John 15:15-27 — Abide In My Love: The Upper Room Discourse Part 8

Dear Friends,

In late 2020 I drew a parallel between the new world order and Nazi Germany. At that time I said it is 1938 and we are all Jews. A little more than a year after I made this observation, this same parallel was made by Dr Robert Malone during his New Year’s interview with Joe Rogan; ie we are falling prey to the same ‘mass formation psychosis’ that engulfed Nazi Germany. Yet the problem is not simply psychological. Now as then, there are spiritual issues at play.

Like America, Germany was a world leader in science and technology, a country that enjoyed many blessings from heaven. Like America, these blessings came out of a respect for the word of God. Germany was where the Gutenberg Bible was printed, followed by Luther’s Bible. This led to a strong Protestant Reformation. However, in the 1800s, the Germans embraced the critical philosophy of Immanuel Kant. They began to critically analyze the Bible as a work of literature. This method, known as higher criticism, seeks to correct the Bible, rather than letting the Bible correct the reader. This led to the unraveling of morality in Germany, making the country ripe for the rise of the Third Reich. The same perversions that the Weimar Republic was infamous for are rearing their ugly head now in America, only worse.

Here in America, higher criticism has been taught in our seminaries for the last hundred years. It is for this very reason that the church in America is in such a sorry state. The church in these last days is marked by scandal and corruption. One popular preacher, Andy Stanley, has even said we no longer need the Old Testament. This same move was made by ‘Christians’ in Nazi Germany. The church is weak, to be euphemistic. (Rev 3:17) I was amazed at how, with few exceptions, the churches of America cowered in fear behind closed doors in March of 2020, not having the slightest idea what was being done to them. I went to church as usual only to be met by a church worker who spoke to me through a glass door — afraid to even open it, much less let me in. After a time, some churches began to understand they had fallen into a trap and fought back. When the mandates were rolled out, Christians who had a relationship with God seemed to instinctively know not to take the shots, even if they were not well versed in the latest medical news. That is the key. We need to concentrate more on developing our relationship with Jesus and less on the current trends in Christianity.

So how do we correct these errors? Before we look at our text, let us take a reasoned look at the culture. The truth is there are a lot more Christians than typically perceived by the general public. Likewise, there are a lot fewer LGBT people than typically perceived by the general public. The reason for this misperception is that the LGBT people are loud and proud while the church stays quiet. We let them shame us into silence. That is not love. Love is the major theme of Jesus’ instructions in John 15. The way we love the world is by telling them the truth. Love and truth are closely linked to one another. To see this truth illustrated, read John’s first general epistle and underline the words ‘love’, ‘true’, and ‘truth’ wherever they appear. You will soon see an abundance of these words protruding from the pages of your Bible. We are to share the truth in love. Trying to appease the world never works. The people of Sodom did not have any inclination of ‘tolerating’ Lot’s beliefs like he ‘tolerated’ theirs. Likewise, the world has made its mind up about the church and they have no intention of tolerating us. In fact, they hate us, as Jesus points out in the text below. When Christians go to protest their pedophile celebrations, it is the Christians who are arrested, not the pedophiles. Nevertheless, we still have to love them, by telling the truth. (Click here to see the testimony of someone who found out the truth about ‘transitioning’ too late, after he had already been deceived by the lie. He uses strong language because he is angry about what they did to him, but I think his story is something people need to hear.) Appeasement is not part of our armor, but the truth is. I do not think the church is going to reform the world. The locomotive of the new world order is moving forward at full speed and nothing is going to stop it, but we must always tell the truth: Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. … I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

If one had found himself in Germany in 1938, the wisest thing to do would have been to escape while there was still time, not to try to reform the Third Reich. God is preparing a way for us to escape the new world order. It behooves us to prepare. We prepare by studying and obeying the word. (John 15:3) Jesus called this abiding in Him. (John 15:4-7)

Give us understanding Father, as we read thy word, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

John 15:15-27
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

This is a key verse that we need to spend some time unpacking.

