Bible in One Year-Day 310 (Wednesday, November 06, 2013)
Commentary: John17-21. Many of us know Jesus on one side and little did we know His other side. Knowing the other side of Jesus is not to be taught but to experience Him. the disciples eat with Jesus, moved around and did so many things with Him before His death. Unfortunately, on the three occasions He appeared to them after His death, He was not immediately known. Not until He opened the understanding of those He came in contact with after His death, they never knew Him. It is one thing to know Jesus before death and it is another thing to know Jesus after His resurrection. To know Jesus before His death is to be taught of Him, but to know Jesus after death, i.e. the resurrected Jesus, is to experience Him in His heavenly body; it is to experience Him as Spirit. The disciples did not recognize Jesus at His three appearances to them.
John 21:4 “But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.”
These were the people who did everything with Jesus; they only knew Him one side, they had not known Him on the other side. Over 80% of Christians are just in this group of people who know Jesus on one side but are still ignorant of the other side of Jesus, yet they go to church; as a matter of fact, they put on the collar and fly about preaching Him.Not until the knowledge of the other side of Jesus is realized, one is far from entering the kingdom even though one is working for Him as many claim. Those in this category are regarded as workers of iniquity, i.e. those doing UNAUTHORIZED work. Ant there is a prophecy that is still dangling and waiting for the last day to come to pass over those who have not known the other side of Jesus;
Matthew 7:23 “And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Luke 13:27 “But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.”
All that we have read so far in the gospels are just the aspect of knowing Jesus before His death and after His resurrection. The Epistles are to help us to know Him after His ascension and this is the most important aspect of our Christianity. If you do not know Him after ascension you cannot sit with Him in the position He is now.
Ephesians 2:6 “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly placesin Christ Jesus:”
And Jesus had spoken concerning those in this group of His knowledge after resurrection and ascension.
John 20:26-29 “And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be to you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said to him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith to him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
They are those who are not faithless but believing, i.e. those with FAITH; they shall be blessed. They have faith in His word and are baptized by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit introduces Jesus to us. Everything they do is by the Spirit; praise, worship, preach, evangelize, etc.
John 4:23-24 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Nothing of God is accepted outside of knowing the other side of Jesus. In John 14:6, Jesus says only through Him could we get to God. If this is true (which, of course, is true), then it simply means that the path to God must be by His Spirit since God is Spirit. If you knew Jesus in the body, then you must know Him in the Spirit. In this view, knowing the other side of Jesus is experiencing Him as the Spirit of the word; have FAITH in the word and experience Him as the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there isliberty.”
Jesus, hitherto, had said “I will be with you and in you”. He could only be in you as His Spirit which is the Holy Spirit; they are one with the Father. Therefore, having the Holy Spirit in you is having the fullness of God in you. The evidence of this presence is the fruit of the Spirit, which is the genuine work that is accepted before God. It is doing the work of God faithfully and with humility. If someone proclaims to have the Spirit of God within Him and still does the work of God in form of the works of the flesh, such is regarded as “workers of iniquity”, i.e. doing unauthorized works; there is no reward in it. You must know the other side of Jesus before you could be endorsed for God’s work. Anybody could endorse anyone for God’s work, but that which Satan respects and has heavenly reward is that which heaven knows about.
Acts 2:2-3 “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.”
Jesus warned His disciples to wait patiently for this occasion.
Luke 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
If you knew Jesus according to the Gospel, you must know Him according to the Epistle.
Peter did not know the other side of Jesus until this occasion happened and he became the first person to manifest His experience of knowing the other side of Jesus. He walked with Jesus a far and denied Him when Jesus was arrested. But after knowing the other side of Jesus, he stood to boldly speak to the same people he once ran from.
Acts 2:12-14 “And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said to them, Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known to you, and hearken to my words:”
After knowing Jesus as Spirit, Peter’s words were no more ordinary. People stood still to listen to Him. He delivered a message he never spent hours to prepare and there were great conversion and increase in the camp. He became fearless and selfless; not self-centered. His dreams were no more of this world but heavenly. His presence commanded heavenly atmosphere. His ministry broke yokes and the lame walked; even the prison could not hold him.
When you know the other side of Jesus, you carry heavenly order about. No one will be able to guess your movement.
John 3:8 “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
You might be known by a particular infamous cloak yesterday and people don’t want to identify with you, truly, after this unusual knowledge you are fire brand.
Beloved, go extra mile to experience the other side of Jesus. Know Him as the Spirit of life and embrace Him as the light of men. This is the message of the Epistles. Without knowing the other side of Jesus, our work in the vineyard becomes so mechanical and full of the flesh. You must identify with Jesus in the body through dying to sin and identify with Him the Spirit through rising in righteousness.
Romans 6:8 “Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:”
Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Acts1-4. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries