you see the glory and the fulfilment of the promises and power of God for your life, family and ministry. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

Ponder on this! When you hear a message, read a tract, read a Christian book, hear the word of God and His promises, the purpose is for you to believe, and as you believe, great works will be done in your life in Jesus Name. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

Hard Sayings – If we love the Lord, it will reflect in our service, commitment, consecration, and sacrifice unto the Lord. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

 Reflection – When you hear a message, read a tract, a Christian book, hear the word of God and His promises, the purpose is for you to believe, and as you believe, greater works shall be done in your life in Jesus Name. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

 Words on the Marble – The Lord can do more than we have read about in the Bible. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

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