There has been a question over the translation of the Greek word dulos as ‘servant’. Some feel that the word should be translated as ‘slave’. Slave is what the word literally means, but we have to consider the spiritual context as well, for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. I trust God knew what He was doing when He translated the word as ‘servant’. Someone may protest and say that it was not God who translated the word, but men. Well, consider that God promised to preserve his word:

…..The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
…..Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
Psalm 12:6, 7

God used men to translate the Bible just as He used men to write it, but the Holy Spirit was overseeing the process and preserving God’s word for us. (Matt 24:35; 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:21) In fact, the original autographs were a translation. Jesus and the apostles spoke Aramaic, not Greek.

If you are offended by this line of reasoning it just goes to show how much the system of higher criticism that I referred to above has affected the thinking of Christians in these last days. It is Satan that wants you to question and critique the validity of God’s word (Gen 3:1), rather than simply accepting God’s promises to give us a pure Bible. If we trust that we have God’s word as He promised, and therefore obey it, Jesus calls us friends just as He called Abraham his friend when he believed and obeyed. (Gen 15:6; Gen 22:18; Isa 41:8)

…..And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
James 2:23

Not only did Abraham believe and obey God in his trial with Isaac in Genesis 22; Abraham believed God when He told him what He was going to do in the future. (Gen 15) Jesus is not asking any great thing of us like He did Abraham, simply that we love one another. That is the commandment that is repeated over and over in this section. (John 13:34; 15:12, 17) He is also asking us to believe in the glorious future that He is preparing for us. If we do these things, Jesus calls us his friends. (John 15:14)

16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
John 15:15-27

 

So to sum up, we find ourselves at a unique point in time as the rise of new world order is quickly transitioning from the ankles at the bottom of the legs of iron in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, into the feet of iron mixed with clay. In order to successfully navigate these waters, we must:

1. Abide in Christ, aka the Word. (John 15:5ff)
2. This means believing and obeying his word. (John 15:12ff)
3. This means letting the Spirit lead, and telling people about Jesus. (John 15:26f)
4. We are not going to reform the world. (2 Cor 6:17f)
5. We need to get ready for the new world. (Rev 21)

We live these points by abiding in Jesus’ love. In this chapter Jesus tells us As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. He tells us If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. He tells us This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. He tells us again, These things I command you, that ye love one another. What exactly does that look like? Read Colossians 3. I highly recommend you open your Bible and meditate on Colossians 3 and John 15 in their entirety. The principles in these chapters are key to surviving and thriving as we await our Lord’s return. That may sound impossible in this economy, but I am not talking about earthly riches. I’m talking about thriving spiritually, which is entirely possible. Father, thank You for your Son. Thank You for all the precious promises we have in thy word. Increase our faith in your word and in your Son, Father, that we may abide in his love, that we may be ready when You send Him to fetch us home. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

Prophecy Update: If you are a regular reader of these notes, you have probably noticed I have been emphasizing the rapture even more than usual. While several things point to the soon return of Christ, there are other reasons to believe it might be a while. I recently ran across some data from The Center for the Study of Global Christianity, at Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary. Their 2022 report, The Global Status of Christianity, shows that the church is growing worldwide. While the church in the West is in decline, the church in Asia and the global South is growing. Evangelicals have increased 48% since 2000, while Pentecostals/Charismatics have increased 50%. While the church is declining in ‘Christian’ countries, the church is growing in non-Christian countries. In 1900, 95% of all Christians lived in a country where Christians were the majority. Now that number is just above 50%. This leads to persecution in these countries but many are also being converted. 2.56 billion people now identify as Christian. That number is split between Protestants and Catholics about 50/50. Furthermore, this increase in the number of Christians has led to a decline in the number of martyrs. In 2000, the status report showed 1.6 million Christians killed for their faith over the previous ten years. In 2022, their estimate was down to 900,000. Also, with more Christians comes more Bibles. According to the report, 90 million Bibles will be printed this year. That is up from 54 million in 2000. With these kinds of numbers, it is easy to see why our Father may not be in a hurry to send Jesus back. These numbers also tell us there is a great harvest waiting for laborers to go and work the fields. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.