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Verse of the Day (December 8, 2019)

Verse of the Day (December 8, 2019) #BMSeminary – Happy Lord’s Day! [I am the way] In the OT, biblical faith was spoken of as a lifestyle path (cf. Deu 5:32-33; Deu 31:29; Psa 27:11; Isa 35:8). The title of the early church was “the Way” (cf. Act 9:2; Act 19:9; Act 19:23; Act 24:14; Act 24:22). Jesus was emphasizing that He was and is the only way to God. This is the theological essence of John’s Gospel! Lifestyle good works are an evidence of personal faith (cf. Eph 2:8-10), not a means of righteousness. [the truth] The term “truth” in Greek philosophy had the connotation of “truth” versus “falsehood” or “reality” versus “illusion.” However, these are Aramaic-speaking disciples who would have understood Jesus to be speaking in the OT sense of truth which was “faithfulness” or “loyalty” (cf. Psa 26:3; Psa 86:11; Psa 119:30). Both “truth” and “life” characterize “the way.” The term “truth” is often used in John to describe divine activity (cf. Joh 1:14; Joh 4:23-24; Joh 8:32; Joh 14:17; Joh 15:26; Joh 16:13; Joh 17:17; Joh 17:19). [the life] The “life” is zoâ, used by John to describe the life of the new age. In the OT, a believer’s lifestyle faith is spoken of as a path unto the life (cf. Psa 16:11; Pro 6:23; Pro 10:17). All three of these terms are related to lifestyle faith which is found only in personal relationship with Jesus Christ. [no one comes to the Father but through Me] What a shocking claim! It is very restrictive but also very obvious that Jesus believed that only through a personal relationship with Himself can one know God (cf. 1Jn 5:10-12). This has often been called the exclusivistic scandal of Christianity. There is no middle ground here. This statement is true or Christianity is false! In several ways this is similar to John 10. (You Can Understand the Bible by Dr. Bob Utley)

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Verse of the Day (December 7, 2019)

Verse of the Day (December 7, 2019) #BMSeminary – This is the fifth in a series of seven great “I am” statements of Jesus (see 6:35; 8:12; 10:7; 9; 10:11; 14). With this statement, Jesus moved Martha from an abstract belief in the resurrection that will take place “on the last day” (cf. 5:28–29) to a personalized trust in him who alone can raise the dead. No resurrection or eternal life exists outside of the Son of God. Time (“on the last day”) is no barrier to the One who has the power of resurrection and life (1:4) for he can give life at any time. (MacArthur Study Bible)

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Verse of the Day (December 6, 2019)

Verse of the Day (December 6, 2019) #BMSeminary – This is the Hebrew sense of the word “know” (seeJohn 1:10). As the Son knows the Father and the Father the Son, so too, Jesus knows those who trust Him and they know Him. They have “seen” and “heard” (cf. John 10:4) and responded (cf. John 1:12; John 3:16). Christianity is a personal relationship (cf. John 17:20-26). This is a recurrent theme in John. Jesus acts and speaks out of His intimate relationship with the Father. The surprising analogy in John 10:14-15 is that the intimacy between Father and Son is compared to the intimacy between Son and followers (cf. John 14:23). John focuses on the Hebrew connotation of “know” as intimate fellowship, not cognitive facts. Jesus knows the Father; those who know Jesus, know God! (You Can Understand the Bible by Dr. Bob Utley)

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Verse of the Day (December 5, 2019)

Verse of the Day (December 5, 2019) #BMSeminary – This is the third of seven “I am” statements of Jesus (see 6:35; 8:12). Here, he changes the metaphor slightly. While in 10:1–5 he was the shepherd, here he is the gate. While in vv. 1–5, the shepherd led the sheep out of the sheepfold, here he is the entrance to the fold (v. 9) that leads to proper pasture. This section echoes Jesus’ words in 14:6 that he is the only way to the Father. His point is that he serves as the sole means to approach the Father and partake of God’s promised salvation. As some Near Eastern shepherds slept in the gateway to guard the sheep, Jesus here pictures himself as the gate. John 10:9–10: These two verses are a proverbial way of insisting that belief in Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God is the only way of being “saved” from sin and hell and receiving eternal life. Only Jesus Christ is the one true source for the knowledge of God and the one basis for spiritual security. (MacArthur Study Bible)

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Verse of the Day (December 4, 2019)

Verse of the Day (December 4, 2019) #BMSeminary – At the end of the first day of the Feast of Booths, four golden lamps were lit in the temple courts amid great rejoicing. Singing and celebration, with music and dancing, continued through the nights of the feast, and the entire city was illuminated by the temple lights. It is in this context that Jesus makes his startling claim to be the Light of the World. Light is a rich Old Testament symbol. It was the first thing God created (Gen. 1:3). During the exodus, the people of God were led in their journey by a pillar of cloud and fire (Ex. 13:21–22). The psalmist taught that “the Lord is my light” (Ps. 27:1). The coming age of the kingdom would be a time when the servant of the Lord would be as “a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth” (Isa. 49:6), and a time when God himself would be his people’s light (Isa. 60:19–22; Rev. 22:5). Jesus was boldly saying, “The promised day of light has arrived. I am the source of everlasting joy.” He is the sun by which we see all things. (Gospel Transformation Study Bible)

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Verse of the Day (December 3, 2019)

Verse of the Day (December 3, 2019) #BMSeminary – [I am] Apart from the instances where the simple form “I am” occurs in Greek with overtones of the divine name, John’s Gospel records seven so-called “I am” sayings. [the bread of life] Also in v. 48; see vv. 41,51. May mean “the bread that is living” and/or “the bread that gives life.” [comes to . . . believes in] Synonymous and parallel to “eats” and “drinks”; this establishes what the eating and drinking metaphors mean in vv. 50-58. never go hungry . . . never be thirsty. Jesus spiritually satisfies one’s deepest need and desire: to know God (see 4:14; see also 17:3; Rev 7:16). Jesus’ Seven “I Am” Sayings in John: (1) I am the bread of life (6:35,48) and living bread (6:51); (2) I am the light of the world (8:12); (3) I am the gate (10:7,9); (4) I am the good shepherd (10:11,14); (5) I am the resurrection and the life (11:25); (6) I am the way and the truth and the life (14:6); (7) I am the true vine (15:1,5). (Zondervan Study Bible)

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Verse of the Day (December 2, 2019)

Verse of the Day (December 2, 2019) #BMSeminary – The author immediately shows that Jesus Christ, as the agent of God’s revelation, is far superior to the Old Testament prophets. Their message was fragmentary and incomplete. It came bit by bit through visions, dreams, events, and direct communication as men were ready and able to receive it. Christ’s revelation is climactic and complete, because He is the Son and because His is the message for the last days. His incarnation initiated the end time, and it will be fulfilled when He returns to earth to reconcile and restore all things (cf. Acts 2:16, 17; 3:19–21; 1 Pet. 1:20). God has revealed Himself through various means, such as visions (Is. 6), dreams (Dan. 2), poetry (Ps. 139), biography (especially the Gospels), sermons (Matt. 5–7), face-to-face conversations (Deut. 5:4), tablets of stone (Deut. 10:4), miracles (John 6), parables (Luke 15), inner compulsion (Acts 21:10–13), history (1 and 2 Chronicles), angels (Luke 1:26–38), historical research (Luke 1:1–4), and the person of Christ (John 1:14). His means of self-revelation today is the Bible. Illustration: When God wanted Peter to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, He imparted this through a vision (Acts 10). Even then, Peter appears to have been somewhat reluctant to obey God completely. Application: Today we do not depend on dreams and visions to learn about God and His will for our lives, but rather on God’s revelation in the Scriptures. God did not impart the gospel to Cornelius in a vision, but commanded a man to go and preach the Word of God to him. (KJV Study Bible)